Nike Women’s Half Marathon SF Training App

Nike Women’s Half Marathon SF Training AppImage via Nike

This week, Nike released its Half Marathon San Francisco training app for the plan that starts next Monday. The app can only be accessed by those registered for the race. I shared the DC app in the spring, but I’m very impressed with the updates that have been made. As in the spring, you’re first instructed to choose a training plan when you log in. You can choose between Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced. While all three plans are 12 weeks long, they differ in the number of runs per week and miles per run. Details are below. Continue reading

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A Letter to My New Tennis Shoes

A Letter to My New Tennis Shoes

I bought you as a birthday present to myself. And because it was about time I upgrade my cross training shoes. I’m already excited to wear you to class for the first time, but there’s something to be said about the potential in an unworn pair of tennis shoes. I’ll wear you countless times in the coming months, so there are a few things you should know about newly 26-year-old me.

First, let’s get something straight. You’re not running shoes. I already have a pair that hug my feet while I put in my training miles. Whether at the park, on the waterfront, or down the sidewalk, they do work. But I’m not trying to say that you’re not important. In fact, I wouldn’t be able to wear those running shoes so well if it weren’t for cross trainers like you. You’re kind of a big deal.

I’ll wear you to the studio and while I sweat through intense workouts. I’ll wear you to squat, press, lunge, curl, and burpee. I’ll wear you on strong days and on days when I need you to remind me that I’m strong. I’ll wear you before the sun comes up, from the office to the gym, and while holding heavy weights. I’ll wear you during training sessions that make me feel like a beast and during ones that make me feel like crying. Or cussing. I’ll wear you when I feel confident and see progress and on days when I’m not so sure. We will have tired and insecure days, so be ready for them. On those days, you’ll take the brunt of my emotions because a workout is like therapy for an athlete. I’ll wear you with a lot of neon that won’t match. I might even wear you with denim if it feels like that kind of day.

While you sit sturdy and smudge-free in your box, there will come a time when I decide that you, too, are worn out. I’ll have imprinted my feet onto your soles so much that you won’t be able to support them any longer. By that time, I’ll be faster, stronger, and healthier. Until then, you’ll keep my body safe while I throw myself outside my comfort zone. And you’ll make me look like a badass while I do.

A Letter to My New Tennis Shoes

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Erin Condren Life Planner 2014 Giveaway Winner

I’ve been busy celebrating my 26th birthday (which is tomorrow) with friends over the last few days but wanted to pop in and announce the winner of my Erin Condren Life Planner giveaway. Drumroll, please.

Erin Condren Life Planner 2014 Giveaway Winner

Erin Condren Life Planner 2014 Giveaway Winner

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How Acupuncture Feels – And Other Questions Answered

How Acupuncture Feels - And Other Questions Answered
Images via Vive Detox

Last week, I attended the Vive Detox launch event at Steiner Studios in Brooklyn. I’ll be sharing more about this new brand soon, but today I wanted to share an interesting experience I had at the event. I tried acupuncture for the first time! I’ve always wondered what acupuncture feels like and jumped at the chance to try a mini treatment for free. While I sat (very still) with the thin needles in my hands and feet, I asked the acupuncturists endless questions about the benefits of the treatment. Later, I found this picture of me. After posting it to Instagram, a number of friends commented on the picture saying that they’ve used acupuncture as a natural remedy for everything from injuries to migraines to anxiety. Here are a few things I learned from my first experience and from Paige Bourassa’s website:

What exactly is acupuncture?
“Acupuncture theory is based on the flow of ‘Qi’ through twelve meridians or channels. Each of the twelve channels corresponds to a different internal organ…These twelve channels can be thought of as a highway network that runs through the body, intersecting and cycling from one channel to the next. This way there is always a free flow of Qi circulating through the channels, keeping the body in a healthful, balanced state. The acupuncture points on the channels can be thought of as rest stops on a highway, where Qi pools and gathers before linking to the next point along the channel. Each acupuncture point carries a specific function related to the channel on which it is located.” – Paige

How do acupuncturists know where to put the needles?
“There are 359 standard acupuncture points on the body from which the acupuncturist can choose to formulate a acupuncture treatment tailored to your individual condition. The average number of acupuncture points selected for a treatment ranges from 2-40 needles depending on the style of the practitioner and needs of the patient.” – Paige

How does acupuncture feel?
The first thing the acupuncturist asked me was where I wanted her to put the needles. I had no idea, so she defaulted to the tops of my hands and feet. I was nervous that getting the needles put in would hurt. No one likes needles. I was assured that acupuncture needles are shaped differently than the types of needles used to give shots, so I took a deep breath and went for it. I felt a tiny pinch when the needle went in, then felt a ripple-like current start to flow under my skin. It the first time I had ever felt a sensation like that. If I moved too much I could feel the needles, but they weren’t uncomfortable. The acupuncturist removed the needles after about 15 minutes, leaving me calmer and less tense than before. Since the treatment was so short, I don’t think I felt the full effects of the acupuncture, but I felt enough to be enticed into a full 90-minute treatment. Maybe halfway through race training?

How Acupuncture Feels - And Other Questions Answered

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Half Marathon Monday: The Journey to SF Begins

Half Marathon Monday: The Journey to SF BeginsImage via Nike Women

Today marks the start of a 13-week training journey for the Nike Women’s Half Marathon SF. This will be my second time training for 13.1. While my first half in DC went extremely well, I’ll be adjusting my training this time based on what I learned in the spring. My three major areas of focus will be better nutrition, consistent strength workouts, and frequent hill training. Increased strength and proper fueling will be necessary to prepare for those SF hills!

While I didn’t completely stop running since my last race, I focused far more on boutique fitness classes in the last 2.5 months. I specifically took high intensity interval training, barre, and spin classes. I’ll continue these less frequently throughout the next three months and will add yoga classes. With my focus having been on classes, I’ve been working to slowly rebuild my endurance and mental game by running 3-4 miles twice per week. It can be frustrating to get back into the habit of distance running, but I’m finally starting to feel at ease again. Starting this week, I’m moving to three runs, three cross training workouts, and one rest day. My schedule will likely switch to four runs and two cross training workouts in a few weeks.

This Week’s Plan of Attack

Monday - Boxing @ Exceed
Tuesday - Run 3.5 miles
Wednesday - Strength @ Uplift
Thursday
 - Micro @ Bari
Friday
 - Rest Day
Saturday
 - Run 4 miles
Sunday
 - Run 5 miles

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