We recently traveled to visit family for the first time with a toddler. We also had our baby in tow and wanted to make the journey as easy as possible for everyone. Although car seats are not required for kiddos on planes, we thought that having our bigger one in a car seat might make him more comfortable sitting in his own seat, more likely to sleep, and less likely to spend the whole flight crawling on us (one of us was also needing to hold the baby!). We narrowed our search for a travel car seat down to the very popular, very affordable Cosco Scenera and the less affordable but foldable WayB Pico. The foldability won out and we decided to splurge on the WayB Pico. Read on for my thoughts!Continue reading
Regular Athlettuce readers will know that I have been spending part of each week in beautiful Colorado for work. I have been packing my mornings and evenings with amazing group runs. But Colorado offers another perk that I can’t find in DC: indoor skiing. That’s right, folks. I introduce SNOBAHN!
Several years ago, when the minimalist shoe trend was really gearing up, I bought some purple Vibram Five Fingers shoes. They were hideous. But I loved them. And I walked in them for YEARS until the sole was falling apart. (I did not run in them, but that’s for another post.)
Since then, I’ve done most of my walking in my (expensive) running shoes. This has put extra miles on my running shoes, wearing them out faster. Also, my running shoes have a heel drop of 10.1 mm, meaning that I’m racking up a ton of miles (between running and walking) in a non-neutral heel.
I’d have loved to buy a new pair of Vibrams, but my husband would not be caught dead with me wearing those shoes. And I’ll even admit it: they drew more attention that I’d like, and I was a tiny bit embarrassed when I ran into certain people in the city and was caught in my purple toe shoes. So, I decided to look for an alternative.
A month ago, I had never heard of Orangetheory. But when someone in my office mentioned it, I was completely intrigued and signed up for my first free trial class. Five classes later, I’m ready to report back to you! Whether it is here on this blog or somewhere else, I strongly recommend reading a bit about Orangetheory before starting. Also, show up at least 20 minutes early to your first class to get situated. I know a lot of fitness studios say that and then leave you standing there for 19 minutes. But for Orangetheory, they really mean it. It’s a little complicated.
What is Orangetheory?
Orangetheory Fitness is a heart rate-based workout class, which uses intervals of rowing, running, and floor exercises to burn calories and build strength and endurance. Its underlying philosophy is that when we engage in high-intensity intervals (reaching at least the “orange zone” of 84% or higher of maximum heart rate), our metabolism keeps running and burning more calories throughout the day (i.e., “afterburn”).