All the workouts 8/15- 8/21

Oh hello. I’m back with a weekly workout recap.

One thing I’ve noticed that helps when I’m really not enjoying a run, or haven’t been enjoying runs in a while, is slowing down. Running slowly, to put it plainly, is just easier. I find that when I stop pushing the pace, I can relax into the run and run for longer. Eventually I re-learn to love a faster pace, but slowing down helps me get back to a happy place with running.

What do you do when running isn’t coming easy?

Here’s what went down last week:

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I tried the Tracy Anderson Method in East Hampton

Tracy Anderson is the fitness trainer to many a glamorous gal. Her most famous client is Gwyneth Paltrow, but the list doesn’t end there. J. Lo, Lena Dunham and Kim Kardashian are all in on the action too.

As a fitness fan girl, I wanted to try her program for a long time. TA (as she is referred to) has a few Hamptons outposts, a Tribeca spot and a studio in London. A few weeks ago, my friend Katy and I signed up for her “TAVA” class at the East Hampton location. It’s conveniently located right in town.

TAVA is a cardio dance class, but its low impact, so there isn’t as much jumping as you might expect.

Let’s start with the basics. The class cost $45 + tax. This is $11 more than Barry’s Bootcamp ( NYC pricing, and still $5 more than Barry’s Hamptons rate) and $9 more than Physique 57. So it wasn’t cheap.

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We’re doing a thing

Sorry for the two-week hiatus. I have some pretty big non-fitness related news to report: Matt and I are engaged!

Want to re-get to know Matthew? I recommend these posts:

Guest Post: Matt’s NYC Marathon Story

Mission Ride a Bike: Lesson 1

2 Guys Review Physique 57

A high-altitude hike in the Andes

I’ll hold off on rewinding the last two weeks of workouts (though some highlights include a 25-mile bike ride and a tennis lesson) to share the story of our proposal.
If you only care about how many times I went to Physique 57 last week (just once, actually), no hard feelings but you might want to skip this post.

Here. we. go.

Proposal

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My favorite running apps and how I use them

For the last six months, I’ve been running  with a watch  (the Garmin 225) and an iPod shuffle. No phone. Phone-free running is the one time I’m not umbilically connected to email, to social media, and to the ability to google any question that crosses my brainwaves.

BUT,  my iPod shuffle is broken (it made an accidental trip through the washing machine as a stowaway in the pocket of my running shorts) so I’ve been running with my iPhone in order to listen to music. Running with a phone opens a whole avenue of apps I can use to improve my running experience.

Using my iPhone, last weekend I had a really successful app-powered run.  I wanted to share it with you as an example of how technology can improve  and inform your running experience. All of these apps are entirely free. (At least the way I’m using them, some offer add-ons for additional fees, but I’m more than satisfied with what I’m getting at no cost.)

Here we go!

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All the workouts 7/18-7/24

Hey hey hey. How’s your week going?

I have two big races coming up: the Bronx 10-miler on September 25 and the Hamptons Half on October 1. I’ve been majorly slacking on running because I’ve been traveling and it’s just too hot out there. Last week, I laced up my sneakers and ran some pretty short distances, and I’m slowly acclimating to the heat. Does anyone have any tips for running in the heat? Other than don’t do it?

Here’s what went down last week.

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All of the workouts: 7/11 – 7/17

Hello lovelies. Last week I was all over the place. I was away from home every day but Thursday. During the week I traveled on two different work trips and over the weekend I went to the beach. I’m not complaining. It suits me to move around this much. But as I shared earlier this week, I often end up slacking in the fitness department.

In other news, this is the first month that ClassPass’s price change takes effect. (Instead of unlimited classes for $125, you are now limited to 10 classes at the $125 monthly rate. Alternatively, you could pay more for unlimited access.)  I am on the 10 class per month plan. We shall see how it goes. I have a feeling I will like this (even though I’ll spend more money) since I’ll be getting exactly what I want after those 10 classes an on ClassPass by purchasing classes at my favorite studios. (Sometimes on ClassPass you have to hustle to get the class you want.)

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How to fit in a workout when you’re traveling for work

Let’s talk about consultant life.  Recently, I’ve been traveling a ton for work and even though I find it professionally fulfilling, I can’t deny that my workouts suffer for it.

I wrote a post two years ago with tips on how to incorporate fitness into your life while traveling, but traveling for work is not the same as traveling as a tourist. The challenges are totally different. You’re not free to explore. More likely, you’re attached to a laptop in a new city trying to multi-task across timezones.

I won’t claim to have perfected the art of the “work travel workout,” but I have learned from my mistakes, of which there are many, and created a list of ways you can stay on target while traveling.

Here’s are 6 tips on how not to become a total sloth just because you’re on a work trip.

Have anything to add? I would love your advice.

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