30 Minute Treadmill Workout & Cincinnati Eats

Hi guys! As promised, I wanted to share a sneak into the rest of my trip in Cincinnati.

green smoothie

On Tuesday and Wednesday, I ensured that I had a healthy breakfast and lunch as well as limited snacking so that I could enjoy dinner or happy hours with my colleagues. Tuesday morning I was delighted to see that Ingredients, the restaurant in the Westin Cincinnati, had a green smoothie on their menu. I ordered it to go, sipping it while I walked to the office. The thick, cool smoothie included almond Milk, Kale, Spinach, Banana and protein powder. Our catered lunch included sandwiches and chips so I did my best to choose a healthy option that would also not leave me starving – half a turkey sandwich, a handful of plain chips, celery and carrot sticks and a dollop of hummus. Since we had to be in meetings first thing Wednesday morning, I wanted something I could eat while walking to the office. Our group met at Starbucks to grab coffee and while there I picked up my old favorite – Starbucks Egg White Feta Wrap, banana and skim cappuccino.  Instead of waiting in the long buffet lunch line on Wednesday a few of us dashed down the block to The ‘Wich, a delicious, downtown sandwich and salad shop. Each time I go here for lunch I’m amazed by the flavors and price as their 11 huge salads are less than $8.99 and include one of the side items. If you like Greek salads their dressing is delicious!

The Wich Cincinnati

Tuesday night our team dinner was at Nada, a popular Mexican restaurant in downtown Cincinnati that has been open for eight years. While many other downtown have changed over the years, this fun and funky Mexican restaurant seems to still be going strong. Even though the menu changes more frequently than the seasons, the guacamole and margaritas are always delicious. After a long day of meetings and lots to celebrate with the team, I toasted with one of their house margaritas before enjoying the chips, guacamole and the El Jefe salad. This entree salad includes mixed greens, grilled chicken, shredded queso Fresco, avocado, pico and creamy like dressing – yum!

Nada El Jefe SaladThe highlight of the meal were their thick, perfectly salted chips. It’s a good thing they don’t sell these by the bag!  Any time I fly out of the Cincinnati airport I often stop at Chick-Fil-A as it is such a rare treat. I wasn’t in the mood for another salad so I ordered their Grilled Chicken Sandwich and shared a small order of waffle fries with my colleague.

Workout wise, I almost skipped Wednesday’s workout in favor of more sleep, but I knew that a quick run would give me a lot more energy than 30-minutes of sleep especially since I would be sitting for 11 hours during our conference. I find that treadmills are far less boring if I have an interval workout that keeps things changing the entire run.

30 minute treadmill workout

This 30 minute run was inspired by Mile High Run Club as it combined hills and speed. Since it was 3.1 mile it also served as the perfect opportunity to do my first Rock’N’Roll Virtual Run 5k – Making A Band.

Making A Band 5k Run

Thumbs up for a healthier than normal business trip to Cincinnati! Moderation is truly the name of the game for me, as I do not want to sacrifice toasting the group with a margarita nor find myself snacking aimlessly.

Your turn – Team Chick-Fil-A grilled chicken or fried chicken? I’m grilled all the way! 

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Nike+ Training Club HIT Workout

After sitting inside all day, enjoying an outdoor workout is a great way to de-stress and shake off the day. As the days grow shorter, it’s hard to know how much longer the evening will allow for outdoor workouts. Therefore, I’m doing my best to try at least oneoutdoor option on ClassPass leading up to the winter freeze.

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After months of reading about and seeing pictures from Nike NTC workouts, I finally made my way to the Nike Flagship rooftop this Monday to meet Zoe and Sashea for their NTC HIT workout. The verdict? This outdoor workout was awesome and I can’t wait to return!

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Each Monday, Niketown NYC hosts this 60-minute workout on the roof of their store.  The high intensity interval workout is led by two master trainers. These trainers make sure that each and every person on that rooftop leaves the workout dripping in sweat and energized.

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The workout is not for the faint of heart. It included bursts of non-stop movements followed by short recovery breaks. Between the supportive instructors, awesome DJ, photographer capturing our moves and city views I couldn’t help but be motivated through each of the workouts.

NTC Event 1
After a short warm-up, the trainers took us through a series of exercises using a small torture device known as the resistance band. This resistance band made every exercise ten times harder. You name it, we did it. Whether we were doing squats, lunges, side shuffles, glute bridges, or tricep dips every exercise left me shaking and counting down the seconds. By the time our final set came, which included lots and lots of ab exercises and burpees, I was sweating bullets and giving Zoe the side eye, just hoping for the clock to tick a bit faster. (By the way, since a few people asked, I’m wearing the Nike Epic Lux tights bought last year.)

ntc workout

Want to join for their next rooftop workout? Nike posts their weekly workout calendar each Sunday at 3pm. Be warned, all of the Nike workouts fill very quickly due to high demand and limited space! Classpass members can also find Nike NTC on the list of studio options when searching through studio options.




No Weights Required Workout

Do you ever have those days when you somehow sleep through not one but three alarms?

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This morning I woke up from what felt like the deepest sleep ever to the sound of a fog horn. Yes, evidently my body was so tired that I slept through a fog horn for a total of 45 minutes. I guess this is also the time to admit that my foghorn was on soft since I evidently turned the volume down on my phone yesterday. Ooops.

There was no way that I was getting from Times Square to Flatiron in 2 minutes to make the Uplift Strength class I signed up for earlier this week. After feeling defeated and frustrated, I embraced the extra sleep and spare time to make iced coffee and read the New York Times before logging onto my work computer.

Since working with Jess, I’ve kept my commitment to strength workouts. She stresses their importance and I’ve seen the results from this commitment both in my pace and how I look and feel. If you’ve never done her equipment-free strength training workout for runners, I highly recommend it!

I turned this missed workout into an opportunity to create a new “do anywhere” workout for you guys. This workout can be done anywhere as it doesn’t require weights! The only thing you need is workout clothing, socks, shoes, a timer, and some fun music. I highly recommend listening to Rachel Platten’s Fight Song EP on Spotify while doing this workout.

This workout is short on time since it clocks in at 27 minutes but it packs a mighty punch by working your full body. I hope you guys enjoy this as much as I did; though your muscles may not thank me by the end!

No Weights workout