Five Foodie Favorites

Thank everything that today is Friday. Yesterday was a very, very bad day. So many things went wrong and there were so many unwelcome surprises. But, when days like that happen, I have to remind myself to count my blessings and think about all the things and the people that I’m grateful for. And today is a new day, right? I can’t wait to celebrate a friend’s birthday this weekend, compete in the NYRR’s 5th Avenue Mile {I’m not even sure of the last time I did a timed mile!}, participate in the Wanderlust 108 Festival in Prospect Park, and head to Six Flags with my BFF’s. I’ll leave you with these five foodie favorites I’ve delighted upon recently.

IMG_0839{Egg whites, avocado, and grape tomatoes atop toasted rye bread}

IMG_0944{Veggie, pickle, and cheese platter}

IMG_1023{Sauteed zucchini, fresh veggies, pickles, cheese, and hot cherry peppers on top toasted multi-grain bread with roasted bell pepper spread}

IMG_0986{Brunch with the hubby at Buttermilk Channel—I drool over their biscuits!}

IMG_0881{SO many fresh, delicious veggies atop toasted rye bread with a roasted bell pepper spread}

Obviously I’m loving the whole “toast” trend! What do you like on your toast?

xx
Ash

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Fit Fall Fashion

Screen Shot 2014-09-09 at 7.09.35 PMSome of you may be following New York Fashion Week right now, I know I’m certainly following some bloggers who are attending some really amazing shows.

Yesterday, Oiselle, a fitness clothing company for runners, had their runway show and I really just adored everything about it. They had actual athletes strutting the runway. Actual athletes. From run to runway! I don’t think a fitness fashion show would have worked any other way because athletes normally have a different build than runners. Kara Goucher, my favorite runner, looked so confident in her elite outfit. And exciting news: she just revealed this week that she will be competing in the TCS NYC Marathon and I’m so so excited to stand on the sidelines and cheer her on!
Screen Shot 2014-09-09 at 7.09.14 PMThis was the second year Oiselle appeared on the runway with athletes and I love the transition from athlete to fashionista and vice versa.

I’ve recently noticed how runners—and fitness enthusiasts in general—have become increasingly more fashionable. Something that both makes me happy and stresses me out. I mean, now I have to carefully pick out my workout outfit too?!

But, when I think about it, I’m always choosing the fun-colored shoes, sparkly headbands, and bright neon tops anyways, so I’ve already got a step in the game.

Fitness companies like Nike, Under Armour, Reebok, and more are straying away from the typical black, blue, and white workout gear, and adding patterns, color, and pizzaz! {Yes, pizzaz!}

I’ve recently fallen in love with Kate Hudson’s new line, Fabletics. Their clothing is super soft and flexible, but still supportive, and they have the coolest designs. And the best part? When you sign up for a membership you get your first outfit for only $25. That’s a sports bra, top, and bottom of your choice. Can’t beat that deal! And the following months after your sign-up, you’re emailed personalized picks to choose from and can receive the outfit for $49.95, which is still saving a ton on 3 items. If you don’t like anything that month, you can opt out. Easy peasy!

What are some of your favorite fitness fashion trends? Here are a few I can’t wait to sweat in this fall!

underarmour-pants{Love the color of these Under Armour capris}

Screen Shot 2014-08-28 at 5.03.30 PM{Nike sports bras fit me so well and are super snug.}

lululemon{I love the fun stripes on this long sleeve Lululemon shirt.}

i-will-want{Love the grittiness and inspiration of this Under Armour shirt.}

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{Love this motivation from these Forever 21 socks.}

{Disclosure: the link for Fabletics above is for my personal referrals to gain points for new gear.}

xx
Ashley

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Marathon Monday

MarathonSliderv3I’m excited {and nervous} to share that I’ve started marathon training for the Disney World Marathon on January 11. What?!

I’m not actually sure I would be doing another marathon had I not already signed up before my first one, the Rock ‘n’ Roll Country Music Marathon in Nashville. But, I’m $180 in the bag now for the Disney one, so I’m going at it full force. Plus, I mean, it’s Disney. I haven’t been to Disney World yet, and the last time I went to Disneyland was over 10 years ago {the horror!}, so I’m ready for this adventure!

During my last marathon training I ran too many long runs consecutively and added miles too fast, and my both knees and hips {specifically my Iliotibial band} hurt really badly. My doctor prescribed me some anti-inflammatories and also a strong cream. I’m also going to be taking more glucosamine, really watching my training program and mileage, add lower body strength workouts to my schedue, and focus on yoga moves that stretch the IT Band. Plus, foam roll, foam roll, foam roll.

foam-roller
And speaking of foam roll, I need a new one desperately. Does anyone have any good suggestions on a brand or type? I’m curious about the ones with curves and ridges or even the stick rollers, but I know the traditional ones work well too.

I still have one more week until my hardcore 16-week training plan starts, so I’ve just been adding a few miles here and there, plus adding more cross-training methods to help build muscle. {I’m loving CKO Kickboxing, yoga classes, and HIIT classes, and CYC Fitness lately.}

P.S. Only 18 more days until Ragnar Relay Adirondacks!! I’m SO SO excited. :)

Also, to my Arizona family and friends, please stay safe during this epic flood today. Stay home if you can!

xx
Ashley

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Five Foodie Favorites

Ah, three-day weekend. Here in New York, it’s already starting to feel like fall. The leaves are falling from the trees, people are walking around with cardigans, and I bought my first pair of boots to start the season off right. I don’t have any plans this weekend aside from a little work and a long run, so I’m hoping to head to the beach for one last sun-soak sesh before summer is officially over. I’d love to hear your plans!

image_2{A fun way to differentiate hard boiled eggs from raw eggs.}

image_3{Breakfast date with the BFF’s at Tom’s Restaurant in Prospect Heights. They give you orange slices and coffee while you wait in line!}

image_1{Greek Stuffed Bell Peppers.}

image{The most delicious grilled corn pops at Mad Dog & Beans in Carroll Gardens.}

image_4{Sauteed kale and mushrooms with a basted egg and Arizona Gunslinger.}

xx
Ashley

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Five Foodie Favorites

Happy Friday! Any fun plans this weekend? I have to work a lot this weekend, but plan to take my hubby for dinner tonight, and make time for a long run with my Ragnar team Sunday evening. With my busy work schedule, I haven’t been doing any major recipe creating, BUT, I have been mixing things up and have tried a few new local spots in New York. Cheers to the weekend!

image{Crisp, sour pickles from The Pickle Guys}

image_3{Greek tilapia with brown rice and an arugula salad}

image_2{Fresh ceviche from Bungalow Bar & Restaurant in the Rockaways}

image_4{Oats with blueberries, almonds, and cinnamon}

image_1{Kale, fresh mozzarella, mushrooms, red onions and rye bread panini}

xx
Ashley

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4 Training Tips for Any Ragnar Relay

Adirondacks-Training
Ragnar Relay Adirondacks is a little over a month away, and if you’re participating, training should be well under way.

BUT, if you’re behind, don’t fret! You still have time to get conditioned. The nice thing is, you get breaks in between each leg to rest, fuel, and possibly have some impromptu dance parties.

Doing another upcoming Ragnar race? Perfect! These four training tips will help you prepare for any Ragnar Relay race:

Team Bonding:
IMG_9805Ragnar Relay is all about meeting new running buddings, so pick a set day and time that works best for your team for training runs. Not everyone has to run the same distance or pace, but just getting together {and sometimes putting faces to names if you haven’t met team members yet} can boost excitement, motivation, and team bonding.

It’s fun to hashtash your team name or #ragnartraining during training runs and look back at all the progress you made.

Night, Morning, Night Combo:
During the relay, you’ll be running three legs of about 4-9 miles each with about 6 hours to rest in between each one. There’s nothing that can really prepare you for that experience until you actually do it, but I found that doing a night, morning, and then night running combination can help! So, once you have been assigned your three legs, carve out a night to run the first leg, then run the second leg the following morning, and your third leg that night.

Cross Train:
If you just run, run, run, you’ll end up running yourself into the ground. It’s good to let some of your other supporting muscles build up too. I like to do cycle classes, which are good for cardio and building lean leg muscle. If you are particularly tight or have any aches or pains, I would also suggest yoga. There’s always a stretch I can find to help my IT Band, hamstring muscles, or feet. And, you should also do some kind of strength training class at least once a week, to build up thigh and hamstring muscles, abs, and arms. I’ve been liking HIIT classes or you could do body pump or straight up weights.

Test out your costumes:
IMG_7048If you plan to wear a costume or fun accessesories during your run {totally normally for Ragnar, and quite frankly, frowned upon if you don’t}, I would suggest doing a run with them on. It’ll help you determine if anything chaffs or is uncomfortable {bobbing up and down like this necklace above}. I see guys wearing big fro wigs every year and think they are crazy, but it really depends on what works for you!

The biggest thing I can say is to not stress too much. It’s not so much about competing {although getting kills are so much fun!}, it’s about challenging your body, having fun, meeting new friends, and experiencing running through a new environment. {Plus, the snacks are pretty great too!}

Happy training!

xx
Ashley

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Surf’s Up!

photo(2)I’ve been wanting to get back into blogging regularly for a really long time, but every time I try, it seems forced. Like I have to run, go to the gym, or have a recipe ready to share.

My passion for fitness and healthy living has always relied on training or the fact that it’s also the main topic of my career. It’s almost as though I can’t be authentic in my workouts anymore. I want to lead an active lifestyle, more than just going to the gym and running a few miles each day.

I grew up being extremely outdoorsy, my dad used to take me camping, fishing, boating, four wheeling, hiking – you name it! And my friends and I always ran around the neighborhood, finding (OK, building) forts and just not being afraid to get dirty. I remember one time, I grabbed a broom and my roller blades and skated up and down my street just cause I thought it was fun (plus, there we’re leaves everywhere). I don’t know when my mentality that being active meant having good abs or being able to run 12 miles changed, but it did.

Granted, I DO believe in structured cardio and weight workouts, but I yearn to get back to my childhood trend of being active AND creating memorable experiences.
image(1)This past weekend, Jeff’s co-worker took us surfing at Gilgo Beach in Long Island. After a few hours of attempting to surf, we were sitting on the beach and I was telling him that my arms felt like jello and ‘wow what a workout this was!’ He agreed, and said he’s lost weight and gained a lot of muscle in his arms and back since he started surfing again. It got me thinking that this is something funa treatthat we’re doing, but it’s active, and calorie-burning, and kinda primal when it comes to healthy living.

I snowboard a lot, and that is another major workout that you don’t even think about. It made me year to incorporate more of these activities in my life.

My goal going forward with this blog, is to yes, still have conversations about races (Ragnar Adirondacks and my second marathon – Disney World are coming up!), and fun workouts, and delicious recipes, but to also remember to be adventurous and try doing active things that will give back an experience.

That’s why I also purchased Class Pass, a monthly membership for fitness and wellness classes around NYC. I want to try exciting and unique new workouts, but a lot of studios charge up to $35 per class. I do splurge on CYC Fitness twice a month, which is $25 per class, but I just love it! Plus, I have a girl crush on my instructor.

What I love about Class Pass is that you can go to 10 different fitness studios of your choice each month for just $99. That might seem like a lot, but a gym is typically $75-$120, and you’re actually getting those $35 classes for just $10. The website is very user- friendly and there are over a hundred studios to choose from! I’ve already done HIIT BK, which was intense and sweaty! I’m still sore! I’ll definitely be going back. I also tried Church Ave Yoga and BodyWork Center, which is a 2-minute walk from my apartment, and I really enjoyed my instructor, Briana. That’s another place I’ll definitely go to more often. The nice thing with Class Pass is that you can go to a studio 3 times per month. (Sometimes more if the studio allows it, like HIIT BK does). I’d highly recommend it for anyone in the New York City area.

So, that’s the latest in my world of fitness and health. It’s an ongoing journey, and I’m really excited about my two new fitness goals going forward!
imageHappy Monday!

Xx
Ashley

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