What I’m Wearing Wednesday

Welcome to Summer.

It is often intolerably hot in New York City during the Summer months. No matter how early you get up, how much you hydrate, or what you’re wearing, it’s STILL intolerable.

Luckily, there are some seriously fabulous companies making some seriously Summer-ready clothing.

Just your average Saturday run. You know, with 30 of your closest running buddies, sweating it out.

Just your average Saturday run. You know, with 30 of my closest running buddies, sweating it out. There’s a whole lotta moisture-wicking attire going on here.
(Image shamelessly stolen from http://thethinksicanthink.com/ or http://enthusiasticrunner.com –I can’t remember which)

So, what am I wearing to sweat it out in these 90 degree temps? Next to nothing.

Doing my best to feel naked.

Doing my best to feel naked.

Naked outfit:

  • Run: Swiftly Tech Racerback is as close to being topless as any tank top I’ve ever owned. I size up because it’s super sheer but maybe I shouldn’t because it gets pretty weighed down with my sweat. What do you think?

(Obi-wan, skip the next bullet)

  • Free To Be Bra is not a running bra for the larger than a small B cup so it works for me just fine. I recommend the Energy Bra for my more blessed runner friends.
  • Last summer’s compression shorts aren’t around again but the Run: Fast Track Short is close. It’s about 1 inch shorter than the ones pictured below (along with my favorite hat!) and made of my favorite fabric: luxtreme.
Yes, I wave like a mad woman even when I'm secretly dying inside.

Yes, I wave like a mad woman even when I’m secretly dying inside.

  • Sun Chaser Run Hat keeps my head cool, the sweat out of my eyes, and helps me avoid sunburn. Totally clutch.

**Full disclosure: As a lululemon Ambassador, I do receive clothes from them. No lie. But they are simply the best ones I’ve found and I’ve been wearing them since long before I became an Ambassador and will be wearing them long after my tenure has expired.

My 2nd pair lulu pants from forever ago (2005?) were finally retired last year.

My 2nd pair lulu pants from forever ago (2005?) were finally retired last year.

Other items I’m excited to try (pretty much the entire Oiselle line including, but not limited to):

I struggle with finding shorts I love so I’m really looking forward to giving Oiselle a try, especially seeing as how so many of my friends are loving them. Birdie says they’re right up my alley so OF COURSE I’m buying one of each.

What are your go-to summer clothing items? Compression or loose shorts? Tank top or shirtless? When you lace ’em up for a hot run, what do you avoid like the plague? Am I missing an amazing wardrobe piece? Tell me!

Now go out and run!

 

 

Happy 1st Blogiversary!

Life is crazy.

It’s cliche to say it, but I never NOT IN A MILLION YEARS would have predicted the events of this past year. That’s right. I started this blog exactly one year ago today. And today is the day that I start my first day of my doctoral program at NYU.

Nah, we don’t wear scrubs every day. These are for lab. But they look cool. You’re gettin that whole “Doctor” vibe from me now, right?

My first blog was kind of a mess. It took me a while to get the hang of this whole blogging thing and find my voice. There are so many bloggers out there who write 2-3 times a day, photograph their food and dog and husband and family, report their workouts and generally share their days with their readers. I am amazed by their commitment.

I am not that blogger. I am far too lazy to blog more than once a day. I prefer to use that hour to sleep, honestly.

I am a championship sleeper. You didn’t know this about me, did you?

I wanted to write about running, training, and my journey. I didn’t see many blogs out there that were written to help the average runner. I wanted a place where people could find new workouts, get inspired to run and maybe find a community where they could belong. That’s where my Life With UC page came from. Having Ulcerative Colitis has changed my world. Strike that. It’s turned my world upside down and sideways. Who knew?

Blogging at Dr. Boz’s office became a weekly event.

This year I:

Yaaaaay! I finished! And had some of the bestest cheerleaders along the way 🙂

Ambassador Buddies forever!

  • Led my very first BRick workout (Next stop: a triathlon!)

Such a badass group of BRick-ers.

  • And became an aunt for the very first time

   

It’s been a great year with all of you. Apparently, you all are most interested in having stronger hips, weight loss/gain during marathon training and reading words of wisdom from Obi-wan.  Thank you for reading, sharing and commenting. I have loved getting to know all of you and even meeting some of you!

I’m really looking forward to the next year and all of the adventures it holds for me. I hope you are, too, and that you have taken something of value from our time together. Hope to see you next year for my 2nd Blogiversary!

Another 1st for me this weekend: 1st ride on the Roosevelt Island Tram!

Now go out and run!

PS. For one night only this summer, I will be coaching the lululemon Run Club THIS WEDNESDAY NIGHT in Central Park. We leave from the E. 66th St. store at 6:45pm and meet on the 72nd St. Transverse at 7pm. We’re doing a Cat Hill workout. Hope to see you there!

My little rock star (I couldn’t help myself)

Better Than the Alternative Tuesdays: Dr. Seuss

Dr. Seuss is awesome. Pretty much every high school graduate is given a Dr. Seuss book or two upon graduation. I was given Oh, The Places You’ll Go! by my sister (happy birthday, Mrs. Jones!).

14 years later and I still go it! Great book.

“You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose. You’re on your own. And you know what you know. And YOU are the one who’ll decide where to go…” ~Oh, The Places You’ll Go!

Great words of wisdom and encouragement for a recent graduate. I like most every Dr. Seuss quote there is, but one has always stuck with me more than the others and it is why today is BTAT: Dr. Seuss.

“Be who you are and say what you feel because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind.” ~Dr. Seuss

I used to be one of those people who wanted everyone to like me. I wanted to be everyone’s best friend, most reliable friend, most favorite friend. This is teenage through college-age Abby. It meant that I was constantly changing myself to fit into whatever mold everyone else wanted me to fit into. It was exhausting. More than that, I lost sight of whom I really was and what I really wanted. I played it off really well, convincing everyone I was strong, independent and doing exactly what I wanted to do.

It wasn’t until I moved to New York City (10 years ago!) that I really found myself. And I wasn’t really even looking!

Dream role: lululemon Ambassador. Check!

Almost overnight, my entire being changed. I lost weight. I threw myself into the fitness world and left the performing world. I met a man who would change my life (hi JB!). I made the most amazing friends. I became more honest and open. I lived my life with integrity. I was free of the burden of pretending to be something I wasn’t and it felt AMAZING.

“Sometimes the questions are complicated and the answers are simple.” ~Dr. Seuss

Except for one thing. Some of the people in my past didn’t like it so much.  Some people left me. I left some people. It was painful, sometimes hurtful and oftentimes, a lonely transition into living the life I truly wanted to live. As a twenty-something year-old, breaking away from the security of friendships in still fairly new city was terrifying. But I held fast and I was strong and I came out the other side so much happier.

Just like Dr. Seuss says.

“Why fit in when you were born to stand out?” ~Dr. Seuss

Why do what everyone else does? Why care what everyone else says? Why like what everyone else likes? Why be what everyone else is already being?

There are people in the world who want you to be, do and say everything the do, are and say. They want you to abide by their code of conduct, follow their life plan and behave the way that they see fit for you to behave. Not Dr. Seuss. He teaches us (as children!) to be ourselves, trust our instincts and follow our dreams.

“In my world, everyone’s a pony and they all eat rainbows and poop butterflies!” ~Dr. Seuss (well, why not?!)

Dr. Seuss, thank you for these lessons. Thank you for encouraging people to dream, to be who they are, to try and try again and never give up. These are lessons that we cannot emphasize enough to each other, to our children. Peanut, my sweet baby niece, you will have LOTS of Dr. Seuss books to teach you these lessons and several aunts and uncles who will encourage you to boot! To my friends out there who are struggling with being who they are and saying what they feel, do like my favorite spin instructors say, “Don’t think, just do it.” You will find yourself in an entirely new world.

“You know you’re in love when you can’t fall asleep because reality is finally better than your dreams.” ~Dr. Seuss (this will never be more true than when you love your life)

Don’t think, just do it. And if people are bringing you down, maybe they need to be kicked to the curb…or at the very least, IGNORED. Surely being yourself and loving the life you live is waaaaaaay Better Than the Alternative, don’t you think? Yeah, me too.

Now go out and run!

Fired Up

I’m fired up.

Last summer I wrote a post about how I have struggled with my running clothes making too much of a “girly” statement. Oddly enough, I was asked to wear a running skirt during my lululemon Ambassador photo shoot (mind you, I could have said no). The very position in a company that I believe actively spotlights a variety of community athletes of all shapes and sizes and abilities is where I came face-to-face with the potential hypocrisy of wearing a skirt for a photo that is supposed to represent me as an athlete first, not a woman.

My Ambassador photo (@ the E. 66th St. lululemon store!)

I decided I could own my femininity and still be a kick-ass athlete in a skirt. So there.

This new documentary was brought to my attention by Janae over at Hungry Runner Girl (she really does eat more candy than anyone I’ve ever met), it’s called Miss Representation. Take a few minutes (appx. 9) and watch the trailer for it. Then come back and tell me you aren’t fired up, too.

Go ahead, I’ll wait.

Why is it that we don’t promote strong females? Why must they always be all sexed up damsels in distress and not the strong, fierce women who are actually doing the dirty work, too? The images are everywhere: TV, magazines, and those advertisements on the sides of buses.

She really wants you to respect her as an actress.

What are young women to think? Looks (impossibly perfect ones at that, thank you Photoshop) are the most important thing in the world. Your body, your hair, your makeup, your skin is top priority. Wax it, dye it, laser it, nip it, tuck it and starve yourself. Then get implants.

I was told that I could do and be anything I wanted to, I just had to put my mind to it. My parents made sure that my studies, my self esteem, and my dreams came first. They always told me I was beautiful (I protested, especially during my braces/glasses/acne/perm phase) but never put pressure on me to look a certain way or make sure I put make up on before I walk out the door.

Good health and physical fitness are important. I like to feel good about my appearance, possibly more than I should but whatever, and so I make sure that I look professional and presentable when I go to work or school. So, I am not saying that looks don’t matter because I am not that naive.

I do want to build up the self esteem of young women. I do want to teach my niece (and daughters, if I have them) that she can be strong AND beautiful AND smart AND successful. I do want women to start believing in themselves more and strive to be more a part of running this country and the businesses that make up Corporate America.

I will do it through physical fitness. I hope that the inspiration and strength they learn on the track and in the gym translates into their professional roles as adults. I hope, I hope.

How are you encouraging young women to dream big and fight back against gender discrimination? How can you START doing it? Start now!

Now go out and run!

Better Than the Alternative Tuesdays: Best Summer EVER!

Today is Tuesday. That means today’s blog is all about how it’s good to be here because it’s better than not being here. I love this theme. Whenever I get down on myself or what’s not going ah-mazing at the moment, I am reminded in little ways how charmed my life really is. For example, I get to write for you fine folks out there. That’s pretty cool.

But our reason for today’s BTAT is Summer.

Summer is a time of rest and relaxation for most people. Not for me. Summer means all day, all night studying for me.

This was my work.

This was my view of Summer happening from Bobst.

But I got through it and had some fun, too! I mean, this was the Summer of the final Harry Potter movie!

It all ended and it was AWESOME! And sad 😦

I spent some fabulous time in the Hamptons with some awesome ladies from lululemon.

Bikes are fun!

I did some outdoor yoga in the middle of Manhattan, which is always a good time.

Yoga! Yoga! Yoga! (Imagine Belushi chanting this)

I have a newfound love of my lovely running hat. I don’t get sunburned on my face when I wear it. Funny how that works, huh?

              

I was honored by my favorite company to become one of their Ambassadors. I said yes. And maybe I cried a little. Don’t judge.

Presents AND an Ambassadorship? Well, oh-kay. If I must.

And I experienced my first earthquake and hurricane (turned tropical storm) in the same week in the same city. And that city was New York City. Go figure.

Hurricane? What hurricane? I’m siiiiiingin’ in the rain!

But by far the best part of the entire summer was becoming an aunt for the very first time. My little Peanut is the sweetest baby on this planet and I miss seeing her even after only spending a few short days rocking her to sleep. Added bonus of spending some important time with my family in the great state of Colorado. Auntie Abby loves you, Peanut. You were the best part of my Summer.

So, as we bid adieu to Summer and a hearty HELLO to Fall, I think maybe my perspective on what my Summer 2011 has slightly changed since I started writing this post. It was a life-changing 4 months that I will remember quite fondly. Even though I spent a good 50% of it indoors deriving equations and banging my head against the wooden table just to make the pain in my brain go away, I had all of these really great moments that more than made up for it. And really, when you look at where I’m headed next year, this Summer’s classes were just a stepping stone to my dreams so who the hell am I to complain?

I hope you had as memorable of a Summer as I did. What was your favorite part? Tell me all about it and remember, every moment here is better than none at all.

Now go out and run!