So the online designer mecca Net a Porter just launched a section for fitness attire aptly named Net a Sporter. The site has some seriously attractive activewear for the gal who appreciates form as much as function. I found the most impressive part of the site to be the sheer range of activities in which you can look fresh off the runway.
Gotta give credit where credit is due, Lulu and Nike don’t cover equestrian sports or ballet. Full disclosure: I’d wear this tennis dress off the court all summer because hand eye coordination is not my forte. My only complaint is that I’ve done enough surfing in my day to know that no self-respecting woman would attempt to surf in a strapless bikini.
A few weeks ago, Arielle invited me to do Yoga on the Steps to support Living Beyond Breast Cancer. I had been considering going, but really didn’t want to go alone. My grandmother has ovarian cancer and her sister has breast cancer and I know just how much community support groups have meant to them since their diagnoses. A chance to give back to one of those groups is priceless. Once Arielle’s invite came along, I immediately registered!
Although there was a VERY long registration check-in line, the event was very well-organized and it only took a few minutes before I was inside the event. Once admitted, there was free Kind bars, free coconut water, and free Bai tea. Just a few of my favorite things! I met up with Vanessa and headed up to the top of the stairs to fine Arielle who graciously saved our spots!
As we made our way to the top of the stairs, I was seriously impressed by the turnout. The stairs were covered in yoga mats in every direction. There was just enough space for us to pass by and continue upwards. Although the event was mostly women, there was a respectable amount of men in the group too.
The view from the top of the stairs is iconic and to be able to do yoga among so many people with such positive energy was incredible. It was an experience I will never forget and one I hope to repeat in the future. One of my favorite moments during the practice was the partner yoga. At one point we all got in a big Rockette-esque line and held each other up during tree pose. The instructor reminded us to raise each other up and how strong we are together as a community. It was a beautiful and moving moment and very creative on part of the instructor.
I snapped this next pic as we entered shavasana (my favorite but most difficult asana). It was a perfect morning and to bask in the glow of the sun was such a treat. Outdoor yoga is something I’m enjoying more and more. Sometimes uneven ground makes things more difficult but standing in Warrior II as a breeze blows over you is indescribable! I’m going to try to make it to Yoga in the Park or Yoga on Race Street Pier more often.
For some more pictures and another point of view on the event check out Arielle’s blog.
TGIF! The past week has been a bit hectic! My little sis graduated college last weekend and I couldn’t be more proud (photo evidence). I’m really excited to see what the future holds for her and what car she picks as a graduation present :-P. Speaking of graduations… T-6 days! Although I’m very excited to graduate, I don’t think the real excitement will come until after the bar exam. Studying for the bar commences after Memorial Day and I’m just trying to fill my days with as much activity as I can until that horrid date! Now here’s a bit of what’s on my radar in the days to come and picks of stories from around the web:
+ As I mentioned in my last post, I’ve been biking a lot more. After finishing my internship in Camden, I decided that the $90+ septa pass wasn’t worth it. I spiffied up my bike after a long winter of rest and got peddling. Today was supposed to be Bike to Work Day, but it got delayed due to the beautiful nasty weather until May 19. I may never bike to work since I commute to NJ, but I am in definite solidarity with those who do. More bike lanes please! I’d also love for the (out of commission) 12th street trolley tracks to get paved over, I nearly killed myself on them the other day! #wishfulthinking
+ I’ll be doing Yoga on the Steps this Sunday with Arielle of Hungry and Single fame along with some mutual friends. Yoga on the Steps is a beautiful event where hundreds of people do yoga on the stairs of the Philadelphia Art Museum to raise money for breast cancer research. I’ll be yoga-ing in honor of my Aunt Babs who is currently battling breast cancer.
+ If you can’t make it to Yoga on the Steps, there is a free synergy partner yoga class on Sunday at 10 am. Philly Yoga Factory and Lululemon are patterning up to teach you how to do all that crazy (awesome) nonsense you see going down in Rittenhouse Square on sunny days. But for real, synergy yoga is a form therapeutic yoga that incorporates elements of Thai massage, yoga and Capoeira, all done with a partner. The class will be held at Bikram Yoga Philly [1520 Sanson Fl. 3] and no RSVPs are necessary. You can show up with a partner or be paired with one there. It sounds pretty intimate to me (hello! Thai massage!) so I’d show up with one or show up looking for love.
+ I first came across this inspiring runner, in an instagram picture following the Broad Street Run. Turns out the man in the photo, John Schultz, is nearly 82 and didn’t even start running until he was 59! Philly Mag did a beautiful write up of his running journey and his motivation to continue running. A must read!
+ The Forbes 30 under 30 Summit is coming in Philadelphia in the fall. New life goal? I think so.
+ This epic kitchen hack solves a very serious first world problem. Make perfect mason jar-sized jar smoothies every time. Thank me later.
I’ve come to realize that I have a serious addiction to free fitness classes. If that is wrong, I don’t want to be right. I’m a broke law student! Can you blame me? I promise once I have a real lawyer income (AUGUST!) I’ll be more than happy to support the fantastic studios that offer free classes… but I’ll still go to free classes too ;). As my favorite founding father, Benji Franklin, once said “a penny saved is a penny earned.”
Last night I fulfilled my addiction by going to a free spinning class sponsored by City Sports at FlyWheel [1521 and Locust]. To be honest, I really didn’t feel like going. I was having a blast with my friend Kathie and my puppy just shooting the shit but I had told some twitter friends that I’d be going and I didn’t want to be Debbie Downer or worse… Nancy No-show. So I hopped on the BSL for the first time in weeks to go to Flywheel. I’ve been mostly biking since finishing my internship, but I thought I probably wouldn’t want to bike home after a spinning class. I was right.
So I show up to FlyWheel at 7:30 on the dot thinking I was late for a 7:30 class. Turns out the class was at 7:45 and I was an idiot. Whatev. It gave me plenty of time to get my shoes, locker, and water bottle filled with “room temperature” water. Once we got in the room I placed myself dead center in the back row and started peddling. The instructor Emily was the shit. Not only did she play awesome music but she was super hyped and encouraging the whole time. I’d definitely take one of her classes again in the future.
I had a much easier time at this spinning session than the last one I did a few months ago. I suppose I have Broad Street training to thank for that! I found it much easier to keep up with both the torq and rpm commands. One area I know I need to work on is my rpm when I’m out of the saddle. I just can’t get my legs to move that fast when I’m standing… yet. Another thing I need to work on? Getting my damn feet out of the locks. I feel bad just leaving the shoes locked in but I need to stretch!
Following the class, I met up with fellow spinner and Philly powerhouse Kiera Smalls, owner of CityFitGirls and personal trainer. We went to HoneyGrow, which seems to be a post-FlyWheel ritual and chatted about everything but mostly our excitement for the upcoming openings of Charlie was a sinner. and V Street. I got a spicy veggie stir fry with tofu and boy did I need it! Mid-way through the spinning class I thought about how little I ate during the day and how I really needed to eat something protein based for dinner. All I had to eat yesterday was a bowl of kasha and almond milk, and PB sandwich, and a bunch of homemade hummus. NOT enough to survive spinning. Thankfully, the stir fry was huge (a whole Chinese take out box) and I ended up having leftovers. I can’t wait to have the rest of that spicy delicious-ness for lunch today!
If you want to sign up for a FlyWheel class: 1. let me know and 2. Do it on their amazing app!
The race will start and end along Passyunk Ave. I live on Passyunk so I’m really liking the idea of rolling out of bed and going to this race. The course will take runners along Passyunk Ave., through the Italian market, up through Midtown Village, across the loft district, down through historic Old City, Queen Village, and Pennsport, and ending up back at Passyunk Avenue by the Singing Fountain. Ya dig? Basically, I get to run through my favorite parts of the city without worrying about red lights. Booyah!
There will be a post-race festival on East Passyunk from 9AM-11AM where food and drinks available for sale from local vendors. Seeing that Passyunk Ave. was rated one of the top 10 foodie streets in the country, you know the food will be good. Best of all, runners over the age of 21 will receive a complimentary beer from PBC which they are brewing just for the race! Runners will also get a free t-shirt and custard from Shake Shack, but let’s be real, we are most excited about the beer.