Fitness Fashion Weekly Roundup 2/8/2015

What a great week! I dialed down my ClassPass classes this week, because I was ramping up some activities in other areas and really didn’t want to overdo it.

In Seawheeze news, I got two really decent runs in this week with no serious issues. Better than my last run.

I also had a ski trip yesterday that I really didn’t want to be tired for. Unfortunately I think I may have “skier’s thumb” from a fall on my first run (arg!), so not sure what my workouts will look like this week until I see a doctor. I did try half an hour of yoga tonight without incident, so it looks like I’ve still got full body active options on the table.

Diet has been excellent, since I started a Whole30 last Sunday! I have such a love/hate relationship with the Whole30. It’s tough, but I always feel so great and see such amazing results!

Now for what I wore this week. As always, click on the thumbnail to better see the outfit and read more details!

 

 

More Bumps

Last weekend I had all of my workouts and menu planned for the week. I was on top of it! Then, life happened! Unfortunately I had to jump on a plane at the last minute for a funeral in Illinois. I was determined that I wouldn’t let this travel time derail me, so I made sure to pack plenty of gear and resolve to get my workouts in. Turns out, when you set your mind to it, you really can get things done.

I arrived Wednesday morning, and in an effort to stay awake after my 4AM wake up call, went for a run. It was cold, but I always love running around my hometown on our absolutely fantastic Constitution Trail. It’s a safe, well-maintained and beautiful place to exercise, and I always miss it when I leave town. Wednesday run was:

  • 5 minute warm up walk
  • 12 x 2:00 walk, 0:20 run
  • 2:00 walk
  • 5 minute cool down walk

Thursday morning I went to a group fitness class with my mom. Holy cow. the first half hour was cardio/dance/aerobic types of movements, followed by some strength and core moves with resistance bands and some pilates moves. It was a pretty tough hour and boy did I work up a sweat! I don’t have the slightest idea how many squats I did, but it was a lot and I felt it the next day. It was a great compliment to the run the day before.

Saturday was another run day. Since the wind chill was somewhere around 10 degrees that morning and I definitely did NOT pack warm enough running gear for something like that, it was back to the gym to jump on one of their super fancy and very comfortable treadmills. As much as I hate that machine, this one was a nice comfy ride and before I knew it, my workout was over. I upped my run time, too, and really didn’t notice any additional fatigue. Hooray!

  • 3 minute walk up walk
  • 12 x 1:50 walk, 0:30 run
  • 2 minute walk
  • 4 minute cool down walk

Today we hit up a Zumba class. While not particularly challenging, it was fun to get moving for 45 minutes and hang out with my mom. I even got to show her some of my rowing form after the class.

It is downright cold and I’m thinking I may need to up my outerwear game if I’m going to do any outside running this winter. A few years ago I was in PT for a hip injury, and my therapist told me that running outside throughout the winter can really boost your fitness dramatically. I’m trying to keep this in mind on those cold mornings when I don’t want to get out of my warm PJs – that it will pay off when Seawheeze (which is 270 days away!) rolls around.

Paleo is non-existent when I’m home. I can modify some meals, but for the most part it is extremely difficult/impossible to follow a strict paleo diet here. But, I do what I can when I can, and will worry about cleaning up my diet once I’m back in my own kitchen. For the most part I do get a lot of veggies and high quality meat, just mixed in with some carbs. Of course after the funeral we had a home cooked meal that I could NOT pass up. With Thanksgiving dinner happening out of town at a chain Italian restaurant, I jumped on this meal of traditional comfort food. It was glorious.

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Back to NYC in a couple days and back in the fitness saddle. I’ll be looking to get in another run or two this week, and am already registered for a rowing class later in the week.

Hope you are all off to a great start to your weeks! Anyone do a particularly great workout over the weekend?

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?!

Walk and Row

I’m trying to take FULL advantage of my Classpass by trying as many new activities as possible. I have to say, I am absolutely LOVING it. So fun to do new things that are still giving me a great workout. So yesterday, I jumped into a rowing class! I had rowed a little bit last winter during a brief CrossFit stint, but nothing more than a few minutes. I decided to hit up an afternoon class at Row House with Sam.

We spent the first ten minutes or so learning proper technique. I didn’t hear any corrections directed at me, so I just kept doing what I was doing! Turns out that later on in the class I’d find out that I have really great form on the erg, so that’s cool! It’s always nice to go in to something new and do it well.

After this warm-up/technique session, we started the actual workout. We did sets of power 10s, a ten minute period of rowing 300 meters hard, then 40 seconds of rest, and finished with a 5 minute all-out sprint. In between each set, we did 5-10 minutes of body weight exercises like squats, dips, pushups, and ab work. With each set of rowing, we were given kind of a target to hit, which was really helpful to me. The 5 minute sprint was done almost entirely in total darkness. I’m sure that was to help us focus entirely on working the erg, but I actually wished I could see my distance (the goal was 1000 meters). Either way, by the end of this sprint, I was spent.

The class was very simple to follow, the instructor demoed everything we needed to do and it is very self-paced – you work at your level. My only gripe was that it was extremely hard to hear him. I’m not sure if it was the microphone or the acoustics of the room, but everything came out kind of muffled. However, the class was small enough and he moved around enough to help that no one was left behind.

I’m feeling pretty sore today, but nothing too crazy. I do know that I absolutely LOVED rowing. It just seems to be something I’m kind of naturally good at, and seems to really be a total body exercise. I’m feeling it in my legs, arms, abs and back today. I will for sure be back to Row House, and honestly if I had to leave Classpass tomorrow, I’d probably join a rowing studio. It was that great.

To try and alleviate some of the soreness, I went for a walk today. I’ve been focusing on some low/no impact activities lately since I was having some soreness in my foot. I haven’t had any soreness in several days, so decided it was time to hit the road again and see what happens. I went on a 50 minute walk this evening in some absolutely beautiful weather.

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We’ll see how the foot reacts, and if all systems are go, might try bringing some jogging back into the mix! SeaWheeze is a mere 294 days away!

How was your Saturday? Try any new workouts?

Aquacycling?

Well yesterday turned out to be an awesome adventure. I decided the next use of my Classpass would be to try out NYC’s first and only aquacycling studio – Aqua. Review below!

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Let me tell you – this workout is so great. It perfectly combines several of my fitness interests (swimming! cycling!) into one workout that was ideal for my fitness level. I am the perfect amount of “sore” today – not too much, but I know I recently worked my muscles.

The studio is beautiful, and easy to maneuver. It is clear where the locker room and pool are. I sometimes find myself a little lost or confused at new studios but none of that here. Due to rain delaying my train and someone actually grabbing me (!!) on my way to the studio, I was a little bit late. They suggest arriving a full 15 minutes before class starts. I think I got there around 9:27 for my 9:30 class. Oops. Luckily the receptionist was super nice and let me postpone filling out all of my first-timer paperwork until after the workout, I just had to quickly sign my waivers and rent my shoes and I was on my way. By the time I got my suit on and crammed everything in a locker (the locks DO work, by the way – several reviews I read online complained about them not working – I believe they have been updated and all seem to be working properly), class had just begun. I think there were about 5 other ladies in the class with me (due to only a single locker room classes are not coed). Unfortunately since the class had just begun, I wasn’t able to get a proper bike setup, so I just walked around until I found one that had a good seat height for me and away we went.

Pedaling on these bikes was something to get used to. My stroke felt very choppy and “bouncy” for a while, especially out of the saddle. There is an emphasis on “smooth strokes”, and by the end of the class I think I had this down. After a nice warmup, we went through a sequence of climbs, jumps and sprints like you would in a traditional spinning class. However, the addition of swimming movements and other arm exercises is what MADE this workout for me. We did several exercises where you essentially take freestyle strokes in the water while spinning. This provided a really solid upper body workout. There were a few other exercises that mimicked a butterfly stroke, and some arm movements that were like freestyle and butterfly in reverse. Another upper body exercise required us to “push” down into the water in double time. Keep in mind you’re still spinning through all of this. These arm movements were SO much more taxing than what I’ve experienced with dumbbells in traditional spin. Big thumbs up.

The other awesome activity and point of differentiation with this workout was the fourth “riding” position. This was done by sliding off the back of the seat. Feet stay in the clips while you hold onto the seat. We then integrated some more swimming type motions, this time mimicking a breaststroke movement. “Swimming” in the fourth position was my absolute favorite part of the entire class.

While I knew I was sweating during this workout, it was nice to be able to splash a little water on my face and keep pedaling. The water temperature was absolutely perfect. It didn’t feel cold at all when I entered the pool and never felt too hot during the workout.

A nice cool down included standard stretches. After the class, it was back to the locker room – which is beautiful. Dimly but sufficiently lit, dark wood and paint – it all felt luxurious. The showers (plenty of them) are extremely roomy and well stocked with soap, shampoo and conditioner. The vanity area has hairdryers (and diffusers), plus q-tips, cotton rounds, etc. The towel provided is full sized and absorbent – no scratchy, thin “gym” towels here. I brought an extra to wrap my hair (which ended up not getting wet, but was nice to have a second towel anyway).

Finally, one more thing that stuck out to me was how incredibly friendly everyone was. I’m not just talking staff. I’m not sure I’ve ever really struck up a conversation with semi-naked strangers in a locker room before, but I think I talked to no fewer than 4 ladies at some length.

My only semi-gripe was with the music. I thought the volume was at a good level – never drowning out the instructor (Ed), even as he turned it up as the intensity of the workout increased. It just wasn’t my style. And while the choreography that goes into traditional spin is probably my favorite part of those classes, it seems like that would be impossible with this kind of setup (the water is your resistance, not a dial). But, honestly I was so focused on the workout I wasn’t paying much attention to the music anyway. Certainly NOT a dealbreaker.

Overall, I will FOR SURE be revisiting Aqua Studio. With Classpass, you may only visit each studio a maximum of three times in a month – you can bet I will be getting all three of my Aqua visits from now on. I’m a big believer in practicing functional movements, and I’m not sure there’s much that’s more unnatural than being strapped to a bicycle that doesn’t move in a swimming pool, but for the fun factor alone I’ll be back. It seems like a great joint-saving supplement to running and other weight bearing activities!This was by far the most “out there” class I’ve taken – what’s your favorite class that isn’t so mainstream? I’d love to hear about it!!

Run #2

Well. I was rudely introduced to fall today (full disclosure, I LOVE FALL – but didn’t pack for it). I was up at 4:30AM to catch a flight back home to take care of some business this week. It was in the mid 70’s, heading up to around 80 in NYC. Little did I know that Illinois would welcome me with open arms and a wind chill of 48 at run time. What the what?

Despite being in a zombie-in-an-icebox-state, I got my planned run in, wearing a brand new pair of shoes, no less! I am fiercely and exclusively devoted to my hometown running store for my shoes. As far as serious running shoes go, I have been pretty loyal to Mizuno, but thought I might branch out a bit. Well, the final decision came down to a battle between the Mizuno Wave Inspire 10 and the Brooks Ravenna 5. I was feeling adventurous, and they both seemed like good options, so I went with the Brooks, and ran in them tonight.

Brooks Ravenna 5

Brooks Ravenna 5

Honestly not sure what I think yet, other than new shoes of any kind are so much fun. Since my house is like 1800 miles from my favorite running shop, I’ll probably stop by and pick up the Mizunos while I’m here anyway. Oops?

In addition to the new shoes, the cooler weather gave me a perfect opportunity to break in a brand-spankin’-new pair of bright purple Wunder Under Crops as well as a Run: Swifty Tech LS Scoop I picked up last week, anticipating cooler weather.

Anyway, back to the run. Felt good, and honestly the temperature really made the run pleasant – I warmed up nicely once I was moving. It was also great to be in my hometown where we have EXCELLENT running paths. Hit around 2.6 miles with the following workout:

  • 5 minute warmup
  • 12 x 2:10 walk, 0:10 run
  • 2 minute walk
  • 5 minute cooldown

It felt a little strange to only run for 10 seconds at a time, but as time goes on, that interval will grow.

Now a bit of a break before my next run Sunday, so will probably try to fit in a bit of yoga. I’m also trying out a mobile app called Headspace, designed to lead you through short, do-anywhere meditations. I feel like this emphasis on mindfulness can do nothing but help with my nutrition and fitness goals! What are some other good yoga/meditation tools you’d recommend?