All posts filed under: Fitness

Here’s to 2017

Another cliche new years resolution coming at cha! Just kidding. Just think of it as a post laying out some goals and aspirations for the next 365 days that just happens to be published at the beginning of January. Last year for New Years Resolutions, I went total blogger-psycho laying out 52 new thing I was going to try for the year (1 for each week) and failed. To be fair, I did actually experience a few things that were on the list, but in the end, I’m not sure I really achieved or learned anything overall. That is a lie. I learned that without television, my life is very, very quiet. This year, with a year of blogging under my belt, I know better and have some clarity on how I want my 2017 to look. Finish Ironman Atlantic City One of my biggest physical goals for the year is to complete my first Ironman 70.3 in Atlantic City. I’ll (hopefully) be swimming 1.2 miles, biking 56 and finishing off with a breezy 13.1 …

Getting LGFIT

  After the Nation’s Tri, I kind of, sort of, definitely lost all motivation to be active. This about sums it up. Aside from it being the end of the race season, I was just really overwhelmed and stressed with a lot of things and of course, the first thing to fall off my “priorities” list was anything that had to do was eating right, working out and sadly, blogging. It actually worked out perfectly that at that time, my friend Lauren reached out to me to ask if I wanted to try her 6 week personal coaching/training service. I  gladly agreed, knowing it would help me get back on track with fitness, but having no idea what a profound effect it would have on the rest of well-being. Lauren is an old high-school friend. She actually, un-knowing to me, grew up a mere 5 houses away from me my entire childhood. I’m sure I missed out on some good times as a kid! She recently, and courageously, began her own fitness business, Lauren Gassman Fitness (LGFIT). …

Tri-ing one year later.

2 weeks ago, I completed the Nations Triathlon. Well, it was actually turned into a Biathlon because the Potomac’s water didn’t meet regulation for “full human body contact” aka, it was full of poop…. again. 2/3 of a tri? Big bummer. Waking up at 5AM to complete a swim, bike and run? Fun! Waking up at 5 AM to just bike and run? Boo. I seriously considered not showing up until I had a little a nostalgic moment. On the Saturday before the race, Steven drove me to pick up my packet and help me rack my bike. Yes, this may sound familiar becauseee…… He did the same thing last year at my very FIRST triathlon! As we walked my bike to the transition this year, I remembered so vividly that first tri, the one that really started it all! I remember Steven parking the Subaru on ohio drive, bike in tow, being SO nervous, speed walking the bike down the street, having no idea how to rack my bike, looking at every other bike there to …

Traveling to Tri

Apologies for the absence, this summer has been a whirlwind of activities. That is not to be interpreted as “I’m sorry I did all these activities.” because I’m definitely not! That is what summer is for! I plan on doing a total recap of some of the awesome things that happened in the last two months but for now, I thought I’d stick to my most recent race (and first race I’ve traveled for). Steven, my mom and I had decided to go out west and visit Genie because well, we like her a little. Genie and I planned a week o’ fun to ensure we got the most out of our time on the west coast. Fun fact: it was also a momentous occasion because it was Steven’s first time west of the Mississippi! So obviously, we had to make it special. We thought a quick trip to Lake Tahoe would be a perfect start to vacation. And what makes a vacation more fun that swimming, biking and running!? Well, many things, but I’m a weird human so that …

Realizing the Dream: A Pokemon Story

Warning: if you follow me on snapchat, some of these jokes may seem familiar. Sorry, I’m not sorry, they were great jokes! Just kidding, my brain is too tired to think of new ones. If you want to see some fresh stuff, make sure you follow me @sunnieko. SO, last week I got the best email of all time. A company called Augusta Sports emailed me asking “at what lengths would you go to catch em all?” “Well,” I thought, “that depends.” The email continued and asked if they could send some of their gear to try out on a pokemon hunt/run and to represent my team (yeah team VALOR!). New gear? Legit excuse to play  more Pokemon go? Um. Yes please. My 10 year old former self was giving me a high five. August Sports sent me two pieces: The women’s Zentense Tank (in valor red) is a super wicking tank top which was perfect for the humid night I chose to run. As I’ve mentioned, I’m a real sweater and wasn’t even aware of …

4 Ways to Get Motivated to Move (and none have to do with Pokemon…OK 1 might)

Happy Friday! Or as I’ve come to call it, another day to play pokemon go. Summer has turned into stressful (and productive!) work weeks followed by weekend upon weekend of activity with friends and family. This lifestyle has left my heart so full but my body and mind exhausted. I’ve been running on pizza and burgers which is so tasty but makes me feel really sluggish and, in turn, have severely reduced my workouts. Not to panic though; I’m a veteran at falling off the health wagon and am an expert and climbing back on. I looked at a calendar and am about 2 months out from my next race: The Nation’s Triathlon*. I’m starting getting back into eating/training right this week and thought I’d share a few of my tricks for how I get motivated to get moving again. *Update: I have an earlier race! I’m heading out west to visit my sister AND we are BOTH going to be competing in the Lake Tahoe Triathlon. Yay for swimming in water that isn’t potentially toxic! Sunnie’s Tips to …

Cat Yoga? You Gotta be Kittin’ Me.

Combine yoga, adorable cats and a great cause and you have Cat Yoga at Crumbs and Whiskers. What is Crumbs and Whiskers you may ask? It is DC’s one and only #Catcafe. You heard right– a cafe (serving coffee and delicious treats) filled with adorable kitties all of whom are up for adoption. They just celebrated their 1st birthday AND a whopping 102 cats adopted! A purrrrfect combination if you ask me. Aside from providing the most cuddly, cute and love filled atmosphere to work, read or just hang out, Crumbs and Whiskers also provides for the fitness enthusiast by having “Cat Yoga” for an hour an a half on Sunday evenings. I first saw a posting for this unique yoga experience on Instagram and immediately had to sign up (follow @crumbsandwhiskers for adorable cat photos and event updates.) Sarah, Debbie and I headed over to Crumbs and Whiskers, found a golden parking spot and eagerly went in. We saw kitten number 1, snoozin on the reception desk and knew immediately it was going to …