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

L: Dreaming of Summer Running

Only 11 days until the Brooklyn Half Marathon!! I think it’s finally starting to sink in… until this point, the race has seemed so far away. Now I’m in Week #11 of training and the runs are starting to get a little shorter…

After a little set back last week, I picked up with my speed workout on Saturday then rested Sunday. Monday morning I adventured to Massapequa Preserve for my 90 minute long run; it was so nice outside and early in the morning the park was so peaceful. Unfortunately, I have no idea of my distance or pace because I forgot my Garmin 😦 But the run felt good and I practiced eating my Gu and drinking water on the go- every second is going to count next week.

Heading out on another running adventure today, I went down to Jones Beach to run on the boardwalk for my speed workout. Last week, my speed workout changed to 6 x 2 minutes at my half pace (or faster) with 1 minute of recovery in between. It’s definitely challenging, but I know I’m pushing myself to run faster than race pace. Knowing I can push myself to go a little faster is calming my lingering race day nerves.

The boardwalk is a great place to run or walk and I’ll often go for a run in the morning before plopping my beach chair in the sand. During the week this is a great place to go, but avoid it in the summer on the weekends since the beach is usually pretty crowded. You can ride your bike along the boardwalk, too! Running from Field 6 down to the far end of Field 1 is 2 miles and there are mile markers along the way. Today I did an out and back run with a mile warm up and cool down. The south wind was really blowing on the first half of my run, but it carried me all the way back.

Speedy Thoughts from My Speed Workout

  1. Oh hello, sir. Starting your Garmin, too… and you’re gone.
  2. This wind is not making for a good swell today. Or for running west.
  3. Hi Garmin man! I’m running right behind you. I hope I’m not creepy. We’re going the same pace…
  4. I literally cannot wait to just lay on the beach. How many weeks until Memorial Day?
  5. I have to stop looking at the ground. The boardwalk is making me dizzy.
  6. These guys are riding longboards… I should try that. But would I ride the same way as I snowboard? Why does it seem awkward?
  7. Keep running. Get to the pencil.
  8. Sprint. Just sprint it out.
  9. 3..2..1.. Yes! Done! Only 4 more runs to go…
  10. What should I have for lunch?

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Who else is getting excited for Brooklyn?! Are you guys running any other races in May?

Keep running,
Louise

L: Back to the “Norm”

And by Norm, I mean Norman J. Levy! After all the excitement of Sunday’s half marathon, it was time to get right back into my training routine. I took Monday as a rest day and taught my cycling class without hopping on the bike- although my Fitbit thought pacing around the studio and encouraging my participants was a “sport.” Hey, I’ll take it! I decided to get a little wild and put some hills into my speed work. I took two miles to warm up with the second being mainly uphill. The speed workout consisted of 6 x 3 minutes at race pace or faster with 2 minutes of recovery in between. My legs were still feeling a little sore from the race, but mentally I know it is important to complete my hard workouts! I’m going to break 2 hours.IMG_2286

2:05:27

This was our time from the half. That averages to a 9:38 pace. We stopped and had water, I had to stretch my cranky ankle, and saved my push for the last half mile. Now that I know I can conquer the distance and the hills of Central Park, my focus is on my pace and timing.

If there is one thing I hope you guys can learn from my race it is about chafing. UGH.

In the picture on the left, I look like a chicken. Why? My sports bra started to make my skin chafe 😦 A few things were different from my training runs: the weather was warmer and the run was longer. I was definitely sweatier due to both of these things. When it comes to chafing, you have to have a good defense. Because once it starts, you might already be too late. Keep this in mind as the weather starts to change to spring because your body will heat up more with the warm weather. Start by wearing sweat-wicking fabrics and avoid cotton (Dri-fit clothes are your bff). This goes for tops and bottoms, including your undies. Another good rule is never wear anything new on race day! You never know if that new tank will just rub your arms the wrong way. Your training runs should be done in the clothing you plan to wear when race day comes; this way there will be no surprises!

If a simple change in wardrobe doesn’t help try Anti Monkey Butt powder to help keep you dry. We also love Body Glide to help keep the skin lubed up and keep friction away. Do you guys have any products or tricks to help protect your skin on those long runs? Share them!

Happy Running!
Louise

L: Adventures to Hempstead Lake

Another Tuesday, another adventure! Today I traveled to Hempstead Lake State Park. Nestled between Peninsula Blvd and the Southern State Parkway is this sweet park with picnic tables, a playground, and a trail surrounding the lake. I decided to adventure around here to get away from the traffic while I ran.

There’s a 3 mile loop around the biggest area of the lake. This trail is not paved and was a bit muddy from yesterday’s rain- but I was the only person out there on this chilly, spring day. Be aware that the path is a bit uneven and may have recently been walked by the local equestrian center (I looked down for most of my run). But when I did look up, there was a beautiful view of the lake without a cloud in the sky.

Today’s training run consisted of race pace pickups. My plan was to run between 4.5- 5 miles with 6 x 3 minutes at my goal pace (9:10) or faster. As my training has progressed, my recovery time between pickups is down to two and a half minutes. My warmup mile was steady at 9:30 then I based my pickups off of effort- only looking at my watch for the time. It felt great minus my nagging right calf! After I cooled down, I took some time to look at the scenery 🙂

I took a page out of Pam’s book and did a jumping picture to celebrate my 9:07 average pace 🙂 I haven’t mastered it like she has, but I’ll practice. Do you guys have a “signature” race picture? Mine is biting my medal like the Olympic athletes!

Catch ya on the flip side,
Louise

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