Setbacks are part of the journey

When you think you know it all or have it all figured out, there is always a reality check to humble you or remind you that you don't. 

This is what I experienced recently on my journey to living a healthier lifestyle. I visited my doctor for a normal check up (one that I haven’t scheduled in 3 years by the way…) and later learned that I am pre-diabetic with extremely low Vitamin D levels.

The Only Shoe Shalane Flanagan Will Wear (And 3 Other Shoes That Are Great for Race Day)

In a recent Instagram post, Shalane Flanagan, the U.S. four-time Olympian, Olympic Medalist and New York Times best selling author made a shocking announcement to her 123,000 followers: "...When I first tried the Nike Zoomfly 4% it was love at first run. I will never wear another flat to train or race in again". That's a bold statement from an American record holder.

Embrace your pace: Stop saying you run too slow

In 2014, I came up with the idea to add a run club to City Fit Girls. It was a great idea but there was one problem - I knew NOTHING about run clubs. I may have done one or two organized group runs with City Sports but that's about it. The Wednesday leading up to our first meet-up, I searched the web to find out as much info as possible about group runs and found a very common theme - people loved the social aspect but hated the actual running. Why? Because a lot of people were left behind, felt intimidated when they couldn't keep up with the group and never returned.

It's About Time: Nike Pro Hijab Coming Spring 2018

In their February 2017 campaign video, 'What Will They Say About You?', Nike featured Middle Eastern women athletes competing in running, soccer, boxing, swimming and other sports. Just a few weeks later, the brand announced that they would be releasing the Nike Pro Hijab for Muslim women in spring 2018. Like Nike's other performance gear, the hijab will be stylish, lightweight, and breathable. Athletes like Amna Al Haddad played a large role in the design process. 

Five Reasons You Should Join City Fit Girls on STRAVA

What is STRAVA? It's a free online community for cyclists, swimmers and runners/walkers. It helps you track your workouts, connect with other runners, join challenges and in some cases, helps you win new gear from some of your favorite brands. 

Last fall, we jumped on the STRAVA train to participate in The Ghost Race and now we're sharing five reasons why you should too. 

Beginner's Guide to Triathlons

Have you been thinking about a new challenge for 2017? Maybe tossing around the idea of a triathlon, but unsure if you’re ready to go for it? When I signed up for my first triathlon, I had no idea what it entailed other than swimming, biking and running. I was totally intimidated, but in a haze of new year’s resolutions, I clicked “Register Now” for a local race, closing my eyes at the last second. Ten years and over thirty races later, I'm so grateful that I threw caution to the wind and signed up for that first race.

Review: Mermaid School for Adults

Back when summer vacation was a thing, my friends and I used to spend as much time as possible in the pool. We would play games of tag and tea party but our favorite thing was pretending like we were mermaids. We would swim under each others legs, practice our handstands and wish we were shimmery sea ladies. Turns out you don't have to pretend anymore! You can learn to live under the sea with AquaMermaid classes

City Fit Girls' Guide To Run 1-Mile [For NEW Runners]

If you're reading this blog, it's safe to assume you're thinking about running your first mile. No matter what you're reason is to take on this new challenge, working up to run a mile can be great for your overall health. We created a 3 week plan, with beginners in mind, that will take you from walker to runner in 21 days. Up for the challenge? Keep reading to get started.  

Where to Eat After Your Run or Workout

Making a good meal after your run or workout can be tough - especially if you're tired after a grueling 45 minutes of spin, running or CrossFit. When you're crunched for time (or just don't feel like deciding between cooking and taking a shower), these healthy fast casual restaurants are here to save the day. With locations in Washington, D.C., New York City, Philadelphia, and beyond, these seven restaurants are perfect for refueling after your workout.  

Speedwork 101: How to do [and read] speed workouts

Have you ever looked at a speed workout and thought you were reading a different language? Or download a new training plan and decide that you'll skip the speed work because you have no idea what the coach is talking about? We've all been there. If you've never run track in high school or college, doing (not to mention, reading) a speed workout can seem intimidating. 

In this post, I'll explain why speed work is important (even if you're not training for a race), go over a few terms and explain how to read a speed workout so that you can hit the track or treadmill without feeling intimidated. 

Behind the Seams: The Women Who Build Brooks Sports Bras [Video]

It's been a long time since Ellen Wessel quit her day job in 1977 to start a women's running apparel brand. A few years ago, that brand - Moving Comfort - would exit the women's apparel market to focus solely on sports bras. For a few years, the company operated under Brooks Running (the brand behind popular running shoes like the Ghost and Adrenaline) but maintained it's identity as Moving Comfort. Bras like the Fiona, the Rebound Racer and the Juno became staples in our wardrobes. 

Dear Students…Advice From Your Fitness Instructor

In my years of experience as a fitness instructor and studio owner, I’ve been blessed to work with hundreds of students from all walks of life. Their energy and dedication is inspiring and impressive! Yet I often see things that hold my students back or negatively affect their workout experience. Things they may not understand or things they do/don’t do that impacts their workout. So here is some advice I like to lovingly share with all of my clients and my community.