We had a great time last Saturday morning at the Sweat Local Columbus 5K & fitness expo. Many of our local favorites were in attendance and there were plenty of opportunities to ‘get your sweat on!’ Thanks to Kelly and all those who helped put on this event. We hope to see all of you as we continue our Tour of Columbus!
The 5K is stroller friendly so bring the kids if you’d like, or come solo and enjoy some time to yourself.🙂 We plan to do the race first, then stick around for some fitness, fun & of course photos after! Here is a tentative lineup (subject to change)…
This summer we are excited to have partnered with the Columbus Commons! They host a wide variety of events, several of which are fitness related.
We’ve frequented Columbus Commons several times for fit events…we’ve run in races that ended there, attended yoga classes and even organized a RUN+YOGA event last summer with one of our favorite yoga studios, VPower Yoga. From the Commons website… “No contracts, no excuses! Among the park perks at Columbus Commons are free fitness classes. Sponsored by United Healthcareand instructed by Ohio Fit Club, you’ll find seven classes every week.” The summer fitness classes have two sessions, the second one starting August 1 and ending Oct 1. Stay tuned for another RUN+YOGA event with Living Fit Columbus & VPower Yoga at the Commons in late summer!
Every Thursday from early May through late October, various food trucks take over! There are several that are there every week, along with rotating special trucks each month. We checked it out last Thursday and didn’t have any problem finding some healthy options.
Some trucks have beverages and some do not, so bring your own water bottle or bring $2 cash for your drink of choice.
Kids are welcome and there are plenty of things for them to do, including Jeni’s ice cream, a carousel and a miniature picnic area.
We really wanted to try Kinetic… but so did everyone else! The line was a tad too long, so we wandered around to find another healthy option. We chose the Mixing Bowl Asian Grill, with extra protein and light sauce.
Every Friday the Commons hosts special events, just for littles! We will be attending this Friday, as well as having a GIVEAWAY, so check back soon. New this year, Kiddie Fitness classes are being offered from 10:30-11AM… we hope to make it to the July yoga class.
To enjoy all the other ‘happenings’ the Commons has to offer, check out their event schedule HERE. Hope to see you this summer!
Christine is one of our running, yoga-ing mommas and we are so impressed with how fit she has stayed during her entire pregnancy. Even with working full time and chasing around a toddler, this fit momma made it to group runs and yoga classes into week 38!
We wanted to celebrate baby #2, so we threw Christine a mini baby sprinkle. Can’t wait to have her newest little one tagging along!
Wow, its been too long! Between learning to juggle two kids, going back to work after maternity leave and then a much needed vacation in Florida, life has been crazy and chaotic (in a good way, just doesn’t leave much time for blogging!)
Recently a bunch of Living Fit gals, along with tons of other Cbus runners, participated in the FORE! Miler race. It was the second year for the event and we hope to run it every year. M3S always puts on awesome events and this one was no exception! It was a great run and a superb after party which included a live band, a drink ticket and of course, lots of photos (download yours for free HERE).
My personal goal was just to finish and have fun as this was my first four mile run post-baby. We also had three pregnant mommas with us ~ Christine, Lauren and Gretchen ~ who brought their bumps along for the run. Below is a photo recap of this fantastic event. The first few are courtesy of Cap City Sports Media and the rest are from a trusty iPhone 5.🙂
Loved that my bib was 614, representing Cbus!
Hope to see you all there each year!
Sunday Shoutout & Tour of Columbus – beYoga
I just recently got cleared from my doctor to begin yoga and core work, so I was excited when my neighbor invited me to a baby yoga class at beYoga. Not only had I never been to this studio, I also had never done this particular style of yoga… baby wearing! Participants are encouraged to bring a baby carrier and wear baby during the session. I was very curious and happy to attend. The class description reads…
This class is specifically designed for Moms and their babies. Baby wearing is a perfect way to balance your yoga work out and bonding time with your newborn. You get all the benefits of yoga, (core strength, flexibility and mental relaxation) plus the benefits of enhanced connection with your newborn and other new moms. Chest to chest positioning with baby wearing allows mommy to steal sweet kisses while hearts beat in unison, while enjoying that new born baby smell. That said, we do know that babies do come with ‘cries’ for attention and you, as mama, are welcome to attend to those needs throughout class as you see fit. Bring your own Baby Wrap/Carrier.
The studio is located in Upper Arlington and it took me about 20 minutes to get there from Dublin. Upon arrival, both the class instructor and the studio owner greeted us. They made me feel welcome and were super friendly & inviting!
Phones were to be off during the session so I asked if I could take a quick picture before we started. Madelyn looks excited for her yoga session, don’t you think?
The class was perfect!
It started with some free time to play with baby and talk with the other mommas. It was fun to get to know a bit about them and also see the different styles of baby wearing contraptions. I have a Baby Bjourn and others included the Ergobaby and the Moby wrap style. After going through the class, I would recommend more of a wrap style because the harder/thicker straps on my Bjourn started to hurt a tad toward the end. Plus, although I love the Bjourn for walks, during the yoga session I would have preferred to keep her a bit closer and tighter to my body, which a wrap tends to be better for. Guess we are going shopping soon!
The second part of class [about 10 minutes] included baby & momma interaction. We played with baby, sang songs and used touch (ten little fingers, ten little toes!) to connect and communicate. Madelyn was wide awake during this portion and was all smiles. Melt my heart!
The last (and majority) portion of the class consisted of baby wearing flow. It felt great to get an actual yoga session in! We did a lot of balance poses including Warrior variations, tree and even dancer. Chair was the most common starting pose for each sequence so my quads got a good workout. And although it wasn’t heated, wearing a baby sure heated me up (and made me miss hot yoga!) I was very pleased with the class, the workout, the mind+body connection and of course, sharing one of my passions with my beautiful new daughter. I still am not used to saying that word. Daughter. So, so blessed!
Speaking of daughter… my hungry little peanut didn’t even make it through the entire class. I spent my savasana nursing her in the corner. She tends to have an appetite and a mind of her own, when she wants it, she wants it! Here we are sneaking a pic in the corner. Based on her facial expression, I’m guessing she is thinking “Mom, put your phone away!”
After class ended, the instructor was kind enough to snap a quick memory…
I would highly recommend the class for any new mommas! I don’t know that I’ll go regularly since its a bit of a drive, but I am very happy I attended and learned some sequences I can incorporate into yoga at home. Of course, I had to practice back in our own space and share a few pictures with you…
Thanks for reading!
Madelyn gives beYoga and the baby wearing class a double fist pump!
Check out our own version of baby&me yoga in a previous post HERE.
Living Fit Columbus Group Run Season Kickoff
We had an AWESOME turnout last night for our Thursday run season kickoff! The weather was perfect, lots of returning & new faces and several goodie giveaways from some of our favorite brands.
Photo above courtesy of these two lovelies…
We started the evening with a three mile [out & back] run up the Dublin Road trail…
And ended at Vitality Smoothie and Juice for some samples and juicin!
A HUGE thanks to some of our favorite brands and companies that donated to the event, including Vitality, Crazy Richard’s Peanut Butter, The Beauty Boost, lululemon athletica [Polaris], Vitafusion and Winans of Dublin. We also included some samples of other “Brands We Heart” including Gu, Quest Bars, Do Yoga Run Faster decals and more…
It was a fabulous event and we hope to see Cbus runners out every Thursday and Saturday!
Coming this week in Cbus…
I am headed to BABY WEARING YOGA this morning at BeYoga! Can’t wait to check it out. Full recap to follow!
Our running (or yoga) streak continues through this Sunday (although some plan to continue longer!) Keep it up! Recap to follow.
Tax season can be stressful! So with the filing deadline rapidly approaching and so many people getting stressed out this week and next, we thought it would be great to promote relaxation which you know, leads to good health. Yoga Six is helping people relax with FREE yoga classes for all new members from April 15th – 18nd. Visit http://yogasix.com/taxday for more info.
Cycle Bar Powell is giving free rides! We are attending class next Tuesday night. Recap to follow!
It will be WEEK THREE of our FORE! Miler training and Spring 2016 Run+Yoga challenge. Try a new FIT establishment in Cbus – one you’ve never been to – and let us know what you think! We love photos too.🙂
And lastly… we have a RUN+YOGA event next Sunday, April 24 at Bend Active with Living Fit Columbus and Rachel Kerr of The Beauty Boost! We will meet at Bend on Lane Ave at 10AM for a 5K run, then yoga for runners after. Register on Bend’s site HERE.
More details to come and of course, a recap to follow.
Make it a great week. Happy Friday!
Our running group tends to migrate towards coffee shops. Many of our runs start and end at one and we’ve scouted out several around Cbus. Here are some reasons why we love this little black drink.
1. Give yourself a boost. Of course, the most common reason many love coffee is the caffeine. Although you could order a decaf or hot cocoa, some prefer to be hooked directly to a caffeine drip. It can help you be more alert, attentive and some would even say, power your workout or run. Even some running fuel (Gu, beans, etc) often has caffeine in it!
2. It just tastes so good [and looks pretty]! Whether you take it black or have a special sugar-laden order, every one has a favorite that pleases their own taste buds. I’ll take a grande half-caff non-fat two pump caramel latte please! Or sometimes get crazy and mix it up with soy or almond milk, pending the venue and my current mood. The only place I’ve found that I can drink a black coffee is Mezzo in Dublin – they have a high quality bean, use a french press and don’t make it too terribly strong. The warmth and aroma after a long, cold run is super enjoyable too!
3. Social gatherings. Sure, you could meet up at a bar [or a barre] but we prefer to meet and chat at a coffee shop. Our favorite is Winans of Dublin, but we love to get out and try new ones too!
4. Experience Columbus. We love trying new places. And of course finding good spots to take Instagram pics! I mean, why NOT stopdropandyoga in a coffee shop!? We’ve checked out a lot of local coffee shops in our Tour of Columbus and continue to check out more!
We recently discovered that Columbus Food Adventures does a Coffee Tour and The Columbus Coffee Experience promotes a Columbus Coffee Trail challenge. Hope to participate in both!
5. Health Benefits. I’m no doctor or scientist, but I often believe what I read from credible sources! Here are some common beliefs of benefits…
- May help burn fat
- Pre workout – can boost exercise performance
- Post workout – can reduce exercise-induced muscle pain
- May battle risks of cancer, cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes
- Source of antioxidants which help fight diseases
Well, that’s it! Go get a cup of joe, snap a pic and share it on Instagram!
- @LivingFitColumbus #LivingFitColumbus
- @CbusCoffee #cbuscoffee
Interested in the research? More info at…
Ohio weather, ugh!
Due to cold, wind & chance of wintry mix, we are postponing the kickoff party until next Thursday, April 14. Deedra & Teresa will still meet at 6:30 [today] for anyone that wants to brave the elements for a run, or grab a juice or coffee.
Hope to see you next week!
We love fitness and community. This challenge involves both!
Many of our runners are doing the FORE! Miler this May so we’ve created a fun training plan with multiple weekly challenges. Of course many of them involve photos, so don’t forget your camera phone. Our schedule is below. Attend weekly group runs for more details and to ask questions about mileage, etc.
The first group event is this Thursday, our spring kickoff run. We will meet at the Town Lot in Historic Dublin (behind Starbucks), run 3-4 social miles, then end at Vitality Smoothie & Juice for samples and giveaways from several companies including lululemon athletica polaris, Crazy Richard’s Peanut Butter, Vitafusion, Winans and more!
Hope you will join in the fun!