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: Oldies…

…but Goodies.

Tell you what, there is no better way to celebrate a momentous occasion than with family and friends. My friends are the best. Old and new, they rock the whole wide world.

But what makes this Tuesday Better Than the Alternative are the Oldies.

I’ve had three friends since I was about 5 years old. Two of them are twins (hi Twins!) and one of them is my friend from up the street, Teeny. Teeny is half my size and packs a whole lotta fabulousness in her just under 5′ frame.

I’ve seen the Twins any number of times since my family moved away when I was 15. Luckily, their jobs have taken them to NYC several times since I’ve lived here and I adore visiting with them, if even for just brunch before they head for the airport. They’re fabulous.

Teeny and I see each other far less often. I think we were nearly 7 years, two children, and one husband between visits when we finally touched base last winter. This weekend, Teeny and her husband happened to be visiting and were able to not only meet some of our closest friends, but celebrated the very exciting occasion of me being accepted to NYU’s doctorate of Physical Therapy program.

Yes, I’m still talking about that.

Drinks, dinner, more drinks, two gorgeous runs in Central Park (Teeny’s longest run EVER: 8km!) and lovely visits with our husbands got me to thinking how great it is to have Oldies.

  • Oldies ask about my gigantic family and they actually know all of them by name…and sometimes by nicknames.
  • Oldies remember when I was a scared, awkward kid with low self-esteem (braces AND glasses) and praise me for how far I’ve come, and I believe them.
  • Oldies don’t mind the dirty (not that kind of dirty) talk that is usually reserved only for JB about how “I’m feeling” lately with my UC.
  • Oldies love JB before they even meet him. And know him by face. And cannot get enough of learning about him.
  • Oldies cry with me.
  • Oldies want to know everything about everything and will stop the world if I need them.
  • Oldies are never ashamed of me just being me.
  • Oldies are as proud of my accomplishments as JB, my parents and my siblings are because they know that they helped me get to where I am today.

You know who the Oldies in your life are. They’re the ones who “knew you when” and still know you now. Do you have Oldies? I bet you have at least one. I am lucky enough to have 3. Love you, girls. Thanks for believing in me.

Those Oldies are exactly why today and every day is Better Than the Alternative.

Who are your Oldies? Do you see them often? Do you drink as much as I do when you see them…what is WITH that? Tell me all about your Oldies.

Now go out and run!

Friday Fitness News: Party Time!

Celebrate good times, COME ON!!!

Kool and the Gang know what’s up. This is gonna be me tonight! Celebrating my acceptance to NYU (hopefully people will come!) with my friends and family.

AND to make things even better, one of my oldest, bestest friends in the wide world is in town with her husband. I get to show her Central Park. We will, of course, be running on Saturday morning and then taking them to only the coolest spots in town. Can’t wait.

Let the fun begin! But first, let’s catch up on the Fitness News this week.

And then there's this ad from New York Sport Club

And there you go. Comments? Questions? Did I miss something? Holler back, ya’ll.

Now go out and run!

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!