Humbled: Pilates

I like to think that I’m in good shape.

I’ve run some marathons. Qualified for Boston. I can do 3 spin classes in a day (although not a regular thing). Maybe throw in a barre class here and there.

Yeah! Running! I can do that!

Yeah! Running! I can do that!

And, then I took pilates with Elizabeth (aka Chainsaw? Just go with it) at Flex today.

It was humbling, slightly embarrassing, and I’d probably now just consider myself in “good cardiovascular shape.”

I pride myself on being really tough and able to handle really hard classes because, you know, I’ve run marathons! I’m a resident! What’s harder than a marathon?! Or harder than a day on the labor floor?! Nothing! I should be able to handle anything, right?

Pilates. Pilates can be harder than a marathon.

You know a class is hard when you’re going to the 5K pain place, sweating to death, and actively thinking of ways to possibly cheat (yep, I went there). In fact, at one point I tried to some something on my knees rather than in plank position and Elizabeth every so sweetly came over and said, “honey that’s not going to do anything for you.” No slacking allowed. I was getting my money’s worth. [PS: Thanks, Elizabeth!]

As a bonus, the whole reformer thing makes it not so easy to take breaks. One wrong move and I was afraid I might plummet 3 feet straight down into the well of the reformer into Pilates hades.

I was shaking. I was sweating. Like all those laboring patients I see, except I wasn’t birthing a child.

And, for some reason, I loved it.

It was extremely humbling. I knew I lacked core strength but this class really drove the point home.

I only wish I had known about this class when I was training for marathons and trying to do anything (acupuncture!) and everything (chiropractor!) not to get injured.

Elizabeth was super sweet, gave great technical corrections (the former gymnast in me always loves this), and doesn’t allow you to give up (even if you try, like me).

So, moral of the story — Go! Take her class! Bring your A game! Moreover, bring your abs.

TELL ME: YOUR FAVE NYC FITNESS CLASSES AND/OR INSTRUCTORS.

Currently, I’m loving Jaws and Akin at SoulCycle and just took a class at Chaise 23 with Rachel and loved her, too.

Until next time….

Lucky ’13 Finds and Must Haves

13 for the year 2013, in no particular order:

New Balance 890 Shoes: Two marathons in with these shoes and injuries kept at bay. Works for all distances. Comfortable on labor and delivery. Win-win.

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FitBit: Getting to 10k steps a day has brought a new level of happiness I didn’t know existed. Makes me more active on days where I may not want to be (ie frigid temps).

Juices: Doubles as hydration and nutrition. And, I like to think they give me energy in the morning although this may due to a healthy placebo effect.

My Own Apartment: 425 square feet has probably never felt so freeing to anyone.

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Trader Joe’s Edamame Hummus and Creamy Guacamole: Party in your mouth.

Hot Sauce: This has taken post-call or post-night float breakfast wraps to the next level.

Joy: You know what’s nice? Loving what you do (on most days). Running for fun. Exercising because it makes you feel good and not solely just to get to 10k steps on your fitbit. Making new friends and keeping old.

FINISH LINE!

Oiselle Feather Burn Out Tee in White: Great layering piece or alone. [And now on sale!]

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CALM Magnesium Powder: Try to stay awake 30 minutes after you take this stuff. Humor me. [I drink it at bedtime.]

New Balance Well2Go Flats: These go the distance and are cute to boot.

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Clarisonic Mia2: Worth the money – your face will be so fresh and so clean clean.

The Ability To Care Less About Probably Un-Important Things (aka Being Less Neurotic Outside the Hospital): When someone asks, “What do you want to drink?” and you respond “I don’t know, surprise me,” you know that your previous neuroticism related to all things in life has really boiled down to a few things checkboxes.

Picky Bars Runner’s High Blueberry Boomdizzle: My go-to flavor, the bar for the sophisticated energy bar palate.

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TELL ME: YOUR FAVE FINDS IN 2013…

Until next time…

A Gift Giving Guide ( ie Santa, This Is My List)

 

In no particular order or organization, here are things I’d want the big man up North to bring me…if I were me and you were me, too…

DRY BAR

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Why? Nothing is better than having someone blow dry your hair for you. And making it look good, too…and Dry Bar always delivers. 

1a. DRY BAR GIFT CERTIFICATE ($40 + tip)

1b. WET HAIR BRUSH AND DRY SHAMPOO

Why? The wet hair brush actually works and won’t rip out your hair. And dry shampoo is how I go just one more day without a shower (shhh). 

2a. DRY BAR BAR TAB (varying prices)

2b. DRY BAR BLOWDRYER ($190)

Yeah, so it’s pricy but it does dry your hair quickly. 

PICKY BARS 
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1. PICKY BARS 10 BOX ($22.99)

2. PICKY BARS PICKY CLUB MEMBERSHIP ($37/month x #of months you give)

Why? Because this is the gift that will keep on giving! Each month, your recipient will get 18 bars delivered to their door and they’ll remember, “Man, ____ is really an awesome person.” 

3. PICKY BAR SWEATSHIRT ($48)

This should be reserved for the Picky addict in your life (raises hand) to enhance their #pickylife. 

OISELLE
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1. RUNFINITY SCARF ($24)

Why? Scarf is functional, soft, and goes with just about everything. I wore mine (ok, I have two) every day last winter.

2. STRIPEY LONG SLEEVE SCOOP NECK ($44)

Why? Another fan favorite. This one is even Mom (my mom, that is) approved. Perfect for travel and for running around the city — its fashionable and holds up for any workout to boot. 

3. LUX LAYER ($76)

Why? This is my favorite weight long sleeve tee that Oiselle sells. The fabric is like butter and the weight is perfect alone for those first cold days of the year and a great layering piece. 

4. LUX LAYER ($76) + DISTANCE SHORTS ($39)

This gift says: I really care about your running. 

Distance shorts in action!

Distance shorts in action!

BAUBLE BAR
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1. PAVE POP STUDS ($26)

I’d go with the turquoise ones but that’s just me. 

2. ACRYLIC SCRIPT MONOGRAM NECKLACE ($58)

A twist on a classic. 

3. CLASSIC SCRIPT MONOGRAM NECKLACE ($100)

Why? Because Blair on Atlantic-Pacific has one and she always looks well put together. 

SOUL CYCLE:

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1. SOUL CYCLE CLASS ($34)

2. SOUL CYCLE 5 CLASS PACK ($165)

3. SOUL CYCLE 5 CLASS PACK + GRAPEFRUIT CANDLE (!!!) ($165+$42)

4. SOUL CYCLE ATHLETE HOODIE ($125)  (I think I just like this because it says athlete on it.)

You have absolutely no idea how happy a grapefruit candle can make someone until you give a SoulCycle addict a grapefruit candle. I only burn mine on times when I really need that grapefruit scent. And I searched high and low last year for comparable grapefruit scents to the Jonathan Adler one (the one SC uses) and the Nest version is close if you need a back up candle choice. [I did my grapefruit candle research.]

RUNNER BUNDLE:

PICK TWO to FOUR (DEPENDING ON SANTA’S BUDGET) AMONGST THE FOLLOWING THINGS AND BOOM! WELL THOUGHT OUT GIFT (IF I DO SAY SO MYSELF)

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NUUN TUBE ($6.50) OR 4 PACK  ($22)              – OISELLE DUDS (price will vary)

– PICKY BARS SAMPLER PACK ($12.50)              – BELIEVE I AM TRAINING JOURNAL ($19.99)

ERICA SARA BLING (price will vary)                   – SPARKLY HEAD BAND ($15)

NYC FITNESS FANATIC:

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1. FITIST GIFT CERTIFICATE (varying prices)

2. JUICE PRESS GIFT CERTIFICATE (varying prices)

Odds are if the person lives in NYC and is into fitness, they’re probably also into juices right now. Correlation, not causation. 

CHARITABLE:

1. ALL THE GOOD COOKIES COOKBOOK (benefitting Cookies For Kids’ Cancer)

2. EVERY MOTHER COUNTS GEAR FROM OISELLE (benefitting Every Mother Counts)
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GYMNASTICS GURU OR TRACK ADDICT

1. ACCOUNT FOR GYMNASTIKE GOLD OR FLOTRACK PRO ($150.00/YEAR or $20/MONTH)

I watch more Gymnastike Gold videos (particularly “Beyond the Routine” series than I care to admit. I don’t have Flotrack Pro, but imagine it’s just as good. Both generally have great interviews and profiles on athletes and Gymnastike has done a stellar job with their docu-series. 

FOR YOUR FAVORITE INTERN/RESIDENT:

STARBUCKS CARD (varying) + SPECK PHONE CASE/CARD HOLDER ($35) + SPARKLY LANYARD FOR ID (varying)

I have yet to land a blinged out lanyard for my ID. I mean, my cotton NYU one is holding up ok and I’ve added some pizazz to the scrubs with handbands, but we can always keep improving.

FINAL MISCELLANEOUS ITEMS OF VARYING PRICES:

1. BEADED HEADBAND FROM ANTRHO (~$20-30 dollars)

Why? They’re pretty and can dress up boring outfits…like scrubs. 

2. MAY BOOKS PERSONALIZED NOTEBOOK

For your favorite paper prince or princess. 

3. KILLING LINCOLN BY BILL O’REILLY AND MARTIN DUGARD ($19.59 on Amazon)

Its a good read for your favorite history buff. 

4. GRAIN BRAIN BY DAVID PERLMUTTER, MD ($15.16 on Amazon)

This might be a great addition to a gift for your fitness addict friend whose into juicing who probably also eats semi-gluten free or thinks gluten might be killing us (raises hand here…but still eating gluten). 

5. BRACELET FROM KIEL JAMES PATRICK

For your favorite preppy friend who you think may need to branch out from Vineyard Vines and Sperry’s.
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Happy Thanksgiving…Happy Holidays!

TELL ME: YOUR HOLIDAY WISH LIST?

[PS: Winner of 10 box of Picky Bars announced Sunday – you still have time to enter!]

Old School Blogging

Gia tagged me to do this so I followed through….here goes!

A. Attached or Single?

Single

B. Best Friend?

My mom and sister

My sis and I

My sis and I

Jocelyn

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Pre-race shakeout…

C. Cake or Pie?

Cake (actually just the frosting)

D. Day of Choice?

The weekend day that I have off

E. Essential Item?

Coffee

F. Favorite Color?

Pink, orange, green, dove grey

G. Gummy Bears or Worms?

Bears, from Dylan’s Candy Bar preferably (they have the best gummy bears and good flavors – pineapple, mango, strawberry, etc)

H. Home Town?

Knoxville, TN

I. Favorite Indulgence?

Ice Cream

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Mani/Pedis

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The RC (running coach, Steph Rothstein Bruce)

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Steph and her groupies

J. January or July?

This is tough because my birthday is in January, but I love July because its light out for so much longer and I feel like I can do so much in one day.

K. Kids?

Nope. But I have names and monograms picked out so I’m prepared.

If its not moving, monogram it.

If its not moving, monogram it.

L. Life Isn’t Complete Without?

Exercise!

M. Marriage Date?

See A.

N. Number of Brothers/Sisters?

Two – one sister and one brother

My entire family

My entire family

O. Oranges or Apples?

Apples!

P. Phobias?

None that I can think of…I don’t like snakes though so maybe that…

Q. Quotes

“Ability is what you are capable of doing. Motivation determines what you do. Attitude determines how well you do it.” – Lou Holtz

“The power of one is above all things the power to believe in yourself, often well beyond any latent ability you may have previously demonstrated. The mind is the athlete, the body is simply the means it uses to run faster or longer, jump higher, shoot straighter, kick better, swim harder, hit further, or box better.”

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R. Reasons to Smile?

My family, getting into a great residency, being able to run, watching Bravo and HGTV, happy hour at Juice Press, my babysitting “kids”…there are many reasons to smile I think!

I've babysat these two (now 11 and 5) since...birth...yikes!

I’ve babysat these two (now 11 and 5) since…birth…yikes!

S. Season of Choice?

I like each one as it comes.

T. Tag 5 People:

I’m going to pass here.

U. Unknown Fact About Me?

I’ve lived 4 states.

My two front teeth aren’t real. I knocked them out in a gymnastics accident when I was 11.

The only photo that exists of me with knocked out teeth and busted lip. I must have been too traumatized to brush my hair that day.

The only photo that exists of me with knocked out teeth and busted lip. I must have been too traumatized to brush my hair that day.

I had a permanent retainer in so about half of each tooth got knocked off. The real tooth remnants (found on the mat) were bonded back on to my remaining tooth half until I was about 18 years old (we had to wait for the nerve roots to shrink to do veneers). The bonded tooth half only popped off once, when my little brother (5 years old at the time) accidentally hit me in the chin in the 8th grade (poor thing cried because he thought he broke my tooth!). When I was a senior in high school, I got my long awaited veneers!

V. Vegetable?

Kale or edamame

W. Worst Habit?

Hmm…my friends might say I always “expect the worst, but hope for the best.” I’m very good at coming up with worst possible scenarios. Maybe it helps protect me from disappointment. 🙂

X. Xray or Ultrasound?

Ultrasound! The OB/GYN’s secret weapon (actually not so secret)…

Y. Your favorite food?

That’s tough — right now, it would be a toss up between Runner’s High Picky Bar vs Sushi vs Coconut Sorbet vs Lucky Seven Juice from Juice Press

Z. Zodiac Sign?

Aquarius

TELL ME: ANSWER ONE OF THE QUESTIONS. ANY ONE. FREE REIGN. 

Until next time…

Fabulous Flats

My search for the perfect, all purpose, walking friendly flats (ie can take at least 2 miles of NYC walking without discomfort) has proved elusive (other than Toms). I’ve ended up doctoring up more pairs of shoes than I can count. Such a high price we women pay for beauty [and thank God for moleskin]!

I’ve found two pairs of flats at opposite ends of the price and fashion spectrum that I’m in love with. I even biked around Long Island yesterday in a pair with no problems.

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NEW BALANCE WELL2GO 115 – $54.99:

That’s right. New Balance makes flats. Its like walking around in your running shoes all day. I’ve actually gotten tons of compliments on my “cute flats.” You can hardly tell their made by a running shoe company.

Well2Go by New Balance

Well2Go by New Balance

I took a bike tour in these bad boys around vineyards in Long Island with no problems (about 13 miles or so).

I like them so much I might get another pair as I think they will be great for the hospital and running errands around NYC.

Reasonable price point. Comfortable, stylish shoes. I’d run to grab some if I were you.

ATTILIO GUISTI LEOMBRUNI TOE CAP BALLET FLATS – $298.00:

So, these beauties are expensive. I’m somewhat embarrassed to admit on the internet how much I paid for these shoes.

AGL Toe Cap Ballet Flats

AGL Toe Cap Ballet Flats

HOWEVER, I absolutely think that these shoes are worth the money if you work in a professional setting and are in the market for nice shoes. They are comfortable and durable enough to withstand the wear and tear of NYC walking (or whatever city you live in), but boast a clean, polished, and professional finish.

For those of you who can wear heels every day, I commend you. For you fellow flat wearers, check out these if you need some new shoes.

TELL ME: YOUR FAVORITE PAIR OF SHOES THAT WITHSTAND A LOT OF WALKING?

Until next time…

#WeRunNYC Update and FAQs!

Hey Hey Hey!

We are so looking forward to seeing friendly faces – new and old – at #WeRunNYC this Saturday, June 1st at 8:30. Bright and early to beat the heat!

Here are the deets in case you forgot.

WHAT: Fun Run (4 mile and 8 mile options)

WHEN: Saturday, June 1st, 8:30 am (trying to beat the heat!)

WHERE: Greatist HQ – 18 W 27th Street, 8th floor

FREE TICKETS: GET THEM HERE!

SPONSORS: @oiselle@pickybars@nuunhydration

HOSTS: @greatist

RUN EXPERT: Josh of Gotham City Runners

HASHTAG: #weRUNnyc <– because if it didn’t happen on instagram or twitter, then it didn’t really happen, right?

Here are a few updates and FAQs on the run, prizes, AND a special online raffle so those who aren’t in NYC can participate (tear, we wish you could be here!).

1. BAG CHECK: Yes! You can leave your bags in the designated bag check room at Greatist HQ. One of the Greatist employees will be staying behind so your stuff will be a-ok while you run.

2. OISELLE CLOTHES TO TRY ON: Jocelyn and I are going to bring some of our Oiselle clothes for people to try on for sizing purposes as I know many people often have questions on the sizing. Boom! Here’s your chance to try on. Don’t worry, all clothes will be clean! 🙂

3. PRIZES: Oh yeah. Get excited. This is the real reason you’re going to want to come.

NUUN: New Flavor Mixed 4 Pack AND a water bottle, similar to the ones Kara Goucher used in Boston

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PICKY BARS: 10-bar pack and wrist band

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I know you remember this guy…

 OISELLE: 1 women’s 50/50 “Fly” tee

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2 men’s 50/50 “London Calling” tees

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1 pair of women’s Game Day shorts in poppy

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3 pack of Rundies

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GREATIST: Trigger Point The Grid Foam Roller 

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Greatist T-shirts

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And, the piece de resistance…drumroll please…

AN ELITE OISELLE SINGLET SIGNED BY LAUREN FLESHMAN!

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Because we believe this last one is so special and because we love Every Mother Counts, we’re making this one both an online and in person raffle for charity. The other prizes are in person raffle only and the run and are free.

Enter to win an elite Oiselle singlet signed by pro runner and Oiselle business partner, Lauren Fleshman! Lauren is a 5x NCAA champ, 15x All-American, and 2x US 5K Champ! Online entries can be done at our crowdrise page:

——> http://www.crowdrise.com/teamemc/fundraiser/werunnyc <——

ONLINE ENTRIES: $2 for 1 raffle ticket
IN PERSON ENTRIES: $1 for 1 raffle ticket, cash only at #WeRunNYC on 6/1/13
WHAT YOUR DONATION SUPPORTS:
Every Mother Counts (EMC) is an advocacy and mobilization campaign founded by Christy Turlington Burns that seeks to increase education and support for maternal mortality reduction globally. More simply stated, EMC helps to make pregnancy and childbirth safe for all mothers.
$3 (just a few raffle tickets!) can ensure a pregnant woman can get a ride to a clinic when she goes into labor.
$500 can provide 50 women with safe motherhood kits with basic supplies for delivery and postnatal care.
$3600 can train a midwife in Haiti who will, on average, attend to at least 100 births over the course of her career.
Raffle winner will be drawn on June 2nd and announced on Monday, June 3rd.
Didn’t win?! You can be stylish and philanthropic by purchasing Oiselle’s exclusive collection for Every Mother Counts! Forty percent of all purchases go directly to EMC. I kid you not, that EMC sweatshirt is one of the softest sweatshirts I’ve ever owned.
Find out more about EMC here: http://www.everymothercounts.org/
 
Find out more about Oiselle for EMC here: http://www.oiselle.com/shop/the-collective/every-mother-counts
 
Find out more about Lauren here: asklaurenfleshman.com
TELL ME: WHO’S COMING? WHAT DO YOU WANT TO WIN? DONATING? FAVE NUUN FLAVOR? FAVE PICKY BAR FLAVOR? FAVE OISELLE PIECE? FAVE CHARITY?
See you Saturday!
Until next time…