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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 …

Internet Friends (Creepiest Title Ever)

Social media is a crazy thing: it allows you to keep in touch with loved ones, keep in touch with “eh” ones, stalk people from high school, make friends, find out about events, and become a part of a community. I’ve shamelessly done all of these things (Don’t worry, you aren’t one of the “eh” ones… or are you!?) It sounds cheesy, but I really enjoy the community aspect of social media. I know…Ya gouda be kidding me. But I’m not! I have made more friends via Instagram and on this here blog than I could have ever imagined and this week, I got to hang out with a bunch of these wonderful people at 2 different events. I was amped on Saturday to get to share my love of Zengo cycling with a group of friends for a private ride at Cathedral Commons. My friends at Zengo hooked everyone up with some some awesome swag and Kendra Scott even provided a gorgeous piece of glitz for 1 lucky winner! We started our ride at 12 PM.  Our …

HAUL’in It In

HELLO everyone! Wow I’m bad at keeping to a blogging schedule! I’ll work on that. In the past month, I’ve had the pleasure of trying out some awesome fitness services and goods and had to share some of the ones I’ve absolutely LOVED. Stick around, there is also a giveaway at the end! Or…I guess you could scroll to the bottom right now…but that would be mean…so just keep reading. Runner Crate RunnerCrate is a monthly subscription box service that delivers snacks, running goods and a monthly “runner bling” straight to your door step. I was lucky enough to get to try their May crate and was abnormally pumped about it. I’m not going to lie, subscription boxes get me so jazzed. There could be a subscription box of paperclips out there, and I would wait on pins and needles with stacks of loose paper all around me, waiting for it to come. There is something about a surprise box of goodies that brings back the anticipation of Christmas morning [or insert holiday denomination of choice] that we …

Go Ahead, Pee In The Wetsuit

You know if you are doing a tri whose tagline is “If you’re not cheating, you’re not racing PeasantMan properly,” you’re in a for a good weekend and a fun race. PeasantMan is a non-USAT tri that is meant to help new triathletes shake out some of their nerves and give them a safe race environment to test the water (and road!). You don’t have to swim. You can run the sprint distance even if you are doing olympic. You can basically do whatever you want…except for taking 2 cupcakes at the end of the race…thats a big no no. It is also a way to raise money for the High Cloud Foundation– you can read more about the organization here. I learned SO much this weekend, especially about the open water swim clinic held by Wave One Swimming, so here is what I gathered… Swimming in a wetsuit is totally different than just swimming in your human body. As if open water swimming isn’t terrifying enough (water you can’t see in, getting kicked, clawed, …

SweatBox DC: The Good, The Great and the Sweaty (Review)

Disclaimer- My arms (and entire body) are still noodles from this workout, so if this post ends in the middle of a sentence, I’ve probably just passed out. In case this happens, please contact Steven, or my mom. Thank you. As you know, I love trying out new fitness experiences ESPECIALLY ones that pop up in my home city of DC. Naturally, I was so excited when I got an Instagram message from @sweatboxDC to try a demo of the class before it’s grand opening on May 4th. After a few back and forth messages (thanks for being flexible with my schedule, Elise) I was set to get my sweat on Friday after work. My demo being on Friday meant I had an entire week of seeing photos/videos pop up on @sweatboxdc Instagram to totally pump me up… and scare the bejesus out of me. I’m a weak lady in the strength training field, so after seeing all of the Instagrams of very fit people doing lots of pushups, I was petrified*. *After strength training my entire college …

My Pre-Race Ritual: Eat, Drink and Be Merry

Before my first Tri, I was a hot mess. I looked over my gear 100 x only to realize I had everything except my sanity. I researched what I should be eating and when. I went to be at 9:00 PM only to stay awake, anxious until around 1AM. The race went fine, but I tell you, the 24 hours leading up to that race were miserable. I was too concerned with carb loading, hydrating and resting. So this time, I decided to take a slightly different route before the GW 10 Miler on Sunday. On Friday, I was lucky enough that my sister, Genie, came into town. Genie is a crazy amazing lady and works like a boss on the west coast so seeing her is a real special treat these days. She texted my mom and me earlier in the week letting us know that she was in Syracuse and thought she would “pop down” for the weekend. We were so excited! Genie is usually a pretty healthy/light eater….but I was really craving some …