Tuesday night spin

Here’s the playlist from last night.

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This was actually a very fun (but tough) ride.  Most of my rides have a hill followed by either speed or jumps.  This song was all climbing for the first 8 working songs.  Rolling hills, but none the less.  Thankfully it was a good group and they were up for the challenge.

Speaking of challenges…to my spin folks.  Have you ever taught at a gym with an older clientele?  Not 50s or 60s, but 70s plus?

My latest gym is absolutely a HUGE mix of ages and I’m thinking I may have to modify some rides since i’m usually a “balls to the wall” type of instructor.  I’m OK with modifying, I just want to make sure that the class is still challenging and fun for those younger members.  I also want to make sure I remain true to myself (although I’m guessing that won’t be too big of an issue).

My tentative plan is to just offer lots of options for modifications, but we’ll see how it plays out.

Pre-class I hit the treadmill for a mile.  yeah right.  I made it half a mile and stopped.  It just felt off.  I felt heavy and awkward.  Oh well.  Will try again next time.

Have a fabulous Wednesday!!!

What a busy weekend!

Good morning!  It’s Monday.  Again.

It was such a busy weekend!

Friday was pretty quiet, which was OK.

Saturday, my alarm went off at 4:50a (although I was actually up at 4:35a, thanks stomach).  I got dressed and was out of the house by about 5:20 and in Harlem just after 6a.  Driving is lovely at that hour….not too many cars.

Unfortunately finding a parking spot at that hour is tough because most people are still at home sleeping.  So that took about 30 minutes, but thankfully I found one.  Or rather I should thank my sis because she spotted it (she came out of her apartment to drive around with me, that’s love).

We got to the east side of Central Park around 7a and met up with a couple of her friends.  We made our way across the park to bag check and then did a little jogging (and of course hit up a bathroom).  Then it was time to get into the corrals.  My sister and her friends were in B, I was in K…aka the back of the pack.  But i’m cool with that.  If I were in a higher corral I would probably be trampled and everyone would hate me. 🙂  Although I am curious about the corral parameters.  Does anyone know?  Does it vary by race?  Anyway…

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This was by far the largest race I had ever done with almost 9,000 people…all women too!

Here’s a shot from once I made it around the bend and onto Central Park West.

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That’s probably corrals I and K, so that was after AA-H had already started.  NYRR had a staggered start, so they let groups go every 30 seconds, which seemed to work well.

I liked the large group but did get a little frustrated by all the weaving I had to do.  It was worst at the beginning, but it never really went away.

It was HARD.  I tried to find the course elevation map, but it seems to have been taken down.  I’ve never run in Central Park before and I had heard it was hilly, but boy is it hilly!  This route had quite a few slow and steady hills.  My sister had told me that the first half was the hardest, and I guess it was, but it’s not like the second half was easy.

I may have pushed a bit too hard as my second mile came in under 10 minutes, and I ended up having to take a few walking breaks.  I wanted to push and not walk, but in the end walking won.  But I did try to keep them brief.

Here’s a very ugly photo that a friend took during the final .2.

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I was rather unhappy at this time but managed to smile and wave…and push through to the end.

I made it!

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Finishers!!  And apparently the NYRR are really fast about posting times, so this was up as we were walking to get coffee.

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Notice the difference between my sis and me.  I swear we are related.

Post run we grabbed coffee and then did brunch, which was lovely.  I always forget just how huge brunch is in the city.  From there I had to head back to CT to help with a One Bro Pizza event in the evening.

Sunday morning I subbed an 8:30 spin class, which was great.  Good group, worked hard.

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From there I headed home, got some time in the sun on the hammock and then turned the day into Sunday Fun Day.  We hit up a couple bars, had some cocktails alfresco and then hit the supermarket for some goodies to throw on the grill.

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And that was the weekend.  Finished it out watching the Tony’s (which I’ve never watched before).  So good!  So many broadway shows to see!  Any favorites?

Enjoy the week!

 

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Tuesday spin and a taper question

Here’s the playlist from last night.  It was fun!

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Although I will say I’m temporarily over Justin Beiber, so I didn’t love Sorry, but we pushed through.

The ride has 3 instrumental songs which is something I like.  As long as the beat is good, it lets the mind zone out a bit and get lost in the music and the pedaling.  Or at least that’s what I like to think happens.

Prior to class I hopped on the ‘mill for 2.5 miles.  I would have liked to run 3, but as usual I ran out of time.

Hitting the pavement tonight, so we’ll see how that goes.

Has anyone run a half and did a long run the week before?  Like 10+ miles?  How important is that taper?  Or can the taper just be reducing mileage during the week?  I’m a bit crunched for time and could really use that last weekend for another longer run.  Thoughts?

Yo!

So i haven’t exactly been the best about posting and i’ll admit that I’ve even thought about calling it quits.  But the fact of the matter is that I like to write and share my random thoughts and so even if no one is reading, I’m still going to write.  Of course if people are actually reading it’s a bonus!  🙂

My next half is in exactly 39 days.  Which actually sounds a bit better than I thought it would.  My training has been half-assed.  That’s not OK.  WHY CAN’T I MOTIVATE???  I’m trying now, I really am.  Fingers crossed!!

I even went so far as to think about deferring to next year.  Technically that’s still a possibility but I feel like I’d be disappointing myself because I really had no good excuses as to why I didn’t get out and run.

I ran a half in March with not nearly enough training and I survived, although it wasn’t pretty.  I know I can do it, but I’d really like to do it well (let’s rephrase that to say I’d like to run the whole thing).  So we’ll see.

This weekend I plan to run 8 miles.  There, I said it.  If I can do it, all is good in the world.  If not…well, that’s not really an option.

Last night I got in 2 treadmill miles before class.  I should have done more but because I’m not fast, I run (ha!) out of time.

I tested out my OTF heartrate monitor for something other than an OTF class.  I’ll share the results in a moment.

Spin was good.  Here’s the playlist.  It was a crowd pleaser (if you call 2 people a crowd…don’t judge, it’s corporate, it’s rarely more than 3 or 4).

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And because I know you’re sitting on the edge of your seat, here’s my heartrate info.

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The first 22 minutes or so were running and pretty much the only time I was in the orange.

What this shows is that numerous times in spin I apparently laid down and took a nap.  The gray is where my heart rate is before an OTF class gets going, so no effort. And the very bottom of gray, well that’s just about a flatline.  My guess is that my chest strap wasn’t fully secure during all the movement of a spin class.

But provided that some of this is accurate, it also shows that I’m not working that hard when I teach, which is definitely possible.  In order to be able to lead a class and project my voice, I can’t go all out.  But that said, I could probably push a little harder.  Or maybe I was pushing harder, but the monitor was off.  Who knows?

Tonight i’m subbing a class and hoping for a nice turn out (although I’m not overly optimistic).

Tomorrow is OTF and hopefully running a little each day as well.

And I’m off, have a wonderful day!  See ya when I see ya!

FriYay!

I’m so glad it’s Friday (yes, again, I know I always say that).  The week was CRAZY at work and so I’m glad that it’s Friday and things might actually slow down a bit.

Class on Tuesday night was fun.  Here’s the music if you’re interested.

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Initially I wasn’t sure what I thought of the new JT song, but I do like it.  I don’t think it’s the most amazing song ever, but it’s upbeat and fun, so that works.  It was perfect for a warm up.

Last night I was convinced to cancel my OTF class and instead go for a run with my other half.  We’re both signed up for the Fairfield Half on 6/26 but I am WAY ahead of him in training.  I think he needed me there to hold him accountable, but don’t tell him I said that 😉

So we went out for a leisurely 3 mile run, sans music.  I’m happy that I can now run without music, but I definitely still prefer the tunes.  Maybe a full on race without music would be OK because of all the other people, but when it’s just one or two people, it’s not my preference….unless I have a lot to say.  Who am I kidding?  I always have a lot to say.

So we went out on our usual route.  It’s a little hilly.

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Some days these hills are nothing and other days they actually feel a little tough.  Well, even though I wasn’t feeling 100% yesterday, I’m happy to say that all the hills were just that little bit easier.

For that I am thanking OrangeTheory Fitness! Why is that?

At OTF, for the treadmill part of the workout, you are either a power-walker, a jogger, or a runner.  I experimented with running and jogging but ultimately decided that for my OTF workouts I’d go the power-walker route (which is kind of funny because I never power-walk).

What that really means is that the focus is on incline.  Like 15% incline at times (which is the max).  it’s a lot.  I try to stay on the faster side of the speed range and really push myself on the uphills.  It gets my heartrate up just as much as running, so it’s still hard, just different.

I honestly think that because of all the hills i’ve done on the treadmill as a power-walker, the hills on my run felt easier.  Nice!

This is the first time in a long time that I feel like I’ve seen any progress or improvement.  Yay!

So now i’m getting ready for the weekend.  OTF in the AM and then a big pizza event where I plan to take lots of pictures (and probably eat a bunch too).  Sunday is long run day (only 7 miles, not too crazy) and then hopefully the weather cooperates so we can finally do some planting.  Fingers crossed!

Have a most wonderful weekend!

Do you like hills?

Loving Friday (as usual)

It’s been a quiet blogging week for me.  Stuff’s just been busy.  It happens.

Here’s what I’m loving this week.

Wednesday

I had the day off on Wednesday.  Because…

Yes, we went to see Live with Kelly and Michael.  This is clearly a perk of living in the NYC area.

A few years ago I miraculously got tickets, but couldn’t go.  At that time you had to essentially enter into a lottery and then they’d randomly mail you tickets.  Unfortunately they’d do that about a week in advance of the show.  I was new at my job then and couldn’t just take a day off, so we never went.  (I even got tickets to the Halloween show, arg!)  Now the process is better and you actually have some control.

I went with my mother and sister and we got there at 7:15 as they instructed and headed to the way back of the line.  We ended up waiting outside for about an hour and fifteen minutes and couldn’t feel our feet by the time we went inside.  We ended up with lousy seats but still had a great time and plan to go back.

From there we hit up another favorite spot…

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Levain Bakery.  Yummm!  If you’ve never heard of them, google them.  While they are a full bakery, I say just go for the cookies.  Do it!  Yes, they are $4 a piece, but it’s worth it.  If you get them, try to wait to eat them until you’re home and then zap them in the micro for 30 seconds.  You can thank me later.  🙂

Then we went to lunch at Jacob’s Pickles, another great spot.  We of course started with some pickles.

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Pickled carrots, green beans, tomatoes, and dills.  I’m not a huge pickle person, but they were good.  I really don’t like carrots, but I figured I’d try them pickled and hope for the best.  Unfortunately I still don’t like carrots.  🙂

I had the Honey Chicken and Pickles sandwich, on a biscuit (of course) and served with (incredibly) cheesy grits.  I tried to take a picture of this sandwich but it was so massive it just didn’t work.  It was. SO. GOOD.  So unhealthy and delicious!!

From there we headed towards Central Park to do some walking and then finished out the day.  By that point I had started to feel my 4am wakeup.  (Alarm was set for 4:45 but my most favorite dog needed the bathroom at 4.  Thanks Minnie!)

Music I’m Enjoying

Joey Alexander – He’s a jazz musician at the whopping age of 12.  He was featured on 60 Minutes a few months ago and then performed at the Grammy’s on Monday.  I like to listen to jazz at work and he’s been my go-to ever since learning of him.

Cake By the Ocean by DNCE – This is a weird one for me.  I like this song but part of me doesn’t like that I like it.  I debuted it in a spin class on Tuesday and actually thought that it worked really well for class.  It reminds me of the Scissor Sisters for some reason.  Going to check out the rest of the album.

Sugar by Robin Schulz – I love the original of this song and am totally feeling this version.  It makes me happy and makes me want to dance (or bop).

Food

Healthy Chicken Marsala – I was tasked with dinner yesterday and was told I should find a healthy chicken marsala recipe.  Found this recipe on the interwebs and while we did tweak it a bit, it was quite good as is.  It’s from a cookbook called The Skinny Taste Cookbook which I’m going to check out.

So that’s about it here.  I got an email that the half-marathon is one month away.  Yikes!  I’m nervous but i’ve also changed how i’m mentally approaching the half.  Originally my plan was to train hard and have a great race.  Given the health issues I’ve been dealing with, I’m now considering it more of a training run.  If it goes well, great, if not, it’s just to prepare me for the Fairfield Half, which is in late June (and I need to sign up for).

Have a lovely weekend!

Any songs you’re currently loving?  

Have you ever been to a live or pre-recorded TV taping?  Not proud of these, but I’ve also been to Springer and the Steve Wilkos show, as well as the Daily Show when Jon Stewart was hosting.

More music!

As I mentioned, I came down with the beginning of a cold on Sunday.  The timing was less than ideal because I was set to sub a spin class Monday night and then teach my usual class Tuesday night.  I couldn’t really get out of either.

The Monday night class was OK and I felt alright for most of it.  Towards the end my head clouded up a bit and I couldn’t really hear myself speaking, but apparently everyone else could.

Tuesday morning I woke up tired and blah and decided to start the day off working from home.  Starting the day turned into taking the whole day at home and I think it was the right decision.  That said, I still had to teach in the evening.

My Tuesday night class is at a corporate gym.  They only have 12 bikes and they’ve never all been filled, but it’s a great little group.  It’s a smaller room and the sound system is a Bose docking station.  There’s no mic.  I was nervous about the lack of a mic since projecting your voice with a cold isn’t always easy.  Thankfully it was OK and I felt pretty good for the whole class.  After the class, not so much, but it is what it is.

I put together new playlists for both rides.  While Monday’s playlist was good, I actually thought Tuesday’s was better.  And since I talk a lot more about running, I feel like this playlist would definitely transition well to a running playlist.

So here you go:

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I started the ride with an honorary Glenn Frey song.  Last week I was actually called out for not including a Bowie song, so I needed to make things right.

It was a fun playlist, all upbeat.  The time really flew.

If you’re looking to throw some speed intervals in, I’d recommend Perfect, I Found You, and My House (which I ended up LOVING for a heavy climb).

My running this week has been non-existent because of the cold.  I did hop on the treadmill on Monday before class but only managed to eek out .5.  Yuck!

I brought my gym clothes to work, so if I’m feeling OK, I’m going to give it a try.  Tomorrow is hill repeats with the group and I really really want to be OK for that, so fingers crossed!

Hope everyone is having a good week!!!

What’s your favorite song to workout to?

Running Tunes

I think music is key to a good run.  Sometimes music is what it takes to get me to keep going.

I spend a lot of time listening to music.  I try to stay current since Spin requires it.  A spin class without good music sucks (no other way to say it).

Here are some screen shots of my running playlist in Spotify.  I typically just put it on shuffle.  Sorry for all the images, it’s 95 songs.

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The genres are all over the place.

For example, Derp is kind of hard techno.  It came on at the end of my run yesterday and was EXACTLY what I needed.  Then Hall and Oates came on which just made me smile.

I hope this list helps you or inspires you to get some new music.  I’ll do a more detailed post on my favorites in the future.

Music – Best of 2015

I used to post all of my spin playlists here, but as the blog became less about spinning (and more about everything else), I stopped.

That said, a spin playlist can definitely be used for other workouts, so I may still occasionally share some music here.

Given that there were two Tuesday classes left, I decided that the playlist for last night would be the best of 2015.  It was a fun class to put together and pretty easy because there was some good music throughout the year.

The class went really fast and everyone seemed to enjoy the music.

Here’s a screenshot of the playlist on Spotify.

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The first song is a warm up and got everyone to smile.  How could “Watch Me” not do that?

The rest of the songs were working songs and for the cool down I used Hotline Bling, Fight Song, and In the Night.

Let me know if you use it, and enjoy!

Tunes and an update

Good morning!

I’ve been away from blogging due to some work travel.  My apologies, although I knew it was coming and mentioned it briefly in a prior post.

Workouts/Training

As expected, my fitness activities were sidelined due to travel.  I made a quick trip over to Germany (quick trip and Germany shouldn’t be used in the same sentence) last week.  I arrived there Wednesday morning and flew back to the US early on Friday morning.  Quick trip.  I took a tiny suitcase and while I thought about bringing my sneakers and workout gear, I knew that a) it wouldn’t fit, and b) the days would be long and working out just wasn’t realistic.

I had brief visions of running around the streets of Frankfurt and then I snapped back to reality.  Running around a foreign country with no knowledge of the language probably isn’t a good idea.  Not to mention it didn’t even get light until after 8am.  I definitely talked myself out of that one (luggage limits aside).

Lucky me also managed to get sick during my quick trip.  I felt the beginning of a cold prior to leaving and then travelling, plus a lack of sleep, contributed to me ending up with a full blown cold.  I was prepared though and had medication on hand.  The descent on my flight back threw my ears for a serious loop and I ended up in extreme pain and unable to hear for most of the day.  While it improved slightly, it didn’t improve enough so I went to the doctor on Monday evening and was diagnosed with a double middle-ear infection and blood in my right ear.  Lovely.

In addition, I was supposed to fly to Vegas today for yet another quick trip.  Thankfully the doctor told me I shouldn’t fly, so here I am.

Of course the travel and the sickness haven’t done much for my fitness.  I taught a packed class on Saturday off the bike because I was a mess.  I taught again last night (packed again!) and managed to ride for most of the class.  It felt good to do a little excersise although I definitely still felt off at times.

My tentative plan is to take the rest of the week to get healthy and then pick back up with things on Saturday.

I got an email from my coach talking about starting training about 8 months in advance of the half (as opposed to the normal six).  The additional two will be a slow ramp up phase.  He makes it sound very do-able.  He also didn’t seem phased by me telling him that I hadn’t been doing much running.

My goal now is really just to stay healthy and get back to a regular routine.  I was doing pretty well pre-travel so I know I can get right back to it.  I will of course keep you posted.

Tunes

Class last night was full, which was very exciting to me because the Tuesday class, while a great group, is never particularly crowded.  We have 22 bikes and we tend to average around 12-15.  It’s definitely January at the gym, but a full class is a full class.  I had three first time riders and all did well.  Hopefully they will return!

I wanted to do a ride I hadn’t used in a while, so I went with my best of 2013 ride.  Some of the songs had been really played out at the time, but after a year I felt it was OK to play them.

Here’s a screen shot.  Let me know if you want to follow me on Spotify.

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As always, feel free to share any good tunes!

Have a great Wednesday!!