Pure Barre for Runners

Right now I’m in the midst of training for my 7th half marathon. I started running half marathons 3 1/2 years ago as a way to challenge myself. I often get into the same workout rut  and I thought that having something to train for would give me a little boost to my exercise routine. It’s true what they say about running competitively. After you’ve done it once, you want to do it again. While I don’t run many races each year, the few that I do help to keep me to push myself outside of my comfort zone and stick to a training routine.

Since I’ve caught the running bug, I’ve always struggled with incorporating other workouts into my exercise regime. I’m a firm believer that if I’m not breaking a sweat then I didn’t work out hard enough which I know is not entirely true. I run a few times a week and I’ve always struggled with sticking to a stretching/yoga once a week routine. It all goes back to the I need to do cardio and strength training to feel like I got a good workout in.

Pure Barre for Runners

This is why I’m so glad that I discovered Pure Barre. While it’s a low impact exercise, it’s a full body workout that challenges me and I sweat like crazy during class. Since I’ve been starting to increase my running mileage with my half marathon approaching, I’ve started to notice that running isn’t as hard as it used to be for me. I feel lighter on my feet, I’m not in as much pain after a long run and it almost feels easy to me to run for awhile now. And I’m crediting all of this to Pure Barre. Here’s why ::

  • Stretching

While Pure Barre is all about lifting, toning and burning your muscles, one of the biggest things I love about it is the stretch after we work each muscle group. Even though I’m not anywhere near as flexible as I was in my days as a dancer, I’ve noticed improvement in how far I can go in my stretching now. All of the stretching in class has lead to less injury and soreness before, during and after my runs.

  • Total Body Workout

You work everything in class from your arms to abs to seat to thighs. It’s a total body workout and a great replacement workout from doing just free weights at the gym.

  • Low Impact Exercise

As runners, we don’t want to run consecutive days in a row. Running is such a high impact workout for your whole body that you need some rest in between your runs. Pure Barre is such a great alternative because it’s low impact while still getting in a great full body workout.

  • Core Muscle Strength

The ab work in Pure Barre classes are no joke. There’s a solid 10 minutes of abs but since you are also balancing and using the ball in exercises in class your abs are always engaged. My core has never felt or looked stronger and this has really helped me in my long runs.

  • Stronger Feet

Is it even possible to get stronger feet? I’m not sure if there’s a scientific answer to this but I believe mine have gotten stronger. Since you do class in socks it forces your feet to work harder than they normally do. I used to suffer from plantar fasciitis which was so painful in the arches of my feet. I haven’t noticed any pain in my foot after my runs and lucky for my husband, he doesn’t need to massage my feet anymore!

  • Challenging For Your Body And Mind

Not only will your muscles shake during class because you’re working them in new ways, but class also challenges your mind because it requires you to focus. It’s almost like meditative time for me. Having this dual challenge has helped me in my running because it causes me to only focus on my run and nothing else around me.

 

QUESTION // Do you take Pure Barre? Are you training for any races right now?

What to Wear to Pure Barre

About a month ago, I signed up for 6 weeks of unlimited classes at my local Pure Barre studio. I’ve heard so much about this fitness phenomenon from my friends who live in big cities, so I was really anxious to give this a try because I love to try new fitness classes, I wasted no time signing up for a 6 weeks of unlimited classes. I can’t even begin to tell you how much I LOVE going to class! Being in a classroom atmosphere with the mirrors and barres, it reminds me of my days in the dance studio not only as a student but when I was a dance teacher in college too. It makes me feel like I’m home again!

If you haven’t heard of Pure Barre, it’s a low-impact, full-body, dance/pilates fusion class. You do small, isometric movements until your muscles reach fatigue and follow up each muscle group that you’re working on with a stretch. The result is long, lean muscles similar to that of a ballerina.

 What to Wear to Pure Barre

The mantra of the 55-minute Pure Barre class is to “lift, tone and burn.” You’ll notice while you’re fatiguing your muscles that you’ll start to shake. While it’s an odd feeling, it’s a good sign because it let you know you are really working your muscles.

Once I started taking classes, the fashionista in me decided I needed some new workout clothes. The majority of my workout clothes are running shorts and tank tops. Since there would be a lot of stretching in class, I figured I didn’t want everybody looking at my goodies so I needed to stock up on some basics. Here have been my personal favorites to wear the past few weeks during class.

What to wear to Pure Barre

  • Yoga Pants Capris or Yoga/Running Tights

Like I said, the majority of class you’ll be lifting legs and doing pulsating movements while also stretching. I personally like to wear capris because tights and pants make me a bit too hot. Your pants should be on the fitted side to help you see the movements you are making. But, make sure they aren’t too tight, as you’ll want to be comfortable during the 55-minute class.

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 My Favorites ::

Old Navy Compression Capris :: Comfortable and stretchy, this is a great and affordable option to have. They come in multiple colors and prints as well as a tights option in case you want your legs fully covered.

Lululemon Wonder Unders :: I know, they’re pricey but so worth it! I’ve had these for years and they hold up well and are really comfortable to wear not only for working out but as loungewear too)

Athleta Chatarunga Capri :: I have become OBSESSED with these. They fit the same as the pants listed above, but best of all is this print! I love black and white stripes and it’s fun to pair bright colored tops with these. It helps to make you stand out in a sea dark colors!

  • Tank Tops

I’ve worn both fitted and loose fitting tank tops and both have worked well for me, it just depends on your preference. One quality that’s important to have in a work out top is for it to be moisture wicking. While you’re working up a sweat, you don’t want to feel wet the entire time. And with any type of workout, I recommend wearing a sports bra or making sure your ta-tas aren’t bouncing around.

What to wear to Pure Barre

My Favorites ::

Lululemon Power Y Tank :: I love these tanks because they’re form fitting but are also comfortable enough that when you move around, they don’t ride up on you. These come in a variety of colors and prints. An added bonus-it has a built in bra.

Athleta Chi Mesh Tank :: These tanks are nice to wear on days you just don’t want something totally form fitting. The mesh helps it stay breathable which means you stay less sweaty. And while it’s loose fitting, it’s not baggy and still has a feminine shape to it so you don’t feel frumpy wearing it.

C9 by Champion Racerback Seamless Sports Bra :: Target has the BEST sports bras. Not only are they affordable and moisture wicking, but they hold up to the wear and tear of me working out 6 days a week.

  • Grippy Socks

Pure Barre is done on a carpeted floor so grippy socks are must. Many of my classmates purchase the $12 pair available in the studio, but I have seen other yoga socks available at sporting good stores and on Etsy.

What to wear to Pure Barre

My Favorite ::

Pure Barre Sticky Sock :: Available in multiple colors, they help you get a good grip while doing the moves throughout class.

  • Long Sleeve T-Shirt or Quarter Zip Pullover

While you will work up a sweat during class, it’s nice to have a lightweight pullover on before class starts especially on these cold, winter mornings. You can wear it before class starts and during warm up to make sure you don’t get too cold.

What to wear to Pure Barre

My favorites ::

C9 by Champion Long Sleeve Seamless T-Shirt :: These are light weight enough that you won’t get too hot too quickly.

C9 by Champion Pullover Zip :: I’ve had these for a few years now and I LOVE them! They’re lightweight but also are thick enough to keep you warm. I also love to wear mine during runs outside when it’s still chilly outside in the spring and fall.

  • Water Bottle, Towel, and Headband

A water bottle is an absolute necessity to have with any type of workout to make sure you stay hydrated. I also like to wear a headband during class to keep hair out of my face and I like to bring a towel to wipe off any sweat beads that form.

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QUESTION // Have you ever done a barre or Pure Barre class? What other fitness classes have you tried that you liked?

What I’m Loving Friday #6

So happy that it’s finally Friday and time for the weekend! My husband has been out of town all week for work and I’m so excited to have him home again. Our pups will be over the moon excited to see him too. For some reason they both completely sulk around the house when he’s gone and they stare at the door thinking it will make him come home sooner. I think they like him a lot more than me because they don’t even care that I’m there! But enough about me, time for some Friday Favorites!

  • Pure Barre

Pure Barre

I’ve been anticipating the Pure Barre studio opening down the street from our house for quite a few months and the time has finally arrived! I purchased a new client package that lasts me for 6 weeks so I’ve been getting up bright and early at 5 am to make it to class. I absolutely love the class and am totally addicted to it already! It’s unlike any other workout I’ve done before and each class so far has been different and has really challenged my body in ways I’ve never done before.

  • Blind Heart

Speaking of Pure Barre, in a couple of classes this has been the last song played while we do our last exercise and I found myself jamming out to it while I finished out class. I was so excited to tell my husband about this song but turns out he’s already heard it. Side note about my husband, I swear this kid could be a music producer in his free time. He always knows songs before they become popular. Years ago he told me about Maroon 5 and how he thought they’d be the next big thing. 6 months later, what’s on the radio all the time? Yep, Maroon 5. He has really great taste in music and has made me listen to songs that always become popular a few months later. I had to laugh when I was listening to a Spotify playlist he made and this song was on it.

  • Peppermint Bark

Peppermint Bark

I talked about my love for peppermint bark in my last Friday Favorites and here’s another one to add to the list. I cannot get enough of this chocolate! And it’s in fun bell shapes which makes it even more festive

QUESTION // What are you up to this weekend?

Gift Guide :: Runners

Time is ticking fast and if you haven’t already, it’s time to get your Christmas shop on! I’ve already shared a few of my favorite gift guides, and today I’m sharing some of my favorite running items. All of the items in this gift guide are perfect for the runner in your life or someone who likes to workout. Here’s a rundown of what are some great gifts to give the athlete in your life.

Class Passes

A lot of fitness enthusiasts often like to try out new classes. With so many fitness boutiques and studios across the country, there are endless possibilities on class passes. Two of my favorite classes are Pure Barre and Flywheel.

Gym Bag

Everyone needs a good gym bag to hold their workout essentials. My current bag is the Gaiam Everything Fits Bag and it can work for any type of workout. It’s large enough to hold your clothes and has a separate compartment for your shoes and can also hold a yoga mat.

Arm Band
So many people use arm bands to hold their phones while they workout so this is a great and inexpensive gift idea. Just remember to know what type of phone they have so you get the correct arm band.

Workout Clothes

I’m a firm believer that everyone feels better in a new outfit so why not get them a new pair of shorts to sport at the gym or a tank top. Both Nike and Target have some of my all-time favorite workout clothes.

Water Bottle Packs

If you know someone who is a long distance runner, getting a water pack is a great idea for their next training run or race. My favorite one that I have is the handheld water bottle. Another option for people who like to keep their hands free during a run is a hydration belt.

Running Watch

One of the best investments I made for running was my watch. I have a Garmin Forerunner 10 and it’s a great piece that helps to keep my training in check. Mine is a pretty basic watch that tracks your total distance and running pace but it’s worked great for all of my half marathons and even my full marathon.

Compression Socks or Sleeves

I think compression socks or sleeves make all the difference in your recovery after a race. I’ve worn a pair for every race I’ve done for the past few years and it really has shortened my recovery time. I recently received a pair of Pro Compression socks to try out and I couldn’t wait to give them a try on my latest race which was a Thanksgiving Drumstick Dash. Prior to this, I’ve only used compression sleeves and not socks. I was really glad I had these as socks this time because it was so cold for this morning race. With temperatures in the teens, I wore them underneath a pair of running tights. I haven’t run outside on concrete in awhile so after the race I was a little sore but I know that having the compression socks on made me less sore than I ever would have been without them. An added bonus was that they helped to keep my legs warm on this cold morning! I always though that compression socks would be too tight but I was completely wrong. These didn’t feel tight at all on my feet and were not only comfortable to wear on my run but are soft too!

Pro Compression socks have arch support which as any runner knows is an important quality to have in a pair of socks. They has lots of fun sock colors to choose from including a sock of the month which is a new sock every month that has a discount too!

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Another way that I’ve used compression sleeves for is when I’m traveling. When I traveled to Italy back in September, I wore compression sleeves underneath my pants during my flight. Having to sit for 9 hours on a long-haul flight was not going to be the best thing for my legs so wearing the compression sleeves helped to keep the blood flowing in my legs. I’ve also worn my compression sleeves for the days following a race because, again, it helps to get the blood flowing in your legs and break up the lactic acid build up in your legs which decreases your recovery time.

Pro Compression Sleeves

If you’re going to be getting a pair of compression socks or sleeves for someone on your Christmas list (or maybe for yourself!) Pro Compression is giving you a 40% off discount with the code PINK2. The code expires December 15th so happy shopping!

 *Disclaimer :: I received a pair of Pro Compression marathon socks as part of being an ambassador for Sweatpink. All opinions are my own and all other items mentioned[Tweet “Top gifts for runners for the holidays #sweatpink”] were purchased by me.

Active Nation Day :: Let’s Get Moving!

***Disclaimer: The following post is a promotion for Active Nation DayI  was given the opportunity to participate in this review through my Sweat Pink ambassadorship. I am not receiving compensation for this post.

Ever since I was little, staying active and healthy has been a big part of my life. I was always on the go as a kid going from dancing to ice skating to baton twirling lessons and competitions. Once I was in college, I wanted to continue to stay active so I turned to going to the gym a few times a week to lift weights and do cardio. Enter my post college years and I discovered running and now I enjoy training and running races. These days I make time to work out multiple times a week. The main reason I work out is because it makes me feel good and gives me energy. It’s not always about being the thinnest or the most toned: the most important thing is that you’re healthy, energized and you take some time to get moving everyday.

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Now call me a girly girl, but one of the things that can always get me moving is a new outfit. I’m a firm believer that your day is better if you have a cute, new outfit on :) I recently discovered Lorna Jane which is an online website that has TONS of cute and affordable workout clothes. Not only will they keep you styling on your next workout, but their mission is to inspire women to live their best life by living an active and healthy lifestyle.

Tomorrow, September 28th, is Active Nation Day sponsored by Lorna Jane. It’s a day that they created to influence women and help get them moving. One way they’ve done this is by hosting events all over the world where your and your girlfriends can learn a specially choreographed fitness number. Choreography and fitness? Count this dancing queen in!

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So how can you get involved?  

1. Signup to join the movement in a city near you.

2. Download the Lorna Jane app! This app allows you to track your fitness activity. I always love to track my runs because it shows how much progress I’ve made over time. I use this as inspiration on a bad running day to remind me how far I’ve come in such a short amount of time. Here’s where you can download this app for your phone : AppStore on iTunes or GOOGLEPLAY.

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Plus there’s more! If you love shopping for new fitness clothes (I mean who doesn’t?!) you can enter to win a $1000 Lorna Jane gift card! If you post a video of yourself doing the Lorna Jane dance on Instagram, you’ll be entered to win!

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QUESTION // What are your favorite ways to get moving?

What’s in my gym bag?

Working out is something I have a love/hate relationship with. Let’s be real, there are just some days I would rather not workout and would prefer to take a nap instead. But I know that if I get myself to the gym, even on days I don’t want to, almost every time I feel so much better about myself for going and breaking a sweat.

Despite having those days of not really wanting to work out, 99% of the time I do want to go to the gym. Working out is my “me” time. It’s 30 minutes to an hour that I have by myself. Sometimes it’s my escape from a bad day or it serves as my time to catch up on reading while on the treadmill. Whatever it is, I really do enjoy breaking a sweat because I know it’s keeping me healthy and in shape.

Since I workout 6 days a week, I have a gym bag packed at all times with any essentials I may need while at the gym. So, let’s dig in and see what’s inside my gym bag!

My Top Tips For Healthy Eating

Since I focused on fitness tips last week, I wanted to shift gears here and talk a little bit about healthy eating tips. Now, by no means am I dietician or an expert in this area, but over the years I’ve learned a lot not only from my personal trainers but through trial and error and these are all tips that help me to look and feel my best.

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  • Track your calories.

A lot of people believe that you should only track your calories if you’re dieting. I personally like tracking my calories each day on the MyFitnessPal app. Not only does it track calories, but it shows you if you’re lacking in any areas (i.e. too many carbs and not enough protein). To me, this app makes me more accountable and reminds me to eat healthy because I’d rather not track that I ate a cheeseburger everyday.

  • Eat 4-5 small meals throughout the day.

Eating smaller meals instead of 3 big, main meals each day helps your metabolism and keeps you full all day. Otherwise if you only eat 3 meals, you may notice you’re hungry a lot more often meaning you may overeat.

  • It’s ok to cheat.

I don’t think having an all or nothing attitude is the way to take when it comes to eating healthy. If you tell yourself “I won’t eat dessert anymore”, that just means you’re more likely to crack and eat it. I believe that everything in moderation is fine, so if you want to have ice cream after dinner, then go for it! You only live once, so may as well enjoy some treats once in awhile.

  • Set a meal plan.

I spend a little bit of time each week making a meal plan and grocery list. This helps to make sure we have a pantry and refrigerator full of good food and it makes it easier for dinner each night because we already have it planned out!

  • Learn about portion sizes, serving sizes and calories in what you eat.

This is one of the best things you can do for yourself. Have you ever just sat on the couch and ate straight from the bag of chips? I have and I know I’ve eaten one too many. Take the time to learn about serving sizes and start to serve yourself only the selected amount on there. Otherwise, you’re just overeating again and eating unwanted calories.

  • Try not to drink your calories.

Limit yourself when drinking sodas and any other drink that has calories in it. These are just empty calories that aren’t doing you a lot of nutritional value. Drink as much water as you can throughout the day. It not only will make you feel more full throughout the day, but your skin will thank you too!

  • Don’t overeat.

Do not eat until the point that you’re so full you want to unzip your pants and curl up and take a nap. I go by the motto of eat until you’re satisfied and you can always take the rest home or save it for later.

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  • Know that being healthy is 80% nutrition and 20% fitness.

It’s true, your body is made in the kitchen, not in the gym. You need to feed your body healthy fuel to make sure that you are seeing the results you want. Even if you burn 1,000 calories by running, that doesn’t mean you can eat a burger, fries, soda and an ice cream because you worked out. By fueling your body with healthy things like fruits, vegetables, whole grains and protein, you’ll not only see a difference in your body but you’ll also feel so good too.

QUESTION // What are some of your stay healthy eating tips?

Marathon Monday :: How To Recover From Running A Race

Well you’re trained for your race, conquered a new distance on race day, and now that the race is over, what do you do? Well first off, CELEBRATE! Running a race of any distance is quite the accomplishment. Whether it was your first race or you were looking to get a PR, pat yourself on the back for a job well done. I know from experience that races can go a lot of different ways. You can train all you want but weather and your body might not cooperate the day of your race. On the other hand, you can also be completely unprepared and still run a great race.

For me, after a race my celebration includes a treat. I’m a HUGE lover of sweets. Cookies, ice cream, cupcakes, donuts, cake…if it has sugar in it, I want to eat it. I like to let myself indulge after a race and not feel guilty about eating it. After all, I burned a lot of calories so it’s worth it!

Many times after a race, I get the itch to immediately sign up for another one. I often find a void in workout schedule because now I don’t have a training plan. While you are excited to get back to training, the biggest tip I can give is to take time off to recover. The longer the race you run, the longer time you need off. Typically I stick to the rule of however many miles you ran, that’s how many days you take off after the race. A 5k or 10k race shouldn’t leave you too sore afterwards, so within a few days you can get back to running. However, a half marathon or marathon really can take a toll on your body so take the time to rest and recover. Your body was pounding on the pavement for a long time and although you may feel ok, it’s still best to rest because getting back into the game too quickly can cause greater injury down the road.

One way that I love to recover is by stretching, especially with a yoga class. Taking a full hour of yoga and forcing yourself to stretch out everything will really help to make your body feel better. Runners should also do yoga on a regular basis as it helps to keep you flexible and less prone to injury.

If yoga really isn’t your thing, I highly suggest investing in a foam roller. This is like having your own personal masseuse at home and you can roll out anytime, anywhere. I like to put my favorite TV show on and roll out all parts of my body: IT band, hamstrings, calves and my back. You’ll really thank yourself later for doing this.

Also, don’t forget to hydrate and fuel your body back. Be sure to drink plenty of water throughout the rest of the day and if you ran longer than an hour, reach for a Gatorade to help replenish your electrolytes too.

I know it’s easier said than done, but take the time to relax and recover after a race. Letting your muscles get back to normal will help you get back to hitting the pavement much faster.

Cornfield to Cornfield 10K

On Saturday I ran the inaugural CorNfield CorNfield 10k at Werner Park. I haven’t run a whole lot since my half marathon last month, but 10K’s aren’t held too often around here so I decided to sign up anyways. I was a little bit nervous for the race because earlier in the week I had fainted at work so working out was at a minimum this week. Turns out I most likely had heat exhaustion from running last weekend  so I was prepared to be extra cautious while running.

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Overall this was a good race. I had never been to Werner Park so it was neat to see that. Although I was a bit disappointed in the course as I thought it would be similar to last weekend’s race where we got to run on the field at TD Ameritrade. At this race we ran around the concourse and went out and ran a two loop course on streets around the stadium before coming back in and finishing. I got a bit bored with the course since it looped twice and since it was humid and had rolling hills, I had to make myself do a few walking breaks as I didn’t want a repeat fainting episode to happen again. I finished in 1:06:29 which isn’t all that bad considering I haven’t really run that much in the past month. Each time I do a race I realize what things I need to work on and although I’m getting better at running up hills, there’s still some more work left to do!

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 QUESTION // Have you ever done yoga before?

Working Out At Home :: DVD Review

I absolutely love working out. Whether it’s running, lifting weights or doing yoga, you can find me working out 6 days a week. Being in the gym is my time to get away from things and work on myself. But let’s face it, I don’t always have time each day to spend an hour at the gym. Taking the time to drive to and from the gym takes up time too so there’s just some days I have to work out at home.

Over the years, I’ve picked up some workout DVDs here and there to start a collection of them for days I just can’t make it to the gym. One of my oldies but goodies it the Denise Austin Boot Camp Total Body Blast. Since I don’t own a treadmill or an elliptical, doing a full body strength workout at home is what I try to do. This DVD has 2 parts to it: one is 20 mins of cardio and the other is 20 mins of strength training, in a boot camp style. There’s a variety of moves that help to strengthen your whole body with cardio hurts built in as well.

While I sometimes struggle with getting in a workout at home, this DVD does the trick for me. I’m not super out of breath when I’m done, nor am I extremely sweaty. However, I have been sore the next day from this DVD.

If you’re looking for an at home workout to follow along with, I’d highly recommend picking up a copy of this to help you burn some calories!

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Trek Up The Tower

This morning, my husband and I headed downtown for the Trek Up The Tower. I haven’t done a race since my marathon back in October, so I was itching to get back into racing again.

This was my first year doing this race. It’s not your normal 5k or 10k, but it’s a stair climbing race. I’ve never done a race like this so I was looking forward to a new challenge.  For this race, you climb 40 stories (870 steps) up the tallest building in Nebraska, the First National Bank tower. I figured that’s not even a half mile, and if I could run a marathon for 5 hours, then I can do anything fitness wise.

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Each person signs up for a start time to do the race, and runners are released every 6-10 seconds into the stairwell to race. I have to admit, once I got to the building and actually looked up at the building, I got a little bit nervous. It doesn’t sound like that many steps, but the fact that you’re going up makes it all the more difficult. After we got inside, my husband and I picked up our bibs and checked our bag and headed straight to get in line for the race. We waited about 15 minutes before it was our turn to go.

My original plan was to take the stairs slow and steady and not run up them. I knew from prior experiences of trying to do the stair-master at the gym too fast, that my lungs can’t handle that speed.  My husband and I both thought that if we kept a steady pace, we could run up at the end..and we were both hoping to complete this in about 10 minutes.

When it came time to enter the stairs, my plan totally went out the window. I looked at the stairs, thought “I got this” and started to do every other stair. Although I wasn’t running, by about the 10th floor, my lungs were already feeling the burn. Luckily at that point my husband had caught up to me and yelled at me to slow down. Oops! Hubby got in front of me then to keep me slowed down the rest of the way, because he knows how I like to push myself when sometimes I really need to take a step back and calm down.

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Neither of us wanted to have to take a break, and before we started, we didn’t think we’d need to. But once you are in those stairs, climbing up, you really realize how hard of a challenge this is…even for a seasoned fitness enthusiast who’s in the gym 6 days a week like myself.

Thank goodness they had a floor where you could take a break and walk around. At the 17th floor, we took about a minute pit stop so we could calm down for a second. Then it was back to climbing. I took one more small break about floor 22 and then we climbed slowly, but surely to the top. I was never so happy to see the 40th floor! Once we got to the top, we got to walk around for a bit to catch our breaths, and then took the elevator back down.

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It took me 13:12 to climb all 40 stories. I’m sure if I would have been more practical and paced myself when I started, I could have shaved off maybe a minute or two of my time. All I know is that I think running a marathon was way easier than climbing those stairs! I’m sure that in a few days though, I’ll want to do this again next year and train better so I can beat this year’s time!

QUESTION // Have you ever done another race other than running a 5k/10k etc?