New Balance Sarasota 10 year anniversary party and ladies who lunch

March 19, 2013 at 6:24 pm

Yesterday I was pretty sore from my half marathon on Sunday, but not as bad as I thought I might be. I decided to go to a yoga class to stretch out my aching quads and hips.

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I bought a set of 20 classes from YogaBlu on Cyber Monday at half off and I need to use them! I always love doing yoga when I’m sore from running. It just makes everything feel better.

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The class I took was a 75 minute “Core Yoga” class. It included most of the traditional yoga moves I’m used to (downward facing dog, warrior 1,2,3, triangle post, etc.) with an extra emphasis on core strength positions. It was great. The studio is very clean, almost to the point of ascetic, but the lack of distractions also makes it very relaxing. I enjoyed my first class there and am looking forward to using up the rest of my pass. This was actually my first class, which is always free anyway, so it didn’t count towards my 20-class pass.

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After yoga I went home and got cleaned up then headed downtown to meet a blogger friend for lunch.

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My friend Tracey writes the blog Be More Childlike. In her words: Be More Childlike is a one-year experiment in consciously trying to be all of the things that come naturally to my kids. The theory being put to the test is: Will being more childlike make me a better adult?

You should check it out and “Like” the Be More Childlike Facebook page.

Tracey and I met at BizMoms and we’ve been wanting to get together to talk about bloggy stuff for a while, so we finally did it yesterday. We met at Bangkok Thai downtown and talked so much that we had a hard time eating our meal in between the chatting.

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We probably could have talked for a few more hours so we’ll just have to get together again soon.

Yesterday afternoon after I dropped the boys off at karate I hit the road to head BACK to Sarasota over the Sunshine Skyway.

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A few weeks ago I was invited to attend a party celebrating the 10th anniversary of the New Balance Sarasota store.


Hey, free food and drinks are usually enough to get me to an event. When I realized that I could also use it as an excuse to hang out with my awesome blogger friend Theresa (of Active Eggplant) who lives in SRQ, I was set on going even though I knew that would mean driving to Sarasota twice in three days. Eh, it’s only an hour away.

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The event was held at The White Buffalo, a big country/western line dancing bar.

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New Balance has a long-standing relationship with the Susan G. Komen Foundation, and the event was also a fundraiser for that organization.

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They had a mini-store set up in the front of the bar where you could get a free custom fitting for a New Balance sports bra.

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The White Buffalo is HUGE. That’s a good thing because this turned out to be one big party with over 400 people in attendance.

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In addition to an OPEN BAR, they also had pizza…

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and barbecue pork sliders, curry chicken sliders, and hummus sliders.

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They also had salad which I guess wasn’t picture-worthy, but apparently the dessert table was.

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They were also raffling off a bunch of goodies to raise more money for Komen, including a Disney weekend package with a minimum bid of $700!

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Theresa and I perused the raffle items then got some food and sat outside to chat and eat.

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I used to wear New Balance sneakers for years before I started running. I always wore their cross-trainers for everything I did…mostly walking. I was psyched (it was a “Get Psyched” event after all) to see their apparel line on the catwalk.

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Pretty soon Molly and David Jackson, owners of the Sarasota and University Park New Balance stores, took the stage and gave a moving speech about the history of their family-owned stores.

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Then it was time for the fashion show!

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All of the models were local friends of theirs, and they were pretty funny on the catwalk.

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I really loved so much of the apparel and the shoes looked awesome…I am definitely going to be checking out the New Balance line in stores.

I enjoyed the party…thanks for inviting me New Balance Sarasota and congratulations on your anniversary! But I have to say that the best part was hanging out with my friend Theresa who I don’t see nearly often enough.

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Then it was back over the Skyway for the fourth time in three days.

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After I got the boys off to school this morning I went to Bodypump, sporting my Sarasota Half Marathon race shirt of course.

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Then I ran by the post office and Target to share my sweatiness with the general public.

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Then I went home and showered and met Mack at school for his lunch hour.

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His teacher actually had work for me today so it was a legitimate volunteer day!

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OOTVD (outfit of the volunteering day):

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I’m sure the St. Patrick’s Day decorations will be coming down soon, so I better preserve them on the blog.

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After leaving school I met my friend Ali for lunch downtown. Two downtown lunches in two days! Who am I? Yesterday was Thai, today was Indian.

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We had a nice lunch and visit. India Grill is in the Central Arts District of downtown St. Pete, and I noticed these murals on the tree planters across the street …

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I love bike art! I looked them up and they are by local artist Sebastian Coolidge.

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Awesome. Here’s a story I found about the murals on The St. Pete Patch.

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That’s it for today. The world is now caught up with my mundane fascinating life. I’m heading out to Restore the Core soon.


What’s up Wednesday?

March 13, 2013 at 3:30 pm

Happy Birthday Chad! Now we’re in that sweet spot that occurs every year when he is older than me for two months. He’s an old man of 44 now and I’m the hot young trophy wife of 43. Sweet.

I mentioned in my post about our awesome busy weekend that I intended to run 10 miles Saturday morning but ended up being too hung over all day to get it done. Then on Sunday we had morning and afternoon events, so my weekend long run never happened. My “training” for the Sarasota Half Marathon on Sunday has been ludicrous to non-existent. I’ve done a couple double digit runs every other weekend recently.

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(10 miles in Folly Beach on February 16th)

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I’ve also done just a few shorter runs thrown in during the week in between.

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(5 miles over the Misener Bridge on February 20th with some IRunMommies friends)

But some weeks I didn’t do any shorter runs, and doing double digits every other week with nothing in between is not on any recommended half marathon training plan that I’ve ever seen. So I really wanted to get in one last long run before the half marathon next Sunday. Monday morning was gorgeous so after getting the boys off to school I took off intending to do those 10 miles.

One mile in at the St. Raphael’s bridge:

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I actually ran the whole way up to this point (about 1.3 miles actually), which is probably the furthest I’ve run with no walking while “training” for this half marathon. I know I should have done more runs, but I’ve also been worried about stressing out my hip and causing the inflammation to return that caused me so many problems over the past year. I haven’t been following the Whole30 way of eating AT ALL the past few weeks, so I don’t have that going for me either. But luckily with what little running I have been doing, even the weekend warrior double digit runs, my hip hasn’t been in any more pain than the rest of me.

At the Coffee Pot Bayou bridge, about 3 miles in.

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After the first few miles the rest of the run was totally run/walk. I really wanted to try to keep my overall average pace under 15 minutes/mile. The cut-off at Sarasota is four hours, which is an average 18 minute/mile pace.

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As I was running through Vinoy Park I passed the Baby Boot Camp: St. Petersburgers doing their Totally Awesome 80’s workout. Always fun to see friends on a run.

babybootcamp(photo stolen from the Baby Boot Camp: St. Petersburg Facebook page)

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After the loop around Vinoy Park I headed back towards home, stretching it out a bit along Brightwaters through Snell Isle.

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The last few miles were complete torture and my pace got slower and slower with every mile, but I still kept my average under 15 minutes, so I’m hopeful that I won’t get picked up by the SAG wagon in Sarasota.


I was (lovingly) chastised on Twitter by a running coach friend for doing a double digit run so close to race date. I realize this is not ideal. But I’m not really “running” this half marathon. I just want to complete it as my LAST half mary hurrah. I needed to get this distance in one more time just to assuage my anxiety about being able to complete the half within the allowed time. Now I’m fairly confident that I’ll be fine.

Monday night I met up with a few of my Tampa Bay Lady Blogger friends for our quasi-monthly (sort of bi-monthly, or whenever we can get it arranged) book club meeting. This time we read the classic Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum. We met up for a quick dinner at Chipotle beforehand and talked about the book a little, then went to the movies to see Oz, the Great and Powerful.

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I really enjoyed the book. It has many different characters and adventures than appear in the familiar Judy Garland Wizard of Oz movie. Just the novelty of the differences makes it an interesting read. It also has a very “period” feel to me which was cool. Apparently it contains tons of contemporaneous political allegory, but I haven’t done the research. It’s a quick read and Chad is reading it to the boys right now. It’s a free download on Kindle! I’d recommend it if you have never read it. I hadn’t until now.

Overall I thought the movie was pretty good. I can’t resist James Franco’s shit-eating grin. Visually the movie is stunning. It definitely dragged in a few spots and the storyline isn’t the most seamless or compelling ever, but I didn’t hate it. The 3D was awesome, in my opinion. The best part of the evening was hanging out with my friends, though. I never fail to have a good time when I’m with my blogger buddies.

So what else has gone on this week so far?

Here’s a breakfast photo for you…I think this was yesterday.

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I have been trying to limit grains, but I caved in and had whole wheat toast yesterday. Oh well.

Bodypump yesterday:

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Lunch at school with Mack yesterday:

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Actually it was with Mack and some meal worms.

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I didn’t have to volunteer yesterday because Mack had a substitute teacher. But here’s my OOTVD (outfit of the volunteering day) anyway:

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Zero effort. Gray jeans, black t-shirt, no make up, hair in pony tail. Mack didn’t care.

One of the reasons that I ended up eating toast for breakfast yesterday was because I didn’t have any carby root vegetables prepared. So I roasted some beets yesterday afternoon.

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I also made potato/leek soup in the crockpot yesterday using this recipe.

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It turned out pretty tasty and we have leftovers for this week plus some to freeze. The boys really liked it.

Last night I went to Restore the Core with Christie of Karna Fitness. This session is in a new location indoors downtown.

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Christie is amazing.

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We planked and bridged and squeezed those balls between all of our limbs for fifty minutes. It’s an amazing class.

Beets for breakfast this morning!

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I was going to go to a new-to-me yoga studio this morning for a 90-minute “yoga sculpt” class, but it was canceled.

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I bought a package of classes during a Cyber Monday deal there that I need to use!

Okay, caught up. Sort of.

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