Tuesday, March 25, 2014

New 2014 Snack Roundup

If you didn't already know this, I love to eat. I'm constantly snacking at work so when these 2 snack brands reached out to me for a review, how could I resist? Here are 2 of my new favorite snacks for 2014. 

Seapoint Farms sent me their Lightly Salted, Salted and Berry Blend Dry Edamame snacks. Having never had Edamame dry before I wasn't sure what to expect but they were phenomenal! I little messy (the beans kept peeling) but the taste was perfect. The salted ones had a bit of flavor but weren't over powered, something that is very important. The Berry Blend was great- reminded of trail mix. Even though I'm not big on berries I really enjoyed that one. 

Seapoint also has an additional selection of dry edamame including Spicy Wasabi, Goji Blend and Sunshine Blend. Each bag is crunchy and sweet, low in calories, gluten-free, low cholesterol and non-GMO. I highly recommend giving these a try if you are into crunchy snacks like I am. 

When I was a camp counselor we used to give the kids freeze dried fruit as a treat every once in a while. Crispy Green sent me a variety of their dried fruit selection and I fell in LOVE with the apple one. They were crunchy (which I loved) and flavorful. There are 6 Crispy Green flavors that come in single-serving packages: Crispy Apple, Crispy Asian Pear, Crispy Banana, Crispy Cantaloupe, Crispy Mango, Crispy Tangerine and Crispy Pineapple.

Both snacks are great for work, travel, the beach, hiking, etc. You name it- bring them. Seapoint Farms dry edamame and Crispy Green's dried fruit are healthy, flavorful and the perfect addition to your pantry. 

What are your favorite snacks for 2014?


Monday, March 24, 2014

Classtivity Passport Classes 8 & 9

Yes, this is LONG overdue but I said I would post about every class and I'm staying true to that. However, this post is going to short and to the point because I have funner things to tell you about this week :)

My 8th Classtivity Passport class was at Broadway Bodies. It was titled GLEEful but it ended up being all boy bands. I could not complain about that. This is what Classtivity added to my calendar:

"If you are suffering from Couch Potato Syndrome and need a GLEEful attitude adjustment - Get Up and Out and join Broadway Bodies for our Glee TV show inspired dance workout. Find your inner Lea Michelle or Mathew Morrison and dance it out!"

The Broadway Bodies class wasn't so much a workout but something fun to do. If I was ever having a bad day and needed something to do this would be a good solution. It was a lot of fun and I recommend it for those who just want to dance with their friends. The choreographer was really nice and went over each move a few times then we put the whole dance together. 

The last class I took was Revolution in Motion. I think this was one of my favorites. I had to reschedule after being late due to Superbowl BLVD but I am so happy I chose to do the Slip n Slide class. Here's how Revolution In Motion's website described the class: 

"Oversized slide boards, booties and lots of action give you a full body, high intensity, low-impact workout. Great athleticism, flexibility, balance and coordination, and injury prevention are some of the benefits. A favorite of RevInMo trainers and fans."

This class was so awesome! It was entirely on the Plexiglas boards and worked every muscle in my body. We did legs, abs and arms. There were only 3 people so we essentially got one-on-one instruction. There was some partner work that focused on agility. I definitely fell once or twice but overall I highly recommend this class to anyone and everyone. No matter what your fitness level is you will find it fun and get a great workout. 

Have you been to either studios? What did you think?


Tuesday, March 18, 2014

NYC Half Recap

[Fav quote]
If you read my past posts about the NYC Half you know my excitement in December had diminished to just hoping I would finish. Tra'sining this winter was brutal and I almost didn't want to run. But I am SO happy I did! 

[Expo time!]
After a few great runs the past few weeks- both on my own and at run club- I was feeling much more confident. On race day morning I woke up a little too early and had some time to kill. I left my apartment and headed to the 59th/5 Ave subway stop because I was in the 3rd wave and that stop is where I was supposed to enter. I met up with my Twitter friend Jane and we walked over to our corral together. 

[Good luck from my mama]
I kind of threw my sweatshirt away a little too early but luckily everyone was huddled together so I stayed pretty warm. I also managed to start my watch a little early so my splits were off the WHOLE time. Jane and I ran together for about the first mile then I kind of got ahead. The race started up cat hill the winded through the park. We left the park right before the Harlem hill and did an out and back (SO pointless) and came back in the park to run the hill. 

Although my training runs took place in Central Park, this was the least strong part of my race. I also got my shot blocks stuck on tin foil so that must have been hilarious for people to watch me pick that off. As we neared 7th Ave (not 100% sure?) there were many more spectators. That is also the point where I did the complete opposite of what they said to do- speed up in the hype of Times Square. I kept looking for my friends but they were MIA. 

Once we turned onto 42nd St there was a bit of wind. I grabbed a gel from the table because I could not handle getting the tin foil off a 3rd shot block. During the stretch down Times Square I felt pretty good- much better than at the start. We went up the West Side Highway for a little, where we ran INTO the wind, then turned around it was a straight shot down. 

These last miles flew by and I felt super strong. When we got to Battery Park Tunnel (yes, no?) I thought we would just run through that and it was the end. I mean it looked like a long tunnel. So I used a lot of energy in there come to find out that was not in fact the end. But I did maintain my energy for the next few blocks. 

Once I saw the finish line I sprinted over it. Since my watch was off the entire time and lost satellite in the tunnel, I didn't trust the time and since I started 45 minutes after the race began and I was in no position to do math, I was just happy I finished. It wasn't until Allie and Emma texted me a screenshot of the app and I checked my own app that I found up that I had an unexpected PR!!

[Thumbs up!]
That's right. For a race that I barely wanted to do anymore I finished in 2:04:51. I was so proud of myself! Although I have to admit I didn't run very smart. My splits were all over the place. But I finished and I am so happy for that. 

Afterwards we headed to brunch where I ate all the food and drank off the mimosas. I'd say it was a pretty solid Sunday. 

[Brunchin' with some cool people] 
Congrats to all runners who ran on Sunday!