I wrote this last week, before the election. Put more finely, before the election broke my heart and left me shocked and scared.

This post seems more trite than usual now. But I am not sure it makes sense to  go completely dark because of the election’s outcome when admittedly this blog has nothing to do with politics. The upbeat tone of this post doesn’t match my mood today. But maybe it will encourage positive feelings soon. I know I can’t and won’t feel sad forever.

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Hi everyone!  As expected last weekend’s NYC marathon has given me running fever.

When I got home from spectating my pal Camilla on Sunday, I started immediately googling local races to sign up for. Then Matt reminded me I was ALREADY running in two races in the next two weeks already (The Race to Deliver in Central Park and a Turkey Trot with my family in Long Island on Thanksgiving). Perhaps I should focus more on training and less on purchasing entry to more races?

If any of you ran the marathon I would LOVE to hear your story! Let me know in the comments please. 

OR if you’re inspired by the marathon to start running, check out this list of free run clubs in Manhattan.

Song of the week: “If you want to sing out, sing out” by Cat Stevens

Last week’s workouts:

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When I first received an email from the lovely folks at the Movemeant Foundation about the NYC Dare to Bare event, I was stoked that such a cool event was happening but bummed that I couldn’t make it. I was meant to run the Hamptons Half the same weekend. As I told ya last week, my sneakers were stolen (custom orthotics included) so I couldn’t even run the 5K. (It takes two weeks to make new ones!)

I  was still planning on going to Long Island for the weekend to cheer and hang out.  I decided on Wednesday not to travel at all and to stay in town and participate in this awesome event.

The Movemeant Foundation (they put on this event!) offers body-positive, self-confidence building tools, resources and experiences using fitness and physical movement as the gateway to feeling powerful in your own skin. They are driven by the fact that too many woman hate their bodies. They run feel-good programs in public schools to help young women grow up feeling proud, not ashamed of their bodies.

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they gave me a media pass as the writer of this blog. i did everything i could to not say the word MEDIA like Ali G: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M_eUEb81fa8

“Dare to Bare” partnered with Sweaty Betty to give all participants a free (and very amazing) sports bra with the idea being you wear it – and no shirt to cover it – to a day of fitness classes in the ever public Union Square. (More on the bra: I’ve never had one that’s so cool and wild in the back yet supportive enough that I’d run in it before this one.)

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Need a little motivation? Today is your lucky day.

I want to share my 6 favorite pieces of fitness inspiration. 

Personally, I’m not into the whole “Sweat is fat crying” line of incentive. Aesthetic changes are nice but there is something (from my vantage point) a little f*cked about that rhetoric. So you won’t find anything like that here.  I like genuine encouragement; stuff that makes you feel good, without having to make you feel bad first.

Here are 6 of my fav bites of motivation. Please share yours with me in the comments!

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