My reward system

Saturday’s long run was a 12-miler, bringing me to 47 miles for the week. I haven’t seen these kind of numbers since the fall – you’d think I was training for a half-marathon or something (haha, joke…)! Anyway, I felt a little sluggish at the start of my run, but things improved as the miles ticked by. It was also sunny and 60 degrees and I was listening to the Rihanna station on Pandora. All the necessary components for success! Kelly also ran a 12-miler this weekend and I think we feel similarly about the distance – it’s a solid long run, but not too long. And I usually don’t need to bring fluids or gels with me for runs less than 14 miles, so that makes things easier.

It’s no secret that I’ve been known to procrastinate when it comes to long runs and workouts, but this weekend I had a carrot dangling in front of me. The man friend had a gig from 11am-1pm, so my plan was to start running when he began working, and then meet for a bagel at Murray’s when we were both finished. I couldn’t delay my run because that would mean being late for my bagel! And Murray’s makes a damn good bagel…

Whole Wheat Everything with Veggie Cream Cheese

And then a banana cupcake with cream cheese frosting from Billy’s Bakery. I’m a big fan of banana cupcakes – they’re always super moist.

It finally feels like spring in New York!! For the remainder of the afternoon, I stretched my legs out with some walking in Chelsea and on the High Line.

<3 Warm Weather and Sun. It really makes me a much happier person! And let’s be honest – it’s a hell of a lot easier to log miles when it’s 60 degrees than when it’s 30 and snowing.



Every year, I make note of Self Magazine’s workout in the park and intend to go, but I never seem to get there. Well, this year I’m finally going to do it! This is the 18th anniversary of the event and it’s scheduled for next Saturday, May 7th from 11am-3pm in Central Park (Rain or Shine). I’ve been looking for a way to build some strength and break out my running rut, so I’m excited to try some of the classes especially the one called Karma Strength. This class supposedly strengthens muscles externally and internally and boosts your libido. Interesting…

So, what’s in it for you? Well….Self Magazine’s PR folks have offered up some goodies for a give-away. Note: Only residents of the NYC area are eligible to win (sorry!). Up for grabs – a pair of tickets (normally $20 each), two water bottles, and two i.renew energy bracelets.

To enter (I’ll pick a winner on Wednesday, May 4) leave a comment telling me about your favorite type of group fitness class.

Remember: Only NYC-area residents can win (unless you plan on travelling to the city on May 7…)!

  • cutest megan picture ever! yay for highline sun. i like the idea of this karma strength class – looking forward to hearing about it and its promised effects?? haha.

    i guess yoga doesn’t count, but i’m kinda digging core fusion yoga. it’s very fitness-class-y, but infuses yoga poses in a flowy, dancer-like way. it’s fun… or, as fun as a fitness class can be.

  • dang, all the cool magazine events happen in New York! Is the event free? I’d be there in a hot second if I lived nearby, but the $600+ plane ticket from San Francisco is a bit prohibitive…

    you’re cute. love the warm-weather self photo

  • Ostler Laura

    Mmmmmm, I LOVE Billy’s! It’s right by my office, which spells major trouble. Delish.

    As far as group classes, I’ve really been digging pilates lately. It KILLS but feels so good afterwards. Haha. Isn’t that how most workouts go though?

  • Before I moved to NYC I belonged to a very amazing yoga studio, and their classes were my favorite, bar none. (Although they were so serious about it, that it feels almost reductionist to call it a “group fitness class.”)

    Last year I actually registered for the workout in the park and then didn’t end up going. Oops.

  • I’m obsessed with Core Fusion! The classes have strengthened my legs and my core considerably and it has really helped with my running. Thanks for hosting such a great giveaway!

  • I’m obsessed with Core Fusion! The classes have strengthened my legs and my core considerably and it has really helped with my running. Thanks for hosting such a great giveaway!

  • My favorite group classes are still yoga-based. I feel like yoga is something I absolutely must do in a class setting — I simply can’t do it on my own. Plus, there is something very powerful in hearing / joining in on the collective breath of the room.

    I’m excited to hear more about the event. Thanks for offering this!

  • Anonymous

    @Grace – I agree that I need a class setting to do yoga. I’m not quite
    disciplined (yet?) to practice on my own!

  • yay, 12 milers! hehe. Whole wheat everything with veggie cream cheese is my absolute favorite! Though I just can’t get over how Murray’s doesn’t toast.

    My fav group fitness class is probably spinning – love the music and the sweat!

  • I love masala bhangra, which is my favorite part of Self Work out in the park!

    Also, those lilacs are right on my block!

  • Shannon

    Yum, bagels!!! So delicious.

    My favorite group fitness activity is either spinning or what my gym calls “total body conditioning.” I’m always more motivated to lift weights when there’s an instructor and cheesy remix music!

  • Whole wheat everything Murray’s are the best bagles ever!!!! I miss them. 🙁 When I lived downtown, they were my go-to bagel place. Now I have to “suffer” with pick-a-bagel. Still better than non-NYC bagels!

  • EJS

    My favorite class is group yoga!

  • My fave class is still STEP! I started in high school and even though it isn’t trendy or cool, especially in NYC, it’s still the best to me. Double step… all the steps in a row… it comes from my love of dance but add the extra up and down element & it rocks!

  • I love half training because like you said, I don’t really need extra fuel for any reason.

    I am making sure I go to the Shape workout that’s going to be in Miami!

  • Mmmm cupcakes are always my post-long-run/race reward too!
    My fave group fitness is Power Yoga!

  • Avia

    I love body pump! I hate strength training so this is the only way I get it done but this is a great giveaway 🙂

  • katie

    i’m a yoga girl at heart, but have really been enjoying this bootcamp class i’ve been taking since january. definitely makes me push myself harder than i would doing a similar dvd in the comfort of my apartment.

  • Anonymous

    I love cardio kickboxing!

  • Mary

    I’m all for spinning. I’ll be honest: being surrounded by people in a group makes me work harder!

  • Brittany

    I love body pump classes at the gym but I am a yoga lover as well and especially love yoga to the people classes in the city 🙂

  • Ah I am loving this weather too – it definitely impacts my mood! I can’t wait to be able to run outside again. I wish I lived in NYC to enter the contest, that sounds so fun! I used to be a lot better about taking advantage of classes offered at my gym, but then marathon training took over…I hope to get back into them soon! They can be SO fun and motivating if I can just get myself to go.

  • I’m a big procrastinator, too… especially on the weekends! But know that my ideal time to workout (where I tend to do better) is late morning. So I try to get my butt out the door before 10:30 at the latest… ugh!

  • I’m going to Workout in the Park this weekend too! I went a few years ago and had a blast (though my fav are the dance classes and they don’t tend to have a lot of those). Maybe we should get a meetup going?

  • Anonymous

    Sure! Have you decided on any classes you want to take?

  • Hadn’t looked till now, but my top pics I think are Retrorobics, LaBlast, and Glee. I’m open to try anything though! I’ll be there all day.

  • Rebecca

    i really love a good spin class, with a good instructor and good music, where you and everyone else in the room are sweating buckets all over the floor for an hour…there’s just something about the group fun/torture that i love!

  • ellen

    i’d have to say my favorite is spinning. it’s the one that i’ve always walked out of feeling like i got my money’s worth.

  • dude, i always procrastinate on my workouts over the weekend. aka long runs. it’s probably a good thing that i don’t live in the nyc area because we’d probs plan all these runs and then just avoid them haahh!

  • J (morning runner)

    Great 12 miler! I agree that is a great distance! Not too too far!

  • 26 2runforfun

    I love NY/NJ bagels! Now that i live in boston, we always go down and visit and load up on bagels and bring them back and put them in our freezer! Yum! I have been to Workout in the Park and it is awesome! Definitely try to make it!

  • Slk48

    Hi Megan,
    Sadly, I am away at college and won’t be in the city on Saturday. Yoga in the park sounds like infinitely more fun than studying for finals. 🙁
    I know that you dealt with a really bad injury last year and I was wondering how you handle the stress/sadness of not being able to run. I have been struggling with tendonitis that seems to flare up whenever I get really excited about running and try to increase my mileage. I know that I probably am just trying to do too much too fast, but it’s really frustrating to get injured just when I’m starting to feel really motivated. I’ve been heading to the gym and swimming/biking instead, but I still feel kind of depressed and stressed out that I can’t be outside running. Did you feel this way when you got injured? How did you deal with it? Right now I’m just eating a lot of chocolate, which is definitely NOT productive.
    Thanks so much!
    – Sarah

  • Marge

    I like Core Fusion. I used to dance and the moves are somewhat nostalgic for me. I also feel like I can push myself as much as I want, but even if I don’t I am still usually sore somewhere.

  • Dani

    I love hip-hop or cardio kickboxing!