Red Sox Game with Nike+ Run Club

Fenway Park Red Sox GameThis weekend I was invited to run with Boston’s Nike+ Run Club to Fenway Park to watch the Red Sox game. As you can probably guess, it took me one millisecond to say yes.

We met in front of the Nike store in Back Bay (it’s closed for renovations but is opening again soon), where Nike hooked me up with some new Flyknit Lunar 2 running shoes. They’re super comfortable and felt great during our 3-mile run to the game. I was initially a little worried this would be a group of serious runners and I’d have nothing to contribute to the conversation as everyone compared their favorite brands of compression socks haha, but it was nothing like that. Of course there were advanced runners there and lots of talk about upcoming races, but Nike is totally welcoming to all the not-so-serious runners like me. It was a fun, no-pressure run, and I loved chatting with all the people involved.

Nike Flyknit Lunar 2

I figured we’d just have normal seats for the game, but when we got to Fenway and were handed our tickets—boom!—box seats. Such an exciting surprise (especially since it was freezing outside). Food, beer, an amazing view and great company—it was an awesome way to spend a Saturday night. We even got the chance to take pictures with the 2013 World Series trophy. I’m admittedly a half-ass Sox fan, but I still couldn’t help geeking out a little over it. :)

2013 World Series Championship TrophyWith fellow Boston blogger, Caroline (The Trendy Trainer)

The Nike store on Newbury Street has been closed for renovations since the fall, but will reopen April 18th in time for the marathon. Even though the doors haven’t quite yet opened back up, the Nike running club has started meeting again, running every Tuesday & Thursday at 6:30pm and Saturday mornings at 9am. It’s free for anyone to join in, and they typically split into three groups—a 5-mile run, 3-mile run and 2-mile run—so runners of all levels are welcome. And after meeting all the fun, friendly people involved I would highly encourage all you in the Boston area to try it out! I’m definitely going to make it to one of the Tuesday runs soon.

Have you guys ever run with a running club?

P.S. This raining weather prevented me from taking pics for this week’s workout this morning, but don’t worry, it’s coming!

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My Favorite Things: March

March favoritesEh, five days late with my monthly favorites post. Close enough. That’s actually been my motto for the weekend: Eh, close enough. Starting with the “matching” socks I put on yesterday:

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Followed by getting off the train three T stops after my actual stop because I was preoccupied picking an old gel manicure off my fingernails.

And now posting an end-of-March post on April 5th.

Eh, close enough.

Here are a few things I’ve been loving lately…

Using DJ Sets and Podcasts on SoundCloud for Workout Music

SoundCloud-Bingo PlayersEspecially since becoming a group fitness instructor, I am constantly on the hunt for awesome new workout music. I have separate playlists for everything—music perfect for Btone, music perfect for spinning (one day I swear I’m going to actually become a spin instructor and not just talk about it haha), music perfect for HIIT workouts, and so on. I have to be conscious of appealing to the masses when I’m putting together class playlists so I skip the super intense EDM, but for my personal workouts and runs, IT’S ON.

Usually I just use the Spotify radio feature or one of my own playlists on there, but my boyfriend just turned me on to SoundCloud and now I’m hooked. I’ll search for one of my favorite DJs and then pick one of their more recent podcasts or sets. They’re usually about an hour of continuous, amazing pump-up music. So far, I’ve been going to Bingo Players, Tommy Trash and Tiesto as my go-to’s, but all my favorite DJs are on SoundCloud—it’s limitless!

I’m still new to it and don’t fully understand all the ways SoundCloud can be used, but I’m loving it for my long runs!

My New Bow Pumps

Aminah Abdul Jillil bow pumpsIf you follow me on Instagram, you may have already seen these beauties. I first laid eyes on these Aminah Abdul Jillil bow pumps when stalking around some of my favorite fashion blogs. I knew they’d be perfect for my Boston Winter Ball outfit, so I hunted them down online and ordered them. Two months after the Ball…they arrived. Eh, close enough. :)

My fault for failing to read the fine print (by “fine print” I mean BACKORDERED was bolded and written in all caps no less than seven times across the web page)—and better late than never because I LOVE THEM.

Running Regularly Again

running-doesnt-suckThis winter in Boston was BRUTAL. Relentless sub-freezing temperatures. Snow that wouldn’t stop or melt. It was awful. Usually winter doesn’t stop me from running outside, but this year really got the best of me. Now that Boston got over its identity crisis (thanks for finally realizing you aren’t Alaska, you ass hole), I’ve been running outside around the city getting ready for my half marathon and it’s made me so unbelievably happy. Sunshine, good music, a long run along the Charles River—lately it’s been impossible for me to be in a bad mood.

Chocolate Cake Pops from Starbucks

March favoritesIt’s getting bad, guys. I might actually have to stop working from Starbuck’s for a little while so that I can let this chocolate cake pop addiction fade. See tweet:

 

I’ve always been a fan of cake pops, but within reason—maybe once every couple months I’ll order one with my iced coffee. Recently, however, Starbuck’s came out with this fudgy chocolate pop crafted by angels and blessed by the Heavens and I. Just. Can’t. Stop. It’s weird because I actually despise chocolate cake, but something about these pops…

What are you loving lately?

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Lemon Hemp Seed Pesto Sauce (Dairy-Free)

Lemon Hemp Seed Pesto Sauce (Dairy-Free)Hey guys! Shit. I have had the BUSIEST week—and today is no exception. You know those weeks where you feel like you’re constantly working and running around but the to-do list just never gets shorter? That’s where I am. In part, I think I’m subconsciously creating unnecessary tasks for myself in order to avoid doing my taxes, but regardless, I apologize for not posting a workout this week. I have a bunch in the queue but haven’t had the time to shoot and write them up into a blog post. In the meantime, you could browse through the archives and try out an old one—I’d love to hear what some of your blast-from-the-past favorites are!

Lemon Hemp Seed Pesto Sauce (Dairy-Free)

Since I hate having total radio silence on the blog during the week, I wanted to throw up a quick (delicious!) recipe post before I get back to avoiding my taxes. I’ve been experimenting with a dairy-free cauliflower crust pesto pizza recipe, and while the flavors are all spot on, I still need to tweak the crust texture. Full recipe will be up when I nail that part, but in the meantime, this lemon hemp seed pesto is a light, refreshing and dairy-free take on traditional pesto sauce. Perfect for pastas, spaghetti squash, sandwich spreads and, of course, pizza!

Lemon Hemp Seed Pesto Sauce (Dairy-Free)

Lemon Hemp Seed Pesto Sauce (Dairy-Free)

Yield: 2/3 cup (roughly)

Lemon Hemp Seed Pesto Sauce (Dairy-Free)

A light, refreshing, dairy-free pesto sauce made with a hint of lemon and hemp seeds.

Ingredients

  • 1 ½ cup packed basil
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • 1/8 tsp sea salt
  • ¼ c extra virgin olive oil
  • 3 tbsp pine nuts
  • 1 tbsp hemp seeds
  • 1 tbsp packed parsley

Instructions

  1. Put everything in a food processor. Pulse and process until smooth.
http://pumpsandiron.com/2014/04/03/lemon-hemp-seed-pesto-sauce-dairy-free/

Lemon Hemp Seed Pesto Sauce (Dairy-Free)I love the nutty flavor of hemp seeds (I eat them by the spoonful sometimes…kind of weird), and think they’re a great compliment to the pine nuts. I also think it’s crazy how omitting the cheese that’s usually in traditional pesto sauce makes little to no difference in the flavor—for me, there’s now no reason to ever not use dairy-free pesto.

Enjoy! I’m off to continue not doing my taxes…

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