In case you're wondering why I've been even more sporadic (than usual!) posting it's because a LOT has changed since I last wrote! Most importantly, I got a new job! It's within the same company, but in a new group-- meaning longer and busier days and less time to bop around the city to take classes. In all honesty, the first two weeks of the job really wiped me out and I only made a few workouts each week. I woke up most mornings feeling like I'd been hit by a bus and got home most nights ready to faceplant into my pillows!
I'm on the rebound from those initial exhausting days as a newbie, but still struggling to find an easy rhythm that includes work, sleep, exercise, errands and friends. It's amazing how even the smallest changes- an extra hour or two at work each day, more emails, more meetings can really throw off your entire routine. For one, evening workouts are pretty much non-existent now. I can't predict when I'll get out of work and as a new employee, don't feel comfortable leaving before my co-workers to make a class. This is a change that's OK with me- I prefer to workout in the morning- but still a change.
So, what's the plan?
One of my priorities is maintaining my friendships at Exceed, so I'm researching pros and cons of FitReserve and Classpass. These are more expensive options than the gym, but the classes are much higher quality and I know I'd be more excited about going to them.
Classpass has more options for classes that are close to my apartment (i.e. Flywheel and Barry's Bootcamp)- important for those early mornings when I need to get in a sweat but also want to get showered and dressed in the comfort of my own home. The major question there is: has Classpass improved? Would I even be able to sign up for these classes? My last experience with it wasn't great but I've since moved neighborhoods- any downtown-ers that can speak to this? I'd love to hear before plunking down $125 for a trial month!
FitReserve was great for many different classes, would allow me four visits to Exceed per month (one more than Classpass) and the ease of signing up was wonderful. However, the selection is much smaller and there aren't as many studios that I like within a 10-15 minute walk from my apartment. I am fine with getting dressed for work in a locker room a couple times a week, but wouldn't want to do it constantly.
When I lived in Boston, I ran all the time and absolutely adored those quiet mornings out on the streets and around the Charles River. I haven't found running in New York to be quite as peaceful, and I get tired of the repetitive nature of the West Side Highway, but I'm hoping that running "for fun" (i.e. not training for anything) will help my relationship with running flourish this winter. I'm also not putting pressure on myself to get any exact mileage- if I can only manage a few 3-4 mile runs a week, that's the best I can do right now and that's enough.