Happy Anniversary B&B!

Life is about taking chances – chances that force you so far out of your comfort zone. IMG_9086

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

L: I Cheated on My Taper

Runner’s World defines the taper as “the reduction of exercise before a competition or race. Tapering is believed to be essential for best performance and can take from as little to a week to two or three weeks.” During a taper, mileage cuts back and intensity cools down. When race week comes, it’s time to focus on resting and mentally preparing for the big day. The countdown to Brooklyn is on… 4 days! And yesterday I was bad. I tried to cheat the taper. 

At the end of last week, I started having some back pain (over doing it on my workouts) and one of the PT’s I work with told me my back muscles were in a spasm. Ouch. To avoid further aggravation, I skipped my long run and exercising over the weekend. Then Sunday night I started reading other people’s recaps of Brooklyn and their sub-2 half marathons. And maaaybe I freaked a little bit. So Monday morning I woke up and went for my last run before Brooklyn. It should have been easy. Leisurely. A walk in the park. I should have just walked in the park. But mentally, I needed to make sure I could run a 9 minute mile… so I ran 3 of them.FullSizeRender (3)

And then Pam yelled at me 😦 I tried to cheat my taper and squeeze in some extra speedwork. Needless to say, my back started acting up again yesterday so now I am listening to my body! Ice and Advil, ftw. But I was pretty damn proud of myself!

I’ve come up with some things to keep me occupied for the rest of the week so I’m not tempted to try a race pace run again. When a training cycle is coming to an end and it’s time to taper, try making a list of activities so that you stay busy- it will be perfect to distract you from the decreased mileage!

  • Monday: (After my little running adventure…) I cooked chicken and brussels sprouts to eat for lunch at work! Brussels were marinated in olive oil, salt, pepper, & rosemary then roasted at 375* until crispy ❤
  • Tuesday: Manicure & pedicure! Splurged and got a foot massage, too 😉 Nails are painted the same pink as the Brooklyn race logo for inspiration
  • Wednesday: *singing Rihanna* Work, work, work, work, work, work
  • Thursday: Pre-Race Party! I am so pumped to check out the food vendors- HA! I’m bringing my mom along to party with me then we are heading to the Mets game!
  • Friday: Pasta party (duh!) Should I go for some garlic knots, too?

Our friend Race Pace Jess also created a list of things for keeping yourself busy the week before a race. Check her list out here!

Until Saturday, fingers crossed for sunny skies and PRs! ❤