This Sunday, I marked another year around the sun and Cuckoolemon celebrated its third birthday. Thank you for all the kind birthday wishes on social media and IRL. If you have a child under six and s/he has not yet recorded a video singing “happy birthday,” I will still be accepting submissions until the end of the week. Those videos are my absolute favorite and I watch each of them minimum 10x with a huge smile on my face.

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Hi lovelies.  How was your week?

Does anyone else read Leo Babauta’s Zen Habits blog? It’s on my Feedly feed, but I don’t read it every week. But I happen to take a look recently, and a post really hit home for me. I’ve been feeling a bit stressed. (I wrote about it here.)  Leo wrote about his method for dealing with stress and I thought it was worth sharing.

In other news, I want to start sharing a song of the week with these weekly fitness rundowns. Interested? Great. Let’s start right now.

This week’s tune: “I’m glad I hitched my apple wagon to your star” by The Boy Least Likely To

It’s not new, but I re-found it and re-fell in love with it. It’s upbeat and has a unique yet catchy sound.

Now for our regularly scheduled recap:

Monday: I took a class called “Endurance” at Uplift Studios. It was a fabulously fun and challenging workout. Lot’s of jumping around and tons of strength work with weights. Also, great 90s music.

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There is some real absentee blogger shit happening here. 

Sorry guys. I had a crazy week. But I wanted to pop in to give a little update.
First, I lost my sneakers and with them my custom orthotics. I took an early morning class at the new Barry’s Bootcamp location (27th and Park). The class is hard but the real barbaric stuff happens in the locker room. After class, I raced to the locker room to shower.  I kicked off my shoes and put them under the sinks to quickly get in line for the showers (because there is always a line, even if it’s a brand new studio with 6 showers).

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For the last six months, I’ve been running  with a watch  (the Garmin 225) and an iPod shuffle. No phone. Phone-free running is the one time I’m not umbilically connected to email, to social media, and to the ability to google any question that crosses my brainwaves.

BUT,  my iPod shuffle is broken (it made an accidental trip through the washing machine as a stowaway in the pocket of my running shorts) so I’ve been running with my iPhone in order to listen to music. Running with a phone opens a whole avenue of apps I can use to improve my running experience.

Using my iPhone, last weekend I had a really successful app-powered run.  I wanted to share it with you as an example of how technology can improve  and inform your running experience. All of these apps are entirely free. (At least the way I’m using them, some offer add-ons for additional fees, but I’m more than satisfied with what I’m getting at no cost.)

Here we go!

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Hey hey hey. How’s your week going?

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?

Here’s what went down last week.

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