Track Workout: Ladder Intervals

Pace is personal. For some, making it through a run without stopping is an accomplishment to celebrate. For others, the celebration doesn't start until they've qualified for Boston. No matter what your intentions are, track workouts can help you become a stronger, faster runner to meet your running and fitness goals.This week's workout, Ladder Intervals, will help you maintain a tough pace and learn to dig deep during your next race. 

7 Reasons We're Excited About FitRetreat 2017!

Ladies, it's that time of year again. City Fit Girls FitRetreat is back for it's 5th year! FitRetreat is a fun-filled day of fitness and wellness for women. Each year, we reach out to some of the best fitness trainers, instructors and wellness professionals to host 150 women in our community. This year, we're excited to announce that we've made a few changes and additions to the event (all good changes obviously). 

How To Recover After A Workout or Run

Most athletes and fitness enthusiasts spend a lot of time training for their next big event or working out to see the best results. They do more reps, more laps, and add more pounds in hopes to see better results. Would you believe me if I told you that without recovering properly - even with all that training - you can hinder your body from becoming stronger and performing at your best? Bummer, I know. 

How do I know my running pace?

Have you ever heard someone refer to their running pace but had no clue what they were talking about? We all have that one friend who wants to break a "10-minute mile" but what does that really mean? 

If you're new to running, it's important to learn about maintaining a "good" pace (or speed). Running increases demand on our bodies and we want to make sure we're not overdoing it by running so fast that it's hard for us to breathe. By controlling your pace, you may help prevent common issues like shortness of breath and in return, running will be more enjoyable.

Are 'On' running shoes good for you?

You've seen them on the trails, at local races and in magazines. Some of your favorite Instagram athletes even wear them during their long runs. But even with all the buzz around these shoes, you may still be wondering if On running shoes are good for you. In this guide, we discuss the scoop on On running shoes and break down five of their popular models. 

Hoka One One x Oiselle team up for a new shoe (and we get to test it out)

This spring, Hoka One One and Oiselle are teaming up to release a special edition of the Clayton 2. Oiselle, the all-women's athletic apparel brand focuses on performance and leisure gear, first announced the shoe collaboration in August. With Hoka shoes becoming more and more mainstream,  we couldn't be more excited to hear about the news. 

I stopped running for 5 weeks, here's what happened...

f you know me, you know that I have a love-hate relationship with running. I love the feeling of finishing a run, participating in races with other City Fit Girls, running with the group on Wednesdays and leading track workouts on Tuesdays. I'd be lying if I told you that I enjoy waking up early on Saturday mornings to finish long runs, making time to cross-train during the week and stretching/recovering after every run.

Track Workout: Finish strong with these compounds

Have you ever run a race or took a tough group fitness class and had someone tell you to "finish strong" when you already felt like you had no more gas in your tank? I know the feeling. After pushing yourself to your limit for a half-marathon or 40-minute workout, digging deep to go faster, farther and/or stronger can feel like the hardest thing to do. Luckily, with the right amount of practice, we can all get better at finishing strong.

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.