Join Me for a Recycle Class & Ripe Stuff Cocktails!

recycle-charity-rideBoston friends! I’m hosting a charity spin class at Recycle Studio’s beautiful new South End location next weekend (Saturday March 26) and would absolutely love for you to join me. All donations will go towards my marathon fundraiser benefiting the Massachusetts Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired. As I’ve mentioned before, I’m running as a guide this year and am honored to be able to help out such a worthy cause.

To reserve a spot in class you can sign up HERE.

Bikes are $50, which I know is steep, but that donation includes the 45-minute class, Ripe Stuff cocktails (fresh juice + booze = perfect post-workout fuel for a Saturday, right??), goodie bags and a raffle entry for awesome prizes (two weeks unlimited spin classes is one, just to whet your appetite!).

Event Details

WHAT | 45-minute spin class (shoes provided if you need them) followed by Ripe Stuff cocktails

WHEN | Saturday March 26 @ 1:30 PM

WHERE | Recycle South End – 18 Union Park Street (map)

COST | $50 donation includes the class, post-sweat cocktails, goodie bag and raffle entry (additional raffle tickets can be purchased at the studio)

There are 24 bikes available so snag a spot ASAP. Can’t make the ride but still want to donate? You’re the sweetest! My fundraising page can be found HERE.

I hope to see some of you there—I love meeting local readers and so sincerely appreciate the support. I know I always hesitate to go to stuff like this for fear of looking creepy, and in the event that’s a concern for you, stawwwp it. It’s going to be a fun afternoon of working out, sipping on cocktails and hopefully winning some cool swag. 🙂

About Recycle Studio: South End

recycle-studio-south-endIf you haven’t taken a class at Recycle yet (or maybe just not at their new South End location), you’re in for a treat. There are tons of cycling studios in Boston now, but Recycle is the OG, opening its doors years ago when the spin craze hadn’t yet migrated north from NYC.

South End Studio Details:

  • Two showers
  • Filtered water cooler
  • Lockers
  • Complimentary spin shoes
  • Water bottles and cold-pressed juice from Ripe Stuff for purchase
  • Childcare offered for $10 during the 8:30AM class
  • $26/class but if you buy a package the cost per class goes down (ask about their student discount!) – they’re also on ClassPass

The Workout
My favorite thing about Recycle is that every time you go to class, you know what you’re going to get. At any fitness studio or gym, you’ll find differences between instructors based on personality–which is a good thing!–but there can also be differences in quality. For the most part, I have my favorite instructors at studios and know whose class to skip. I’ll tweak my schedule around the instructors I like. Recycle is one of the few studios at which I don’t do that. I go at a time that’s convenient for me, knowing that regardless of the instructor, it’ll be good.

Recycle is an indoor cycling studio, not traditional spin. You’ll ride to the beat of the music (the playlists are always great), incorporate some choreography and dedicate one song to upper body work using light hand weights. In their signature Reboot ride, you’ll do a mix of endurance songs, hills, sprints and a song or two that’s more heavily choreographed (dance party!). If you’re new to spin, don’t be worried about the choreography–you’ll be able to follow along because the instructors count you down and do it with you. The arm song typically comes towards the end of the 45-minute class.

Disclosure: I’m working on a project with ClassPass (in exchange for a 5 class/month membership, I’m writing about certain studios) so I’ve gotten the chance to visit the new Recycle location a couple times in these past weeks for free. If you want to see what ClassPass is all about, signing up with THIS LINK will give you $25 off your first month (it’ll also give me a credit FYI).

Let me know in the comments if you’re going to join in the fun next Saturday!! Can’t wait to see you there! 🙂

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Marathon Training Update + A Visit to True Runner

true-runner-purchaseDisclosure: This post is sponsored by Vocalpoint and True Runner. All opinions–as always!–are my own. I appreciate your support!

This marathon training process has been a huge learning experience for me. Every day feels like an experiment. From injury prevention to gear and nutrition supplements, it’s been fun for me to immerse myself in this expansive world of long-distance running. I went into training vowing it would be a one-and-done. Cross it off the bucket list, never put my body through a marathon again. But … I’m starting to see why people get hooked on these things. The running community is so supportive! I can’t even count how many people have reached out to me, offered me advice, shared their own experience–it’s been amazing. I am 100% sure I will cry tears of overwhelmed happiness on race day haha.

In just one such example of the amazing Boston running community, True Runner offered me a gift card to come shop their store in Chestnut Hill. It’s located in the same shopping center as Sweetgreen, Drybar, Soul Cycle and Equinox so I made a nice afternoon of the trip out to the ‘burbs.  true-runner-outside

True Runner carries a wide range of shoes, apparel and gear to support all your running needs, and their staff is super knowledgeable in finding you the right products for your body, running form/gait. Specialty running stores like this are an especially smart choice if you’re newer to running and are unsure of what shoes to buy. I’m in a committed relationship with my Nikes so I decided to use my gift card on some smaller running accessories I need for the remainder of training.

I’ve just started trying out different nutrition/energy supplements during my long runs that are over two hours. I went with the vanilla bean Gu an hour into my 16-miler and liked it, but Double Espresso sounds like the EXACT thing I want in my system at around mile 12, so I got a few Clif shots to try out this weekend. I’d love to hear what your go-to’s are for supplements during long runs! 

I’ve been running with my iPhone in my pocket, so the Nike armband is going to be a massive upgrade. The Experia socks have extra padding over the heel and ball of the foot (can’t hurt!), and with the weather in Boston nearing 70 today (!!!) I figure a pair of running shorts might come in handy as I near race day. true-runner-inside

Marathon Training: Week 12

Even though last week was technically my twelfth (just took me four tries to spell ‘twelfth’ correctly FYI) week of training, with all the time off for my knee injury and then being sick, it really doesn’t seem like it’s been that long. Here were last week’s workouts:

MONDAY |  Yoga

Having run 16 miles the day before, my body was craving some yoga. I found this YouTube video and loved it–lots of great stretches and poses for the hips and IT band. Just what the doctor ordered!

TUESDAY | Strength Train (Btone)

WEDNESDAY | Run 4.5 Miles + Yoga

I ran a quick loop around the Charles River and then did the same yoga YouTube as Monday.

THURSDAY | Rowing Class 

I haven’t rowed since I stopped teaching it so I decided to hop in for a class at Btone. Rowing is an awesome option for marathon training if you want the cardio and lower body strength benefits of running but without the impact to your knees.

FRIDAY | Strength Train (Btone)

SATURDAY | Rest

SUNDAY | Run 10 Miles

Despite taking a rest day Saturday, my legs felt like led on this run. Rowing is a challenging leg workout (Thursday) and Friday’s Btone was also a low-body challenge, so I definitely paid the price on this 10 miler. On the bright side, I’m glad I made the mistake when the “long” run was only 10 miles. I’ve adjusted my plan this week so that my legs will (hopefully) feel fresh in time for Saturday’s 18-mile run.

Runners–what’s your go-to for race nutrition? Gu? Beans? S Caps? Gimme suggestions!

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Healthy Travel: Feel OM-azing Package at Hotel Marlowe in Cambridge

Hotel Marlowe's Feel Om-azing package review -- great option for healthy travel in Boston/CambridgeI had the best mini staycation last week! Hotel Marlowe in Cambridge recently started offering a package for those looking to maintain a healthy lifestyle during their stay. The Feel OM-azing package includes an overnight stay in one of their gorgeous suites; a personal in-room yoga lesson provided by Melissa Milling of Live Sano; a healthy breakfast from Bambara (the hotel’s restaurant); a cold-pressed juice; and their Yoga Mat Rollout Service, which provides you with a mat, blocks, towels, water and a healthy post-flow snack of fresh fruit and mixed nuts. With the stress of my knee injury and a busy work schedule, this overnight was exactly what I needed! 

The Hotel & Room

Hotel Marlowe's Feel Om-azing package review -- great option for healthy travel in Boston/CambridgeKimpton hotels are known for their bold design elements, and Hotel Marlowe is no exception. I love the fun patterns and stand-out decor throughout the hotel and room. I was given one of their executive suites and I was blown away at how big it was. Literally larger than my apartment (not that that’s saying much since I live in a studio haha). You walk into a living room space with a desk and television and then that opens up into the bedroom, complete with a second tv and day bed. Connecting the two in a loop fashion is a large bathroom with full-sized jacuzzi tub. Hotel Marlowe's Feel Om-azing package review -- great option for healthy travel in Boston/Cambridge Hotel Marlowe's Feel Om-azing package review -- great option for healthy travel in Boston/CambridgeHotel Marlowe's Feel Om-azing package review -- great option for healthy travel in Boston/CambridgeMy room had a view of the Charles River, which was gorgeous at night with all the lights from the buildings along Boston’s skyline. Hotel Marlowe's Feel Om-azing package review -- great option for healthy travel in Boston/Cambridge Hotel Marlowe's Feel Om-azing package review -- great option for healthy travel in Boston/CambridgeFrom the lobby to the suite, I thought the hotel was excellent and wished I could have stayed longer!

The Yoga Lesson

Hotel Marlowe's Feel Om-azing package review -- great option for healthy travel in Boston/CambridgeShortly after checking in, it was time for my private yoga lesson. I scheduled it this way so that the room would still be clean (an hour into being in a hotel room, my clothes are EVERYWHERE, I can’t help it). I also love doing yoga at night/in the late afternoon as opposed to first thing in the morning because it helps any stresses from the day fade away. Hotel Marlowe's Feel Om-azing package review -- great option for healthy travel in Boston/Cambridge

My yoga instructor, Melissa of Live Sano, was an absolute sweetheart. I loved the one-on-one attention because I was able to tell her what areas are tight (holy shoulders) and she adjusted the lesson to include lots of poses and stretches specifically for me. I felt amazing at the end! Hotel Marlowe's Feel Om-azing package review -- great option for healthy travel in Boston/CambridgeEvery evening from 5-6pm, Hotel Marlowe does a wine hour in their lobby–hello, perfect timing. I finished yoga and wandered down to the lobby to grab a complimentary glass of red, which I enjoyed in my room while cozied up in one of their signature animal-print bathrobes.

The Food & Drinks

Before yoga, room service stopped by with a healthy snack, water and a sweet welcome note. Hotel Marlowe's Feel Om-azing package review -- great option for healthy travel in Boston/Cambridge

Joe didn’t join me until late that evening so I decided to order room service for dinner. The menu has lots of healthy options, and I ended up going with their chopped salad and a side of roasted brussles sprouts. Both were delicious! Hotel Marlowe's Feel Om-azing package review -- great option for healthy travel in Boston/Cambridge

As part of the Feel OM-azing package, you get a complimentary cold-pressed juice. The next morning, I went with their green option which I sipped on in bed while doing a little blog work. Snow was falling outside and it seriously could not have been a better way to start the day.

Hotel Marlowe's Feel Om-azing package review -- great option for healthy travel in Boston/Cambridge

Hotel Marlowe's Feel Om-azing package review -- great option for healthy travel in Boston/CambridgeAlso included in the package is a $25 room credit to use on breakfast. I went with oatmeal and a smoothie and Joe stuck with eggs–everything was delicious!

Other Ways to Be Active during Your Stay

Hotel Marlowe's Feel Om-azing package review -- great option for healthy travel in Boston/CambridgeAll guests have access to the hotel’s fitness center (regardless of if you’ve purchased the Feel Om-azing package), which was located on my floor down the hall. It was small but had everything you’d need–cardio equipment, weight machines and free weights, foam rollers, BOSU balls, benches, etc. Hotel Marlowe's Feel Om-azing package review -- great option for healthy travel in Boston/Cambridge Hotel Marlowe's Feel Om-azing package review -- great option for healthy travel in Boston/CambridgeWith the Charles River and its awesome surrounding bike path right in the hotel’s front yard, they also offer free kayaks and bikes for your use. I’d absolutely recommend taking advantage of them if you stay during the warmer months. The views of the city from the Charles are awesome and the area is always teeming with activity when it’s nice outside. Had my knee not been bothering me, I probably would have gone for a run along the river during my stay.

All the staff were so friendly and helpful throughout my quick, but awesome stay. A big thanks to Kimpton for having me! I actually shot a workout in the hotel room before I left (checkout isn’t until noon so I had some time to work there Friday morning) and that’ll be up on the blog tomorrow. It’s great for doing while traveling or any time you’re short on space and equipment.

For more details on Hotel Marlowe’s Feel Om-azing Package you can visit their website

Have you ever done a wellness package at a hotel or other healthy travel program?

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