Friday Fitness News: Bandit Fail

Hey ya’ll! So, I was so Fired Up yesterday (and don’t EVEN get me started on how The Devil Rush Limbaugh is perpetuating the stereotype that women who exercise their reproductive rights are sluts…I will not be able to contain myself if we get going on THAT man) that I forgot to apologize for Wednesday’s blog fail.

Blog? What blog? I want to play with my butterfly.

It was a craaaaaaazy day. I tried, and failed, to blog one-handed while getting my IV treatment, which was administered in my doctor’s actual office since they were so packed! Thankfully, me and Boz are cool and he was like, “I know you gotta get to lab so let’s hang your IV off the shelf and you can stay here.” Thanks, Boz & KAP for getting me to class on time! I suffered through Physics lab (Dear God, please just let me get through this one last class! Amen.) and worked late. I was a very tired Abby when I walked through my apartment door at 8:00pm to find my husband asleep on the couch. I was out by 8:30. We’re party animals, I know. Don’t be jealous.

He's not hiding. He's sleeping.

This weekend should be low-key for me. I’m still celebrating my 6 mile run outside on Tuesday night and hopeful that I’ll be able to repeat that on Sunday. Who knows? I might just be on the mend. But enough about me, here’s what’s news out there in the fitness world. I tell ya, it’s getting ugly in Yogaland.

Have a great weekend, everyone! Good luck to all who are racing. Anybody marathon-ing this weekend? I want to hear all about it.

Now go out and run!

 

 

 

Friday Fitness News: Girl Scout Cookies

It is a cruel, cruel world when Girl Scout cookies are delivered the day before Lent starts.

*sigh*

Thankfully, Thin Mints are better frozen.

Onward, friends. Happy Friday! I am doing my taxes this weekend, what about you? I’d reeeeeally rather be planning a lazy Saturday in my pajamas (read: my usual) instead, but Uncle Sam would probably have something to say about skipping taxes this year.

‘Til the time when I can have my personal assistant do all my dirty work, here is what you might have missed in the Fitness world this week:

 

Anybody racing this weekend? Running a crazy long run? I’ll probably knock out 10 or so again on Sunday and, yes, I’ll be doing it on the treadmill. Don’t judge. Outdoors isn’t an option just yet. I’m not loving the endless miles on the ‘mill, but it has given me an opening for a cool opportunity next week. Stay tuned for that!

Now go out and run!

Winter Running: The Sweaty Truth

My 6.5 miles this morning was a balmy 37°, exactly the temperature I like my runs to be! Cool, breezy and I still get all sweaty and warm by the end. I am still wearing my favorite Run: Inspire Crops Run: Swiftly Tech Long Sleeve & the slightly heavier Define Jacket on my runs. I am also sporting my Run: Brisk gloves but they are clean out of them all over the country AND online! (All images courtesy of lululemon athletica because I forgot to take one of myself)

I don’t generally break out the super-long, brushed inside layer Sugoi tights until about mid-January. Because I have the luxury of running when the sun is out in the winter, it isn’t necessary to do the crazy-warm hat and full tights that those of you who are busting out your runs at 5am in the dark. Ya’ll bundle up out there!

The idea surrounding dressing properly for your winter runs is that you are warm enough that you DO sweat. Sometimes it’s just too damn cold and, no matter how many layers you have on, you just don’t feel those beads of sweat roll down your face.

HOWEVER (read this carefully)

JUST BECAUSE YOU AREN’T DRIPPING SWEAT, DOESN’T MEAN YOU’RE NOT SWEATING!!!!!!

What it means is that you may not be releasing as much heat as during the hot summer months and/or the heat that your body is releasing that normally forms sweat beads on your skin is evaporating quickly in the cool, dry air. If your heart rate is elevated, you are releasing heat from your body. It’s science. You are sweating whether you feel sweaty or not.

What does this mean for your winter running? Quite simply, it means you need to pay as much attention to your hydration in the winter as you do in the summer. MORE, since the heat blasting from your office building and forced air heaters at home are probably sucking every bit of moisture out of your body throughout the day and by the time you get to your run, you’re already dehydrated.

The water fountains in Central Park are almost all turned off (didn’t the just turn on?) but the Hudson River Park ones are year-round temperature controlled so New Yorkers, take note and plan ahead for your runs. The rest of you, don’t forget your mobile hydration! Last thing you want is to be the runner who passed out due to hydration on the coldest day of the year. That’s just embarrassing.

Ok, now go out and run!

(PS. I wrote this entire post with one hand while the other arm had an IV in it. Now that’s talent!)

Summer Runnin’, Had Me a Blast!

Happy Fourth of July weekend, everybody! I thought the weekend would never get here, probably because yesterday marked the end of my first 6-week summer semester at school. Statistics: CHECK! It wasn’t the end of the world and, actually, I think Bio and Chem have prepared me well for just about anything now. Up next: Calculus…don’t remind me, I want to enjoy my four days off.

Four days off--crazy Summer Vacation for me!


I’m heading out to East Hampton this afternoon (after I fly at Flywheel with Aleah! http://new-york.flywheelsports.com/instructors/aleah-stander) to coach the East Hampton Run Club’s first run of the season! The kids are out of school, there are pool parties and clambakes to attend and we have GOT to get our run on! We start tomorrow at 9am out of the Lululemon store on Main Street in East Hampton–all levels are welcome to join us for an awesome 3-5 mile workout. In honor of my awesome trip out East and the general theme of summer that pervades Fourth of July weekend, I thought I’d throw out some hot weather running tips for all of you!
   

When it's like this... (photo courtesy of invitingsmiles.com)

...drink this.

 

-Know your limits. If you’re fatiguing much faster than you normally do, feel overheated (relative to how you normally feel when you run) or if you suddenly feel chilled, call it a day. Better yet, head to the pool or the beach for some cross-training in the water.

-Listen to your body; it will not lie to you. If you’ve ceased to sweat, cramping up,  have blurred/spotty/starry vision or are feeling sick or getting sick…do I really have to tell you to stop at this point? Seek shelter and a way to cool off immediately while also grabbing a Gatorade on the way. And maybe by way of the emergency room if it’s that bad.

-Run early. I mean, reeeeeallllly early like, 6/7am. Or late, like after sunset. The humidity might still be a factor, but at least you won’t be dealing with the blazing sun, too.   
The early bird stays out of the hospital!
-Slow down. A hot day is not the day for your fastest/hardest workout, though it might feel that way while you’re doing it.

-Dress accordingly. Two words: 1. Moisture. 2. Wicking. This very fabulous technology will pull sweat off of your skin and keep you as cool as possible on the hot runs. If you sweat like I do, which is to say like a gorilla, you may want to bring along a hankerchief or something with which to wipe the sweat off of your skin. Sweat is like a blanket on your pores: if you let it sit there, it will cover your pores and heat you up (imagine putting a blanket on top of your air conditioner and having the motor overheat from working so hard). If you wipe it away, the heat continues to be removed from your body and you can cool off.

-Bring your own hydration and make sure it has electrolytes.

-Sunscreen. Everywhere. 30+ SPF. Waterproof. No excuses.

-If you must run when the sun is shining, go for the lighter-colored items and grab a light-colored hat/visor while you’re at it.

-Make sure you have ID on you (ID tags are only $20), a cell phone, money to get home if you need a cab or will grab the subway and make sure someone knows you’re gone and when you should be expected home.


-Know the universal signs of heat exhaustion, which can lead to heat stroke (from the Mayo Clinic): 

Feeling faint or dizzy
Nausea
Heavy sweating (for runners, this may also be ceasing to sweat)
Rapid, weak heartbeat
Low blood pressure
Cool, moist, pale skin
Low-grade fever
Heat cramps
Headache
Fatigue
Dark-colored urine
*If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, please seek medical attention immediately.

Remember, no one is keeping score and there are awesome indoor ways to get your workout on during the really hot days. Use it as an opportunity to try that spin class you’ve been hearing all about or get your swim on. Swimming sounds much nicer than running when it’s 95 degrees out anyway, am I right? Remember that no race was won or lost in one workout and it really isn’t worth it to risk illness for those couple of miles. 

Happy Fourth of July, everyone! Let freedom ring!

Now go out and run!