Friday Fitness News: Sleepy, Happy, Sneezy

Happy, happy, happy Friday! I am experiencing an unusual amount of sleepiness this fine morning, so if I spell things wrong and links don’t work…blame my J-pouch for waking me up an hour before I needed to be up today.

Fail, J-pouch. Fail.

Ugh. I hate when my alarm goes off after I've been up for an hour. Reminds me of all the cozy, snuggly sleep I missed.

Ugh. I hate when my alarm goes off after I’ve been up for an hour. Reminds me of all the cozy, snuggly sleep I missed. Garfield knows what I’m talking about.

I am happy to report that I am 1/4 of the way towards meeting my goal for Team Challenge! Don’t forget to sign up for the Kick Ass 5K and a chance to win a trip for you and 9 friends to Acapulco, Mexico. Seriously.

I am less thrilled about allergy season descending upon us. Yuck. Then again, allergy season also coincides with it being birthday season sooooooooo…I’m not that mad.

But that’s not the news this week. This is:

 

Love the MCM & I never have trouble registering on Team Fisher House.

Love the MCM & I never have trouble registering on Team Fisher House.

 

Obviously, Birdie & I are the same as Kara & Shalane. Duh.

Obviously, Birdie & I are the same as Kara & Shalane. Duh. (Image courtesy of Examiner.com)

What did I miss? Is there a workout I need to try in NYC? One you’re rocking in your hometown this weekend? Who’s racing this weekend? Don’t forget to tell me so I can cheer you on!

Now go out and run.

Better Than the Alternative Tuesdays: Daydreamer

Why, hello there! I have missed blogging soooooooo much this summer. I’d often find myself writing a blog in my head at some point during the day only to have any memory of it wiped clean by cell biology, immunology, or a list of arterial anastamoses. School is great, don’t get me wrong, but this summer’s schedule is seriously cramping my style.

No matter, it’s almost over. Upward and onward!

Confession: I Daydream when I run. Does anyone else do this? Sometimes I picture myself running in the Olympics (clearly, I am delusional) and I suddenly feel more powerful, faster, and more determined. I Daydream that I am finishing the last mile of some major marathon and sprint down my block faster than a Chinese food delivery man on a bike.

What can I say? I’m a weirdo.

But, seriously. These Olympic games just bring out the wannabe athlete in all of us, don’t they?

This is my favorite so far. Love these two. (Image courtesy of Sports Illustrated.com)

Yeah, yeah, yeah, I’m an athlete, too. BUT NOT LIKE THESE GUYS!

WHAT?!?! (Image courtesy of Salon.com)

I mean, it’s a good thing I’m going into physical therapy. These athletes are going to need me in a few years…or months.

You are both very welcome to my PT services in three years. (Image courtesy of People.com)

Every four years, I find myself Daydreaming while I’m running that the eight miles I’m trudging through in August are eight miles of some Olympic event. Or the plyometrics I’m pushing through are part of some hard-core workout the likes of which Dara Torres kills on a regular basis.

Bad. Ass.

Those Daydreams make otherwise intolerably hot, disgustingly humid runs go by just a little bit faster. I am reminded that no athlete gets to the Olympics without putting in the work on the road, in the gym, in the pool, on the track, and in the kitchen. It may seem trite, but I am inspired by these athletes.

I love watching them celebrate their victories but even more so by the grace with which they handle defeat.

Even better is when two women (technically, rivals!) train together, share a coach, run every Olympic training run together, qualify together, and then find each other after the race to support one another. A race neither of them won.

(Image courtesy of @karagoucher)

So, I Daydream that I am one of them from time to time every four years. I guess that’s why you might see me in Central Park with my headphones on, looking all determined and stuff. Don’t mind me, I’m just pretending I’m an Olympian. Hey, it it may be a little embarrassing to admit, but it beats the hell out of the alternative, doesn’t it?

Go Team USA!

Now go out and run!

Fitness News Fridays: Free Shipping Friday

First off, thank you all for your feedback regarding yesterday’s first ever workout video blog! According to my stats, over 100 of you have clicked on it…has anyone actually tried it? Love to know what you think/how you felt! Regardless, more of those to come.

Second, today is the day when online stores promote free shipping in time for Christmas. So, if you’re like some people I know and you just started TODAY, get your butts online and grab that freebie before it’s gone!

Third, I wanna throw a shout-out to my optometrist who, while I was getting my annual exam, casually told me she ran her first marathon in Chicago this fall on a whim. Ummm, AMAZING and congratulations! Best part about my visit with her? We talked running and lululemon the entire time and then she told me my eyesight is holding steady at the current prescription. Rock on, both of us!

My Runner’s World Holiday Streak kinda hit a bump this week. I got all my runs in, but they were all interrupted and that suuuuuucks. Soon, very soon, I will be run-interrupted free (right, Dr. Boz & PAK?) and blazing on the Highline Trail in Denver! Yay holidays! Yay streak!

And now, the news this week is all about the Olympic trials for the marathon predictions, summing up fitness for the year (this seems to go on throughout all of December *yawn*) and the rest of it is a mish-mosh. Here goes!

  • Shalane Flanagan is poised to be our best female runner at the Olympic marathon distance.
  • When it comes down to the Olympic trials, time really isn’t the goal, it’s all about placement.
  • The owner of my favorite running shoe store in NYC, Jackrabbit Sports, did a talkback with Well + Good on Facebook about running: read it here.
  • 2012 Wellness retreats. I will happily go on any one of these if someone wants to sponsor me 🙂 Pretty please?
  • Can you be overweight and healthy? #1. Define “healthy” (My answer: no. Your joints & connective tissue are suffering even if your organs are not. It’s a total body equation)
  • Oh yeah, I’m on the luluemon blog. Global domination, baby!
  • New Yorkers: You have 3 days to get Barry’s Bootcamp classes for $22/each. Hurry up!
  • New Yorkers: Fly for FREE @ Flywheel Sports UES tomorrow @ 3pm with my girl, Aleah. You will not regret it.
  • New Yorkers: Come to the E. 66th St. luluemon store for a spa experience THIS SUNDAY from 4-6pm. You may just see your favorite fitness blogger there. Maybe…
  • The CDC says non-smokers get the flu less. Duh.
  • Do you speak “runner”?
  • And finally, what is your reaction to famous ladies signing onto multi-million dollar weight loss contracts? Good for them or just a ploy to get paid?

Good luck to all of you who are running the Ted Corbitt 15K this weekend. One of my favorite races, though I’m just not ready to pay to run in Central Park with NYRR yet again. Who else is racing this weekend? Anyone still marathon-ing? Tell me all about it and then…

…go out and run!

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!