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Ask the Elites: How Do You Mentally Prepare for a Big Race?

Katilin Sheedy shown winning the Nike Women's Half earlier this year.

Katilin Sheedy shown winning the Nike Women's Half earlier this year. Photo courtesy of Kaitlin Sheedy. 

Lisa Chilcote of Montgomery County Road Runners Club (MCCRC): Try not to think about it.

Dionis Gauvin of MCRRC: I try to remind myself, over and over again, that I should start conservatively in order to finish strong.  Unfortunately, I don't always follow my own advice/mental preparation.

Featured Yogi: Maggie Lively of Little River Yoga

Maggie Lively of Little River Yoga

Maggie Lively of Little River Yoga.

About Maggie: "Maggie Lively is a devoted practitioner of Ashtanga Yoga and strives to serve students with compassion and motivate them to find perfection within themselves. She teaches at Little River Yoga, The Source Yoga & apprentices at Kali Yoga."

Maggie was kind enough to answer questions for us in the latest installment of our Featured Yogi series.

CrossFit Talk: An Interview with Siddharth Sawkar of CrossFit South Arlington

Siddharth Sawkar of CrossFit South Arlington.

Siddharth Sawkar of CrossFit South Arlington

About Siddharth: "Siddharth is the co-owner of CrossFit Key Bridge and CrossFit South Arlington."

Siddharth was kind enough to answer questions for us in the lastest installment of our CrossFit Talk series. 

Five Items You Shouldn't Be Without During an Injury

Five Items You Shouldn't Be Without During an Injury

Jamie Corey discusses five items runners shouldn't be without during an injury.

Nearly eight weeks ago, I had to stop running because of a hip injury. I had to drop out of two marathons and per the doctor's orders, I had to go to physical therapy twice a week. While going twice a week has improved the strength in my hip, the exercises I've done on my own, at the direction of my therapist, have been instrumental in the progress I've made. Here are 5 items I feel aided in my recovery.

Washington D.C. Area Weekday Things To Do Oct 19 - 23

november project dc

Join the November Project for an early morning morning workout on Wednesday. Read more for details. 

Get active this week! Our list features 8 FREE activites, including CrossFit, group runs, bootcamp, Toned Up Tuesday with VIDA, and more!

Visit the NOAA for the latest weather updates. 

Elevate Interval Fitness on 14th Street Opens for Business

Elevate Interval Fitness Opens for Business

Photo provided by Elevate Interval Fitness.

From a press release: "WASHINGTON, DC. –Elevate Interval Fitness opens for business on Saturday, October 18th. The 14th Street group training facility is the first of its kind in Washington, DC. 

Boasting 2,800 square feet, Elevate features a large training space that utilizes Woodway Treadmills, WaterRowers, TRX suspension trainers, free weights and a variety of other equipment to provide clients with the most complete workout in the city in under an hour. The program can accommodate up to 26 participants in each session.

Elevate’s philosophy is to utilize interval training in a number of methods, patterns and equipment variations to improve participant’s overall athleticism, and provide clients with the lean, athletic physique they desire. Each day coaches provide a unique routine designed to be both challenging and fun. The program encourages consistent participation and over time drives physical adaptation.  Participants can expect enhanced cardiovascular capacity, increased strength and endurance and improved overall athleticism. "

Fiscally Fit Friday: 5 Deals from Washington DC Area Fitness Providers

"CrossFit Fever" by Flickr user CrossFit Fever Games. License

Fitness Provider (Location): CrossFit North Vienna (Vienna)
Deal: $99 for a CrossFit class package ($350 total value)
Description, from Groupon: "The gym itself might be somewhat spartan, but CrossFit North Vienna is set in an exceptionally inspiring environment: it lies right along the scenic W&OD trail. Exercisers who want to maximize their athletic potential and run or handspring through more of the great outdoors simply step inside for one of CrossFit's intense workouts of the day."


Nutrition for Athletes: Fuel Your Body for Endurance (one week pre-race)

Nutrition for Athletes

As a certified sports nutrition coach my clients are often in the midst of a rigorous training regimen for a race or endurance event. Proper workouts, strength conditioning and cross-training are all crucial elements of any endurance event preparation.

Washington D.C. Area Things To Do This Weekend: October 18 - 19

Marine Corps Marathon

The Marine Corps Marathon is only one week away! Join City Sports for an 8-miler on Sunday. Details within. Photo by Flickr user Emily Goodstein. License

As of Wednesday afternoon, the NOAA is predicting weekend sunshine.

This week's list includes 10 activities, all are FREE! 

Washington DC Area Fitness Event Highlights - Oct 15 Edition

Get in a workout at the Reebok FitHub while raising money to support breat cancer screening efforts. Details below.

In this series, we highlight new and/or upcoming events listed on the Active Life DC calendar and Daily Activity pages. A quick reminder, special events and fitness classes can now be posted to the calendar FREE of charge. One needs to register for an account to post, but the whole process should take only a few minutes.

Post a class or event

Many of the highlighted events are FREE!

Class Review: Rocket Yoga with Mimi Rieger at the YMCA Anthony Bowen

The entrance of the Anthony Bowen YMCA may not resemble a top-notch yoga studio, but during the class I certinaly felt like it was in one.   

Overall Score: 
Average: 5 (1 vote)
Average: 5 (1 vote)
Fun Factor: 
Average: 5 (1 vote)
Average: 5 (1 vote)

I’ve been a frequent visitor to numerous yoga studios for several years. After a while, they all start to feel the same. And I don’t mean that in a bad way. They all have a calming atmosphere. The instructors are typically very knowledgeable and personable to each yogi in the room. By the time I leave a studio, I’m always in a better mood than when I first arrived there.

Ask The Yogis: Favorite Place to Buy Yoga Gear

Ask The Yogis: Favorite Place to Buy Yoga Gear

"Stuffed" by Flickr user snickclunk. License.

About the Author: 

Our Featured Yogis share their go-to stores for yoga gear.

Krista Block of Flow Yoga Center, Buddha B Yoga, and extendYoga
"I try to buy most of my expensive gear such as mats at the places where I teach to support the studio. I'm a Maryland girl, so when it comes to clothes I definitely love Under Armour and am always impressed with their quality. Since most of my life is lived in yoga apparel I like to throw some street clothes and fun items into the mix so I don't constantly feel as if I'm being vacuum-sealed into spandex and can incorporate some form self expression into what I wear. For those items I go for Urban Outfitters, Black Milk,Teeki, and love browsing through graphic tees on various screen-printing websites."

Angela Meyer of the YMCA:
I don’t really have “yoga gear” per say, but I have one Yoga outfit from lululemon and it’s all I wear (of course I have multiple pairs).  I like wearing lululemon wonder unders and a racer back tank in black.  This outfit enables me to always wear yoga clothes underneath my work clothes and be ready for action at any time.  It makes me feel like a superhero."

Featured Yogi: Erica Ford of M Street Yoga

Erica Ford of M Street Yoga.

Erica Ford of M Street Yoga. 

About Erica: In Erica’s classes, students can expect to have fun while receiving one-on-one coaching and affirmation throughout while actively moving through dynamic and challenging asanas. Her teaching style emphasizes self-love, individual growth, and community in a safe learning environment. Erica juggles her passion for yoga with her love of doing strategic communications consulting at an international consulting firm. She is registered with the Yoga Alliance and the International Association of Yoga Therapists.

Erica was kind enough to answer questions for us in the latest installment of our Featured Yogi series. 


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