24 Hour City Escape to The Lodge at Woodloch

May 27, 2016

The Lodge at Woodloch

With all the craziness happening in my life right now, I decided that before things got even more hectic, MM and I should take 24 hours to zen out and get away from all the items on our ever-growing to-do list. Timed with MM’s grad school graduation and birthday, I planned a surprise trip for us a quick two hours outside of NYC.

The city can feel overwhelming and a bit suffocating at times, but the good news is you don’t have to travel far to feel a world away. We jumped in our car and headed to The Lodge at Woodloch in the Poconos. I had gone a couple of years ago with my mom (recap) and I’ve been waiting for an occasion to go back.

The Lodge is a peaceful spa set by a lake, surrounded by trees and fortunately for us, warm weather and blue skies. For overnight guests, meals, spa & fitness center access and a long list of activities are included.

The Lodge at Woodloch

After checking in we headed to The Tree for lunch. I got the edamame dumplings and MM got the crab sandwich. The menu has a selection of healthy spa-like and heartier more indulgent dishes, plus a stocked salad bar.

Lunch at The Tree

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Next up, we had some down time as we prepped for our massages. Down time at the spa can be spent in a variety of ways: wondering around the property on the nearby trails, taking a cooking class, trying a class at the fitness center, hanging in the outdoor or indoor hot tub or swimming in the indoor pool.

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We took a quick stroll to check out the on-site garden that the restaurant sources from and loved that it was open for guests to explore.

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Lodge Garden

And then it was spa time! Our massages were both excellent, one of the best and most relaxing I’ve ever had. Afterwards we enjoyed a glass of wine by the fire pit.

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The next morning we enjoyed a leisurely breakfast before heading back to the city.

Breakfast at the Tree

Have you ever spent time at an overnight spa? I’m used to the go-go-go mindset and even at the spa, I was like, ok what’s next on the agenda? The answer is nothing! The spa is for relaxing, enjoying the open hours and not worrying about what is happening next. Bonus points for it being acceptable to walk around in your robe. Even after just 24 hours at The Lodge, my mind felt a little more at ease.

If you are ever feeling like I was, like you need to hit the reset button, look into a quickie spa getaway. Even one night away will change your outlook and mood. I recommend finding a place no more than 2 hours away so the travel time doesn’t cut into your relaxation time. If The Lodge at Woodloch is in that two-hour window, I can’t recommend it enough.

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A huge thank you to The Lodge at Woodloch for welcoming us for the night!

Brooklyn Half Marathon 2016 Recap

May 23, 2016

Brooklyn Half Finisher

Saturday’s Brooklyn Half Marathon was a surprisingly gorgeous day and my race was surprisingly speedy. Those are two pleasant surprises!

With threats of rain earlier last week, I worried the race would be a chilly washout. Thankfully, the rain held off and the weather could not have been more perfect. Race morning starts early, and to make it more enjoyable Meaghan and I made the Brooklyn journey together. We met bright (actually, still completely dark) and early at 5:20 am and hopped on the subway for the long ride to the Brooklyn Museum, excited to kick off our race.

It was easy to get through security but the real challenge came when we went made a bathroom break before lining up to start. Why oh why are there never enough porter potties? Literally our entire corral was a giant winding line for the bathroom. Phew, we made it to the front before the starting gun went off.

I was so thankful to have a friend to spend the morning with because making your way to a race and waiting for the start can be tedious and nerve wracking. At 7am though, Meaghan and I parted ways to take on the 13.1 miles ahead of us.

Going into the race, I did a decent job with my training. If you’ve been following along, you know I’ve run about 1-2 runs per week, completed most of my long runs, and complimented my runs with lots of cycling and conditioning classes. To keep things interesting, I tend to do more cross-training than actual running, and for me this works. It keeps me in shape, feeling strong and I happily avoid running burn out. When I crossed the starting line at the Brooklyn Half, I felt confident in my abilities to have a good race. I didn’t think it would be my fastest or my slowest. I was looking forward to a comfortable and enjoyable race. And that’s what I had.

The first half of the race takes you through Prospect Park with small hills here and there. Honestly, I didn’t really feel much of the hills. The park is gorgeous, the weather was ideal for running and the race vibes were all positive. After the park it’s a steady straight line to Coney Island. This part can get a little boring, turns in races keep things interesting, but during a straight shoot for 6+ miles, it can be hard to stay motivated.

Throughout the entire race I had the 1:50 pacer nearby, sometimes really close and sometimes just slightly out of my view. To keep myself motivated, I aimed to keep the pacer close. The first half of the race felt more like a chase trying to keep up with the pacer, but in the second half, I had an energy spike, passed the pacer, and made it my mission to stay in front of him until the finish line.

Brooklyn Half FinishIn the last 800 meters of the run I spotted MM cheering on the sidelines and that gave me the extra boost to sprint to the finish. In the last push of the race, you get views of Coney Island roller coasters, can see the beach in the distance, and get to do your final 200 meters on the boardwalk, such a fun way to finish.

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So excited to see a friendly face along the course!

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The final kick!

I completed the race in 1:48:56 (8:19 pace). I wasn’t expecting to go this fast, my goal was only to beat my time from the 2014 Brooklyn Half–1:53:34 so I was very happy with my finishing time. I was shocked at the burst of energy I felt halfway through the race and saw my average pace steadily dropping as the miles went by. My slowest mile was 8:37 and my fastest was 7:53. I call this a success!

Brooklyn Half Finisher Selfie

Sweaty finisher selfie

After I met up with MM, we joined the crowds at Nathan’s for a famous hot dog and french fries…and a corn dog because I just ran 13.1 miles and why not!

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Oh hiiii beautiful (quickie food review: French Fries A+, Corndog A, Hot Dog B)

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Meeting up with Meaghan after the race.

The big takeaway from this race was that while I may not always be motivated to do training runs, I still love being able to get out and complete a race feeling strong. For me, it’s all about balance; doing workouts I love and staying fit and race-ready through running, strength training, cycling and whatever other workouts make me excited to get moving. Find what works for you to get you to the start and finish line happy and excited to run.

Brooklyn Half Medal

What’s next? I’ll be doing the Lululemon Seawheeze half in August. It may be tough to keep up with my running while I drive cross-country to San Francisco starting next week, but once I get settled I’ll be back at it.

Did you run the Brooklyn Half? Tell me how it went!

Is Tone House New York City’s Hardest Workout?

May 20, 2016

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Is this what I will look like after Tone House? If so, I’ll be back. Photo via

Are you looking for a challenging workout that will leave your muscles burning and sweat dripping? Well, I’ve got a place for you. Earlier this week I attended class at Tone House. This was my first full class at Tone House (I had taken a 30 minute preview class a while back) and knew that I was in for a challenge as I’ve seen Tone House described as the hardest workout in New York and some of my super fit friends are even too intimidated to try it.

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I’m not one to back down from a scary workout and signed up with a friend for Evan and Shaun’s Lower Body/Core workout. The class was held in the new Nomad location, which opened early this week. The space is awesome. There is a huge waiting area where you can stretch before and after class, great lockers room with self-locking lockers and a huge studio floor. The entire space is lit in dim orange light, giving everything an intense vibe.Tone house Modelphoto via

And intense is exactly the vibe this studio deserves. The workout starts with what can only be described as the most challenging warm up ever. Cone-like things are set up and you do running and jumping drills over the cones. Sounds innocent enough but then you start doing burpees between each cone and you need to keep a quick pace because the group is running in a line and you don’t want to hold everyone back. But don’t worry, the instructors tell you that if you need to take a beat and catch your breath, do it, no shaming.

In fact, even though this workout is perhaps one of the hardest, it’s also one of the most supportive. As a former high school athlete, this workout brought me back to my team days (which I miss dearly!).  Everyone cheers for each other as you make your way through the workout and the instructors are literally by your side, encouraging you to push harder and go beyond your perceieved limits.

Ok, let’s get back to the workout. After the ridiculous warm up, the majority of the workout involved getting across the studio, going back and forth with various moves like bear crawls (omg I hated these) and sprints. We also used rowing machines and gliders and had all sorts of moves throughout the hour long work out (squats, burpees, lunges, etc).

The workout concluded with a quick stretch session and a feeling of overall exhaustion and accomplishment. I can see why this workout is known as one of the hardest in the city, but don’t be afraid. It’s a studio worth checking out if you like team style workouts, want to workout like athlete and want to be pushed to your limits, all with the support of your instructors and teammates.

But maybe you are a little nervous. And that’s okay, because now Tone House offers a beginner TH 101 class to ease you in.

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Tone House definitely ranks as one of the toughest workouts I’ve done. And while it was super hard, I wouldn’t hesitate to go back for another round. What’s the hardest workout you’ve tried?

Brooklyn Half Marathon: What I’ll Be Wearing

May 18, 2016

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Are you running a half marathon this weekend? If so, now’s the time to nail down your outfit. When selecting your perfect race day outfit, there are a few things to keep in mind:

  • Don’t try anything new on race day. If you haven’t worn it before, don’t wear it on race day. If you do, you run the risk of being uncomfortable and potential chafing
  • Prep a few days in advance, laying all the items out, to make sure you have everything you need. No one wants to be panicking the evening of race, realizing your favorite sports bra is in the laundry
  • Check the weather and then keep checking it. Make sure you have everything you might potentially need, whether it’s super hot, windy, chilly or raining (please no!)

And now, here’s a look at what I’ll be wearing for Saturday’s Brooklyn Half Marathon.

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Lululemon Cool Racerback Exhale: This fitted tank hugs just enough to stay in place during the 13.1 miles.

Lululemon Making Moves Sports Bra (available in stores): Perhaps my new favorite sports bra, it’s lightweight and supportive, not suffocating.

Lululemon Tracker Short IV: If you like a little extra breathing room for your thighs, these are the best option, with a little more give in the legs. The waist band is thick and soft so you won’t feel any rub.

Garmin Forerunner 220: An easy-to-use GPS watch, ideal for training and racing.

Nike Expandable Belt: After testing a bunch of belts, I find that this one has the least amount of bounce, yet still fits all your necessities as it expands to the size of its contents.

Pro Compression Calf Sleeves: I can’t go more than 5 miles without compression calf sleeves. If you get tight calves of calf cramps, add these to your longer runs.

Feetures Elite Max Cushion Socks: While a bit on the pricy side, I’ll happily pay $15 for a good pair of socks because a blister on race day really sucks.

Saucony Triumph ISO: These supportive and cushiony shoes have gotten me through a couple of halves and a marathon. I think this will be my last race in my current pair and then it’s time to go shoe shopping!

Saturday’s forecast is looking iffy. Potentially rainy with lows in the 50s. Since I’ll be standing outside for a bit before the race starts, I’ll be wearing a throwaway sweatshirt to toss as I hit the starting line.

I’m excited for this race and will be crossing my fingers hoping for a good forecast.

What are your favorite race-day items? Share them below to help us all get prepped for race day!

 

Healthy On-The-Go Snacks from Thrive Market

May 16, 2016

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I love snacks. I live for snacks. And if I have healthy snacks on hand, it’s a-okay. But if I don’t have quality snacks around, it can be a recipe for disaster. With my 16 day road trip coming up, I know that having good snacks on hand will be essential for a healthy-ish journey. While driving NYC to SF I’m sure I’ll indulge along the way, but to ensure I don’t go overboard, I’m loading our car with natural & healthy snacks.

I want to enjoy the ride and try local food along the way, but my big fear is that with hours of driving, we’ll be bored and hungry and in desperate times, may be lured to McDonalds or other fast food joint. That sort of boredom/mindless eating is something I want to avoid. As challenging as that may be during a drive this long, I’m hoping that our car will be properly stocked so that we can happily avoid fast food stops, while staying satisfied.

Whether you’re driving cross-country, driving an hour, or just need something to get you through a long day at the office, make sure you have healthy and delicious snacks on hand. They key to snack stocking is to make sure it’s not too healthy and bland. What I mean is, if the only snacks I have on hand are carrots and celery, chances are I’m not going to be satisfied and will fall for something way less healthy. If you have healthy but somewhat indulgent snacks on hand (like trail mix with dark chocolate), you’ll be less likely to go off the deep end.

I’m a huge fan of Thrive Market and did most of my road trip snack purchases from the site. The prices are far better than what’s offered at my local NYC grocery store (25-50% lower) and I love that you can sort the site by raw, vegan, paleo, gluten free and so on (paleo for me please!).

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Here are the top snacks that will be joining me on my road trip:

Nud Goji Chia Banana Crisps, Mavuno Harvest Organic Dried Banana, Raw Cashews/Almonds/Goji Berries, Epic Habanero Cherry Beef bars, Go Raw Organic Pizza Flax Snax, Dried Jackfruit, Dried Tropical Mix, Wonderfully Raw Organic Brownie Coco-Roons, Paleonola Maple Pancake Grain Free Granola and That’s It bars.

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I know I should be packing and cleaning, but let’s be real, I’m mostly thinking about snacks for the trip.

More about Thrive: A yearly Thrive membership is $59.95 and if you order enough, it quickly pays for itself. Shipping is free over $49. This post isn’t sponsored by Thrive, I’m just a huge fan! If you sign up and use my link, I’ll get a little money to pay for my snacking addiction.

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Sign up using this link, get a free 30-day trial and get 15% off your first purchase. Plus, when you become a paying member, a low-income family will get a free membership, allowing them access to discounted, nutritious food.

What’s your favorite healthy snack? Share it below and maybe I’ll be inspired to add it to my road trip stock!

Quitting My Job, and Then What?

May 13, 2016

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I touched on this briefly in my post about leaving New York, I quit my job at Cosmo & Seventeen. Quitting had nothing to do with my level of enjoyment for my work. For as long as I can remember, I wanted to work in magazines, and look at me now, I’m doing it! And not just doing it, I’m at an awesome company, Hearst, working for quite possibly the most successful women’s magazine. Yet here I am, the last week at my job. And it feels strange.

I’m not sure how to explain it, but I feel like I’m on the verge of something really exciting and new. Of course moving across the country and welcoming a whole new set of life experiences is part of that “exciting and new” thing, but I think it’s even more than that. Everyone has been asking me if I have a job lined up in San Fran and the answer is no. Not only do I not have a job lined up, with full honesty, I’m not even sure what job I want. My passions and work desires have shifted and I’m still learning what that means. Is it a little scary to be saying that at 31? Yes and no. I think a lot of people my age aren’t passionate about the work they do, but it’s easier to stick with what they know than take a leap and try to find that passion point.

By moving across the country, I was forced to quit a job I was comfortable in and enjoyed, even if it isn’t my ultimate passion. By moving across the country and needing to quit my job to do so, I’m using this as a jumping off point to find what I truly love doing. As evidenced by this blog, you know I love health, wellness and social media, and I’m exploring what that might mean for a career, instead of as my side hustle, which it’s been for a while.

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The Hearst Tower is a truly gorgeous place to work

With our move just a couple of weeks away, everyone has expected me to be applying for jobs nonstop and have something in the works for when we get to SF, but I am taking a different approach. I’ve been finishing up my work at my current job, preparing to move across the country, teaching my cycling classes and am planning a wedding. I want to get to California, get settled, find my footing, all while being selective at the career move I make next.

Money-wise it’s a bit scary since San Fran is just about the most expensive city in the country, but I’m confident in my abilities, am responsible with my money and will put trust in something great in my future.

Wednesday was my last day at the Hearst Tower and it feels like the closing of a huge chapter in my life. Nine years of being in this great city, working for entertainment and media companies of my dreams, and now acknowledging a shift in my dreams, and taking the next steps to find out what that means for my future. I’m looking forward to exploring, feeling a little uncomfortable, and taking risks. Stick with me as I embark on this next chapter.

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Hearst elevator selfies are kinda a thing

Have you had a similar experience in your career/life? I’d love to hear your thoughts and advice, please leave your comments below.

 

Two Weeks Until Race Day & Monday Links

May 9, 2016

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We’re two weeks out from the Brooklyn Half Marathon race day! Despite a somewhat rainy weekend, I had plenty of opportunities to complete my long run. According to my schedule, I could have done 9 miles or 12 miles and when the time came, what did I do? SIX MILES. Why six? Well, that’s all I felt like doing. I know that isn’t a particularly encouraging training move, but I couldn’t bring myself to run any further. And I let myself be okay with it. Training for races regularly doesn’t always need to be about PRs and pushing yourself to the limit. This go round, I’ve been wanting to do workouts that I enjoy, and as much as part of me knew I should have done the full long run, I also knew that at this point, it wouldn’t make a huge difference one way or another. So instead of doing what was on my schedule, I did what felt right.

Motivation to train hard is not at an all-time high, and that’s okay. I have another half marathon on the horizon and maybe I’ll feel like training harder then. And if I don’t, that’s okay too, because racing for me is about enjoying the process and challenging myself. Sometimes I’m up for the challenge and other times I’m not, and that’s perfectly alright.

Anyone else feel that way? I’m still excited for the Brooklyn Half and will be pushing myself on race day.

Speaking of pushing ourselves, I came across this interesting article on Women’s Health, 10 Things No One Tells You About Transforming Your Body. This piece is telling the real, hard truth. If you’ve ever tried to lose the last five pounds or see more definition in your abs but feel like you fell short, it’s probably because you didn’t go ALL OUT. As this article says, to reach big fitness/body goals, it takes 100% effort. You can’t half-ass it on the weekends and sneak a cookie. I’m not saying we should strive for this type of perfection or unreachable goals but if you are wondering why maybe you haven’t reached your big fitness goals, this article may shed some light on that. It makes you think about how badly you want to reach those goals and if it’s worth the full, nonstop effort.

Now let’s switch gears. In honor of Mother’s Day yesterday, did you know my mom’s a writer? She recently began writing for DC Refined, a site dedicated to DC living, including restaurants, fashion, beauty, health, travel and more. I definitely got my desire to write from my mom (thanks mama!) and I’d love to share some of her work with you.

For DC folks looking to get a Napa experience, I’ll give you two options. Visit me in Northern Cali when I move there this summer, or take a quick trip to Virginia, a new winery destination. Read about three popular vineyards in If a Trip to Napa Isn’t in the Cards, Hit the Virginia Wine Trail (the first one, Blue Valley is where I’m getting married!).

Thinking about planning an at-home wedding? Clearly I’m not, but that’s what my brother did last December. Read about it from my mom’s perspective, Staying Sane Planning an At-Home Wedding…as the MIL.

Thanks for reading & have a great week everyone!

My 5 Favorite Races in New York City

May 4, 2016

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New York City is a crazy and crowded place. Before I lived here and got into the running scene, I never would have thought of NYC as a running city. Being a concrete jungle full of busy streets, you might be surprised to know that NYC is one of the best places to be active. If you enjoy doing races, you will never run short in this city. Thanks to New York Road Runners, there are races nearly every weekend, ranging from 1 mile to 26.2+. Whether you’re trying to win the race or merely get in a few fun miles with friends before celebrating at brunch, there are tons of great races to take part in.

I ran my first NYC race back in July 2005 when I was interning in the city during the summer. That one race got me hooked. The energy is electric, pushing you to work harder than your typical pace thanks to race day adrenaline and thousands of excited runners surrounding you.

Here’s a look at my five favorite New York City races. If you’re considering logging miles in the city, put these on your to-do list.

New York City Marathon

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For New York runners, this is a can’t-miss race. Running through all five boroughs with 50,000+ passionate runners is an incredible experience. If you’re a local and can scatter your friends and family around the course to cheer you on, it’s an extra amazing experience.

I’m not sure what’s harder, training and completing the race or scoring a spot to participate. While some lucky folks will get in from the lottery, if you really want to run, don’t leave it up to chance. Either join a charity team or do NYRR’s 9+1. The full calendar year prior to the race, become a NYRR member, run 9 qualifying races and volunteer at one race and you’ll get a guaranteed spot (this is what I did).

As you train for this race, I highly recommend reading A Race Like No Other to get an intimate look at the miles you’ll be covering.

New York City Triathlon

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After completing this race 6 years in a row, I can confidently tell you it is so good that it’s worth the dip in the Hudson River. While far smaller than the NYC Marathon with about 5,000 participants each year, the NYC Triathlon is still quite large for a triathlon. Even so, this race is expertly organized and makes for a seamless, stress free experience as a competing athlete.

The race starts on the Upper West Side with a 1-mile swim down the Hudson River. Is it disgusting to swim in the Hudson? You betcha. But you’re swimming with the current so even if it is gross, it’s over super quick, likely to be your fastest mile swim ever. Next you jump on your bike and head north for a moderately hilly 40k ride. If you’re not too competitive, be sure to look around and take in the views as you cross the Henry Hudson Bridge. Finally you drop your bike off and start your 6.2 mile run around Central Park.

Triathletes are some of the friendliest and most supportive people and you feel this throughout the race, cheering on your fellow athlete. This course will challenge you to push your limits and you’ll deserve a post race celebration after getting through your swim, bike & run.

NYC Half Marathon

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This is the race to run if you want to feel like you’re taking over NYC. The beginning of the NYC Half Marathon course is a hilly loop around Central Park, then takes you through a shut-down Times Square. Such a rare and cool New York experience. You’ll head south down the West Side Highway to end your course at the bottom of Manhattan.

Brooklyn Half Marathon

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From the kick-off of race weekend at packet pickup to the finish at Coney Island, this race feels like a party. The Brooklyn Half has recently grown in popularly and sells out quickly. The course loops Prospect Park, then is a pretty straight shoot to the Coney Island boardwalk. The second half might be a little boring since it’s a straight run, but it’s worth it when you get to do your final sprint on the boardwalk with beach views welcoming you to the finish line.

While maybe not the most important reason to run a race, the Brooklyn Half always has the best race t-shirts.

New York Mini 10k

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For my ladies out there, this is the race for you. The women’s-only NYRR Mini 10K takes you on one loop around Central Park. It feels special to be running with a pack of powerful women, plus you get a cute tank top and a finisher medal, not typical for 10k distances. This race is in early June so you’re likely to warm weather. The race makes for a perfect kick off to a Saturday with your girlfriends. Run the 10k and then grab mimosas and brunch near the park.

Having the opportunity to race regularly in my city has been a real treat and if you’re a runner in NYC, don’t take this for granted! Now you let me know, what you’re favorite New York City race? Leave your comment below.

My One More: May Goal + Race Training Week 9

May 2, 2016

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Each month, in partnership with Premier Protein, I share my goals, the extra X I hope to accomplish in the month ahead. Thanks to proper nutrition, getting the right amount of protein in my diet and healthy habits, I’m able to accomplish something extra each month. This month the extra X is all about enjoying my last month in NYC. I created an NYC to-do list (honestly, it’s 90% places to eat) and I’m down the final 3o days!

In addition to checking out NYC places I’ve never been and visiting some of my favorites one more time, I also am trying to see as many friends as possible before the move west. While enjoying New York City and prepping for the move, I need to stay on top of my workouts and training for the Brooklyn Half Marathon.

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Speaking of the Brooklyn Half, let’s chat training. My big accomplishment of the weekend was completing an 11 mile run. My training hasn’t followed the schedule I created perfectly but I made up for a few skipped runs this week, making me feel like I’m on track for the race.

My run felt shaky at first. I considered cutting it short around 5 miles but found my groove about halfway through. It’s always good to remember that it can take longer than you expect to find your stride, keep those legs moving and you’ll get through the miles.

There are three weeks left until race day and I’m getting excited to race Brooklyn and enjoy Coney Island post-race with running friends.

This week’s workout plan:

  • Monday: Teach cycling, 2 mile run
  • Tuesday: SoulCycle with coworkers
  • Wednesday: Teach cycling
  • Thursday: Tone House
  • Friday: 9 mile run
  • Saturday: Conditioning class
  • Sunday: Yoga

For the next month I’ll keep you posted on the final weeks of training and my NYC to-do list. Do you have a New York bucket list? What’s on yours?

 

 

Let’s Take a Drive: Cross Country Road Trip Plans

April 29, 2016

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Since we’re on the topic of moving across the country and epic travels, let’s chat about how MM, Ollie and I plan to get ourselves from NYC to San Francisco. The answer: a 16-day cross country road trip. I am so pumped for this journey. I’ve been wanting to do a cross country road trip for years (it was even on my 30 before 30 list) and I was starting to lose hope that I’d have the opportunity. When we decided to make the move west, MM commented how much easier it would be to fly to California. Well, obviously. But this isn’t about ease, it’s about an amazing once-in-a-lifetime chance to take our time traveling across America; there was no way we were going to do it via plane.

After online research and talking with friends who have done similar trips, we’ve come up with our route. Initially I thought we’d book a few hotels and wing it the rest of the way, but once I looked into a few hotels in key locations, I realized we’d be traveling during prime summer vacation time (the first two weeks of June) and not all hotels would be dog friendly. To avoid the risk of sleeping in our car, we went ahead and booked hotels for all 16 days of our trip.

Here’s our basic plan, created with Roadtrippers.com, a super helpful site. Road Trip Map

New York City→Niagara Falls→Ann Arbor, MI→Madison, WI→Soiux Falls, SD→Mount Rushmore→Badlands, SD→Billings, MN→Yellowstone National Park, WY→Grand Teton National Park, WY→Jackson Hole, WY→Park City, UT→Bryce Canyon, UT→Zion National Park, UT→Las Vegas, NV→Los Angeles, CA→San Francisco, CA

When we decided we’d do a cross-country road trip, I thought you just sort of jump in your car and drive west. Delusional, right? A lot of planning is going into this trip and as I learn things along the way, I’ll pass those learnings on to you.

Some topics I plan to explore:

  • How to pack for a road trip
  • How to eat healthy on the road
  • How to stay active and get exercise during the trip
  • How to not go crazy and kill the other person in the car
  • How to keep your dog happy during the journey

As this is my very first cross country road trip, I would love advice. If you’ve done a similar trip, what tips would you give? Leave them below and help us get prepped for our 4,170 mile adventure!

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