Jess, Where Have You Been?

Hopefully you’ve been wondering just that- where HAVE I been? Let me give you a little bit of insight into what I’ve been up to for the past couple of months. I had a rough patch where I found myself about to turn 25 and I didn’t know what I was doing. My relationship was rocky, I was unsure about my future and I’m about to realize first-hand what a quarter-life crisis is. I came to the realization that I’m still young and this is the perfect time in my life to figure myself out and get out of this constant rut I was in. I started off with the Vent Fitness Challenge.

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Last year, about this time, I decided to focus a little more on my health. I not only joined a gym but I took it head on. I got a personal trainer (Luke at the Niskayuna location is the best, by the way) and signed up for the challenge. Every Thursday at 6:00PM I found myself surrounded by some of the best people to workout with and if it wasn’t for those people and their positive attitude, I probably wouldn’t have stuck with it and come as far as I have today. Vent Fitness has a couple of locations, one in Niskayuna (if you see me there, say hello!), one in Clifton Park, one in Latham and their new beautiful location in Guilderland that’s officially opening February 23rd. Once a week, Luke and Christina would kick my butt with intense workouts, like a bootcamp kind of thing. I ended up losing about 10 pounds and I felt great. I made some great friends (GO TEAM GREEN!) and had a blast while making myself feel better.

I couldn’t stop. I found myself obsessed with fitness and I got in my head that I was going to start conquering the one thing I always stayed away from- running. I signed up for my first 5K and that was it, no turning back. The Schenectady Strawberry Festival 5K in June 2013 was a lovely run through Old Niskayuna. I had no idea what I was doing in terms of training and the weather was just starting to get warm so I lived on the treadmill. When it came time to run outside though, I wished I’d actually run in the outdoors. Strawberry5KWas my time fantastic? Not at all but I did it, I ran my first 5K and though I was incredibly nervous beforehand, one down and a bunch more to go.

A month later, I ran the Silks vs Stains 5K in Saratoga on July 20th. It was the hottest day of the summer and I spent it running around the Saratoga Race Course. I shaved 2 minutes off of my 5K time just by running outside more. I decided that I was going to run a 5K/month so I did some research and got to registering. Next, the Schenectady ARC 5K on August 9th through Central Park. September I got really ambitious. I did the Color Me Rad 5K at the Altamont Fairgrounds on Sept 21st. That was a blast! There wasn’t much color as I expected, just color blasting every mile or so but the after party made the whole thing worth it. You stand by the stage and they throw color bags so you can just throw them in the air! I can’t wait for that again! It’s great too because if you’re not a runner, don’t worry about it. The race isn’t timed and there’s enough space even if you wanted to walk the whole thing. The next day, I did the Dunkin Run by the Albany JCC. It probably wasn’t a great idea to do two 5Ks in a row but I didn’t really run Color Me Rad so I figured it couldn’t really hurt. The course was pretty flat, except for a small uphill about three-quarters of the way though and there were Dunkin Donuts goodies waiting at the end!

October I took a break from 5Ks and started my focus on another kind of working out, spinning. Spin Revolution is a great spinning place that has a location in Clifton Park and another in Loudonville. Spinning seemed a little intimidating at first but I ended up adding it into my weekly schedule twice a week. The best part of spinning is that each class is your own, you put in the amount of work you want. If you’re having a rough day, don’t put up the resistance each time or if you’re feeling extra energetic, add it on. I’ve been to a few of the instructors and each has a completely different style so try a few out until you find someone you like. You get to workout in a place with great energy and great music, you don’t even realize an hour has gone by and you’ve burned 600-1000 calories per class! There are no memberships so you pay per class or pay for an unlimited amount for a particular amount of time.

Of course, I couldn’t keep away from running. I took part in the Last Run 5K on December 14th. It was one of the coldest runs but really fun. LastRun5KWe ran through Holiday Lights in the Park in Washington Park in Albany. The race started with fireworks and ended with bagels. The start of the race took a little longer because of the amount of people to get through but once everyone dispersed, I continued on my way in 8 degrees. You’d think I’d learn, right? Nope, my most recent run was the Polar Cap in Lake George a few weeks ago on February 1st. I had run 5K after 5K but this was my first 4miles! My goal is to run a 10K by the end of the year and I’m on my way!

I have great things coming up too- the Freihofer’s 5K Run, Gravity Yoga classes at Good Karma Studio where I’ll soon become a student and a lot of great activities with my friends at Girlnetic. Nothing’s stopping me now and now that I’ve got a good hold on what I’m doing at 25, I’m back and feeling better than ever! What are some cool workouts you’ve done? Fun 5Ks coming up?