The Blizzard That Wasn’t, #LiveFreeRange, & A Movie for Runners

You may have heard that NYC was supposed to get hit with 30 inches of snow the other day. I was excited for it, I had off from work (I work at a school), and I love snow! But when waking up in the morning it was clear that, for NYC anyway, this was the overhyped blizzard that never was. Yes, we got some snow but only about 6-7 inches or so. Oh well, just have to wait for the next snowfall and cross my fingers on that one!

Murphy playing in the snow! He liked it a lot.

Murphy playing in the snow! He liked it a lot.

Despite the snow let-down, since I was off from work I got in a nice workout at the gym. I have lately been a baby about running outside and have been doing more indoor and treadmill workouts, so I did 3 miles on the treadmill and some lifting that day. I’m trying to do a good amount of strength training because 1) its good for you and 2) I’ve discovered that I really, really like it. Especially back and leg exercises, they are the most fun! Squats and Olympic bar workouts galore!

But to clarify, I still love outdoor winter running and will go back out once I can safely run longer distances (due to shin pain) and there’s less ice on the sidewalks. Run, run run!

I also got some fun surprises in the mail this week, too. First, NYRR sent out the official results magazine from the 2014 TCS NYC Marathon! I was so happy to get this in the mail and get to re-live when I ran my first 26.2 this past November. I love reading the recaps about the elites and about my favorite runner Meb. They also listed all the finishers names and I’m in there! Its really a nice feature and a cool way to remember an amazing day.

Murphy wanted to read the magazine too!

Murphy wanted to read the magazine too!

I also got a nice surprise in the mail from the awesome people at Reebok. They sent me a DM on twitter the other day and offered to send me a surprise gift. Well, it arrived and it was awesome! To promote their new #LiveFreeRange campaign, they took my New Years Resolution tweet and made it into a personalized shirt for me. And they sent it in the coolest packaging ever–the shirt was sent in an egg carton with feathers around it as if it came from a chicken coop. Such a cool way to share the love and really amazing packaging. The #LiveFreeRange encourages you to take a new approach to fitness and promotes a healthy life.

As per their website: “At Reebok, we believe in breaking free from monotonous, unmotivating fitness routines and taking on a more inspiring approach to lifelong health and fitness. That’s why we promote a new type of physical activity—one that doesn’t shackle us to machines. The fitness we champion is a lifestyle that goes far beyond physical benefits and has the power to affect all facets of our lives for the better.”

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#LiveFreeRange with Reebok

In other news, Karl and I have been adopting a more low-carb lifestyle so we’ve been using cauliflower in a lot of our cooking. The other day I made cauliflower pizza with sausage! It was delicious and a nice alternative to pizza crust.

Cauliflower pizza was so delicious

Cauliflower pizza was so delicious

Another random but important thing to mention is that, in case you haven’t heard, they are making a Born to Run movie with Matthew McConaughey as the main character! I loved this book SO much and I am excited to get to watch it on the big screen with one of my favorite actors. I can see him killing this role!

A quote from the book Born to Run

A quote from the book Born to Run

And just to end this post, here’s another photo of Murphy for your daily dose of puppy.

Murphy with his new toy.

Murphy with his new toy.

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Have you made any new recipes lately?
Do you workout indoors during the winter?

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Mixing it Up, SIX:02 #DontSweatYourPants, and Meet Murphy!

So I’ve been super busy this past week or so, for a really exciting and important reason that I’ll tell you about at the end of this post. But firstly, I’ve been keeping very diligent with my workouts and crosstraining/strength training like crazy! And to be honest I’ve never felt better. I love running more than anything, don’t get me wrong, but its good to be a well-rounded athlete and challenge your body in multiple different ways. Also, since I had some shin pain I reduced my running and am slowly just now building it back up. I ran a few pain-free miles the other day on the treadmill so things are looking good!

Crosstraining for the win.

Crosstraining for the win.

Workouts have been alternating between running and strength training or bike/elliptical and strength training, and I’m rotating which part of the body I’m strengthening each time. I especially love leg day, its the most fun exercises and squats just feel so good! But making sure the whole body is addressed at one point during the week is super important. I also recommend fun outdoor activities as workouts too. In the winter that means, for me, skiing! Its one of my favorite workouts since its fun and exciting but also an amazing leg and core workout, which I always need. Plus its a nice way to get outside in the winter and enjoy it!

Hitting the slopes.

Hitting the slopes.

Such a pretty view!

Such a pretty view!

And with your winter workouts you need to be properly outfitted or you’re likely to freeze your butt off! If you’re needing a new pair of pants, consider this awesome #DontSweatYourPants program going on with SIX:02. You can bring a pair of your gently used workout pants into a SIX:02 store and get $10 towards a pair of awesome Under Armour pants of your choosing! Plus, they donate your old pants to Goodwill.  So not only do you get a discount on some new pants but you get to take part in a good cause, too. Sort of a win-win!

I love all the fun stuff SIX:02 does, and this is just another cool part of an amazing company. If you remember, I worked with them in the past as one of their athlete ambassadors and I just love to continue to sing their praises. If you are a female and an athlete, check them out for all your fitness needs as your one stop shop! And they also host fun events at their local stores and hosting a 6K run last year too!

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So now for the reason why I’ve been so super busy lately. Well, my sleep and my life have been consumed with the cutest most energetic thing I’ve ever met. Meet my new puppy Murphy!

Murphy the cockapoo

Murphy the cockapoo: “Hi everyone, its nice to meet you!”

Murphy the cockapoo

Murphy the cockapoo

Murphy is a cockapoo puppy who came to live with us last week! He is currently 9 weeks old and learning all about his new home. He is also very smart and is catching on quick with some of his commands (sit, come, down, stay). He has a TON of energy and is currently potty training. Murphy loves to chew on his bones, and his mom’s pants, chase his squeaky toy Ewok, and give kisses. There will be plenty more Murphy pictures on my Instagram and on here. Watch him grow up! And any suggestions for fun dog toys or treats are welcome. I’m a first-time puppy mamma!

Murphy the cockapoo

Murphy the cockapoo: “Don’t you come near this bone.”

"Hey mom, can you please give me attention?"

“Hey mom, can you please stop taking pictures and give me attention?”

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What are your favorite workouts? How do you crosstrain?
Any tips for having a new puppy? Treats yours like? Toys that are good? 

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Holiday Festivities & Its a Brand New Year!

I was so busy enjoying the holiday’s to post anything, so I know this post is delayed but here goes. The holidays were great this year, filled with lots of family, friends, and some delicious food. My brother came up from his Army base in the south to stay for about 5 days my sisters were also around.. it was so amazing having everyone back together again just like when we were kids. Its rare all four kids are together, so I spent lots of priceless time with them all. It was also Karl and I’s first Christmas as a newly engaged couple (we were engaged in May!) so it made this year extra special.

Karl and I hosted his family at our apartment on Christmas Eve. I love hosting dinner and parties, so I was really excited about getting to do it for the holidays. The apartment was decorated, we cooked leg of lamb and I made homemade tiramisu. There was a screening of Frozen and opening of some amazing gifts, but overall spending time with family was the best part of it all.

Watching Frozen!

Watching Frozen!

Karl got me some amazing gifts that were very thoughtful and sweet. One of my favorite gifts was a marathon plaque.. Karl memorialized my first full marathon, the 2014 NYC Marathon with a photo, my race bib, race medal, and my finishing time on a beautiful MarathonFoto plaque! I am thankful to have a thoughtful fiance.

Marathon Plaque

Marathon Plaque

Another awesome gift was something I wanted forever.. a Soda Stream! I recently kicked my 25 year Diet Coke addiction by replacing it was seltzer but I was asking Karl to get me a bottle of seltzer every day on his way home from work. I think he secretly got sick of me asking so he got me my very own Seltzer maker which I use EVERY single day.

I love my Soda Stream!

I love my Soda Stream!

Christmas day Karl and I went to Staten Island to visit my family which was amazing. I love Christmastime at my parents house because it reminds me of the holidays just by being there. My sisters and I had a great time hanging out, baking, and acting like children as we always do. There were so many delicious desserts it was impossible to eat clean. But during the holidays I have no guilt about these things; I always indulge and enjoy Christmas cookies, cakes, and cupcakes (I made the cupcakes!) because its once a year. I did keep up my workouts though to supplement all my eating :) I mean could you resist this dessert spread..

Desserts for Christmas

Desserts for Christmas

I made these! Gingerbread cupcakes with cinnamon brown sugar frosting, and a speculoos cookie. Yumm.

I made these! Gingerbread cupcakes with cinnamon brown sugar frosting, and a speculoos cookie. Yumm.

I promise I kept up my workouts!

I promise I kept up my workouts! With the sisters.

I was back and forth between Staten Island and Brooklyn for most of the Christmas break. My brother came up after Christmas and my older sister was also back and forth. We did have some awesome days just hanging out as a family and that was my favorite part of the holidays. For New Years Eve we went to my uncles house as a family and enjoyed a low key celebration, which I absolutely loved. It was a nice to not stress out about it, since New Year’s in NYC can often be incredibly stressful. We just hung out, played Heads Up, made stupid videos, and enjoyed our time together.

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year!

After New Year’s my family dispersed and we all headed back home. Except Karl and I who headed upstate NY to spend the weekend skiing with friends. It was nice to get back into skiing and get in some fun exercise too. It was a really nice weekend on the mountain, because they got lots of fresh snow over the previous week and it even snowed on the Saturday when we were skiing. It was so beautiful and the conditions were perfect. Winter is so awesome when you do winter sports :) Its pretty darn good crosstraining, too. Leg day all day!

Karl and I in the middle of the snow.

Karl and I in the middle of the snow.

Ski time!

Ski time!

With our friends.

With our friends.

So now its back to work and to reality, but I tried to make the most of my time off and think I did just that! This weekend is going to be another ski trip and next week I’ll have super exciting news to share, but won’t share it until it actually happens. Stay tuned on that!

I hope you and your family had an amazing holiday season like I did!

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