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Fitness Fashion Weekly Roundup 2/1/2015

Another week, another outfit lineup! After a bunch of really tough workouts last week, and a snowstorm this week, I decided to take a few days off. Boy did my body need it. When I went back to my first class after a few days of rest and gentle yoga, I felt amazing! I actually thought my rowing class was pretty easy – the wheel felt so light! But after class, I heard multiple people talking about how hard the class was! What a confidence boost, and total confirmation that my body needs rest in order to grow and perform. Speaking of boosting performance, I started my third Whole30 today! Each Whole30 is different, and I’m excited to see what this one brings!

Anyway, back to the fashion 😉 To see a full shot, details and other notes about each outfit, click on the image!

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NYC Marathon Weekend!

What a weekend! For the second year in a row I hosted a friend from college who was running the NYC marathon. While I didn’t have time to post, I still got my workouts in, and then some!

He arrived on Thursday, but I still had time to hit up my Aquacycling class. I made a quick stop at a nearby Lululemon, hoping they’d have some of the special edition NYC marathon gear. I was only interested in one piece, and thought it wouldn’t be taboo to buy and wear, since there was no mention of “marathon” or “2014” on it. I asked the first “educator” I saw if they had marathon pieces and she said “We have two”. Shoot. “The one I’m wearing (a sweatshirt) and…”. MY PANTS! Anyway, they are awesome, and they are mine.

NYC skyline on Run Inspire Crops!

NYC skyline on Run Inspire Crops!

The skyline is reflective!

The skyline is reflective!

After that I met up with my friend and headed to the marathon expo to pick up his race packet and do some shopping. I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to get another deranged turkey headband from Sweaty Bands (I love these things – I have a lot of trouble with headbands staying put and these seem to work!), and picked up some Nuun on the expo discount.

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Back to the workout of the day, I took a different instructor at AQUA this time. I thought my first session was a little lower in intensity than I was looking for, and after reading instructor bios I thought this one might work. It was definitely a more intense workout, but more of a regular spinning type of workout (meaning a lot less upper body, which bummed me out). No matter what, I still got in a great workout.

Post expo, we had just enough time to get ready for Hallowmeme. I was “Hot Dogs or Legs?“.

Hot dogs or legs?

Hot dogs or legs?

Friday was a rest day. Saturday I made it to another great class at Row House. 50 minutes of sweat. It was wonderful. I am LOVING rowing. Lovelovelove. They even had leftover glow sticks from Halloween – rowing with glow sticks in the dark – amazing. I’ve also been doing some research into rowing, and most people agree that gains in rowing readily translate to running. Great news. Since my rowing studio is just down the street from New York Running Company, I stopped in after class to check out some shoes I spotted at the marathon expo. I’m just going to drop in some pictures below, and you can see for yourself why I HAD to have these. They are AMAZING!

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Then, the main event! Marathon Sunday! The marathon is my favorite event that takes place in NYC. I watch/cheer every year, and every year I end up crying. I am always overcome by the energy and inspiration. My friend and I set up 3 mid-race checkpoints and a meet up spot for post-race. So fun to run around the city and see different parts of the race. I knew I did a lot of walking, especially when I walked from 112th Street and 5th Ave to 75th and Columbus. I decided to map out everything and it turns out I walked around 7 miles just during the marathon! It was a beautiful day and was great to get in a little extra movement.

Monday was restorative yoga day back at Ishta Yoga with Gina. This is by far my favorite yoga class of all time. I really enjoy Gina’s instruction and she picks the BEST poses.

Of course this weekend meant some questionable food choices, so back to weekday paleo this week! I’ve been doing strict paleo on weekdays and whatever I want (paleo or not) on weekends.

Hope you all had a great weekend. Anyone watch or run the marathon?!

Sunday Sickday

Sadly, this week’s Sunday Runday turned into Sunday Sickday. While I managed to drag myself all over NYC to make some time-sensitive returns and buy some fancy new running gear, I felt like garbage all day and ended up sleeping the entire afternoon and evening. Which meant no running. Since I’ve been feeling a bit achy, including a foot that’s been a little sore, I suppose the extra day of rest wasn’t a horrible thing. While I really want to stick to a regular schedule, I definitely need to make sure I’m listening to my body as well.

Feeling sick has also flushed my diet down the toilet, including taco bell, tortilla chips and popcorn today. Yikes. I ate like…no actual, real food today. I really feel like one thing that will help me get to my final goal of SeaWheeze is dropping some weight. I’m not really one with body image issues, I just think that I’d be a much more efficient and less-injury-plagued runner if I wasn’t carrying around so much weight. Unfortunately, I know that eating Paleo will absolutely help me drop the weight, I’m just sometimes pretty weak when it comes to eating…garbage. I find it hard to maintain the 80% paleo rule. I seem to be a little all-or-nothing when it comes to my diet. I’ve completed two Whole30’s, so I know I can commit, but it seems when I’m not going all out, I have a hard time keeping on a reasonable track. Does anyone have any advise for something like this?

In other, more fun news, I picked up some running goodies today. I had been intrigued by CW-X’s Stabilyx tights for a while. I asked for some advice from my favorite triathlon resource, and got incredibly positive feedback about the tights. So today I picked up a pair of the Stabilyx tights as well as the Ventilator top. While I went in for the pants, I might be even more excited about the top. I have always had trouble with my posture, even when not running. Unfortunately in the last six months my poor posture has created some injury issues in my shoulder. This top is designed to help with posture, and I think it will be really helpful while running. Even though I try to concentrate on my posture a lot while running, I know when I get tired I start to slouch. I’m hoping this will help out with that. The tights are designed to support your joints and muscles, as well as aid with recovery. It’s still a little warm in NYC for full tights so it might be a while before I wear them, but I’ll be sure to post a review once I’ve given them a spin.

Hope everyone had a great weekend and great runs! I have a really crazy work week coming up, but hope to post some reviews of some new fitness classes I want to try through ClassPass soon!

Yoga Monday

Finally home from my weekend travels to my hometown, and a no-run day, it was a great night for some “easy” yoga. I definitely worked up a sweat, but didn’t do anything TOO taxing. Tonight I decided to try Yoga Practice for Runners by Ekhart Yoga. I really enjoyed this practice, especially the instructor, Esther Ekhart.

The practice was extremely easy to follow just on vocal cues, which I really value in a YouTube practice. Having to disrupt my poses or flow to look up at the TV to see what I’m supposed to be doing is annoying and sometimes counter productive. Honestly I didn’t really find myself watching her at all, just listening to her cues, which allowed me to really pay attention to ME and my alignment (isn’t that the point?!). So often I find myself only focusing on what is going on on the TV and really paying no attention to what I’m doing with my body – not the case with this practice. I will definitely be using this practice again, and checking out some of the other goodies from this team!

Finally, I thought I’d start adding a bit about what I’m wearing for my workouts. I really love seeing fitness fashion on other folks’ blogs and vlogs.

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