Remember when I gave away 8 UXF classes? Well, the time has come to give away 8 vBarre classes at New York Sports Club!

These classes are once a week for 8 weeks.


Description: Vbarre transcends the typical ballet barre exercise class by blending ballet, Pilates and resistance training into a calorie-burning workout. The result is a lean and sculpted body in minimal time. Choreographed movements using a ballet barre, light weights and a glide board are set to motivating music.

I’m excited to try this class, I’ve never taken any kind of bar class whatsoever, so it’s going to be a completely new experience for me. I start my classes Monday, July 9th at 7:15pm at the NYSC on East 36th Street in Manhattan.

These classes are available at most (but not all) NYSC around the city. If you win, you will get your choice of location and time. The next round of classes start the week of July 9th, so be ready!

Leave me a comment telling me you want to win!

I will randomly pick a winner Thursday, July 28th at 9pm.

Good luck!

*You don’t have to be a member of New York Sports Club to win!


Saturday was the Gay Pride Race in Central Park in honor of Gay Pride Week here in NYC. I’ve never done this race before, but it always looked fun and I’ve only run one 5 mile race back in December.

I woke up at 6:15, got dressed, ate, and was out the door at 7:30. I got off the first stop in Manhattan and ran 2.5 miles to the start. My legs were feeling heavy and tired and I wasn’t really looking forward to the hilly race because of this. I met up with Adriana at baggage and she was excited for the race, while I was somewhat dreading it. Slug city.

We headed to our respective corrals and while I waited for the start, I realized I was already sweating. Oh great.

We battled Harlem Hill first thing, which was actually kind of nice since we could just get it out of the way in the beginning. After the first mile, I was surprised that I wasn’t feeling like death. I took it one mile at a time and was cruising right along. I wasn’t sure what my time was since the miles melded into my miles run beforehand. I was seeing mostly low 9’s though, which I was very happy with considering how sluggish I felt on the way there.

I finished strong and with a smile on my face, especially after seeing these popsicles.


They were MUCH needed after the sweaty, sticky race conditions. I ate my popsicle, met back up with Adriana and discussed the race a bit. I loved the course! It was nice to run something different than the typical NYRR 4-6 mile race course. The hills were there, but they were nice and spread out in the beginning and the end. I listened to Iron Maiden the whole time and Run to the Hills came on appropriately towards the end on Cat Hill.


Overall the race flew by and I didn’t mind running another 2.5 miles to complete a total of 10 miles for the day.

Official Time: 46:17

Average Pace: 9:16

10 Mile Time: 1:34:11

Average Pace: 9:25

In other news:

Laura is the winner of the Shower Pill giveaway! Congratulations Laura, please send me your address so I can get you your box of Shower Pill wipes asap.


I’ve had a great weekend!

First up, I ran 6 miles late Saturday morning and it was fantastic! I was only planning on running 3 or 4, but decided to keep going since I was feeling wonderful. I finished 6 miles in 56 minutes.

Derek and I had a fun little date on Saturday where we ventured all the way over to Astor Bake Shop to try their incredible veggie burger. It was our first time there and it totally lived up to our expectations. The veggie burger was nothing short of incredible and the place was very cute and quiet, I definitely recommend checking it out if you are in the area.

Derek got the veggie burger and I got the soft boiled egg and salmon sandwich and this Sea Salt Lemonade.



And of course, we finished off with some delicious apple pie that was made with shredded apple slices. AMAZING.


From there, we headed over to the old beer garden in Astoria, drank a few beers and headed back to our apartment before setting off to hang out with our friend who was in from England. I didn’t get to bed until 1:30am and slept in until 10:30, which felt amazing. I haven’t been sleeping very well lately, so it was nice to have a solid 9 hours of sleep.

I then ventured out for a run with Kristin that was supposed to be 8 miles and ended up turning into a 9.25 mile run! Yep, it was another great run where I felt super strong and I definitely could’ve kept running. My pre-marathon training is starting to be where it’s supposed to be and I am happy to have run 19 miles this week. It seems low and it is, but for only running 3 times this week, it’s pretty good.


I received a box of Shower Pill wipes probably a month or two ago and I have been going through them quickly! They are pretty awesome and I admit, I definitely don’t shower after working out as much as I should. I know, I know, but I kind of hate taking 2 showers in one day, especially if I’m not going out anywhere after.


Anyway, these wipes area life saver and they are very convenient when you workout after work and don’t feel like (or can’t) shower before going out somewhere else. They are nice and thick and big enough to cover your whole body. They don’t leave you sticky and I WOULD NOT compare them to baby wipes because of this fact.

I know it’s not much time, but until June 22nd, you can receive 10% off on a box from Amazon by entering the code “RAGNARCH” at the checkout.

If you don’t feel like buying a box, you’re in luck because they are offering up a free box to giveaway to one of you lucky readers!

If you would like to win a box of Shower Pill wipes, all you have to do is follow them on Twitter or like them on Facebook and let me know in the comments what you did.

Good luck, I hope you win so you don’t smell bad!