Running “Naked” & Running into Spring

Today I ran naked. No, I wasn’t in my birthday suit but I did leave my GPS and distance tracker at home. This is a rarity for me since I’m one of those people addicted to knowing their distance and pace for every run. But today I decided to let go a bit, so I got dressed and headed out the door without anything. I’ll admit, out of habit I reached down to my wrist to press my GPS watch on, but alas there was no watch to be found! I don’t know how far I ran today and thats okay–I had FUN! Just get out there and remind yourself why you love to run in its purest form. Before GPS watches people just ran, and its so nice to go back to that once in a while.

Reminiscing about the NYC Marathon on today's run. #TeamAsics

Reminiscing about the NYC Marathon on today’s run. #TeamAsics

As runners, most of us are consumed with our performance and every detail of our run: splits, speed, pace, distance, heart rate. But in that mess of numbers its so easy to forget that what we are really doing is putting one foot in front of the other and letting ourselves be free. For me, running is a time to let everything go and clear my mind. But sometimes its easy to be distracted by the numbers and never allow ourselves to fully detach. So please–run “naked” every now and then and just enjoy the wind at your back, sun in your face, and the way running makes you feel.

I’ve also been doing some treadmill runs this winter because of those -17 degree days. I like winter running but when we get into the negatives thats even too much for me. So the treadmill has been a lifesaver this winter, although I don’t really love it at all! Can’t wait till I can bring all my runs back outside.

 

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Treadmill run

Yesterday's snowfall

Yesterday’s snowfall

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Since I was on a runner’s high from my naked run, I was inspired to sign up for some spring races. I’ve been meaning to do this but haven’t remembered to do it. I am planning to do the NYRR 9+1 program again for guaranteed entry into the 2016 NYC Marathon, so I need to get in my races for the year. And running in April and May is my absolute favorite!

So far I’ve signed up for three races: Scotland Run 10K, Run As One 4 mile, and the Brooklyn Half Marathon. I haven’t decided if I’ll sign up for more but I feel like this is a good start, and a nice dent in the 9+1. I’m really looking forward to spring running after this cold and snowy winter.. I’m counting down the days until the Scotland Run!!

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In random news, Karl and I made some delicious 75 day dry-aged steaks for Valentine’s Day from our local Brooklyn butcher. They were super thick and so delicious–we have the best butcher ever! And of course a bottle of wine to top off the night. It was a really nice and low key Valentine’s Day for us.

75 day dry aged steaks

75 day dry aged steaks

Other random things:

-I was off this week for President’s Week. A week off was glorious!
-I saw ‘The Imitation Game‘ and I love Benedict Cumberbatch even more than I did before. Amazing movie.
-Murphy met all his grandparents this week (my parents and Karl’s parents)!
-I made Murphy homemade dog biscuits today and he loved them! Only 4 ingredients–super healthy!
-Had the most delicious macaroon yesterday from Laduree. Yum!
-I am having a very hard time finishing the fourth Game of Thrones book. Its not my favorite, you could say.
-I’m ready for spring.

And just because it wouldn’t be a post without it, here’s some random Murphy (my Cockapoo puppy) photos for your enjoyment:

Murphy lays funny sometimes :)

Murphy lays funny sometimes :)

Sitting like a human!

Sitting like a human!

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Do you have an upcoming races?
Do you like winter running? How do you handle really cold days?

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Reunited with the Asics Team at Asics Meatpacking + A Winter Run

When I ran the 2014 TCS NYC Marathon this past November with Team Asics, it was one of the best experiences of my life. Not only did I run my first 26.2, but I was sponsored by an amazing running brand and met some of the most awesome runners and bloggers. Team Asics made this an event to remember for all runners, since they are one of the marathon’s biggest sponsors, but especially for me. And the fun keep continuing with all the awesome people on Team Asics, who have all become such good friends.

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Last week, some of the people from Asics were in NYC and organized a run and meet up with a few of us NYC-based members of the team. I was really looking forward to this meet up for some time now because 1. I just love Asics events and 2. I really was missing my Team Asics friends! We met up at the Asics Meatpacking store on the West Side and laced up our running shoes. Its cold in NYC but luckily that night it wasn’t too cold, just nice enough for an outdoor run.

Team Asics at Asics Meatpacking, NYC

Team Asics at Asics Meatpacking, NYC

We ran across to the West Side Highway and along the greenway path downtown until we turned around halfway and headed back up to the store– for a total of about 4 miles. I honestly haven’t been doing all that much outdoor running this winter, but this was an amazing run and re-energized me! It was so much more fun to run with running buddies because the time just flies by, especially when its cold it distracts you from being cold. Plus we had some great conversation about running marathons, training, and some fun things Asics has happening in 2015! Stay tuned for more on that, theres some exciting things happening.

After our run we headed back to the Asics Meatpacking store for a little shopping and to explore all the fun colors and styles Asics has in their current collection. Even in the winter a runners wardrobe should be bright and fun, and Asics delivers in all those areas. Here are two of the items I love from my shopping spree (we were told to “pick an outfit”…. don’t mind if I do. Every runner girls dream!):

Asics Speed GT-X Jacket

Asics Speed GT-X Jacket

Asics Speed GT-X Jacket

Asics Abby Cuff Capri

Asics Abby Cuff Capri

Asics Abby Cuff Capri

Inside the Asics Meatpacking Store

Inside the Asics Meatpacking Store

Inside the Asics Meatpacking Store

Inside the Asics Meatpacking Store

I love the waistband of the cuff capri, its helps keep the pants secure on my waist but are super comfortable too. I got some black pieces because I already have so much colorful pieces, but there were so many colors and florals to choose from.

After shopping we headed out to eat and for a few drinks. We talked, laughed, and played catch up while drinking some Dark and Stormy’s (my favorite!). Since it was a group of bloggers, we all of course tweeted and posted to Instagram throughout the night. Can’t keep us off our phones!

I am so happy to be part of Team Asics and have met such a wonderful group of people! As for me, I’m going to lace up my Asics Gel Pursue’s tomorrow and run it out :)

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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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