Mystryde Boston

I love my running, on a treadmill in the rain, in the snow, in the heat, anytime anywhere I love to RUN! So when I saw a new Running Studio open in Boston I HAD to go! It’s located in the North End of Boston on the wonderfully busy Hanover St and it’s called My Stryde
IMG_2181Being an avid lover of running, and not minding treadmills I signed up for their Stryde Class. 

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This class is for all levels, from run/walkers all the way up to advanced runners. You can run at your own pace! Trainers will introduce sprints, hills, and long intervals to maximize your calorie burn! Measure your improvement by challenging yourself to higher speeds each week.

Each treadmill has a card with recommended ranges for different abilities on it, which made it so fun to run with friends of all different abilities next to you, not to mention you were not worried about slipping on the ice, extra bonus in the winter. Also my friends that don’ love treadmills loved the class and it truly flew by!

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The studio itself is great, it has showers, they give you a towel (trust me you are dripping sweat) and need it. The owner taught our class, and as a runner herself gave perfect motivations to “embrace the pain” and continually remind us that we were here to sweat and give it our all! The music was great, and the vibe was dark, and they cover the treadmill clocks so you have to just embrace not knowing how long you have and trust in your body which I loved! Only hard part is parking in the North End so take the T or Uber it, the North End is too stressful for parking.

IMG_2183I like running with the lights low so this vibe was perfect for me, we went to a 7:25pm class which is LATE for me, and honestly I loved it, however, it’s hard for me to eat after I sweat so I think I would do better with a morning or lunch class, so I could let my stomach settle and then eat later, whereas with this even class I wasn’t hungry after, but woke up starving the next day. The main “Climb” similar to a spinning studio of this class was a ladder:
30 seconds fast sprint with equal time recovery
60 seconds fast sprint with equal time recovery
90 seconds fast sprint with equal time recovery
2 Mins fast sprint with equal time recovery
2.5 fast sprint with equal time recovery
3 Mins fast sprint with equal time recovery
Then down the ladder, and then we did a similar Hill ladder. I like ladders because you know how far you pushed it for 3 mins so you know coming down you can push it harder for 30 seconds, and the teacher was amazing, and so motivating!
IMG_2187It was great to go with friends, and get a healthy mid week energy push! It was also great to check out a new local studio and I would 110% recommend anyone who wants to get in a fun class, with friends of all abilities to check out MYSTRYDE.

Chicago Goals are a GO

Happy Thursday!
Some Big Goals coming at ya! Well big for me goals.
I have set some big goals for my self this weekend- and I am excited for them!
1. I love the training for a marathon. Structure. Tough Workouts. Fighting through. Love love love it! Especially those runs with my running buddy! So if Chicago is a bust, that’s cool, I can train all over again! That’s truly the best part about doing something you love everyday!
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So with that said, am I nervous? Yes! Goals are meant to be lofty, big and scary, that’s why they are goals! They push us out of our comfort zone. My running coach recommended I make a list of all the hard workouts I have done and when nerves this week get the best of me, read and reread it!
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So there is lots of speed workouts in there (and speedy for me miles) but not as many long runs as I would like. And I am okay with that. I had a life with this training cycle, a new travel life, a new work / life balance, so it was a “learning” training cycle, but I feel good I feel ready, and feel like I can hit these goal miles. I sent this quote to my running buddy this week because it hit home for me…
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Fear…it’s learned…it’s not there, we let it be there, we should just embrace what we love. And fear is something that holds us back! I don’t want to hold back in Chicago I want to crush it. I want to go in there running sneakers blazing and if I blow it, I just leave the race with an “opps” over an “I should have”. Your mind can be a tough thing in any race…but 26.2 miles it can get you thinking, rethinking, and over thinking. So if a negative, a slow it down though pops in my head I will push through it, “fast and stead” “smooth and flat” those are my motos for Sunday’s race.
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I also plan on thinking and dedicating my miles to people who make my running, and life so fantastic. In class my athletes give it 110% so they are defiantly getting some miles. The kiddo’s and teaching them you can do anything, 110% get some miles. Friends with injuries and sickness, you bet I am thinking of them with every steep I take.

So Chicago I am coming for you…
I am giving you 110% of me…
I’m leaving it all out there….

If you are racing this weekend good luck! Run with your heart when your legs give out. It’s the head and the heart that can push miles beyond the legs!