Tim and I ended our Montana winter sabbatical late last week. Of course, the day we left, it ended up dumping almost a foot of fresh in Big Sky. Doh. But most good things eventually come to an end, and we were excited and energized about heading back to SF … the land of plenty (fitness options, that is).
While in Montana, I had to drastically change my approach to fitness. Although there was a small gym in town, I didn’t join it, because running on a treadmill with some of the most gorgeous nature outside the door seemed like a waste. Instead, I skied something close to 70 days (I lost track), ran outside, hiked, snowshoed, ski toured and took the occasional yoga class.
It was great but now that I’m back in a bigger city, I’m excited to switch it up again. My head is spinning from all the options — I don’t even know where to start!
Here’s what I’ve got on tap and what I’m looking forward to trying out:
- My First Half Marathon … I registered for a half marathon during the San Francisco Marathon on July 31. I’m not a distance runner, so I’m gonna need to train. I’ll begin a 12-week training program in early May. For now, I’ll continue running about 8-12 miles/week and will test out some running apps. So far I’ve already nixed one and have moved on to option #2.
- Dance Cardio … Later this week, I’m attending an event for The Company, a new dance cardio studio. In addition to a one-hour class, they’ll have snacks, gifts and mini massages afterward. Despite being a former figure skater, which was essentially dancing on ice, I’m a totally awkward and self-conscious dancer otherwise, so this should be interesting. Maybe I’ll drink some wine to loosen up beforehand (kidding). If you’re in the Bay Area and want to join, you can sign up here.
- Cocaine Yoga … Early next week, I’m checking out a new yoga studio with a friend called Ritual Yoga. She described it as “yoga on cocaine” so I’m totally intrigued since this will be the closest I’ll ever get to being on drugs. The website describes it as “Sweat-Dripping, Candlelit Hot Yoga to Badass Beats.” I like it.
- A New Wearable … Being back in techy SF inspired me to buy one of the latest wellness wearables I’ve been hearing a lot about. It’s called Spire and it helps you track and manage your stress. Since I’m anxiety-prone, I’m eager to give it a shot.
- Soul Cycle in Bras …Late next month, I’m participating in The Movemeant Foundation‘s Dare to Bare charity fitness festival. This is an awesome org that helps build confidence among young women via fitness. This fundraising festival involves doing an outdoor Soul Cycle class in sports bras — which act as a symbol that we’re fighting for those battling eating disorders, body image issues, lack of self-worth and depression. If you’d like to contribute to this amazing organization, please click below to sponsor me with a donation. I’m aiming to raise $2,000 and I’m almost halfway there. Every little bit helps!
In addition to trying new things, I’m already enjoying some of my favorite activities: a hike with friends and their dog, morning tennis and runs with my sister.
Check back soon for updates and reviews of these new experiences.
I’m definitely going to miss the tranquility and peace of Montana, but for now, it’s great to be back in the land of plenty. Plenty of sunshine, plenty of friends and plenty of new experiences and activities to try out.
It’s good to see you again, San Francisco.