Recipe of the Week: Choco-PB Protein Balls

I love making these as a snack to grab and go! Take 2-3 with you to work when the second breakfast hunger hits or bring them as a dessert for your next family get together. So simple to make- they will take you less than 10 minutes!

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 1 scoop chocolate protein
  • 1 Tbsp chia seeds
  • 2 Tbsp peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup mini chocolate chips
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened almond milk

Directions:

  1. Combine all ingredients in a mixing bowl- honestly just use your hands
  2. As you mix add a splash of almond milk as needed if it seems too dry
  3. Roll into little balls and let them set in the fridge 🍫🥜😍

Enjoy!!

❤️ Louise

The Pants You Need in Your Collection

lululemon Fast & Free. Run Tested. HIIT Approved. When lululemon asked us to Product Test their new crop- we said absolutely! Little did I know I would fall in love. When I put them on I loved the higher waist band that held me in but the light feeling thru the legs – it was if I was naked. Now came the test. The first run I did in them was a cold and windy 9 miler in Long Beach. I loved the way I felt secure during the run but I had one complaint – my Spi Belt slipped all over the place. Little did I realize lulu had built a pant that I would no longer need a belt!

First Test Run!

I have tried wearing crops with pockets for my phone before but I always found them distracting. The next run I went on I decided to test the pocket. It was amazing! I didn’t even realize my phone was there – it was easily accessible for a beautiful boardwalk pic and I didn’t need a belt. There are also built in pockets along the waistband for gel packs/keys/chapstick.


The true test was the Shape Half Marathoh which was the first race. (Louise actually broke the “nothing new on race day” rule and wore her pair for the first time!). I carried my phone in the leg pocket, 2 gel packs in the outside waistband pocket, and my chapstick in the center back pocket. The gels were easily accessible yet secure and my crops didn’t budge! The ones sold out quick so I constantly checked my local lulu until they got in a second pair that I immediately purchased.

These pants come in a crop and full length style and are a MUST HAVE for your running collection. I have ran miles and miles in training runs, 2 half marathons, and a 10 miler in them over the past couple months! RUN over to your local lululemon and try them on for yourself – I guarantee you’ll fall in love.

Also a special thank you to lululemon RF for gifting 7 lucky ladies a pair at our anniversary party – we love seeing you guys sweating it out in them.

Xo Pam

Cardio or Strength Training: Which Comes First?

Starting an exercise program can be challenging and bring about a lot of questions. The internet provides a ton of information, some of which may be conflicting and lead to more questions. When starting an exercise program, many of my clients ask me if the order of their workout matters; meaning should you be performing cardio exercise (running, biking, swimming etc.) first or be starting with strength training exercises.

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Cardio then strength or strength then cardio?
Science says either way is fine!

Plenty of research has been done in this area, and while some online resources may tell you to do one before the other (maybe to maximize your calorie burn), the truth is it doesn’t matter. I always recommend that my clients start with whichever form of exercise they find to be most challenging because your body hasn’t used any of its energy stores yet. If running is going to be the hardest part of the workout, start there and finish with your strength training routine. Maybe you are trying to incorporate more resistance exercise into your weekly schedule, so starting there will make sure you complete it.

Ultimately, it comes down to what your goals are and how you want to structure your workout. If you are training for a race, then aerobic exercise will take priority. If the strength training circuit at the gym is your new challenge, start with a warm-up then focus on completing that circuit before riding the bike. This will allow your body to have the energy it needs for your main target. Take note that any sort of skilled lifts or long training runs should be done on their own days; trying to perform barbell snatches after a 30 minute run may not be the best plan.

It is also important that you are getting enough of both types of exercise each week! Below are the recommended exercise guidelines from the American College of Sports Medicine:

Cardiorespiratory Exercise

  • Adults should get at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity exercise per week.
  • One continuous session and multiple shorter sessions (of at least 10 minutes) are both acceptable to accumulate desired amount of daily exercise.
  • Gradual progression of exercise time, frequency and intensity is recommended for best adherence and least injury risk.
  • People unable to meet these minimums can still benefit from some activity.

Strength Training Exercise

  • Adults should train each major muscle group two or three days each week using a variety of exercises and equipment.
  • Two to four sets of each exercise will help adults improve strength and power.
  • Adults should wait at least 48 hours between resistance training sessions of the same muscle group.

The full list of Physical Activity Guidelines can be found here! Including flexibility and neuromuscular activity guidelines.

The most important piece to this puzzle is to remember why you started- stay focused on your goals and trust the process. Have an exercise question? Ask us in the comments below or email us at burpeesandbordeaux@gmail.com 🙂

❤ Louise

Race day goals that have nothing to do with time!

Along with spring comes the warmer temps which means that race season is officially upon us. If you’ve been following along – you know three weeks ago Louise and I ran the Shape Half Marathon and last weekend I ran the Broad Street 10 miler. This coming weekend Louise and I take on the Brooklyn Half Marathon which is actually my goal race! When your schedule is packed with races – do NOT try to set a personal record in every race you run – it is going to place too much stress on you physically and mentally. Instead, utilize them to practice different aspects of your race strategy while enjoying the cheer support and water stations!

Here are some ideas of things you can work on when time is not the goal!

  1. Fueling Strategies: While we practice fueling on our long runs, there is a different energy and intensity when it comes to a race setting. Now is a great time to put your fuel plan to the test. Do you have trouble opening your gel packs while running? I often open mine at red lights or street crossings during my training runs. Are you able to properly hydrate at water stops? I’ve found that I absolutely need to carry my water – regardless of what trick I use I always end up getting water up my nose or down the front of me – resulting in too little water actually being consumed. Also, how does that second gel pack feel in your stomach running at an effort level 7 versus the 5 you did in training? GI distress is a runner’s nightmare
  2. Running the Tangents: Probably one of my largest race nemesis – the tangents! A race is measured using the shortest possible route and maximizing the tangents. Obviously it’s not possible to perfectly replicate that on race day because you running with thousands of other individuals. However, you can improve your racing strategy to eliminate as much extra mileage as possible. Regardless of if you running a 10k or a marathon, running an extra half mile is not ideal on race day. The first step to improving this skill is to look at your course ahead of time. If you don’t know what turns are coming up, it’s very difficult to position yourself. During the race, practice keeping yourself in position and learning to adjust to real-time circumstances. This was one of my main goals during the Shape Half and I ran 13.27 versus the 13.54 I ran in the NYC Half in March!
  3. Running the Hills: During a hilly race – your strategy on the uphills can make or break your time. While I often talk about the importance of running on effort levels (thanks to several years of coaching by Jess), I find it is essential for hills. Your effort level should remain on the uphill and the downhill – NOT your PACE. If you try to maintain your pace on the uphill, you are likely going to overexert yourself and burn out. While climbing uphill, your pace is going to slow a little bit but vice versa on the downhill. Once you hit a flat surface – find your stride again. You will end up passing those individuals wearing themselves out on the hills. The best tip to achieving this is to really listen to your body – do not look at your watch.
  4. Negative Splits: Regardless if you are running a race for time, negative splits are always worth it! It’s never easy to pick up the pace those last few miles of a race – so the more you practice at getting comfortable with being uncomfortable the better. Find if a certain song or mantra really lights a fire in you or if you do better with getting absorbed in the crowds. Everyone has a different strategy to help them pick up the pace so figure out what works for you!

These races are also a great opportunity to try a new playlist, test out your race day outfit, or simply to have fun while executing a race plan. That way when your goal race comes around – you feel 100% prepared.

Do you have any races coming up? Share below 🙂

Xo, Pam

Workout Wednesday: 10 Minute Total Body

If you are short on time, this week’s workout will pack it all in! Give yourself about 10-15 minutes for this heart pumping and total body toning routine. No equipment required- all you need is to move your body!

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  • Squat Jacks– Start standing, jump your feet out wide, keep your weight in your heels and sink down into a squat (careful to keep those knees behind your toes), then jump your feet back together and repeat. Modify this by performing body weight squats
  • Hi-Lo Plank– Begin in a high plank on the ground (shoulders over hands, core tight) then lower yourself into a forearm plank one arm at a time. Press back up into a high plank and repeat. Modify by holding a high or low plank for 30 seconds
  • Tricep Dips– Seated on the ground, hands behind you with fingertips facing in toward your body and feet flat on the ground. Press your butt up off the ground to start, weight stays shifted into your arms then bend your elbows to lower down. Just before you touch teh ground, extend your elbows to press back up.
  • Side Plank Dips– Lay on your side with elbow on the ground and shoulder over your elbow. Keep your hips stacked and bring your top foot in front of the bottom. Press into our elbow and feet to lift your hips straight up (keep that belly button pulled in) then lower to the ground. Repeat on the same side then switch for the next round. Modify by bending the bottom leg and lifting from knee and elbwo.
  • Jump Lunges– Start in a lunge position with weight pressing through the heel of the front foot (careful that your knee doesn’t push over your toe) then jump up and switch your feet so you land with the opposite foot in front. Press out of the lunge to jump again! Modify by stepping back into a reverse lunge and alternating sides.

Share a sweaty selfie with us when you finish today’s workout!! Tag us @burpeesandbordeaux on Instagram 🙂 Be sure to subscribe on the right of this page to get workouts delivered right to your inbox!

❤ Louise

How Not to Run a Half Marathon… or any race

Spring race season is in full effect! Today alone I have friends running the Long Island Marathon, Broad Street 10 Miler, and Pittsburgh Marathon. It’s hard to avoid getting swept up in all the excitement of race day and the post-race parties! So since I am sure you’ve already been inspired to sign up for your next half marathon, here are a few rules for race day and how not to run a half marathon… or any race. *Disclaimer: I’ve broken all of my rules*

FullSizeRender (9)1. Nothing New on Race Day

In my opinion, this is the cardinal rule for runners. Your long runs have been weeks of practicing for the big day. What foods you’re going to have that morning, what socks you’ll wear, and what to drink the day before (more on this later). We can divide this into two main rules: No new foods & no new clothes. Let’s address the food; unless you have an iron stomach, sticking to what you know can save you from stomach issues popping up at mile 5. If a bagel with peanut butter is your go-to, you should probably stick with that. This also applies to dinner the night before a race because that new Thai restaurant will still be there for post-race celebrations. #DontRiskIt.

Second are your race day clothes (and everyone who is wearing their race t-shirt is breaking this rule). Something new could rub your skin the wrong way and the last thing you want is to be bleeding from a new sports bra when you’re hoping for a PR. I actually broke this rule last week… (but thankfully I don’t regret it) when I wore my new lululemon Fast & Free crops. This Nulux fabric is probably made of magic, but not only did they feel light and comfortable for all 13.1 miles, these pants have more pockets than you would need #Bonus.

2. Don’t Try to Run with a Hangover

This should be a given… but here’s a little story for you… Last year, Pam convinced me the day before to run the Women’s Half. However, when the Rangers are in the playoffs my priorities shift a little bit and perhaps the words “open bar” should not have been on my agenda. A good rule of thumb is to skip the drinks and opt for water; not just the day before a big race, but a few days leading up to it. Especially with spring races, the weather can get a little warmer than the ideal race temperature so it is key that you keep your body hydrated. You’ll feel much better on race day and your performance will reflect your good life choices.

IMG_57833. Always Have a Race Plan B

“I’m going to go run” might be a bit vague in terms of your plan. Whether you are shooting for a PR or simply looking to complete your first big race, a game plan will help you get there. Last year for Brooklyn, I only had plan A which was to break 2 hours. Unfortunately when I saw that goal time slipping away, I didn’t have a plan B. So I mentally/physically dragged my body the last 3 miles of that race to cross the finish line. Think about your long training runs and your goals, look at the course map/ elevation chart, then decide on a race plan. And a back up plan. For the Women’s Half this year, I decided on my plan based off of my Brooklyn 2017 training so far. I set a goal time for running before needing to walk, then running from one water stop to the next. I also promised myself I would run up both Cat and Harlem Hills on the second lap. You want to create a race plan to help you finish and feel confident. Talk about your plan with your coach or running buddy ahead of time, too!

What are your rules for running a race? Do you adhere to them or regretfully break your own rules? Share with us in the comments below 🙂

Happy Sunday Runday!
Louise

Workout Wednesday: Anniversary Party at lululemon

B&B was back at it again with another heart pumping, glute burning, and burpee packed workout. What an amazing morning spent sweating it out with these strong ladies to celebrate our 1st Anniversary! In case you missed it or want to do the workout again, here you go! *Post workout, champagne popping not included* 😉

IMG_5696There are two exercises in every round followed by 30 seconds of rest. Perform both exercises for 30 seconds each then rest for 30 seconds. Repeat each round 3 times before moving on to the next round. Get your timers ready…

IMG_5748Round 1
Squat Thrusts
Reverse Lunges

Round 2
Plank Jacks
Russian Twists

Round 3
Jump Lunges
Lateral Lunges (15 sec each side)

Round 4
IMG_5701Plank w/ Shoulder Taps
Triceps Push-ups (modify from the knees if needed)

Round 5
Skater Hops
Single Leg Romanian Deadlifts (RDLs- 15 sec each side)

Round 6
Burpees
Side Plank Crunches

 
We want to give a huge shout out to all of our amazing sponsors who made this event such a success! All our class participants went home with the tastiest swag bag we have ever seen. Be sure to check out these amazing brands!

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Xo, Louise & Pam