The Barre Studio Hosts Graced by Grit

So are you as excited as I am about The Barre Studio opening in Capitola?! If so, come by Saturday to check it out, as well as one of my favorite workout brands – Graced by Grit. There will be a BBQ and a chance to check out the Barre space… can’t wait!


Back to School, Time for the Barre

You have probably noticed that the blog has been a little quiet lately. Well, summer for me is over and it’s back to the grind. I am back teaching Monday through Thursdays and also trying to make a real dent in my dissertation progress… Important tip: never ask a grad student when s/he will be finished or how his/her research is going. We don’t know and not as well as we hoped… that’s the answer 😉

Anyway, usually the first week back at work means I have a lot of busy work. I try to have my lectures pretty much outlined and ready to go for the semester, so then week by week I’m making edits and tweaks to them as necessary. But the first week is filled with lots emails and giving out add codes for students as well as following up with students who missed first class meetings. It usually also means fixing what isn’t working on Blackboard (our education website). So blogging doesn’t always happen.

But that doesn’t mean that I haven’t been busy with other life stuff! Running of course continues (look forward to recaps later this week on the 3rd SCE Whale to Whale and the Dip and Dash). The hubs and I also got some fun new furniture (that the pups have approved!).

Sami prefers to share the hubs's new chari

Sami prefers to share the hubs’s new chair

Gus can't decide which book to use in the new reading chair

Gus can’t decide which book to use in the new reading chair


And also, I’ve been training and practicing for the soon-to-be-open Barre Studio in Capitola! My friend is opening it and I am learning to be an instructor for it. Before I ran, I danced. I took classes for about 17 years in tap, jazz, and ballet. So the barre was a second home to me. But after injuries and college, I stopped taking classes regularly and a few years later fell in love with running. But I never forgot how tough all the barre workouts were or how fit I felt during those years. So the barre fitness classes are great for me and I’m really excited for the philosophy that The Barre Studio will be implementing. They have that fitness element, with small, isolated movements to strengthen muscles but do not require the technique (or talent and grace) of dance. Anyone can come in and find the workout to be doable but also challenging. I can’t wait until the Studio opens! But in the meantime, you can check out its brand new website (you might recognize Leslie or me there too!)

Getting my plank on for the Barre Studio website

Getting my plank on for the Barre Studio website

Fit Friday: Recovering

The blog has been quiet but I’ve been busy! Marathon training is starting up again as we are less than 3 months out from the San Francisco Marathon (still thinking about signing up? Do so quickly, it’s almost sold out!). I also spent a weekend training to be a Barre instructor (more to come on that in a future post), my teaching semester is almost over, and this weekend I’ll be at the Run Surfer’s Path Marathon (come say hi at the tweet up, hosted by Alisyn and I: Saturday 12:30pm, Capitola Bandstand Stage).

See you Saturday!

See you Saturday!

So with all that activity, I’ve been needing to up my recovery game. Of course, I’ve been loving the Recovery Pump boots (and sharing that love with Elise, who has been visiting!). On Tuesday, I got a much needed massage, focusing on my super tight hamstring and IT band. My running team, Santa Cruz Endurance, has partnered with Santa Cruz Core. I have been there before but this was the first time I went for a massage. My massage therapist asked me if I stretch enough and in true runner fashion, I said nope!



Luckily, the massage therapist went over some good stretches and foam rolling techniques with me. Now I just got to do them! So hard to remember to break out that foam roller! The other awesome thing is that Santa Cruz Core has Sunday Community Massage specials, where community members can get a great deal on a massage. Perfect if in between those killer deep tissue massages!

If you are in the Santa Cruz area and want to save $10 to try Santa Cruz Core, email me at laughresearchwriterun[at]

What do you do to recover?