Tackling the Green Monster

I’ve spent my fair share of time browsing blogs from runners and health fanatics, and I have often come across writers swearing by their morning spinach smoothies. In theory, I loved the idea of a nutrient-packed easy breakfast to start my day. But even though every proponent of the smoothies swore they didn’t actually taste like spinach, I was skeptical. Then I talked to my friend Jess, who assured me the shakes were delicious. She pointed me in the direction of a basic recipe, and I decided to take the plunge. After my experience with the juice cleanse, I was pretty certain I’d hate the spinach. But even if I ended up hating it, I’d only be out a few dollars for the ingredients.  Continue reading

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Results are in: Summer Bootcamp

It’s been a long 10 weeks of waking up early for workouts, but I’m kind of sad that my summer bootcamp at Fusion Cross-Training is over. For the summer boot camp series, participants received 10 weeks of unlimited sessions at the studio, one weekly outdoor bootcamp workout, a weekly nutrition tip and food challenge, and a pre/post fitness assessment. For the first 6 weeks, I was going to classes religiously, almost every morning. I could feel myself getting stronger and faster. I noticed the classes are much easier for me now as opposed to when I started and felt like I was going to pass out. For the latter half of the bootcamp, my marathon training schedule started and it was harder for me to squeeze in the classes. I still went at least two times a week, and I was running enough on other days that I was getting plenty of exercise.

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Here We Go Again

Monday marks the start of my official training for the NYC Marathon. This time around, I’m going with the Runner’s World 16-week plan, found in the June issue. It’s pretty similar to what I planned out for myself last year for Philly. But it integrates more hills and more intervals, both things I’ll need to work on for New York. My goal is sub 4:30. Ideally I’d like to run under 10 minute miles, which comes in at 4:22. It’s totally doable if I stick to the plan and don’t burn myself out before race day.

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Boot Camp

May was a month of fitness highs/lows. Broad Street went well enough. I had a major junk-food binge and gained a few pounds. Then I did a juice cleanse and lost a few pounds, most of which I’ve kept off. Then I moved, and the process of packing/unpacking and all the stress that comes with it screwed up my workout schedule majorly. I squeezed in a 5k at the end of the month, which I managed to run just a bit faster than I did the races in March, so at least I’m slowly getting back into shape post-injury.

But now it’s time to get serious. The New York Marathon is 5 months away… just 151 days. And I have a lot of work to do. With that in mind, I signed up for Fusion‘s summer boot camp. The program is 10 weeks, and cost $299, which included a discount for registering early. It’s actually a really good deal. The biggest part of the program is unlimited membership for classes for the 10-week duration. I love the classes at Fusion, and look forward to being able to go to more of them. There is also one weekly bootcamp session outdoors on Tuesday mornings. This one is mandatory, and it’s recommended you go to at least 3 regular classes throughout the week. You also get a pre/post fitness and body analysis, and a bit of nutrition counseling. 

This morning was our fitness assessment. A total of 11 boot camp members came together to get our starting points measured. Measurements taken included weight, waist, and body fat. I was definitely not happy with how high my body fat percentage was. I’ll be looking to lower that number considerably in the 10 weeks. After we were all measured, we did a series of strength and flexibility measurements. We did as many sit-ups and push-ups as we could do in a minute. Then we grabbed a spot along the wall and held a wall sit for as long as possible. I was surprised that I actually seemed to be one of the most athletic people in the class. Definitely not something I’m used to, but it was a nice change of pace. We did a sit and reach to measure flexibility, then it was on to cardio. After a quick warm-up, we were instructed to run for 12 minutes as fast as we could sustain on the treadmill, and recorded the distance. I mustered 1.37 miles in the 12 minutes, which was a 6.9/7 on the treadmill. 

Next week is our first outdoor bootcamp session. In the meantime, we’re supposed to be keeping a food journal and writing out our goals for the class and beyond. I am very curious to see how all of my numbers change over the course of 10 weeks. And I think it will be a great way to get motivated to start my marathon training. I am, however, a little worried about getting burnt out in the course of all this training. After NYC in November, I have half marathons in December and January, and then it will just about be time for spring race season. That pretty much means I won’t be taking a break for the next year. But on the bright side, I’ll probably be in great shape next summer! 

I Survived a Juice Cleanse!

3 days, 18 juices, and nothing else. It wasn’t fun, but I survived my first (and probably last) juice cleanse, and lived to blog about it. Lots of my friends have been asking me how it worked and what I thought, so here is my official review.

With the Broad Street Run behind me, and a little bit of a lull before my NYC Marathon training starts, I figured now would be a perfect time to regroup myself and get my body healthy and ready for the next leg of training. I also wanted to see if I could drop a few of the pounds I’ve put on while not being able to work out due to my ankle injury. So I decided to try out a juice cleanse, and roped Jordan into it.  Continue reading

The Ankle Saga Continues

Last time I wrote about my injury, I had just been diagnosed with a torn muscle in my ankle, ordered to wear a brace for one month, and told not to do any physical activity putting weight on my foot. It was a long month. I tried to follow the doctor’s orders as best I could. I didn’t run, aside from two 5ks and a Half Marathon since I had already signed up for those and I am stubborn. My foot has been feeling fine and I haven’t been wearing the brace the last week or so.

I finally had my follow-up appointment on Wednesday, and the news wasn’t what I wanted to hear. Dr. K basically discussed what I need to do moving forward. He wants me to get custom-fitted orthotics for my shoes, which I really want to avoid. I have also been ordered to do six weeks of physical therapy, three times a week. I am still not allowed to do physical activity and have to wear the brace, unless my physical therapists evaluate me and determine otherwise. Continue reading

Fusion Cross-Training Kicked My Ass

How much did Fusion Cross-Training kick my ass this morning? So much that I felt nauseous for half the class; had a minor asthma attack on the way home and had to use the inhaler for the first time in months; and I felt compelled to write about it as soon as possible. In short, it made me feel really out of shape, and it made me want to fix that.

I’m always looking for ways to change up my gym routine. I have a very rigid plan for my marathon training, and it gets really boring after a while. The bright spots of my week are my 2 morning spin classes, which I always attend with my bff, Jordan. We’ve been going to the same spin classes with the same instructor, Jason (highly recommend his class at PSC Market St), for almost a year now. The music is great, the workout is never the same, and Jason is so much fun as an instructor. The class is always full, so rather than ride a bike, Jason walks around the room, dancing and bantering with everyone until they smile… which is hard to make me do when I’m up against my will before sunrise working out. Anyway, Jason works out at Fusion, and from time to time invites students from our spin class to go with him and check it out. When he mentioned it to myself and Jordan, we were more than happy to go and try out a new workout. Continue reading