For a health and fitness blogger living in New York City, I’m a very slow adopter of new workouts, so it’s only fitting that it’s taken me this long to finally try Orangetheory Fitness: a group personal training workout class that promises to keep your body burning calories for up to 36 hours after the workout — or as they call it, “the afterburn.”
Running in the cold: to many that phrase sounds pretty unpleasant. In fact, doing anything outside in the winter can sound pretty unpleasant. Especially when you have the choice of being warm and cozy inside. But after spending some time with the "it's too cold to run outside" mentality, I finally decided to at least give it a try and, to my surprise, found that it can be not just bearable, but actually enjoyable.
Last Saturday I ran the NYRR Ted Corbitt 15K in Central Park. This was my first post-NYC Marathon race. I took at least two weeks off of running following the marathon. I eased back into running with two or three short, easy runs the third week after the marathon and then directly after that I was abroad in Scotland for a week. There I got to run three times (three to five miles each) and at a very leisurely pace.
Believe it or not, in the five years that I've been blogging (and running!) I've never put together a running gear gift guide for the holidays. But there's a first time for everything, right? And this year I decided that it's time to finally share some of my favorite gear items with y'all — aka, the best gifts for runners of all types! Whether you're a non-runner shopping for the running fanatic in your life or you're a runner yourself on the hunt for the best gear and accessories (for yourself, or a friend or family member!), I promise that each of these items will spark excitement because I've tested each one and use them all on a regular basis (and by regular basis I mean, most of these things I've been using for years).
Cookies, stuffing, pie, and more cookies ... Can we all just agree that holiday recipes are the best kinds of recipes? Honestly, what types of food, aside from maybe pizza, are more enjoyable? And because they're mostly reserved for this special time of year, they're just that much better.
Most runners are no stranger to aches, pains and, unfortunately, full-fledged injuries. Most runners also know that it's hard to determine when something that feels off is a cause for concern, versus when it's simply part of normal fatigue that can be remedied without much fuss.
I had this very problem during my most recent training cycle. One day, all of a sudden, after I stood up from my desk I noticed a strange pain in my right calf. I was confused because there had been no sign of this at any time while I was running.