Happy May Day! I’m not sure if this is a nationally recognized day but my mom grew up celebrating it in her small Rhode Island hometown so I’ve always acknowledged it. Regardless, it’s the start of a new month…one of my favorite month’s of the year for no reason other than it’s almost summer. That’s a good enough reason, right?
I do have good reasons for loving a few other things lately…
1. Jen’s Ultimate Plank Fitness book
Jen’s blog, Peanut Butter Runner, was one of the first blogs I started reading more than two years ago. Not only is she my yoga idol (seriously check out this video!) but she has an inspiring approach to healthy living that includes a variety of workouts, green smoothies and chocolate :) I was thrilled to receive a copy of her new book featuring more than 100 variations of planks, using both bodyweight and minimal equipment. As someone who gets really bored with core work I’ve enjoyed stepping up my plank game and after two weeks, while I don’t have her abs, I can tell my core is getting stronger. Jen just announced that’s she hosting a 31 day plank challenge for the month of May and I will be joining in and posting a weekly recap on Instagram. Check out this post for more info! I could use some accountability for core work. Stronger core = stronger runner, right?!
After writing yesterday's newsletter on how I thrive with a jam-packed schedule, I spent some time reflecting on being "busy". I feel like busy has become a disease of sorts in our culture, especially in NYC, and I'm certainly guilty of being infected time to time. We ask each other how everything is going and the standard answer is something like "crazy busy" or "great just insanely busy". Well I learned a long time ago that not all busy is created equal. These days I carefully curate my schedule and there isn't anything on there that I don't find of high value. It's people and clients I want to see, projects I'm excited to be creating and other things I'm grateful for in my life. So I've decided to trade in busy for abundant because that's a much more accurate description of my life! Take a check on your "busy" – what's it filled with? Is there excess that you can eliminate in order to make space for truly enriching activities? Is it all wonderful, exciting things you're grateful for in your life? Let's trade busy in for abundant. Xo, C ✨#LightMaker
3. Hoka One One’s
After seeing so many bloggers post about their positive experience with Hoka One One’s, I wanted to give them a try. I want to run in them for at least 10 runs before I review them but they are so light! I’ve run in Brooks Ghost for four years (I have an embarrassing number of pairs that I rotate) and I think it’s about time I found another shoe to join the club.
4. The Draft. No not THE draft, the NFL Draft. If you’re a new reader (hello!) you should know that I L.O.V.E. football. I try to keep my obsession to a minimum on the blog but it pops through once in a while. As I’m typing this I’m watching the draft and I will be staying up to see my Eagles pick. The draft lasts four days but I only sit down and watch the first round, I’m not that crazy ;)
5. The Marathon Bug.
After watching the Boston Marathon and seeing so many social media posts about the Chicago Marathon (congrats to those who got in) I diagnosed myself with a case of the marathon bug. To cure my sickness, I signed up for my 3rd marathon. Just laugh at my joke, please. I guess this is kind of important and I will write more about it but I will be running the Fort Myers Marathon on November 8. This race fits all of my “requirements” that I mentioned earlier this year…small, cheap and close to home. Plus, I can do some training runs in the city this summer. So much to look forward to the next few months :)
That’s it for me. Have a fabulous weekend!