Great Pairings in History

Things that go well together: Wine and cheese. Beer and cheese. Pretty much anything and cheese. A run and a podcast.

I like listening to podcasts while I run because I feel like running is the kind of mind-clearing activity that allows you to really absorb what you’re listening to. And podcasts are generally great because there are literally thousands of experts out there offering to share their content and point of view for free and all you have to do is listen. See how well those go together?

Today I present to you: a 5k and the GaryVee Audio Experience, a great pairing in the making. I love Gary Vaynerchuk’s perspective for so many reasons, and I won’t bore you with all of them. But if you’re looking for just one reason to give him a shot on your next run: he strikes a remarkable balance of optimistic yet humble, in a way that you really have to listen to understand.

If you’re reading this and you need to start over. Or you’re unsure of what’s next in your career. Or you just want to feel some hope in these truly insane times, then I highly recommend giving a listen to The Formula for Thriving in Chaos on your next run. It’s 31 minutes (perfect 5k length including a stretch or a cool down for faster runners) and it really hits home if you’re feeling a little lost or scared right now and trying to figure out what’s next.

Added bonus: here’s my favorite 5k route around Astoria Park. Try the pairing and let me know what you think!

New Month, New Season, New Workouts?

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I don’t know about you, but I have been feeling like I need a bit of a shake-up in my workout life lately. On the one hand, I have way more time on my hands these days, and have been able to schedule a lot more workouts in my “new” work from home life. To add to that, I have been able to take some of my favorite studio classes over Zoom (from my living room, no less), which has been nothing short of thrilling. All of which is to say, I’ve been nailing it in the consistency department. And if you ask me, or anyone for that matter, consistency is key when it comes to fitness.

At the same time, the many races I’d signed up for this year being cancelled, some of which were going to be major milestones for me (looking at you, Chicago Marathon), has left me de-motivated when it comes to goals. Without a distance event in mind, I find it harder to push myself on speed, or even really monitor my pace on most of my runs for that matter. And don’t get me wrong, that has been really freeing, but at the same time, I do wonder if I could be pushing myself just a bit harder in the name of progress.

Enter: the track. Generally, track running reminds me of high school, and not in a good way. However, there is an appeal these days in the track. It measures the distance for you. There are always people there, giving a social aspect to a solo activity for those of you who miss racing. And, it’s perfect for speed work. My go-to track workout (starting this week, but hey, gotta start somewhere) is a simple 1 mile interval, broken into 4 quick laps. Quick is relative, of course, but I try to think of my ideal speed as something a bit faster than my goal 1 mile pace. Naturally, your speed and rest time should vary based on your preferences and fitness level, and a little bit of research will help you find the right balance for you. The benefits of interval training are many, from burning more calories to training the body to running at higher speeds, and there are many variations to getting the job done. And the best part: it’s fun (and sometimes painful) while you’re doing it, and over before you know it.



Per Yoga Agora is calling for a “holistic” reopening that will help small fitness studios reopen safely. All for this or what?

We’re all looking for more things to do as the weather turns and indoor activities remain questionable (or just me?). According to Gotham Mag a Drive-In Broadway Theater is opening through Oct 11.

The Astoria Film Festival is kicking off this week with virtual screenings as well, with an In-Person Halloween Horror Festival on Halloween Night. And here you thought you wouldn’t find anything to do for the spookiest night of the year.


LIC is getting in on the neighborhood fun with a festival to support local businesses this weekend. Offerings include: IG-live dance performance and a walking tour! That’s neat.


Refinery29 is here to tell you about weighted eye masks for fall, that are apparently “like a hug for your head” and, to be honest, that seems like just what I need.

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Hello from Queens

Here to learn, share, and grow in my passion for health, exercise, and generally living well in Astoria, Queens. I want to share my journey of growing stronger, more active, and more engaged in my community while learning about how others around me are doing the same. Please share your tips, favorite activities, and love of the fitness and happiness journey here with me. I believe that health, wellness and community belong to everyone, and I want to share my small piece of this puzzle, of the vibrant community that we live in.

In these times it’s so important to engage in local offerings as well as digital content. My favorite workouts are running outside and doing studio classes on Zoom, and I love the fact that I can join a workout from anywhere! At the same time, there’s something so special about the community bond of joining a gym or going for a run with a neighborhood friend, and I want to share that joy with you.

There’s so much more to life, and engaging in your community than just exercise. Where do you shop? What do you eat? How are you showing up for the neighborhood? There are so many opportunities to learn and grow.