As summer winds down, I’ve been searching for every opportunity to take my workout outdoors. All of my runs take place outside, but most of my cross training happens inside. I was excited for the chance to combine the two with a Friendspire Fitness Remixed Run on the West Side Highway last week. Run, bootcamp, run, yoga, wine, cheese. Amazing.
Friendspire Fitness, founded earlier this year by blonde besties Emily Hope Turner and Claire Gould, is a lifestyle company spreading positivity, wellness, and philanthropy through fitness events. E + C describe Friendspire’s mission as follows: “We create events that bring friends (new and old) together. We inspire others to view fitness as something fun and uplifting rather something exclusive. And above all, we empower our community to live in a world where health and happiness are within reach.”
August Goal Reflection: In August, I vowed to use running as a way to explore new places. These were four of my favorite runs. Two are from Summer Streets, when the city closes Park Avenue from 7am-1pm for three Saturdays in August. Walkers, runners, and bikers make their way from Central Park down to the Brooklyn Bridge. Another was a nighttime run in Midtown, which I’ve never done before. It felt like obstacle course racing to dodge cars and people, but the views were worth it. And finally, I haven’t been running on the East River in the past few months, so I completed a long run on the water and passed the Brooklyn Bridge on the way. Nike even featured this picture on their Facebook page! I had planned to make it to the beach in August but didn’t. In fact, I was kind of a (relaxed) homebody this summer. I have quite a bit of travel lined up for the fall–Denver, San Francisco, DC, and Charlotte!
September Goal Setting: After finally seeing the course map for the SF half, I decided it was time to start focusing on hill training. I ran Central Park’s outer loop, plus part of the bridal path, for yesterday’s long run. This included Cat Hill, Harlem Hill, and the infamous rolling hills of the West Side. While I kept a slow pace, I felt strong throughout the 9 miles. In September, I’m planning to incorporate more large hills into my long runs and to do hill repeats for some of my shorter runs. To everyone who looks at me like I’m crazy when I say I’m running a half in SF, I plan to eat those hills for breakfast on October 19.
If I had to choose one type of food as my favorite, I would easily say Italian. It probably has to do with my love for carbs and cheese. Fortunately, I grew up in Pittsburgh and now live in New York where the Italian food is plentiful and delicious. I recently went to Eataly for the first time! I think my love for Italian food, particularly pasta, has grown since moving to New York and becoming a runner. During training season, I have a Saturday afternoon tradition of heading to a neighborhood restaurant for spaghetti and meatballs takeout after a long run. Can’t go wrong with a carbs and protein combination to refuel, right? These diverse pasta dishes are meant to help you deliciously transition from summer (cold dishes) to fall (warm dishes). Buon appetito!
The Nike Women’s Half Marathon San Francisco course map was released last night. I would be lying if I said I wasn’t nervous about a few of these hills. The one at Mile 10 makes Central Park’s Harlem Hill look small. With less than two months to go, it’s time to really start focusing on hill training.
Despite the level of difficulty, the scenery will be stunning. We begin in Union Square and weave through Golden Gate Park. After racing alongside the Presidio and past the Golden Gate Bridge, we’ll cross the finish line at Marina Green. Let the training continue!
The word lifehack has been thrown around quite a bit in the past few years. If you don’t believe me, check out the drastic increase in Google search volume. Buzzfeed-like websites have featured roundups of lifehacks, and there’s even a Lifehack.org blog. But after taking a look at other people’s healthy lifehack roundups, I realized that many of the suggestions are simply tips for how to live healthier. I can appreciate that, but when we’re talking lifehacking, I want to be able to kill two birds with one stone. We’re all incredibly busy and looking for ways to live healthier while doing an activity that we want or have to do. Here are four of my favorite lifehacks. If you have favorites, share them below!