1-Mile Benchmark Run and Upcoming Races

Yesterday, Orangetheory Fitness had one of their benchmark workouts. These are mini-challenges that we repeat a few times a year, to see what kind of progress we’re making. I never get too excited about the rowing benchmarks, but I am all over the running benchmarks, and yesterday was my favorite one: the one mile run. A mile is kind of a scary distance to race. As Adam told me years ago, you basically have to go out as fast as {Read More}

National Running Day: Why I Love Our Sport

This morning, in honor of it being National Running Day, Orangetheory had a special workout for us: an uncoached 23 minute run for distance. I love when we do these runs for distance, because it’s always a huge mental challenge. In a regular race, you get to stop when you’re done, which is great motivation to get done faster (like how I ran the end of my hike Saturday so I could get home to my couch sooner). But when {Read More}

The No-Decision Workout

I had a rough night of travel last night. I accidentally left my driver’s license at home (I had stashed it in a pocket of my ski jacket this weekend and forgotten to retrieve it), which meant some hassle trying to get through TSA security without an ID. It was surprisingly easier than I expected – I showed them a credit card with my name on it and a prescription in my bag with my name and address, and then {Read More}

Running for Consistency Over Speed

Over the weekend, I loved reading this article about focusing on processes rather than outcomes. It made me think of what I’ve been doing with running lately. On January 1st, I started trying to maintain a running streak. Unlike my successful streak last summer, this time, the stakes were a little higher – I had to run two miles in a day for it to count. That ended up being a lot harder than just one mile! With one mile, {Read More}

Weekend Recap: Getting Hygge with Winter Cocktails

I just wrote my recap of the November books I enjoyed, but on Friday, I finished a really fabulous book that also set the tone for this weekend. Amber raved about The Year of Living Danishly, and it didn’t disappoint. It’s a memoir about a writer who has to move to Denmark for her husband’s job, and she decides to spend the year researching why Danes are the happiest people on earth. The research is woven into the narrative seamlessly, {Read More}

Orangetheory 22.5 Minute Distance Challenge

This hasn’t been a great week for me, due to a host of mishaps. A bout with food poisoning, a fall down a flight of stairs, and some bug bites on my face that caused so much swelling that it was messing with my vision in my eye. As a result of that last one, my team made me leave the office and go to urgent care on my way to the airport today. Not good! This morning started out {Read More}

Seven Sprints and Off to the Races

I don’t normally go to Orangetheory on travel days; I normally try to go every Tuesday and Thursday. But I had missed a class a few weeks ago, so I had one extra to make up before the end of the billing cycle. I didn’t know when I was going to squeeze that in, but then I heard from several people that today’s class was a blast. I’m flying in the evening today so I could be on a few {Read More}

Orangetheory Peak Performance Week: 24 Minute Run for Distance

This week is Peak Performance Week (PPW) at Orangetheory Fitness. Basically, twice a year, Orangetheory does a specific series of benchmark workouts for a week. The idea is that every six months you can do the same workouts you did six months ago in order to see how much you’ve improved. I’ve only been doing Orangetheory regularly since February, but I was still really excited to put my training to the test and see how well I could perform. Today’s {Read More}

Orangetheory Workout: 22.5 Minute Endurance Run

I am flying high after an awesome Orangetheory class yesterday! I had a truly terrible travel day on Wednesday (15 hours for what should have been a 6 hour trip),¬†finally got home at 1am, and woke up at 6:30am yesterday – not nearly enough sleep. I was totally dragging, but decided that I might as well drag myself to a lunchtime Orangetheory class. And I’m so glad I did! Yesterday’s class was¬†really fun. It was endurance day, and for once, {Read More}

Pondering the Bolder Boulder

I feel like I’ve really been slacking on workouts lately. First there was the week of vacation, where I didn’t have access to any kind of gym. That’s obviously no excuse and I could have done some bodyweight workouts on my own… but I didn’t. I thought I’d get back on track the next week, but that was when I got really sick, and even navigating from one room to the next was problematic. No way could I exercise! Last {Read More}