Mix It Up May

It’s hard to believe it’s been just over a month since the Boston Marathon. It feels like so much longer! Yesterday I ran a 6:45 pace for a few minutes. There’s no way I could have held that pace for 26.2. Traditionally May is a month to mix it up. School has been my biggest focus. February, March, and April were big training months, meaning I was rushing home after work to run, strength train, stretch, eat, and sleep. This month I’ve spent more time on finishing the school year strong. I took my team to Palm Springs for a work retreat, went to New York for a school workshop at Achievement First, and have been hiring next year’s additions to our team.

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The EQ3 Dream Team!

In my running world, I’ve averaged 30ish miles a week and have tried a bunch of new cross training classes. Easier said than done. I love working towards a goal and spending Saturday morning exploring the city. It’s no fun feeling like I’m getting slower, but I know this is good for me. I have the rest of my life to train. Slow and steady wins the race, right?!

Here’s how I’ve been mixing it up…

We had our first ever Talent Show at EQ3. Our scholars took the event so seriously. It was adorable! IMG_7679.JPG

We finalized our furniture order for our permanent facility. Feels weird spending $180,000. Thank you Walton Family Foundation!

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Brent took me rock climbing…

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Workin on my upper body and core strength at Coreology. It’s humbling. Very humbling.

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I joined Excelencia Charter Academy’s Board and survived the LAUSD Capacity interview.Screen Shot 2017-05-29 at 8.08.46 AM.pngAlaina and I went back to Yoga and Mimosas at Malibu Wines.18319334_1872959282962173_8968698514493380850_o.jpg

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I won a 10K here in Playa del Rey, but learned that you can’t run easy three milers for a month, sign up the night before, and expect to run a PR. 40:20. Was annoyed that I didn’t run sub-40, but I’ll take a win. I’m the one in the front fixing my hair.

LATS17XX00083 (1).jpgMy Transitional Kindergarten group and I have been working on our sight words.

Screen Shot 2017-05-29 at 8.35.23 AM.pngVisited Achievement First Crown Heights in Brooklyn, NY. Lovin the school signage.

And yesterday I picked up the pace. It was fun to run fast! Strange to “only” run 7 miles on Sunday, but they were quality miles. Loved Stride Fitness Studio in Pasadena. Think Soul Cycle for runners. They give you a heart rate monitor, have fun music, motivate you through intervals. In my opinion, speed on treadmills is WAY better than on the track. I loved the vibe at Stride. Preferred it to Precision Running and Mile High Run Club in NY. It was less intimidating, more inviting, more technical with the heart rate monitor, and they send you an email with your stats after class. I will be back! Wish it was a little closer, but Pasadena isn’t too far on a Sunday morning.IMG_7804.JPGScreen Shot 2017-05-29 at 8.27.02 AM.png

It’s almost JUNE! Ahh. Next weekend we’re heading to San Diego for Brent to run the San Diego Rock and Roll Marathon. We’re turning into that annoying running family. I’m so excited to be a cheerleader, and can’t wait to see what he accomplishes! That race has a special place in my heart. My first BQ 4 years ago, and Ellen’s BQ last year. RnRSD.jpg

Have a Happy Memorial Day!

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ClassPass Reviews: Part 2

Another week, another round of ClassPass reviews, and another set of sore muscles I never knew existed. This whole ClassPass thing is super fun and I’d recommend it to anyone looking to try the many studios LA has to offer, but the logistics are kinda exhausting. Figuring out parking, getting to the studio early and having dead time, getting there too late and rushing. I’m still new to this so I imagine over time you get into a groove and have your favorite spots it gets easier to manage. I’ve really enjoyed switching up my workout routine, but the experience makes me appreciate the ease of running. You’re on your schedule, you decide how long you want to workout and it’s FREE. That being said, it’s been a fun week of ClassPassing. Here’s where I went…

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Pros:

  • High intensity and only 30 minutes. No time to get bored.
  • Super friendly staff. They were so welcoming!
  • They offer a free first class on top of the ClassPass deal.
  • It’s fun to try something totally different. Not your average spin, yoga, barre class.
  • Another alkaline water studio.
  • Apparently there is a patio to relax upstairs. Wish I knew this before!

Cons:

  • Pairs well with a run, walk or hike. Yes, you use new muscles and are exhausted at the end (if you don’t cheat with resistance), but it’s only 30 minutes.
  • No free parking.

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Pros:

  • SO FUN!!!!! You can’t help but smile the entire time. Loved going with Alaina, Cecilia and Brianne.
  • The instructor, Aakansha, is so welcoming and enthusiastic. She really puts you at ease.
  • Mix of bollywood and hip hop.
  • Easy parking across the street with first 90 minutes free.
  • Tea in the waiting area.
  • Huge room with plenty of space to get your groove on.

Cons:

  • Not the most intense workout. Great for an easy day.
  • You can’t be shy.
  • Santa Monica traffic 😦

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Pure Barre

Pros:

  • You end up using muscles you’ve never used before. You’re legs will shake like woah.
  • Love the arm sequence.
  • Good music selection.
  • You don’t leave too sweaty, so it’s a great option if you have to rush somewhere after class.
  • Beautiful location in Santa Monica close to the beach.

Cons:

  • Kinda boring. I was watching the clock the whole time and a lot of the exercises I felt like I could do in my living room while watching netflix.
  • Not the most welcoming staff. Kinda has a too cool for school vibe.
  • The instructor hovered around me a little TOO much. Yes, I want adjustments but every time makes me feel like an idiot, especially when you’re saying the instructions over your mic and it’s obvious to everyone I’ve never been here before.
  • I would have liked more options if you’re super tight. I can’t even come close reaching forward to touch my toes so I just kinda sat there. 

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Hustle and Flow: Cycling

Pros:

  • Love a good cycle class. It’s the most like running to me. It’s fun pushing myself on the bike.
  • Easy parking and close to home for me.
  • A super chill feel, not intimidating like Soulcyle or Cyclehouse.

Cons:

  • It was kinda hard to hear the instructor. There were times I didn’t know whether to sprint or not. Ended up sprinting a lot, but hey, at least it was a good workout.
  • The bathroom situation wasn’t great. No changing room, just two stalls.
  • Wasn’t a huge fan of our instructor. She was kinda all over the place and seemed a little stressed.

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Pros:

  • Lindsey, our instructor, was such a great teacher. She was so Equitastic! Her language promoted a growth mindset and encouraged us to embrace challenge while being gentle and easy on ourselves. She was encouraging, always telling us we were doing a great job, and wasn’t annoying or preachy. She said things like “Find calm through the discomfort,” “You are strong,” and “Don’t be afraid to fall. Be glad you took on the challenge.” I know I am overanalyzing, but one of the things I love about attending classes is being a student and having a teacher. Helps me in the work I do.
  • The space was beautiful. Cooling towels for after class, restrooms with supplies and mouthwash, nice changing rooms.
  • Easy parking.
  • Variety of classes.

Cons:

  • Not super close to home or work for me.
  • Can’t think of anything else. Loved the studio!

Hope you had a happy Memorial Day!