Pop Physique aka Pain Incarnate: A Review

What weighs more: a pound of feathers or a pound of bricks? Trick question. They weigh the same. But you know what weighs a million times more? The one-pound weights at Pop Physique. Don’t be fooled by appearances: these itty bitty hand weights are somehow the heaviest thing you’ll ever touch. I took my first PopContinue reading “Pop Physique aka Pain Incarnate: A Review”

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Joining the Mile High Club (Well, Kind Of)

New York City may a hotbed of chic, on-trend fitness classes, but you’d be hard pressed to find me at any of them. While the masses may be flocking to SoulCycle or FlyWheel or some other combination of two fancy words without a space, I’ve largely avoided them, and for plenty of reasons: These classesContinue reading “Joining the Mile High Club (Well, Kind Of)”

Run If By Land 

When you like two things separately, it only makes sense you’ll love them doubly together. You know what I mean: Like peanut butter and chocolate? You’ll love Reese’s cups. Like animals and football? You’ll love the Puppy Bowl. Like Muppets and Apple products? You’ll love FaceTiming with your niece in Hawaii, even if she doesn’tContinue reading “Run If By Land “

Goodbye, Upper East Side

I could attribute my successful running career [I use this word loosely; Nike isn’t sponsoring these 8-minute miles or anything] to lots of things — a rigid sleep schedule, a largely whole-food diet, an innate fear of finishing last. But I believe my achievements in fitness these past few years were mostly guided by theContinue reading “Goodbye, Upper East Side”

Race Day Tips: The Ol’ Watering Hole

They say practice makes perfect, and in most cases, that’s true. Practicing your instrument makes you a better musician. Practicing your second language makes you a better world traveler. Practicing martini-fueled karaoke with your best friend on a Sunday night makes you a better Anchor Brewery tour guest the following morning. Sure, there’s talk ofContinue reading “Race Day Tips: The Ol’ Watering Hole”

Exorcising (Exercising?) My Demons

I’ve reached an age* where nearly everything can make me cry. *Just kidding, I’ve always been like this. Seriously though, it doesn’t matter whether the event is big or small, happy or sad. Practically any wave of emotion will turn on the waterworks, and the variety of experiences that can set me off is downrightContinue reading “Exorcising (Exercising?) My Demons”

“Wendy, Michael, John! Tinkerbelle, c’mon!”

If you were to ask me why I run, I could give you any number of predictable and entirely true answers. I run because it helps keep my weight in check. I run because it allows me to work through my anxiety in a healthy way. I run because it grants me precious alone timeContinue reading ““Wendy, Michael, John! Tinkerbelle, c’mon!””

Back Up Plans

Every runner I’ve ever met has a mantra that loops on repeat in their heads as they tackle the toughest parts of training. Something encouraging to calm their minds, reset their focus and push themselves through a challenging segment. Phrases like: One mile at a time. You’re tougher than the rest. Everything is temporary, including this haircut. ForContinue reading “Back Up Plans”

No Means No: The Brooklyn Half Story

I’m not going to sugar coat it for you: At least 70 percent of being a runner is talking yourself into doing things you don’t want to do. I don’t want to run 4 miles before work, but I’m going to make myself. I don’t want to cut happy hour short, but I’m going to makeContinue reading “No Means No: The Brooklyn Half Story”

The Resolution Will Be Televised

People in this world tend to fall clearly into one of two camps. They’re either morning people or late-night people. They either love olives or hate them. They’re dog or cat fans, introverts or extroverts, team Chris or Liam Hemsworth, and appalled by the GOP front runners or not paying attention. They either believe inContinue reading “The Resolution Will Be Televised”