More/Fitness Half Marathon

Half Marathon #5 was completed this past Sunday with my best friend Brenda. Truthfully, it was the worst race I can ever remember running. It was unexpectedly hot and we were dehydrated and completely over it from the start. We finished 4 minutes slower than our first half together last year (and 12 minutes slower than my PR), but this one included multiple walk breaks and about a 5 minute stop at the port-a-potties at mile 5, so we are still in much better shape than last year! At the end of the day, all that really matters is that we got out there and did what we could and we did it together which was automatically a blast.

Before the race started
Before the race started

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Stuffed our faces afterwards at brunch with my new post-race ritual of chocolate chip pancakes, eggs and turkey sausage.

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Followed by a pedicure that John treated me to. BEST IDEA EVER to get one after a half! The leg massage was so great. I broke my right big toe in half during this race along with worsening the permanent blister below my 2nd toe on the right side, too. It was a pretty painful pedicure to say the least. photo 4

I taught spin Monday morning with SO much less soreness than last month’s half! I ended up finishing last weeks training with 99 miles total of running and cycling. Insanity.

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My brother came to visit Monday night and stayed with us all day yesterday and John was also off of work from the day. We had a blast. Drew came to my spin class with me Tuesday morning and KILLED it! It was his first spin class ever and of course he beat me in mileage. Boys. Then we went to brunch with John, went back home and laid in my bed all day watching TV and napping. Dinner was Domino’s and POPEYES FRIED CHICKEN because we were just in need of a fat day. We ate super early and took another nap, so on the way to the bus station at 10 PM we stopped for froyo at Orange Leaf where they were selling froyo for $4.15 regardless of the weight of the cup for tax day. We ball hard. photo 4 (1)

It was a super fun few days and I’m paying for it today in exhaustion and bloat 😉

Did any of you guys run the More/Fitness half last weekend? What did you think if you did or did it in the past? I just can’t pay $80 to run in Central Park again. Not when I run it for free and not when the swag bag is absolutely terrible!

Man UP.

Hey party people!

Last week was pretty boring on the blog front because I didn’t do much except work, teach some Spin classes (NOT BORING!) and sleep. No running in like 8 days. And I don’t even care. This shitty, cold, exhausting winter has ruined me! I’m thinking I’m going to have to start using the treadmill even though it will take an hour to run 3 miles since I have to stop every 1/2 mile to stretch or my hips feel like they will break off. But this is a big year of races for me as I am now running the NYC Half March 16th (which means training needs to start THIS week or I’m toast), the Brooklyn Half May 17th, and then MARATHON training starts July 1st!!! I’ve said all along that I REALLY want to go into marathon training with a solid long distance base and stronger, so it’s time to man up and put this plan into motion. It’s obviously amazing that I have been teaching a lot of spin classes lately so I’m keeping my cardio up, but the only thing that will train you for running is running!

I was off from work this weekend but I got to teach a spin class Saturday morning and John came! It was so awesome to have him there to see me in my element. He has taken 2 spin classes with me a couple of years ago so he kinda knew what to expect, and it’s safe to say he still hates it 🙂 He did ask me if we could go back to yoga this Friday night though and I almost flat-lined. Making progress with him! I wasn’t feeling great yesterday so I basically did nothing but sleep and laundry but Saturday we ate some delicious food after spinning our butts off.

Brunch at North Square:

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One of the best brunches I’ve had in NYC. I had the brunch tasting which included 3 small pumpkin pecan pancakes, chicken apple sausage, potatoes, 2 eggs and a cheddar biscuit. I obviously couldn’t eat the biscuit because of the cheese but the rest of it was PERFECT. Seriously it was my dream food plate, a little serving of things I love all together. The sausage was really amazing and the pancakes were perfectly sized so I didn’t feel like I WAS a pancake after I ate them. John had the burger and it looked delicious and pretty big!

After some walking around and getting coffee, we had an early dinner at Umami Shoppu to warm up with some ramen. Ramen is such a perfect meal during the Polar Vortex that is upon us. I had the Spicy Butaniku ramen and it was just spicy enough. The ramen I get at Momofuku is actually TOO spicy and usually leaves me feeling sick. We also started with pork buns and they were delicious and so much less oily than Momofuku’s.

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Mmm.

I am making an emergency stop at Trader Joe’s tonight because I NEED to get some healthy food and meal prep a little. I say emergency because TJ’s on a Monday night is generally a mad house and going right after work may result in violence. If you don’t hear from me for a few days, I may need bail money 😉 I want to get a little more creative with my food so I will post whatever I’m eating the rest of the week!

Has this terrible winter restricted your running? Or are you a champion and pushed through?

What is your ideal brunch meal?

Lose The Fluff

Howdy! Hope your weekend was fantastic and that you ate delicious foods and got in some workouts! I did the eating part but failed on the workout part for Saturday and Sunday. D’oh! But I did teach 2 VERY intense spin classes on Friday so I was completely toasted by Saturday. Here’s the playlist and what we did for Friday’s classes.

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Where Have You Been: Warm-Up

Safe & Sound: run with resistance/moderate hill with 3 seated pickups (at 0:58 for 15 sec/ 1:31 for 30 sec/ 2:36 for 30 sec)

We Can’t Stop: add more resistance to start climbing a 2-part hill. Add resistance after each chorus and push on the legs for the final 25 seconds of the song

Diamonds remix: continue on the hill & make it a heavy one; start off with a faster pace from 0:10-1:35 then back off & climb in position 3 for 2 minutes. Back to the saddle at 3:50 and pick up the pace for the last 45 sec.

Scream & Shout: light resistance fast legs- 15 sec sprints in position 3 at 1:14 and 2:57 (back to saddle in between keeping up a fast pace) 

Wild Ones: run with resistance w/ 3 seated pickups for 30 sec (0:30), 60 sec (1:31) and 30 sec (3:04)

End Of Time: jumps on a moderate hill; 4 count jumps at 0:53, 8 count jumps at 1:42, 4 count jumps at 2:31, and 8 count jumps at 3:24. Easy to stay on the beat!

Applause: take off resistance for faster jumps: 2 count jumps on all 3 choruses. Keep a fast pace in between sets.

Video Phone: heavy hill, starting a rolling hill. Once the beat starts, alternate 15 seconds of climb with 15 seconds of fast for entire song!

She Wants To Move: lighten resistance but keep a moderate hill, 3 seated pickups for 20 seconds (0:51), 25 seconds (1:41), and 30 seconds (2:27)

Love On Top: back to heavy-ish climb but stay on the beat of the song. 40 seconds in position 3 at 1:01, back to saddle then up in 3 at 2:23 for rest of the song

I Love It- light resistance going right into 3 fast sprints at 0:23 (30 sec), 1:09 (35 sec) and 2:10 (20 sec)

Sweet Nothing- 3 more sprints to the finish! Class choice of doing sprints in the saddle or position 3. 2 15 second sprints and 1 30 second to finish.

Forrest Gump- cooldown, reusing this song because it is SO perfect for a serene cooldown! 

Suffice to say after teaching 2 of those and a quick mile on the treadmill, I was sore, exhausted and famished. Cheeseless chicken and onion pizza from Domino’s with a side of marinara saved me.

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I swear to you this was the most delicious thing I’ve ever eaten. It was cooked so perfectly and from how hungry I was, I was ready to cry at how thankful I was for this pizza. Is that sad or awesome? This was eaten in bed (yeah, you probably wouldn’t want to sleep in our bed) with Johnny while we watched Weeds. We needed a new show to binge watch since we finished Breaking Bad and I am LOVING Weeds so far! It’s so much more light-hearted compared to Breaking Bad. Any Weeds fans out there?

Saturday night after work all day, we went to 5 Napkin Burger for date night. I know I’ve posted about this place a billion times but if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. I got the veggie burger with mushrooms and blue cheese and sweet potato fries.

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The burger was so good and I actually only ate about 3 fries. Trying to get back to listening to my body and not overeating since that’s been the theme of the last 2 months. Ugh!

We stopped in Victoria’s Secret so I could use my gift card from Christmas and since Orange Leaf was around the corner, I had to stop in.

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I took my cup home and ate that in bed, too. There is nothing more comforting than eating in bed for me. I am not a neat freak, therefore crumbs in my bed don’t bother me 😉

Yesterday I wasn’t feeling too hot so we just lounged around all day and eventually went to the diner.

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Considering this was basically my only meal of the day, just let the pancakes and bacon slide okay? 😉 After the diner we did laundry and I meal prepped for the week which is the first time in months. I’m just very ready to get back on track and lose the fluff. This is a super hard winter for everyone. I know the weather shouldn’t be an excuse to eat junk (but yet it’s so easy to blame it on) but it’s definitely an excuse to be running less. I can only run 1 mile on the treadmill before my foot feels like it’s breaking off, so the treadmill isn’t an option. It’s been too icy and slushy so I haven’t been able to do a long run and my next half marathon is on the 26th! I’m not sure if I’ll be doing it just yet but if I can get in at least 3 longer runs before then, I’ll give it a go.

I’ll share my “losing the fluff” meals throughout the week for accountability! Goal is to get to Friday nice and healthy, then have a little treat Friday night as fuel for my long run Saturday. I have to switch it to Saturday because I’m going to a dinner party Saturday night and planning on drinking a LOT of wine for the first time in months. 😀

How was your weekend?

Do you treat yourself on weekends? Yes but I need to reel it in and scale down the treats.