Friday Fitness New of the Week: Baby, It’s *Finally* Cold Outside!

Unlike so many of my fellow New Yorkers, I am thrilled that it is finally getting winter-y outside. I love wearing boots and sweaters and cute hats and scarves and, most of all, I love that my apartment will no longer be a sauna where we seriously debate turning on the A/C at night in order to avoid the sweltering temperatures that will inevitably wake us at 2am because our respective pillows are drenched in sweat. Oh, apartment living.

So, happy winter weather, everyone!

This weekend, I am participating in the Girls On the Run 5K here in Manhattan. GOTR is an awesome organization who coach girls ages 8-13 through 10 and 12 week programs of exercise and running that culminate in a 5K that they run every Fall and Spring. I’m very proud to be a mentor at the race this year and am looking forward to meeting my running buddy tomorrow morning and rocking our 5K! If you are interested in getting involved as a mentor, a coach or a volunteer, please check out your local chapter (it’s a national organization!) and help make a difference in the life of a young female athlete. And, if you’re near Asphalt Green tomorrow morning at 8:30am, please come out and cheer us on.

In other news…

  • December 1-7 this year was the first ever Crohn’s and Colitis Awareness Week. Thank you all who reached out and wrote to your representatives to show your support to show your support. I would hug all of you if I could.
  • And on a completely different note, the Runner’s World Holiday Streak is going strong and so am I!
  • Kara Goucher is kinda on a streak of her own and is actually planning on racing tired. Yikes. Good luck with that. Side note, this is hilarious, especially now that they’re running partners.


  • Two steps forward with breast cancer drugs and one step back.
  • I am, apparently, a sadist. And Bikram Choudhury is and egomaniac and a control freak.
  • H & M doesn’t even bother to use models and Photoshop. They they straight up use mannequins for their advertisements. NOT REAL PEOPLE.
  • Runner’s World writer and super-runner Amby Burfoot is predicting a sub-2 hour marathon in our lifetime.
  • Maybe that sub-2 hour marathon will come from athletes jumping on board with the Swedish Food Pyramid for athletes?
  • Runner’s are notoriously lazy cross-trainers. Here are some fitness tests to see where your weaknesses are because a strong runner is a faster, healthier runner.
  • Caffeine is known to help improve performance in endurance athletes, but it’s a fine line between a little kick and way too much.
  • And, finally, some healthy 2012 predictions from the cats over at Vital Juice.

Ok, that’s all I got this week. Hope to see some of you out there at the GOTR 5K tomorrow! Have a great weekend, everyone.

Now go out and run!

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