Important Question: Do you guys LIKE showering at a fitness studio? What if it’s a nice one? What if they have a fancier blow dryer than you do at home? What if they offer Malin + Goetz shower products? (M+G must be owned by the same investment group as every boutique fitness operation because their products are everywhere.)

I just don’t. I’m not a creature of habit in too many ways, but I prefer to shower and get ready at home so I can spread out, air dry my hair and waste as much time as possible. (I can floss my teeth for like 2 hours while staring off into the abyss, ask anyone who has ever lived with me.)  I also don’t enjoy packing a bag.

This means that if I want to work out before work, I need to be crafty. I can either do a run that ends at home, an early nearby spin class (luckily this option does exist for me) or a barre/pilates class where, let’s be real I don’t shower after. Any tricks for getting ready at a studio? Would love your two cents.

Here’s what I got into this week:

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Oh hey what’s up hello. (Yes I’m still into that song.) This week I slowly eased back into running. Nothing fancy, I maxed out at 2 miles, but I’m back in business. I also tried out a new studios on ClassPass.  Let’s dig in.

Monday: I tried a Powered class at The Movement, a new-to-me studio in Flatiron. The couple who owns the studio actually went to my sleep-away camp (Camp Green Lane: Where happiness counts!). The teacher Sarah Starkweather was fabulous. I arrived a few minutes late (eek) and she helped me set up quickly and even took the time to inquire about injuries. This class was barefoot, but there was still a bit of jumping, which I’m not ready for. But Sarah helped me modify. It was a unique and solid workout.

The Movement

Morning motivation from The Movement

Fun Fact: The Movement donates $1 per person per class directly to the National Brain Tumor Society.

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It’s not a secret that I’m scared of the dark.  (And if it was a secret, it’s not anymore.) In the winter months in New York, there is just SO MUCH DARK. According to the iPhone weather app, the sun rose at 7:13am today and will set at 4:30pm. That is way less than 12 hours of sunlight. Which brings me to the point: if you run in the winter and you have a desk job, you have to run in the dark (whether that means morning or night).

I am in a severe “I hate the treadmill” phase, so I aggregated some ways to play it safe and smart while running outside in those pre-dawn or post-sunset hours.

1.  Run with a friend. Four feet are better than two. As much as I love a solo run I feel safer when I’m not alone on a dark or isolated running path.

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Matt and I head to Colombia (!!) next week, so I’m in no way trying to rush us out of 2015. In fact, if that whole last week in December could move at a snail’s place so I can slowly (and safely!) get tan, I’d be much obliged. So without rushing 2015 away, now seems as good a time as any to share my early 2016 race plans with you.

What are you running in 2016?

Here’s what I’m signed up for so far:

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