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One Year Later…

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Today marks the one year anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombings.  One year since lives were lost and others forever changed.  One year since the city of Boston changed in a multitude of ways.

I’ve thought a lot about what I wanted to say today.  I’ve thought a lot about the experience I had, the emotions I’ve felt and continue to feel and how that day affected me.  A huge part of me wanted to say nothing at all today but ultimately that doesn’t feel right.  I’m sure there will be a lot of different point of views on the day and I think it’s important to remember that everyone will react and feel in their own way.  In the end, there is no right or wrong feeling today.  There is hope and strength, and grief and sadness and even anger.  And whatever it is you may feel today, that’s how you feel and that’s ok.

I wasn’t physically harmed when the bombs went off but like so many others I was in the area and was affected in some way.  In the months that followed the bombing I suffered from nightmares about bombs and death and terror threats.  I’d wake up scared, with tears streaking my face.   To this day I still panic if there are a lot of sirens and can immediately feel the fear creeping in.  When you live in a city, there are a lot of sirens which means this happens more than I’d like it to.  Most of all, I’ve struggled to find my own peace with the events.  Reading the news, and seeing stories related to the marathon makes me sad and quite honestly is just too upsetting for me.  Personally, I was dreading this day.  For me, it brings up so much emotion and I’m not sure I’m ready to deal with it.

Perhaps what is most significant is how the events have impacted my relationship with running.  When I ran the B.A.A. Half in October a bunch of fire trucks zoomed by with sirens blaring as I was approaching the finish line.  Rather than enjoying the last quarter-mile I was panicking, and wondering what was going on.  It’s with that feeling that I’ve shied away from races.  I’m just not ready to toe the start line to a major marathon with 40,000 other people.  I’m sure I will again, but right now I need more time.  So many runners have found peace with the events through running.  Countless runners have run races to raise money for the victims of the bombings- they’ve run 5k’s, 10k’s, half marathons, marathons and even across the country.  It’s amazing to see how much they’ve accomplished, and how much money they’ve raised.  But I’m not ready for that and as a result I feel a bit disconnected from the running community and I’m sure I’m not alone.  A year ago, I never thought I’d be saying that.  But it’s true.  For me, running solo with my thoughts is what I’ve needed.

Beyond my own feelings and emotions, I’ve noticed how much kindness the world has shown our city and those affected.  It makes me happy to see victims standing strong, running this race and experiencing genuine acts of kindness.  I followed a dream wedding created for one couple thanks to The Knot, countless fundraisers to help pay medical bills, friendships of a lifetime created as a result and so much more.  And while all the good does make me happy, another part of me feels sad.  Sad that we have to see such kindness come out of such a horrible act.

It’s my hope that Marathon Monday will be a day of healing for this city.  I hope that it’s our chance to take back the city, and return Marathon Monday to a day of community, hope, resiliency, strength and all the good a marathon stands for.  I hope it’s a day for us to heal and move forward.

For today, I’ll be thinking of those we’ve lost, those harmed and honoring the strength of the city that I proudly call home.  

#bostonstrong

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Sunday Morning Catch Up

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Hi Friends!  I’ve been MIA lately and missing you! Life’s been a little busy and there is only so many hours in the day which means sometimes this little blog takes a back seat.  Luckily, it’s a Sunday morning, it’s raining and we can catch up over a cup of chai tea.

I’ve been feeling so good lately when it comes to eating and workouts.  My eating habits are far from perfect and I don’t work out as much as I’d like but that’s really ok lately.  I feel like for so long I was caught up in how many workouts a week I was going to do, how long my workouts were and having a perfect combination of cardio and strength.  These days I don’t even plan my workouts, I go by the feel of the day and what sounds fun and interesting.  Some mornings I am up at 5:30am practicing yoga or going for a run.  Other days I reset the alarm, sleep in until 6:30 and go for a quick run, or do a 30 minutes barre workout after work.  The only constant these days is the 6am barre class I take down the street every Friday morning.  The variety challenges my body and helps tone my muscles, in fact I’m still losing weight and inches.  In terms of eating, we’re still loving salads and lean protein like salmon, chicken and turkey and it’s easy to stay on track with these good healthy meals.  We’re still learning and adjusting.  Some weekends we eat too many carbs or overindulge on date night but it’s ok- life is short.  I’d love to say that I drink a green smoothie everyday but that would be a lie.  Most days I do but other times I want toast with peanut butter and banana or a bowl of cereal.  It’s not perfect but it works for me!

Wedding planning has been so fun.  I don’t share our planning process and the details here as this is a space for running and yoga talk but it’s definitely a big project that takes up a good chunk of my time and truthfully keeps me from posting more frequently here.  I was a bit worried about planning our wedding.  So much so that I wanted a very small, intimate wedding of less than 50 people as I thought it would be easier to plan.  We are actually having over 100 people at our wedding but still hoping it will be intimate.  I’m so happy we’re planning a larger wedding with all the fanfare.  It’s been a really fun process so far and an experience I’m so happy to share with Michael and our families.  We just finished booking all of the major details and even booked our honeymoon!  I’m beyond excited for our big day and counting down the next 7 1/2 months with great anticipation.

The Big Day!

The Big Day!

Speaking of our wedding.  It definitely has me thinking about my race plan for the year.  You all know I typically run a marathon or half-marathon (or two) in the fall but with our wedding in November I’m not really sure I want to commit to that.  I’ve been enjoying the wedding planning process, mostly because I’ve set aside the time to plan it.  And the fall will be even busier with all the little details coming together, my bridal shower and the bachelorette party.  As, someone who thinks they can do it all, I find myself more often than not in situations where I’ve taken on too much and get stressed out.  I really don’t want to stress out about my wedding or a race.  Both are supposed to be fun.  So I’m thinking a may not run a fall race this year and enjoy this exciting time in my life.  I’m also really loving my workouts lately.  It feels so good to run for the fun and enjoyment of it, or skip a run and go to yoga or hit the barre instead.  I love the variety and the freedom to do what feels good.  What is up in the air is spring half marathon.  I’d just do it for fun, and not worry about time and PR’s.  Decisions, decisions.

On April 12th we’ll celebrate 6 months with Twila.  She’s been such a joy in our lives and makes us laugh every.single.day.  She’s so goofy and funny.  She has this little purple mouse that she plays with.  She’s always pushing it under the couch or in a closet and then comes and yells at you until you get it for her.  It’s so funny.  She’s really come around lately and been so snuggly and full of love.  I just can’t get enough.  There’s nothing better than the unconditional love of a pet.  And who can resist her silly bat ears and sweet eyes?!

Twila

Twila

I’m off to make breakfast! I’m thinking is a french toast and scrambled egg kind of morning.  Thanks for catching up with me friends! I’ll be back soon!

Tell me, what have you been up to?

Healthy Habits for Weight Loss: Workouts

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So I’ve shared with you how Michael and I modified our breakfasts, lunches and dinners to help us lose weight.  Beyond the food and the portion control there is one other main component that has helped us be successful…workouts.

By now you all know that I love running and to run long.  I also love yoga for strength and stretching.   Occasionally I”ll find myself in the gym focusing on strength…until I get bored again and decide yoga is enough.  I don’t do intervals unless I’m chasing down a half-marathon or marathon PR and even then I’ll usually try to justify that I don’t need to do them.  As a college athlete strength sessions were how I got fast, and intervals were how I got faster.  After years of focusing on them, I was just happy to workout how I wanted, when I wanted.

Recently, I’ve been back to strength and intervals but in a whole new way.  And I  haven’t been running long very much at all.  I have to say, it’s making a difference and I see it in the tone of my muscles and the overall look of my body.   So here’s a peek at what I’ve been up to…

Barre Workouts.

Since November I’ve been attending Barre N9ne every Friday morning.  I absolutely love the workouts.  An hour flies by and I’m sore for days!  The class I take involves mat and barre work to tone your whole body.  Each exercise lasts about 5 minutes.  Typically it’s about 3 variations of small muscles movements done in sets of 12.  You repeat the whole sequence for each muscle 3 times.  It was amazing how quickly I started to see my muscles tone up!  In addition to my weekly barre class I also subscribe to barre3.  Barre3  incorporates some yoga into the workouts which I really like and it ties everything together nicely for me.  For $15 a month I have access to unlimited videos of barre classes that I can do at home.  With a set of 3lb. weights, an ab ball and my kitchen countertop I’m able to get a great workout in.  They have videos that are 10, 30, 40 and 60 minutes long.  Sometimes I’ll do a quick barre workout after a run or other days I’ll keep it simple and just do a 40 or 60 minute workout.  I love how long, lean and toned my muscles are looking thanks to these workouts.

Barre!!

Barre!!

Intervals.  

With all the snow and cold it’s been hard to run outside.  Lucky for me Gaiam sent me the Step360 to try out.  The workouts are 3o minutes long and are 6o second intervals that are cardio based.  They also have videos that are for strength and utilize a resistance band.  I usually combine a 30 minute cardio workout with a 10 minute strength workout.  This definitely does the job in terms of getting my heart rate up and working up a sweat.  I really like the workouts and find them really fun!

Step360 by Gaiam

Step360 by Gaiam

Yoga.

You didn’t think I could give up yoga did you?!  I love adding yoga in for more strength, stretching, relaxing and mind clearing.  It’s just something I can’t do with out!

Yoga!

Yoga!

Notice I didn’t put running in the list?  It’s because I really have only ran a handful of times in the last couple months and I don’t contribute it to my weight loss.  It’s kind of crazy to me because typically when I want to lose a couple pounds and tone up I just run more.  I’ve learned this time though that the variety and more so the strengthening is the key for me.  I’ve also learned that it’s not really about time either.  For many years I was so caught up in working out 5 days a week for an hour or so each day.  Now I really don’t stress.  I still try to workout 5 days a week but with work and life I end up working out about 3-4 days a week.  And an hour a day?  No way!  I’ve learned that I can get in a sweaty, effective workout done in less than an hour!

It’s been a really interesting few months in terms of working out for me.  I’ve learned a lot about what works for me personally and what doesn’t.  The best part is that I feel like I’m looking and feeling great these days!

What kind of workouts help you lose weight? What works for you?  What doesn’t?

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Life in 2013!

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It’s hard to believe that today is the final day of 2013.  It seems like just yesterday I was bundled up, running through the snowy streets and listening to Ellie Golding’s Anything Can Happen and feeling excited and hopeful for the year ahead…

January started with the completion of a long time goal…becoming a certified yoga instructor!  It felt so good to finally complete my goal.   I spent most of January and February teaching my first classes and finding my way as a new instructor.  January also brought my year of being a sponsored athlete for Athleta, which was all sorts of fun and exciting.  I even went outside my comfort zone and modeled in a fashion show for them! Michael and spent most of the winter hibernating and we even watched as we got 30 inches of snow in one storm!  It was a long winter, and having ran outside all winter I was happy to see spring arrive!

The spring brought a lot with it.  Most significantly we endured the Boston Marathon bombings, and the days that followed.  It’s still a memory that brings back many emotions and thoughts. Unfortunately it is something I’ll probably carry with me for years to come.  I’m grateful for my safety and glad I was just far enough away and most of all  I was relieved that all 150+ Team In Training runners were safe.  I’m also incredibly proud of how our city has moved on and the strength we have shown.

I traveled a lot for work this past spring, attending the Inaugural Nike Women’s Marathon Half in Washington, D.C. and the San Diego Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon!  It was my first trip to DC so I made the most of every moment and saw everything from the Smithsonian to the Bill of Rights, the Constitution and all of the monuments at the mall in addition to a trip to the Newseum!  My mom came with me to San Diego and my first trip to California!  We had a great mother-daughter trip exploring Coronado Island, the San Diego Zoo (amazing!) and enjoying lots and lots of delicious food!

Summer started with a trip to NY to see my parents and a staycation over the 4th of July.  I managed to go to the beach almost everyday, explored the World’s End Reserve in Hingham and the South Shore with Michael, and took a day trip to Newport to tackle the Cliff Walk and head to the beach!  I also started to think more about yoga and what I needed from my practice.  I signed up for 2 fall half-marathons and started training.  I was feeling really good with all of my workouts and training and loving it! In mid-July we lost our love, Brandy.  It was such a sad day as she was truly our little friend who greeted us when we came home with loud meows, snuggled with us whenever possible and followed us from room to room.  You were never alone with her by your side.  She was always little spoon and loved to fall asleep next to you.  Michael and I were heart broken and terribly sad.  As Brandy would have wanted we kept our best to keep on living and loving.  We spent the day together in Manchester by the Sea, tried Stand Up Paddle Boarding, had lunch by the ocean and spent the after at the beach.  We went to the track in Saratoga with Michael’s family and enjoyed many mornings at the backstretch (my favorite).  We headed to the Cape the following weekend for another adventure!  We explored Hyannis, spent my birthday eating pastries, exploring Provincetown, eating oyster and seafood ocean-side in Wellfleet and even watched Planes at the drive-in!  We worked the Falmouth Road Race and watched 35 Team In Training runners cross the finish line!  And to complete our tour of the Cape we spent the night in Martha’s Vineyard at a super nice hotel, enjoying a fancy dinner and exploring Vineyard Haven! We even saw President Obama playing golf!  We closed out the summer with one final weekend at the track in Saratoga!

Fall came quickly and was in one word, BUSY!  I got promoted at work not once but twice! We went to Bethlehem, Pennsylvania so I could be the bridesmaid in my friend’s wedding and watch her and her husband say I do!  And we welcomed this little one into our lives!  Twila brought lots of laughter and happiness with her funny little ways! We headed to Newport again to go the Wine and Food Festival.  It was a pretty amazing day in one of the mansions trying food and wine and loving every minute of it! The last weekend of September brought one of the most exciting things of the entire year…our engagement!  Michael proposed in our Sunday morning yoga class!  We celebrated over brunch and with our family and friends!

October brought back to back half-marathons!  We headed to Portland, ME for the Maine Marathon and Half where I had an incredible race and loved the scenery!  The following weekend I ran the BAA Half Marathon yet again and had another fun race!  We celebrated both with lots of delicious food!  At the end of October my parents came to help us choose our wedding venue.  We set our date and began planning for our November 15, 2014 wedding!  In November we met with caterers, went to multiple tastings and picked ours!  My mom, cousin and I found the dress of my dreams!  We celebrated Thanksgiving with Michael’s family and yoga! December brought christmas trees, work travel and holiday shopping!  I celebrated the holiday in NY with my family and even went skiing last week with my Dad and brother!

Beyond all the activities I managed to scale back in my commitments and started to really live by the idea that less is more.  I refocused on my yoga practice and even stopped teaching in an effort to reconnect.  I’ve also scaled back my running and workouts to give my body a chance to rest and recover a bit…the first time in years.  I finally feel like I’m in a great place with work and life balance and put my time first.

It’s been an amazing year and we can only imagine what next year will bring!  We can’t wait to get married and become husband and wife and hope to see so many more amazing things come our way!  Thank you all for following my life and journey, even as I’ve stepped back and have been blogging less.  I’m hoping to be writing a bit more in the year to come!

Happy New Year Friends!! 

Life Lately

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Life has been busy.  So busy in fact that I checked my blog to see the date of my last post…surely it was in December.  Wrong!  How could it be that I haven’t posted since November?! I’ve been MIA but I guess you already knew that. 

Let’s talk about life lately, shall we?  It seems like a fitting topic since I haven’t been around much.

You may or may not remember that I was promoted in September at work.  It has been quite the transition from manager to director.  No one really tells you how challenging and humbling that transition will be.  Instead most people tell you congratulations and that you’ve earned it.  The last few months have been equal parts challenging, frustrating, exciting and rewarding.  I finally feel like I’m starting to find my stride, my ideas are being heard and things are moving forward.  All good things.  My weeks have been particularly busy- filled and focused on my job.  Truthfully, it’s tiring to make the transition.  I certainly feel like it’s challenged me as a professional, there have been some incredibly hard days, lessons and decisions to make and simultaneously some rewarding and fulfilling moments as well.  In fact, I think this job has given me a whole new perspective on what a job can offer you and that definition of a “good day at work”.  As each day passes, I’m feeling more and more comfortable in the role and thankful for this challenge and opportunity to grow and develop.

Beyond the job, M and I have been busy planning our wedding!  It’s been so fun to choose our venue, set the date and bring our vision and ideas to life!  Choosing the caterer was one of the most fun parts.  I loved going to all the tastings. Trying and tasting all the food was a blast and I loved hearing all the wedding day tips and tricks from the catering managers.  My mom and my cousin (she’s my maid of honor) made a special trip to Boston just before Thanksgiving to help me find the perfect wedding gown.  That experience was pretty amazing and all that I’ve ever hoped and dreamed it would be.  We found my dream dress pretty quickly and I’m so in love!  I seriously can’t wait to walk down the aisle!  We have lots to do in the next 11 months but we’re taking it one thing at a time and enjoying the process.

I know you’re probably thinking…what about yoga and running?!  After all that’s what this blog is about!  I’ve been staying active but in a new way for me.  It feels so good to be mixing things up and the best part is that it feels so much less stressful and so much more enjoyable!

I’ve been spending a lot more time on the yoga mat, I’m still not practicing as much as I’d like but it’s enough for now.  Every Sunday I head to one of my favorite studios for a Sunday morning flow and during the week I focus on my home practice.

Side Crow Pose

Side Crow Pose

I’ve also introduced barre workouts into my weekly workouts and I’m in love with the class.  I look forward to it everyday Friday morning and the results I’m seeing in just 4 weeks are awesome.  My arms and abs are more toned and I feel like my legs are slimming down as well.  It’s really fun and I leave the hour class feeling the burn!

Here and there I’ve been getting to the gym to get in some low impact cardio on the elliptical and treadmill.  I haven’t been running outside more than a handful of times since October which is probably the biggest change for me. It’s not been a focus for me right now and that’s ok.  For the last 6 or 7 months I’ve been experiencing pain in my right hip and low back.  All summer I trained through it but after my half marathons in October it became really irritated.  Resting it has definitely been helping and the barre has been strengthening it which feels good.  I’m still not 100% with it so I’m trying to really rest and recover.  Beyond my hip I’ve been experiencing a lot of wheezing and breathing issues when I try to run outside that I have really hindered me.  The cold air and I are just not getting along.  When I was in high school and college skiing and racing I struggled with cold-weather induced asthma.  I seemed to out grow it in my early 20′s and trained for Boston Marathon 2 years ago without any issues.  Towards the end of last winter it started to bother me but before I knew it the weather warmed up and I felt fine.  This October it came on the vengeance as soon as the temperature started dropping.  It makes running outside really frustrating and discouraging.  I have a doctor’s appointment in the next week or so to get both things checked out.  I’m hoping that I can get these issues resolved and hopefully start running a bit again!

Despite my hip and my breathing issues I’m feeling really great.  My body is appreciating the change in workouts and I feel stronger and more rested than I have in ages.  I’m only working out 3-4 times a week which is a lot less than normal.  I think I just needed this break.  Surprisingly I haven’t gained any weight and am actually feeling really lean lately.  I’ve definitely noticed that my appetite has adjusted.  I’m a lot less hungry than I was just a few months ago and find myself snacking less and skipping the second helping more often.  I even find myself reaching towards the sweets less!  I’m not sure how long this little change-up will last but I’m certainly enjoying it and in no rush to get back to my normal routine.

I’ve also been thinking a bit about this blog lately.  I feel like I’ve evolved over the last few months and the blog needs to as well.  I’m still not quite sure what that looks like or what the focus will be but I can tell you I want to keep writing and sharing my passions of running and yoga with you all.  And I’d like to share them more often too! I’d love if you’d tell me what posts you’ve been missing from me lately, or if there is something you’d like me to talk about more often!  I want to be sure I incorporate that too!

So that’s life lately.  It’s been crazy busy, challenging, fun and filled with love.  All good things in my book!

Tell me, how’s your life lately?  What posts have you been missing from me lately?  What would you like me to share with you more often?