Marathon All-Stars Playlist

I’m on the fence about listening to music while running a marathon, but sometimes you just need it.  I’ve ran only 1 marathon with zero music.  The other three I put on music at some point after mile 13.  My rule is to get through at least the first half without. That way you feed off the crowd, enjoy the experience and have something left in your bag of tricks if you need it.

This was my NYC Marathon Playlist:

  • Lean On –Major Lazor <–obsessed with this song
  • Wildest Dreams–Taylor Swift <–I’m becoming such a T-Swizzle fan in my old age
  • Sugar – Maroon 5
  • Chandelier – Sia
  • Started from the Bottom – Drake <–great end of race song
  • Clarity- Zedd
  • Rip Tide – Vance Joy
  • Jump Around – House of Pain
  • Shut Up and Dance- Walk the Moon
  • SummerThing – Afrojack
  • Worth It- Fifth Harmony
  • Fight Song-Rachel Platten
  • Style- Taylor Swift
  • Can’t Feel My Face- Weeknd
  • The Hills – Weeknd
  • Honey, I’m Good- Andy Grammer
  • Thinking Out Loud-Ed Sheeran
  • Turn Down for What-Lil Jon & DJ Snake
  • Original Don – Major Lazor
  • All About that Bass-Meghan Trainor
  • Shake It Off-Taylor Swift <–great shake out song
  • The ENTIRE ALL DAY Album – Girl Talk
  • Applause – Lady Gaga
  • Get Me Bodied – Beyonce
  • Blurred Lines- Robin Thicke
  • Best of Me – Morningwood
  • The Edge of Glory-Lady Gaga <–another good one for the end of the race
  • Let it Rock-Kevin Rudolf & Lil Wayne
  • Problem- Ariana Grande
  • This is How We Do – Katy Perry
  • Good Life- One Republic
  • Welcome to New York – Taylor Swift

Happy Sweating :)


TCS NYC Marathon Recap 2015

I started this blog  (as the Little Runner that Could) in 2007  when I began training for the Nike Women’s Marathon in San Francisco. I never imagined that 8 eights later, I’d still be blogging. I’m not sure whether I thought I’d still be running marathons.

Completing the marathon yesterday was sort of surreal. I’m always one to be nervous before races, no matter the distance.  But for this one especially, I felt incredibly unprepared. I was still feeling a bit sore from my minor sprain in early September.  I hadn’t done a long run of more than 16 miles. My mental game was weak. A hundred times I considered just canceling, but I figured I’d rather try and DNF than not try at all. I also promised myself this would be my last marathon, if I finished.

It’s hard not to get caught up in the spirit of the marathon on race week.  Every ad you see makes you feel like you’re a part of something special.  I decided to take hydrating and carb loading super seriously the week of the marathon, it was really the least I could do.

I had taken the day off on Friday, but I ended up having to go in for about five and a half hours.  Nevertheless, we made it to the expo by around 3PM and it was packed. Frank and I sat through a great breakdown of the race mile by mile given by a couple of running coaches. We bought a bunch of random items, gus, glides, arm bands,* gloves and shedable shells.

*I typically hate wearing arm bands with a passion, but the fitletics one I bought didn’t bother me at all

We stopped at Eataly and picked up some fresh pasta, homemade mozzarella and basil.  We enjoyed a nice pasta meal, got our race supplies together and had a low key Friday night.

The next morning, we finished up getting ready and took the bus to Staten Island to Frank’s dad house.  We went to Michael’s to pick up numbers for our shirts and ironed those on.  
Being that is was halloween, we dressed Petty up as Snoopy the World War 1 Flying Ace and he had a great time handing out candy with Frank AKA Charlie Brown.


Throughout the day three of our friends that were also running joined us for a pre-marathon party. If there is one thing that’s awesome about being from Staten Island (other than the pizza and Ralph’s Ice), it’s great pre-race accommodations and transportation. Around 5PM I made everyone watch the Lucky Penny episode of HIMYM, which was just as wonderful as always.  At 7PM we all sat down to a fabulous dinner made with love by Frank’s awesome dad.  He is the most amazing cook and put out a spread of antipasti, pasta, meatballs, turkey bolense, artichokes, garlic bread and three different salads. Yum.  

We watched some of the mets game and just generally hung out before heading to bed.

The next morning we all met for breakfast around 7AM.  Another lovely spread prepared by my father in law. I’m trying to convince him to host on Air BNB next year.


Our goal was to leave by 8:15AM, since Kagan had a 9:50 start and the rest of use were all 10:15AM.  Honestly, we should have left a bit earlier as we ended up running around at the start village for various reasons and never even got a second to stop and get mentally ready.


Frank and I basically ran to our corral after I checked my bag. All that was in my checked bag was Frank’s poncho from last year.  Quick vent: I was annoyed that two weeks before you had to select bag check vs poncho they somehow ran out of ponchos and I had no choice except to be automatically given baggage. I don’t understand why they couldn’t just order more ponchos; it seemed silly. But if that’s my only complaint about the whole marathon, it’s really not that bad.

Frank and I were only one corral apart, so I just stayed with him and we were able to start together for about 10 seconds before he went up with the four hour pacers.

I’ve given each miles section a theme song, just for kicks. I didn’t put on my playlist until the Queensboro,  fyi.

Miles 1-3: Start Me Up: Rolling Stones

From the very beginning things felt harder than I would have liked.  Not crazy or anything, but not the easy, breezy few miles I remembered from my last marathon.  I told myself I just needed to warm up, it often takes about 5 miles for me to feel good. I was in the green wave, which was the lower level.  Fortunately, I didn’t get any sprinkles from up top, but I did find the green wave a little quiet and lonely. There were also three small hills that I didn’t remember from the orange wave.  Oh well. One I got to mile 3, I just started focusing on how many more miles until I see Ashley.

Miles 3-7: Thinking Out Loud: Ed Sheeran

The crowds kind of thickened and thinned out during this period.  Other people noted that things felt crowded in Brooklyn, but I never noticed. I actually felt it was sort of the opposite. But I was just focusing on my mental game and trying to enjoy the fact that pretty much every person on the sidewalk was screaming my name.  I loved that. It’s why the NYC Marathon is so amazing.

Miles 7-10: This is How We Do: Katy Perry

Ashley, I see Ashley. Oh thank goodness.  Can you tell I was excited to see Ashley? It was so nice to have someone to chat with and lose a few miles with. I’ll say that these were my fastest miles of the whole marathon. They felt challenging, but in a good way. Ashley was pumping me up as we ran through the packed streets of park slope.   My absolute favorite point of the marathon was the Emmanuel Baptist Church choir. They are just so amazing and joyous. It’s impossible not to be happy when you pass them.

Miles 10-16: Turn Down For What: DJ Snake and Lil Jon

Ashley and I parted ways at mile 10 and I trucked on focusing on the familiar sites and scenes of Williamsburg and Green Point.  The Pulanski Bridge was tough. Since I hadn’t trained as much as I had wanted to, I really conserved energy on the bridges. This was probably the biggest difference between this marathon and all my others. There was considerably more walking, especially on the hills. I cautiously took the hills really easy, so I didn’t burn out before mile 20.

I always enjoy Long Island City, I still miss living there years later. So I happily ran down Vernon saying hello to a few friends and then focused on getting to the Queenboro Bridge.  It was here where I put on my headphones. The Queensboro wasn’t so bad. I ran almost all of it as I enjoyed the skyline views to my left.

Miles 16-20: Best of Me: Morning Wood

Ashley gave me wonderful advice, don’t walk until you get to mile 20. Once you get to 20, do whatever you want. I took this seriously and it was actually the perfect plan for me.

Mile 17 might have been the hardest of the race. I had just seen Meri around 71st street and then I sort of lost steam. I was wiped. First Ave has always been my least favorite part of the race and this marathon it was no exception. Even though the crowds are great, it’s such a trudge to get to the Bronx, the ever so slight incline taking its toll. I think that I should have lost the headphones because the crowds would have actually been more helpful.  I told myself I would run again after the Powergel station.

From miles 18-20, I was able to mostly keep a slow steady pace. I saw Jess at mile 19ish, which was wonderful. Then I was almost to the Bronx.  

Miles 20-21: Fight Song:Rachel Platten

Typically, I like the Bronx, maybe more than most. I love that it’s just one mile and there is usually fantastic music. In my previous 2 marathons, my friend Sue met me at mile 18 and carried me through miles 23.  She recently moved and I missed her a lot during this part of the race. I think that she really helped me enjoy this tough stretch and it was hard to play the mental game alone. That said, the Bronx did fly by.  Before I knew it I was back in Manhattan and I knew that I would finish, one way or another.

Miles 21-26: Welcome to New York: Taylor Swift

I sort of lost focus at this point. I felt like I should have been able to push through and keep running, but my mind wouldn’t let my body do what it needed to do. This is where proper training is so important, you really need practice getting in the right headspace when things get tough.  My body was being kind letting me truck on when it didn’t get the kind of training it deserved.  That said, I was never miserable or in crazy pain, I was more mad at myself for not being able to keep running.  

I decided to run 3 minutes and walk 1.  This strategy really helped me get through the next few miles, as I could get through the running knowing a walk was coming.  It also gave me something to focus on. That said, again, I think losing the headphones would have been a positive here, as I was sort of lost in my own little world. I actually missed friends at miles 22, 23 and 25 because I was so unfocused. I kept looking for them, but couldn’t remember exactly where or what side of the street they were supposed to be on.

Some feel a major rush entering the park, I was excited to be in the home stretch, but running-wise, things didn’t change much. I was happy to see the 90th Street transverse, Cleopatra’s Needle and Cat at Cat Hill, my familiar friends.  I kept trying to alternate my run/walk. I was so close, but my body was reaching its limit.

Mile 26-26.2 Started from the Bottom: Drake

When we finally reentered Central Park at 59th and 8th, I got that rush I had been wanted for the last few miles and I was able to conjure the energy to focus and just run.  I didn’t really care about the hill–although I certainly noticed its presence–I just wanted to see the finish line.  When it finally came into view, I couldn’t believe it. It was so close, right in front of me. Just a few feet before I crossed, I heard my name over the loud speaker and I broke into a huge smile and waved at the grandstand. The finish came and went so quickly, I almost didn’t even see it until I was right there and crossing it.  I completed my fourth and most likely final marathon.  

I was pretty pumped and I braced myself for the long trudge out of the park ahead. It’s always hard to start just crawling out of the park in the thick crowd of runners.  I picked up my medal, foil, recovery bag and then did my best to be patient as we walked another 12 blocks to the baggage pick up exit line. I have to say, baggage pick up was pretty quick. That nice fleece-lined poncho felt amazing as I wrapped it around myself. Frank had already showered at a friend’s, so he met me outside the park and we walked back to our friend’s place to exchange race stores and celebrate with friends and fellow finishers. It’s always great to hear about everyone’s races, as each story is so unique.

Writing this a day later, it doesn’t seem so bad. I see why it’s so easy to keep signing up for another marathon. It’s a crazy addiction that’s hard to satisfy.  That said, 4 marathons later, all my marathons are within 13 minutes of each other even despite drastically different levels of training for each one. I’m not sure I have anything left to prove to myself as far as full marathons go. I don’t think I need to run any certain sub-pace to feel good about being a marathoner. I think half, 10Ks and tris might be more my scene.  But never say never. 

Marathon Favorites

In just two weeks I’m going to attempt to run the NYC marathon. I’m super nervous as the ankle sprain seriously interrupted my training. Hopefully, I can get a good long run in on Saturday and then taper and rest for the next two weeks.    While I’m nervous for the marathon, I’m excited too.  There are a few things that I really enjoy in the month leading up to the marathon.  They include:

Compression socks

I love wearing compression socks.  They are just so cozy and comforting.  I bought a pair of Sockwell Chevron compression socks this year. I think they are so cute and they come in 12 colors!



Marathon training is the only time I really indulge in a massage, but I swear they are life changing.  They melt all the soreness away.  This month exhale is doing their massage and facial combo for $199.  You don’t have to do both treatments at once, so you can spread out the pampering.


I have a lot of rituals that keep me excited about the big race, these include rereading Ultramarathon Man and A Race Like No Other.  I also like to Watch HIMYM’s Lucky Penny episode and Spirit of the Marathon.



If I finish the marathon, I’m definitely getting myself an Erica Sarah race necklace. I’ve wanted one forever, so I hope I earn it!


Long Weekend Packing

I’m all packed for my long weekend starting on Friday.  To say I’m excited wouldn’t be wrong.  I actually don’t mind packing; it’s unpacking that I loathe.

I was inspired to kick off packing by an article I saw on Laura’s blog. The article shows how to pack 30 outfits in your carry on. This girl has the exact same carry on as I do, and boy can does she make every inch count. It’s a Tommy Hilfiger suitcase from this collection that meets most airlines’ regulations for overhead luggage size.

I tend to love all posts related to packing. I guess I’m weird like that.  While I’m at it, this is a great video about in flight essentials.

The main thing I took from the article was to limit my color palette. This wasn’t hard since I wear mostly black and beige anyways. As trips go, this was an easy one to pack for, I really only need casual clothes and once nicer outfit for a dinner out.


Where I am going, the weather can be unpredictable, so I have lots of wraps and cardigans for layering.

  • Jeans (white house black market)
  •  Long sleeve patterned top (banana-similar)
  • Short sleeve striped top (gap)
  • Black turtleneck top (mexx)
  • 3/4 length gold polka dot sweatshirt (limited-similar)
  • Black wrap dress (WHBM similiar)
  • Black jumpsuit (easily by best buy of 2015-Banana- similar)
  • 2 cardigans in black and navy (similar)
  • wrap and infinity scarf both in shades of beige (similar)
  • Large tan bag (carry on 2) and small black bag/clutch

Workout Clothes (I’m being optimistic that I’ll be able to do something by then.)


  • 2 tops (new balance)
  • capris (new balance)
  • sports bra (under armour)
  • socks (adidas)
  • jacket (new balance-similar)

Make Up and Toiletries 



I’m pretty basic with make up and toiletries.  The Naked on the Run palette is perfect for travel if I all I need is every day looks. I think everything else is self-explanatory.  If you want to know specific products, just let me know.



Given the ankle situation, I’m keeping shoes simple–sneakers and flats. I’m hoping I can manage the wedges if I wear the jump suit. I always wear sneakers on board if I’m not bringing boots.  My best travel tip is to wear your heaviest/bulkiest stuff on board. I’ll probably also bring a jacket that I’ll wear to the airport.

All Packed



This suitcase does fit a ton.  The only things I snuck in that aren’t shown above are underwear, a bathing suit, 1 pair pjs and a tiny Tiffany pouch with a bracelet and necklace.

I’m a fan of rolling VS folding because I think it helps prevent wrinkles.

That should get me through 4 days no problem.

If you have any packing tips, I’d love to hear them!


The Ups and Downs of Marathon Training

I plan for the TSC NYC Marathon to be my fourth and final marathon. I’d love to do halfs and triathlons in the future, but I’m not sure that full marathons are my bread and butter.

Early Triumph

That said, this year’s training really started off amazingly well. Better than I ever expected.  I enjoyed my first few 5-8 mile runs over the Williamsburg Bridge.  The longer 11-13 mile summer streets runs were also fabulous.

August started off great against the odds. I had to work every weekend day of August expect 1, so all my long runs were before work. That said, the 5:30AM wake up calls weren’t so bad. I loved running on nearly empty streets.


Bump in the Road

Things hit a snag when I got food poisoning the day before my long run on August 22nd.   I felt like garbage and was so nauseous, there was no way to get up early and squeeze in a run on Sunday, it was all I could do to make it through the work day.  From that weekend on, things haven’t been the same.  The next week I got in a good 14 mile run, but it wasn’t easy.

Last weekend, I had the worst run of all, I barely made it through 12 miles before throwing in the towel. I couldn’t get my head in the game.

I had kind of psyched myself up for this weekend by properly hydrating and buying all the necessary supplies (Gu). On Friday, I took Pettitte out for a short run of about 3 miles.  This has been our routine for about a month. Once a week, I’ll take him with me to get him tired out for the day.

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We run along the East River.  Pettitte’s a beagle, so he loves to sniff and I usually indulge him once or twice on the run.

On one such occasion, I told Pettitte we had to get going and I started running from the grass and rolled my ankled onto the pavement. It was a big roll. My ankle felt weird for about a minute, but I kept going and it felt normal soon thereafter.

Three hours later, I was sitting in a meeting and my ankle began to throb. I couldn’t even concentrate. When the meeting was finally over, I went to stand up and I couldn’t put any weight on my ankle without a lot of pain. I managed to hobble out of the building and get to an urgent care less than a block away.

I was diagnosed with a high ankle sprain and told to use crutches through the weekend and then use an air cast for 4-6 weeks after.


Honestly, the crutches were almost worse than the pain. I think I overcompensated so much that my other started hurting.  In any event, I think my diagnosis was super cautious and I’m still confident that I’ll be able to get through the NYC Marathon one way or the other.  Until then I’m going to ease back in with low impact cardio and get to a PT for more advice!

PS I’m finally on instagram! follow me at melissanyny

Summer Workout Playlist

Ahh…summertime.  Could there even be a better summer song than Summertime by The Fresh Prince? I was originally going to post the songs that I am currently listening to on repeat; however, I think some summer-themed hits may be in order before the last precious weeks of summer slip away.

But if you are  curious, I’m listening to a lot of Worth It, Fight Song, Style, and I Can’t Feel My Face

Songs of Summer Workout Playlist 

Summertime – The Fresh Prince

Summertime Sadness ( Remix Version) – Lana Rey

Summer – Calvin Harris 

California Gurls – Katy Perry

I’m in Miami Bitch – LMFAO

Summertime – New Kids on the Block

Summer Love – Justin Timberlake

Hot in Herre – Nelly

Summerthing – Afrojack

Summertime Clothes – Animal Collective 

This Summer’s Gonna Hurt Like a Mother – Maroon 5 


Chardonnay Run Recap

Wine at the Finish Line. I could probably end this post right here.

The Chardonnay Run is the race that asks, turn down for what?


A few week’s ago, people at the Chardonnay Run sent me information about their first NYC race.  I said that I’d be happy to post about it since, I think we can all agree that a race with a wine bar at the end is awesome! Chardonnay also happens to be my favorite white! They generously offered to comp my registration.

I had to do a long run on Saturday, so I decided to run 9 miles during Summer Streets and then finish the run with the 5K.  The Chardonnay Run offers the option of 9AM, 9:30AM or 10:00AM start times, which gives you lots of flexibility–and the option to sleep in bit if you like.

I ended up running from Union Square to 72nd Street and back down to Canal before crossing over to the west side highway.  As I made my way south on the west side, I saw a lot of activity on Pier 26.


I loved the set up of this race. Everything-registration, startline, expo–was easy to get to, so you could walk around and check things out before and after the race.

I arrived at Pier 26 around 9AM and collected my bib, expo bracelet and t-shirts. It was about then when the first wave took off, the announcer really got everyone pumped and there was great energy in the corral area. FullSizeRender_2FullSizeRender_1 copy

Waves took off every few minutes, which was nice and orderly and kept the course from being too crowded.  Here are a few things to know about the run…

Great course: I loved the course up along the Hudson. It was very well marked and there were tons of volunteers cheering you on.  It’s sort of an out and back, but you run back closer to the highway rather than the water, so it feels more like a loop and you aren’t running out right next to people coming back, which is great.  It was pretty hot for the last mile, so early start times are advisable!

Fun Run:  This is really meant to be fun, not competitive. There are fun groups wearing shirts that say “Wine-Ho” and “Yes Way Rose.” There were people that were there to run all out, but I’d say that was the minority as there were plenty of people walking as well.  I certainly enjoyed being able to just enjoy the course and felt no pressure whatsoever to kill myself.

Fun Swag: In addition to a great t-shirt, wine and cheese plate, there were also fun food trucks and vendors along the pier.

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Price:  Register early!  Prices get really steep toward race day. D.C. and San Jose are next, so make sure to sign up now! Also, in NYC, bag check cost $5. I was hoping to check my fuel belt, as I felt like an idiot running a 5K wearing one, but I wasn’t going to pay  to check it.

All in all, it was a really fun race that was well organized and had a great course.  I’d definitely like to run it again with a group of friends.


6 Reasons I’m Excited About Running

I’ve noticed some runners passion never wanes.  They are just as excited about their fifth marathon as their first. Personally, my relationship with running has highs and lows.  But I’ve found, running is very much a mental game. If I am dreading my long run, it’s usually pretty painful. I find myself wanting to walk a lot or cutting off a mile or two from my plan.  On the other hand, if I intentionally get excited about training and long runs, they seem to go 10x better.

I’m coming off a good 11 mile run this weekend and I am already looking forward to 12 next weekend.  Here are a few reasons I’m excited about running:

Chardonnay Run 5K in New York


One of my biggest tips to get motivated to run is to sign up for a race. I’m excited to be registered for the Chardonnay Run this Saturday.  I’m so excited for my first race that ends with wine!  I’m planning to get up early to run 9 before hand and this will finish off my long run.  The race entry includes a t-shirt, bib, wine and food pairings!  Is anyone else running?

Run Clubs

Running is so much easier when you have support–and some accountability. I’ve found training with charities to be incredibly helpful, but since I’m not planning to fundraise for NY this year, I’m planning to take advantage of some of the great running groups in NYC.  I definitely want to check out the November Project, but a bit closer to my downtown home Paragon, Jack Rabbit, Nike and North Face all have training groups.

No Slack Speed Work

Speed work is not something I have much success doing on my own outside.  My cheat is to use run workout classes as my speed work.  Barry’s and Fitness Runs are my favs, but I want to try Mile High Run Club and The Run too!

New Shoes


I’m in love with my New Balance Vazee Rush shoes!  I love them every bit as much as my beloved Fresh Foams–and that’s saying something.  They are super light, but they hug the foot providing a lot of support! The Vazee’s have three    different options within the collection. The Pace, which is designed for training and races, including long distances and marathons–and speed!  The Rush, which is designed for speed and training of all kinds, even the gym.  I can totally feel how much faster the heel to toe transition is in these shoes than my other running shoes. Finally, there is the Coast. This is a more recreational shoe, great for the gym or just looking cute in jeans as your run errands.  Honestly, the genius behind this line is how cute the shoes are for so much function! New Balance sent me a pair for free, but opinions are my own and I love them!

NYC Marathon Emails

I find that reading all the emails the the TCS NYC Marathon sends is a great way to stay motivated. It’s so exciting to feel a part of something so special.  Reading those emails helps me keep my head in the game without even running a step.  That said, I’m sad that I waited too long to sign up for transportation and baggage and I missed my change to get a poncho. I guess they really meant July 31st or while supplies last!

Summer Streets


If Summer Streets isn’t one of the best things about NYC in the summer, I don’t know what is.  For 3 beautiful Saturdays, starting August 1st, you can run from the Brooklyn Bridge to Central Park without getting hit by a car!  In fact, the best part of all may be running through the tunnel area around Grand Central, which is usually cars only. The highlight this year, WATER SLIDE.  What???

Let me know if you have tips to get motivated to stick to your training plan!

June–Here and Gone

June is almost officially over and it’s always sad to see it go.

The month was super busy at work and I’m still waiting for the summer slow down to hit.  Hopefully July will be the month.

So here’s what happened in June….


It was pretty relaxed until we had a wedding in Park City, Utah.   I probably never would have gone to Utah, but man was it gorgeous!  We went on the most beautiful hike–I could do it everyday and never get tired of the view.


The wedding was really neat at the top of the Canyons Resort, accessible only by gondola!  If you are ever in Park City, the Waldorf Astoria is lovely and has exceptional service!

Last weekend, we had a double header wedding weekend, one in Westerly, Rhode Island and one in Jacksonville, Florida. Both were a ton of fun!

The Ocean House was a great place for a wedding. I love when hotels have activity schedules–I can’t get enough. I took advantage of the Westerly bike tour!FullSizeRender-2


I also went an a great beach run. It’s officially time to kick off marathon training.




Pettitte’s Birthday

Back in NYC, Pettitte turned one!  We went all out with invitations, favors, and poochinis.  A few of Pettitte’s dog friends met us a the Madison Square Dog Park, which was followed by poochinis at Shake Shack.


A poochini is dog soft serve with peanut butter and dog biscuits.  Pettitte was in heaven!


I can’t believe my baby is already one! I  want him to stay a puppy forever.


It’s rare I go see movies in the theaters, but this month I saw two!  Jurassic World and Entourage.  Both were silly fun, the later being the perfect antidote for a rainy day.  I also watched Still Alice on the flight home from Utah–it was beautiful.

I guess I should start packing once again–we leave for Martha’s Vineyard tomorrow!  I can’t wait–it’s still my favorite place. :)

Did you do anything fun in June?

Fhitting Room Flatiron Review

I think I’m in love.  Yes, that’s how I feel about the Fhitting Room.

To quote Cher Horowitz, “I am majorly, totally, butt crazy in love” with the Fhitting Room.

I’ve now taken 3 classes at the Flatiron location, thanks to a GILT city special.

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The Fhitting Room workout looks something like this:

  • 10-15 Minute Warm Up and Workout Overview: Jumping jacks, lunges, etc.
  • 20 Minute Main Workout:  You rotate through 6 stations with 3 other people, you workout about 2 minutes per station with 1 minute rest in between. (Rowing machine, box jumps, trx bands, kettle bells, etc.)
  • 10 Minute Challenge (think lots of burpees)
  • 5-10 Minute stretch

Why am a such a fan? Let me count the ways…


1.) Great, clean studio space: It’s a really nice studio that is well designed and organized.  The locker facilities are stocked with top of the line toiletries and plenty of lockers.

2.) Killer workout in 50 Minutes: I’ve definitely felt each fhitting room workout for days after and the workout is over in less than an hour.   I’m all about exercise efficiency. Hail to HIIT.

3.) Great Trainers: For every class, the trainers have been great.  I also love that they have TWO trainers in every class, so you get lots of personal attention and you can’t get away with sloppy form!

4.) Variety: You only spend about 2 minutes doing any given exercise, so you never get bored and the class flies by!

5.) Music The music is on point at the FR. There is lots of rap and hiphop which I think goes perfectly with any workout, but particularly strength based ones.

I really don’t have anything negative to say about the Fhitting Room.  I guess that a downside is that, like all boutique studios, it’s pricey at $35 a class. But you do get two trainers for that price.  This summer you get a free class for every person your refer and your first class is buy one get one, so that’s something!