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Black & White & Rainy All Over
My body is hurting today!
Turns out, marathon training — even in the early weeks — is kind of hard. After yesterday’s stellar run, I proceeded to sit at a desk all day.
I prefer a more active recovery, but what can you do? I have to pay my bills.
I did enjoy a lovely homemade lunch though!
Of course, eating it while sitting at my desk wasn’t ideal, but whatever. Stop judging me.
After work I headed downtown for the FITiST launch event.
The event was pitched as two hours of exercise, broken down into eight 15-minute mini classes. The classes included yoga, Pilates, boot camp and Flybarre.
The space was gorgeous and the snacks were delicious.
I definitely worked up a sweat and the teachers did not stick to their 15-minute limits. So needless to say I got plenty of exercise in my day yesterday.
My favorite classes were the boot camp class and the boxing class. Barre classes really just aren’t my thing. I’ve tried to get into them and I absolutely see the value in them. But there’s something about two dudes in camouflage screaming at me to drop and give them 15 that really gets me excited.
You’re judging me again. I can feel it. Stop.
Unfortunately I wouldn’t say the event was a total success. I’m happy to have left with a goody bag including a lime green foam roller, but I still have no idea what FITiST actually is.
No one explained the website to us and there wasn’t really anyone overseeing the whole evening.
But two hours of free exercise from awesome teachers? Yeah, I’ll take it. Thanks. Plus it was good to catch up with Dori and Melissa, and to meet some new fitness fanatics. We were all sweaty beasts by the end. (I embraced the beastly look. Dori still managed to look cute. Dang her.)
And if I did learn one thing, it’s that there are two moves that everyone swears by: planks and push-ups. We did some variation of them in almost every class. Embrace what works, right?
This morning I woke up to another beautiful day in NYC:
I’m especially pumped about that little thunderstorm icon next to Saturday — the day of the Brooklyn Half Marathon. Oh well. It’ll be an experience at least, right?
Coach Cane wanted me running three “recovery miles” this morning.
So that’s what I did.
Even though it was pouring.
The rain didn’t come down too hard for too long and it wasn’t nearly as brutal as yesterday. Every now and then a nice run in the rain does a body good.
I really need to work on my puddle jumping skills if this is going to continue. My poor sneakers have taken a beating this week.
I’d love to tell you that I put on something bright and cheery to liven up this icky day, but I didn’t. Black and white was about as creative as I could get.
I do not love the boring-ness of this outfit. I also don’t love what is happening with my hair.
I do, however, love my necklaces today.
I am so pale.
About the necklaces: They’re actually long and I have them double-wrapped. I bought them at a market in St. Kilda when I was studying abroad in Australia. I love them and I will probably be twirling them and playing with them all day.
Just kidding. I’ll be doing work…obviously… (Hi, coworkers who read my blog.)
So now that you’re caught up on my life, I can share the exciting news that as of yesterday morning I was in first place in the Run For The Rabbit fundraising race! It’s pretty neck and neck right now, but I want to hold onto the lead right up until the end.
I am so grateful and deeply appreciative for all the donations I’ve received so far. I’m humbled by the fact that so many people who I don’t even know personally have reached into their wallets to throw some money at the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation.
If you’d like to donate, you can do so here.
I’m also going to be working on some exciting raffles, giveaways and other incentives that I’ll be promoting on the blog, so stay tuned.
Wouldn’t it be kind of awesome if they could find a freakin’ cure for Crohn’s Disease soon? I think so.
I leave you with this: a pretty picture of the Empire State Building.
Oh wait. You can’t see it.
Tonight = my favorite spinning class. Life is good. I don’t care about the rain.
CHAT TIME: What’s your favorite kind of fitness class, if you’re a class person? Obviously my favorite thing to do is run, but I love love love a good, sweaty spin class. I do not, however, love barre-based classes (hilarious, since I was a dancer for 17 years). I’d love to hear about some of your favorites!