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15th Miami Marathon

Team St Jude Heroes is growing, here is our 2017 Miami Half Marathon’s Journey.

See you January 28th 2018!

Wings for Life – Live with Carley

On April 1st, I received an invite to host a live video on the Wings for Life Facebook page. The video is about stretching for runners and it was hosted by me and my friend Carley, the yoga-certified-run club pacer-Iron Woman-(bird lady) @TheHeartRacer

If you missed it live, you can still watch it on the main Wings For Life page or here.

 

See You May 7th Sunrise FL

Marathon Training in Weston

January 2017, a group of fast runners (or should I call the elite?) from Weston asked me for a video.                                                                                                                                                                                I confess I can’t run that fast so I drove by, in order to keep up with their pace.                      The final results you can watch in this short video.

 

 

GoProGirl’s Master Guide to Florida’s Run Clubs

After lots of requests and questions over the years, I am sharing  THE LIST for all Run Clubs in South Florida. When I joined the South Beach Run Club in 2010, they were the only run club group in town (at least that I knew of).      Luckily, that was just the beginning.  7 years later and we can easily lost count of how many groups are available.

And ALL FREE!

I think the best way to do this LIST is to separate by LOCATION  and DAY OF THE WEEK.  I hope to cover all groups and not forget anyone out! ( I can always update new groups in this list, please contact me and I will add your group info)

Last update: June 5th

Location: MIAMI

MONDAYS:                                                                                                                                        

 Go Run Miami (6:30pm Country Walk / 7pm MDC Track)

IRun (6:45pm 5050 Biscayne)

South Beach Track Club (7pm Flamingo Track)

TUESDAYS:  

IRun AWP – (Meet 5:30AM at Alice Wainwright Park)

Baptist Health South Florida Brickell Run Club  or (Main Website for all Baptist Health Run Clubs ) 7pm Fortune Int.

Go Run Miami (7pm West Kendall Lakes Park)

Baptist Health South Florida Homestead Run Club (7pm Homestead Hospital)

Fitzone OCR Training (5am Tropical Park Track / 7pm 11919 SW 56Th St., Miami,33175)

Team Footworks  (6:30pm at Sunset Dr Store) 

FIU Run Club (with GoRun 7pm)

WEDNESDAYS:

Stairs For Breakfast ( 6:20am at the American Airlines Arena)          

 Project 305 (6:45pm at Flamingo Track)

Fired Up Run Club (7pm North Miami Beach)

Go Run Miami (6:30 Country Walk/7pm Brickell store)

Baptist Health South Florida Kendall Run Club (7pm at Go Run store)

Batch Run Club ( 7:15pm Brickell )

Art.Yoga.Run  (6:30pm on the First Wednesday of every month, meet at Pilathon)

Coconut Grove Run Community ( meet at Kennedy Park by AC’s Icees at 6:15pm)

THURSDAYS:      

IRun AWP – (Meet 5:30AM at Alice Wainwright Park)                                                                   

 Baptist Health South Florida South Beach Run Club (7pm Meet at Nike Store on Lincoln Rd)

Baptist Health South Florida West Kendall Run Club  (7pm West Kendall Hospital) 

Baptist Health South Florida Gables Run Club (7pm at Equinox Merrick Park)

Go Run Miami (7pm Key Biscayne)

Team Footworks  (6:30pm at Sunset Dr Store)                                                                                 

Shape up with Schiffy (6:45pm  at Runners Depot Aventura)

Fitzone OCR Training  (7pm  @ 11919 SW 56Th St., Miami, Fl.33175)

Doral Run Club (7 pm @Exxon Mobile -10701 NW 58 ST Doral, FL 33178.)

The Competition Firm (6:30pm at PAMMuseum, stairs workout)

Fit 2 Run Bayside (7pm)

FRIDAYS:                                                                                                                                                  

Go Run Miami (6:30pm Country Walk Store) 

SATURDAYS:                                                                                                                                  

 Go Run Miami (6:30am West Kendale Lakes Park)

IRun ( 6:30am 5050 Biscayne)

Miami FIT (Miami Lakes)

SUNDAYS:                

 Monthly – One Love Run  (7am by Mana in Wynwood)                                                                

Go Run Miami (6:30 am Key Biscayne)    

Fitzone OCR Trail Run  (8:45am at Oleta River Park)                                                                     

Baptist Health South Florida Old Cutler Run Club  ( 4PM Ludovici Park, 17641 Old Cutler Road)

Location: BROWARD

MONDAYS:                                                                                                                                        

 

TUESDAYS:                  

Hollywood Run Club (7pm 300 Connecticut St, Hollywood)

 DBRC – Delray Beach Running Company  ( 5:30 AM, 2-6 mile route or 6:30 PM, Speed & Hill workout led by a coach)                                                                         

World Of Beer Run Club  (7pm at World of Beer)

Running for Brews FLL (7pm at Bull Market)

WEDNESDAYS:                                                                                                                             

Team Mimosa  ( Click on the link for more info, they run Weds Morning/ Deerfield B.) 

Baptist Health South Florida Weston Run Club (7pm Weston Town Center)   

World Of Beer – Plantation (7pm at WOB)

Loco Rio – East Ft Lauderdale (6:30pm Francis Abreu Park, Rio Vista)

                                                                                              

THURSDAYS:                                                                                                                                  

 Funky Fun Run  (6:30pm at Running Wild)                                                                                     

WeBe Running – Boca Raton  ( https://www.meetup.com/WEBE-Running/)

DBRC – Delray Beach Running Company  (6:30 PM, 2-4 mile route)

Runners Depot Run Club (6:30pm at Runners Depot Ft Lauderdale and Weston)

Coral Springs Parkland Run Club  (6:30pm Runners Depot Coral Springs)

Beast Mode Running, INC (Night workout meet at Tequesta Trace Park)

FRIDAY: 

SATURDAY:                                                                                                                                          

 DBRC – Delray Beach Running Company    (6:00 AM, 2-20 mile route) 

SUNDAY:  

Hollywood Run Club (7am 300 Connecticut St, Hollywood)


SUPPORT GROUPS – These groups are available for you to join and get support. They usually attend Run Clubs / Events together as a group.

1K Run Club     South Florida Runners         Beast Mode Running       Black Girls Run

South Florida Hash House Harriers -SFHHH      Team FDC     The Competition Firm

Women on the Run   Miami Runners Club  South Florida Team EMC

 

THAT’S ALL FOR NOW.

And once again: If your group is not in the list and you would like to add it, please send me a message and it will be updated.

See you running around SF!!

@GOPROGIRLMIAMI

 

Lulu Yoga at BCC

Have you been to the all new  Brickell City Centre?                                                              When you do, please make sure to pay a visit to the Lululemon’s store. They offer free workouts every week and, in January 2017, Lulu hosted a Free Yoga Class in the heart of the new mall in Brickell.

Yoga Master @TheHeartRacer Carley

more info on Lulu’s workouts please Follow @lululemonmia

Jingle Bell Jog 2015

I know I already have a video about this race but that one was in a different city (FLL) and I did not run, I was in the truck with Santa.        2015 I was able to run along with all those ‘Santa Runners’ and had a lot of fun!  (unfortunately, I didn’t have time to edit and finish this video right after the event, but still better late than never)

Watch til the end, do not miss the kids loop, it is too cute!

Seed Food & Wine Festival

“The Seed Food and Wine is not just a festival, we are a movement, a community of ideas and passionate people committed to elevating the conversation around plant-based foods, sustainability, conscious living, vegan living and the welfare of animals.” (for more info please see https://www.seedfoodandwine.com/ )

Luckily, the festival also offered a free run and yoga before opening the doors for their main event on Saturday. I did have time to set up the yoga video since is a time lapse and easily to edit/finish.

This is how the class looked like.

Yoga Master: @DawnBYoga

Namaste!

Long time no see!

I did not plan to stop blogging but let’s say ” life ” kind-of-ended-up forcing me to.                 The lack of time, lack of energy, everything happened without a warning and too fast.  Not much was in my mind except the fact that I needed to stand back up at any cost, and for that, I am seriously  killing myself daily for the past year.

I still managed to attend some events but I also missed a bunch (and I don’t really like to miss out anything, get it??) So I will share right now, everything that have been happening and I did not have time to sit and write about it.  It’s already April of 2017, the time is flying like it doesn’t even exists anymore.  I hope to never take another long break from my blog ever again, it’s depressing and disappointing myself.

So, from now on, I’m back — either you like it or not, either you support it or not, either YOU READ IT OR NOT, I am walking out of this “mud” as much as I can and I do not plan to stop until my feet touches hard ground, to start “walk”  again.

Life can be a bitch but people shouldn’t be.

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(Meme credits: HotChocolate )

 

Fired Up 5k

For more information on Fired Up, please check here for more info:  https://www.facebook.com/firedupathleticforce

Yoga at 14 – Brickell

Every Thursday 7pm, 1401 Brickell Avenue – FREE YOGA

For more info, please follow @ALLYOGA on Social Media

Fast Twitch – video

A few month ago, I posted about the workout with Muscle Milk with some images and FINALLY my computer decided to work (after crashing tons of times) and video is ready to be watched! The entire workout was about 50 minutes long and here I offer you a 5 min of everything that happened that day.

Brickell Run Club – 6th Anniversary

Brickell Run Club happens every Tuesday at 7pm.  Running since 2010, located in the heart of Brickell, in 2016 we are celebrating also another number – 300. That is the amount of times this group got together to run. 300 Tuesdays. Weather Proof.  More than 30.000 runners had signed up to join us at one point. We run Miami and this time, we ran to a pool! Here is what happened from my GoPro POV. And don’t forget, Run Clubs in Miami are 100% FREE! Join us.

Go Run Miami

The Running Store in the Heart of Brickell. The  Grand Opening happend on Saturday July 9th, it’s official! Stop by and check it out their selection of running shoes and gear.

120 SW 8th Street

 

International Yoga Day – 06/21/16

Celebrating Yoga Day at New World Symphony last night!

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Yoga at Ritz-Carlton Residence MB

At first, I got a ‘sold out’ answer for my RSVP. Few days later, got good news that some spots were open and I was being offered to take it. Yoga with Cat Van Haayen is always good, specially on a Sunny Sunday, with a priceless view.

https://www.facebook.com/TheResidencesMiamiBeach/

Namaste

One Love Run

Once a month, usually the last Sunday, we get together Run and, to share some love to a different neighborhood – Wynwood / Overtown.  Here is the link for the next event -https://www.facebook.com/events/136848553399245/                                                                  And you can find more about the Trublmaica Runners here: http://www.trublmaica.com/

 

The 1900 Moves – House of Movement Brickell

On May 21st, I was invited to attend an event for a private group. The event was offering a Crystal Healing Meditation and some Pilates, along with free samples of smoothies from their  bar (yes, they do have a natural juice bar by their pool!).

To get more information about The House of Movement, please check their webpage:  http://1900moves.com/   or on Social Media  @ 1900moves .

Here I share some images from the event and a big Thank you to Veronica and 1900Moves.

Double 5k Weekend

Well…there is always a first time! Running 2 5ks in the same weekend was new and actually easier than I thought.
Starting on Saturday at Goals not Guns 5k Run, Walk or Pedal in downtown Miami. Thanks to Mr Frank Carollo and Frankie Ruiz, the runners could register for free and, we had fun taking over parts of downtown, little havana and back to bayfront park.

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And on Sunday, the Tribe took over West Kendall for another run: GoRun5k.
This was a very special event, combined with the store’s 1st year Anniversary. Pure and great vibes got together for a great party after the race. Here I share some images from that amazing and fun morning.

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  All I can say is: I survived.✌

Sound Off Yoga – Friday May 13th

The view at the roof top is priceless. My first time finally doing Sound off Yoga provided by Baptist Health and Ansa Yoga.
Namaste🙏

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Thanks Castel!

Sound Off Run #SweatBeach

Synchronized Music for all runners wearing Sound Off Headphones. This is a priceless experience!!

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#WeRunMiami

World Run Sunrise FL

I might be short on words to describe how I feel after this race. First time doing it and I can’t wait for next year already. Its fun and overwhelming it’s a  Huge global party for a great cause.
Thank you RedBull.

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Final jump cause race is over! #carishere

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May 7th 2017 only 365 days away! See you next year.

Fast Twitch with Muscle Milk

I am working on a short video about this place. For now, I would like to share some images from my visit on April 19th, along with the Muscle Milk crew and some local guests!

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SOBEWFF -Yoga

Sweat Beach Sound Off

February 18th 2016 – Another Sound Off Silent Run at the SoBe ‘Sweat Beach’ Run Club, hosted by Lululemon. More info : https://www.facebook.com/soberunclub

 

Publix A1A Half-Marathon

Live MCH at YogArt Event

The first YogArt Event of 2016 was relocated inside the spectacular Moore Building (according to the weather forecast, the event accommodated us to be dry and safely inside during the class) Located next to the Palm Court in Design District, it had plenty space to fit the yogis looking for a new experience during that class. Magic City Hippies kept us dancing in between yoga poses and movements. A class like I never had before. And let’s not forget, I was sipping on some good sparkling wine. Sharing some photos and a video.

Save your spot today, don’t miss the next event: http://www.yogartevent.com/yogart-design-district#about-design-district

Divine Yoga -01.17.16

Yes, I killed myself dancing  at LIC Miami. And the next day, I showed up at Wynwood Yard at noon, looking for a “recovery” Yoga… if that was even possible.  The Yoga Master leading us? DJ Gina Turner (Yeah… Lic was over but I was still in that EDM mood)

Here I share a few images from the recovery class.                                                           Want to join next class? —>https://www.facebook.com/DJGinaTurnerOfficial/                  Thanks Gina, see you in March!

 

LIC Miamia 2016

01.16.16 the day was finally here! Life in Color was awesome and I got tons of photos and videos. Here are some shots. You can find more on my Instagram.

Life in Color 2014

LICMIAMI is happening this weekend 01.16.16

Here is part of what happened last time I was there in 2014…

MacArthur Repeats Workout

Happy 2016!                                                                                                               Before the year ended, on 12.29.15, the Baptist Health South Florida Brickell Run Club had a special run as part of the training for the  Miami Marathon upcoming on 01.24.2016. The workout: run the MacArthur bridge twice (or at least once like I did). About 250 runners registred for this free event provided by BHSFBRC. Since the Venetian Causeway is out of the Marathon course, we (yes,  we cause I will be running the half marathon for a very special reason, wait for it) will be running over the MacArthur Causeway both ways (right at the start, on the first mile and after the loop around South Beach, you can find the course map  and also register for the race, both options available here: http://www.themiamimarathon.com)

For now, I want to share how was the workout on this short video. We met by the Children’s Museum around 6:30pm. Video is dark but still fun to watch. Where you there?

See you on the next run club around Miami!

November Project Miami

WE DID IT! We are now officially November Project Miami, here is how it happened (in video)

 

And here is how it happened (in words by Brogan Graham)

http://november-project.com/pop-up-becomes-november-project-miami-official-by-brogan-graham/

Every Wednesday at 6:29am, meet at the American Airlines Arena. It’s free, just pop-up and join the group!

 

 

Yoga – The Backwards Saga to become a Yogi

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I don’t really know why it started. One day, I saw someone doing a Shirshasana on a paddle board when I was just chillin at the beach. Seeing that  made me think – “How hard it could be to do a headstand on a paddle board?”  Well… I had to figure that out alone and  I decided to try it right there!  Never done such a thing before!!!!!! My friend looked at me with that face of ‘ what the heck are you doing’ but I didn’t care. I know, we were in a public beach, with a bunch of people around, I was wearing a bikini… but I was also very curious to find out If I could ever do it. Curiosity KILLS me all the time. If I think I can, I will give it a TRY. And I did. No shame. Failed every single time. That was just the beginning of the Saga, around February of 2014.                                                                                            If you wonder why I call it SAGA, I will try to explain. When I first did a headstand, I was again in public, I stayed up in position for about 2-3 seconds, (just to take a photo). My pose was wrong: shoulders not in triangle position,  my legs were open, I could not keep my balance for too long. Over all, I was trying to do something that, one usually learn how to do it when they are about to master the yoga, after years of practicing yoga.   As usual, I was once again doing something I had no idea. And I used to post photos with this special hashtag #IDoNotDoYoga or #ImNotAYogaPerson. (Yep… you can check my instagram, you will find the photos under those tags).  How many times people saw me doing headstands and they said – ‘wooooow that’s some yoga master!’ And I used to answer right away, still upside down – ‘I don’t do yoga!’ – Anyone’s face would just look very confused with my answer. – How in this world can you possibly learn “this”  without attending yoga?     Believe and it will happen, that is all I say. After about 5 months, I decided to get a yoga mat and start to practice and train how to do a headstand at home. By that point, a very nice friend told me how to position the arms and shoulder correctly and also told me to keep legs together and toes ponting.  My intention was to first, use a wall in order to keep my balance and not fall. Guess what happened? I never used the wall!!  I set up my gopro camera that day, so I could get some nice fail videos of my headstands but that never happened. When the headstand happened,  I figured how to hold and keep balance. And slowly I started to do different poses, moving legs and sometimes the hips too. And of course, after getting confidence that I could really do this, I started to do headstands everywhere! At the beach, at the park, at the track, pharmacies… and you name it, I’ll do it and I don’t care about my surroundings.

Joining the Run Club group, I got to meet lots of healthy and nice people. (WARNING – Just know,  those people tend to change your mind and convince you to do things you have never done before! – It happened to me, true story) Anyways, I knew that, at one point, I would ended up changing that hashtag and practicing some Yoga for real.  And  so it happened. One day, someone said: put down the camera today, I need you to enjoy this class. And I followed. It was really hard to reach for my toes and do some other poses that usually looks very simple but it’s actually really hard!  but I did not give up. And the worse happened: it’s addictive. So, I kept attending yoga, I found that every yoga class is different. Some are relaxing and easy, others are more intense and difficult. After all, it’s all Yoga right? So where are those names from?

I started to figure it out after I was invited to have 30 day free pass for a new Yoga Studio in Wynwood (Love Life Wellness Center) and here is what I am learning or better,”figuring it out”, how Yoga can be different.

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Love Life Wellness Center – Nirvana Room (Hot Yoga)

Here is a list with a few yoga styles and their names. (the following information was found at – http://www.mindbodygreen.com/0-8622/14-styles-of-yoga-explained-simply.html )

Anusara: Anusara is often described as Iyengar (a purist form of yoga) with a sense of humor.

Ashtanga: Six established and strenuous pose sequences. Ashtangis move rapidly, flowing from one pose to the next with each inhale and exhale. Each series of poses linked by the breath this way is called a vinyasa.

Bikram: Bikram features yoga poses in a sauna-like room. The heat is cranked up to nearly 105 degrees and 40 percent humidity in official Bikram classes.

Hatha: “hatha” encompasses nearly all types of modern yoga.

Iyengar: Appropriate for all ages and abilities, Iyengar yoga is all about precise alignment and deliberate sequencing.

Jivamukti: A physical, limit-pushing practice that reintegrates yoga’s traditional spiritual elements in an educational way for Western practitioners.

Kripalu: Kripalu is a three-part practice that teaches you to get to know, accept, and learn from your body.

Kundalini: The practice of kundalini yoga features constantly moving, invigorating poses. The fluidity of the practice is intended to release the kundalini (serpent) energy in your body.

Prenatal: Yoga postures carefully adapted for expectant mothers.

Restorative: Less work, more relaxation. You’ll spend as many as 20 minutes each in just four or five simple poses. There’s also psychic cleansing: the mind goes to mush and you feel brand new.

Sivananda: An unhurried yoga practice that typically focuses on the same 12 basic asanas or variations thereof every time, bookended by sun salutations and savasana.

Viniyoga: A highly individualized practice in which yogis learn to adapt poses and goals to their own needs and abilities. Vini actually means differentiation, adaptation, and appropriate application

Vinyasa / Power:  Power yoga doesn’t stick to the same sequence of poses each time like ashtanga does, so the style varies depending on the teacher. Classes called “vinyasa” or “flow” in your gym or studio can be vastly different but in general stem from this movement and from ashtanga as well.

Yin: A quiet, meditative yoga practice, also called taoist yoga. Yin focuses on lengthening connective tissues and is meant to complement yang yoga—your muscle-forming Anusara, ashtanga, Iyengar, or what have you. Yin poses are passive, meaning you’re supposed to relax muscles and let gravity do the work. And they’re long — you’ll practice patience here too.

Woof! Are you still there? These are just some of the Yoga Styles, I guess the most popular ones. But I know there are a lot more (and you can find more info online like I did.)

Now, If you ever decide to take a ‘shot of yoga’ one day, I also recommend: let the instructor know if it’s your first time (they love to know that and they will do their best to make you feel comfortable during the class).Be concentrated and focused in yourself during the class, everyone around you are probably focused on themselves and believe me, nobody cares if you are doing something ‘different’. You might get some help from the instructors to fix your pose but usually not from another yogi. How many times I was  ‘lost’ in the position and nobody ever told me anything? a bunch! Nobody is there to judge you or anyone else so focus! I also practice a lot of yoga in open places like parks and malls. Obviously, you will have lots of eyes watching you in this case, but remember, they may not do yoga and also can’t tell if you are doing anything ‘different’ (I say different to not say the word wrong, cause there is nothing wrong in yoga) Beginners or Masters, we are all in process of learning in each class.

See you at the next big yoga events around Miami. You never know where I will pop-up next!

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Merrick Park

 

10 Days to Run with Serena

Alright, day is coming. Lots of working in process and this may be my last post til race day.   I’m hoping you already registered (if not,click here now – http://theultimaterun.com/)

Today, I am sharing some facts about our Tennis Queen Serena. More specifically, 10. After doing a quick research, this is what I found to share:

10 Fun Facts about Serena Williams

* She has played in 60 Grand Slam tournaments in her career and has won 21 of them.

*Her favorite sport to watch other than tennis is gymnastics.

* She has competed at three Olympics and won four gold medals.

*She has lost just nine matches in her 15 U.S. Open appearances. The only person to beat her twice is sister Venus Williams (2001 and 2005).

*She has won 28 straight matches and four straight titles at Grand Slam events.

*Her middle name is Jameka.

*Her favorite city in the world is Rome.

*At 15 years between her first (1999) and most recent (2014) titles, Williams holds the record for most years between U.S. Open singles championships.

*Her favorite food after a workout is a Gatorade bar to replenish protein and carbs.

*Other than dogs, her favorite animals are tigers.(And she LOVES dogs, that’s my favorite!)

Do Not miss this great opportunity to Run with Serena Williams on December 13,2015.

See you there!

(Information originally from : http://espn.go.com/espnw/athletes-life/article/13384159/22-fun-facts-serena-williams)