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I’ve always self-identified as a runner – I ran in junior high and high school, but it wasn’t until college that I really got into distance running. I think that’s when I learned about the true “runner’s high” – when running is not a chore, it actually feels good.
coolest pavers ever. most tired legs ever.
Sadly, I have not been there enjoying that runner’s high for a while now. So many excuses – work, kids, weird tetanus side effects, blah, blah, blah. To add insult to injury, this long, cold winter and all of New York’s tasty food offerings have not been very kind to my waistline. So, I’ve recently re-committed to running again.
My uber-fit friend, Nichole, wrote about her secret to running success here and I’ve been trying to follow her lead. She calls her technique the Cardio Sandwich – a great way to get in a toning and cardio workout quickly and efficiently. Basically, if your goal is to run three miles, run two of them at 100%, stop and do a toning workout as hard as you can, and then jog out your last mile. It sounds simple, right? I actually love it for how simple and quick it is – but I’m telling you, I’ve never been so sore. There is really something to that last mile on the end of the workout! And as for the toning part, I usually do a mat series from Tracy Anderson’s 30 day method book and lately I’ve been doing this quick routine (that everyone’s been talking about) when I’m in a hurry. Have you tried either of these? (OUCH – hurts so good).
I still have a ways to go, but I’m feeling great about this new routine. It feels really sustainable, which is about as much as I can hope for at this point! :)
Here’s some of the gear I’ve been using and loving this year:
Extra thick yoga mat – I use this extra thick mat for doing the floor exercises between runs. Sort of necessary thing on hard wood floors.
The perfect-fitting earbuds – I have pretty small ear canals, so most earbuds are driving me nuts by the end of just a subway ride, let alone after an entire workout. These are divine.
iPhone armband – A necessity! iPhone in sportsbra or in waistband is not a viable option! :)
Tracy Anderson’s 30-Day Method – My sister, Heather and I often do Tracy routines together. We like to call her bad names while she is torturing us with her genius, killer moves that manage to make me sweat hard about 3.5 seconds in.
THE Tank – Surely you’ve experienced Target brand Merona’s famous tank top line? These tanks are universally flattering with their long and lean cut. And they wash so well! At $6-8 a pop, you might as well get them in every color.
So, I’d love to hear what you’re doing to stay in shape. What’s the latest product or routine that’s working for you? Also, if you’re a runner, do you prefer outside running or the treadmill? I have a really beautiful 4 mile route I like to run around my neighborhood. I used to think nothing could beat running along the Charles River back when we lived in Cambridge, but the Brooklyn Promenade takes the cake for me. Want to join me for a little (slash very long!) photo tour?…
I start my workout with a slow jog down Clinton to Atlantic Ave and then I head east toward the river.