New York City Marathon Route Guide

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Jon running the New York City Marathon in 2014

By Jon

This year, That Class Couple chose to sit the NYC Marathon out, but lots of Friends of TCC are running, so we thought that we would share the email outlining the marathon course that we sent to our friends running the NYC Marathon for the first time. To all of you running–GOOD LUCK, run fast, run safe, and, most importantly, have a blast!

 The marathon itself is an incredible experience, but the New York CityMarathon is especially incredible. I’d be shocked to find another city that treats the marathon with so much respect and awe. You’re going to see New Yorkers and visitors of all types out on the course to cheer you on. There are spectators for roughly 95% of the race (with two notable exceptions that I’ll discuss in a bit), and most of them are going to make you feel like you’re Mariano Rivera running into Yankee Stadium.
Here’s what marathon day is going to look like:

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2016 Staten Island Half Recap

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Jon really needed a beer after this one

By Jon

This year, TCC set two running goals, first, to complete the “9+1” necessary to qualify for the 2017 New York City Marathon, and second, to complete four of the “Five-Borough Series” races necessary to qualify for the 2017 New York City Half. Since Caroline ran the NYC Half earlier this year, and the two of us ran the Brooklyn Half, Queens 10-K, and Bronx 10-Miler together, the only thing standing in our way of completing both goals was my running the Staten Island Half.

Ugh.

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Should I join ClassPass?

By Jon

Since my freshman year of college, I have been a runner. For me, running was always synonymous with physical fitness. My freshman year of college, I lost 30 pounds by running on the treadmill each day. After graduating, running became my way of maintaining my weight, and then, in law school, became my escape. I started running further and further until, one day, I decided to run the Chicago Marathon. And then, ten days before the race, my IT band blew up (stupid me still ran the race, and still, somehow, finished).

Since then, I have run two New York City Marathons, countless half marathons, and even more short to medium distance races. During those years of racing, I ran almost every day, developing sciatica and left hip/leg weakness in the process, My mom, who knows a thing or two about physical fitness and wellness, constantly urged me to cross-train, but I ignored her, telling myself that a runner had to run every day, no matter what. Finally I “relented”, and started to go to Flywheel classes every Sunday, after my Saturday long run. Cross training indeed.

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SWERVE Speakers Series: Roger Goodell

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Photo Credit: SWERVE

By Jon

Just about a month ago, I checked my email while waiting in an interminably long chopped salad line, and saw that I had received an email from SWERVE. Ok, not unusual, boutique gyms send marketing emails every day, but this one included three very special letters. N. F. L. SWERVE was hosting a “Speakers Series” event at its new midtown location with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, and there was absolutely no way that I could possibly be anywhere else in the world while this was going on. Spin with Roger Goodell??? Oh my gosh. The possibilities. Would I beat him? Of course I would beat him! He’d probably throw a penalty flag at me for cycling too aggressively, fine me $10,000, and ban me from SWERVE for 4 games.

All kidding aside, this event sounded incredibly cool, and I signed up immediately. SWERVE, which, in case you don’t know it, is a boutique spin studio with two locations in Manhattan (one in Flatiron and a beautiful new studio in midtown) which differentiates itself from the Flywheels and Soul Cycles of the world by dividing riders into teams which compete against one another. It’s a great product, and Caroline and I will be writing a full review shortly. SWERVE recently started hosting a “Speaker Series,” which brings well-known individuals into the studio to share a spin class with participants, and then have an informal, roundtable conversation. In the words of a SWERVE spokesperson, “a SWERVE ride first, to get people to connect to each other, in a real way and break down barriers (it’s amazing how much more fun it is to chat with people when you’re on an endorphin-high and not worrying about how your tie or dress looks), followed by an intimate conversation with a NYC leader.”

I was skeptical about how close we would actually get to Commissioner Goodell (I mean he wasn’t actually going to cycle with us, was he?), and then, while strapping on my spin shoes before class, there, in front of me, was Roger Goodell himself, in shorts and a t-shirt, ready to roll. He looked at my Jets shirt, briefly looked up at me, ascertained that there was no way I had ever played for the Jets or any other team, at any level, ever, and moved on. But OHMYGODTHATWASROGERGOODELL!!!!!! And even better, the Commissioner and the guy next to him who most definitely was a former NFL player were on my SWERVE team! We would absolutely dominate the competition, clearly.

Roger Goodell

Photo Credit: SWERVE

Spoiler alert: We did not dominate the competition. Actually, we got our butts kicked. But class was great, James was a fantastic instructor who spun some football fan favorites into his playlist (think Eminem, Kanye), and the best part was yet to come.

Roger Goodell

Photo Credit: SWERVE

Yes, the free peanut butter smoothie was delicious, but I’m talking about the roundtable discussion, of course. After a few minutes, everyone cooled down from an intense class, and Commissioner Goodell came out, red-faced, surrounded by bottles of water and enormous men. No, not bodyguards, but former NFL players Tony Richardson, Matt Birk, and Eric Coleman. Ok, now this was officially the coolest thing ever. The commish, two former Jets, including one of the best fullbacks of all time, and a Super Bowl winning center. SO COOL!!!!

The SWERVE spokesperson was completely spot-on, having sweat through a spin class with Commissioner Goodell and his entourage, barriers were broken down, and the conversation was completely informal. One of the co-founders of SWERVE served as moderator, and asked the guests about exercise, football, and life–mostly about life. Hearing how Goodell worked his way from Jets intern to NFL Commissioner, how Tony Richardson climbed the ladder from undrafted NFL rookie to Pro Bowl fullback and NFL labor leader, was incredibly inspiring, not only to a diehard football fan, but to anyone looking to better him or herself. True to SWERVE’s mission, each speaker was inspirational, motivating, and dynamic, and I don’t think I blinked once during the 45 minute event. Oh, and for the record, Matt Birk thinks Mondays are a lot easier as a fan than as an NFL center, Eric Coleman can still bench press a car, Tony Richardson still goes to Jets games every Sunday, and Commissioner Goodell roots for two things when watching games, the team that’s behind to come back, and the officials to call a clean game.

Thank you to SWERVE for putting together an amazing event, the kind of thing that turns a gym into a community. I think the Speakers Series is a fantastic idea, and will absolutely be back for future events.

Solace Body Review – Solace – 4/22/16

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By Jon

Set just off of harried Park Avenue South in suddenly trendy-ish “whatever you call the area between Murray Hill/Gramercy/Flatiron/NoMad,” Solace is a welcome respite from the parade of suits outside. Technically a CrossFit facility, Solace hardly looks the part. Solace is beautifully designed, with rustic wood and plants everywhere, and well-appointed, with well maintained equipment in the studios and designer products in the locker rooms.

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Time to get Fhit! (The Fhitting Room Review)

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By Jon

Today marked my second class at The Fhitting Room, and I think I am on my way to having a new favorite gym.

I’ll start by saing what Fhitting Room is not. It is not a super-intense bootcamp in which you are pressured into doing that extra burpee to the point of near-vomit/collapse. Fhitting Room, truly, is what you make of it; if you go to class motivated and ready to get in a great workout, you will. If you want to glide through the motions, you’ll leave sweat-less.

Now, to what Fhitting Room is. Fhitting Room is probably the nicest gym I’ve ever been to. Period. Full stop. Nothing else comes close. Everything about this gym is basically perfect. Most gyms have to make concessions for cramming themselves into stupidly tiny NYC commercial spaces. Fhitting Room’s gym is huge, and laid out perfectly. Each participant is assigned a spot (there are numbers on the ceiling), with plenty of room between each person, so that you never get the feeling of being boxed in. The equipment basically shines, and everything is in tip top shape. And I mean everything, because Fhitting Room is fully stocked with a wide variety of kettlebells, dumbbells, TRX, boxes, rowing machines, foam rollers, and more. The floor is constructed out of a thick rubber that is nice and soft on the joints when doing burpees or jump squats. The sound system is top notch. Have I mentioned how nice everything is?

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CompleteBody-Downtown Review – CBXT – 4/6/16

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By Jon

FiDi is weird. I always feel like I’m in a different city when I’m south of Canal Street. Maybe Boston, maybe London, maybe just some strange place where New Yorkers have been transplanted to a darker, older, more confusing city. No, I don’t visit FiDi often.

But I am of the belief that one can find reason in anything in life, so when work forced me to venture to FiDi several times over the past month, I used it as an opportunity to visit a new gym.

CompleteBody-Downtown is, by all accounts, a fantastic gym. It’s absolutely enormous, has SO much equipment (I’ve only been during non-peak times, as lawyer peak and finance peak don’t even begin to overlap (yes, that’s probably the most obnoxious thing I’ve ever written, by the way), but it’s hard to imagine that you’d ever have to wait for a treadmill), a rock climbing wall, juice and snack bar, pilates equipment, sauna, steam room, massage, acupuncture, nutritionists, physical therapy, and basically everything else that you’d ever need for your health and well-being (which makes sense when you learn that this used to be the Goldman Sachs company gym).

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