For the second time, I’m participating in Cycle for Survival. I wrote a pretty solid blog post last year (if I do say so myself). And now, I’m participating in the exact same event but I am going to write a whole new post because I think you deserve that, dear reader and potential donor.

If you know enough now that you’d like to stop reading and make a donation, please go ahead:

http://bit.ly/habercycle

As you may know, Cycle for Survival is an indoor cycling event that raises funds to help cure rare cancers. Hopefully cancer has never impacted you or your family, but for those that cancer has touched, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (MSK) is an incredible resource, and often a literal lifesaver. 

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I do not like the cold. That’s why I take dressing for a winter run so seriously. These are my deep, dark thoughts about working out in the winter (or any temperature below 50 degrees).

When my alarm goes off and it’s still dark outside

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I’ll start with this: There is nothing to stop you from performing your best in a cotton t-shirt and a regular gym shorts. But what can I say, nearly nothing motivates me to show up for a class or head out for a run like a shiny new pair of leggings.

I love Bandier, Lululemon and Sweaty Betty. But it’s not always realistic (or necessary) to purchase a full workout wardrobe from an upmarket store.

Two things that I do think it’s CRITICAL to be picky about are socks and sports bras. In my case, going for a run in shitty socks leads to blisters 100% of the time. (Tip: I love the brands Feetures and Balega for running socks.) When it comes to sports bras, I am loyal to Lululemon and Sweaty Betty.  These bras cost well over forty smackaroos a pop, but when you’re jumping up and down, you’ll think it’s worth every penny.

cheap workout gear

If you know where to look, you can find gorgeous fitness gear without the hefty price tag. All of your favorite brands can be found for (relatively) cheap on the world wide web. Plus, there are some lower priced brands that make fashionable, high-quality duds. Grab your wallet (or use the credit card you’ve memorized) and start shopping:

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Happy 2018, friends.

Unlike everyone else, I have not started out the new year with a fitness frenzy. I have run a grand total of ZERO miles in 2018. In fact, my last Strava entry is from Christmas Day; I did a 3-mile jaunt in Kyoto and haven’t hit the pavement since. But sinful as it may be to say:  I love running. (Which means sometimes I hate running and that’s normal.) So I’ve signed up for a few races to make sure I get back on track.

River crossing mid-run in Kyoto

River crossing mid-run in Kyoto

Here’s what I have signed up for so far. Are you registered for any of these? Any must-race events I should get on my calendar?

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Hello! Sorry for the extended absence. Matt and I were on our honeymoon! We spent the last three weeks traveling and we went to South Korea (for a night!), Japan (for 9 days), New Zealand (for 9 days) and then had an extended layover in Beijing, China (where we hiked part of the Great Wall!).

I hope to write about all the biking, hiking and adventuring we did soon. Hope everyone had a happy holiday and New Year. Is anyone starting off 2018 with a new fitness regimen or nutrition plan? I’d love to hear about it!