I woke up on race morning cool as a cucumber. No race-day jitters for me. I am not a detective, but I can easily attribute this to one clear fact: I wasn’t signed up to run a race.
At 33 weeks pregnant, my already mediocre running talents were in near total hibernation. Registering for races was totally off my radar. But Matthew (my husband, remember him?) was signed up for the Bridgehampton Half and my pals Katy and Sarah were registered for the same event’s 5K so I found myself in the Hamptons on race morning looking for something to do.
A true love of efficiency and smart logistics drove me to sign up for this 5K. I wanted to get some physical fitness in and I figured if my friends were going to be doing their workouts at the race, I might as well too.
I hopped in the car with the planned racers, and we headed for Bridgehampton High School (Go Bees!). I will warn, while it’s a small race, parking near the start is very limited. If you’re planning to run this race, allow time to walk from wherever you’ve decided to stash your vehicle to the starting point.
I saddled up belly first at the registration table, ready to proudly sign up for the 5K at eight months pregnant and was asked if I wanted to register for the half marathon or the 5K. I appreciate the staffer’s open-mindedness! Women can do anything! (But this particular woman could not have run 13-miles on this specific morning.)
I visited the porta-potty which I literally never do. When I hit 30 my preference for real plumbing and bathrooms fragranced with the scent of Diptque candles became non-negotiable. While pregnant, my bladder has moved up my list of priority organs.
Tracy Anderson is the fitness trainer to many a glamorous gal. It’s well know that Gwyneth Paltrow is a client, 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.
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?