Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Santa Run 5k recap - Six Flags Holiday in the Park

This year, NJ’s best amusement park, Six Flags Great Adventure, decided to extend the season and have an event called Holiday in the Park, where over a million holiday lights, displays, plus some thrill rides were out in full force to entertain guests.

six flags great adventure holiday in the park

If you’re a runner and you hear about an inaugural event for anything taking place anywhere, what do you do? Create a race to go with it, of course! And so the Santa Run 5k was born, a brand new 5k with a course than ran right through the park and even the safari.

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Beat the Blerch 10k race recap

A little background (where i’ve been): 

I know it’s been a while since I posted. Part of the reason I’ve been so quiet is that I believe I’m having some IT band issues with my right hip. After a 9 mile run on Labor Day weekend, it was really tight and sore, but I really didn’t think much of it until I was in Yoga class the following week trying and failing to do simple stretches and poses. My Yoga teacher, who is also a runner, was the one that suggested it was my IT band and has given me some stretches to do. I believe I am out of the woods as far as a serious injury is concerned as it seems to be working itself out, but due to this I have significantly backed off on running for the month of September.

Sunday, August 30, 2015

On my Break up with World Travel

Heyyy World Travel...

It’s been a great run. We’ve shared some of the most exciting days of my life together, and there’s never been a dull moment. You’ve taken me all over the World on more adventures than I can count, providing memories that will last a lifetime. We’ve walked the great wall of China, climbed glaciers in Iceland, surfed the waves in Hawaii, braved a cold night in Quebec’s ice hotel, skydived over the Gold Coast, sand boarded off Dubai’s sand Dunes, rode a camel to the Great Pyramids of Giza, backpacked through Europe, and have done too many more once in a lifetime experiences to name.

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Insane Inflatable 5k Recap

Insane Inflatable 5k

This past weekend Brian and I participated in the Insane Inflatable 5k with 4 first time 5ker’s! My best friend had contacted me a while ago after she saw an ad for the Insane Inflatable 5k online and thought the obstacles looked fun enough for her to give a 5k a try.

Sunday, August 2, 2015

August 2015 Goals

Since it’s a new month I figured I would blog about some goals I have, in the hopes that announcing them will help me stick to training!

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Urban Mudder NYC recap

Urban Mudder NYC

Brian and I took part in the inaugural Urban Mudder event this past weekend at Randall's island. For those of you that have never heard of it, Urban Mudder is put on by the same folks as Tough Mudder, except it is only 5 miles, has different obstacles, and has NO MUD. I'm a huge fan of doing obstacles, but not a huge fan of always have to do them in mud and ruining my clothes and sneakers (or getting mud in the unmentionable places...) So when I saw the mudless Urban Mudder advertised with some of the most innovative obstacles I had ever seen, I was sold.

Friday, July 17, 2015

Favorite Race Swag

I'm once again linking up to the Friday Five hosted by Cynthia of "You signed up for what" , Courtney of Eat Pray Run DC, and Mar from Mar on the run for another great topic this week, favorite race swag. Be sure to check out their blogs and the other blogs on the link up!

I've gotten some pretty awesome things at races, many of which I still use today. Here are just a few swag items that I love:

1. NYC Half Medal

NYC half medal 2014
Medal from the 2014 NYC half

It's not so much that the medal looks all that amazing, it's the fact that every time I look at it, I am reminded that I am capable of doing things I never thought were possible.The NYC half was my one and only half marathon so far. I ran it after only being a runner for 10 months, and prior to that I could barely run for a minute straight.. So, this will likely always be my favorite and most sentimental swag. Unless I run a marathon some day....

Friday, July 10, 2015

5 Fitness Trends I haven't tried.... Yet

obstacle racing. Have you tried?
I'm once again linking up to the Friday Five hosted by Cynthia of "You signed up for what" , Courtney of Eat Pray Run DC, and Mar from Mar on the run. Be sure to check out their blogs and the other blogs on the link up!

I thought I would chime in this week because I love today's fun topic " 5 fitness trends you'd never try" and I can't wait to read what the other bloggers have to say.

The word “never” is a funny thing. When I was a freshman in high school, I gave track a try. I was coming from a life of fast food and TV watching, and my very first lap around the track didn't go too well. It was a brisk day, I was slow, out of breath, and the cold air filled my chest right away, making me feel like crap. I quit after the first practice and said I would never be a runner. Fast forward to the last 3 years of my life and i've not only become a runner, but I ran the NYC half last year, something I NEVER in a million years thought I would do back then.

Sunday, June 14, 2015

George Sheehan Classic 5k

The George Sheehan Classic was the very first 5k Brian and I had ever ran in 2013, and we are trying to keep up a tradition of running it every year. We had originally signed up year 1 because the advertisement we saw said “Fast, Flat, Course.” If any of you reading this have ever run this race, you know that this description is not entirely accurate. See, this race not only has hills, but it has one very ominously named Tower Hill at the start of mile 3. As someone once said to me, any hill that has it’s own name is bad!

Red Bank NJ Tower Hill Elevation
The elevation gain on Tower Hill - it's no joke!

Friday, June 12, 2015

Five Favorite Summer Activities

Happy Friday Everyone!

I'm trying something new this week and participating in my very first Friday Five link up hosted by Cynthia of "You signed up for what" , Courtney of Eat Pray Run DC, and Mar from Mar on the run. Be sure to check out their blogs and the other blogs on the link up!

The summertime is all about enjoying the great outdoors, so here are my 5 favorite things to do, in no particular order:

1. The Pool

Just looking at this picture makes me want to jump in!

The day my husband and I open our pool each year is the day summer officially starts for us. It’s great for relaxing or going for a swim, which is a great cardio workout. I’m not the best swimmer yet but i’m working on it!

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Firefly run 5k Race Recap

Firefly run 5k
Free photo from Photo Booth!
So, why did I decide to do the Firefly run? Running at night is usually not my thing. I like to run in the early AM before work, and on the few many occasions I missed my morning run I usually say I will make it up after work but never do. Since I don’t have time to drive somewhere nice to complete my AM runs, I usually end up doing the same loop around my neighborhood every morning, which is getting boring.

Last Friday, I came across the Firefly Run 5k Groupon. $55 for 2 entries to the run in Rahway at 7:30, which is the neighboring town to where Brian and I grew up.  Entry was to include 2 LED wrist bands, a T shirt, and a “mystery gift”, plus the bonus of a change of scenery without having to worry about traffic… It sounded like a no brainer, and it would force me to get in a PM run where I otherwise likely wouldn’t have made the after work effort.

Monday, May 18, 2015

Cairns Hi Zoom Ropes Course

cairns hi zoom

Cairns zoom in Australia isn't your average zip-line, it is also an obstacle course located within Cairns wildlife dome in the city center and tons of fun.

We arrived in Cairns right in the midst of a cyclone happening just off shore. While we were perfectly safe the entire time of our stay, we were greeted with high winds and torrential downpours for our entire time there. Our Great Barrier reef trip got cancelled, so we were looking for an indoor activity to try, and the Cairns Zoom did not disappoint.

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Spartan Stadium Sprint - 2015 Citi Field race recap

Spartan race citi field stadium sprint 2015

This past Saturday my husband Brian and I finally had a chance to complete a Spartan Sprint at Citi Field! Spartan Races usually take place on muddy terrain, so when I saw the chance to try out many of the same obstacles in an urban (read no mud) setting, I jumped at the opportunity. 

The Spartan stadium sprint distance is about the length of a 5k, and without mud and hills I thought this race would be easy. I couldn't have been more wrong! As I sit here writing this 3 days later, my right leg is still extremely sore, and I had to take an unscheduled rest day yesterday because of it.

We were fortunate enough to have recorded the whole race on a gopro video, and after watching I can see where the 3 miles of mostly stairs combined with my extremely lopsided method of stair climbing/descending caused the issue. 

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Skydiving - crossed off the bucket list

skydiving gold coast australia

Skydiving - that elusive item that is on most people's bucket list, but few actually accomplish in their lifetime.

I had wanted to jump out of a perfectly good airplane since the day I turned 18, but I found myself always having some kind of excuse on why it wasn't possible. Mostly it was that I didn't have any willing participants to come with me, but really it was just my fear getting in the way of accomplishing my goal.

Fast forward to Australia, and I had run out of excuses. This entire trip was dedicated to adrenaline activities, as Australia and New Zealand lay claim to being the adrenaline capitals of the world. There was no shortage of beautiful places to jump, and to top it off a friend of mine from high school and her boyfriend were on the trip with us and also wanted to skydive.

Sunday, April 5, 2015

Australia and New Zealand - 2 weeks in 2.5 minutes

Hello! It’s been a while!  A lot of things have happened since I last blogged. 

The bad news is my fitness has taken a turn for the worse as some minor health issues, some family stuff, followed by an amazing 2 week trip to Australia and New Zealand put working out on the back burner for a bit. But, I’m not giving up, and while I may not be running a half marathon this month (to my major disappointment) I have hit training hard again for the past week and am planning on some great summer races.

Thursday, February 12, 2015

The world’s coolest winter cities

Glittering frost, sparkling snow and twinkling lights bedeck cities across the world every winter. But which are the most magical? Holiday Lettings wraps up warm and celebrates in cities from Santa Fe to Amsterdam.

                                                               Edinburgh, Scotland
Photo credit: Duncan (license) via flickr.com

Sunday, February 1, 2015

bucket list item: Ride the fastest roller coaster in the world - check!

The fastest roller coaster in the world, Formula Rossa, can be found in Abu Dhabi's Ferrari World. It reaches a speed of 149mph in 4 seconds, blowing the previous world record, 128mph by New Jersey's own Kingda Ka, out of the water by a full 21mph!

formula rossa fastest roller coaster in the world
Formula Rossa in action

I have been a roller coaster enthusiast since the moment I met the height requirements to ride as a child. To give you an idea of the extent of my roller coaster insanity, when Kingda Ka opened about 10 years ago, I waited in line for 4 hours with Larissa from the Traveling Mortician to ride the front row of the then tallest and fastest roller coaster in the world. (Kingda Ka still holds the title for the tallest roller coaster, although the Skyscraper currently being built in Orlando is set to steal this title when it opens in 2017)

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Dubai desert dune buggy & sand boarding adventure

Dubai may be filling up with malls and high rises over the last 10 years, however, if you venture just a few minutes beyond the city center you will be surrounded by sand dunes. 

There are two main ways to see the desert:

Desert Safari - this consists of being driven by a bus, or for the slightly more adventurous, in a 4x4 vehicle over the dunes themselves,called dune bashing, to a desert camp. The camp is complete with restroom facilities as well as a full service restaurant that will feed you a traditional meal while watching the sunset. While there, you can also take part in a variety of activities ranging from a camel ride, holding a falcon, henna painting, sand boarding (depending on tour operator) and even taking your pictures in traditional garb. 

While we were in Dubai, we had decided to take a hop on hop off bus tour which came with a free sunset desert safari, but were driven there in the big red bus itself.

Desert Safari Arabic tea and date
Desert safari welcome - Arabic tea and dates

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Great Pyramids of Giza on a layover

Great Pyramids of Giza

The Great Pyramids of Giza are high on many people’s bucket list, but, tell the average American your traveling to Egypt and you will likely be met with comments like “it’s not safe,” “right now is a bad time” , and a general “why.”

Well, i’m here to tell you two things. First, Brian and I felt completely safe the entire time we visited the pyramids. The people were extremely kind and went out of their way to ensure we were happy and enjoying our short stay. And two - Yes, it is entirely possible to see the pyramids while only in Egypt on a layover! 

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Winter Obstacle Races: There is no off season!

Winter can be rough for runners. Many either hit the treadmill, lay off the mileage, or train through the darkness, cold, ice and snow for spring races. Having 3 months with no race in sight can be depressing, but, thanks to some winter obstacle races that have been popping up over last couple of years, there is no more off season! The best part is, the races feature mud instead of snow, so you won't even have to worry about getting dirty!

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Dubai Mall: How to spend your day

Dubai loves to break records, and the Dubai mall tops the list for over the top attractions. We visited this mall multiple times during our week stay in the UAE for various attractions, and there are still corridors we missed! 

In retrospect, you could spend an entire day exploring this mall and still won’t get bored. Planning a bit in advance goes a long way, as these record breaking attractions get crowded! 
burj Khalifa
Burj Khalifa - take pictures outside before going to the top!

Here is my advice for how to spend your day :

Monday, January 12, 2015

Ski Dubai

Ski Dubai... where do I start? Located in the famous Mall of the Emirates, Ski Dubai is an indoor ski hill winter wonderland created in 2005 as part of Dubai’s initiative to make everything extreme - bigger, faster, taller, etc - you name it they have thought of it! 

Ski Dubai
Ski Dubai entrance - much of the inside is Frozen themed