Before I review the barre class, I need to show you that I actually created something in the kitchen. FROM SCRATCH. Okay, not from scratch. But I did throw ingredients together to make this:
Brown rice, black beans (drained and rinsed; learned that lesson the hard way with MQ!), and diced tomatoes with the juice. I added the cooked rice after the beans and tomatoes warmed up. To spice it up, I added a Mexican seasoning, salt, and pepper. Topped it with cheese and guacamole!
Looks disgusting, right? It was delicious. The cheese got all melty when I mixed it up. Best part? Leftovers tonight!
Now, back to today…
I woke up at 5:15am (go me!) and ran 2.20 miles in the dark to Exhale, where I was taking their Core Fusion Barre Express class from 6:00am – 6:45am. It was so beautiful out – a lot quieter, with a few stars, and a dim glow from the lights.
Central Park from 5th Ave.
The doors to the studio were still locked when I arrived, and I walked up to two girls who were also waiting and said “good morning”. They both stared at me, then looked back at each other and started talking. Rude!
The studio was absolutely beautiful. Locker rooms: impeccable. The instructors and staff were also very nice and friendly, despite it being 6:00am on a cold winter morning. Our instructor turned on the lights and pumped hip hop which filled the empty space (I assume this class is quite crowded at later times in the day). I appreciated the good tunes!
I will say this about the class: it was hard. I expected to shake, but wow, I felt like my body was convulsing. We started with a slight warm up, then were onto planks, weights, barre work (plies), mat work (bit of core), some quick stretches, and then we were done.
This was an express class, so in 45 minutes the instructor packed a lot in. She also gave a lot of tips and models to improve your form and get maximum benefit, which I appreciated.
However, I just don’t think Barre is for me. In my opinion, there was too little core work and not enough stretching. I thought that there would be a lot more movement (since it supposedly gives you the strength of a ballerina), instead, we just held plies, planks and did weights. I can definitely do that at home for free. And while it was hard, I just don’t have the motivation to hold a plie for ever and ever. I wanted to be jumping!
I don’t mean to offend – it clearly is just not for me. I’m looking for a class to supplement my running, that is heavy on core work and stretching. I am in no way saying it is not beneficial – you’ll have to decide that for yourself!
I’m happy I went – I had always been curious and all in all it was a pleasant experience. Plus, this is the very reason I got the ClassPass; to find a supplemental form of exercise that I enjoy. On to the next!
Have you ever tried barre? What did you think? Any ballerinas out there have thoughts (EB, I’m looking at you!)?
Wednesdays are good; so much better than Tuesdays. Don’t you agree?
Last night I squeezed in a 3 mile run on the treadmill. I did strict intervals start and then just ran. Here’s what I did:
5:00 – 8:00 7.5
10:00 – 13:00 7.5
13:00 – 15:00 6.5
15:00 – 18:00 7.5
18:00 – 20:00 6.5
20:00 – 22:00 7.5
23:00 – 24:00 7.7
24:00 – 25:00 7.9
25:00 – 26:00 8.0
Total of 3.00ish miles with some hard running in there. It felt good!
I finally found a daily planner that I like. I am very picky when it comes to planners; they need to be plain (so I don’t get sick of it), with both a monthly view and a weekly view, and lightly lined days without times. No flowers, leaves, swirls, etc. are allowed on the cover nor the pages. I have been looking for a while, but FINALLY Moleskin daily planners revealed themselves. Love at first sight! It is perfect with its lightly lined days and solid black cover.
I just joined ClassPass and with so many classes in different places, I needed to visually plan out my month. ClassPass costs $100 per month, and you get access to tons of classes around the city. You can take 10 classes per month, no more than 3 at one studio, so each class costs $10. Such a steal! most classes in New York cost at least $27 per class. Anyone else ever used it?
What was your exercise yesterday or today? Anyone else particular about planners??
Every so often, I push myself beyond what is reasonable and my body rebels in the form of a migraine. February has been crazy (crazy FUN!) on top of what I had hoped would be intense training. On Saturday, after running 11 miles on little sleep and hopping on a bus for a 4.5 hour ride, my body rebelled. An intense migraine with nausea hit and I was forced to stop.
I’m frustrated that I didn’t get to spend the weekend as I had planned. I’m frustrated that my 11 mile long run (last one before the half) wasn’t as fast as I had hoped. I’m frustrated that this winter has prevented me from training the way I want to for the NYC Half. I’m frustrated that it’s STILL COLD OUT. I’m frustrated!
When I feel this frustrated, I try to re-frame.
There is nothing I can do about the winter; that is the risk of training for a spring race. I had so much fun in February; since I couldn’t train the way I wanted, at least I was having tons of fun! I wouldn’t take back the memories I made for anything.
March will be my apology to my body. Tonight I am doing nothing. I am going to sit, with Netflix or a book, plan out my workouts and meetings for the month (with adequate sleep in mind!) and relax. And when that half-marathon comes in two weeks, I will do my best and have fun. That is all I can do at this point.
Weekly Workout Recap
Monday: rest day
Tuesday: 3.0 morning miles
Wednesday: 4.21 evening miles with planks
Thursday: 4.17 evening miles with planks
Friday: rest day
Saturday: 11.00 miles (4.5 hilly miles with Juice Press Run Club, 6.5 on my own)
Sunday: forced rest day
TOTAL: 22.38 miles miles
How was your weekend? What do you do when your body gets mad at you?
Happy Friday! I’ve been a bit absent because my brother is visiting from NH, and we’ve been doing lots of fun things. Thought I’d check in for Friday Favorites, before I go all radio silence again this weekend
This morning started out with a colder-than-expected 4.2 miles. Because I had yet to pick up my laundry, I was forced to wear my spring/gym capris with vents in the butt (read: not good for winter running!) with my pink PRO Compression socks that clashed with my fuscia Mizunos.
I felt very slow on my run and there is a reason. Last night, I got home from the GOTR Solemate’s info night (which was AWESOME btw), and I wasn’t hungry for dinner. I had a z-bar at the event, so I just had half a bowl of cereal for “dinner”. I knew I should eat, but I was too tired and couldn’t think of anything that sounded good. So I skipped dinner. Before you get worried for me, know this: it was not in efforts to cut calories. But I know better.
Recovery from an eating disorder has taught me to think of food in terms of fuel, not as the fattening enemy. I know that if I skip dinner, my morning run will be sluggish. And this morning was a reminder that yep, it’s still true. And knowing that I wasted the four miles feeling slow and sluggish because of a choice I made does not feel good.
By now, you have probably seen that this week is National Eating Disorder Awareness week. I am finally starting to think of ED as a something of my past, though things like this morning will creep up and remind me that old habits are always there. It is is easy to slide back into overexercising, limiting food and hydration, and purging. I concentrate now on loving my body for all it does. For movement, strength, and mobility. To be able to run, or ski!, or walk around the city. I also thank my body for forgiving me the mistreatment, and try to embrace my imperfections (note: try).
So many people suffer in silence from eating disorders . To steal a slogan “If you see something, say something”. You could be offering that person a door, an escape. Friends occasionally voiced their concern to me. And often I shut them down. But those caring and concerned people in my life were planting the seed. Eventually, I was able to see the harmful nature of my habits and and take that escape when it came again.
It breaks my heart to think of other girls and women feeling as terrible as I did. If you are suffering from ED, please reach out to your friends, your family, your doctor. You can break free of ED. For more information and support, visit the National Eating Disorder Association here. If you have any questions, or just want to talk things over, please don’t hesitate to email me @ firstname.lastname@example.org. Seriously.
Hellllo people. How are we today? I am feeling energized, as I tend to be when I a) start my day with an early morning run and b) have two cups of coffee.
I am so excited that it gets light out at 6:30am now! That means getting up to run at 6:00am doesn’t feel like the middle of the night as much. Also, spring is coming. Whether it feels it or not, spring has to come in March. YAY.
Views from my early morning 3 mile run:
The city views never get old. What does get old is thinking you’re running 8:00 minute miles and looking down to realize you were running 8:45s. Let’s just say this half training has not gone as planned…
For lunch today, I had a delicious whole wheat pita pocket (well, half a pocket) with oven-roasted chicken deli meat with Skinny Cow swiss cheese spread and carrots. Holy tastiness! It totally hit the spot.
I don’t feel the need to share all my meals with you (you would probably run screaming from your computer if I did) but I had to share lunch because you know how much I hate lunch.
Tonight I am headed to an info session for our GOTR Solemates. There will be presentations from experts in the health industry, mingling, and snacks! You bet I will recap tomorrow.
Any new lunch ideas you want to share with me?? SERIOUSLY open to suggestions!
I am in a great mood coming down from this weekend – it was absolutely incredible! Everything was just perfect – the weather, the mountain, the condo, the people. But it was not without some drama…
I will give you the abbreviated version:
8:50pm We hit a pothole in Holyoke, MA
11:15pm After a two hour wait, a tow truck showed up
12:00am Arrived at the dealership to drop off the car
12:15am Took a taxi to the Budget at the Hartford airport
12:45am Arrived back at the dealership in our rental car to pick up our gear
4:30am Made it to the condo at Killington despite intense fog and black ice the whole way there
Yup, drama. FW is a champ, that’s all I can say about that. We got into bed around 5:00am, and slept until 9:15am. At that point, we rallied: breakfasts of coffee, red bull and donuts were consumed and we were off to hit the slopes!
I rented my gear off the mountain at a place called Black Dog Sports. I highly recommend them. Rentals were only $25/day and they were incredibly friendly and helpful. And maybe they are good luck, because when I started skiing, I wasn’t terrible!
The rest of the weekend was spent skiing, eating delicious food (bean dip, lasagna, pot roast, waffles, cinnamon buns, sausage), drinking whiskey and playing games, and more skiing. I had so much fun; I already want to do it again! Being outside with good friends while getting exercising is the perfect equation.
Happy Friday everyone! i hope you have all had a great week. I have been squeezing runs into a very busy week, but I’m getting them done! And I’m so excited for the weekend – I’m going skiing! Yes, you are correct in thinking I do not know how to ski. I have been a few times, but never long enough to build any skill/comfort. Hopefully that will change this weekend
I just had the worst lunch. A seriously sickeningly soggy salad. (Sweet Green really needs to open a spot near my office and near my home, so that I’m always covered.) I ate less than half of it and had to chuck it out. So instead, I ate chocolate covered blueberries and peanut butter M&Ms from the office candy bowl. Don’t try this at home, kids.
Peanut Butter M&Ms are delicious. And speaking of delicious food, I need to tell you about Van’s waffles (see how I did that?). And no, this is not a sponsored post. I just found them in the grocery store on Saturday and now I want to eat to them everyday.
I got the flax seed variety, but they have many options, including gluten free, blueberry, and original. Check out the ingredients; I can pronounce them all!
The best part is they are delicious and although they are frozen, they do not taste like a freezer. They also actually contain some protein, so I feel less bad eating them.
I ate them after my long run on Monday with banana, FW’s homemade butter (I know, he’s amazing), and real maple syrup. YUM.
Take my word for it and buy some. Again, this is not a sponsored post and I get nothing out of convincing you to eat them apart from the satisfaction that you will have a delicious breakfast. Check out all their delicious flavors and nutritional information here.