• run, run, run get moving, like, now

    I’ve been running again.  

    Not as in an easy jog around the neighborhood. I mean full out, heart-pounding, sweat-dripping, running. It feels excellent to be moving, to feel my body in motion, so alive, so powerful as I dart through the cobblestone streets of lower Manhattan. When’s the last time you really moved?

    As a newly minted 30 year old, I’ve been reclaiming hobbies of my youth that have fallen by the wayside with the passage of time. I was a cross-country runner in high school. If I tried really, really, hard I could get a mile behind me in under 6 minutes. Miles 2 and 3 of my races weren’t quite as fast as that first one, but hey, a girl could try. And now all of a sudden, after years of pilates and yoga, even in the brisk temperatures of a winter that’s closing in on us, running is joyful again.

    The best part of rediscovering something you love is the consideration of what to wear when doing said activity (at least if you’re a lady who lights up at the notion of new workout tights like myself). I have stacks of gear that fit the bill, but it sure is fun to treat yourself to a few new items to encourage the flow of motion. For me, I’m a lululemon lover, and for my runs I’ve turned to them to keep me protected from the elements so I can get out there, and just…enjoy.

    Sprinting through Tribeca in the Rest Less 1/4 Zip and Featherlight Tights.

    I love a new black tight, and the transparent panels on the back of the Featherlight, along with an enviable V-shaped crop at the ankle gives some edge to my new go-to. They’re thin without letting in the cold around you, so moving quickly doesn’t feel cumbersome whatsoever. Sweat-proof and quite flattering, I’m going to pick these up in the iridescent color as well.

    Just Keep Running…

    …Just Keep Running…

    To stay warm up top, I LOVE the fittingly named Rest Less 1/4 Zip, especially in this festive pattern and lovely heather grey. It’s really warm without being overwhelmingly thick, just like the tights featured here as well.

    Cruising Down Collister Street.

    A Final Stretch…

    Take it from me, getting outside when it’s chilly is far more invigorating than it is daunting.  Whether you’re running, hiking, rowing, cycling, power-walking, snow-shoe-ing, or whatever-ing, just get out there, like, now.  For your many gear needs, check out some of my other faves from lululemon’s newest collection.


     

    Photography by Stephanie Cheng.

  • Find your runner’s high 3 different ways!

    Hi Everyone!

    Do you want to be happier? Get fit without spending any money? Relieve stress? Be high on life?

    Well, guess what? Running can make all of those wishes come true!

    My favorite thing about running is that you can do it anytime, anywhere. All you really need is your body and a great pear of sneakers. I, personally, like On-Running Clouds because they are designed to work for everyone.

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    A marathon runner, I’ve come to realize that sometimes I achieve runner’s high and sometimes I don’t. That said, I want to help you reach that euphoric feeling as often as possible. This, however, will require you to push your body out of your comfort zone–far, but not far enough to feel defeated.

    I have built three different workouts for three different running scenarios. They include the gym on a treadmill, your local track, and the great outdoors. These workouts are designed to help get you to get “runner’s high” without putting too much stress on your body.

    THE TRACK

    Grab a friend and try this track workout together!

    Lap 1: Run

    Lap 2: Long Sides – Side Shuffle, Short Sides – Walking Lunges

    Lap 3: Run

    Lap 4: Long Sides – Sprint, Short Sides – Power Walk

    Lap 5: Run

    Lap 6: Long Sides – Grapevine, Short Sides – Power Skip

    Lap 7: Run

    Lap 8: Long Sides – Sprint, Short Sides – Power Walk

    THE TREADMILL

    Running in place at one speed for a long time can become very repetitive. Chances are, you might go a little crazy.  Here I’ve created a 10-minute interval training that you can repeat as many times as you would like. Remember:  the more time spent, the more miles traveled.

    3 min light jog

    30 sec sprint

    30 sec speed walk

    30 sec sprint

    1 min light jog

    30 sec sprint

    30 sec speed walk

    1 min light jog

    30 sec sprint

    30 sec brisk walk

    30 sec sprint

    1 min light jog

    THE GREAT OUTDOORS

    Oftentimes, you’ll set out for a long run, still have endless miles ahead of you, and start to feel bored. Turn your workout into a game!

    Make a killer playlist and do the following:

    • New to running? Run during the chorus and walk the rest of the song.
    • Avid runner? Run the whole song, however, pick it up and sprint during the chorus.

    Screen Shot 2016-09-06 at 1.27.16 PMMake sure to STRETCH before and after each run. I have found myself very sore after a run because I didn’t take the time to stretch and loosen my muscles. You don’t want lack of stretching to trigger your mind that running isn’t fun!

    Follow me for more fitness tips and motivation!

    Happy Running!

    Peace & Love,
    Emily Burkhardt

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