Fitness News Friday: Veteran’s Day Edition!

Happy Veteran’s Day! Some of you may or may not know it, but I’m married to a Marine.

That's my Marine!

This means I know all sorts of random Marine Corps facts, like 10 November is the Marine Corps Birthday (NOT November 10th, 10 November) acronyms and the Marine Corps Hymn by heart. Even though JB’s been “out” of the Corps for a few years now, he’ll never stop being a Marine and I’ll always be proud of his service to our country and his continuing dedication to the Corps. Oorah! (And Happy *late* Birthday, Marines) My thanks to the other men and women who have and are serving in all branches of our military.

On that note, here’s what’s news in the Fitness World this week:

  • Speaking of Marines, there’s a battle going down in Manhattan for your boot camp soul. Who knew the hell those Marines went through in boot camp would provide a model for a career for many of them? Even one of my favorite Flywheel instructors is a Marine!
  • Sergeant Abbie Brown, Army National Guard, says her Brooks sneakers comforted her while she was at war.
  • In honor of 11/11/11 and Veteran’s Day, the folks over at the Rock ‘n Roll races are offering a discount TODAY ONLY on all of the races in their upcoming series.
  • The IAAF overturned their previous decision and is now allowing Paula Radcliffe’s record to stand. It’s about damn time!
  • Demon kettlebells. The new rage?
  • The Freshman 15 debunked.
  • Adriana Lima is getting heat for her prep diet for the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show. I gotta say, I don’t condone it but I don’t have to walk down a runway in front of millions of people naked. To be fair, I’ve met her several times and she always looked very healthy to me.
  • And finally, if you just can’t get enough of reading about recaps from the NYC Marathon runners, here are a few more for you.

Have a great weekend, everyone. JB and I will finally be dining at ABC Kitchen to celebrate our 2nd wedding anniversary. Can’t wait!

Now go out and run!

100th Blog Post

Wow. 100 posts. Who knew I had so much to say *snort* besides, oh, everyone? Well, happy 100th Blog Post Day to me. Do I get a cake? Don’t TV shows celebrate their 100th show with a big cake and a party? I love a party. And cake. All parties and cakes can be directed to my apartment this evening.

Today also happens to be the 7 year anniversary of JB & my first date. Awwww…yay us! That’s a long time and a lot of stuff in those 7 years. We don’t celebrate this anniversary anymore (we have a BIGGER one now) but it’s always fun to think back on how it all began when he picked me up in a bar down on the Lower East Side before I said to him, “I gotta go home and sleep so I can run 15 miles tomorrow.” Clearly my little running habit did not intimidate this Marine. Second date = 12 mile run in Central Park. Swoon.

And this weekend was awesome. Let me tell you all about it but let me first suggest this: try something new this week. Variety is the spice of life and of your fitness life, too! Running is so great and I feel better out on the roads than most anywhere else in the world, but I feel so great out there because running isn’t the only thing I do.

Example, this weekend:

Ya’ll read about what a bananas schedule I was going to have on Saturday and BANANAS it was! I did it ALL and then I slept for 10 hours, took a 2 hour nap and generally laid around all day on Sunday with JB. Perfect.

First, let me show how luluelmon athletica celebrates a store opening with a Soul Cycle class in the middle of Madison Avenue.

     

Me (2nd row!) and the Harlem Gospel Choir, who sang as we spun (spinned?).

        

Pretty badass.

And then I had the distinct pleasure of attending the fabulous Aleah Stander’s “B” to our BRICK class at Flywheel Sports, my own personal heaven. This is what 45 sweaty rock stars looks like. And what I look like after a class. Sweaty. Beast.

     

Good thing Flywheel is a judgement-free zone where sweat is concerned! Then we were off to the “R” portion of our BRICK. Central Park was sporting a perfect Fall day for us.

      

There is nothing more inspiring and beautiful than people trying new things and pushing their bodies to new heights. I want to encourage all of you go out and try something new. Your own BRICK workout (or come to our next one on Ocotber 29th!). Try an indoor cycling class. Join a tri team. Rollerblade for the first time. Go for a swim in the ocean (not just a dip). Do yoga. Take a dance class. Try a martial art. Do a trapeze class. Ride a horse. Sign up for an outdoor boot camp class. Do something else. Your body will thank you.

Fitness is supposed to be fun. If it’s not fun, you’re doing it WRONG. So, mix it up and seek out other forms of activity. Avoid the rut and try new things. That is my challenge to you. What will you try this week/month? Think about it and let me know!

Now go out and run!