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NYC Workouts I Want to Try This Spring

Oh Spring, it’s been an elusive little devil, but hopefully it gets here soon! I’ll pretend that I didn’t see snow flurries during my run this morning!  Personally, I always feel a little more motivated to workout during the warmer months. Here are a few of the workouts that I want to try this spring:

Fhitting Room Flatiron  


Yes, it is FINALLY opened.  Discounts packages are available on Gilt to boot!

What is it?  It’s a HIIT-style workout using kettle bells, boxes, free weights and a bunch of other crazy equipment to get a kick butt cardio and strength workout.

Cost: $35 a class

Exhale Core Fusion Extreme


Again, super excited that there is now an Exhale in Flatiron!

What is it? It’s a power hour of weights, suspension training, gliders and “cardio explosions” and core work.   Sounds intense!

Cost: $38 a class.  But also on Gilt a lot!

SLT Flatiron


SLT has been expanding in the NYC metro area and now has a home in fitness-friendly Flatiron.  I reviewed SLT’s midtown location a few years ago, but I’m excited to give it another try in one of its downtown studios.

What is it? As their website says, if “cardio, strength training and pilates had a baby, it would be SLT.” It’s sort of the east coast’s answer to pilates plus, which is a very trendy west coast workout done on a pilates reformer machine.

Cost: $40 a class (yikes!). First class $20.

Refine Method 50 Minute Format


Welcome to the West Village, Refine! I love the new space!

What is it? “NYC’s Smartest Workout” is a mix of high intensity intervals and compound movements using all kinds of crazy props from boxes to pulleys to kettle bells. Thrown in the mix are a bunch of killer cardio bursts.  Refine has recently switched from their traditional hour-long class to a 50 minute format.  The idea is that if you are working out at a high intensity, quality trumps quantity and 50 minutes is plenty.

Putting this on the list is short of a cheat because I actually already tried 50 minute class at their new studio. It was as intense as every during the core workout and basically the only difference I noticed was that we didn’t do abs on the floor at the end.  I still got a good workout and knowing that I only had to get through about 40 minutes of real work meant I could really push myself.  #winning

Cost: $34 a class/ first class is buy one, get one free

Mile High Run Club


What is it? A 45 or 60 minute treadmill workout incorporating strength and  power training. The also offer outdoor runs and race prep.  MHRC says you’ll get in around 3-5 miles depending on which class you take!

Cost: $34 for an indoor class, $30 for an outdoor.

I wrote a similar post a year ago, but I only got to try two of the workouts, City Row and Studio 360, hopefully I do better this time around!

Weekly Workout Wrap Up

Wow, it’s been SO LONG since I’ve done a workout wrap up.

I am “officially” training for the NYRR Brooklyn Half, so I’ve been trying to track my workouts a bit more consistently.



On a side note, how great is it that there is going to be a Rock N Roll Brooklyn Half this year?


If you register for the RNR Brooklyn Half, it’s only $55!  The NYRR Brooklyn Half is sold out.

Anyways, on to the workout recap:

Monday: 40 minutes on the elliptical

Tuesday: nada

Wednesday: 3 Tone it Up Workouts (Lift and Tone Booty Routine, Slim and Toned Arms and Bikini Abs). My abs were definitely sore on Friday.

Thursday: 4.5 mile run outside, gorgeous

Friday: I wasn’t feeling great, so skipped my workout.

Saturday: Soul Cycle.  I had a great class with Brett!

Sunday: 50 minute run.

Question: Do you prefer point to point races (like the NYRR BK Half) or do you like loops and out and backs (like the RNR BK Half)?

4 NYC Workouts I Want to Try

It’s that time.  Time to start to think about getting in shape for summer.  Sundress motivation is never lost on me.

I often find the best motivation to be trying something new.  Here are some workout classes that I’m hoping to try this spring…




I’ve always enjoyed some time spent on the erg and I’m definitely intrigued by a rowing workout in class format.  From the website: “Alternating between interval rowing and mat work, our signature 50-minute class combines high-interval sweat with low-resistance burn to scorch up to 600 calories in one session.” Price: $32/class.



For a while I thought Pilates ProWorks had closed and I was sad.  However, it looks like it has just been rebranded and made some changes.  Flex’s class line up looks great. I definitely want to try the Flex Barre and Flex TRX–I also think the studio is gorgeous! From the website: “The Barre Class that Will Make You Sweat. An intense calorie-burning, workout with an emphasis on conditioning the thighs, seat & hamstrings to make you stronger, increase your muscle tone and change your body. Set to the hottest soundtrack in the city.” Price: $38/class



My good pal MeriG told me about Exceed and I’ve been meaning to check it for a while! While I don’t get to the UES very often, sometimes it’s worth the trek! Here’s what Exceed says about Exceed: “Exceed is the Ultimate Full Body Workout. Combining metabolic, strength, cardio, and interval training, the EXCEED workout will drive and inspire you to get fit, stay fit, and be
at your best every day.”  Price: $32/class



I’ve always thought that balancing spinning with yoga or pilates would be the ultimate workout combo, Studio 360 does just that with their signature series class which includes a 40 minute cycle and 20 minutes of yoga–very high on my list of workouts to try! From the website: Signature Series. “This class will make your life even more awesome. Join us for a 40 minute indoor ride. The journey continues in the next room for a 20 minute Yoga series to integrate that energy from your cycling cardio, lengthen your muscles and strengthen your core. Yup, all that and more!” Price: $27/class

In other news, I hoping rumors that a beloved UES/UWS workout studio will make its triumphant return to the downtown area are true. :)

If ya’ll have studio or workout recommendations, send them my way!


7 Minute Workout-Cardio Edition

So I am guessing I might be a little late on this train, but I just found out about the “Scientific 7-Minute Workout.” If you missed it too, the full explanation of the exercise science behind the workout can be found here, but in a nutshell, this is what he 7 Minute Workout aim to achieve, according to authors Chris Jordon and Brett Klika:

To address the limitations of traditional exercise protocols and provide an effective and efficient program for our clients, one of the exercise strategies we use is high-intensity circuit training (HICT) using body weight as resistance. Our approach combines aerobic and resistance training into a single exercise bout lasting approximately 7 minutes. Participants can repeat the 7-minute bout 2 to 3 times, depending on the amount of time they have. As body weight provides the only form of resistance, the program can be done anywhere. source

Basically it’s another win for high intensity interval training! The workout is 12 exercises done for 30 seconds with 10 seconds rest in between.

With the weather this winter, I have been doing a lot of home workouts lately. I absolutely love HIIT interval workouts, I really can’t get enough. I’ve been doing the Tone it Up Love Your Body HIIT Workout pretty regularly, often paired with another TIU workout.

When I read about the 7 Minute Workout, I had to try it immediately.  Doing it once is really not a workout, maybe it could be a good workout add on. However, I did it three times with a couple of minutes rest  in between and I definitely broke a sweat.  Was it the hardest workout I have ever done? Of course not. But it’s great for a living room or hotel room workout.

However, after doing the workout a few times, I still loved the concept, but I wanted something with a little more calorie blasting potential.  It’s pretty easy to ramp up, so I created a cardio edition of the workout:

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The trick is really to make sure you are really pushing to around 80% effort to get the most out of your 7 minutes.  Also, don’t forget to rest 10 seconds between exercises and a few minutes between rounds if you are doing the circuit more than once.

There are quite a few 7 minute workout timers out there; I like this one:

I feel like doing this three times is a pretty good workout.  But let me know what you think!

Here is a  cheat sheet to the exercises:

Fly Jacks 

Wall Sit

Push Up with Clap


Jump Squat

Jumping Lunge

Plank With Knee Jog (in a plank alternate touching your knees to the ground)

Push Up with Side Rotation


Under Armour Workout with Natalie Uhling

The weekend just started and I feel like it’s already almost gone.  Do you every feel like that?  I hope not!  Don’t worry, there’s plenty of weekend left!

I really shouldn’t be complaining, I had Friday off–although boy did I need it.  It worked out pretty perfectly that I had already taken Friday off when Under Armour asked if I wanted to attend a workout with Natalie Uhling in their House of Innovation at Grand Central.   Of course, I said yes. UA was kind enough to send over a full outfit to wear to the event, including their new UA SpeedForm ™ shoe, which has gotten quite a bit of press for their new shoe “technology.”


I’ve actually never owned any Under Armour, so it was fun to give it a try.  I loved the sports bra, especially as I desperately need some new ones. I’ve also been wearing the shoes pretty much non-stop since they arrive last week.

Before I talk about the workout, I want to tell you about what Under Armour’s got going on at Grand Central. They’ve completely transformed the Vanderbuilt wing; it’s absolutely worth checking out if you are in the area.  They have events going on all weekend! One of the coolest things is the models of their new Olympic speed skating uniform on display.

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They are keeping it popping throughout the weekend with a robust schedule of booths and events, including more free workouts.


After  looking around, I headed to the workout with Natalie Uhling.  From her bio I learned that she’s taught at Barry’s Bootcamp and Soul Cycle among other well-known fitness meccas.  After the first five minutes  of the workout, I had a huge girl crush!  She is an amazing trainer! She said she has energy 24/7 and she wasn’t lying.  .We started out with a 20 minute “warm up” of intense cardio kickboxing.


Then we moved on to 25 minutes of partner boxing. under armour3

We rounded out the hour with toning and cardio intervals.  It was WAY more intense that I expected.  I was totally spent by the end.



I was so exhausted that I’m sure a whole lot of this was going on:

a planking how i look


Simply put, it was an awesome workout. I’ll definitely be looking out for the speedskating uniforms in Sochi next week! The Olympics countdown is on!

Barry’s, Birchbox and Women’s Health!

Yesterday I got to experience the intersection of beauty, fitness and overall health at a great event at Barry’s Bootcamp, sponsored by Women’s Health and Birchbox.


The class was your usual intense-as-hell, but hurts-so-good shenanigans. We began with speed and incline intervals on the treadmill for about 15 minutes. Next up was floor, we concentrated on biceps, triceps and shoulders and it burned! I was already a sweaty mess at this point, so I was having trouble just holding onto my weights.

Back to the treadmill.  This next section is what Barry’s is all about, pushing you to the point of no return. It was about 10 minutes of sprint/recovery, but oh my god, I could barely stand when it was over.  I managed to push it to 10.5 MPH for one of the 30 seconds sprints and I nearly collapsed face first on to the treadmill when it was over.  I seriously don’t know how people run entire marathons at speeds faster than this.

We finished we leg work using the booty bands and called it a day. By the end, I was a Barry’s believer more than ever!  This place will will kick your booty into shape! I’m going to have to splurge on more classes, especially closer to the wedding.  While the class is nothing you couldn’t do on your own at the gym, there something about great instructors like Joey who push you so much further than you would ever go by yourself.  This is what you can look forward to:

Running, Strength, Sweat

Afterwards I got to meet some of the awesome ladies who work at Women’s Health and Birchbox.  They are so fun! I can’t even believe that some of them read my little blog. I feel so honored. After the killer workout, we could relax with  manicures by the Color Club and some nice snacks by Barry’s new Fuel Bar, which just hit studios this month.

I grabbed my Birchbox and copy of Women’s Health on the way out!

I’ve given Birchbox subscriptions as gifts, so it was nice to have a box for myself.  Look at all those goodies!

In other news, one of my favorite things to write about is good fitness deals, and I think I have one for you today!

4 classes for less than $5 each.

Urban Daddy has a great deal on a classtivity four pack.  The deal is that your get to try 4 classes for only $19 at great studios around the city.   Some of my favorites on the list include:

The catch is that you have to be a new member to each studio that you use your credits at, which disqualifies me from most of the options on the list.  But if you’ve been wanting to try some boutique studios, but were hesitant because they are so pricey (I understand, $30 a class is tough!), this is a really great deal. I always like to try things out before deciding which places are worth investing in.
Happy Hump Day






















Barry’s Bootcamp Review

I really don’t know how I waited so long to try Barry’s Bootcamp.  A trendy, cardio/strength, celebrity favorite workout? Sounds right up my alley!

Fortunately, Well and Good came through with an awesome opportunity to try it out!  As I waited anxiously for the class to start, I took a sneak peek at the studio.  There were treadmills along the walls and lots of steps on the floor…hmmm running and step aerobics? I was quickly assured that I would WISH it was step aerobics. The atmosphere was dark and intense with lots of colored lights beaming down on the equipment.

After a few minutes of browsing the super cute clothing for sale, it was time to get my booty kicked.

We divided between floor and treadmill, and I decided the floor would be a safe start.  After grabbing a pair of 8 pound weights, I got myself set up at the step.

Our instructor, Joey, started off by yelling commands to the “treaders” and then he got us going with weights. I am not sure if I’ve ever seen a class where the instructor is leading two entirely different groups at the same time, but it seemed to work. I was able to follow along whether I was on the floor or on the treadmill.  After about 12 minutes of bicep curls, squats, shoulder presses and lunges and a final round of all moves put together, I was on to the treadmills.

The first round  on the treadmill was all about speedwork.  We were told to increase and decrease our speeds to jog, run or sprint accordingly. It was great to have someone really push me, and demand I go faster and longer than I would on my own.  I was shocked to run as high as 9.5 MPH.  That may be the fastest I’ve ever run on treadmill.  But for the record, the girl next to me was running at 12.5 and it looked like an easy jog to her. I didn’t even know treadmills went above 12MPH!

After just under 15 minutes of intervals it was back to the floor for round 2.  This time we had a handy booty band that was a stretchy rubber cord that was secured to each ankle.  The next set focused on the legs with donkey kicks and hydrant lifts. Some of this reminded me of a barre class with more resistance.  We finished off with a brief set of abs.

Back on the treadmill, we played with incline and speed. This set we were allowed more walk recoveries.  To be honest, I wish I had jogged through more of them, but I was saving a little because thought there would be a third round.  Even so, I pushed enough to know I would be SORE in the following days. True to prediction, my legs definitely feel the class today.

My overall assessment is that Barry’s is a great workout. It’s a good combo of strength and cardio and they really make you workout like you mean it.  The instructors really get you to push further than you think you can, in fact, they demand it.  I think it’s a good workout for men and women, but you’d want to go consistently to really see results—approximately 3-5 times a week depending on what else you are doing.

Overall, I was pretty impressed with Barry’s.  I think that due to the size of the class, a second instructor in the class might have made sure everyone’s form was perfect, but I did get several corrections throughout the class even with only one instructor.

This could definitely be my new thing. It’s around the same cost as most boutique classes ($32), so I’ll be on the look out for groupons and sales to make it a little more affordable.  Like any good class, Barry’s has no problem filling up, so you’ll want to make sure to book early to get a spot!

Fitness Classes I Want to Try This Fall

I am finally jumping on the fall bandwagon.  Bring it on. One of the things I am looking forward to is taking all the fitness classes that have been on my must try list forever! I am in a bit of a frustrating gym situation. My gym is just far enough from my current apartment that it takes a little planning ahead to make it happen. Before it was two blocks away, so I never had to think about bringing gym clothes to work or work clothes to the gym for that matter. I also have to leave considerably more time to get to and from the gym.

This situation makes small studio classes all the more tempting.  While I could take classes at the gym, I rarely do.  I think signing up in advance for the studio classes really keeps me committed.  That’s why I am always looking for a good deal to make classes outside of my gym membership more affordable.

Here are some of the classes I plan to try over the next month or so!

Fit and Flow at Uplift Studios

This class is 45 minutes of cardio combined with 45 minutes of yoga or 30 and 30 for the express version.  I love this concept because I almost always opt for cardio over yoga, but I know I really need both. Done and done.  I am actually trying this next week and I am already super excited. Plus, it has Laura’s endorsement.

Deal:  Class packs are the way to go at Uplift.  They save you money per class and the 5-pack options allows you to try a variety of classes without a major commitment. 30 Minute Classes are $18 a class or 5 for $85. 60 Minute classes are $32 a class or 5 for $150.

 TRX Strength Cardio Fusion at Chaise 23

Another combo class!  This is a suspension based class promises to get your heart rate up while providing a total body strength workout. I like that they offer 40 and 55 minute versions too. (photo: wellandgood.com)

Deal: New client special offers 3 classes for $33!

Barre Pro and Pilates ProWorks

BarrePro’s orignal location is in San Francisco, but now there is a Union Square, NYC location too.  I love barre classes and I love pilates, so this seems right up my alley.

Deal: $25 intro class saves your $10 off the regular single class price.  A variety of packages and membership options can help reduce the cost of future classes.

Crossfit at Black Box

I’m not new to Crossfit, but I’ve never tried it in Manhattan. I definitely want to check out my local box (26th between Broadway and 6th) and see how it compares to other boxes I’ve tried.  I bet this location takes advantage of Madison Square Park!

Deal: First class free


Since I’ve been on a hiatus from running, my love of spinning has returned with vigor. I can’t wait to try this new studio and spin my booty off.  While I love classic spinning, I am very intrigued by their Barre Ride class as well.

Deal: Register at their site for discounted prices during the NYC Grand Opening this fall.

Body by Simone

I am embarrassed that I haven’t tried this class yet! It’s like the dance version of a barre class.  The Tracy Anderson workout for non-celebs, if you will.  45 minutes of dance cardio with 10 minutes of arm and ab work. Perfect. Sam has a great review.

Deal: First time client offer: 4 classes for $100–savings $40.

Whew, these should bust any workout rut I may or may not be in!

Happy Labor Day Weekend everyone.

FitFluential: Let’s Do This!

Thanks so much for all the great comments on my More Half Marathon recap.  Clearly Frank’s signs were the real heroes. I merely ran 13 miles, but the signs, they got the people goin’!

It’s been good few weeks. I’ve got to run the More Half Marathon as one of Athelta’s sponsored athletes.  I attended several fun fitness events at Equinox.  And yesterday, I was invited to be a FitFluential Ambassador! It’s a huge honor and amazing opportunity, and I really couldn’t be more excited. Let’s Do This!

I haven’t done this in a while, but I wanted to share some fun fitness opportunities!

Surfset Fitness!

SurfSET Fitness

The fun pop up of Surfset Fitness at Chelsea Market ends this month.  So many of the best fitness instructors in the city are hosting classes there, I have to try it before the month is up! There’s everything from bootcamps to yoga classes on the board! Kristen McGee, Chanelle from Physique and Emily from Refine will all be there!

Body By Simone

I was psyched to see this in Well and Good!  Body by Simone is open for business in NYC! It’s a cardio dance workout that channels Tracey Anderson—aka burns major calories.  However, unlike ol Trac, who doesn’t want rif raf like me, BBS is open to all.  At $35 a class, the cost is pretty much in line with boutique fitness studios.

NYC Marathon Registration!

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If you are thinking of entering the NYC Marathon lotto, you only have a couple days!  Entry closes on April 23rd!

Nike Women’s Marathon San Francisco.


This was my first marathon was an incredible experience and I would definitely recommend it!  There is Tiffany’s, there is the golden gate bridge, there is a coat check at Mile 3  and there is chocolate! There random drawing entry closes SOON!  April 20th!  So if you’re interested, enter here! If you have any questions about the race, let me know!

Exhale Core Fusion 30 Day Sculpt

Exhale: Core Fusion - 30 Day Sculpt [DVD]

A new Exhale video has arrived.  This one is cool because it is a 30 day program. Each week there is six 20 minute workouts that blend segments from all the previous videos, plus a rest day. There are a total of 30 different 20 minute workouts! Sounds pretty cool, I haven’t tried it, but I am intrigued for sure!

Weekend Workout Warrior

I had a slight change in jobs last month, and I am still trying to figure out how to adjust my workout schedule to fit my new work schedule.  This week I didn’t really succeed and ended up with a pretty light workout schedule. In the past, I probably would have passed up last minute social obligations rather than skip a planned workout, but these days, I’ve  shifted my values a bit. If the opportunity to catch up with friends pops up, but means I can no longer make it to the gym, I’m cool with it. However, this weekend I definitely made up for my missed workouts, quite unintentionally!

I woke up kind of late on Saturday and really wanted to take a spinning class.  The next one on the gym schedule was for 11:45, so that was the plan.  The spin class was pretty good, it was kind of the classic spin classes where you are in and out of the seat a lot and all over the bike.  The music didn’t really get me going, but it wasn’t bad.   It ended up going a little late for a full hour of spinning, which is my preferred length for a class.After that I ran to the pharmacy to pick up some prescriptions, and of course, checked twitter while I was waiting.  I noticed some tweets from Theodora and Erica about a blogger workout event at Equinox.  I was planning to go too, but for some reason had my date mixed up!  By this point, it was almost 1PM and we were supposed to be there at 1:30!  I hurried home grabbing a pita from Maoz on the way.  At home, I decompressed for a few minutes, ate my lunch, I was hungry and then changed into fresh workout clothes for the class.  I hoped in a cab and made it to Equinox just moments before the class was supposed to start at 2PM.

While I was in a pretty big rush, I couldn’t help but stop and let my jaw drop to the floor as I stepped into the lobby.


This Equinox was one of the most beautiful gyms I have ever been in, and I’ve been to a gym or two!  It was so posh and soothing, I couldn’t believe it.  After gawking for a second (like a person who obviously didn’t belong to the gym), I met Charmaine at the counter, handed me a bottle of Fuji (no poland spring here!) and showed me right to the studio, pointing out the “Zen floor,” locker rooms and fitness spaces on the way!  Four levels down several bloggers were readying their workout stations for the fun ahead!  And by fun, I mean


The workout was 30 minute versions of 3 different Equinox classes.  First up was MetCon3. 

Here’s the description:

Meet your goals head on and fully amped in body and mind! Perfectly scripted, this high-intensity metabolic conditioning workout taxes all 3 energy systems and acts like a fat-incinerator to ensure results that leave you fit and motivated for the demands of your life.

The instructor explained the science behind the class, which he also wrote on the mirror.  I kind of got lost, but maybe you can make sense of it:IMG_3978

The actual workout was pretty straight forward, after a warm up there were 10 exercises that we did for 1 minute each. 


In case you can’t see them, the exercises were:

  1. Lunge back (regular, curtsy, regular, switch)
  2. Narrow row on one knee
  3. Side plyo lunge (cardio)
  4. Alternating Lunges withweights
  5. Chest press lying on step
  6. Straddle Run (Cardio)
  7. Side Lunge Kayak (with bar)
  8. Fly raises (alternating)
  9. Squat holding bar
  10. Plank Scissorman Hip Extension (plank on step, raising leg up and then into elbow)

I really liked this workout because it moved so quickly and never got boring.  My heartrate was up the whole time. The instructor kept us motivated and called me out when I wasn’t pushing hard enough.  He also made me take 8 pounds weights, which were killer!

We repeated this twice and then it was on to the next class: Barre Burn.

Description: A total body workout that slims your hips, tightens your thighs, lifts your seat, & mobilizes your metabolism. Utilizing ballet movements, intelligent isometrics, changes in rhythm, range of motion & progressive core training, your body heals, tightens, strengthens so you look, feel and move better.

The class was similar to Core Fusion.  We did mini arm, leg and ab sections.  The instructor made it short and sweet—each section was tough! Thankfully, they were also short and as soon it was over the pain was gone.


Our last class preview was yoga

I don’t think we really need a description for that one. However, between spinning and the first two classes, I was thrilled to have a little om time.

Our instructor was great. She took us through an easy flow that was just what I needed.  Twenty-five minutes of yoga actually felt like the perfect amount to stretch and relax a bit. IMG_3986

It was a fun event and I really liked all three workouts! Doing two workouts back to back reminded me of the good ole days when I had seemingly unlimited energy.  Here’s a cute shot of the blogger group:


Looking at the picture, I know see that I was dressed like Aladdin! lol.

After the classes, people hit up the eucalyptus showers and steam rooms.  I went home and  to lay on the couch and watch international house hunters.  I knew I had a long run the next day, which is always difficult on a Sunday.  I was hoping to make it to Athleta for run club, but I knew that the 7:30AM wake up call would be difficult.  As I crawled into bed at 3:30 in the morning, I knew it wasn’t going to happen.  Oh birthday parties!

Instead, I woke up at 9:15ish.  Strapped on my fuelbelt for the first time since summer and I was out the door by 10am and I decided to hit the East River Path and just keep following it for 12 miles.  The east side was crazy cold.  Finally around the seaport the wind died down and I stopped thinking about being cold.  I ran around the esplanade and up the west side. It was kind of a lonely run, so I was happy to have my music.  I realized I was going to have to cut my run a little short if I was going to make it to brunch on time, so I ended up a mile short of 12.  Overall it was a pretty good run, toward the end  I was feeling a little tired and had to tell myself to just “keep your legs turning over.” 

It’s been a good weekend.  Good food.  good friends. good workouts.  There’s not much more I ask for in life :) I hope yours was great too!

Oh, just as a side note, the granola we got at Eleven Madison Park is already gone!  It was the best granola ever.  Frank and I couldn’t keep our hands out of the jar.  I am going to have to try and make my own batch asap!!!