It’s pretty easy for me to get ready for work in most gym locker rooms. Step 1:  Shower using whatever products the gym provides; Step 2: Shove sweaty gym clothes in those free plastic bags gyms give out; Step 3: Use whatever body lotion the gym has on my body and face (is that bad?) Step 4: Tie hair in wet bun; Step 5: Leave.  It’s not that I believe my natural beauty to be so outstanding that I don’t need make up or a blow dryer, it’s that I don’t leave enough time for that sort of luxury and don’t know any quick make up tips.

When I think of spending money on “beauty,” I want products that make my hair and skin look good on their own, not something complicated that can leave me looking blotchy or messy (or that I’ll probably mess up).

Here are a few products that I swear by and that make my life a hell of a lot easier. (Oh, and that don’t require watching an instructional video on  YoutTube.)

  • Living Proof No Frizz Nourishing Styling Cream. I’ve always wanted to live in a world where my hair could air dry frizz-free. This product has made that dream a reality. I wish this existed when I was in sleep away camp. I put a fair amount of this cream in my hair when it’s wet and my hair dries softer and less frizzy than it would on it’s own. I just squeeze a little more than a quarter size into my hands, rub them together, and put it all over my hair (I go light on the roots). When I first started using it, I was too light on my pour so the product didn’t do much. Now that I’m more comfortable, I use a more liberal serving, and it makes a big difference.

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Good morning. Excuse me as I hit you up with some random goodies. 

Last week the New York Road Runners announced the results of the NYC Marathon lottery. Did any one get in? I’m running NYC (and it’s my first ever marathon) this year and would love to know if any readers/friends will be training too. Let me know in the comments! I received guaranteed entry through the NYRR 9+1 program. If you didn’t get in, but want to run, there are two ways to still score a bib. Learn more here.

Anyone else love the Lego movies? Check out this awesome bike helmet that gives you Lego hair.  (I think Matt needs it.)

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Want to fall in love with running but have no clue how to get started? If you’re reading this with no running background, I believe in 2-3 months you can develop a long term running habit.

I’m not a running coach, a physical therapist or certified to instruct fitness in any way, shape or form. So why am I writing this post? Because I am a person with nearly no natural athletic talents who has fostered a real love for running and fitness.  If I can, you can. I also learned how to ride a bike age 30, so I have some experience picking up hobbies at a mature age. (You know when the threat of failure is fully realized.)

If you’d ever thought to yourself “I wish I could run.” I’m here to tell you, “YOU CAN!”  I have a some easy advice that just might work for you.  First, let’s define the goal: You are a runner if you run. You don’t need to break a record or stand on a podium to be a runner. You just need to put one foot in front of the other and keep going.

Here’s a step by step plan that will guarantee you become a runner:

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Today, TCS New York City Marathon will grant race entry to 16,211 runners through the lottery drawing. That is only 17% of all applicants. Put another way, that’s the same acceptance rate as getting into tough school like Williams College and even harder than getting into Georgetown University (18% acceptance rate) and Johns Hopkins University (18% acceptance rate).

Were you one of the lucky ones?

tcs nyc marathon

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Happy Monday! How was your weekend? Did anyone else get stuck in Saturday’s torrential downpour? I sure did.

Also, help a sister out: Is anyone registered to run the Lululemon SeaWheeze Half Marathon this August? I was thinking of signing up and TOTALLY blanked and now of course it’s long sold out. Anyone have a bib (or two bibs) they’d like to offload?

One more thing, you know, while you’re here. I have entry to the NYC Marathon this November. (AHHH!) I’m already nervous! Does anyone have a first-timers marathon training plan to recommend? SEND IT MY WAY!

Here is a review of this week’s workouts:

Monday: Didn’t workout
Tuesday: Did some PT exercises in my apartment
Wednesday: Didn’t work out
Thursday: 4.3 mile run in DC

running in washington dc

I love running around the monuments in DC. Here was my 4.3 mile route.

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