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#DumpTheGym, Send Bill to Refine (Plus Oiselle Refine Class)

I don’t usually run much in the winter anyway, but right now I actually can’t run because I strained my hip during the Bellingham Bay Marathon (UPHILL. SO MANY.) and I need to work on strengthening my butt. This works out well because my favorite workout in the world, Refine Method, recently opened a new location that is actually convenient for me from Jersey City.

Located at 131 Perry Street in the West Village, the newest Refine location is not only gorgeous and luxurious (the best showers of my life happen there) but it also has a new-and-improved pulley system for resistance, brand new branded kettlebells, straps, med balls, and a system in place for a bunch of new surprises that haven’t debuted yet.

Not only is my train trip a zillion times better, but my workout is even better too! The new pulley system is smooth and easy to use, with weights in pounds that you can easily adjust – even in the middle of an exercise. The workout is even more intense, but the overall class time is shorter – just 50 minutes gets me the perfect full body workout!  Refine is also an instant mood booster. If I am having a bad day, I always know I will feel better after just one class.


I loved the new spot so much that I brought my neighbor/friend/Oiselle teammate Danielle back in December, and she loved it so much she is now a member – and she’s seen so much improvement that she rearranged her budget for more Refine! Here is a little gallery of us holding on to straps in front of the new pulley system.

I also arranged a free private class for my Oiselle teammates and the Oiselle Flock called #OiselleTakesRefine. We even had Refine’s creator (and our instructor for the day) Brynn Putnam decked out in #FlyStyle.

I love introducing people to my favorite workout because in the last 4.5 years (WOW HOW HAS IT BEEN THAT LONG) since I broke up with the barre and started working out smarter by taking Refine, I’ve seen so much improvement in my strength and my running. I also feel badass lifting heavy (for me) weights. And every class is different, so I never know what to expect, and I usually love (almost) every second. No feeling in the world compares to how I feel as soon as a class ends. I just want to go back for more!

By the way, how clever are these breakup videos? This is Laura. I like her hair.


All that being said, I’m actually annoyed at myself for not writing this post sooner because Refine has an amazing new promotion that ends soon: #DumpTheGym by Valentine’s Day, and send the bill to Refine. They’ll credit one month of your membership to any 3 month class plan. Dump the gym and work out smarter in the new year – with me!

dumpthegym refine method

Not convinced? Will these awesome instructor videos woo you? Here is Lonnie. I love Lonnie. He is the cutest.


So…. will I see you at Refine? I promise it is fun.


The next blog post you see from me will be my TCS New York City Marathon Recap.



Marathon Tomorow

September 28 is finally here. I’m writing this post on my phone in a bed in a rented house in Bellingham, Washington for the Bellingham Bay Marathon. My goal is sub-4.

If you asked me just one week ago (and my physical therapist did!) I’d have told you everything felt good, knock on wood. No bad foot pain (that’s why I’m currently in PT – though my foot itself is fine and the pain comes from elsewhere), my neck feels fine, my rib hasn’t bothered me in a long time. I even thought just last week how it was amazing just how much my neck felt normal again.

Things can change in a week and not only does my neck not feel normal, it feels exactly like it did during my injured time where I couldn’t run or Refine for months.

There are a few contributing factors. None matter. What matters is trying not to stress about this and trying to run just as fast – even if it hurts.

I’m better trained than I’ve ever been in my life. My legs feel good. After a difficult start to the week, my stomach feels OK (I’ve have a chronic GI illness since 2007).

I’m running a marathon in a beautiful place on a gorgeous day. My husband, brother, sister in law and 21-month-old-nephew will be cheering for me. I’m with my family.

Goal or no goal (but I REALLY hope goal!), tomorrow will be a good day to run a marathon.

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