Well its a new year and these two bloggers were definitely ready to bid 2011 goodbye. Aside from some great goals that we accomplished on the fitness front, our personal and family lives have been less than stellar. So like many others out there we both are hoping that 2012 is a better year for everyone! But before the ball dropped I coned mom and sister into joining me for round two of new fitness classes and we went to a local workout studio called Pure Barre. This place provides Barre classes which according to the website is a technique designed to "lift your seat, tone your thighs and burn fat in record-breaking time." Using the ballet barre you perform small movements that are designed to work your whole body and build lean muscles. They call this "intelligent exercise" but all three of us felt pretty stupid at some point during the workout. Luckily it was an early morning class and we were the only three participants. Yet while we laughed at our inflexibility and weak core movements (must work on this!!) and sometimes flat out fell (okay that was just me) we all REALLY enjoyed the class. Angela our instructor was very patient and the workout was amazing. Who knew that squeezing a small ball between your legs while doing squats and leg lifts would burn so much!! We also all felt this class the next day further proving that Barre workouts are not BS.
However, once the calendar year flipped to 2012 it was back to running so the three of us hit a local running store Buckeye Running Company which was hosting a New Years Day brunch run. Amanda over at Run to the Finish had posted a virtual Resolution Run for the start of the year so I signed mom and I up for this and we headed out to Buckeye for a free breakfast and a quick 3 miles. It was super windy with 40 mph gusts so the first mile which featured a slow uphill and was run right into the wind was our slowest. Mile 2 we picked up some steam and really got moving for the rest of the run as the wind was at our backs and literally pushed us back to the store. If you ever visit Cincinnati and need running apparel think of heading over to Buckeye. Steve is the nicest store manager and really caters to runners needs!! Bagels, muffins, fresh fruit, mimosas, red wine, and more greeted us once we got inside so between drinking and shopping we had a great New Years morning. Hope everyone else enjoyed their holidays and had a wonderful New Years....our journey continues in 2012!