weekly workouts: 6/21-6/27

FullSizeRenderSunday: 4-mile treadmill run upstate (not my fave)
Monday: upper body free-weight & abs sesh in my apartment (while watching TV) – rest day from training
Tuesday: 3.5-mile morning run outdoors (humid!); hour strength & abs after work at the gym
Wednesday (today): 5-miler outdoors (gorgeous out!); potentially a boot camp class tonight
Thursday: 3 miles on the plan
Friday: rest from running day; plan to do strength & abs in the gym before work
Saturday: some sort of run BUT not going to stress about mileage, because….

i’ll be in Charleston, South Carolina!

i’m so stoked to go visit this city, about which i’ve heard only amazing things from absolutely everyone, so i have high expectations of loving it. i’m really grateful to be able to visit so many new-to-me cities in the past year, and i can’t wait to share my Charleston experiences with you guys!

i’m guessing it’ll be H-O-T and humid, so i don’t have any expectations for killing my runs, and i just want to enjoy myself on my mini vaca and take in the city. and beaches. and seafood. and rooftops (are there rooftops?). and relax. and i’ll definitely be praying for the city as i explore it, in the wake of their horrific church shooting.

timthumb.phpbacktracking for a moment to the workout theme: i’m always looking for new running music, so please guys, send your song suggestions my way! here are two i’m digging on my list right now:

“Cool” – Alesso
“Echo” – Panic is Perfect

What’re you jammin’ out to while running/working out these days?
Anyone visited/adore Charleston? Tell me what I need to see/do/experience/eat/drink!

2 Things Tuesday

this week, it’s all about working it out.peace copy
1. working out with some faves. it never ceases to amaze me, how one good session of (insert whatever you love most in the world: for me, that’d be working out + friends) can entirely turn your day/week/life around. i was having that day of a Sunday night into Monday morning, and the only thing that kept me sane yesterday was knowing i had a workout planned with two of my closest girlfriends last night.

annnnd it went amazingly. i ran 2.5 miles of intervals before they got there, and then i set up a little circuit boot camp in my building’s gym (which is pretty stellar for an apartment building gym) and we kicked our own butts for an hour.

here’s the total body circuit workout i put us through, followed by 3 different ab stations. we all tackled different stations at the same time, then alternated til we’d done all 3, and then they did the cardio while i did more abs (because i’d already run).

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it worked beautifully and we had a blast working out together, and of course i just wish i could train people for a living and be the happiest girl alive every day of my life. nothing like a good sweat session of a workout with some of your fave friends to make Monday marvelous.

the only bummer is that i forgot to take pix of them working out (life fail) but definitely plan to in the future, as we’re going to make this a Monday night ritual (workout + Bachelor and girl silliness = best Monday routine ever). this segues nicely into today’s second thing, however, of which i did manage to take a pic…

2. Danskin Now capris. because we’re all obsessed with fun workout clothes, but nobody wants to pay top dollar for every single piece, amiright? i’m totally in love with my new Danskin Now capris (and went back to buy them in two more colors, as well as a pair for my best friend). they were literally under $10 (in Walmart — who knew?!), and they feel just as good as any (and better than a lot) of other pairs i’ve owned. so so so so soft and comfortable and stretchy and breathable.

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i rarely match my workout clothes (hi, if you follow me on Instagram, you’ve seen the Punky Brewster looks in which i run), but these capris kinda match my eyes, so that totally counts in my book. #ootd 🙂 sorrynotsorry for the bathroom selfie

it’s so cool to see companies like Danskin put out affordable lines like this. my mom remembers wearing their stuff when she was younger (have i mentioned she was a real life ballerina in NYC?? she went to Performing Arts high school and then danced with Ballet Russe), and i know some of their tights and pieces were definitely pricier, so i consider this quality for this price the craziest steal i’ve seen in a long time. i’m super happy with them and definitely recommend them as some i-feel-like-i-just-stole-these additions to your workout collections!

You tell me:

Do you work out with friends? If so, what’s your fave group workout to do?

Best new item of workout clothes you’ve bought recently?

Do you match your workout outfits? like, to each other, or to your eyes, or your sneaks, or your hair…it all counts. 🙂

weekend recap: dancing, running, Easter, Boston

hi friends! hope you all had lovely Easter weekends. having Friday off just makes everything so much better in my world, especially when it means i can head upstate on Thursday evening and enjoy this sunset as a “welcome home”:

Photoand then head straight out to Saratoga Springs to check out a new salsa night at The Mine. not a bad venue at all, and right on Broadway in Saratoga: spacious with a good-sized dance floor, and suuuuper empty (which was good for us die-hards to practice). dancing + good music + great venue + amazing people = best way to start my long weekend. guess who else agrees with me…

photowhy yes, yes, i do. just fully clothed.

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Friday started off with a short hilly run that totally felt like struggle city. my legs were exhauuuuusted and i was ready to quit by mile 2, which hasn’t happened to me in a while…not sure if it was the previous night of dancing combined with running or training every day last week, but i was hurtin’. i really think i was running slower than my app calculated. he’s being generous.

photo 1i hit 5 miles total but shut off MayMyRun early and walked half of the last .9 miles (and slow jogged the rest). rough one.

i then spent Friday afternoon with my best friend and her family, and finally saw Frozen. anyone else seen it? it was really cute and i was super impressed with Kristen Bell’s singing voice. and also super glad Winter is over. and it kinda reminded me of Narnia.

Saturday’s workout was a long, killer circuit/boot camp style sesh at the gym that included:

  • burpees w/ push-ups, over a bench
  • squat jumps
  • skaters
  • clapping push-ups on a bench
  • jumping jacks w/ free weights
  • squats
  • jumping squats onto a bench
  • back rows
  • flys w/ leg raises
  • high knees

and a few others thrown in that i either can’t remember or can’t describe well. 🙂 it was awesome, and followed by a 20 minute ab circuit with my brother, which included a bajillion incline sit-ups on my fave machine. love that thing.

Saturday was a double workout day for me, essentially, as it also included 4 straight hours of Latin dancing that night in Albany! my calves were buuuuurning and it was amaaaazing. so thankful for that scene and the wonderful friends i’ve made there…you know who you are. love you guys.

i took Sunday as a rest day and enjoyed church with the fam, followed by a pretty stellar brunch that Ry and i made for our parents while they napped on the porch by the lake.

Photothe chef in action. and i did a mean job of cutting everything up for him to cook, and keeping our mimosas refilled. critical role.

our Easter was quiet and relaxing and nap-ful and lovely. i so cherish full days when it’s just the four of us together, and i’m so thankful to have such an outstandingly beautiful, amazing family. the older i get, the more i love and appreciate them, and the more i value my time spent at home. NYC ain’t got nothin’ on the lakehouse.

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i hope you all had lovely Easters with your family, friends and loved ones as well.

switching gears for a sec…did anyone follow the Boston marathon? i unfortunately didn’t watch any of the coverage, but of course i’m overjoyed that an American won for the first time since 1983, and i love that he had the names of last year’s victims displayed on his race bib. such an emotional, heartfelt experience.

(Image Credit: Timothy A. Clary/AFP/Getty Images)

(Image Credit: Timothy A. Clary/AFP/Getty Images)

i was super tired from having taken an early train from Albany-NYC yesterday morning, but i made myself go out and do a little honorary “run for Boston” after work last night along the river. it was a beauuuutiful evening to be out.

photo 2i was just one of maaaaany runners/walkers/bikers out on the path last night, which was amazing. it warmed my heart a bit to imagine that a bunch of those runners were also out there thinking of Boston, honoring the city and the victims in the only way we runners can: by doing what they — and we — love to do.

and before i scoot, just wanna share my fave commemorative Boston pic with you — one that my dear friend from Massachusetts took of her beautiful little girl:

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so sweet. never too young to spread love. ❤

Questions:
Highlights from Easter weekend?
Did you follow/run in/run in honor of the Boston marathon?

Sippin’ on wine and juice…

Good morningggg friends! It’s humid and rainy here in NYC, so in lieu of an outdoor run and partially because my calves are a bit sore, I hauled it to the gym this am for a strength workout. Or maybe just so people at my gym don’t forget my face now that it’s Summer. One or the other.

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I have reallllly come to love these interval workouts this past year and look forward to my strength days almost as much as I do a good run. I did a little over an hour of intervals including the following exercises:

  • assisted pull-ups and dips (FYI: dips are my nemesis. hate them!)
  • maneater burpees (no this isn’t my nickname — my older trainer upstate used to call them this! jump to deep squat, leg thrust, pushup, repeat)
  • regular push-ups
  • cable back rows
  • kettlebell swings
  • kettlebell circles (circling a kettlebell around you while balancing on one leg — great for balance, shoulders and leg)
  • ball wall throws into squats (personal fave)
  • dumbell jumping jacks (I used 5 pounders)
  • lunges, both jumping and walking
  • planks & other ab exercises

On the 2-3 days a week that I do strength workouts instead of running, I generally include all or most of these exercises. I’m trying to do more upper body and less heavy lower body stuff the next month or so before my marathon, so as not to tire out my legs completely. Need those puppies to stay fresh!

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So, let’s back up a bit to last night, which was an adventurous evening for me and one of my bffs (let’s call her U30, as you’ll be seeing her around this site on the regular and that’s a work nickname to which she already answers…I think my friends who will continue to make appearances on RTA will probably all need nicknames at some point): our first Juicing Date. We were probably way too excited about this, considering we started Wednesday morning with lots of exclamation point-riddled emails referencing our upcoming evening.

 Annnnd it was a huuuuuge, messy, wonderful, epic success that will certainly become a regular part of our routine from now on. I mean, just look at this fun and tell me you don’t suddenly have a new agenda for girls’ night:

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We decided we needed to have wine in honor of this inaugural event, as it’s entirely appro: wine started as grapes and went through this whole squeezing and stomping and extracting process too, so a cheers was necessary. I’m sure you can spy a little berry-dappled glass tucked into that pile of produce up there. 🙂

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Yessss. What a beauteous, colorful, disastrous, delicious mess. We laughed ourselves silly doing this and were instantly hooked. Such girlie juiceheads.

Our first juicing attempt was totally fly-by-the-seat-of-our-pants in terms of components and measurements (read: we chose things we liked and paid absolutely zero attention to the proportions). I swung by this amazing little indoor produce stand by my apartment and picked up mass amounts of produce for just $17! If you live in or near (or happen to ever find yourself in) Hell’s Kitchen, you gotta check out Stiles. It rocks.

Our concoction included the following (measurements unspecified — let’s just say “lots of” each):

  • kale
  • spinach
  • apples
  • pears
  • beets
  • carrots
  • cukes (short for “cucumbers,” as I’m sure you can guess…or not…)
  • ginger (way overboard on this root, but it adds a spicy little kick!)
  • lemon juice (we added this at the end)

We were pretty darn thrilled with our end product, which sort-of resembled a thin sherberty fruit punch when we mixed it all together (especially because of the punch bowl effect…huh, weird how that happens):

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We transferred it into travel containers and both showed up to work with our juice & smug feelings of superiority about our healthy creation. (Just kidding. Kinda.)

frametasticLittle wine glass making another surprise cameo. He gets it.

Juice endeavor, take 1: huge success. Stoked to continue creating these fabulous mishmashes of all things good for you. Hey, you never know — maybe one day we’ll figure out a good use for all the blood-red beet juice I managed to drip everywhere. (Yarn dye? War paint? Suggestions welcome.)

My juicer: the Breville Juice Fountain Compact. As this is my first experience with a juicer, I really don’t have anything to compare it to and I’m happy with it. It’s quick, efficient, well-made and pretty easy to clean. Works for me. AND it was given to me by my mom’s lovely best friend (who treats me as though I were her own daughter), so it juices with love. Can’t beat that. 🙂

Question: Do you juice? Any good combinations you’ve concocted?