Category Archives: Fitness

03.07.16Top 5 Tips for Running in the Winter

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I’ve been training for the NYC Half-marathon, which is coming up on Sunday, March 20. The training has been a bit brutal with the harsh weather. Even though it’s a milder winter for New York, it’s no easy feat to do long runs in 20-30 degree weather. I’ve compiled a list of the things that have helped me most when running in the cold. What would you add?

  1. Layers, layers, layers. Perhaps the most obvious thing you can do, but it’s so important. For your base layer, be sure it’s moisture-wicking for your sweat. I like a long-sleeve running shirt with either a pull-over or running vest on top.
  2. Keep your head warm. This year, I bought a fleece headband to cover my ears and forehead. Though it’s not the cutest thing in the world, it makes a world of a difference.
  3. On windy days, wear a hat. I love my new Nike running hat! I bought it mostly to shade my face from the sun (I don’t run in sunglasses), but I quickly realized that it’s a lifesaver at blocking wind. Just tilt your head down to let the wind pass over the bill of your hat instead of right into your face.
  4. Pack tissues. This might not be the case for everyone (if not, lucky you!), but my nose runs and my eyes water like crazy when it’s cold outside. Add in running and I am a streaming mess. Yes, you can use your sleeves, but having a few tissues tucked into a pocket or the waistband of your pants is really helpful!
  5. Warm up indoors. Before heading out of the house, do your stretches, jumping jacks, and butt kicks inside to get your body warm and heart rate up. It’ll sting less when you step outside ;).

BONUS: Promise yourself a warm bath when you get back from a cold run for some extra motivation.

 

08.13.15NYC Summer Streets

NYC Summer StreetsSummer Streets is an annual celebration of healthy recreation and sustainable forms of transportation. On three consecutive Saturdays in August, seven miles of NYC’s streets are closed to traffic and opened for people to run, walk, and bike. With rest stops and activities stretching along the whole route, there is plenty of fun to take in!

Held between 7:00 am to 1:00 pm on August 1, 8, and 15, Summer Streets extends from the Brooklyn Bridge to up Park Avenue, around Grand Central Terminal, and along Park Avenue up to 72nd Street, where the route connects into Central Park. All activities at Summer Streets are free of charge, and designed for people of all ages and ability levels.

IMG_1988This Saturday is the last Summer Streets of 2015, so be sure to take advantage if you’re in NYC! Last weekend, Rob and I biked the 7 miles to the Brooklyn Bridge and circled back up, which was incredible. This weekend, I think we’ll go for a run along the route!

07.28.15Billie Jean King National Tennis Center

DSCN9749As an avid, life-long tennis player and fan, the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center is like a mecca. For as long as I can remember, I’ve tuned in to watch the greatest play for the title at the US Open in Flushing, Queens every August/September. I got to attend my first US Open three years ago when we lived here before, and it was one of those memories I’ll keep forever.

But last week, our workout took the form of a round of tennis on the US Open courts! The public can reserve a court online for a fee (relatively low compared to other tennis courts in the city). The fee fluctuates based on peak and off-peak times, so we went with a weekday night-time session (that will run you $24-$35 for an hour).

This is a fantastic way to check out the National Tennis Center if you’re not in NYC during the US Open tournament. You can take the subway from Manhattan to Queens, and the subway stop empties directly into the entrance to the tennis center.

And all for the same price as one SoulCycle class… ;).