I remember exactly where I was when I decided to start a blog. Three summers ago, I was walking into Central Park at 72nd Street, thinking about sharing my boutique fitness adventures. As a recent graduate, I wasn’t making much money and would research fitness studios and instructors online before investing in each class. At the time, each class was a major investment. After reading reviews and later sharing my experiences with friends, I decided that other people must be searching for reviews, as well. I wanted to share my own stories, from a non-fitness professional perspective. Today, EC.com has a similar goal, but this blog has opened more doors for me than I thought possible. Each year is filled with more adventure than the last.
I spent my 28th birthday at Propel Co:Labs. Aside from Propel’s presence at IDEA World earlier this month, the brand held a collaborative event in both New York and Los Angeles to launch its new flavored electrolyte waters. Keep reading to find out about the surprise musical guest, plus the three workouts that left my legs sore for days.
On Wednesday night, I arrived in Los Angeles to attend BlogFest at IDEA World with Propel. I landed around 10pm and headed downtown, where the ESPYs were wrapping up. I went straight to bed after checking in at the hotel, as we had an early wakeup call yesterday. At 5:30am, the Propel blogger crew headed to Santa Monica to meet Gunnar Peterson for a workout.
Whether I’m commuting on the subway, completing a training run, or traveling for a race, I’m constantly in motion. And while I want to listen to music or podcasts on the move, it can be difficult with devices or cords in the way. The VerveLife team at Motorola recently introduced me to VerveRider+, my answer to hands-free transit and training. It’s perfect timing with marathon training underway and a trip to Los Angeles this week.
Now that I’ve moved to Brooklyn, I feel comfortable sharing the routes I most frequently ran while living in the Upper East Side. These five routes range from 3-6.2 miles and all loop through Central Park. I’ve run each of them countless times while training for races over the last 2.5 years. If you live in New York, I hope they inspire you mix up your routine. If you live elsewhere, keep them in mind for training while visiting the city. I’m planning to run from Brooklyn to Central Park during marathon long runs to get my fix this fall.