Fitness News Fridays

Happy Friday! I have had a very productive Friday that began in the wee hours of the morning when it was only 36 degrees outside. You read that right. It’s FREEZING here in New York. I hear it’s been snowing upstate and my dear family in Colorado just got blasted with their first snow of the season. Apparently, Vail looks like this:

Courtesy of Vail.com

Wow. Ski season is totally on. Red and her BF must be thrilled!

Anywho, there’s lots going on in the health and fitness world this week, too! As predicted, most of the news is about running and marathons as we count down the days (9) to the New York City Marathon. It’s funny, it’s not the biggest or only marathon in the world but when people in New York ask me, “Are you running The Marathon this year?” they are referring to the New York City Marathon and have rarely heard of another outside of possibly Boston. They are often confused when I say, “No, Philly. The Philly Marathon” and don’t know how to respond.

On that note, GOOD LUCK MARINE CORPS MARATHONERS!!! If you find yourself near Washington, D.C. or Arlington, V.A. this weekend, take a walk along the course and cheer on the 35,000 people running The People’s Marathon this year. I love, love, love this marathon and hope to do it next year.

OOOORAHH!

And now, the news.

  • If you are a female runner, you have Dr. Julia Chase-Brand to thank for paving the way and debunking the myth that your uterus will fall out if you run for more than half a mile.
  • If I had kids, I would make these for Halloween. I may still make them. JB and I are big kids.
  • California has banned teens from using tanning beds. Personally, I dig it cuz it causes cancer.
  • ACL and meniscus injuries in young athletes are on the rise. This drives me crazy because their mostly overuse injuries. A year-round single sport child seems to me to be on the fast track to lifelong debilitating injuries.
  • Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall calls magazines out about unhealthy images portrayed and how it affects young women’s perception of health and beauty. Good on her.
  • Sam Fox is running 2396 miles to raise money for his mother who has Parkinson’s. What have you done for your Mom lately?
  • Yoga helps to relieve back pain. Do you really need MORE reasons to take up yoga? Do it.
  • Adidas made a shoe in honor of the late, great Grete Waitz. 100% of the proceeds goes to Waitz’s cancer foundation.
  • People rarely challenge me to an Anatomy/Physiology discussion about running being “bad” for you (guess who wins that one?) but not everyone has the information to back up their plans to run a marathon and sometimes they encounter the nay-sayers. My advice, tell them “I’m doing it because I want to.” So there.
  • It’s never too late to save your life and start exercising.

One last thing, by popular demand, Aleah and I will be hosting ONE MORE BRICK workout tomorrow starting at 12:30pm at the Upper East Side Flywheel. If you didn’t make the list, come on by and jump on the wait list. See you there!

Have a great weekend. 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!

Friday Fitness News of the Week

Hey, hey, hey…it’s FRIDAY! I know it was a short week, but this has been a veeeeeery long week for me and I am glad to see it go. We’ve got a BIG weekend planned. Well, a BIG Saturday, at least. It’s gonna go like this:

9am: luluemon Madison Avenue opening party workout with Soul Cycle. I was invited to cycle in the middle of Madison Avenue @ 85th Street with the new team up at lululemon Madison Avenue. Come check us out! We’ll be the great, big cycling class happening in the middle of the street. No joke. I’ll be in the front 😉

12:30pm: BRICK workout with Aleah Stander of Flywheel Sports followed by a 3 mile run lead by moi. Yikes! We may have a few bikes available, so stop by at 12:15 if you’re feeling lucky. If not, join us for the run starting from the E. 66th St. lululemon store at 1:30pm. See you there.

4pm: I’m was invited by Well + Good to join them at CLAY for a complimentary workout and discounts on spa treatments for the day. I’ve been dying to check CLAY out and am excited to see what their facilities look like. Thanks for the invite, W + G!

9:30pm: Official opening party at the luluemon Madison Avenue store. Come uptown and celebrate our new opening with me and my fabulous friends! If the husband and I decide to walk home, 16 Handles is on the way. I’m just sayin’.

When do I have a packed schedule like this on a Saturday? Ummm, never. So, long run will have to wait til Monday, which is fine. Do you ever have a  weekend like that? When your long run seems like an impossibility? If I’m feeling up to it, I’ll try to do it Sunday, but 20 miles after two cycling classes and a 3 mile BRICK run just doesn’t seem smart.

Anyway, here’s what’s going on in the fitness world this week:

What are you doing this weekend? Anything in the news that I missed? Wishing all the ladies running the Nike Women’s Half & Full Marathon this weekend lots of luck and sunshine! Have a great weekend, everyone.

Now go out and run!

Better Than The Alternative Tuesdays: YES people

Welcome back from the weekend, everyone! My, my, my and what a weekend it was. The Chicago Marathon happened. One fatality and one baby born. Circle of Life, I suppose.

(I swear, if I ever catch any woman I know running a marathon while 39 weeks pregnant, I will wait til she is pregnant no longer and then read her the riot act of exactly why that was a really, really bad idea. Not running in general, but running a marathon! Ladies, you’ve been warned.)

Several people I know ran the Army 10-miler in D.C. and there were lots of other races (all of which I can’t seem to remember right now) going on all over the country this weekend. Congratulations to all the runners who rocked the roads (and trails!).

If you’re new to Run Stronger Every Day, Tuesdays are always titled “Better Than The Alternative Tuesdays” and here’s why. Obi-wan (my Dad) is famous for responding to others complaints about life and general bitching and moaning with the phrase, “It beats the alternative/It’s better than the alternative” meaning, yeah, it sucks but it’s better than not being here at all. I’ve taken that and made it a theme for Tuesdays. Because life really is good, for the most part, and reminding ourselves of that is important.

This week’s BTAT them is YES people.

I have recently made the switch in my life to surround myself with more YES people and it has absolutely changed my whole outlook on things. I’m not talking the people who blow sunshine where it ought not shine. No sir. I live in the real world.

I’m talking about the lovely people who, when I say I want to host a BRICK workout say, “YES, let’s do it.” The people who, when I say I want to go back to school for my PhD in physical therapy say, “YES. That’s perfect for you. Let’s figure out how.” The people who, when share one of my BHAGs with them, they say, “YES. That’s a fantastic goal for you.” The people who, when I say I want to put together a team for the Susan G. Komen Race For the Cure and get t-shirts for our team  in one week say, “YES. We can help.” (Hooray for Custom Ink)

Aren't our shirts cute?? Big thanks to Custom Ink for all their amazing efforts!

The YES people don’t see problems, only possibilities (I may have just stolen that quote from someone because it sounds awfully familiar. If you know whom I can credit for that, please shout it out). I am trying my hardest to become one of those YES people but until I  master that, I am thrilled to be surrounded by them. It’s just so much better than hearing the negativity and hurtful gossip and constant complaining all. the. time. YES people are do-ers and I love nothing more than to be busy do-ing.

So, thank you to all the YES people in my life. The people who don’t pigeonhole me, judge me, put me down or tell me it’s going to be too hard and I should try something else. You wonderful people build me up, make me believe in myself and inspire me to “ABSOLUTELY, YES!” try new things every single day. These people are the reason why it’s so much better to be here than there. Thank you, YES people.

Who are the YES people in your life? Or do you need more YES people in your life…? Tell me all about it in the comments.

Now go out and run!