Reach the Beach – 2015

All, if you haven’t seen my instagram, check it out HERE: https://instagram.com/kynmich/. I only posted a few pictures, but I seriously could have posted 1000. That may be exaggerating, but not by too much. I had an AMAZING group of girls running with me, #QuadGoals #GetBeachOrDieTryin.

Let me tell you, we got that beach, BUT we did not die, and we will be back next year in full force. And I’ll be back in full force with a recap of the race, at some point this week. If it’s not this week, I promise, by the end of the month.

I present to you, the 1st Place Women’s Team and the 33rd Team Overall, running for 26 1/2 hours ish, at 7:57/mile pace. These ladies are all amazing, love them all, and we will be back – so watch out. But also, seriously consider running this race next year.

 

XOXO

Kyn

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Post-Workout Fuel

Happy LDW! I hope everyone is having a good start to their Monday, hopefully off from work and just enjoying the day.

After a weekend with my family in town, I’ve dropped them off at the airport and am setting off to enjoy this day via cleaning the apartment, something outside, and hanging out with friends tonight. I overslept through November Project, which was a bit of a bummer this morning, but what can you do. This is actually the second time I’ve done that this weekend and my guess is – I NEED THE SLEEP! I’m always go go go and sometimes we just need to step back.

Enough of that though, I’m here today to tell you about my snacking. With all the running and exercising I do, it makes me quite hungry. While I do my best to not snack periodically throughout the day, often times when I return from a long run, it’s best to grab a little something to keep me going while I stretch and clean up, and before I can get an actual meal. Some of my favorites include:

1. A granola bar – usually packed with all sorts of nuts, grains, dried fruits, and I even love to have some chocolate chips in there.

2. A few nuts – they could be almonds, cashews, pistachios – just something of that nature which helps to give me a little fuel and fill me up, plus most of them are packed with protein.

3. Chips – this might not be my healthiest choice, but boy are they delicious. I love to have these after a long run, when I’ve lost a lot of the sodium in my body because they are a quick way to get my sodium levels back up.

These are just a few of the many snacks I eat post-workout or long run. While this doesn’t reference much of the nutrition, because to be honest, I don’t know all that much about it, there are some great resources to check out the healthiness behind your snacks. Be sure to check out the Healthy Snacks Section at Nuts.com. They have a wide variety of information about how to make your snacks healthier options.

For awhile now, I have been very conscious of my somewhat unhealthy eating and the necessity to improve. With the fall runnings season upon us (think Reach the Beach, half marathons, and the Indianapolis Monumental Marathon on November 7!), this will give me some incentive to incorporate this health information from Nuts.com into my snack choices, that I make nutritious choices and am better fueled, for the busy running schedule yet to come.

How do you snack post-workout? How will this site help you to make healthier choices?

And be sure to checkout our friends at Nuts.com

XOXO

KyntuckyRunner

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New York City: City Row – A Review

While in New York, I was determined to try out the fitness scene. I have read about many of the classes from my fellow bloggers, and just knew I needed to get into see what they were all about.

I did a little research, and figured that CityRow was something I definitely wanted to try out. Before this, I had been to one indo row class at Burn, a studio in Boston, which luck would have it opened literally across the street from my apartment, two years ago. I have to say, I didn’t take enough advantage of that while I could. Another one of my favorite studios, BTone, just added row classes to their schedule. While these places all offer rowing, there is no studio in Boston, solely dedicated to Indo-Row, something I found very unique.

I was signed up for a class on Thursday at 12:30. Well, I showed up on Thursday at 11:45 and told the desk attendant, that I thought I was a little bit early for my 12 PM class, only to find out it was actually at 12:30. I was signed up for Lyon’s Den Power Yoga in Soho at 1:30, so Asher was kind enough to let me come back on Friday at 12:30 PM – a second shot! Friday, I came into the building and was happy enough to be giving it a shot.

The class started promptly at 12:30 on Friday and there were about 8 or 10 of us in the class, with our instructor in the middle, allowing us to all see her. She instructed us on the proper setup and use of the rower, and then we were on our way. Before class started, we were also instructed to get two sets of weights – a lighter and a heavier set, for our time on the mat.

This class was truly a workout. We did a few different intervals, time trials, and races on the rower. Each set of 5 minutes or so, was followed by another set of core or weights on the mat, a perfect mix of weights and rowing. While I feel like you still get the weight training with the rower, it’s definitely different than working on your core. This workout worked us from head to toe.

Our instructor gave the proper instruction, especially given that many of us in the class were newbies, in order to successful enjoy, learn, and get the entire workout. I was quite impressed with her and also loved the dropping of ya’ll a few times (I guess everyone in NYC is really a transplant, ha!).

If I lived in NYC, I would definitely add this to my routine, although hopefully via ClassPass. I heard multiple people mention they were there on ClassPass, but that it was a very hard class to get into.

Thank you again to Asher and CityRow for allowing me to come into see CityRow. I was bad and didn’t take any pictures while at the studios, but I’ve learned that needs to be done next time or at least a selfie out front!

*While this review is all of my own thoughts and opinions, CityRow was kind enough to compensate me with a free first class.*

Have you tried out CityRow? Any other favorite unique classes?

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New York City

Last week, I had the pleasure of going down to New York City for three days, from Wednesday until Friday. These are the little joys of having a month of #funemployment (although I have sworn off using that in any social media posts, I will use it on here). I knew before I took my time off, that I needed to get to NYC to do not what most people do, of enjoying the late night scene, but enjoying the early morning fitness community and stretching it far into the day. So that’s just what I did.

On Wednesday morning at 7:30, I loaded a Bolt Bus, bound for NYC and didn’t look back, until Friday evening. I’m going to fill you all in on the little bits of NYC and then I’ll be back with a review of each of the studios.

Wednesday

Bolt bus to NYC – arrive around Noon.

Lunch with one of my friends in Chelsea.

Nap time at his apartment in Chelsea.

Mile High Run Club

Y7 Yoga

Dinner with another friend.

Thursday –  

Facial at HeyDay 

Starbucks

Lyons Den Power Yoga

Lunch in Soho

 Shopping in Soho 

Braid Bar at Birchbox

Walk back to Chelsea

Dinner with Friends at Chop Shop

Friday

November Project

Donut Plant 

Fhitting Room 

Visit to see the old roommate at Penn Station

Lunch at Eataly

City Row

Soul Cycle

Bus back to Boston.

That’s the three days in a nutshell, but I’ll be back to share more reviews with you over the next couple of days.

What’s your favorite thing to do in NYC? What’s your favorite workout in NYC?

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A little trip to NYC and a lot of other traveling (TOL #11)

Good Afternoon!

I figured since I have lots to ramble about, I’ll give you all a little Thinking Out Loud post. Thanks to Running with Spoons for hosting this linkup, per usual. Just so you know, I’m writing from NYC and will have lots to tell you guys about once I’m back from this trip!

Since we last talked, I have been doing a little bit of traveling to say the least. I’ve done the following:

3 days in Vermont (you may have already known that), filled with breweries, food, hiking, the outdoors, and lots of shopping. It was just what I needed with one of my greatest friends from college, Katie.

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The top of Mt. Mansfield aka the Stowe Resort.

A weekend on the Cape – I’m lucky enough that my boyfriend and his family belong to a yacht club down the Cape. The last weekend we went down, it was their annual regatta, so while BF was off biking in the Pan Mass Challenge across the state of Massachusetts (192 miles!), I was sitting on the boat and tanning. It was so nice! We did get to pick him up in Provincetown on Sunday, which was also perfect and a great ending to the weekend.

My crew for the weekend.

My crew for the weekend.

The boys finishing up PMC.

The boys finishing up PMC.

A week in San Diego, followed by a weekend in LA – This week looked pretty much like this:

I arrived on Monday, to hang out with my parents for two days. They were there with my littlest sister, so it was great. I also have family out there, so we were able to visit with them the whole time.

A little electric biking through Coronado.

A little electric biking through Coronado.

Hungry?

Hungry?

On Wednesday, Sam arrived and we ended up doing more touristy stuff for two days with my parents, while my cousins and sister were off at surf camp. We were also lucky enough to stay at the Hotel Del, which is absolutely amazing. If you haven’t seen pictures, definitely look it up.

No hands - except for me, the scaredy cat.

No hands – except for me, the scaredy cat.

Friday, BF and I headed north to La Jolla for breakfast. This was followed by an afternoon in Del Mar before heading to the race track. I ended up getting a Pick 3 on the last 3 races, so I was ecstatic with my winnings. We had a little too much fun there, but I don’t hate it.

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Our ride for the weekend.

As soon as we were up and moving on Saturday morning, we headed for LA. This involved a stop in Newport Beach for breakfast. Again, we found a great place – Rose’s Bakery, which came as a recommendation from a friend. We then added an additional hour or so on to our trip, and drove up the start of Highway 1. It was so nice to see all the beach towns along the way. We stayed in Marina Del Ray for Saturday night and it was just perfect. This allowed us to explore Santa Monica and Venice Beach, as well as hike Runyon Canyon on Sunday. After two great days in LA, we headed for a redeye back to Boston, big thumbs down on that. I was reminded once again why I LOATHE red eyes.

This is getting long already, so I’ll come back to entertain you with the rest of my travels in another post. If you don’t follow me on instagram, you should, HERE, in order to see all my travels. I also attempt to take good snaps, so follow my story at KynMich.

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A – Z Survey

I’m on a flight right now to Detroit, and then on to San Diego for the week. I know it’s been a little while since I posted, so I figured I would get something out there for ya’ll. I saw this on a few people’s blogs: Sarah, Ashley, and Theodora, so I figured I would give my own. A great way for you guys to get to know me a little better.

A – Age: 26 – Hard for me to believe this, but it’s true, I can’t deny it.

B – Biggest Fear: Falling on my face on the sidewalk. This is the most present fear in my life. I trip all the time and when I was in 6th grade, got my foot stuck in a chain link fence, and fell on my face. In the next couple of years, when I’m on my way to work, this will undoubtedly happen. Oh well. There are also more fears, but we won’t go into those now.

C – Current Time: 6:59 AM

D – Drink You Had Last: Water – Besides a few alcoholic beverages here and there, this is the drink you can most likely find in my hand.

E – Easiest Person to Talk to: My best friends – My friends are the best people to talk to. If I can talk to you easily, then you are probably my friend, or a close family member. When I talk, I usually talk a lot.

F – Favorite Song: I’m not a huge music person, so this is a little tough. I’ll listen to anything pop or country.

G – Grossest Memory: Senior year spring break – I went to Punta Cana with my friends and came back very sun burnt. We were in the airport for my layover and I told my roommates that my ankles were swollen from my sunburn. Of course, they didn’t believe me then, but as soon as we got home later that night they realized what was up. It looked like they had tripled in size. I had to sit with my feet up the next day and could only wear uggs for at least a day.

H – Hometown: Well it depends on when you ask me, but it’s Ft. Thomas, KY / Cincinnati. If you need a geography lesson, look here:

Cincinnati

Mind blown?!?

I – In Love With: My guy – Sam. Enough said.

J – Jealous Of: I like to think nothing. There might surely be something, but I’m going to go with nothing. We’re all jealous of things, but that’s life.

K – Kindest Person You Know: My parents – They are the best humans and love my sisters and I, unconditionally. They’ll do anything for us and I hope that I someday am half the people they are.

L – Longest Relationship: Current relationship with Sam. It’s the best and he’s the best. I hope it never ends.🙂.

M – Middle Name: Elizabeth. Yes, I’m another one with the middle name.

N – Number of Siblings: 3 – I have 3 younger sisters – 22, 18, 11. They’re the best, hands down!

O – One Wish: To stay healthy and happy. These are some of the most important things, so I’ll cherish as long as they stick around. The happiness is a decision, the healthiness is not.

P – Person You Spoke to on the Phone Last: My best friends will tell you, I HATE the phone. The only person I ever find myself talking to for an extended period of time on the phone, is my Mom. If Sam or I are out of town, we’ll talk some, but not too much. Sorry friends, it’s just how I am. I’m a huge multitasker, so I would much rather be texting, emailing, or g-chatting you, while I’m talking to you (and likely doing 5 other things).

Q – Question your always asked: How do you spell that? Whenever I’m asked my name, undoubtedly, I’ll be asked how to spell it. I’ll likely then be asked either – like the “Kindle” or a corny Amazon joke will be made. It’s life, I’ve learned to live with it.

R – Reason to Smile: I’m headed on vacation for a week – San Diego and LA and I’m off for a whole month, before I start my new/old job.

S – Song You Last Sang: I drove in the car for hours yesterday with Sam’s Mom, and I was singing the whole time. Of course I didn’t know many of the words, but I was still pretending I did. We both do this, so we get along great.

T – Time You Woke Up: 3:45 – I had to get up for my 4:15 cab to the airport. I didn’t want to miss my flight and Sam’s at home on the Cape, so slept with the TV and lights on, in fear of not getting up.

U – Underwear Color: Nude

V – Vacation Destination: San Diego (currently). All time favorite – Marco Island, FL.

W – Worst Habit: I have incredibly dry legs, and constantly find myself subconsciously scratching them. It’s a horrible habit, that I hate and tears my legs apart. I also am a split end picker, thank you boring high school classes, but I’m really trying hard to kick them both!

X – X-Rays You’ve Had: Besides the routine teeth, I think I’ve only had my leg? Maybe more that I’m forgetting, but who knows.

Y – Your Favorite Food: I LOVE food, but if I have to pick, I would probably say Mac ‘n’ Cheese. If this is on the menu when I’m out, I will likely order it. I just love it and am a huge critic of it.

Z – Zodiac Sign: Aries – Not big into this sort of thing, but that’s what I am.

I hope you learned a little more about me. Answer a few of the questions in the comments, or link back to my survey with your own. I would love to learn a little more about all of you.  

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