Recovering from a Chicago Heartbreak

Hi B&B fam – it’s been too long (don’t worry I have a catch up post coming at you this week)! One thing in particular that’s had it’s highs and lows the last two months is my running.


As you know – Louise and I ran the Chicago marathon – and it broke my heart in a way that a race hasn’t before. I think for the first time I really believed in myself in the marathon distance – started off running the race I was meant to – and then due to a few different circumstances I got sick at mile 17. Those next 9 miles were full of tears and I was in full on survival mode. I didn’t realize what an impact it would have on me until I arrived home. I didn’t want to run – in fact I wanted to do anything but run. I had the NYC marathon in 4 short weeks so I squeezed in a couple runs thanks to my Run Club peeps but my heart wasn’t there. I still ran the NYC marathon – honored to pace my dear friend Michele through the first half and then having fun the second half while hugging my friends, high-fiving the crowd, and setting a surprising course PR.


However, I knew it was time for a reset. I gave myself two full weeks “in retirement”. I didn’t workout at all – I focused purely on my personal life and I began my move to NYC (surprise if you didn’t know!! I now live on the UES!!!!!!!). My heart just wasn’t there and I needed some time. This is one of the reasons we took a holiday hiatus from Run Club. I needed a break from running.

Once I settled in, I was able to turn my attention back to my fitness and one thing I knew is that I had to find the fun in running again. My biggest step to achieving that – I ditched my Garmin. I couldn’t run for miles, or splits, or PRs, or speed – I needed to run for ME. I needed to run to feel my heart beat, to allow my feet to carry me over the pavement without expectation, and to take in the sights and sounds of my new life.


It’s been a month since the NYC marathon and I’m getting the itch again. I’ve explored new places with friends, I’ve found solitude along the East River at night, and I’ve enjoyed miles with my fiancé. My point – never be afraid to take a step back. As they always say distance makes the heart grow fonder – and I have to say – I’m falling in love all over again.

Xo, Pam

Event Recap: Tone It Up Tour

The fitness world seems to have exploded over the last week with all the fun and excitement of the Tone It Up Tour! TIU is a huge online fitness community and the two co-founders have taken the sweaty fun and brought it on the road. Obviously, we had to go! The first 4 stops of the tour were DC, NYC, Boston, and Philly. Pam attended NYC on Friday evening then we both traveled with our girls to Philadelphia for some meetups on Saturday and the tour on Sunday. Definitely recommend going to a meet up the day before- especially to go hang out in a new city!

Since there are still 11 more cities left in the TIU Tour, we wanted to give you our inside scoop to make sure you have an amazing time just like we did 🙂 Whether you are going GA or VIP, it is going to be so much fun. Just remember, this fitness festival is going to be what you make of it ❤

Step 1: Getting in line. Honestly, the line moved so quickly that it was smooth sailing into the venue. The line will get long though, so don’t wait to arrive until the doors open. We brought cards with us and played a few rounds of “Asshole” to pass the time. Once you get in, you’ll get your swag bag & bracelet then head to the stage and put your yoga mat down so you and your girls have a good spot together.

Step 2: Choose your activities strategically so you don’t have to wait in line. Zeel has massage tables set up for a nice 5 minute back massage 🙂 The line was short so we hopped on it immediately. Keep in mind there is also a braid bar (that line got super long and stayed that way all afternoon) and merchandise for sale. If you want merch then that has to be your first stop because they have a limited supply of sizes/colors of each item.

Step 3: Each tour stop has 3 workouts which are about 25-30 minutes long. Core Power yoga, an ass-kicking by Jillian Michaels, and some booty/core work with K&K. Feel free to skip workouts, branch away from your squad, and do your own thing! We skipped the yoga session and took that opportunity to hit up the photo booths, sample Krave and kombucha, make rose quartz beaded bracelets, and more! Pam and her cranky hamstring didn’t do much of the workouts at the NYC stop and had the best time ever! Partially due to the rose garden and in part due to all the amazing women who were all hanging out!


Step 4: If you have a VIP ticket then the rose garden is going to be a blast! They stamp your arm for meet & greets then call you by groups- aka no crazy line. In the meantime, you get to chill with your friends, drink rose, and hit up the denim bar. You can also come and go from the VIP area back out to the festival and peruse the vendors that are set up.

If you go in just looking for K&K, you’re going to be disappointed. This tour is all about the girls and the TIU Community. It’s the perfect opportunity to connect with girls who may not live in your city or you have only spoken with through Instagram. Because Philly & NYC are so close, there were a bunch of girls we knew and also so many opportunities to make new friends!

PS: Bring snacks! There are food trucks stationed among the vendors, but if you’re ballin’ on a budget, you can bring in food. We brought almonds and protein bars to hold us over after all those workouts 🙂

Who else went to the TIU Tour this past weekend?! We would love to connect with you! Share your favorite part of the festival below ❤ Who is going in the next few weeks? Where? What are you most excited about?!

Xo, Louise & Pam

 

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


Happy Anniversary B&B!

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It’s our 1st Anniversary!

When we took the leap of faith to launch Burpees & Bordeaux a year ago we didn’t know where it would go. We knew we wanted to share our journeys – the highs and the lows, we wanted to share solid research backed information, and we wanted to share our love for fitness (and wine). Little did we know we would connect with some of the most bad-ass women in the industry, grow not only as friends but also fitness professionals, and also expose our most vulnerable selves. We are so grateful for each and every one of you who read our blog and support us in our journey. A special shout out to our friends, our families, and significant others who support us day in and day out! Thank you to our friends at lululemon RF for letting us reach more individuals and all of the Tone It Up- Long Island girls who always come out to support us.

We love you all and can’t wait to see what the next year has in store for us!

Xo, Louise & Pam

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

 

NYC Marathon 2016: Spectator’s Edition


I want to preface this post with how proud I am of Pam and everyone else who completed the 26.2 miles through New York City this past Sunday. Running a marathon is not an easy task; it takes weeks of training and lots of discipline. All of your hard work comes down to one day of eating bagels, running miles, and drinking water. On the other side, there are your family and friends who have listened to you talk non-stop about running, missed you because your long run was the next morning; but then it’s finally race week and they have no problem indulging in some empathetic carb loading. It’s time we talk about the other side of running a marathon, the real heroes here: the spectators.img_7303

As a runner, I understand how great that feeling is when you spot your friends and family along the race course. It gives you a surge of energy to keep powering on even if the course is tough. Knowing that you have people there supporting you is one of the greatest feelings! This is why I want to share some tips on how to be the best spectator on race day.

Let’s rewind to Saturday, when the #PamSquad received an email with the game plan for race day. Now I enjoy being on time to things and having a plan, but Pam is the Type A- ready to go- spreadsheets on deck- kind of organized. With that being said, she already told us where to go, but it was our responsibility to be there for her aka don’t blow it.

Tip #1 Establish your #CheerSquad. Who is going to come and watch the race? Where is the first meeting point? Who has the orange juice and who is bringing champagne? It is 9AM ya know. Establish who is going to be at which points along the course and who is meeting up where.img_4350

Tip #2 Have a plan. As a spectator, saying you’ll be “near the finish” is not enough. Let your runners know at which points they should be looking for you. Try to map out several points along the course where you will be cheering and allow yourself enough time to travel between points. The worst thing is to miss your runner! The #PamSquad had directions written out from each point with estimated travel times. Even better- there was a separate spreadsheet that had her estimated pace listed with an approximate time of day. Side note: many races also have an app for that where you can track your runners in real time!

Tip #3 Know the course. For the NYC Marathon, runners are cruising through all 5 boroughs. It’s important to know where your runner will be and approximately what time they should hit that marker. We were on and off the subways all day to make sure we got to each “Pam Point” on time. It is important to review the course ahead of time to make sure you aren’t near a busy medical tent or at a water stop with cups flying everywhere. Let your runner know if you will be on their right or left so they can slide to that side as they approach your check-in points.img_4352

Tip #4 Be Visible. “I’ll be in a blue hat” won’t be enough to help find you on the sidelines. Neon posters are a great start! I personally love reading the funny things people write as I’m running. This year we upgraded from posters to Pam faces. Some oversized Pam heads on a stick were just what she needed to find us in the crowd!

Tip #5 Pack Prosecco. Need I say more? You’re not running and it’s going to be a long day of adventuring around the race route- better stock up! Over the course of the day, I managed to rack up about 25,000 steps (according to my FitBit). We were up and down subway stairs, weaving through people, and sprinting to make it to the finish line in time.

Special treat! Here is some live coverage of the NYC Marathon!

What other tips do you have for spectating? How has your cheer squad motivated you all the way to the finish line?

Happy Trails!
Louise

Event Recap: SHAPE Body Shop

img_4190This past Saturday, B&B headed to NYC to take part is Shape’s Body Shop pop-up event. The event was a fundraiser to raise money for the Movemeant Foundation. The Movemeant Foundation “helps young women feel confident about their bodies by empowering them with the tools to be active.” Each class was $10 and they had a variety of classes from HIIT to hip hop to meditation. We signed up ahead of time for a triathlon of fitness; 3 classes with 3 instructors. Upon arrival, there was a party already going at 9am. They had a DJ, a photo booth, a display of Reebok apparel, a lounge area, and a bar that was serving Michelob, water, and snacks! We mingled a little, snapped a few photos in the photo booth, and took a shot of beer. Then it was time for the first of 3 back to back classes.

We started off with Power Training with Jen Widerstrom. First off, she is badass with a strong body and a personality to match. She spent the entire time mingling with the group and dropping motivational lines to keep up going. Her class was based on 30 seconds of a pre-fatiguing exercise, 30 seconds of a high intensity exercise, and then a 30 second rest. After we did 3 rounds, we then jogged around the room for a couple of minutes. It was a fantastic class that left us feeling strong and sweaty.

Immediately after was a LIFTED class with Holly Rilinger. Holly launched this class in NYC and describes it as a way to “lift your mind, body and spirit through a combined sequence of meditation and HIIT.” This class was a great combination of moments of mediation mixed in with strength training, shadow boxing, and plyometrics. All of the strength training was done to the beat of the music so we all moved in unison and then the moment we would go all out with a sprint in place or tuck jumps. Pam: We ended the class with a meditation and I grabbed Louise’s hand. I am so grateful to have her on my journey and we serve as each other’s cheerleaders.

After class we met up with our friends, spun the Reebok wheel for a gift card, and then headed upstairs for Jenny Gaither’s Notoriously F.I.T. Jenny debuted this workout at the Shape event in LA and I have been wanting to try it. Notoriously FIT was a hip hop based dance class in which she encouraged us to lose all inhibitions and let loose! It wasn’t about being a good hip hop dancer, but all about having fun. Before the class even started, we mingled and made friends with some awesome ladies who work for SHAPE magazine. We learned choreography that included a little booty shaking, strut the catwalk and struck a pose, then finished with a dance circle where we all had a turn to hop in and dance. This class worked up a serious sweat! We were moving and grooving the whole time.

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After all our workouts, we enjoyed some snacks and refreshments. SHAPE hooked us up with our swag bags which were packed with goodies and discounts. Since we won Reebok gift cards, we also had to go there so I could buy Jen’s fabulous disco pants 😛 We followed our morning of workouts with brunch in the city because duhh! A huge thank you to SHAPE Magazine and the Movemeant Foundation- what a great way to work out and give to charity all in a Saturday morning.

Did any of you attend the event? What classes did you take?

Xo, Louise & Pam