you’re one workout away from a good mood

Week 1 Resultsone down, eleven to go
In my initial post I mentioned that I will be following Nike’s training plan. So here is the first week’s plan and results. All of the runs so far have been indoors and since I want the Nike+ Running app to track my runs I have to hold the phone in my hands in order for it to track and record my speed/distance. This is super annoying and I can’t believe Nike hasn’t made it compatible with their shoe sensor. I’ve looked into it and you can only use the shoe sensor with the Nike+ iPod app… if someone knows something I don’t please let me know! In the meantime, come on Nike, get with the program!

warm up
Week 1 is designed as the “warm up” week and the fact that I didn’t have to run more than 4 miles was nice. I actually surprised myself in being able to keep a steady pace throughout the length of the runs with minimal walking. In fact, on the first day I completed the 3 miles without stopping, not even once… holy. cow. boy was that tough. For all you running snobs don’t roll your eyes at me, I’m no runner. In fact, the day that I completed 4 miles the Nike+ Running app congratulated me for the longest run yet and although the app only has a history of runs going back to a of couple weeks Kenne reminded me that it was, in fact pretty accurate. Running is not exactly my choice of exercise so now that I think about it, she was totally right, that was my longest run. I just need to take it one day at a time; a half marathon sounds daunting but all I can do is stick to the plan… so far so good.

crossfit noob
Since this is a fitness post I figured I’ll squeeze this in. On Saturday I went to a crossfit class at Reebok Crossfit Back Bay which was sponsored by City Sports and therefore, completely free :). And since I like free stuff and I’ve been meaning to try it, I jumped on it like white on rice. Just like a lot of other aspects of my life, I’m probably behind the curve here but this was my first time (I know crossfit has been all the rave recently). Although the class is 1 hour long the intense workout portion is probably 15-20 minutes. Since the class was free it was probably intended to provide a lot more instruction and overview of what cross fit is about so it may have been structured differently (not sure but I can only speak to my experience). I got to the class a few minutes late but I tried to integrate myself as quickly as I could. I was completely flustered, lost and confused but I was able to hide it or at least I think I did. After some warm up exercises, the next 20 minutes or so were filled with instructions of the different exercises on proper form followed by the workout of the day (i.e. WOD) and ended with a little overview of why they love crossfit and why I should too. It wasn’t bad but I would still like straight up body building :).

It was a good day overall, after crossfit I went to the gym with Dave and smashed my 4 mile run to finish up the first week of this half marathon training, 11 weeks to go.

learning from the pros

For a while now I’ve been wanting to go to a cooking class and one day I randomly decided to look into the course offerings from Boston Center for Adult Education (BCAE). This place is pretty awesome and they have all sorts of fun classes. I had previously taken a photography class there and I definitely see more BCAE classes in my future. Aside from satisfying my own interests, it also made for a fun date night.

coupon gf
If there’s one thing you get out of reading this is to always google for promotional codes when buying online. I can’t tell you how many times I was able to get 10-30% off my purchase or even free shipping {I’ll take it!}. This particular savings adventure came in multiple layers. It started when I found a Gilt deal for $100 for a $200 voucher for BCAE classes {oh snap!}. this. is. perfect. I jumped on that like white on rice. Now that I’m at the Gilt checkout ready to buy my voucher, it asked me for a promotional code … hmmm, I don’t have one but I’m sure my friend google does. Guess what? I found a code for 20% off on a Gilt purchase. Did I just get a savings on top of my savings? At this point I’m cheesing so hard I’m sure you can see all of my wisdom teeth. My $100 purchase has just gone down to $86 (including some fees). The $174 class only cost me $86, a 51% discount and I still have a $26 left in my voucher. They {namely, Dave} don’t call me coupon gf for nothing!


i fiend. that’s what I do…
I may have kinda-sorta bought a few things with my tastearoo kangaroo, specifically an apron {and a mug!}. Aren’t you fiending just a little bit Bermary? nope. I’m having fun with this and it makes me happy [#thatswhatido #ifiend #blogobsessed]. The course description said to bring an apron and that’s what I did.


not your typical bootcamp
The Basic Cooking Bootcamp was a three hour long class on a Saturday afternoon where we cooked four recipes (that even included a glass of wine!). Our instructors were Katie and Richard from The Skinny Beet. They were pretty awesome and explained that the class would emphasize more on cooking techniques than a step by step of the recipes. Some of the major take-aways from the class included the proper way to hold a chef’s knife, how to dice an onion and cube a carrot, why it’s good  to use kosher salt and a searing and baking technique in cooking meat.

let’s eat.
The four recipes we made were:
1. roasted tomato, herb, and goat cheese frittata

2. mediterranean eggplant and carrot salad {my favorite!}

3. spice-crusted chicken

4. mango fool