New Balance launched a campaign called “Letters To My Future Self”. The goal of the campaign is to highlight the goals and values that drive the decisions that guide your journey. They asked me to write a letter to my future self and I was really excited to participate. I always try to think about how my past has impacted my present and how I want to live in the future. I was a little hesitant to get so personal in the beginning part of the letter but I feel that portion of the letter really helps me remember how I used to feel and things I’ve been through. Keep on reading to see my letter and I encourage you to write your own! Check out more from others here!
Photo by Lucie Wicker Photography
I bet you couldn’t have guessed…but I’m in love with the Boston Fitness community. I’m always being inspired so I want to start to feature some of those inspirational people to help inspire you too! I also think that sometimes we forget that our instructors are people outside of being instructors and don’t know little things about them. Like if they played drums since they were 9 years old? Or if they have traveled to 21 countries? Or if their favorite music is really heavy rock and raunchy hip hop?
Well…let’s just say those things are true about the first instructor I am featuring! Emily Southworth!
Emily works full-time in the fitness world, teaching at Recycle Studio, Barry’s Bootcamp and as a personal trainer. I loved hearing what she had to say because I think a lot of people have a misconception of what it means to work in the fitness world. When I was working at ClassPass, people would say, “Must be nice to get paid to workout.” I actually didn’t get paid to workout! I actually worked my ass off (hello…it is a startup!) and it wasn’t a requirement at all to workout. Would you really want me to instagram myself at my laptop all day? I think that’d be pretty boring 🙂
Instructors get a lot of the same comments and you’ll hear a little bit about that in my Q&A with Emily! Keep in mind…you depend on these instructors to come with a badass workout for you and to pump you up and that takes a lot of planning and energy. The fitness world is also really competitive and to make it a full-time gig–you have to be good at it. I have so much respect for all instructors–those who do it full-time and those who have it as a side hustle.
Keep on reading to learn more about Emily and don’t forget to follow her on Instagram and Twitter! And if you ever want to head to one of her classes–let me know! I’m always game! I’m actually hoping to help her get to some of her 2017 goals and take her to some of my favorite classes outside of hers! 🙂
Photo Credit: @BostonMarathon instagram
I ran Philly Marathon 2016 and just beat the Boston Marathon qualifying time at 3:34:24. Now what?
It crossed my mind to hop on the marathon train again for a spring marathon and try to get a faster time to have a more guaranteed shot of getting in. These days, you really have to beat the BQ time by a few minutes to ensure that you get in. The race is so popular and sells out really fast.
After researching marathons and thinking about my future fitness goals, I decided that I’m going to hold off on running a spring marathon in 2017 and wait until fall 2017. Here’s why…
When I first started getting into running, I read Nancy Clark’s Sports Nutrition Guide and started to be good about really fueling my body properly. Over the years, I kind of fell off that bandwagon. I still eat healthy and enjoy everything in moderation (like sweets and such), but I’m not as strategic as I had been for some of my past training seasons and haven’t been as motivated lately.
That’s why I wanted to partner with Cara from The Balanced Bod! I met Cara through instagram and she is one of the Reebok BosFitGrls. She is a certified personal trainer and has a Master of Science in nutrition.