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Race Recap!

12 Jul

Hello all!

Happy Friday! I am so looking forward to the weekend, what do you have on deck?

Last night was the 3rd of the Thursday Night Race Menu Summer Series along the Charles in Boston.  There are 6 total races starting in May through the end of September. It is really great because you run the same course each time, so you can really track your progress.  They have great freebies and a fun after party sponsored by a different brewery each time at Tommy Doyle’s in Harvard Square.  The next race is August 8th-sign up if you are looking for a fun low key 5K!

J and I made it to all 3 so far-and had a blast at them all. Last night, J improved his time by 2 minutes, HUGE in a 5k!  I was the first female overall woo hoo 🙂  I ran 19:24, a bit slower than last time but I was fine with it considering the Crossfit workout the day before involved thrusters (hamstrings and quad’s burning!).  I won a box of Kind bars in Almond, Walnut, Macadamia, +protein. I tried one last night, and they are pretty good! I also got a free sample of the new Dark Chocolate, Nuts and Sea Salt bar which I am dying to try post workout today!  I’ll let you know how it is.

In other news, Casey went swimming for the first time this week! We took her to Rexhame beach in Marshfield and then to Bare Cove Park in Hingham. She was a little afraid of the waves at Rexhame, but braved it once we went in.  She LOVED Bare Cove Park-there were no waves and lots of other dogs around.

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This week I have been really into finding new races to do. Three of my girlfriends and I are signing up for a marathon relay in the Fall. Registration for the Big Sur Marathon begin Monday…and I am seriously considering signing up!  I need some motivation, and the most beautiful marathon in the US might just be the ticket!

Are you running any races this summer? What keeps you motivated?

4th and Weekend Recap!

9 Jul

What a busy weekend! I hope everyone had a wonderful 4th, I had a blast and can’t wait to tell you all about it!

I started the 4th off with a “red, white and blue-ish” smoothie,  it was delicious.  I used a mini-blender and made the white layer first, red layer second and blue layer last. That way, I only needed to rinse out the blender instead of carefully cleaning it each time. I made a white layer with homemade cashew milk, canned lite coconut milk and a little ice. I then blended some frozen raspberries and cashew milk for the red layer. Finally, I mixed up some frozen blueberries, cashew milk and spinach for the blue layer. It was a great refreshing way to start up the day!

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I headed out to a special July 4th Crossfit class with a Paleo Potluck after.  I made a delicious watermelon cucumber salad from PaleOMG-and it was a big hit. I used balsamic vinegar instead of red wine vinegar, and it still tasted great.

After an intense workout, I chowed down and headed home.  Lucky for me, my husband J’s friend has an apartment directly across from the fireworks barge in Cambridge. We headed there to watch the fireworks over the Charles, they were incredible! Did anyone catch the red lanterns? Such a cool addition this year!

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On Friday, we were off to Maine for a wedding.  We stopped at Red Hook Brewery on the way up with some friends-it was fun! We checked into the hotel and headed to the wedding. It was a blast, the bride looked beautiful, the food was great and there was plenty of dancing!

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On Saturday, I woke up and got in a quick run.  I used the hotel gym to do some body weight work.  I was hoping the gym would have some free weights, but it did not so I used what I could!

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On the way home on Saturday, we stopped in Newburyport for some beach and eats with friends. It was so hot that jumping in the water didn’t seem so bad!

What’s on deck this week?

Now, I am trying to get back into a normal work/workout schedule. J and I have a 5K on Thursday, so that will be a nice automatic speed workout.  He and I will be doing 3 X 1 mile repeats on the track today. We have a race at the end of the month that he is hoping to run quickly, so I am helping to pace him in a workout today. Blog-wise this week you can look forward to…

-The 3rd part of the “Exercising on the Cheap” series

-Race Recap from Thursday’s 5K

-Make it Fast Friday and What’s New Weekends will return

Did you have a nice 4th? How do you exercise when you are on vacation? What do you want to see on this blog this week?

What’s New Weekends

30 Jun

Hello again!

I’m starting another series on the blog, “What’s New Weekends”.  I’ll discuss new health-related things that I find interesting during the week and sum them up here!  Some will be Boston-based, but others will apply to just about anyone. Here goes!

1. Menus of Change Annual Report:

I have my Masters in Public Health-so I try to stay on top of some of the larger population-based health news. The Menus of Change Annual Report is the first of its kind from the Harvard School of Public Health and the Culinary Institute of America.  The report discusses trends in the US diet and rates how well we as a population are doing in certain food-related areas (see Page 7 of the document if you want to skip to the ratings). The report incorporates health, environmental and restaurant-business concerns to produce recommendations for people in the food industry. I love anything that brings people together from different disciplines for  a common cause (healthier eating!).  If we hope to make it easier for restaurants to serve us healthy food-more evidence based collaborations like this need to happen.  Click here to download a PDF version of the document or view it online as a flip book.

2. Sweetgreen Boston:

After reading through the report, I am inspired to incorporate more veggies into my diet.  I am already in love with Juice in Boston, they offer delicious fresh pressed juices. We are now lucky enough to have the DC chain sweetgreen open up in Back Bay.  They offer a number of fresh pressed juices and make your own salads.  I am always looking for a quick and healthy place to eat lunch, and this might do the trick-I can’t wait to try it next week.

3. Hip mobility stretches:

As a runner, my hips/glutes are often tight. I notice this the most when I try to do anything squat-related in Crossfit. I’ve been working on this, and with the help of one of my coaches, I have a new favorite hip opening stretch.  I tried to take some good pictures to show you a visual…but Casey wasn’t having it and kept interrupting the photos. You simply go into a bottom of a squat and keep your back as upright as possible. To balance/increase the stretch, place your elbows on the inside of your legs as you can see below. Make sure to have your toes pointed slightly out (preferably less than mine if you are more flexible) and do not let your knees collapse in.  I usually hold for 30 seconds-1 minute. If you want even more of a challenge, hold a weight in your hands.

What are you excited about this week? What new things are you really loving?

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Exercising on the Cheap Part 2

27 Jun

Hello all!

As promised, I am going to let you in on ways you can take some of the best exercise classes for free in Boston this summer!  Did you catch Part 1 of the “Exercising on the Cheap” series? If not check it out!

Boston is a great city to find free exercise. In fact, last summer I actually signed up for too many of the things below and had a hard time picking and choosing the events I wanted to attend.  As always, I love the summer because there are warm summer days to get in a wonderful run-of course for free. Sometimes, I need to change up my solo running routine.  Below I am going to outline free ways to exercise in a group all summer based on your needs.

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1. I want to get hooked on a new type of exercise!

The “Healthy, Fit & Fun” series on the Esplanade is a really fun way to try something new.  The Esplanade Association puts together weekly Zumba, Yoga, Crossfit, and Bootcamp classes all taking place along the Esplanade. They gather instructors from all over the city to run the classes. All you need to do is show up and sign a waiver! Last year, I tried out the yoga classes. I had an instructor from Sports Club LA who was wonderful. The best part is, they offer classes weekly so if you can’t make one, there is always another around the corner!  Check out the link below for more information!

Esplanade Association: http://www.esplanadeassociation.org/what-we-do/programs/healthy-fit-and-fun/

Need more free outdoor exercise in your life? City Sports offers a variety of classes over the summer.  I attended their Crossfit and Yoga series last year, so fun! The classes are free and usually require pre-registration. The instructors are from studios around the area and I had excellent experiences with all of them!  They hold free exercise series throughout the year, so keep following them all year round.  Lululemon stores also hold year-round free classes.  Follow them on Facebook to get the latest schedule and registration information.  I’ve seen them hold free Yoga and Pilates classes, but they offer a variety of classes/lectures throughout the year.  Finally, the Liberty hotel holds free Yoga classes on Saturdays throughout the summer. Not a guest? Not a problem! Simply bring your own Yoga mat and you can still attend for free! See the links below to get the details:

City Sports: http://citysportsblog.com/city-sports-events/ or https://www.facebook.com/CitySports?ref=stream&hc_location=stream

Lululemon: https://www.facebook.com/lululemonPrudentialCenter  or  https://www.facebook.com/lululemonNewbury

Liberty Hotel: http://blog.libertyhotel.com/boston-things-to-do/summer-events-at-liberty-hotel/

2. I need a running buddy!

I can understand that! Sometimes, it is just easier to get through a run when you can talk with a group of people.  Who knows, you might even find someone in the group to push your pace and make you even faster than you already are!  Marathon Sports offers a free weekly running club out of their Boston, Brookline and Wellesley locations at 6:30 pm on Wednesdays.  They track your mileage and provide you with prizes for some milestones, how cute is that?  This summer, Lululemon is also offering a running club out of their Newbury Street location.  Runners meet at the Newbury Street location at 6 pm on Wednesdays for a 3-6 mile run.  I’d recommend following them on Facebook since their Run Club time and day of the week may change with the season.

Marathon Sports: http://www.marathonsports.com/pages/wednesday-run-groups-boston-brookline-wellesley

Lululemon: https://www.facebook.com/lululemonNewbury

3. I want to find a new gym!

Whether you are looking to switch gyms or simply get started at a gym, there are plenty of options to choose from!  After following Healthworks Back Bay on Facebook, I recently earned a 1 month free membership.  They posted that they were looking for extras in a 1 hour photo shoot in exchange for a 1 month membership-very easy!  Healthworks is an incredibly nice gym, and they are very generous when it comes to free trials.  As someone who had never been to Healthworks, earlier in the year they gave me a 5 day free trial.  Finally, if you have a friend that attends Healthworks, they have monthly “Member Appreciation Days” that allow members to bring a friend for free.

Healthworks: https://www.facebook.com/healthworksfitness?fref=ts

Gym deals are scattered all over Boston.   I had an amazing experience trying out the Tabata class at Equinox during my 1 day free trial.  If you live near a Boston Sports Club, keep an eye out for 3 day free trial flyers in your area (think anywhere with a bulletin board or pamphlets around).  The Allston BSC location often had trainers standing outside their gym with a prize wheel.  The prize wheel allowed people to spin to win a certain number of free days to try out BSC, a fun way to engage new members!

Your exercise options are limitless this summer!  Stay tuned for Part 3 of the Exercising on the Cheap series!