#teamoffbalance For Life

Just in case you didn’t get truly sick of hearing about when I basically went to adult summer camp, stayed in a van with some buds, did some running and had OMG the best time of my life, here’s the last video from Reach the Beach, as well as the earlier ones, since I never shared them all on my blog—just on Twitter/Facebook.

Luckily, the videographer took note of how painfully uncomfortable I am on video, and I don’t make too many speaking appearances, just some dance appearances, which despite their awkwardness, are still less awkward than me speaking on video.

Serious Reach the Beach Withdrawal

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I’m stuck in a glass case of emotion right now.

I had an amazing weekend…and then it ended. I’m in some serious Reach the Beach withdrawal

When Tina asked if I wanted to be on a blogger relay team with her, I said yes immediately. I’d read lots of relay recaps and knew people had a ton of fun, but I didn’t quite get why.

I mean, being in a van for a million hours? (In our case, something like 32 hours.) Not showering after running and not eating regular meals? Running on no sleep after I’d already run 6 miles earlier in the day?

I didn’t get it. But I knew Tina would put together a fun team and so I hoped the race would be as fun as everyone else said it would be.

As the emails about the race became fast and furious, just what I was getting myself into started to take shape.

Reflective vests and headlamps? Crap, I really would be running in the dark.

Gallon-sized Ziploc bags for my clothes? Oh. If I don’t do that, every single thing in my bag will stink.

I knew there would be a lot of logistical challenges and a lot of fun, but I had no idea it was possible to be that happy for three straight days on that little sleep.

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But it turns out when you put six high-energy ladies in a van, add in the the most awesome driver in the world, play Call Me, Maybe on repeat and have a huge challenge in front of you, it’s sort of amazing.

I also need to thank New Balance for helping us have the time of our lives. Tina has worked with New Balance in the past, and they were an official sponsor of the race, so we talked about seeing if there was any way they could work with our team.

They’re also one of my clients at work, so I put together a proposal of how we could work together and why I thought it would be a good investment. I put together a proposal that I thought could create a great event and experience without blowing my client’s budget, but the wonderful Kristen at New Balance absolutely went above and beyond with this experience, and I can’t thank her enough.

I haven’t been on an athletic team since high school, and I didn’t realize until this weekend how much I missed that camaraderie. From watching Monica freak out about her overnight leg to watching most of my van struggle yesterday through stomach issues, I wanted nothing more but for everyone to succeed and feel great. Running is an awesome solo sport, but I encourage anyone who has the chance to try running a relay.

There is no possible way to wrap up this weekend in one, or even two posts, so I’m going to have a few more posts going up this weekend recapping all the fun—so let me know if there’s anything specific you want to know about!

Why May is Going to Rock

Outside of work, Junior League has been consuming a lot of my time. We have two big events this week (both open to the public…hint, hint), and my committee has been working hard on the final PR push for these events, as well as wrapping up end-of-the-year stuff.

It seems weird that May is only 31 days, because I feel like I have more awesome stuff coming up this month than I’ve had all year.

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May 3: Bags and Bubbles

Goal: DON’T buy a bag.

May 4: awesome event at Pure Yoga that Ashley and Gia are putting together. (More details here.)

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May 5: my sweet little cousin Lexi’s first birthday party!!!

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AND Derby Day.

May 9: Fitblog NYC (#fitblognyc): an awesome event from Fitness magazine with some of my blogger buddies

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[photo via Elizabeth]

May 17-20: Boston for Reach the Beach with these 11 lovely ladies. (Pugs and turtles not included.)

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And most excitingly,May 25-28: OBX for Memorial Day. This is the fifth year in a row I’m going, and I can’t wait to lay on the beach.

How about you? What awesome stuff do you have planned for May?

Winning the Lottery

Yesterday, I got an email that I’d won the lottery.

And it wasn’t spam.

Nor was I winning money. I actually won a lottery that required me to pay money.

Still not spam.

I won the lottery for my hometown tri. 

I’m actually surprised that there’s even a lottery, but whatever.

I’m excited for a redemption tri, and I have some very specific goals in mind.

  • Don’t get a flat tire.
  • Place in the top 10 in my age group. (As it’s such a small field, I think this is possible.)
  • Run the 5-miler in less than 42 minutes.
  • Beat people I know. I’m not usually that competitive, and there’s usually a big, competitive field in most races I run in, but I’m pretty sure I can unleash some fierceness in my hometown. Thinking about this makes me wonder how much more competitive I’d be if I lived in a smaller town. I think I’d focus on one person I wanted to beat.
In semi-unrelated news, when I got home the other night, I had a sweet bag from New Balance waiting for me. They’re sponsoring our blogger team for Reach the Beach, and so they sent us a big bag of goodies.

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This bag officially puts me at half workout clothes in my dresser*. Below are the ones I’m most excited to try.

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I tried out these pants on a 6-miler with Ashley this morning and at 30/60/90 the other night, and I really like them. They stay put and are just as flattering in the midsection as my Wunder Unders. (Ashley and I also showed up in matching New Balance tops, which was only slightly awkward.)

(Gratuitous Central Park in the morning shot.)

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This is New Balance’s equivalent of a Garmin—I’m excited to see how it compares!

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I suspect I ended up with bright yellow ones because of my abnormally-big-feet-for-5’5”. (I’m a 10.5 in running shoes—I never grew into my feet.) I tried them this morning, too, and while I need to run in them more to really formulate an opinion—so far, so good. They were nice and cushion-y and nothing hurt in them.

Below are links to the products:

But because New Balance wants to hook you up, too, they’ve given me a coupon code to share with my readers. Use code NBRTB12766BGG from March 1 - March 10 to get 15% off any NB gear as well as free shipping.

*I’ll likely be doing giveaways when I move to get rid of stuff and share the love—some fitness related, some random stuff. I also have a few more scheduled giveaways coming up.

Just Slightly Off Balance

I like the beach.

I like running.

I like blogger friends.

(I also like Rainbow sandals and cannot wait until summer returns. But I digress.)

So when Tina asked if I wanted to participate in the Reach the Beach relay in Massachusetts, I was obviously in.

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It’s a 24-hour, 200-mile relay race that starts in Wachusett, Mass. and ends in Westport, Mass. (Two town names that mean nothing to me, but I’m sure are lovely places where people use the word “wicked” a lot.)

You know you’ve become a runner when you read other bloggers’ posts about running in the middle of the night and sleeping in vans and you’re jealous. I am so freaking excited for this, and I’ve read every single one of these ladies’ recaps from nuun’s Hood to Coast team last year…

For work purposes! New Balance, one of my clients at work, is a sponsor of the race—and our team—which means that I am in the very interesting (and awesome) position of both working on this account and running on this team.

How many bananas can one girl eat in 24 hours?

I’ll be running with the lovely:

  1. Anne of Fannetastic Food
  2. Sarah of SarahFit
  3. Patricia of Run Foodie Run
  4. Elizabeth of On Tap for Today
  5. Ashley of A Healthy, Happier Bear
  6. Bridget of Yogurt and Berries
  7. Tina of Carrots ‘n’ Cake
  8. Gretchen of Honey, I Shrunk the Gretchen!
  9. Monica of Run Eat Repeat
  10. Ali of Food Fitness Fashion
  11. Melissa of Fitness NYC

Together, the 12 of us will be Team Off Balance. Which I think suits us very well.

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