When Running Gets Taken Away

Running is my outlet- it has been my stress relief for years. My time to myself to think- or not- and get those endorphins flowing. It’s been especially important in recent months while dealing with family drama and moving apartments. Yet I have a love/hate relationship with running. Sometimes in the moment it is great and everything feels good; other times I️ feel like death. Twice this year running has been taken away from me. In the first month of marathon training, I ran myself into the ground to a point of injury. I️ had to learn to rest, know my limitations, and work my way back up to it.

Thanksgiving morning, I ran the Garden City Turkey Trot. This is one of my favorite local races- 5 miles through the streets I ran so frequently while in grad school. This year was not my fastest, but that’s fine by me because I had fun. Every year I’ve been able to run with family, friends, or both! It really is one of my favorite parts about Turkey Day! This year I️ ended up with a different memory. Thanksgiving night I was in a bad car accident where the airbags went off. I went to the ER where they determined I have a possible buckle fracture in my sternum. It hurt to breathe deeply, laugh, or even cry. The rest of me is fine, my car not so much. But please don’t throw me a pity party- I’m doing much better now. 

Unfortunately, I am not able to run again. In fact, I can’t lift anything. Sometimes I move the wrong way and end up with sharp pain- and I so badly want to run, jump, lift, and snowboard. But I’ve learned patience and I know my body will heal itself. I’ve learned not to be afraid to ask for help while I let myself recover. Until then, I will enjoy my low impact cardio and physical therapy exercises 👍

❤ Louise

The Longest Run of My Life

Fall marathons = summer training. Long sweaty runs in the August heat. As the days have been getting hotter, the runs just keep getting longer. Both Pam and I have been tackling double digit runs every weekend. As some of you know, the Chicago Marathon will be my first marathon (AHHHHH!!) and a few weekends ago, we joined up with the New York Flyers to log our miles for one of their long training runs.

The NY Flyers running club hosts a long training run called the “3 Bridges Run” which is held twice annually. The first time was August 27, and the next long run is on October 14. This training run winds throughout Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Queens before heading back into the city. For those of you running the NYC Marathon this November, it is great because you hit the Pulaski and 59th Street bridges at the same mile markers during both this run and the marathon. Personally, I found that the best part is that you don’t have to run alone!21083374_1018493478287790_2657366879007573187_o

Honestly, the hardest part of my training so far is that I have been heading out on my long runs alone. A close second is waking up at strange hours of the morning to “beat the heat,” while sacrificing late summer nights with my friends has been pretty tough. Every weekend as I tally up miles, it keeps becoming my longest run ever. While my Garmin is pretty proud of me, that has been my silent success.

Running with the Flyers, however, gave me people to talk to; I ran into old friends and sometimes I just listened to others tell stories while we ran. We talked about what races they were training for, who had done Chicago, New York, Berlin, or never ran a marathon. We were cheered on by the volunteers who graciously gave up their Sunday morning to hand out Gatorade and watch my slather myself in Body Glide. You guys are the real MVPs! And as we continued on, encouraging each other and simply enjoying the mile we were running, I celebrated my longest run ever 🙂

We are 5 weeks out from Chicago, people. Five. Weeks.
❤ Louise

Race Recap: Mini 10k 2017

The New York Road Runner’s Mini 10k was the first women’s only race and has been held annually since 1972. The race was originally intended to be a marathon, but it was decided that a “mini marathon” would be better suited. It’s crazy to think that not until the 1970s did women have their own race. It’s even more amazing now that not only does NYRR still host this 10k, but the Women’s Half Marathon each spring!

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This was my first time running the Mini 10k- many of my friends have done this race before (including Pam) and always enjoy it. Naturally I had to join in on the fun. Plus, it was part of girls’ weekend in NYC! Unlike some of the other road races, there is no crazy sign-up rush for this race which had over 8,000 finishers yesterday morning.

NYRR makes packet pick-up so easy for race morning or getting your bib ahead of time at the Run Center. The girl squad met up for race morning and headed to Columbus Circle for the starting line. Even before 8am, it was heating up to be a warm day. Summer is finally starting in New York! The corrals were organized, but separated by flimsy ribbon which ended up breaking and crowding the start. The first mile runs uptown on Central Park West- this part of the race was definitely crowded! I tried to weave through people, but also needed to gauge my speed. 1. It was hot! My body was telling me that I wasn’t going to be setting any records with this warm weather. 2. Don’t try and sprint out of the gate knowing that the steepest hill was coming up in Mile 2.

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So Central Park is no joke when it comes to the hills. There aren’t too many flat parts when you are running the big loop. I was mostly excited to run a race clockwise around the park after completing the Women’s Half which runs counter-clockwise. Those big uphills turn into downhills 🙂 By the 5k mark, I was sweaty and in need of some water. Thankfully there are 4 water/ Gatorade stops along the course. Winding around to the east side, the crowd started to grow with athletic supporters. My 5th mile was my fastest mile- probably due to the excitement from the crowd.

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Heading around the bottom of Central Park, the Mini 10k has the same finish as the New York City Marathon. With 800 meters to go, the hills keep coming and there is a nice uphill finish. I love to take off as soon as the finish line is in sight! Let’s go- you’re almost there! My personal favorite part of the finish line was receiving my medal from one of my friends who was volunteering! She was also at the finish line of the Brooklyn Half- the best cheerleader there is! Finishers also received beautiful carnations and pink post-race bagels.

Maybe the most important piece of all is the post-race party! The Mini 10k after party was held at the bandshell  where they had a huge backdrop for sweet finisher photos, raffle prizes, and a recovery zone- thanks, HSS! It gets better… the race shirt? It’s a lightweight New Balance tank top and is going to be perfect for hot summer runs while we are training for the Chicago Marathon. The whole race was a great experience and the perfect reason to get together with our girlfriends for a Saturday bRUNch.

Did anyone else run yesterday?! What’s your next race this summer?

❤ Louise

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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

Life Lessons with Louise

Everyday we do new things, talk to different people, and have a totally new experience. In all of these moments and the adventures we go on, we learn a little something. In part, this is a quick update on my life because I’ve been a little M.I.A., but I’m also sharing some of the life advice I’ve picked up some since we last chatted…

  1. IMG_5594Go Running Without Your Garmin! Lately I had been stressing about my running pace- in my mind it SUCKED. This time last year I was much faster, but I had also been really training for speed and sticking to my plan. This year my plans included a lot more snowboarding, traveling, and lifting heavy things. Squeezing in my runs when I could and maybe going too long without a rest day. It became discouraging to glance down at each mile and see that my progression run was turning into a regression run. So I took the watch off- and went a whole week just running with a stopwatch. It was glorious.
  2. Rest Your Body and Rest When You Are Sick (or Mother Nature with make you rest). I tried to go too long without rest days lately- especially since I had been traveling literally every weekend. Unfortunately, my body got mad and made me rest. Strep throat kind of resting. Mother Nature put me in my place and I gave my body the TLC it needed. Rest days are important to allow your body time to recover. Use the time you’d normally workout to stretch or foam roll those tired legs. I’ve since come “back to life” and am back to running and lifting. We’ll see how this half marathon goes on Sunday…
  3. Buy a Chef’s Knife. Pam’s going to yell at me when she reads this… she told me I needed one like 2 years ago. I still don’t own one, but I promise it will make meal prepping veggies about a million times easier and maybe you won’t cut your fingers IMG_5639as much as I do. And friends, I bought a cookbook. If you know me, then you know I love some grilled chicken and vegetables and could eat that forever. But I got so excited to get a little creative with my cooking. So as I did my usual meal prepping, everything was going well. Then I thought I failed because I bought the wrong ingredient. I was so upset over literally nothing, but in that moment it was discouraging. Side note: I learned that almond flour = almond meal, they’re just ground differently. #FunFact
  4. Do Something You Love. Fun fact you may not know about me: I am a die hard New York Rangers fan. I loooove hockey and especially love playoff hockey. My favorite part is that you can just dive into it for a little escape from reality. I become totally focused on these games, but it’s also amazing because I can share the fun with my family and a bunch of my friends love hockey, too. Maybe your escape is reading, maybe it’s swimming, maybe it’s baking cakes (if so, let me know if you need a taste-tester). I’m not just saying to find something you love, but actually take the time to do it!

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Have a beautiful week my friends!

Be on the lookout for a crazy, fun-filled B&B weekend as we celebrate our One Year Anniversary at lululemon and run the Shape Women’s Half Marathon! Follow us on Instagram @burpeesandbordeaux

❤ Louise


The Shirt You Need to Crush Your Workout…

Happy Anniversary B&B!!

Have you check out our newest shirt launch?! We are currently collecting orders for our new tees and tanks! As requested, we have added men’s t-shirts and ladies’ V-necks. Check out our new women’s cropped workout tank and the classic racerback.

Both Men’s and Women’s styles are $20 each (plus $2.50 if you would like it shipped)!

 

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Get ready to sweat with us this year! Save the Date: Our anniversary workout class will be held at lululemon Roosevelt Field on Saturday, April 29!

***If interested, please either leave your email in the comments below or send us an email directly to burpeesandbordeaux@gmail.com 🙂 ***

Xoxo, Pam & Louise

Finding My Strength: Utah Edition

IMG_5526I am not one to create resolutions. While I have my personal goals, I very rarely share them with others… in fact, part of this post has been written since January and I was nervous to share it. Heading into this year, I wanted to be strong- both physically and mentally. It’s a very vague goal and I wasn’t sure how that would be measurable or if it was attainable. But even in 3 months, I have changed and so my goals have already evolved, too. 

I’ve been calling 2017 “The Year of the Marathon” like the Chinese New Year celebrating the Year of the Rooster. Last fall, I did something crazy like putting my name in a race lottery. I never get picked in the lottery for races- in fact I have a 0% success rate for the NYC Half Marathon. Ironically, I actually got picked for the Chicago Marathon. Maybe I complained when I got in or called it a stupid idea or tried to convince myself it wasn’t actually happening. But I’m going to tell you a secret… I want to run this. I want to prove to myself that I can be strong. I want to do something I never thought I would do. Something totally crazy and out of my comfort zone. I have to do it for the hardware.

A few weeks ago, my boyfriend had gone on a sweet snowboarding trip out west and while he was away, I decided I wanted to do that, too. Last week, I went on an amazing trip to Utah. Something completely out of my comfort zone- riding down these huge mountains that are unfamiliar to me. I was back and forth between excited and nervous. One week before my trip I thought I wasn’t going to go- I had a few tough runs at a new mountain and wondered how can I try and do this in Utah? Doubting myself again, I went out for another day of snowboarding and was feeling better on the mountain. Five days later, I got on that airplane.

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Four days, four mountains, and I don’t even know how many runs I did… definitely a lot! Unsure at first, but by the fourth day I was shredding. Literally. I conquered my fear of riding alone and getting lost, rode west coast black diamonds, wove through trees and dove into powder. I conquered my self doubt. I learned to be brave and ended up feeling strong because of my successes.

This strong, independent spirit has traveled back with me and I’ve carried it right into my half marathon training. What did I learn? Maybe I am stronger than I think. Maybe I shouldn’t say “I can’t” until I give try. Maybe I’m ready to step out of my comfort zone again. The thought of running Chicago terrifies me, but it’s also still over 6 months away and there are hundreds of miles to run until then. Starting with the Brooklyn Half, I’m training to be strong as I head into a summer full of long, sweaty miles. I’m excited for you all to join me on the journey to running my first marathon!

❤ Louise

Workout Wednesday: March lululemon Bootcamp

Last weekend, we taught an in-store class at lululemon Roosevelt Field 🙂 This total body workout got our hearts pumping, glutes firing, and triceps burning. What are we training for? Life. In case you missed it or want to do it again, here you go!IMG_5318

There 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…

Round 1
Squats (Pulse down for 3 counts, up for 1 count)
Pencil Jacks

Round 2
Diamond Push-ups (modify from the knees if needed)
Mountain Climbers

Round 3
Lateral Lunge stepping to Single Leg balance
Burpees with a lateral hop

Round 4
Side Plank (from the knee to modify)
Hi-Low Plank

Round 5
Reverse Lunge with Front Kick
Squat Thrusts

Round 6
Tricep Dips
Single Leg Bridges

We can’t wait for you to join us at our next workout!! Save the date for Saturday, April 29! We will be celebrating Burpees & Bordeaux’s 1st Anniversary ❤

Xo, Pam & Louise

Running Stores on Long Island

What’s the most important piece of gear for a runner? Shoes! Of course, running shorts, Body Glide, and GPS watches are great to have, but a good pair of running shoes literally supports your body for thousands of steps during each run. My friends and clients frequently ask where they can get a good pair of shoes. The critical element is that you purchase the right pair of shoes for you and your feet.image1-2

Locally, there are a handful of stores on Long Island that specialize in helping you find both running shoes and gear for your active adventures. When finding new shoes, I strongly suggest a simple gait analysis by an in-store professional; they know the difference between under and over-pronation, what shoes are good if you have a heel strike, and which shoes would be good for trail running.

These are some local stores on Long Island that I recommend for my friends!

Runner’s Edge- Farmingdale

Sayville & Smithtown Running Company

Super Runner’s Shop- Huntington

2nd Wind Running Shoes- Setauket-East Setauket

NYC also has many running stores if you live closer to the city! Check out Brooklyn Running Company, JackRabbit Running, ASICS Store, and Super Runner’s Shop also has NYC locations!

Happy Running!
Louise

 

Race Recap: 10 Mile Run to Blue Point Brewery

We had our computers ready, credit cards out, anxiously waiting for the clock to strike 7… sign-ups for this race are no joke because it is so popular- and for good reason. GLIRC and Sayville Running Company put on one of the most popular races on Long Island. It’s simple: run 10 miles, drink all the beer.img_7562

This was my third year participating and I always have a great time! Signing up this year was seamless compared to previous years (thank you GLIRC for solving that issue) and I was so excited to have Pam and her boyfriend, Al, join me in the run. We all set our own goals for the run and crushed them this year!img_4844

This 10 mile race starts by the Blue Point Brewery out in Patchogue then winds through the neighborhoods towards the ocean and back to the brewery. The course is a flat loop with a few quick turns. Since I have run this race before, I’ve learned the course and have a few favorite parts. This time, I made mental notes along the way of my personal favorite moments during each mile:

  1. This guy was holding a sign that said “What are you running from?” And I shouted out to him, “I’m just running towards the beer!”
  2. Puppies! There were so many spectators with their dogs out and about
  3. We had literally just passed the port-a-potty, but this man jogs off behind a tree… we all saw you…
  4. Fireball shots at this mile marker! With a real feel temperature of 20*, this surely warms you up.
  5. It may sound silly, but this one road used to have craters which made for some dodgy running. It was newly re-paved and I could look ahead instead of at my toes.
  6. Between miles 6 & 7, you make a turn that takes you right along the ocean. It’s a beautiful view- especially on a sunny morning.
  7. I was just happy that it came out of nowhere! I think I was distracted by the ocean and the race photographer on the sideline.
  8. My playlist started jamming and even though I didn’t have Pam to sing aloud to, I started rocking out to “Want U Back” by Cher Lloyd #NoShame
  9. Mile 9 was actually disappointing 😦 The last 2 years, there has been a man standing on the bridge over the canal handing out beers. Drinking while running may not be recommended, but it’s always a good laugh. Where were you, old friend?!
  10. One last turn and it’s a long straightaway to the finish. I had been keeping an eye out during the whole race then I found my friend Brittany, crossed that finish line, and found some refreshing beverages!

img_4842As a runner, people often ask me what my favorite part of running is; and in typical Louise fashion, I answer bluntly… “my favorite part of running is stopping.” Hence, I love reaching that finish line and celebrating with a good post-race party! This was the first year that finishers received medals for this race complete with bottle opener. Fashion meets function. From the finish line, you head back to Blue Point Brewery where warm tents had food, music, raffles, and of course, plenty of beer. Besides the drinking and dancing, we are big fans of raffles so we put some money in to win a keg. You know, gotta keep the party going! Well, my friend, Brittany won that keg! Party in Long Beach, date TBD 😉

Xo,
Louise