Hello, hello! It’s so close to being the weekend now I can hardly stand it.
We have quite the eventful one ahead of us, so I wanted to pop back in and finish recapping the rest of our NY trip before the madness begins!
Just as I mentioned this morning (<- Friday Favorites!), I spent the past couple of days in New York City with some of my favorite blogging friends to cover the launch of a brand-new (amazing!) runaround shoe.
It was such a blast and if you missed the recaps, you can read all about our Reebok FitHub adventures here and here.
After the event, we had plans to meet Theodora (another FitFluential Ambassador I was excited to meet) for lunch at sweetgreen.
I had never been to one before and fell in love with the entire store and menu. The company only uses products from local and organic markets and farmers and is extremely vegan, gluten-free, and allergy friendly.
Unable to pick just one thing from the menu, I ended up making my own green salad of goodness that included baby spinach, tofu, quinoa, sweet potatoes, black beans, corn, and tomatoes in a chipotle lime dressing.
It was the perfect healthy and substantial meal we were looking for to power us through walking the streets of New York City!
The restaurant was about forty blocks away from our hotel, so Julie, Gina and I bundled up in the chilled weather to make our way back on foot. Yes, I said forty blocks. We aren’t sure exactly how long that measured out to be, but I will tell you we did an average of about 15,000 steps that day, according to the girls’ Polar Loop Activity Trackers.
As we made our way down the streets, we giggled at what we must look like. Coming straight from the event, we all donned our pink Reebok Skyscapes, pink Reebok bags, and pink Reebok umbrellas when it started raining.
Just call us the pink brigade.
It wasn’t the warmest walk, but I couldn’t help myself from taking pictures along the way. I mean… we were in New York City after all.
Getting closer and closer, the temperature kept dropping and we officially vetoed the idea of going for a run in Central Park. Bummer.
We did, however, reward ourselves for the long city walk with stops at Magnolia Bakery (treats for us) and MacarOn Café (treats for home).
Treats in hand, we weren’t too far from the hotel and only had about an hour of downtime until our plans for dinner. Inside on a rainy afternoon, I couldn’t have pictured spending that time any better than snuggled up on the bed with my Magnolia Bakery treats.
I ordered a skinny version of their vanilla latte and a not-so-skinny version of their chocolate cheesecake.
Surprisingly enough, I didn’t devour the entire thing right there because it was pretty rich. Every bite I did have was dreamy though!
Around 6:30 p.m. my friend Erin and her friend Merri met us at our hotel to take us out for dinner. We got the full New York experience taking the subway and even saw a giant rat pass by in the process. Umm… eek.
We grabbed a drink at Flatiron Lounge while waiting for our table to open up next door at Boqueria Tapas Bar and Restaurant. All wanting to try everything, we ordered a pitcher of sangria and an appetizer sized entree each to share. Everything was so, so good!
Roo, Gina, Julie, Me, Erin, Merri
I really enjoyed meeting and hanging with Roo! She is a hilarious mom of three (!!!) and also a professional ad copywriter. That’s not my dream job or anything.
Quick, funny story: Julie, Erin and Merri all know each other from their college sorority in Orlando. I danced with Erin for the Orlando Magic for four years, and now Erin and Merri both work together in New York! Clearly we had to all get together and collide our worlds. It truly is a small one!
Fairmont Fit Program
Before arriving to the city, Julie and I hopped on a conference call with Reebok and found out we would be staying at The Plaza Hotel, which is the legendary hotel you probably recognize from the movie Home Alone.
It’s known to have housed many famous families and celebrities and is absolutely stunning. Here are a few photos of the inside, in case you missed them before.
Yeah, I guess I could stay here.
Since The Plaza is managed by Fairmont, our group was able to test out an elite President’s Club perk called Fairmont Fit.
With a goal of staying fit during your travels, Fairmont partnered with Reebok to provide traveling fitness enthusiasts with rented workout gear.
Hand picked in your sizes to be ready and waiting for you upon your check-in, Reebok workout gear and footwear is delivered straight to your suite to use in-room or outdoors.
You can request certain items to test out and make a note to include shorts, capris, sports bras, or specialty socks as part of the service.
After your workout, simply leave the used fitness gear in your room, or call to receive a fresh set whenever you are ready for another one. If you like the products, you can then decide to purchase the new items at a 15% discount and take them home with you!
In addition to the gear, the program provides health tips, jogging routes, and running loops with marked out distances. You can even request to borrow a pre-loaded mp3 player with all different types of music!
This service is a complimentary for Premier and Platinum members, and Club level members can take advantage of it for a small fee. All guests can request the service while booking their stay or even online. Pretty neat!
Julie had an early flight out yesterday, but since Gina and I didn’t depart until the afternoon, we wanted to take advantage of the fitness gear and decided to take a yoga strength class at Uplift Studios.
That was our first time visiting the exclusive to women studio, and we both really enjoyed the vibe and atmosphere.
(Excuse me while I enjoy a cup of coffee and time to myself in this reading corner after class.)
The studio offers all different types of group fitness classes and personal training. We took a Sculpt Fusion class with Bronwyn and she challenged us with body weight and yoga-inspired exercises with a ton of arm toning.
After a few days of barre inspired workouts, I was more than sore coming home last night and will be taking the day off from workouts today.
The staff was very friendly and suggested we go grab a juice at Terri afterwards. Sold.
It was the perfect pick-me-up on our walk over to brunch at Penelope.
We both wanted something warm and ordered coffees with vegetable and chicken sausage stuffed omelets. It was yummy!
Before I knew it, we were packed up and ready to head out to the airport and our trip was over. (Womp womp…)
I enjoyed chatting up a storm with Gina on the cab ride over and the entire weekend soaking in some quality time with some wonderful people. Thank you, again, Reebok and FitFluential for the fabulous opportunity!
Courtney @ http://www.harnessyourenergy.blogspot.com
This is amazing! I LOVE LOVE LOVE the thought of traveling all over and experiencing all of these amazing studios etc! If you ever find yourself in the San Diego area, I’ve got plenty of recommendations for healthy food & awesome workouts! 🙂
I know, I would do it every week if I could! Gina is actually moving to San Diego, you should check out her blog and share your favorites with her! 🙂
It sounds like such an awesome experience, and I really love the new Skyscapes. They are definitely on my wishlist at the moment!
I’m also a little bag obsessed . . . a pink Reebok bag?! How cute is it and is it for sale anywhere? 🙂
Omg what a fantastic getaway. I’ve never seen a hotel so beautiful lol…it’s crazy. Love the service of the Fairmont Fit program!!
The Fairmont Fit program sounds great. I think Westin hotels does something similar too. What a fun trip!
I definitely enjoyed the program and think it would be great to utilize when worrying about space in your carry on!
Ahh Magnolia! I lived at that bakery for months when I worked in the west village. Looks like such a fun visit 🙂
That would definitely be dangerous! So good!
Runner Girl Eats
This trip sounds like sooo much fun. A lot of hotels these days do similar fitness programs and I think it is so great. Staying at the Plaza is a bucket list item of mine as a huge Home Alone fan 🙂