Thursday, November 19, 2015

4 Days and 4 Runs in NYC

If you follow me on Instagram you likely noticed I was in NYC last weekend. We enjoyed a long weekend back in the city, although in my opinion it wasn't long enough. A lot of ground was covered, a lot of sights seen and delicious food enjoyed, but I wished we had just a little more time to see more friends.

When people plan visits to NYC, I imagine they focus on Broadway shows, food, shopping, and checking out the well-known tourist hot spots. And while that is true to an extent for us too, the first thing I start planning is where we're going to run!

NYC is where I fell in love with running, so I'm thrilled to share with you the four runs we did over four days this past weekend.

Financial District Friday - 3.25 miles

We stayed at the Aloft Hotel Downtown just steps away from City Hall Park. This is a bit north of our old apartment so we know the area well and while it's probably not the first place you'll think of to go for a run in NYC, it's great, nonetheless.

Heading out at 8am meant we had to contend with rush hour, but this run goes along the water which drastically reduces the amount of street crossing and busy sidewalks.

Where to go: Start at Fulton Street and South Street (South Street Seaport) and run on the path along the water, taking it around the south end of the island, in front of the Staten Island Ferry terminal, through Battery Park (stop here to take a photo of the Statue of Liberty), up along the esplanade in Battery Park City (photo ops at the South and North Coves) then instead of heading up along the West Side Highway, head back down south and wind your way back to City Hall Park.

Where to eat: We enjoyed some good vegan eats (including delicious smoothies) at Terri but if you're looking for something a little different, Open Kitchen is a great new edition to the neighborhood with two locations in FiDi.

I mapped this out for you on MapMyRun, find it here.

Early Morning Run - Battery Park CIty

Early Morning Run - Lower Manhattan

Saturday in the Park - 4 miles
A trip to NYC isn't complete without a run in Central Park. I met up with two of my best running friends - who you've seen here many times - Grace and April, for this one. While running is a fantastic way to catch up with good friends and enjoy the scenery, I have to admit that I was so caught up in our conversations I hardly took time to take in the beauty around us. You can pretty much count on a lot of other runners in the park, but that's part of what makes it Central Park!

Where to go: There are countless routes in Central Park, this one however started at Columbus Circle. We headed counter-clockwise along the park drive then jumped on the path around the reservoir and headed back down to Columbus Circle along the bridle path. A bit of road, a bit of gravel path.

Where to eat: The Smith or Le Pain Quotidien on the Upper West Side near Lincoln Center.

Early Morning Run - Central Park reservoir
Early Morning Run - Running with the girls

SoHo Sunday - 6 miles
I love running through SoHo on Sunday mornings when the neighborhood is still quiet and just starting to wake up. The only place you'll see a crowd is the line outside Dominique Ansel Bakery waiting for cronuts. The trick here is avoiding tripping on the cobblestone streets or getting too distracted by the beautiful designer clothing in the showroom windows.

Where to go: We left City Hall Park, made our way up Lafayette before switching over to Broadway and criss-crossing our way around SoHo (between West Broadway and Centre Street) before heading west to Hudson St, down through Tribeca and finishing near the World Trade Center. As an alternative, take Greenwich St south.

Where to eat: Head back to Terri, Open Kitchen, Le Pain Quotidien, Pret, or head to the Whole Foods in Tribeca.

Find our (approximate) route here.

Early Morning Run - Soho

Early Morning Run - Soho JR mural

Monday Highway Run - 5 miles
Our last morning run and we had a specific place for breakfast in mind, so we stayed downtown yet again. This run, by far, is the easiest to follow. Running along the Hudson River is a nice change from city streets, but I much prefer the sections that aren't right along the road - especially during morning rush hour! Another great thing about this path is that there are very few interruptions due to vehicle traffic, although you do need to watch out for cyclists, other runners, and people out for a casual stroll.

Where to go: Starting back in City Hall Park we cut over to the West Side Highway along Chambers Street, headed north along the path, turned around just past Chelsea Piers and wrapped it up at the north end of Battery Park City (Chambers Street).

Where to eat: Zucker's for a classic NYC bagel, cream cheese and lox. Plus Colombe coffee.

Early Morning Run - One World Trade

Early Morning Run - West Side Highway

Do you live in NYC or have you visited the city? Add to my list, what are your favorite runs? * Thanksgiving is next week! Do your traditions include a Turkey Trot?

Monday, November 9, 2015

Join The Challenge and #ChaseTheBird

We’re just over 3 weeks away from Thanksgiving. Travel itineraries are set. Meal planning is under way. The holidays are upon us, and along with the holidays come parties, cocktails, delicious meals, and celebrations with family and friends. But for some, the fun stops when we step on the scale or try to zip up our favorite jeans.

Thankfully Oiselle has stepped in with a fun way to help keep us motivated to stay the course - or get on board - with our training or general fitness routine this month. At the start of November Oiselle launched a month-long challenge dubbed #chasethebird. 

It’s super easy and definitely not too late to join in. All it requires is 15 minutes of physical activity - any kind of physical activity - every day. You can run, lift weights, take your dog (or cat if you prefer) for a walk, hit the stairs, do burpees, or a yoga video for 15 minutes and log it on social media with the hashtag #chasethebird.

As an extra incentive, Oiselle is randomly selecting winners to receive fun prizes and whether or not you win, you’ll still find loads of inspiration in the other tweets, instagram pictures, and Facebook posts.

All it takes 15 minutes!

And as you can tell, vegans can #chasethebird too! I hope you'll join me in this challenge.

What are your biggest vices during the holiday season? * What is your approach to staying healthy but also enjoying the season?

Sunday, November 1, 2015

No. 4: Fly With The Winners

Earlier this year, Oiselle put out the Flight Manual. The Flight Manual puts forth a set of ideas meant to create success in running and in life. As I've read these ideas, certain people, friendships, experiences, come to mind. It's an interesting way to look at how we approach our every day interactions, who we want to be and what kind of impact we want to make. Number 4 is fresh in my mind today.

It's so true that who we align ourselves with is incredibly important. Life is short and we only get one go at it, so why not drench ourselves in positivity, strength, and fun? "The Winners" aren't always the one crossing the finish line first or making the most money. "The Winners" as I see it are those who make me stronger, happier, and more fulfilled. 

We recently had the amazing good fortune to have an event with Sally Bergesen, Founder + CEO of Oiselle, and Kara Goucher. Both Sally and Kara talked about the importance of women supporting other women, in running and in life. About the importance of being true to oneself, not being afraid to go after our goals, and not being afraid of accepting help and support. We all need it. Thankfully, I have girlfriends who I can count on no matter what. To laugh with, cry with, and celebrate with. The evening was unforgettable, filled with laughter and new friends. Once again, I feel blessed to be part of this team, but even more importantly, proud to support this company.

I thought this would be the perfect time to share a couple of my favorite Oiselle gear! When I first got hooked on Oiselle back in 2010, the line was pretty limited - some shorts, 50/50 tees, and running tops. It's been fun, but also a bit overwhelming, to see all the great stuff coming from the brand lately. Here are two outfits I'm loving for fall, which go seamlessly from the road to the farmers market. 

The Lux Layer is amazing (think soft and silky) and I think I'm on fall #3 with these Flow Tights (light fleece lining, 3/4 length perfect for those cool morning runs). 

I've had the Tracker Jacket for about a month now and have probably worn it at least 20 times. It's lightweight, comfortable, and I love the asymmetrical zip. The O Snap tank - also lux fabric - is fitted, but not too fitted, with a keyhole back. And the flow tights are a perfect match. I wore this to the gym so I could watch the TCS NYC Marathon coverage while getting some miles in on the treadmill before we headed to the farmers market to pick up apples and a huge bag of veggies. 

The NYC Marathon holds a special place in my heart. A big congratulations to all who ran it on Sunday, especially my good friend Grace who finished her 4th NYC marathon!

What are your go-to fall weather running pieces? * Did you race this weekend? How'd it go?!