Week “4”: Running with Bachelors

July was one of the best months of the entire year. Some of you might not know this, but I am a major Bachelor/Bachelorette fan. I have watched almost every single season since Juan Pablo first uttered the phrase “It’s okay”. I skipped Arie’s season and most of Colton’s, until we got down to the wire and it was just the last few women. I would never have forgiven myself, had I missed the infamous and now gimicky #fencejump.

Hannah Brown was sent home from Colton’s season once he realized that he would never be connected to her the way she felt connected to him. Honestly, I was sad when she was sent home because Hannah was the only girl that I truly felt, and still feel, is ready for marriage and all of the details that come after that. Hannah is currently the Bachelorette. Tonight is the final rose ceremony and then tomorrow night we get to watch the After the Final Rose live television special. I know who I am rooting for, but as social media keeps telling me, he doesn’t get the girl in the end (spoilers have already revealed who it is, but I am pretending like I heard nothing), tensions are running high and – to quote the famous contestant phrase – “____heart is on the line.”

Tyler Cameron, the wonderful man who should have won Hannah’s heart, has been hosting runs in Central Park on Wednesday nights. He and his college buddy, Matt James, have a charity – ABC Food Tours. Through this organization and connections, they engage students from underprivileged and underserved communities of lower Manhattan. They introduce the children to different foods in various restaurants while educating them about the importance of mental and physical wellness/fitness.

I’ve always dreamed of becoming a runner. When I was in college, I tried to make it a part of my morning routine, but I was too embarrassed to be seen running on the track looking like a buffalo gasping for air and practically tumbling over herself. I didn’t have the best self-image in my late teens. With this group, I have taken up interval running the 1 or 1 1/2 miles with the group. I might not have the steam power to keep the pace of the entire group, but I keep pushing. I never give up! At the last run, Jes Woods – the Nike Running trainer who is working with Tyler on his goals, was a true team player. She ran/walked with me and even offered to run with my backpack on her back. It took us a little over 25 minutes to complete the 1 mile, but we did it together. I felt supported and encouraged by this gesture and I am so glad that I made it to the finish line that day!

Since then, I have been working on interval running/walking on my own at home. Consistently, I have been finishing 1 mile in 22-25 minutes, but I am sure this will improve the more I run! By the end of the summer, I hope to complete the mile in 15-20 minutes. It’s so hard though! Not only am I fighting against my nervous knees, I am battling the pains in my feet, pain in my shins, and just the gravitational pull of my morbidly obese body. When you’re heavy. it’s twice as hard, but I am pushing through it every day. So,I’m running 3-4 nights a week, but I am also trying to get more involved in other forms of exercise, such as SoulCycle.

ABC Food Tours hosted a charity ride with the 19th Street SoulCycle studio, and it was one of the best days of my life! Please don’t get me wrong – this was really hard! My thighs haven’t worked so hard since my college Lacrosse practices. It was tough on the thighs, my feet, my butt (those bike seats hurt!), and at times I was struggling to breathe because I’m just not used to working that hard during cardio. I would try to slow it down and take it at my own pace, but I hate feeling like I was falling behind the group. Victoria Brown, our instructor for the day, was amazing! She just kept encouraging me and the other new riders in the room, and I felt safe. That was so important to me and I thank her, Tyler, and Matt for the experience of a lifetime.

I will definitely be back in SoulCycle again soon! What I really love about the studio, is that you aren’t allowed to bring your cell phone to sessions. They provide you a locker for all of your belongings, and nothing is more free-ing than leaving your cell phone behind while getting a workout in for the day. If there is anyone in the city looking to try SoulCycle, message me and we will ride together!

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