FORECAST CALLS FOR WIND

I’ve been checking the weather forecast daily, no, hourly almost, for Sunday’s race. I had originally intended on running in shorts but it seems that Sunday’s forecast has gone from a high of 50 to 37 and windy at the start, so I now have to rethink my outfit for the TCS New York City Marathon. Capris? Leggings? Long sleeves? Layers? Jacket? Hat? Gloves? The options are endless. Good thing I’ve test run several outfits during my long runs, but how about this for an option?

Asics TCS New York City Marathon

Asics TCS New York City Marathon

Asics TCS New York City Marathon

Asics TCS New York City Marathon
Top: Lite-Show Favorite Long Sleeve Pants: Leg Balance Knee Tight Shoes: GEL-Kayano 21 NYC Jacket: NYC Marathon Storm Shelter Jacket

I really love the Leg Balance Knee Tights, not just because the color pink peeks through but because these pants actually help with my posture. The compression technology and design force me to engage my core enabling me to run taller. It’s not quite a girdle, but definitely has a similar effect.

Last year’s NYC Marathon day was windy, making the start in Staten Island not so fun. It never helps that we runners are stranded on the Island for hours before the start. Unless you’re a top fundraiser with a certain team earning yourself shelter in a tent, you’re left in the cold. I will be one of the cold ones forced to find refuge behind a porta-potty or huddled up with other runners for warmth.

It’s really not as bad as I’m describing but if you’re nervous about the temps before Sunday’s race here are a few items you may want to have handy:

– chapstick with sunscreen
*hand or foot warmers*
– sunblock
– windbreaker
– sweatpants and sweatshirt
– blanket or snuggie
** Any clothing items discarded during the race are collected and donated to local charities. **

Are you running Sunday’s TCS New York City Marathon? If so, this is how you know you’re a marathoner. How do you prepare for a cold run?

**Note: Today is the last day you can enter for a chance to win a FREE pair of Asics GEL-Kayano 21. Enter here.
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NYC MARATHON TWEET UP

NYC Marathon Tweet Up

What are you doing Saturday? Let’s Tweet Up. Join us this Saturday at the steps of the New York Public Library for an EPIC tweet up, hosted by #teamasics bloggers, Brian (@pavementrunner), Megan (@irun4wine), Chris (@cyktrussell), Megan (@runlikeagrl), Gregg (@NYCSweat) and ME (@leangirlsclub)!

What: Tweet up with some of the #teamasics bloggers
Where: The steps of New York Public Library, 5th Ave at 42nd St
When: Saturday, November 1st, 9am

We will have plenty of time to mingle, take amazing photos for your Instagram and Twitter accounts (what else would you expect from a bunch of bloggers?) and talk about Sunday’s race. Even if you aren’t running the TCS New York City Marathon on Sunday, we would love for you to come say hi! Following the tweet up, a few of us will grab coffee at a nearby location.

MARATHON UPDATE: RACE WEEK

We are six days away from the TCS New York City Marathon. I ran my last long run yesterday (10 miles) and it was a strong one. If the last two weeks are any indication of how I’ll perform on race day, I will be just dandy. Yesterday was perfectly sunny with a high of 55. There was neither rain nor stomach ache to be seen.

Training is done and my job for the next six days is to not screw it up by over-exerting myself or over-eating. Any runs this week will be to loosen my body and calm my nerves. I’ve got to stay zen and trust the I’ve done all I can do, so I’ll be keeping myself occupied by socializing with my Asics blogger teammates and practicing some light yoga.

TCS New York City Marathon Training Asics

One of the things that was different about the last three runs was that I had several people watch me run. It was not in a casual you-just-passed-me kind of way, but rather I had various people photograph and video my runs. In particular, this weekend I had two different graduate journalism students shadow me for an assignment. They both had to interview and feature someone running the NYC Marathon, and for some reason these two lovely ladies asked me. Rose, who interviewed me on Sunday, has been a long-time reader of Lean Girls Club and rented a Citi-bike so she could photograph me at every point during my run. That’s dedication!

TCS New York City Marathon Training Asics

I have to say that nothing will make you run stronger than to have someone watch you…like literally watch every step you take. I didn’t want to let these young women down! I wanted to make sure the “fitness blogger” they were doing a story on was all that and more. I wanted them to be impressed. Instead, I felt very un-impressive at the start. I suddenly became hyper-aware of how not-perfect my body was, how my nose runs faster than I do, how much my thighs jiggle, or how they may realize I am not as fast as they expected. Who was I comparing myself to?

In life and in running, the only person you compete with is yourself. Everyone runs his/her own race. I may not be an Olympic athlete like Deena Kastor (the wife of my coach, Andrew Kastor), but I am so proud of who I am and who I continue to become. The girl who couldn’t run a mile, now runs marathons, and she frickin’ runs for Team Asics. What??? I would NEVER, nor could, have imagined this would be my life.

I’d like to remind you all that this didn’t happen overnight. It took years to get here and you are only seeing blips of what my life is really like. There were and are some really tough days, but I promise you the days get easier when you continue to step out on faith and say YES. Say yes to new opportunities. Say yes to things that scare you. Say yes to invitations. Say yes, because you never know who you’ll meet and how the course of your life will change.

I’m looking forward to all the new opportunities this week, and the chance to meet many of you. If you are in New York City, here is where you can find me:

Today, Monday 10/27
3 pm EST – Asics Twitter Chat
I hope you’ll join @Asics, me, and my teammates as talk about your #BESTrun.

Thursday, 10/30
10 am EST – Marathon Expo

Friday, 10/31
10 am EST – The Marathon Lounge

Sunday, 11/2
10:30 am EST – MY RACE STARTS (Wave 3)
My Bib Number is 51842 and if you’d like to track me, download the TCS NYC Marathon app here.

Approx 4 pm EST – Lululemon’s Marathon After-Party: Make sure to RSVP here.

**More activities may be added. Follow LGC on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram for the latest.

Lastly, you have four days to enter for a chance to win your very own pair of the Asics GEL-Kayano 21. Enter Here!

10 Signs YOU Are A Woman Worth Keeping

A few months ago I shared a few thoughts on dating, relationships, and the 10 signs you have a man worth keeping. Lean Girls Club is a fitness and healthy living blog, why would I write about relationships? Besides the fact that the previously mentioned post is my highest trafficked article, I truly believe that healthy relationships (romantic and platonic) play an important role in our well-being. The people that you surround yourself with strongly influence what you eat, drink, do for exercise, and even affect your emotions and thoughts.

We hold everyone else in our lives accountable, especially our boyfriends and husbands. Some even make checklists for the perfect mate. But what about you? Time to look in the mirror, Lean Girls (I know it’s scary). Here are 10 signs that YOU are a woman worth keeping.

Dating in NYC: signs you are a woman worth keeping

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HEALTHY PUMPKIN SPICE LATTE

When I think of Fall, the three things come to mind that bring me joy are Halloween (last year I went as Miley Cyrus with the foam finger), the NYC Marathon, and pumpkin spice lattes. Over the years I’ve stopped purchasing big-brand pumpkin spice lattes because I hate the intense amount of sugar and chemically taste. Instead, I make my own at home now. Here’s how to make my healthier pumpkin spice latte at home with a third of the calories.

Healthy Pumpkin Spice Latte

Ingredients:
½ cup milk of choice
2 tbsp pumpkin puree
2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
½ tsp organic vanilla
2 tsp Stevia In The Raw®
1 cup brewed coffee
dash of cinnamon

Directions:
1. In a sauce pan, mix milk and pumpkin puree on medium to low heat. Stir and heat mixtures for one minute.
2. Remove from heat and add in vanilla, spices, and Stevie In The Raw®. Pour liquid in cup. Make milk foam using a blender or frother if you have one. Add foam to cup.
3. Top with a dash of cinnamon. I like using a cinnamon stick to stir my homemade, healthy pumpkin spice latte.

Healthy Pumpkin Spice Latte

One of the things about weight loss and healthy living is to never deprive yourself. If you want that pumpkin spice latte, go for it in moderation. Make the healthier version at home, where you can measure all the ingredients and control what goes into your body. Because having your favorite treat is pretty sweet.

Healthy Pumpkin Spice Latte

Disclosure: Compensation was provided by In The Raw, via Mode Media. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions of positions of Stevia In The Raw®.

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