Wow. Last week really did me in. Most amount of classes I’ve ever taught in a week- 11. I am still feeling it, as I missed my long run Sunday morning from exhaustion anddd missed it again yesterday morningย when I meant to make it up. Ugh. Marathon training is really not even remotely fun for me right now. I haven’t felt even a little excited about it and that makes me sad.ย But I love teaching a ton, and it’s a source of my income so it is more important than training to run 26.2 miles.ย Definitely never running a 2nd marathon. I love half’s but this full nonsense is just too time consuming! I NEED SLEEP. (and some strength training would be nice too)

This is how my week broke down.

Sunday July 6th: Taught my 9:00 AM class. Lifted a few weights right before class then walked around all day with heavy ass bags of groceries and other random errands. It was a very active day outside of my normal workout which left me really tired which is actually really sad ๐Ÿ™‚ Goes to show you that just because you do 1-3 hours of cardio a day, if you sit at a desk the rest of the time (like me) then some of those benefits are negated.

Monday July 7th: Taught my 6:30 AM class in Brooklyn. Worked all day, then subbed 2 back-to-back classes at 6 and 7 PM. These classes demand high energy because of who I sub for, so I rode about 50 miles or more this day. I also did these exact 3 classes the Monday before and in just a week’s time it’s crazy to feel that I was less tired than the week before. Our bodies adapt so fast! I had this delicious bar right before the 2 classes to fuel up and it tastes like a macaroon. Mmmm.

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Got home, ate avocado toast and my new nightly snack that is sometimes actually dinner because I get home late.

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2% Fage strawberry yogurt, a couple mini chocolate chips and a few animal crackers. There is something so amazing about this yogurt. Please try it if you haven’t. Also please try to un-see how pasty white I am right now.

Tuesday July 8th: Wanted to get in a few miles Tuesday morning but OBVIOUSLY that didn’t happen. I slept in and felt like I was hit by a train. Worked all day then taught my 7:00 PM class. Only day that I only had 1 class. Pinkberry for dinner, yaaaaaaaaaaas.

Wednesday July 9th: Taught my 6:00 AM class which is always beyond rough to get up for, since I don’t get home til around 9 or after on Tuesday nights. Worked all day, then subbed for my girl Nicole at 6:00 PM. This is when my left hip and foot started to hurt during class, so I tried to scale back as much as I could.

Thursday July 10th: My last Thursday subbing the 7:00 AM class and I am really going to miss it!ย Worked all day, then subbed another 6:00 PM class. I taught in my sneakers instead of my spin shoes for both of these classes and it helped my foot and hip feel a lot better. I learned at the conference in Miami that stress fractures can happen to our feet in spin if the cleats on the spin shoes are too far forward and I think this is the case on mine. The guy actually said something like 80% of people’s cleats are put too far forward! So the sneakers took off some pressure from my toes so I was able to go pretty hard Thursday morning. Thursday night I taught 3 songs off the bike for my first time (it was both awkward and glorious) and welcomed Friday ready to finish my last 2 classes.

Friday July 11th- Taught my 6:30 AM class in Brooklyn. Love my Friday class. We’re so pumped for the weekend and everyone works hard! I was feeling pretty good for having 9 classes under me already. Worked all day, then subbed the 6 PM class that I will be subbing for the rest of summer! I love it and it really helps people get ready for the weekend.

I then had to work overtime Saturday morning where I was a miserably exhausted mess ๐Ÿ™‚

My weeks won’t be like that often and at least right now while I need to be running too, my body can’t handle that amount of high-mileage cycling. It’s much different than high-mileage running of course, but it has it’s cons as well. Mainly the fact that I have no real recovery time so I feel too sore and achey to push myself in my classes later in the week. I’m good at faking it on the bike (like any good instructor ๐Ÿ˜‰ ) but the truth is the energy an instructor has while they are also pushing themselves and struggling along with the class is different. I’m still woo-ing, and so encouraging to the classes- off the bike, plus I’m now not afraid to sing along to my songs (i feel bad for my classes haha) but they watch your every move on the bike and it really makes a difference in how hard they work. I’m just not comfortable teaching off the bike (yet? ever? I’m not sure) so I’m figuring out what works for me. If I’m teaching 11 classes in a 5 day span, they can’t all be my own workout too. I HAVE to scale my own intensity back or my burn out is going to happen and it’s my job now to not get burnt out! I do love that this is such a learning process, and I would truly love to be a full time instructor/trainer so I need all the advice I can get from fellow instructors- and those of you who take spin!! Tell me what you love and what bugs you about an instructor!! My #1 thing- I know I used to hate when instructors would come up close to me and touch my resistance knob- hello what if that person has an injury that they didn’t want to announce to the class?!- and I think that motivating and pushing from up front is more effective overall. That’s my opinion, and I’ve asked my classes before if they like that and 99% of them have said they hate when an instructor doesn’t ride with them and when they get all up in their business.

This past Sunday I taught in the morning and then Brenda and I went to the Brooklyn Bridge Park to lay out in the sun. I got REAL burnt like an idiot- it was cloudy and we were too afraid of rain to go out to the beach- but it was nice to just lay out and talk and laugh after a long week! I finished my Sunday with a chicken pita, froyo and bed at 8:30. Gloooorious.

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Total weekly mileage for cycling:

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Why it says 9 and not 11, I do not know.

That’s my last week and a half! How have yours been? ๐Ÿ™‚

HI!

HELLOOO! Ahhh, I miss you guys. So much. My new schedule is still something I’m trying to adjust to so I need to get on a blogging schedule since the only time I can blog now is at night when I’m home. I’ve just been subbing a lot of night classes and then waking right back up to teach in the mornings, so my nights are spent getting home at 9, wolfing down a bowl of cereal (meal prep fail) and going to sleep sweaty. Beautiful, I know. But the new job is going good so far and overall I am 79% less stressed. It’s making a difference already!

So here’s what I’ve been up to the last couple weeks in a big summary of pics. Let’s get caught up!

Enjoying my weekends off to the FULLEST! I’m not one to waste a weekend day doing nothing anymore, so brunching is always necessary. This is my new favorite brunch meal from Grey Dog:
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Egg, sausage & goat cheese on a croissant with perfect sweet potato fries & a soy iced latte.


I finally met the gorgeous & super sweet Andrea the weekend before last! She lives in Hoboken so she met me for a 6 mile run & took my Sunday spin class where we had a blast! Brunch afterwards at Tavern 29 up on the rooftop.
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(Red pepper & goat cheese omelette w. homefries & avocado)

I’m looking forward to being friends with this gal. She is a doll and her positive energy is just what I need in my life! ๐Ÿ™‚

1st day at the new job and it was so beautiful outside. Took my stripey pants, studded oxfords & homemade salad outside to eat… Along with everyone who works on Park Ave. Love it.
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First week I did so good with meal prep, even snack prep, so I have to get back on that train because I only get 30 minutes now & it’s too hectic to buy and eat in just 30 mins!

Absolutely loving my outfits. I’ve always wanted to dress preppy but never thought I could pull it off. I’m loving it.
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J Crew Factory “city fit” crops are the best pants ever, FYI.

Teaching loooots of spin & improving my watts! My “flat road” resistance number is getting higher which is awesome to feel myself getting stronger! In fact, I see my clients improving and it’s such a great feeling!
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Brooklyn 1/2 Marathon bib pick-up in downtown Brooklyn! Gorgeous views.
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Ran the 1/2 with my roomie Kira since it was her first half! It was so nice to take it easy & help someone achieve their fitness goal. She did awesome and it was a hot one out. The course is amazing & I can’t wait to demolish it next year!
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Refueling the right way… 5 Napkin turkey burger with melted blue cheese, mushrooms & onion with sweet potato fries & diet coke.
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I went home to crash and John went to dinner at Dinosaur BBQ in Harlem with a friend and brought me back pulled pork, mac & cheese and coleslaw. Their mac is my favorite ever so I indulged… So dumb. Still in pain 4 days later. Cheese (except blue, goat or feta) and I just can’t.ย 

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11 PM that night I left for a less-than-24-hour trip to Binghamton to see my amazing little brother graduate from Binghamton University.ย 
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He is hands down the smartest, funniest & most kind hearted person I’ve ever known. Love that he is my brother! I was actually emotional watching him put on his cap & gown & walk across the stage. We’ve been through hell and back with family things for the last 2 years, but he perservered and still did amazing graduating with a Biology degree!ย 

That wraps up my first week and a half of my new life! The nights I don’t teach, it’s pretty amazing to be home by 6:15! Oh, it also helps that my new co-workers are absolutely HILARIOUS. Like, they make me cry from laughing so hard and just being goofy. I fit right in ๐Ÿ™‚

๐Ÿ™‚ Tell me how you are!!! What’s new?!

Small Changes.

Happy 2014 you guys! I hope this year is terrific for you and myself as well. I think great things are brewing for me and I just have to put in the work to make them happen.

New Years Eve was spent with Brenda, Eddie and John at their apartment. We ate Domino’s and I drank about a teaspoon of champagne. We watched recaps of the funniest moments of 2013 and just laughed and talked. We were home by 1:30 AM and it was glorious.

My first ever New Year’s Day workout. It felt awesome.

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I have been hungover for every New Year’s for the last 8 years I believe. No more. Next year I am planning to do the midnight run in Central Park. On the train ride home from Brenda’s we saw so many runners leaving the park and I was pretty ragey that I didn’t do it.

The run was followed by brunch with my friend Alyse and her awesome roommates. We brunched at Riverpark which is a very fancy (for me) restaurant by the famous chef Tom Colicchio. The brunch prices were totally normal so I would recommend trying it for a fancier feel! We started with cinnamon doughnuts to share.

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So many dishes looked great but most of them had cheese and other things I would have had to sub out so I just went with the safest option, the wild mushroom frittata.

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AMAZING iced coffee, too!

I probably should have woke up early to run this morning but since I have 2 classes tomorrow and my legs are REALLY sore from my 6 miler yesterday, I slept in and am really aiming to eat healthier today. It’s a serious challenge after 2 months of being overly lenient in my food choices. Since I was also running less the last 2 months, I feel pretty fluffy and my pants aren’t fitting how I’d like them to. My mindset in the past would have been to restrict, or be too strict with how I would eat to reset my body (and mind, too). My will-power to be like that just doesn’t work anymore. And I don’t think that it’s a bad thing! In order to make changes that will stick, most people respond well to small changes. I know for me it’s really the only thing that will work. How do I do that? Here a few tips that work for me and hopefully will help you get back to healthier choices.

1. Obviously meal prep is important, useful and really does work in theory.ย You save money, calories and for me- a trip to the crazy streets of Midtown East in search of food for lunch and therefore a bad mood. But for me, after weeks of eating less-than-healthy foods, I seem to keep craving them. Were you eating a lot of breakfast sandwiches or french toast or pastries? Maybe you can keep eating those foods but make them yourself so you are saving the calories. Right now, oatmeal is just not doing it for me. If I make it at home on the stove and eat it right then it’s still great but for some reason making it in the microwave at work makes me gag now. Probably because I’ve been eating the same breakfast for 2.5 years straight. Except the last few weeks, I’ve been eating bagels and croissants for breakfast so I’ve been spoiled! I had the next best thing that I whipped up last night; healthy muffins and a big ol’ iced coffee.

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I’ll call them banana chocolate chip muffins. The chocolate chips I used are dairy-free mini ones from the brand Enjoy Life and I found them at Whole Foods. They seriously taste exactly like real chocolate chips, without the stomach ache for me. Win. Make these:

  • 2.5 cups oat flour (just grind oatmeal in a blender or food processor, about 4 cups worth)
  • 1 tbsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
  • 2 tbsp honey
  • 1 mashed banana
  • 1 tbsp melted coconut oil
  • Cinnamon (as much as you want)
  • Optional: 3 tbsp chocolate chips

Heat oven to 350, mix all together and make either 6 large muffins or 12 mini’s. Bake for 15-20 minutes, turn on broiler for 2-3 minutes for extra crispness on top. They come out about 260-ish calories for the 6 count with the chocolate chips so omit those and they will be closer to 220. Pair with some protein like some egg whites and a fat like a little peanut butter on the muffin and it’s an amazing breakfast that doesn’t seem SO healthy ๐Ÿ˜‰ Eat things you love, just modify them.

2. Make 2/3 meals healthier to start.ย Make at least your breakfast and lunch healthier, or your lunch and dinner. For me, if I eat a healthy breakfast and lunch, it’s actually easier for me to have a healthy dinner too. Why break the pattern, right? But if I start out the day with junk, I will be much less likely to eat healthy the rest of the day. After my healthy breakfast, it was easier to choose a good lunch today. I picked up a made-to-order salad at my favorite place and loaded it with vegetables and grilled chicken. It also had some crumbled blue cheese and a side of light ranch to dip my fork in, because that’s balance!

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3. Honor your cravings in an alternate way. This is kind of similar to #1 but it’s what helps me the most. I work long hours, no less than 10 hours of my day is spent at my job and therefore just a breakfast and lunch aren’t going to cut it. Around 4 I start to get antsy because I still have 3 hours of work left and I just want to leave. Then comes the late afternoon snack attack. BE PREPARED. Don’t come empty handed and leave yourself vulnerable to office junk food. I did this the entire month of December and that’s why I feel fluffy now. Bring an apple or banana with peanut butter, a Larabar or whatever your favorite type of bar is, portioned out trail mix, a fruity greek yogurt, or some dark chocolate. I prefer a bulkier “snack” that’s basically just another meal calorie-wise. I don’t get a chance to eat dinner until at least 8:00 PM but often later if I work later or teach a Spin class after work, so around 5:30-6 I am starving. Depending on your calorie needs and when you eat dinner, you can judge how big your snack should be. Also, maybe you are a big time post-dinner snacker. Since I eat dinner so late, I don’t usually have a chance to eat more because I need to be asleep. You don’t have to give up your dessert, you just need to fit it into your calorie needs for the day.

4. When encountering junky food that ya know ya just don’t need right now, repeat to yourself: “I know what this tastes like already. I’ve had it before, and I can have it again.”ย I may be crazy for this one, but I swear it works for me. If you really stop to think about a food you are about to dive into that you don’t exactly need, seriously remind yourself that you know what it tastes like. You know it will be available to you again. Why not just wait? John’s mom made a ton of her amazing cookies and I’ve been picking at them every day since before Christmas. I finally stopped myself last night and remembered that I had been eating them every day and I know what they taste like. They are freaking amazing so it’s hard to say no even when talking out loud to myself in the kitchen, but I managed to not even open the ziplock bag. There just seems to be less of a “I NEED NOW” feeling when you stop to think that it isn’t the last time you will see the particular food.

Let me know if any of these tips work for you! They aren’t anything special or unique but we often just need reminders of the basics to set us straight again.

What small changes do you make when getting back to healthier habits?

Should I Keep?

Hi! A bit boring over here today. NYC is totally gross right now with the “snow” which is really just thick rain today. Not sure if you know but… I hate winter. ๐Ÿ˜‰

After work last night I dragged my tired butt to a cycle class with the intention of using it as a recovery ride. I am still so sore from Brenda’s ass-whooping and from all the classes I taught and went to last week, so I needed to just get a little sweaty and flush my legs out. The class ended up being the perfect mix of recovery and flushing! Not too many hills, lots of fast legs with light resistance.

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Devoured this Luna bar on the way home. It tasted like heaven. The best flavor ever!

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Then whipped up one of my random creations using what I had in the fridge. The flavor combo was really surprisingly great!

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Small sweet potato cut down the middle and microwaved for 3-4 minutes until soft but not mushy. Sprinkled with smoked paprika and garlic powder then topped with crumbled goat cheese, turkey bacon, and egg whites with jalapenos. Dijon mustard on top. I pretty much “mmmm” ‘ed my way through the whole thing.

I woke up super late but still wanted time to run at least 1 mile so I could test out this new watch I bought from Active Gear Up. I’ve had a Garmin before and sold it because it is next to impossible to get GPS satellite to register until you reach Central Park. I like to run around the streets and I’m almost a mile away from Central Park from my gym, so this really annoys me. This watch was on sale for a great price so I grabbed it.

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After 10 minutes of walking around/jogging and getting no signal, I was PISSED and now I want to return it. It seems like all the other runners I know here in NYC have a Garmin so I have to ask… do you all live just a few blocks from Central Park so you get satellites pretty fast? This just seems to be a waste of money if my Runkeeper app can work better and it’s free. Should I test it out again or just get my money back? I have to wake up at 4:30 AM just to get to the gym on time before work, so waiting around for 10+ minutes every morning extra is NOT something I am willing to do. Also, isn’t it so pretty? ๐Ÿ™‚

Runners- do you run with a GPS watch or use a phone app?

My First 2 Spin Classes!!!

WOOOOO HOOOOOOO! As I write this, I am so sore in just about every inch of my body which has never happened to me from spin class! After being really sick after Thanksgiving, a.k.a my 2nd cold already and it wasn’t even December, I didn’t work out all weekend and was getting really nervous with my first spin classes looming over me Tuesday. I was still really sick Monday so I stayed home from work, went to the urgent care clinic and got some medicine for a minor sinus infection and also left with a prescription for an inhaler and medicated nasal spray. According to the doctor after I described my symptoms that have been on-going for a year now plus years before that seasonally, I have extreme allergies that need to be treated with more than just the occasional Zyrtec. Anyways, I had listened to my planned playlist over and over and over and wrote down the ques but of course 3 days without being on the actual bike and I needed my fix. I went down to the 24 Hour Fitness in Soho and took the 6:00 PM spin class, mostly for peace of mind that I hadn’t lost all fitness in 3 days ๐Ÿ˜‰ You know that you know that feeling.

It hurt. It was so hard and even extra hard because I was sick. But as usual, I felt amazing afterwards!

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(I also ran a 1 mile warm-up on the treadmill before class)

Usually when I’m sick my appetite is insane, this time it’s been absent and my stomach had been hurting. All from nerves, I’m sure. I made sure to refuel and also fuel for the next day’s intense classes!

italian roll w/ avocado, 3 egg whites w/ jalapenos, small sweet potato w/ goat cheese, smoked paprika, garlic powder + dijon mustard! TRY THIS COMBO!
italian roll w/ avocado, 3 egg whites w/ jalapenos, small sweet potato w/ goat cheese, smoked paprika, garlic powder + dijon mustard! TRY THIS COMBO!

Oops I also forgot to add turkey bacon in that description. I love bacon.

I got a good night of sleep and woke up yesterday ready to rock. I listened to my playlist and yelled out my ques in my room (my neighbors now think I am hosting a spin class in my room I’m sure) while drinking coffee. Lots of coffee. I choked down some oatmeal and got down to the gym almost an hour early to make sure EVERYTHING was going to run smoothly! I can’t get over how friendly and welcoming everyone at 24 Hour Fitness is. I love it there already!

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Rumor had it I was subbing for a VERY popular instructor, and I loved how everyone came in kinda upset that he wasn’t there. I assured them I would make them sweat and groove, no worries ๐Ÿ˜‰ And I did just that. I felt 100% natural up there and LOOOOOOVED watching people sweat, sing along, and look so determined! The 12:30 class had amazing energy and is a time slot I would really love to teach regularly. I forgot to snap a picture of my heart rate monitor for my first class, but thanks to nerves and trying to keep up intensity with the class, I burned a record 679 CALORIES in 57 minutes total of class! My best friend in the universe, you know her by now ;-),Brenda was amazing enough to schedule her clients around coming to my first class! I could not ask for a better friend. It made me a lot less nervous having her there! Afterwards we went to Subway to refuel. Yes.

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I ended up having just enough time to get back to my apartment, take a quick shower, and make this yogurt bowl to eat on the train back to the gym. This is right about when exhaustion hit me first. Good exhaustion, though!

strawberry Chobani, Kashi Go Lean twigs, sliced banana + PB
strawberry Chobani, Kashi Go Lean twigs, sliced banana + PB

I arrived 25 minutes early which is seriously ideal. I hope I am never rushing to classes but I know that will happen sometime! I foam rolled the crap out of my quads that were on fire from Monday nights class + my previous class, and was greeted with some of the members telling me I better be as good as the guy I was subbing for! Haha talk about pressure! I loved it though and was confident I would give them a great workout with music they would love.

And an hour later, I did just that. Just like my first class, everyone said they loved my music and got a great workout in! I saw lots of people dropping like flies after back-to-back jumps and sprints. So proud!

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I. Was. Fried. In the best way possible! ๐Ÿ™‚

Famished and exhausted, John scooped me up and took me to get celebratory pizza because when isn’t eating pizza a good idea?! Knowing we wanted to get custard at Shake Shack after, we tried a new-to-us pizza place in Hell’s Kitchen right near SS, called Don Giovanni’s. The pizza was fantastic, and I don’t even think it was just because I was in a 1,275 calorie deficit! It came out cheesier than I expected, but I ate it anyway. YOLO.

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Eggnog custard with little crispies on top.

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Insert me collapsing into bed and not even making it through 1 episode of It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia. Best sleep I’ve gotten in a LONG time!

My entire body, even my upper body, is so sore today and I am physically drained. It feels so, so good to do something that has meaning to it and that brings other people happiness and endorphins!

Here is the playlist I used for both classes and will use for my 6:00 class on Friday night. I’m not sure when my next class will be after that but I will have a new playlist for whenever that is! Also, computer savvy people- how do you post a playlist from Spotify? I tried to print screen it, crop it in Paint, copy it to Word, then email it to myself and it didn’t work. I am not good with computer programs apparently even after using them for the last almost 15 years.

Britney Spears- Work Bitch (warm-up)

Jennifer Lopez- Get Right (moderate hill, climb in saddle then climb in position 3 for each chorus)

Drake- Hold On, We’re Going Home (stay in position 3 from previous song, work up to heavy hill sitting in the saddle for each chorus. Push the pace on the hill the last chorus)

Daft Punk feat. Pharrell Williams- Get Lucky (seated flat, 4 count jumps on each chorus)

Rihanna- Jump (add on resistance, run in position 2 and sprint in position 3 for each chorus which will be 25 seconds x 3)

Macklemore- Can’t Hold Us (seated FAST flat pyramid- first 1:20, then 40 seconds, then 25), run/recover in position 2 for each chorus)

Rihanna feat. Jay-Z- Talk That Talk (stay in saddle for whole song for heavy climb. Add on resistance at the beginning of each chorus)

MGMT- Kids (take off some resistance to pick up the pace, push on each chorus 80% of your maximum which ends up being 30 seconds, 30 seconds, 60 seconds last push)

Usher- Scream- (seated FAST flat, 3 x 25 second sprints on each chorus) My favorite song to sprint to!!!

Black Eyed Peas- Pump It (add a bit of resistance to run to the beat, then tapbacks on each chorus. You come up to position 3 and stick your hips back for 1 count, then stand up for 1 count, repeat)

Jay-Z feat. Justin Timberlake- Holy Grail (moderate to heavy hill depending on where your legs are at, climb to Justin’s part and run as fast as you can with resistance during Jay-Z’s parts. Use Justin’s parts as recovery!)

Miley Cyrus- Wrecking Ball (heavy, heavy climb in position 3 until last chorus- sit in saddle and push with all the effort you have left!)

Drake feat. Rihanna- Take Care (cool-down)

 

 

Let me know what you think of that playlist! ๐Ÿ™‚

 

Eat, Eat, Eat.

How is it already another weekend? The last month has completely flown by! After 3 weeks of long races, I thought I would be looking forward to a race-less weekend and a lot of rest but I’m totally feeling down about having nothing to do! Well, not NOTHING to do, since I’m doing the 5 mile Breast Cancer walk tomorrow but you know what I mean ๐Ÿ˜‰ There is still time to donate if you can!

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So besides a spin class Tuesday morning (my 1st in FOREVER) I didn’t work out all week. It felt pretty great up until yesterday when I was ready to run on my day off, then I slept in until NOON?! I apparently needed 12+ hours of sleep and had no time to fit in a run since I had tons of homework and a CPR class to go 3 hours from my waking time. I am now officially CPR/AED certified so I can begin auditioning for spin positions and possibly save your life if need be! Don’t quote me on that though…

Lack of workouts this week but no lack of delicious food. I figured if I’m gonna be lazy I might as well eat like junk too, right? One week every few months of total laziness is 100% needed (for me) to regroup and get motivated for new goals. Let’s just say I’m looking forward to going back to ZERO dairy again starting Monday. I haven’t had all that much but apparently 2 custards this week are enough to pretty much kill me.

I mean, it’s fall flavor time at Shake Shack… how are you supposed to say no?

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Cinnamon pear cobbler with roasted apples on Monday night. I look possessed and I probably am.

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Candied apple with roasted apples last night. The best thing (or at least ice cream thing) I’ve ever tasted.

I also had some vegetables yesterday! But yesterday was pretty much the only day I had them all week. Oops.

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I should really apologize for this picture but here are the facts: I was running 20 minutes late to CPR class and only had eaten oatmeal and it was 3:30 PM. I ordered this wrap from Tasty Deli, a local in my ‘hood, and CANNOT wait to eat this again. Spinach wrap with grilled veggies (a TON), feta and honey mustard. I ate it on the subway and had sauce all over my face and could not have cared less. WaHi knows their wraps, yo.

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Last night before the custard and after the CPR class (did I mention I can save your life now?) we chowed down at Island Burger. This place has amazing sandwiches and the 2nd best regular fries in NYC (1st for me is Brindle Room). Last night I kept it simple with a BLT minus the mayo and add avocado. The tomatoes on this were so fresh and it totally hit the spot. How can one go wrong with bacon? Ya can’t.

As always, oatmeal for breakfast erryday. Throwing on fall toppings makes it a whole new experience.

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Banana chia oats with cinnamon, pumpkin pie spice, honey, PB and apple butter.

NEEDED pancakes for dinner Tuesday night. Used Amanda’s recipe for super fat and fluffy ones.

  • 3 TBSP coconut flour
  • 3 egg whites
  • 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp extract of choice (i use vanilla)
  • 1 TBSP greek yogurt (plain or flavored)
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 8 drops of stevia

Make sure batter is THICK for the fluffiest pancakes. You can add extra coconut flour if your batter isn’t thick enough. This makes 4 cute little ‘cakes for me.

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Topped them with sugar-free syrup, coconut PB and sides of banana and turkey bacon. Brinner at it’s finest.

Finally got back on the workout wagon this morning with a quick 2 mile HIIT session on the treadmill and 15 minutes of push-ups and upper body work. Short but super sweaty workout! Trying to get in some miles before the breast cancer walk tomorrow morning, but will not do more than 7 miles. Need a little bit of rest from long distance for this week! ๐Ÿ™‚

What deliciousness did you eat this week?

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Happy Hump Day, ya’ll!

I have this weird thing about being jinxed. I’m a little bit superstitious but don’t talk about it much because I realize it seems silly. For some reason, whenever I write down my workouts for the week ahead, that happens to be the week that I basically miss every single one. This is a semi recent thing, because lists have helped me so much with so many things in the past and I LOVE lists! I’m sure another part is the fact that I’ve just been really, really lazy this summer. After my half marathon in May, it was the same time that spring semester was over too and I kind of just fell out of my routine and really needed it at first. But a month has turned into 3 months of being way too lax about my workouts and eating a little more stably. I need to bring SOME of that attitude with me because along the way it helped me relax and enjoy other aspects of life a little more. Saying yes to more outings with John, getting tons of sleep, seeing friends more, etc. Sometimes in the midst of training for things/ LIFE in general we get so caught up in what weย should be doing to achieve our goals that we forget about the amazing parts of life and memories to be made!

Cheers to dinners out with irreplaceable people!
Cheers to dinners out with irreplaceable people!

So on that note, jinx or no jinx, I’m taking the plunge to let you all know that I have officially signed up for 9 races and 1 volunteer job to fulfill the requirements for guaranteed entry to the 2014 NYC Marathon!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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I’ve been waiting for a week to use that picture.

It is going to be aย jam-packed 4 months coming up. My fall semester starts on Monday (online) so while I’m used to working full-time and juggling school, I’m not used to training for 9 races at the same time! So, follow along as my hair turns grey prematurely and I hopefully become an amazing runner. Here are the races I am doing to fulfill the 9 requirements:

Saturday August 24th: Percy Sutton Harlem 5K. Yeah, this whole racing business starts THIS WEEKEND. Never ran a 5K race, so automatic PR. I am not in racing shape for this, so just going to give it my all but not push it too much if anything feels off. I have to go right to work after so sorry ahead of time that I will smell for 9 hours. Hoping to get as close to 30 minutes as possible, and if it’s even a second under I will poop my pants with happiness.

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Saturday September 7th: Autism Speaks 4 Miler. No time goals, just going to go on how I feel. Another one where I’ll basically be going to work sweaty after. Oops!

Sunday September 29th: Bronx 10-Miler. Time goal to come! As you can see I have a couple long distances 3 weekends in a row…

Sunday October 6th: Grete’s Great Gallop Half Marathon. 13.1 miles of Central Park hills.

Sunday October 13th: Staten Island Half Marathon. 13.1 miles, after 2 weekends of long distance races, in the borough I’ve never been to!

Sunday October 27th: Poland Spring Marathon Kickoff 5 Miler. Did this race last year and loved it. Hopefully NO hurricanes this year!

Sunday November 17th: Join the Voices 5 Miler. A few weeks off of racing should do me good!

Sunday November 24th: Race to Deliver 4 Miler. This was my first race ever, 2 years ago!

Saturday December 14th: Ted Corbitt 15K. First 15K so automatic PR. Last and final race to complete my 9!

My +1 volunteer credit will be fulfilled November 2nd for the marathon expo!! How amazing, right? I am so stoked to be doing this and love that I have so much to look forward to. It will be tough- especially the 3 back-to-back weekends of long distance racing- but I am going to stay positive and remember that I amย lucky to have the ability to run and the desire to run. Some people are not as fortunate, and for them we need to run!

The main things I am going to be focusing on is really reeling it in with my nutrition Monday-Friday. Not even mainly for the weight loss aspect (I do need to tone up, though) but because putting my body through a rigorous training schedule requires giving my body the proper fuel and the right amount! Basically more veggies and protein and less apple cinnamon cheerios for dinner because I’m lazy. Another aspect is taking care of my body thoroughly- no slacking on stretching, foam rolling, yoga and strength. I NEED to keep going to BodyPump and just work through the soreness. I didn’t go at all in the last almost 2 weeks and my knees and hips are feeling it. Twice a week and 1 yoga session will be plenty! I will also be actually living in my PRO compression socks regardless of my outfit choice. If you haven’t entered my giveaway yet, do it now! It ends tomorrow!

You guys, this is such a huge thing for me. I spent my entire childhood wishing I could be an athlete but having no self-esteem to do so. As dorky as it may sound, I feel like this is my second chance to be an athlete ๐Ÿ™‚

Thank God I have an entire year to get into marathon shape- whatever that means!

Have you ever ran a marathon? All tips and memories welcome.

Spin!

This past weekend, I successfully completed Spin teacher orientation after months of saving and planning for it!

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The day was very long but I enjoyed every second. I learned SO MUCH that I can barely believe all the classes I’ve taken the last 2 years have all been pretty incorrect! Every teacher has their own style of course, but a lot of what I learned about poor form and contraindications I believe may have contributed to my knee/IT band pain over the last 2 years. I will still continue to take my favorite classes each week, but hopefully as a better student! For now, I am planning on practicing 2 times a week on my own when the spin room is empty before I start auditioning for teaching positions at gyms! WOO HOO! ๐Ÿ™‚

I know I’ve mentioned it in posts, but I’m running my first half-marathon (God willing) on May 5th in my hometown Binghamton, NY! I was signed up for it last year and couldn’t train because of severe shin splints, so I’m hoping everything will be fine throughout this training cycle. I should be more nervous than I am since a lot of my runs still feel reallllly hard after being so sick (and lazy, okay) December-beginning of February. But I was running 8-10 miles every weekend over the summer and into the fall, so I know I can do it. My first actual week of training was last week, and I nailed it! My plan is basically 3 miles on Tuesdays (easy but hilly), 4 miles on Wednesdays (with some HIIT thrown in next month for speed), 3 miles on Thursdays, and long runs on Saturdays or Sundays depending on my schedule. Monday and Friday’s are spinning and yoga, or rest if need be. I also need to make sure I am strength training 2-3 times a week, whether it’s a quick session at the gym or a class, or Jillian Michaels. SO MUCH TO DO.

Anyways, my first long run since Christmas was this past Sunday, and after 3 hours of spinning the day before I figured it would hurt pretty bad. My legs felt amazing and it was the first time I had tracked my GPS in months. Weird enough, I was running the same pace for long runs that I was running last summer! However, my 3 miles yesterday morning were over 1 minute slower and felt much much harder, so you never know. I have been waking up every day and reminding myself how lucky I am to have a passion for fitness and the ability to run. No need to even care about the pace when you are just thankful to move and sweat ๐Ÿ™‚

That being said, I am still miserably exhausted juggling work, school and fitness so some mornings I end up oversleeping still. Like this morning. I was bummed cause I had 4 miles on the plan today, and can’t do them after work because John and I are going out to Brooklyn to see one of our favorite comedians! So I’ll plan on making up the 4 miles tomorrow morning before work. Then it’s off to see my family for a long weekend. Balance is extremely challenging but we really have no other choice, huh?

Now if the weather would just stop being crap-tastic, I could have a little more motivation to pound the pavement in the mornings.ย