March 17, 2017

Baltimore Fitness Biathlon to Support ASA

If you haven't heard of Athletes Serving Athletes (ASA), you have probably seen them at races in Baltimore across the mid-Atlantic region. ASA is a non-profit organization which helps empower athletes of all ages with disabilities "to train and compete in over 60 running and triathlon events per year" with the help of donors, volunteers, and the awesome WingMen. I have a couple friends who are WingMen and partner with athletes in completing races and events as well as help push racing wheelchairs for some athletes with disabilities. I would love to become a part of the organization, but right now my busy schedule doesn't allow me to. 

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ASA is having this awesome fundraising event called the Baltimore Fitness Biathlon in which 100% of the proceeds will go the organization from 2-4 PM on Saturday, March 25, 2017, just over a week away. It also happens to be right in my neighborhood-it's such a shame I'll be out of town! 

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By purchasing a $25 ticket to the event you can choose which type of double-header fitness event you want to complete at local Baltimore gyms including Rev Cycle Studio, Knockout Fitness, Fort Ave Fitness, Reflex Functional Fitness, and a run with Charm City Run

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You could run with Charm City Run after a 45-minute spin class right across the street at Rev Cycle Studio!

You can choose your own biathlon of classes including the classic (bike and run), the calorie torcher (bike-kickboxing) or live music (HIIT and yoga).  

All of these sound like such fun options, I don't even know what biathlon I would choose! The classic is my stand-by fitness favorites, but it might be fun to throw in some kickboxing or HIIT. It's the perfect chance to try something new and challenge yourself!

The first class will go from 2:00-2:45 PM with 15 minutes of travel time in between (all the gyms are located in South Baltimore and Federal Hill so it's convenient!). The second class starts at 3:00 PM and ends at 3:45 PM. Afterwards there is a celebration with the sponsors including the awesome Gundalow Juice,B'more Organic, Mobtown Fermentation and more. What a fun way to spend your Saturday afternoon in Baltimore!  

More information can be found on the event website and the Facebook event. Tickets can be purchased on Eventbrite.

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If like me you can't make it, there is the option to make a virtual athlete donation to still support ASA! You can always learn more about ASA and how to become a WingMan on their website

Have you ever heard of Athletes Serving Athletes? What doubleheader biathlon of classes would you choose? 

March 8, 2017

5 Spring Race Day Tips

Even though the weather can’t make up its mind, it will soon officially be spring. In the Mid-Atlantic region, that means ALL the races as the weather warms up.  I know many people are running the Rock ‘n’ Roll DC Marathon and 1/2 Marathon this weekend. I have the past three years (2015 race recap here), but am holding off a couple weeks before racing long distance because I haven’t quite built my mileage up enough.

I will be, however, be running the KELLY Shamrock 5K with most of Baltimore on Sunday, and can’t wait (2015 race recap here). It’s not going to be fast, but that race is pretty easy-going. I've run it 4 years, and it's always a fun, city-wide event. Spring may mean the first race of a new racing season for many runners. Here are some of my tips for the first race of the spring racing season.


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5 Spring Race Day Tips

1. Lay out your clothes and gear the night before. 
I do this before every race, but it’s especially important if it’s been a few months since you’ve raced. Make sure all your gear is together and that you aren’t forgetting anything. Charge your phone, running watch, or iPod if need be too! You don’t want to be scrambling around in the AM looking for your fuel belt, headphones, gloves, or clean running clothes.
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2. Run with friends. 
I love running with friends in general but especially for the first race of the season it can help keep the pressure off yourself and keep things fun. The first race of the season is usually not a goal race for me. I look at it as more of a warm-up for the copious other spring races. Keeping pace with a friend can keep you motivated and help you pace yourself in the beginning of the race.

3. Start slowly. 
The first race of the season can be super exciting, especially once you are the start line and have the energy of the crowd and fellow runners. It’s super easy to get caught up in starting too fast at the beginning instead of pacing yourself. You don’t want to use up all your energy at the start or it could be a longgggg race. Trust me.

4. Dress in Layers. 
At least in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic, spring race weather is very unpredictable. I’ve run races in March and April where it was freezing cold or unseasonably warm. I always grab some throwaway clothes from Goodwill. I also have few pairs of arm warmers that I love to race in when it’s cool at the race start, but not cold enough for long sleeves because I can pull them down during the race. Dress in layers you can easily take off and toss as well as have layers like a pullover available at the finish line for when you cool down after the race.
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5. Have fun. 
The first race of the spring season I am usually a bit under trained after taking some time off and adding more cross-training into my routine. That is even more true this season as I’m rebuilding after an injury. This first race of the season is a benchmark for where you are at so learn from it. Reflect on where you are right now and what your goals for the rest of the year are, but don’t get discouraged. Think about the positives, decide what you want to work on after the race, and stay motivated through the season. Have fun and enjoy the race! 

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Yet again, this will be me after the Shamrock 5K!
I linked this post up with the Half Marathon Race Tips link-up below. Check out all the awesome posts!




Do you usually run your first of the season for fun or to target a goal? What's your first competition or race this season? 

March 3, 2017

Core Cycle Studios in Timonium Now Open

This past weekend I was lucky enough to be invited to a sneak peak of the new Core Cycle Studios premier fitness studio in Timonium, MD. As you know, I love supporting fabulous local businesses. I enjoyed my experience at the complimentary preview so I really want to help spread the word. 

The family-owned and operated studio is tucked away on the second level of a shopping center right on York Road in Timonium Crossing. Once you step inside the studio you realize you found a slice of fitness heaven in Baltimore County. 

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Despite being a city gal, it's nice to have a new option that is not too hard to pop by after or before school right off I-83. The studio offers all the nice amenities you could want like complimentary towels, lockers, and private bathrooms and showers. The 2250-square foot studio has a beautiful spin room with awesome brand new spin bikes, lighting, and speaker system. 

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After trying some juice samples from Pure Raw Juice, looking at the lovely Devon Maryn gear (resisting the urge to buy), and getting a little braid in my hair from Haute Blow Dry Bar, it was time to get a little sweaty. I took a 25 minute preview spin class when I was there and left super sweaty and energized.  It had been a while since I've spun so my bum was also a little bit sore!

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Besides spin classes, Core Cycle also offers yoga and barre classes as well as some Beachfit Insanity classes. I also tried out 20 minute previews of Insanity and yoga in Core Cycle's other studio room. I loved how this room was bright and filled with lots of natural light from the windows. 

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The vinyasa yoga flow was lovely-I love all the yoga I can get lately. I loved all of the little touches in the studio like the quotes on the wall (because I'm #mantraobsessed), oil diffusers, statues, and succulents. The attention to all the details is one of my favorite things about the studio. 


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Core Cycle opened this past Monday. On their grand opening day, all proceeds benefited the One Love Foundation, a foundation created in 2010 to honor a Baltimorean woman who was a victim of dating violence. I thought this was such a wonderful idea! 

. Core Cycle Studios is a beautiful space with a boutique city studio feel right in the county. I can't wait to stop by for a class. Check out Core Cycle Studios on Facebook or their website for details about their classes. 

What's your favorite type of group fitness class?