Land of the Lobster Roll

This weekend I went to Cape Cod with some of my Birthright friends aka the land of lobster rolls

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I don’t even like lobster but I felt like I had to get a lobster roll in Cape Cod. It was delicious.

I know for sure I’m a city girl at heart, it’s something I’ve known since I was little, but it’s always nice to get away from the hustle and bustle of NYC for some peace and quiet. Even though I grew up in the suburbs, my jaw still dropped when we arrived and I looked up to see a sky full of stars– and even spotted a few shooting stars.

Besides star gazing and eating lobster, we spent the weekend hanging at the beach, eating more delicious food (Mac Shack is a must go to– their sushi is incredible!), making s’mores by the water and simply relaxing. Couldn’t ask for a better weekend mini vacation.

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On the fitness front things haven’t been too too exciting for me. I’ve been trying to workout in the morning before work as much as possible– but the down side of that is I usually wake up super sleepy no matter what time I went to bed (okay okay, it’s usually around midnight no matter how early I’m waking up, but still). I’m trying to find my happy medium for how many early morning workouts are realistic in a week without becoming an incredibly cranky person in the process.

I also have a half marathon quickly approaching that I should probably start training for… like, last week. Running is still not my “go to” exercise of choice, and I’m finding it more and more difficult to motivate myself to lace up those running shoes and hit the pavement for a few miles.  I’m giving myself this week as my last “working out for funnies!” week… and then next week starts half marathon training seriousness.

Here’s the workout agenda for this week:

Monday: Mindbody Bootcamp @ Circuit of Change + 2 hour trapeze class
Tuesday: BariHybrid @ Bari Studio
Wednesday: Strength @ Uplift Studios
Thursday: Open @ ISHTA Yoga
Friday: Strength @ Uplift Studios
Saturday: Metabolic Burn @ Body Space Fitness
Sunday: Fly45 @ Flywheel

The thing I’ve learned about planning out my workouts in advanced and signing up for class is that things are always super subject to change depending on how I’m feeling. Usually I have an official rest day in the mix (don’t get me started on how important rest days are!), so I’ll see how I’m feeling later in the week and will gauge things from there for the weekend.

Oh and last but not least, the boy and I will be celebrating 3 years of dating tomorrow.

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I have to say a huge thank you to Jeremy for putting up with all my crazy over the past 3 years. And thank you for eating Indian food with me every Friday for the past 3 years :)

7-Day Positivity Challenge

Last weekend Evann tagged me in the 7-Day Positivity Challenge on her blog. Simply, for one week you share three positive things   of any sort that happened that day. Like Evann I decided to keep track throughout the week and compile them all here. I’m not going to tag anyone, however if you happen to see this feel free to play along. In actuality this was kind of the perfect week to think about positivity because it ended up being a beast of a week at work. Despite the crazy days it was a nice reminder that every day there were plenty of positive moments to think about

Sunday

  • slept through my morning workout alarm (oops) but had the most glorious night of sleep ever. Something about my teeny tiny childhood bed in westchester gives me the best nights sleep.
  • got lunch with my grandma and then went over to her house to show her pictures from Israel. I will talk about my Israel trip to anyone that will listen.
  • My first birch box arrived!

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Monday

  • Tried SurfSET out for the first time and didn’t fall flat on my face. I did wobble like cray cray though.

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  • Had the most lovely walk to work from Chelsea Piers
  • saw the final off-broadway perfect of Heathers the Musical with my friend from high school and her boyfriend. Loved loved loved the show

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Tuesday

  • Got my butt kicked by Daury and Julia from the Fhitting Room. Even though the class was mainly body weight based, it was tougher than it sounds.
  • Saw Rocky in Broadway which made me want to take a boxing class ASAP

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  • I was literally too excited about going to trapeze on Wednesday that I couldn’t fall asleep.

Wednesday

  • Started off my day taking Strength at Uplift. Always the BEST way to start my day.
  • Took my first trapeze class in over a month! Two of my flying friends happen to be there too so that was a pleasant surprise.
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    And I had a nice clean layout catch at the end of class.

  • Walked back home through the West Village with my trapeze friend.

Thursday

  • Interviewed Josh Holland from The Movement for work. He’s got to be one of the coolest guys ever. Go take his class!
  • Had lunch with one of my birthright friends, Persia, who’s here from LA. Had a great time reminiscing about our trip over Sweetgreen salads

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  • Saw Violet on broadway one last time before it closes this weekend. I absolutely love this show.

Friday

  • Had a goofy morning in the office doing a “photoshoot” for an upcoming blog post. Have I mentioned I love my job lately?

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  • Found out my good friend and surrogate big sister Samantha (I was a bridesmaid in her wedding two years ago!) had a beautiful baby girl! I am so happy for her and her husband Josh and can’t wait to meet the little nugget and spoil her.
  • Enjoyed a relaxing Friday after a crazy work week. Felt super nice to take a deep breath and veg out on the couch with Say Yes to the Dress

Saturday

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  • Relaxed for a bit on my roof deck with a  book and some sunshine
  • Had a mini birthright reunion with all the people in the New York area. Was so great to see everyone again!

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Hope you all had a lovely week / weekend as well :)

My Sort of Duathlon at Summer Streets

Cliche comment alert: Guyssss how is it already August? And not even the first week of August anymore. I guess when you spend two weeks traveling the middle east it makes the rest of the summer fly-by. I don’t wanna say goodbye to warm weather and the quietness that is NYC in the summer.

Today marked weekend #2 of Summer Streets! Summer Streets is when all of Park Avenue/ 4th Avenue / Lafayette (all the same street technically) is closed off to cars. Basically the avenue becomes a pedestrian, runner and cycler heaven. Last year I even took a spin class on Astor Place courtesy of Revolve as a part of Summer Streets. It was definitely one of the highlights of last summer.

I wasn’t in the city last weekend and unfortunately will be away next weekend as well, so I knew I had to get out there and take advantage of the beautiful weather.

First up: a run.

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I’m pretty sure the last time I laced up my running shoes was the Oakley Women’s 10K 2 months ago. It’s been a while to say the least. I knew my running wasn’t going to be pretty or easy for that matter, but I also knew the weather was too perfect to not take advantage of Summer Streets with a run.

Oddly enough, my body was like “LET’S RUN!” the second I hit 4th Avenue. My desire to run didn’t last all that long, nor did my stamina, yet it was still nice to run on the not too crowded streets and not have to worry about cars and traffic.

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There was definitely a smile on my face as I looked around at everyone running, cycling or walking. Everyone just seemed so happy to be other this on a beautiful Saturday in the city.

Since I wasn’t taking my run all that seriously, I also checked out the sound installation in the Park Avenue tunnel

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How often do you get to walk casually through the Park Avenue tunnel? Answer: never.

I made it up to about 40th Street (I started around 10th Street) and eventually got a text from my parents saying they were awake and getting ready, so I turned around and started heading back downtown. Our plan was to rent a Citibike for the first time ever and take advantage of the empty street on the bikes.

But first I had a peach green tea lemonade from Starbucks, because I’m addicted to them and the thought of having my usual favorite hot drink wasn’t cutting it today.

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Back downtown I met up with my parents for:

Part two: the bike ride!

The thought of bike riding in NYC scares the bejesus out of me. More power to you if you feel comfortable cycling around this city, but it really does terrify me thanks to cars doing scary things. I’ll stick to traveling around by foot and subway for now. The thing is I really love bike riding so I was super excited to finally get to ride in the city.

If you haven’t heard of Citibikes it’s a pretty cool idea– it’s a bike sharing program in NYC where you can rent a bike up to 30 minutes before you have to return it and grab a new one. The intention is to provide people with additional transportation options in the city. In my neighborhood there’s got to be at least a dozen Citibike stations where you can rent a bike. It’s been on my “to-do” list since the program was first started but the process always overwhelmed me.

My parents and I struggled at bit at first to rent the bikes– first my dad’s credit card wasn’t accepted, then it worked for him, then it didn’t work for my credit card and the guy behind me yelled at me (thanks buddy!). Eventually we got 3 Citibikes and were ready to ride!

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Shoutout to my parents that haven’t ridden a bike in forever (I’d guess the last time they rode a bike was before I was born…) It’s true when they say “it’s like riding a bike”.  All three of us loved riding around on the empty streets. If you’re planning on hitting up Summer Streets next weekend I would recommend going on the earlier side since the streets were definitely a bit more crowded at noon compared to when I had been out running earlier.

Summer Streets, you are officially one of my favorite things about summer in Manhattan.

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Successful Saturday Duathlon! My parents and I joked should have hopped in the pool at their building afterwards to make it a triathlon. Next time :)

Yoga with Tara Stiles @ The Reebok Fithub Union Square

 The following post is sponsored by FitFluential LLC on behalf of Reebok.

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I was ridiculously excited when I heard Reebok was opening a FitHub in Union Square aka 3 blocks away from my apartment. True story: the store actually opened while I was away. After getting home from the airport I headed out to grab a smoothie and saw the new store was open. I promptly went in and bought a pair a leggings that I’ve been dying to purchase since I saw a sneak peak of them at the Reebok HQ last fall.

I jumped on the opportunity to take a class at the brand new FitHub with the brilliant Tara Stiles of Strala Yoga. Reebok also was kind enough to send me an outfit to wear to the event

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This outfit is the epitomes of comfy. The bra actually matches the new leggings I just purchased (I’m so so so obsessed with this glitch pattern). The pants and tank top are ridiculously soft. The pants are a bit long on me (I’m only 5’2″) but the ankle fits tight enough that I didn’t have any issue during the yoga class. Note about fit: You might want to buy a size smaller than you usually do as this outfit fits a bit loose. I probably could have gone a size smaller than I did. I was also sent this awesome hoodie that I can’t wait to wear once it gets colder out.

I’ve never taken a class at Strala or with Tara Stiles, but had already heard lots about how amazing she is– and I was not disappointed. First, she’s got to be one of the nicest, friendliest people I’ve ever met. Seriously. This particular class was called “Relax” which was perfect on a Friday night at the end of a rather long work week. I don’t do yoga nearly as often as I should (I’m working on it I swear!) and this classes reminded me of how much I actually love yoga. It just felt so good to slow down, take a deep breath, and stretch out my tight and sore body.

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from the Union Square Fithub instagram. Can you spot me in lime green :) .

Tara is definitely not your typical yoga instructor, for one she has this awesome signature laugh she lets out throughout class and knows how to keep things lighthearted and fun. Often times during yoga classes I get really discouraged since I can’t do certain poses either because I don’t have the flexibility or I’m not experienced enough. She constantly invited us to take our own variation of poses and I really liked that approach. Afterwards I got to chat with her  and it just confirmed that she’s the nicest human being, ever.

I really love how Reebok’s Union Square FitHub makes great fitness classes more accessible with lots and lots of free classes throughout the week from CrossFit to run clubs. Reebok also has free classes at their other nearby FitHubs in Westchester, Garden State, the Upper East Side and 5th Avenue.

The actual store itself is big, spacious and incredibly well organized by “sport”. I’m a fan of the big wall of leggings that makes it easier to find the type of pants you’re looking for:

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One cool feature I’ve never seen anywhere else is the ability to customize your gear for free on the spot with LocalInk.

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You choose a color, a design and what article of clothing you want it on and the print is done right then and there.

Welcome to the neighborhood, Reebok. I’m looking forward to taking more classes (Les Mills anyone?) at the FitHub in the near future!