Tried a SoulCycle Class! My Review.

  SoulCycle is a popular indoor cycling studio that began in New York City and has recently been expanding.  (You can see a list of all their locations here.) It took three different people recommending SoulCycle for me to try it.  It was hard for me to justify the additional commute when I have a great indoor cycling studio less than 2 miles from my house.  It was also hard to swallow the high price tag



Acai Bowl Recipe

One of my favorite breakfasts in Grand Cayman was an acai bowl from Island Naturals cafe. Cool, creamy, refreshing and light, the banana and almond milk based bowl was a perfect start to the day when topped with coconut flakes, cacao nibs, nuts and berries. It reminded me of what I once liked about yogurt, the creamy texture and crunchy toppings, without that sour dairy taste I could never quite embrace. After returning home, I



Vegan Restaurants in Grand Cayman

Grand Cayman is a fantastic island for vegan vacationers.  We found great options for casual as well as fine dining.  It was so relaxing to be able to pick up a quick, healthy, vegan breakfast, lunch or dinner from Island Naturals in a biodegradable to-go container.  Hands down our best vacation in terms of vegan dining! Here are our favorites: Island Naturals Cafe: Coconut Plaza, West Bay Rd., Grand Cayman: (345) 945-2252 A vegan & vegetarian



Beach Running

Ahh, beach running.  Every morning of vacation while I’ve sipped my coffee and stared out at the ocean from our third floor balcony, I’ve seen runners heading up and down the beach.  They’re out there with their i-pods and their GPS watches, the only people in sight, while the rest of us vacationers indulge in caffeine and await sunshine before venturing out onto the sandy shoreline. I’ve never run on the beach for even a



On vacation

Be back soon! Having fun in Grand Cayman but doing more paddle boarding than running , and reading than blogging!



Hindsight: It’s hilarious

I’m having a little too much fun right now.  I’m reading old blog posts and laughing. Reading the writing of my former self, I can truly see how far I’ve come.  It feels great. I’ve run 5 half marathons, my most recent at 10:01 minute pace.  I go to spin class.  I can shovel snow for an hour and feel nothing besides a pleasant muscle awareness that evening.  I could run 10 miles on any



Boston (Blizzard) Strong: It’s all about perspective

So… we have a lot of snow.  Greg’s away on business.  There was no preschool today.  Preschool is cancelled tomorrow.  I spent an hour shoveling off the deck while the kids watched t.v.  I’ve been keeping the upstairs at 60 degrees because I’m worried about ice dams on the roof and the guy can’t come look at them until Wednesday.  Did I mention Greg is away on business? I thought I was fine until I



Friday Photos

  It’s been a busy week!  In the past 10 days, we’ve gotten 35 inches of snow, hosted two separate events with 15+ people for the mother’s forum, had four snow days, Greg’s birthday, and I’ve come down with a cold.  Needless to say, I did not put in a ton of miles this past week…. but I did do some shoveling and have a lot of fun with my family and friends. Here are some



The mistake that could cost you the race

  When you’re running a race and the going is tough, it’s not a good time to make decisions.  When you’re running up a hill, or picking the pace up after a water station, it’s going to be harder than at other points in the race.  If you make a decision about changing your race-plan at that point, you could cost yourself the race.  Wait until you’ve recovered from the hill, settled back into your running pace,



Are you spending too much on running gels?

Good news – there’s an easy way to save money.  Buy raisins instead!  A study comparing raisins to both sports jelly beans and a commercial energy gel showed that raisins worked just as well.  Here’s a video by Dr. Michael Greger sharing the findings. http://nutritionfacts.org/video/raisins-vs-jelly-beans-for-athletic-performance/ Price: They’re a great quick source of concentrated energy, and they’re inexpensive and have a long shelf life.  My favorite organic raisins are $3.99 per pound, compared to my favorite Vega