Recipe of the Week: Skinny Margarita

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With Memorial Day just a few weeks away, the season of barbecues, sunshine, and tank tops is fast approaching! This also means that time together with girlfriends and cocktails while soaking up the sun will be a regular weekend adventure. Keep this quick and easy margarita recipe on hand for all of your summer adventures.
My favorite margarita recipe is:
2 oz tequila
1 oz lime juice
1 oz agave mix (.5 agave/.5 water)
Shake with ice and serve on the rocks. Enjoy!

Xo, Pam

Event Recap: Bootcamp at Bandier with Holly Rilinger

Maybe you know her as a face of Nike… Maybe you’ve taken one of her classes at Flywheel Sports… maybe you’ve seen her on Bravo’s Workout: New York… Ooor maybe you came and sweat it out on the sidewalk in Manhasset this morning. That’s what I got to do! 🙂

Bandier at the Americana Mall in Manhasset hosted a great event which was the perfect morning pick-me-up! Holly Rilinger instructed an outdoor bootcamp class right on the sidewalk in front of Bandier. Thankfully this rainy weather we’ve been having held off and we got our workout in.

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We moved into each round of our sidewalk bootcamp with a quick demo, always keeping our heart rate up and our feet moving. Holly is such a motivating instructor! She took the time to learn all of our names and keep us pumped up because we were definitely sweating. Holly encouraged each of us to keep going, dig a little deeper, and truly challenge ourselves. After each round there were high fives all around 🙂 If you guys have never worked out with Holly, you are in for a treat! Go take one of her classes. Now!

 

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Not going to lie, I was a few minutes late because I came straight from teaching my cycling class 😦 But this is the workout we did from where I jumped in! I hope it kicks your butt, too ❤

Holly’s Bandier Bootcamp Class

Round 1:

  • Russian Twists (feet off the ground for an extra challenge)
  • Inchworms with a pushup
  • High Knees (really drive those knees up high)
  • Plank

Round 2:

  • Diagonal/Curtsey Lunges (2nd time through- pulse it on one side)
  • Tricep Dips
  • Toe Touches (legs straight up, pull those abs in and reach up)
  • Skater Hops (side to side- just like in today’s Workout Wednesday!)

Round 3: Booty & Abs

  • Glute Bridges
  • Touch Backs (sit up tall, feet in front, then turn and reach one arm behind you)
  • Rockstars (like a back bend with one arm & working the glutes!)
  • Donkey Kicks
  • Bicycles (slow, then fast, and slow again!)

Round 4: Finishers! 30 sec rounds x2

  • Push-Jack (pushup, jump your feet wide then back in and pushup again!)
  • Squat-Jacks with a reach to the ground
  • Plank
  • Split Jog (like scissors forward and back but in a low, athletic stance)

After we took some time to stretch our muscles and catch our breath, our fabulous friends at Bandier had snacks for us! Recovery drinks from Montauk Juice Factory and chia bars from Health Warrior. Yum!

A huge thank you to Bandier Manhasset for hosting this wonderful event. FYI they are hosting fitness and health events every day this week (check out the schedule above). We’re talking Two Worlds cycling and mat classes, SLT on megaformer, and mini nutrition sessions… hellooo!

And a big thank you to the lovely Holly Rilinger for the killer workout this morning! It was such a pleasure to meet you. I hope to take another class with you soon 🙂

Get up and get sweaty,
Louise

Workout Wednesday: Plyometric Pyramid

Once upon a time, there was something called “jump training.” Nowadays we know this kind of exercise as plyometrics, or “plyos.” Plyometrics involve dynamic movements where your muscles exert maximum force over short time intervals. Still involving a lot of jumping, plyos are sure to get your body moving and your heart pumping! This week’s workout puts together 10 plyometric moves to challenge the whole body.

Perform each exercise 10 times each, then start over and repeat each exercise nine times… all the way down to one.

Want an extra challenge?! Work your way back up to 10 reps!

  1. High Knees– stand tall, core tight and alternate driving your knees up toward your chest
  2. Jumping Jacks– jump feet wide and swing hands overhead, jump back in and bring arms back down
  3. Squat Jumps– start low in the bottom of a squat position, swing arms back then up to jump off the ground, land softly and back into a squat
  4. Butt Kicks– stand tall, core tight and alternate kicking your heels up to your butt
  5. Skater Hops– start in a squat position, then jump to one side crossing the opposite leg behind and alternating side to side
  6. Burpees– jump up in the air, come down low like a frog, jump out into a plank then back to the crouched position and jump up again
  7. Line Jumps– create an imaginary line on the ground then jump forwards and backwards over that line
  8. Mountain Climbers– get down into pushup position, keeping the core tight, drive one knee up toward your chest then hop and switch feet
  9. Split Jump Lunges– start in a lunge position with one foot forward and the other behind in a long stance, then jump up to switch foot positions and land back in that lunge.
  10. Star Jumps– start low then explode off the ground reaching arms and legs out, softly land on your feet and repeat 🙂

 

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My Go To Race Weekend Packing List

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If you have ever witnessed my packing performance, it is tragic. I wait until last minute, I bring 5x too many outfits, and my suitcase always weighs 50 pounds (60 if it doesn’t have to go on a plane). Whether you are leaving for the weekend or just the morning of, traveling to a race is already stressful enough with factors like traffic, weather, and hard to find bag checks. After several trips with forgotten items and up-t00-late-packing sleepless nights, I created my go to packing list for race weekends! I run through this list to make sure I have all of my essentials and I finish packing in a timely manner! I also always, always, always pack with a glass of wine. 😉

Click here to view our checklist!  B&B Race Weekend Packing List

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**I did not include clothing items that you would want if you were making a race-cation out of your race weekend. Be sure to pack your everyday essentials like pajamas, shirts, pants, socks, comfortable shoes etc for your weekend adventures.

Are there any items that are on your must pack list? Let us know in the comments below.

Xo, Pam

Race Recap: Broad Street 10 Miler 2016

I love Philly. I have been there a couple times as an adult and it is one of my favorite cities. The food is fantastic, the people are friendly (except I’ve gotten yelled at in the same liquor store on two separate visits. Oops.), and I run some killer times there. Six months ago I had the pleasure of running my marathon PR on the streets of Philly three weeks after cramping up and falling apart during the NYC marathon. The Broad Street 10 miler was on my bucket list of races. My best friend from college Kim and her sister Vic have always coined this one of their favorite races so I knew I wanted in. It is a lottery system so you have to make sure you put your name in before the deadline. PS BE CAREFUL WHAT YOU CLICK. The cost of the race is $45 but I some how ended up spending $70. It’s been fun trying to figure out what I bought extra. Apparently I upgraded to a tech tee for $15 but we are still unsure of what my extra $10 went to. I will update you if I find out.

I left for Pennsylvania Friday afternoon. First up, I had a date night with my friend Caitlin in King of Prussia that consisted of dinner and shopping. I arrived to Philly Friday evening and spent the night catching up with friends. Saturday was a full day  of fun doing touristy things like running the stairs of the Art Museum, visiting the Franklin Institute, exploring the race expo, and of course a pre race dinner. We only had about an hour at the Franklin and we spent it in the Sport Zone. This was SO MUCH FUN. You must visit this exhibit on your next trip to Philly. The expo was pretty average and it took about 45 minutes from start to finish. The highlight was a Turkey Hill ice cream sample and seeing some of my #tiuphilly girls.

The night before race day consists of checking the weather, laying out my race flat (also known as laying your race clothes in a pretty formation and snapping a picture), charging all of my devices, and lining up my beauty products for the morning including deodorant, body glide, sunscreen, chapstick, and foundation. Speaking of weather,  I watched the weather religiously the days leading up to the race hoping it would change. I complained to Al about it on a nightly basis and this is how our conversation went.

Me: “I can’t believe it is going to rain the entire race.”

Al: “It’s only ten miles.”

Me: “When was the last time you ran ten miles, let alone in the rain.”

Al: “Never.”

*End of conversation”

I used the “it’s only ten miles” for humor purposes the next few days when talking about rain, chafing, porta potty lines, etc.

Race Day. Ahhhh waking up to the sound of rain drops on your window at 6:15am. Sunday was very rainy and cold. Luckily after hours of deliberation and one last minute outfit change, I was ready to tackle Broad Street, rain and 49 degree temps included. I went with my Athleta Relay capris, my Athleta Striped Chi tank, and Asics NYC Marathon jacket. Vic’s boyfriend dropped us off at Subway and we climbed our way North on one of the most packed subways I have ever experienced. I have also never witnessed such a collection of trash bags and ponchos in my entire life. The subway ride was pretty long but I was just thankful to be warm and dry at this point. We arrive to the starting area about 7:45am, we checked our bag with our sweatshirts and rain jackets for post race (more on this later), and we headed towards our corral. We considered the porta potty at this point but you couldn’t even get into that area. So. Many. Bodies. I figured “hey it’s only ten miles” so I can hold it. We also didn’t realize we were in the pink corral so we had to hop the fence to get out of it and continue on our way to the green corral. We never actually made it to green corral because they did a weird configuration where the green corral jutted out to the side instead of staying in line with the rest of them. So we stood and waited and sort of just filed in at the end of the green corral. The positive was right before the start line there were some porta potties and a break in the fence so we darted out for a quick pit stop. No toilet paper of course but it was raining soooooo in the end it didn’t really matter. O the adventures pre race.

Time to get to work. My game plan was to run the first 5-6 miles and a pretty comfortable pace and then pick it up mile by mile. About 1/2 mile into the race, I found out Kim was running with me!!!! This was big news! Kim has always been my running inspiration and the reason I started running marathons to begin with. The fact that we were going to share our first race together (minus a hungover mud run in college) was so special to me. We talked, joked, and pointed out spectators along the way. I was so surprised how strong I felt and the times we were clocking off. I hydrated about every other water station and I took a Huma gel around mile 5.5. Things got a little congested around City Hall but once my Garmin clicked mile 6 I knew it was time to pick it up. My bestie Chelsea was standing around mile 8 so I used that to distract me over the next couple miles. I couldn’t believe how fast the time was passing and that we were over half way finished. Once we gave Chelsea high fives we began to kick it into high gear. Just before mile 9 I told Kim I wanted to go for it. Let’s see exactly what I was made of. There was one point where I was like “ooo dear goodness I don’t think I can do this” but then I told myself “YES YOU CAN”. Our last mile was a 7:36 and our official time was 1:24:11. My Garmin clocked our mileage at 10.05 which means we ran a pretty true course and had an average pace of 8:23. Crossing the finish line holding Kim’s hand will always be one of the most special moments in my running career and I am grateful we got to share my first Broad Street together.

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While it rained the entire race, I was pretty comfortable in the rain and the colder temperatures. Post race was a whole other story. Once you grab your medal and meal bag, the reality of how cold and wet we were really started to settle in. Once we figured out where they were located, we headed to the bus to grab our dry clothes. We found our bus #29 pretty easily but there didn’t appear to be any organization of the bags on the bus. After several minutes (which felt like hours) we got our bag and immediately changed our clothes. Once we met up with Vic and her boyfriend (who we didn’t know was running) we began the journey back home. Then it was time for burgers and champs before heading to the Phillies game to watch them WIN! After the game, it was time to head back to NY. I reflected on my amazing weekend and lucky I am to be living the life I am. ❤

Overall synopsis, Broad Street is an absolute must run and I will be entering the lottery again. Pros: straight shot, mostly flat, and great energy. Cons: 40,000 runners mean crazy porta potty lines and a pretty congested course. We did end up bobbing and weaving throughout the entire course. Especially the last few miles where people were slowing down and we were trying to pick it up.

Did you have any races this weekend? Have you ran Broad Street in previous years? Let me know!

Xo, Pam

 

 

L: Brooklyn to Manhattan

Fact: I’ve never been to Prospect Park in Brooklyn.

In three weeks, I am going to be running though Prospect Park. The Brooklyn Half course begins on the street, heads in for a loop of Prospect IMG_2361Park, comes back out and travels down Ocean Parkway all the way to Coney Island. After running the hills of Central Park a few weeks ago, I wanted to know what I was up against. My friend, Javi, who is also training for the half marathon, came with me for an adventure to Brooklyn.

I’m always looking to spice up IMG_2347the routes on my training runs, so this week I mapped out a course that started in Brooklyn and took a lap through Prospect Park. I had looked at the elevation chart and wanted to see how it compared with other hills. What goes up must come down! After Javi and I finished a lap, we headed up the hill one more time (but he took off… his goal is to break 1:30:00. Zoom zoom). Running out of the park to Flatbush Ave, my running route headed straight to the Brooklyn Bridge (about 2 miles away).

My plan was amazing except it was a beautiful day and the best way to describe the crowd on the bridge is like Times Square (minus creepy Elmo). There were just so many people enjoying the view. I had to pause my Garmin and just walk with the crowd- fortunately, this gave me an opportunity to play tourist, too, and take some great pictures 🙂

While crossing the bridge, my friend calls regarding our dinner plans. We are taking a 6:30 train into the city from LI. Mind you, I am in the city and now I have to catch a train at Penn so I can be home and ready in time. Game on! The next part of my run became a race against the clock. Running through Manhattan is an obstacle course of T’s- traffic lights, tourists, and taxis. The strong, fast finish to my run was basically do or die… I had to make my 4:45 train. HAD TO. I arrived outside of Penn with 4 minutes to buy water from a vendor, help a girl buy her ticket, buy my own ticket, and sprint down stairs. NAILED IT!

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While my average pace was slower than desired, I covered the distance and had such a fun time doing it! My pace through Prospect Park was perfect- steady on the uphill and letting the downhill carry me. Javi and I are so ready for those hills. Flatbush Ave had energy with the Islanders game just getting underway. The Brooklyn Bridge was scenic- a must go if you have never been, btw. And racing through Manhattan got my adrenaline pumping as I zig-zagged uptown through the busy streets. I cannot wait for Brooklyn! Only 20 days until the big race 🙂

Keep Running!
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