GIVEAWAY: Win $25 to REI courtesy of XShadyside Personal Training

This post is sponsored by XShadyside Personal Training Pittsburgh.

Hi Ladies and Gents!

I have a very special treat for you today. I’m giving away a $25 gift card to REI to one lucky Cuckoolemon reader. To enter all you have to do is suggest an active, warm weather honeymoon/vacation destination in the comments. You must comment on this blog post to be considered entered into the raffle.

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What is Pon de Flo? Will you like it?

Right before I left town for the holidays, I got an email from a new studio called Pon de Flo. They invited me to their grand opening party and to try a class at their soon-to-be open Mott and Broome location. I couldn’t make the celebration but I did take them up on their offer of a free class.

What is Pon de Flo? in their own words, “Pon De FLO is a Caribbean reggae dance based fitness program structured around high intensity interval training. There will be burpees, jumps, squats and so much more! It will be intense – BUT it will be FUN!

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Pon de Flo on Mott Street

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All the workouts + my cool Tech21 phone case

I wasn’t feeling so awesome this week so I only worked out a few times. 

Before I jump into this week’s short re-cap I wanted to share a little info about my new iPhone case. I had a reckless history of iPhone ownership. I’ve drowned my phone in the toilet (who hasn’t?), tossed it down the incinerator of a large Manhattan apartment building (it was an accident), and left it in too many cabs to count (though the NYC Taxi dispatcher system always seemed to find me and return the phone; god bless them).

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I tried SURFSET NYC (it was awesome)

Fresh off surf lessons in Sayulita, Mexico (which I’ll write about at some point, maybe) Matt and I were back in snow-dumped NYC and looking for a workout. Matt joined ClassPass because of a great promotion they have right now, so we were on the prowl for a ClassPass class specifically. (You can take advantage of the ClassPass deal, too!)

I’ve been wanting to try SURFSET (which has two locations at different studios on ClassPass!) for a while and I knew the pump was primed to get Matt go with me.

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SURFSET NYC

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All the workouts: Mexico/end of 2016 edition

Happy New Year! Long time no post, I know. I was away for the holidays. Matt and I spent a week and a half in Mexico starting in Mexico City, and moving to Puebla, Oaxaca, Puerto Vallerta and Sayulita.

We had heard mixed things about some of the places on our itinerary before we set off, but we ended up truly loving everywhere we went, especially Mexico City. We had a wonderful trip and if you’re considering a visit to any of those places, let me know and I’d love to talk your ear off.

I’m going to combine the last two weeks into one post. Here it goes.

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All the workouts: 12/12 – 12/18

Oh hello. Does anyone have any tips for not binge eating over the holidays? I don’t have a single one. It’s been cookies for breakfast, lunch and dinner over here. All of my protein intake comes from the whole milk I use in hot chocolate, so that’s nice. Balance?

Monday: Soulcycle theme ride with my sister. (The theme was Taylor Swift vs Her Exes). I didn’t love this class, I’ll be honest. I hate how cramped the room is at the 77th Street studio. The rider-in-front-of-me’s ass is unavoidably in my face. I don’t feel like there is any room to do the arm work (at least not with my wingspan). I loved hanging with Jill though. Also,is it basic to go to a Taylor Swift-themed Soul class then get salads with your sister? Asking for a friend.

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What to wear to run in the cold

One of the big questions new runners have (myself formerly included) is what to wear to run in the cold. Once I got semi-committed to running, the last thing I wanted to do was take the winter off, or worse, sequester running into an indoor activity and chain myself to the treadmill.

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Matt running in the Berkshires

Running outside in the winter is badass and can lend itself to gorgeous, scenic runs.

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All the workouts: 12/5- 12/11 (SF edition!)

Good morning! Hello from the other side of a busy week. (For what it’s worth, I like being busy.)

Last weekend, I took a trip to the west coast to visit my best girl Natalie, who recently became a mom! I flew to San Francisco with friends Simone and Jamie to meet baby Ellie and pay her mom a visit and it turned into a really special weekend! But before we get into that, this week’s recap.

Song of the week: Alors On Danse (feat. Kanye West)” by Stromae

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All the workouts: NYC, Philly and DC in one week edition

Good morning. I had a lovely little tour of the Mid-Atlantic last week. Work brought me to Philadelphia toward the end of the week and my friend Dara got married in Washington DC over the subsequent weekend.

Song of the week: “Follow” by Crystal Fighters (Great to run to!)

Here’s what went down:

Monday: Nothing. People are always saying “never miss a Monday.”  I pretty much always miss Mondays.

Tuesday: Core Fusion at Exhale Gramercy (located in the Gansevoort Hotel, tres cool)

Wednesday: 5 miles (ish, I think my Garmin overcounted) with my pal Katy. It felt so good to get up and run in the morning before work. I haven’t done that in too long. I was riding the struggle bus trying to talk while running. But I think I just need practice.

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fall in Central Park is pretty great

Thursday: Refine Method + a little extra arms and abs (the #RefineTake2 Challenge ends December 18 and I am still chugging along.)

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