Daily Archives: November 18, 2010

Happy Anniversary Bourbon Blue!

Remember earlier this Fall when I went on the new deck at Bourbon Blue? Well tonight was their 8th anniversary party and fiancé and I were there to celebrate!

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The party featured an open bar an appetizers for two hours – who wouldn’t want to come celebrate this monumental occasion? Fiancé started off with a beer and I got a cucumber mojito.

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We started off with the place to ourselves but as soon as the open bar deal started, it was a packed house!

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The special for the night featured 3 olives drinks so I enjoyed a flavored one with club soda. It was delightful.

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We sat at the bar and chatted with each other and then we were also joined by Aly – who is quickly becoming one of my favorite Philly bloggers!

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While we were there we enjoyed some amazing treats from the new Bourbon Blue Fall/Winter menu.

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Fiancé and I were excited to taste some new eats and drinks for the evening.

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It was a glorious celebration this evening! Bourbon Blue is quickly becoming one of my favorite restaurants!

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Yoga vs. Running

As many of you know, I am currently in the midst of a running hiatus. I spent the entire summer training for two marathons – Chicago and New York – and ran them back to back in one month.

I am sure you can imagine, that I am a tad burnt out from pounding the pavement multiple times a week for training runs.

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I mentioned a few days ago my winter plans for working out that doesn’t involve running –  my new aim is to focus on yoga, Pilates and strength training!

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This week was my first two week trying something new – hot yoga – and while has been so very different from my running experience, it has been amazing! I swear I have never sweat so much in my entire life as I have sweat in an hour and a half of hot yoga!

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It has been a tad weird leaving my running shoes at home, but I am sure they are just as excited for this break from running as I am!

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I think it is pretty clear that I like various aerobic exercises, specifically running. I love the fact that with proper training, I can push my body to tackle mileage I never thought I could reach. I also like the focus on aerobic exercises to maintain a strong and healthy heart, which is very important!

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I enjoy strength training exercises, like yoga, which aim to keep my muscles and bones strong. I also enjoy the focus on flexibility and stretching my body to new limits. Like reaching new miles in running, I enjoy being able to hold a new yoga position longer the more I practice.

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For me, practicing yoga is a new challenge for me. I used to do it very frequently and I always felt strong, flexible and hardcore. I want to get back to my true yogini self!

I do find it very strange that while I could probably go out and run 26.2 miles (if I needed to) right now, I can’t hold down dog for more than 30 seconds without my arms wanting to fall off! How is that possible?

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One reason for my yoga motivation lately are the amazing deals that I have been taking advantage of! Except for the race fees, running is basically free – yoga and Pilates on the other hand can get pretty pricey. I plan on taking advantage of as many Groupon and Living Social deals as possible

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Jackson loves when I am in the yoga groove because he loves laying on my yoga mat whenever I leave it on the floor.

Down Dog.

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Blink.

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This is one happy puppy. He is a yoga master for sure!

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Different exercises have different purposes and to be truly fit we have to work our bodies out in different ways. I know I can only benefit from being more flexible and stretching more in my yoga practice – I need to do a better job of incorporating both running and yoga into my workouts!

Are you a runner or a yogi? Which do you prefer to do?

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Speaking of Living Social Deals – the Philadelphia Deal for the day is at RowZone  – Anyone care to join me for a rowing workout? My upper body needs some serious strength training work!

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Yoga vs. Running

As many of you know, I am currently in the midst of a running hiatus. I spent the entire summer training for two marathons – Chicago and New York – and ran them back to back in one month.

I am sure you can imagine, that I am a tad burnt out from pounding the pavement multiple times a week for training runs.

IMG_0006

I mentioned a few days ago my winter plans for working out that doesn’t involve running –  my new aim is to focus on yoga, Pilates and strength training!

DSC_1061

This week was my first two week trying something new – hot yoga – and while has been so very different from my running experience, it has been amazing! I swear I have never sweat so much in my entire life as I have sweat in an hour and a half of hot yoga!

DSC_1062

It has been a tad weird leaving my running shoes at home, but I am sure they are just as excited for this break from running as I am!

   DSC_1065 

I think it is pretty clear that I like various aerobic exercises, specifically running. I love the fact that with proper training, I can push my body to tackle mileage I never thought I could reach. I also like the focus on aerobic exercises to maintain a strong and healthy heart, which is very important!

 DSC_1067 

I enjoy strength training exercises, like yoga, which aim to keep my muscles and bones strong. I also enjoy the focus on flexibility and stretching my body to new limits. Like reaching new miles in running, I enjoy being able to hold a new yoga position longer the more I practice.

DSC_1069

For me, practicing yoga is a new challenge for me. I used to do it very frequently and I always felt strong, flexible and hardcore. I want to get back to my true yogini self!

I do find it very strange that while I could probably go out and run 26.2 miles (if I needed to) right now, I can’t hold down dog for more than 30 seconds without my arms wanting to fall off! How is that possible?

 DSC_1070

One reason for my yoga motivation lately are the amazing deals that I have been taking advantage of! Except for the race fees, running is basically free – yoga and Pilates on the other hand can get pretty pricey. I plan on taking advantage of as many Groupon and Living Social deals as possible

DSC_1071

Jackson loves when I am in the yoga groove because he loves laying on my yoga mat whenever I leave it on the floor.

Down Dog.

  DSC_1073

Blink.

DSC_1077

This is one happy puppy. He is a yoga master for sure!

DSC_1076

Different exercises have different purposes and to be truly fit we have to work our bodies out in different ways. I know I can only benefit from being more flexible and stretching more in my yoga practice – I need to do a better job of incorporating both running and yoga into my workouts!

Are you a runner or a yogi? Which do you prefer to do?

DSC_1078

Speaking of Living Social Deals – the Philadelphia Deal for the day is at RowZone  – Anyone care to join me for a rowing workout? My upper body needs some serious strength training work!

DSC_1079

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Don’t forget to enter my Allied Running Medal Hangers Giveaway!

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