It wasn’t you…it was me.

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Hello B&B family – Pam here!

This is an odd note to write – I didn’t know this would happen. As you may have noticed – I haven’t been around since late spring. It was never my intention to take a break but it’s something I had to do. It’s funny because I pride Louise and myself on making it for two years – I know plenty of blogs that started and never made it past three months. But I reached a point where I was forcing myself to write, I wasn’t connecting with the posts, and I wasn’t enjoying it. It was in conjunction with the heat of wedding planning, the opportunity for a promotion at work, and a time of growth in my relationship. To be completely transparent – I should have been more open with Louise with what was going on. I can never thank her enough for holding the fort together while I sorted my way through life challenges. There was a reason we ended up on this journey together. It’s so easy to make it look like you have things together online – but it’s what is happening behind that scenes that really defines a person.

I don’t want you to think it didn’t weigh on me – it definitely did. I apologized to Louise continuously but I just didn’t have it in me. I was up until the wee hours while giving presentations on the importance of sleep. I was skipping workouts while speaking to others about the importance of finding a routine. I realized I had put myself last and I had to shift.

So it’s funny – I’ve been leading up to my 30thbirthday and not sure how I felt. I was both excited and sad. I know it’s not a big deal – but for me it was this weird transition period. My early 20s were not easy – actually I would say they were the ones that built the woman I am today. I’ve been pretty open on here about my struggles – my abusive ex, my drug use, and the skeletons from my childhood. It has taken a lot of hard work and introspection but I have worked hard to shift the dialogue in my head to appreciate the past – but focus on the future.

I am so freaking excited for what is to come. As I continue to grow personally and professionally – I’m so happy to share it with all of you. I AM BACK. I needed a little time, a little reflection, a little work but I am ready. Louise and I spent the weekend together and we have spent the time to enjoy each other and also plan for our future.

So this is my apology letter to all of you – and asking you to have me back. I cannot wait for all the adventures that are to come in 2018 and 2019.  Thank you for supporting us through the good times – and those that are a little harder.

Xo, Pam

Run the Beach to Beacon Like a Pro

Last week, I adventured up to Portland, Maine for my 5th year in a row to celebrate Beach to Beacon weekend! Runner’s World Magazine has previously named Beach2Beacon on their Top 20 bucket list races [that aren’t marathons]. This is only my 4th year running the race (I am practically a legacy runner at this point- HA!) because my first registration was not fast enough. It sells out immediately so be sure to make your calendars for that important Friday morning in mid March. The registration process changed this year from a first come, first serve basis to one where you were put into a virtual “line” which in my opinion sucked a lot. Mostly because nothing was loading on my computer or phone and I ended up in the lottery. If you can’t type your credit card number fast enough, you don’t want to get in that bad! I digress…

Okay so step one you got in the race! Now, it’s cold outside in New England in March so it seems like a good idea… remember that when race day rolls around on the first Saturday in August… remember all the snow on the ground when you registered- it will help cool you off. They offer two days of race bib pick up helps with the volume of runners cramming into Cape Elizabeth High School (over 7,000 runners and then some). Fun fact: you will always get an L.L. Bean gift card. It’s the most coveted swag bag prize for any New England runner lol. The race shirts have also been blue (not white- Alleluia!) for the last two years- after talking with several other runners we are so hopeful that this stays the trend. Bib number, shirt, car magnet, L.L. Bean, check!! Okay, time to head home or to your hotel, eat some pasta and get some sleep! You have to be on those shuttle buses bright and early!

Race morning comes along and you basically have two options: runner parking at the start or hopping on the shuttle bus from Cape Eizabeth HS. We have always hopped on the shuttle bus without a hassle of parking or worrying about time. Maybe try to use the restroom before leaving the house to decrease the chances of having to pee in the woods. There are a ton of porta-potties, but there are way more runners than stalls. Enjoy the time in the start corral knowing you’re about the conquer the same course as many great, professional runners: Joan Benoit-Samuelson, MEB, Molly Huddle, Ben True, and the list goes on.

Course strategy: Do not send it in Mile 1 even though it’s flat. Save a little for the end because Miles 4.5-6 are very up and down. Smile for the cameraman on the left at Mile 4.6. And do not miss the bacon at Mile 5.

Post race knowledge is a bit limited… I have no idea how people get shuttled back to their cars. Since this is a point to point race (not a loop), the start and finish lines are 6.2 miles apart. I have been fortunate enough to run with my bestie whose parents house stares directly at the Portland Head Light aka the finish line. We can literally walk from the finish line back to their house where donuts, snacks, and a cold showers await our crew of hungry runners. If you run with us, it’s like being VIP 😉

Have you run the Beach to Beacon 10k? How many times? Share your best race advice in the comments below!

Xo, Louise

 

For more information on this race, you can read my 2016 Race Recap here!

Listening to Your Body During Summer Runs

What comes to mind when you think of summer running? Sweat, awkward tan lines, early wake up calls? Agreed. Summer runs can be brutal between finding a cool time to go for a run and trying not to chafe in shorts. While it seems silly to talk about, there comes a point where listening to your body is of the utmost importance!

Heat safety is a huge factor for summer sports- your body has cooling mechanisms, such as sweating, to help dissipate heat. With summer runs, it may seem inevitable that you’ll end up having to head outside on a day with high humidity or when the sun is strongest. Especially when that day is race day.

Twice in the last year I can recall having some degree of heat exhaustion- it’s not pretty. The most recent being this past week at Beach 2 Beacon where the 100% humidity forced me to pull back my pace and save my goal time for the next race. I listened to my body, chugged waters mid and post race, and even still woke up that night with chills and nausea. Water. Rest Repeat.

Chicago Finish Line 2017

The worse case was last year at the Chicago Marathon (and I know I have never talked about that heartbreak on here- so this is a piece of my story). Unfavorable running weather for October- high 70s, 80 something percent humidity, and not a cloud in the sky- a runner’s nightmare. It was all going well up to mile 17 until I got tunnel vision and an unquenchable thirst. Mile 20.5 was when my friend found me from the sideline, hugged me, and said I felt cold despite how sweaty I was. Um what??? I kept moving… barely forward and still in my “tunnel.” This should have been a “listen to your body” moment, but the thought of not crossing the finish line broke my heart.

My point here is that heat exhaustion and heat stroke are very real and very scary. Be sure to take precautions to keep yourself safe during these last hot weeks of summer.

  • Try running early before the sun is too strong
  • Avoid days with high humidity or heat index
  • Drink plenty of water before, during, and after- recover with electrolytes
  • Know the signs/symptoms of both heat exhaustion and stroke.
  • Listen to your body!!

Xo, Louise

Aka the girl who breaks her own rules

Recipe: Cinnamon Sugar Protein Donuts

I am the first to admit that I definitely have a sweet tooth and sometimes you just have to give in to that craving. We live active, healthy lifestyles and yes, we totally eat donuts! In fact, the most requested B&B recipes are our donuts! Here’s our newest sweet treat to whip up this weekend- cinnamon sugar donuts 🍩

Ingredients:

  • 1c almond meal
  • 1/2c vanilla protein powder (we use pea based protein)
  • 1/2c whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tbsp cinnamon
  • 1/4c unsweetened applesauce
  • 3 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tbs coconut oil
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2c almond milk (or more, as needed)

Topping:

  • 1/2 tbsp cinnamon
  • 1 tbsp coconut sugar

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350*.
  2. Mix all of the dry ingredients. Mix all of the wet ingredients. Mix both together.
  3. Cut a corner off of a baggie and place mixture inside of the baggie. Pipe into greased donut pan.
  4. Sprinkle topping onto donuts before placing in the oven.
  5. Bake 10-12 minutes & enjoy! 😊

Xo, Louise

Event Recap: Studio Tone It Up Live NYC

Last fall, Tone It Up took their workouts on the road for their first ever tour. B&B traveled to Philly (& NYC) for the event & had such a blast! (Check out our recap of last year’s event here!) This year TIU decided to take it on the road again and hosted live workout events in LA & NYC. We had such a good time last year that we decided to join in the fun once more. Tickets for Studio Tone It Up Live went on sale a few months ago & were offered in three pricing tiers: General Admission, Fast Pass, & VIP (the lower priced options sold out pretty quickly, but we were able to get our hands on some fast pass tickets.

The event opened at 9AM with the first workout of the day scheduled for 10AM- we planned to show up early because putting your yoga mat down inside reserves your spot inside. Upon arrival to the venue, three lines were forming, one for each ticketing tier. With a bit of chaos while getting our tickets scanned last year, it was great to see the organization of the ticket lines ahead of time. There were also some girls working who expedited the process by scanning tickets and handing out bracelets & swag bags, all while we waited for the venue to open. Once the doors opened, VIP was able to head in first followed by Fast Pass holders then GA. However, there were sectioned areas for each group with VIP ticket holders having access to the front area closest to the stage.

At these TIU live workout events, we have learned that second only to putting your mat down, is heading to the shop for clothes. There were a few exclusive clothing styles specifically for the tour including both TIU gear & Avocado brand tops & leggings. If you aren’t interested in purchasing anything extra, then this time was perfect to line up for one of the pampering stations! TIU partnered with Victoria’s Secret Sport for a fun photo op, bra measuring, and freebies- you opened a random locker & found a prize such as hats, leggings, bras, and socks. There was also a braid bar from Priv with stylists who worked some magic to create sporty hairstyles and a back massage station with masseuses from Zeel to work out your tired muscles. Heading outside of the venue, you could find a few snacks vendors who were giving away samples, bags, coupons & more!

A few things to note about what you received with each ticket: GA got you into the venue without a swag bag. With the Fast Pass you received a swag bag & it got you into a shorter line for the braid bar & massage lines. The VIP ticket holders were in the same line as the Fast Pass holders, however they received a swag bag with extra goodies, access to the VIP lounge with Ketel One drinks, and a meet & greet with K&K. Several ladies were a little upset with the VIP experience because of the meet & greet lines and the fact that said lines overlapped with some of the workouts.

Besides all the fun extras, dance parties with besties, & hugs from girls you had not seen since last year’s tour, exercise did happen! There was a whole schedule of workouts about 30 minutes apart led by K&K and the Studio Tone It Up trainers. K&K started the morning [at 10:30am] with their total body workout and a reading from their new book. The workouts were all done with your body weight or a mini band and you could come & go from your mat as you wished. Louise did most (or a least a little bit of each) workout & Pam prioritized getting in the massage line. The trainers provided us with solid workouts, which were challenging, fun, and varied so there was something for everyone. Because the first workout started behind schedule, the rest of the day was a little off with less time in between the workouts.

The lines for each of the activities was a little bit aggressive- the fast pass ticket helped cut down the waiting time, but timing when you waited was important. The other issue was the food truck- apparently the food truck broke down on the way to the venue- which left us with one vendor offering pricey smoothie bowls. While our swag bags had almonds and protein bars, the only other food option (for a 5 hour event) were the TIU protein smoothie samples being handed out throughout the day. We were starving & immediately headed to brunch lol.

Overall, the experience at the TIU Tour was not about the braids, food, or free sports bras- it’s all about the opportunity to connect with other girls in the TIU Community. Especially those who may not live nearby or even some who you’ve only connected with through Instagram. Of course it’s amazing to have the VIP experience meet & greet, but even without splurging on that ticket, we had an amazing day with our friends! We learned last year that it’s much more of a social event than a workout event- which is totally fine! This type of event is all about what you make of it.

Did you go to Studio Tone It Up Live? Were you in NYC or LA? Share below in the comments about your experience! Be sure to follow us on Instagram @burpeesandbordeaux for more fun pictures & stories.

Xo, Louise & Pam

Rainy Race Day Tips

AHH! The beauty of road races in the great outdoors! Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter… we run outside all year round. Some days there is sunshine, clouds, a cool breeze, rain, snow, sleet, humidity… okay so it’s not always going to be a simple jog in the park. Unfortunately there is nothing you can do about the forecast, but you can be prepared for race day and have a smart race!

The weather for the 2018 Brooklyn Half is looking to be a wet one! Besides dodging puddles along the course, there are a few things you can do to make sure you have a good race.

 

Rainy Race Day Tips:

  1. Wear a trash bag to the start line. Simple enough to keep you dry until it’s go-time. Since you are going to ditch it anyway, save money on the plastic poncho and opt for a stylish Hefty bag. All you have to do is cut holes for your head and arms. Not only will it keep you dry, but you’ll stay warmer in the rain (especially on a cool morning).
  2. Wear a hat for the race. Face it- you will get wet. This is probably our best advice ever. Wearing a hat will keep the rain out of your eyes. An old baseball cap works just fine, but keep in mind that with longer distances your body will heat up. Opt for a hat made of breathable, tech material to keep the rain off your face but let some heat escape out of the top!img_4022
  3. Check a bag. Unless you are going from the finish line straight to your car, you’re going to want to check a bag with dry clothes, socks, shoes- everything! Standing around cold & soggy is probably the worst feeling.  If you have room, sneak a tiny umbrella in there to keep you dry as you cheer everyone on who finishes after you 🙂

Make sure you have everything you need the night before! Check the weather, drink some water, and get some rest. Here’s the link to our complete race day packing list!

See you at the finish line!

Louise & Pam

Recipe: Taco Fiesta Quinoa Bowls

Meal prep magic is back at it again! Sometimes the best recipes are made up as you go along 😂 I love mixing everything together- sometimes it’s all the leftover veggies. And honestly, the less dishes I can dirty during Sunday Meal Prep, the better. Voila! This week I give you my taco fiesta creation 🌮

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb. lean ground turkey
  • 1 red bell pepper, diced
  • 1 green bell peppers, diced
  • 1/2 medium red onion, diced
  • 1/2 cup fresh pineapple, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minces
  • 1 jalapeno, diced (optional for some heat)
  • 1 can black beans, rinsed & drained
  • 1 cup quinoa, cooked
  • 1 lime, juiced
  • 1 Tbsp. olive oil
  • taco seasoning, preferably homemade (I used Flavor God Taco Tuesday)
  • cilantro, chopped (optional)

Directions:

  1. In a large skillet, brown ground turkey. Allow it to simmer with seasonings then set aside on a separate dish. Meanwhile, cook quinoa according to directions and set aside.
  2. In the same skillet, heat olive oil then add in chopped onion & garlic, saute for 3 minutes. Add in all the peppers & allow them to soften, stirring occasionally.
  3. Add in the blacks beans and pineapple and allow them to heat up ~ 8-10 minutes.
  4. Squeeze the juice of 1 lime over the cooked quinoa and mix it together.
  5. Add the ground turkey back to the pan, mixing together with all of the veggies.
  6. Serve over quinoa & garnish with fresh cilantro if desired. Enjoy!

Share with us when you make our recipes! Use the hashtag #burpeesandbordeaux 💕

Xo, Louise

Tuesday Tips – lululemon bras

The secret it out – my guilty pleasure is definitely lululemon clothing! I wear it on a daily basis -specifically their sports bras! I have pretty ones to wear to the bar, I have supportive ones to wear for a run, I have strappy ones to wear with an open back – for every occasion there is a lululemon bra. HOWEVER, when laundry day arrives and I have 15 sports bras with wrinkled pads – I despise the task. I took my conundrum to the team at #lululemonRF and they came to the rescue! Here is a 3 step process to ensure you never have the wrinkly boob look – and to also prevent the tedious task for figuring out which way they go!

Step 1: Pull both pads out and locate where the size number is located. This number faces towards the sternum (midline) and the skin (inside).

Step 2: Fold the pad into thirds by folding it into itself (see image below). This will easily slide into the designated slot.

Step 3: Slide the folded pad into the bra, use your pointer finger and middle finger to flatten out the pad. Adjust as needed.

Practice makes perfect and I no longer dread folding my bras after laundry day!

Xo, Pam

Workout: 2nd Anni Bootcamp Party

Happy 2nd Anniversary B&B! 🎉

Can you believe it’s been two years since the launch of our blog?! Thank you all for your love and support on this journey! We couldn’t do it without all of you 😊 We have had so much fun and made so many friends along the way! And what better way to celebrate than with a sweat party at lululemon with all our friends?! ICYMI last Saturday we celebrated two years of B&B with our friends where we had an kick ass bootcamp followed by snacks, champagne, and plenty of laughs.

We wanted to share our workout with all of you in case you couldn’t make it or want to do it all over again! All you need for this routine is yourself, a mat, and a timer. Perform all 3 exercises in each round for 30 seconds each followed by 30 seconds of rest. Repeat 3 times before moving onto the next round!

Round 1

  • Squat w/ Leg Lift (right)
  • Squat w/ Leg Lift (left)
  • Burpees!!

Round 2

  • Down Dog Split + Knee to chest (right)
  • Down Dog Split + Knee to chest (left)
  • Squat Thrusters

Round 3

  • Lateral Lunge (Left)
  • Lateral Lunge (right)
  • Double Jump + Squat

Round 4

  • Inchworms + Pushups
  • Inchworms + Shoulder Taps (R/L)
  • Spaghetti and Meatballs

Round 5

  • Reverse Lunge + Hop (left)
  • Reverse Lunge + Hop (right)
  • Broad Jump (forward) + Duck walk back

Round 6

  • Side Plank (left)
  • Side Plank (right)
  • Mountain Climbers

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 most fantastic swag bag we have ever seen. Please be sure to check out these amazing brands and show them some love!

@lululemon @pleasantpetites @nounoscreamery @theowlsbrew @kodiakcakes @cookierepublic @vitalproteins @primalkitchenfoods @purely_elizabeth @eatbanza @flapjacked @coola @rxbar @emmysorganics @baresnacks @dudewipes @yasso @iheartkeenwah @kodiakcakes @simplyunjaded @eatingevolved @dailyharvest @sweat @healthyhumanlife @thebeastybread @islandscreenprint @beachfitli @cyclebargardencity @bnfyoga

We can’t wait to sweat with you all again soon! Be sure to subscribe for first access to all things B&B 💕

Xo, Louise & Pam

Recipe: Chicken & Pineapple Cauliflower Fried Rice

Cauliflower “rice” is a great substitute for making lower carb dishes! This healthier version of fried rice has plenty of veggies and can easily be made into a vegetarian dish, too.

Serves: 4

Total Time: 30 minutes

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 medium head cauliflower, cut into florets OR Trader Joe’s fresh riced cauliflower (16 oz bag)
  • 2 chicken breasts, cut into chunks
  • 2 large eggs, whisked
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • Non-stick cooking spray
  • 1/2 sweet onion, diced
  • 1 Tablespoon + 1 tsp minced garlic, divided
  • 1 bell pepper, diced
  • 1 cup baby broccoli
  • 6 Tablespoons low sodium soy sauce, divided
  • 1 cup diced pineapple
  • Salt & pepper, to taste

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Slice chicken breast into chunks, marinate in 3 Tbsp soy sauce and 1 tsp minced garlic for 20-30 minutes, in the meantime chop your vegetables
  2. Add the cauliflower florets to a food processor and pulse just until the cauliflower resembles rice. (Don’t overprocess or it will be mushy.) Set the cauliflower rice aside OR use Trader Joe’s pre-riced cauliflower
  3. Heat a large nonstick sauté pan over medium-low heat. Coat it lightly with cooking spray then add the eggs and cook until scrambled. Remove the eggs to a plate then add the chicken, until fully cooked ~8 minutes. Set chicken aside.
  4. Add the sesame oil and olive oil to the pan and let it heat for 1 minute. Add the diced onion and garlic to the pan and cook, stirring, until the onion is translucent, about 3 minutes.
  5. Add the cauliflower rice, peppers, broccoli, soy sauce, salt and pepper (to taste) to the pan and cook, stirring, until the cauliflower softens, about 5 minutes. Return the scrambled eggs and chicken to the pan then add the diced pineapple and cook, stirring, for 3 more minutes.
  6. Enjoy!!

❤ Louise