J: Safety in Ignorance

This post was inspired by the novel J by Howard Jacobson, about a world where collective memory has vanished and the past is a dangerous country, not to be talked about or visited. Join From Left to Write on November 20th as we discuss J. As a member, I received a copy of the book for review purposes.

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I’ll be honest, it has been a crazy month. I didn’t even attempt to read the first book club selection this month, so I figured I’d have plenty of time to read the second selection, J. Wrong, the book arrived late, life has been crazy, etc… I am about halfway through and hopefully will finish by Thanksgiving!

I love a good dystopian novel, and I think a lot of the ones I’ve read have a common theme. There is Safety in Ignorance. I can’t say that I disagree with this phrase. Now I am not saying not knowing our world history is smart, I think that it is essential to know our world history so that we don’t make the same mistakes again. However, I do think not knowing the what-if’s about certain situations makes me more rational.

When I was pregnant with B it was excitement (and nausea) ALL THE TIME. I think you are always nervous about pregnancy because you can’t control it, but for the most part I was excited. I shopped way earlier than I should have, every appointment brought excitement.

With my second pregnancy, I had no reason to not feel the same way. Obviously, that didn’t end the same way, and I felt let down by my body.

I know that when another pregnancy blesses me that I will be a nervous wreck, counting the days until I get past the 8 week mark, then again until the 12 week mark. Honestly, after having frank discussions with women who have been through the same thing, I won’t be able to breathe easy until I have a living and breathing healthy baby outside of my body.

It’s not a way I would ever choose to carry a pregnancy, but I know that I will only be able to ever think about the what-ifs and worst case scenarios. I know it is not healthy to be stressed and anxious, but until you’ve been through it, I think there is no other way to feel.

Do you ever think that there is safety in ignorance?

What I’ve Learned in 100 Classes at Pure Barre

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I finally joined the 100 club, as well as finished the Fit for Fall Challenge. Neither were easy but I felt SO accomplished after completing both. I am thankful that I go to a Pure Barre where the team is amazing, I would’ve never stuck with it this long if it wasn’t that great!

Tell your instructor what’s going on!

Taking a new medication, tweaked your knee running the day before, etc… Tell your instructor, they will give you modifications or keep an eye on you. From my personal experience, I can’t reach the barre while doing abs without locking out my elbow, so I was given a modification that allows me to do the ab work without hurting my body.

The smaller the movement the better the workout!

This took me at least a good 6 weeks of consistency to feel like I had a handle on it. 99% of the moves are very small, and the muscle should start shaking if you are doing it correctly. If you are having trouble, again talk to an instructor. From my experience the instructors will tell you where you should be feeling the movement!

The community is amazing!

I don’t know if I am just very lucky, but the community at my local Pure Barre is extremely friendly. Not just the instructors, but the other participants, I’ve been to plenty of boutique studios (other Pure Barres and other studios) and for the most part they all have a feeling of cliqueness to them. At first I thought maybe I was oblivious to it because I was a regular, but I’ve asked others that I brought for a class or two, and they’ve said the same thing.

It’s always more fun to LTB with a friend!

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I may have taken Jane to her first Pure Barre Lynnfield class, and now she is hooked, and well on her way to her own 100 club!

You don’t have to be a Lululemon fan girl or stick thin to go!

I won’t lie, I have always been intimidated by barre classes because of those two things. I won’t lie, I invest in workout clothes that will last a long time, but my entire wardrobe is definitely NOT Lululemon, you also don’t have to be stick thin. Every single class I have been to has had women of all ages and sizes, this is not a workout for everyone.

Don’t compete with the girl next to you!

That girl could be going to classes for years or days. She may used to dance professionally, or have just had a baby. You never know anyones story and you shouldn’t focus on what anyone else in class is (or isn’t) doing. I know that it is incredibly hard to not look at the person next or across from you and see how they are doing better than you, but you have to remember that this workout is for you, just like anything else.

Take a Breaking Down the Barre Class!

I can not encourage this enough, it isn’t a real class, but it takes you through every single part of class and in a slow-motion type of way they show you how to position your body and how to get the movement and form correctly. Take this when you are a newbie, and again when you’ve been there awhile. Everyone can use a refresher.

Use sticky socks!

They don’t have to be the Pure Barre ones, but sticky socks are better than regular socks, trust me. Oh, and when you get to 100, you get special socks!

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Be respectful of others!

Every studio has their own rules, but I find it extremely distracting when someone comes into class 15 minutes late and plops their stuff down on top of mine and crowds in on my space. I get it we all have those days, but call the studio and tell them you will be late. With that said, also don’t get up before the cool down is over and rush to get a cleaning wipe and put your equipment away, its distracting from those who are still doing their workout.

Do it because you love it, not because someone else does!

I’ve read a handful of blog posts lately about how strength training is the best workout for you, and I won’t say I hate strength training, it’s just not where I need to be right now. My problem is that these blogs also complain that barre workouts aren’t real workouts. Everyone is entitled to their own opinion, but I love that we all have different interests and loves. If we all did the same thing wouldn’t that be boring? If you love it, do it. If you hate it, don’t.

I love Pure Barre, I love the challenges, the way they treat their customers. I do however wish there were a few additional things. Facebook support groups for challenge participants, and to add to that, it would be great if there was a nutrition component to the challenges!

Have you taken a Pure Barre class? What are your thoughts?

The 13th Gift: Surviving Loss

This post was inspired by The 13th Gift by Joanne Huist Smith, memoir about how  random acts of kindness transformed her family’s bereavement and grief during the holidays. Join From Left to Write on October 28th as we discuss The 13th Gift. As a member, I received a copy of the book for review purposes.

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I knew when I signed up to review this book that it might be a bit hard for me to read, I think the one thing that allowed me to actually sign up was the fact that it is based on a true story, I knew there wouldn’t be some unrealistic story line or fairytale ending. That being said, this is hands down one of the best books I have read via my relationship with From Left to Write. If you are feeling a little down with the holiday season approaching, please read this!

In case you are new to the blog, From Left to Write bloggers don’t write traditional reviews, we take a piece of the book we are inspired by and write a post from that theme.

Grief is something that I unfortunately have a decent amount of experience with. My maternal grandfather passed away shortly after the new year when I was very young, and a few months after that, right around Easter, my maternal grandmother also passed. They lived in California and I was in Vermont so while I have some really great memories, I didn’t have a close relationship due to distance.

This past holiday season was incredibly hard for me, it’s no secret that I had a miscarriage last September, but while everyone was getting excited for everything holiday related, I was finding it hard to get off the couch and put up any decorations. I wandered aimlessly through the stores. I bought B any toy he pointed out that he wanted (always a bad idea). My MIL ended up coming and helping with the tree and the decorating, and I didn’t want B to ever have any memories where Christmas didn’t have this magical spirit about it.

IMG_3783I decided I needed to pull myself out of it, I needed to surround myself with loved ones and to make these wonderful memories with my family. While B wouldn’t be getting a sibling, he would be getting involved in these traditions that he could one day help me show to a sibling.

The first was participating in the Food Blogger Cookie Swap (only a few days left to sign up this year). B helped me with the baking, and both he and Nick helped with the taste-testing.

The second was creating trays of cookies for our neighbors. This is something that my neighborhood used to do every holiday season and my sister and I loved it. I knew when I was an adult I wanted to continue this tradition, so I did. Baking makes me happy, delivering delicious treats was my way of passing along that feeling!

The last thing I did was host a cookie swap at my house for my girlfriends (and their kids if they have them). This is one of my favorite holiday traditions. I started when B was 5 months old, and I hope to continue for many many years to come.

Although it seems like cookies helped me with my grief, and I will fully admit that I ate entirely to many last holiday season, there was also plenty of time spend with our families and closest friends. Closing myself into my house was not something I should’ve been doing, and I am grateful for the people who made sure I didn’t.

These things didn’t change the fact that I was sad and grieving, but it helped remind me of the important things and people in my life, that they were still here, and while the loss was incredibly hard and sad, there will always be people there for you to pick you up when you are down. Let them pick you up.

What are some of your holiday traditions?

 

Enrique Iglesias and Pitbull Concert Series Sponsored by Cricket Wireless

I participated in Influencer Activation on behalf of Millennial Central for Cricket Wireless. I received a promotional item to thank me for participating.

It’s no secret that Nick and I love spending our date nights going to concerts. In the past two years we’ve been to Keith Urban, Billy Joel, Matt Nathanson, John Mayer, Justin Timberlake, and Jay Z…just to name a few. Each concert experience was a different one, all well done and I had an amazing time, but I really think that going to concerts in the summer is the absolute best, at least in New England! Most outdoor venues have tons of activities, rock climbing, food trucks, basically anything you could think of!

I was pretty excited when I found out the Enrique Iglesias and Pitbull were touring together, but unfortunately I was out-of-town the weekend they were in Boston. Since the tour is being sponsored by Cricket Wireless they are really enhancing the fan experience and by setting up some awesome activations and Cricket Wireless aims to give people something to smile about (#STSA)! Take a look at the activations:

  • Cricket StageA 10X20 stage erected at select tour stops where fans can hop up on stage and give their best “headliner” pose. Participants can share their 360 images on their social channels via “share kiosks” around the stage. Photos will be entered into a sweepstakes where a winner and 3 guests will get a trip to the Miami Latin Grammy Street Party. All participants of “The Stage” activation receive Cricket ear buds.
  • VIP Meet & GreetA backstage VIP area will be set up backstage. Meet&Greet participants will get to meet Pitbull or Enrique and take photos on a Cricket step & repeat.
  • Selfie Station - Mirrors in the ladies room encourage fans to snap selfies and post to their social channels. They can take pictures of all the fun they are having at the concert to share with friends.
  • Ask EnriqueFans can win a trip to the Pitbull and Enrique tour stop in Atlanta, meet Enrique in person and ask him that burning question they have.
  • Hologram Standee BillboardsLocated at high-traffic spots within the activation venues, holograms of Enrique and Pitbull will create completely lifelike images of the musician for concert goes to check out!

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I don’t know about you, but this sounds like an amazing concert and experience to me! Did you get to experience the tour?

Check out more about this concert series and get pumped up on Facebook and Twitter!

 

Stitch Fix #6

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I was pretty excited to get my first Fall Stitch Fix, I specifically requested the same stylist that I have had the past 3 fixes, while I haven’t kept more than one or two pieces, I felt like the style and fit was on point. I also requested fall type clothing. Leggings, tunics, long sweaters. I also keep requesting a colorful statement necklace that has a long chain, and I ALWAYS request low price points. My previous stylists were always able to do this for at least 4 of the pieces, usually just one was in the $100ish range, if that.

I scheduled my fix for Monday, because I had tons of things going on at the tail end of this week and I just didn’t think I would have time or remember to get the return pieces in the mail. Monday at 5 pm came and I realized not only had I not received my Fix, I hadn’t received the normal email that notified me that it had been shipped. I reached out to customer service and was able to resolve that. Annoying, yes. A deal breaker, no.

My fix came, and I pulled out the note, and usually the notes are long. They explain why the stylist picked the pieces for you, did they see it on your pinterest page, did it meet the requirements you requested, etc… This note stated that Jackie could not be my stylist and listed the 5 pieces, that’s it, very curt. I pulled out the price sheet and the lowest price was $34 and that was a necklace, everything else is over the $50 mark, which was a bit frustrating.

Pixley  - Leighton Metal Bauble Necklace – $34

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Finally, this is the style that I have been asking for, but it is all silver, I wear a lot of clothes that are single colors, I want some fun jewelry to jazz up these items. Also, I feel like this is expensive for a necklace. Returned

Collective Concepts – Ronaldo Graphic Print Lace Detail Tunic – $68

COLLECTIVE CONCEPTS Ronaldo Graphic Print Lace Detail TunicWhen I first saw this on the styling card I thought I was going to hate it, but I love the color scheme and the lace detail on the back. Again with my broad shoulders, it fit and buttoned but there was an awkwardness around my shoulders, and that price, yikes. Returned

Market and Spruce – Xander Short Sleeve Woven Back Sweatshirt – $54

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At first I didn’t like this piece, it was like a mullet shirt. Comfy in the front, party in the back. But it was soft, and I think it looks good on me. But I am struggling, I don’t know if I can justify the $54 price tag. HELP! Undecided

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Kut From The Kloth – Danny 5-Pocket Knit Pant – $68

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I am bummed that I got these, and that they were super skinny and low-rise, not exactly super mom friendly. I tried them on, but I felt like a plumber. Returned

Kensie – Adolfo Faux Leather Elbow Patch Sweater – $98

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I knew that even if I liked this sweater I would not be purchasing, it is just way to expensive, it was also pulling a little, not a good sign. I did find it at Macy’s, same price as above, so I am going to keep an eye on it, because it was super comfortable and it is something I’d like to add to my wardrobe, just at a lower price. Returned

I think I will give it one more go until 2015. I am hoping Jackie will style me again, and I really hope that I will receive a box full of items that I love!

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What do you think, should I keep the orange sweater? What has been the best thing you’ve received from Stitch Fix?

Dataclysm: How Do We Choose Our Relationships?

This post was inspired by Dataclysm: Who We Are (When We Think No One’s Looking) by OKCupid co-founder Christian Rudder, where he analyzes online data to find out that people who prefer beer are more likely to have sex on a first date. Join From Left to Write on October 9th as we discuss Dataclysm. As a member, I received a copy of the book for review purposes.

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I will be honest, I haven’t quite finished this book yet, it is pretty fascinating, even for someone who has never used an online dating website. I think one of the themes that stood out is why we choose our partners, and for the sake of this post, and friends?

Do we choose based on looks, first impressions, etc? I think sometimes that we make our decisions based on what we’ve seen during our lifetime. Do you hang out with a group of people who constantly parties? Maybe that is what you are into, but would you naturally make that decision?

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For me, my life growing up wasn’t super structured, there was a lot of uncertainty, and I can see that in the relationships of my former friends and family. I craved the structure, someone who was comfortable with being settled and not having this really fast-paced lifestyle. To me this is not boring, this is real life.

Sure, we do exciting things and have taken fun trips, but I love the fact that Nick and I can sit at home and watch a movie and have fun. My husband is one of the most sensitive and responsible people I know. For a lot of people that translates to boring, but not for me. I grew up in a chaotic lifestyle, and this is exactly the type of life I want to raise my child in.

I also have chosen my friends to be similar, I don’t like having people who are unreliable in my life, if I can help it. It’s taken quite a few of my adult years to cut out the people who aren’t reliable or supportive. This doesn’t mean that my friends have to be in the same situation as me. Some of these friends are single and have yet to had children, and yet I am closer to them than I was with some friends that are married with children. Now, even though the friends circle is a bit smaller, I have a group of friends that I know I can count on 100%, no matter what the situation is.

Did you choose a partner with a childhood similar to yours or completely different? What about friends, do you keep all your old friends around even if your views aren’t the same?

Weekly Updates: 09/22/14 – 10/05/14

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Monday, September 22 – Cross Training. This was the start of my last week of training before the Zooma Cape Cod race.  I ended up taking the morning Pure Barre class, I know, no one is surprised, but man is it harder getting out of bed early, because it is pitch black out when I get up!

Tuesday, September 23 – 30 Minutes. I took an early morning Pure Barre class followed by a quick walk around the neighborhood.

Wednesday, September 24 – Cross Training. I ended up cancelling my barre class at last-minute. Some of the medicine I am currently on is making me feel nauseous (no I am not pregnant) and I just could not get out of bed in the morning.

Thursday, September 25 – 30 minutes. I took a Pure Barre class then did my 30 minutes while B was in school.

Friday, September 26 – Rest. For the most part, I took it easy. I did a little bit of running for Feetures, but other than that it was a very relaxing day!

Saturday, September 27 – ZOOMA 10K. Finished :) !

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Sunday, September 28 – Rest. A much needed rest day. I did enough to get my legs moving and the blood flowing, aka walking around the grocery store and outside, but I was definitely sore so I took it easy.

Monday, September 29 – Pure Barre. – I took an early morning class, and I just took it easy. I told the teacher in advance that I would be taking breaks as needed. The seated ab work was definitely the most difficult for me.

Tuesday, September 30 – Pure Barre. I took a late class, really I wanted to keep my body moving, and also get in my 40 classes for the Fit for Fall Challenge!

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Wednesday, October 1 – Rest. I was supposed to go to barre, but again, I wasn’t feeling good, and I just need to learn to listen to my body, not just my brain.

Thursday, October 2 – Pure Barre. My meds were at full force and I regretted that workout a little bit, not because it was a bad workout, but because I was hot flashing, sore and just all around not feeling 100%.

Friday, October 3 – Pure Barre. After going to bed super early, I hit the morning class, and even though I wasn’t feeling on my A game, I wasn’t feeling as bad as I was the day before. This was class #89 for me. Only 11 classes until I get those 100 classes and sign the bar!

Saturday, October 4 and Sunday, October 5 – Rest. We decided to spend the weekend with some family, and I decided to take some rest days from classes.

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So, some updates. I was getting some blood work done and I tested positive for Celiac, aka Gluten, this is a disease, it is not trendy it is a lifestyle change, 100%. It caught me off guard, for sure. I re-tested, and I tested negative on the second test. However the test is scaled, 0-3 is a negative, 4-10 is a positive. My positive was at a 5, and my negative was at a 3. Unfortunately, in order to take these tests you have to eat gluten, and I don’t eat a ton of it anyway. I am going to re-test, just to be 100% sure since I do have some rare markers of Celiac. That is why things in the food department have been wonky.

How was your week in workouts?

The Fitness Games App Review

Disclosure: This post was sponsored by The Fitness Games through their partnership with Fit Approach. I was not compensated monetarily, but was provided the Platinum Version of the application for review. As always, all opinions are my own.

TFGapp.comI have gone through a ton of workout apps on my phone, or even apps that just encourage a healthier lifestyle, like Lose It! and a water tracking app, I even have my own app that was done with my husband. To say I am experienced in this arena is probably an understatement. I like trying out new apps, I can appreciate both sides of the business when it comes to this stuff.

The Fitness Games is an app that tracks your workouts in real-time and then you can compete with other users.

First step: Download the app (iOS or Android) and make a profile!

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I will say that the directions on how to make things private were confusing and only showed up once, there was no way to find them again. I ended up emailing the guys that created this app and adding them as a friend to make sure what I wanted private was private. They were incredibly fast with their response, but it would be nice if the directions were easily accessible.

2. Start tracking workouts

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It was incredibly easy to find your workout or input it if the workout wasn’t already listed.

3. Challenge others to a workout!

Running Outdoor ChallengeYou can choose different types of workouts for challenges

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4. Join the Facebook Group to get to know other users and to get daily motivation!

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Overall, I like the idea of the app. I think it is a great way to interact with others and motivate them, without sharing your run details or gym location for the crazy stalker types out there. There are also over 250 exercises with videos, pictures, and descriptions performed by nationally certified personal trainers. I do wish that you could let it run in the background while using it. I also wish that you were able to do Cardio workouts before upgrading. Since the app is free there are in app purchases. While I don’t have a problem shelling out my own money for apps, I want to know more details of how the app works before that happens.

What’s your favorite Fitness App?

Zooma Cape Cod 10K Recap with Feetures!

Zooma-logo-FINALcrop.jpgIt’s kind of crazy to think It has been a whole year since I volunteered at Zooma Cape Cod, and now I have successfully finished the 2014 Zooma Cape Cod 10K. I am really lucky that I have been able to be an ambassador for this race two years in a row. The race is run by a great group of women, they not only enjoy what they do, but they make sure you enjoy your race. They have been nothing but supportive of me in the past year and I am extremely grateful for that.

ZoomaCapeCod2014AmbassadorsI am also really lucky to have these women beside me as ambassadors.

L-R: Jessica, Danielle, Dani, Amy, Nancy, Angela, Me, Jessica

I trained for the race, admittedly a lot of it was non-running stroller miles which ended up being a lot of walking & jogging. I stuck to my training plan for the most part while listening to my body, and I felt prepared. My goal going into this race was to finish. I needed to know that my body still had the ability to finish a longer race, I wasn’t prepared for a half, I knew that, but a 10K is still a long distance after I had been out of racing for over a year.

I made my way to Falmouth on Friday afternoon, I met up with Jane and Anna, we went to the Expo, had a celebratory drink and dinner at the hotel, and hit up the Zooma Mocktail Party courtesy of Honest Tea. I went to bed super early and my room was right next to the start line so I woke up periodically through the night because I could hear them putting the starting line together. I ended up waking up for good at 5 am feeling well rested. I fueled and tried to mentally prepare myself for the day. I hadn’t put on my Garmin since September 7, 2013 and it sort of hit me then, that this was my day for redemption. I didn’t need to feel like running a race was going to mess up my body or that running was bad for me. Today would be the day where I would prove to myself that getting back on the pavement would be good for me.

The 10K started right on time at 7:30, I started out way to fast, and it was so hard to rein it in. I knew that I needed to slow down but I couldn’t, the excitement, the people around me, I had a hard time. Of course about 10 minutes into the race my GI issues started flaring up and I started my run/walk plan of run 90 seconds walk 30 seconds. I made it to mile 2 on my target pace and that’s when the wheels started falling off. My nausea was making it really hard for me to keep on target pace, but I had someone waiting for me between mile 3 and 4 so I had to keep going. I ended up walking most of mile 3, I started run/walking about a quarter-mile before mile 4.

I saw my friends and they gave me that boost I needed, that reminder that I could do this, and I would finish strong. Once the course came off the bike path it wasn’t very shady and it started to become extremely hilly. I knew the course had hills, but I hadn’t trained very well on them, and it did a number on my quads and hips. I started walking more than running. I was a little bit frustrated with that, but I never let the negative talk creep in. I just kept reminding myself of everything my body has accomplished and this whole past year, I could make it another 1.2 miles.

Once I started seeing a ton of spectators on the side of the road, and I could hear loud cheering I started to pick up the pace, even if I felt a little sick I was going to run through that finish line, no matter what, and that is exactly what I did.

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I ended up coming in at 1:46:19 which is a pace of 17:10 min/mile (at mile 5 my pace was a full minute faster, ugh). And that time may be some people’s half-marathon personal worst, but for me it wasn’t about the time, it was about the race, and my mind, and finally letting go of the fact that running a race ruined my life.

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It wasn’t just the physical running of the race, I was working with Feetures (one of the race sponsors – everyone got a pair of socks in their swag bag) on a video project and they asked a lot of questions about my running and where I started and my goals for this race, and mentally it just got me into the right space to think clearly about what my real goals were. Mary Mac, Matt and Joe were an amazing team to work with and I am grateful that I was given this opportunity! (And if you noticed someone following me around with a video camera at the race, that’s why!).

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I am also super thankful that these ladies, and a few other unpictured friends, were at the race with me this weekend. Nick and B couldn’t make it, but I was a lot calmer than I thought I would be, and I definitely attribute that to these three. They all pretty much know what’s been going on personally with my miscarriage and pregnancy frustrations, so I didn’t have to explain how I was feeling. We all were there to have a fun time, and that is what we did, zero pressure. Having a girls weekend at a race is by far one of the best things I have ever done, and I hope that this is not the last one. The Zooma motto is Run. Laugh. Celebrate. I think we nailed this one.

pblzoomaIf you have been reading this blog for any amount of time, you know my favorite cross-training is Pure Barre. As I was hanging out near the finish line I ran into one of my favorite teachers, Kelly, who rocked her first half-marathon. It was refreshing to see so many familiar faces on Saturday!

Like I said initially, I love Zooma, I love the women that put these races on. The volunteers are always amazing, and the hotel is beautiful and accommodating.  That being said there are a few things I wish were different. Those that run the 10K don’t get a location specific medal. The half-marathoners got a cute Cape Cod scenery medal, while the 10K participants received a generic Zooma one. I also wish their was a more breakfast friendly option post-race. Last year I got a lunch when I was done volunteering, which was around lunch time. This year I got my food by 9:30 am, and the last thing I wanted was a chicken salad or hummus wrap. Overall, I couldn’t have had a better weekend, I am already looking forward to 2015!

So what’s next?  I am ready to get back into running, or at least try to. I think I might start a bit smaller with 5K’s and try to get my speed back to where it used to be before I tackle another long distance. This weekend, however, was everything I needed it to be. I feel ready to get back into running and I feel confident that my body is mine again.

Thank you to Zooma for covering my race entry in exchange for a review about my experience!

Barracuda: Fitness Goals

This post was inspired by Barracuda by Christos Tsiolkas, a novel where former Olympic hopeful Dan destroys his swimming career and his attempt at redemption after prison. Join From Left to Write on September 30th as we discuss Barracuda. As a member, I received a copy of the book for review purposes.

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In case you are new, I belong to an online book club, From Left to Write, we read books and review them in non-traditional manner. Basically, we take a theme from the book and write from that. It can be the overall theme from the book, or just one small piece that stood out to us.

I’ll be honest, as I write this I have not finished this book. Life has been crazy busy, and the book has been a slow read for me, unfortunately when I have 5 things on my plate, this goes to the back burner because the book just hasn’t kept me wanting more.

One theme that has stood out is fitness goals and dreams. When I started working out and enjoying working out, my whole life changed. I started have goals outside of my family and career. I am not just talking about losing X amount of pounds or looking a certain way. I am talking about real, clear-cut goals, they started with running a 5K, then PRing my 5K time, and it has snowballed from there.

NWMSFWhen I first started working out, it was crazy to think that I could run a 5K, or even a 10K. I have now completed TWO half-marathons! I’ve run countless 5K’s, a few 5 milers, and 5 10K’s. Sometimes it’s hard to think that this body, that I feel like has let me down recently, has been strong enough to do all of those things.

My long-term running goal is to run Boston. I am not delusional, I am not a BQ (Boston Qualifier) type of runner, I would have to run for a charity that I am close to. I am not against that, I think that charity runners are amazing and are real runners even if they didn’t qualify. Boston is not an easy course, but it is one I grew up cheering at, I’ve watched many friends cross that finish line. It is my ultimate running dream.

Pure Barre LynnfieldBut what about my other fitness goals? While running will always be the sport I come back to and the sport I love, I dabble in other things fitness related. My short-term goal is 100 classes and completing the Fit for Fall challenger at Pure Barre Lynnfield.

Someday, I would love to be a fitness instructor. I have a teaching background, and I have a passion for fitness, I think that I would be great at it. I am just not at a place in my life where I could do it.

Some other goals I would love to meet:

  • Become a yogi. Yoga is something that I need in my life, but it’s not something I do often enough.

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  • Become less fearful about taking Spin classes. I’ve taken one spin class in my life. It was 7 years ago and it was awful. Things have changed since then and there are a ton of boutique studios where I am sure I would have a great experience, but that overwhelming fear still holds me back
  • Get my half-marathon time down, I’d love for it to be 2:40 or less. This is a goal that will take time and dedication.
  • Be a fitness role model for my son and my future children.

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What are your fitness goals?