26.2 miles by Krystal Bick October 6, 2015 Bra: Old Navy: Pants: Old Navy; Sweater: Eddie Bauer; Shoes: Nike; Sunglasses: Karen Walker Let’s shift gears a bit today and talk about fitness. Since moving to New York, it’s been a huge goal for me to get back into a regular fitness routine (I even put it on my 30 before 30 list right here). And if you met me in elementary, middle or high school, this really wouldn’t come as a surprise. I’ve always been on a sports team of some sort. Soccer. Basketball. Volleyball. Softball. Heck, I may have even played on my high school’s golf team for a season (for the record, I was and still am awful). Nothing quite fit like running though. I did track throughout high school and while I prided myself in the short distance sprints, it wasn’t until I started doing longer distances in college that I really hit my stride (pun intended). It wasn’t necessarily just about the cardio for me (even though that’s a great added bonus) — I mainly love the head space it gives me. Give me an early morning when no one else is out, a scenic several mile route, a great playlist and I could run for hours, just thinking about work, problems I’m trying to solve and any goals that I’ve been mulling over/contemplating. Unfortunately, as I get older (and therefore busier), it gets harder and harder to block dedicated time for things like that. But if the past recent months have taught me anything, it’s not impossible! If you follow me on Snapchat, you may have noticed I’ve been getting my butt out pretty regularly, either to the Hudson River running path or even up to the Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis reservoir up in Central Park to bust out 3 or more miles. I find that it’s a great way to see your own city and if you catch New York at those early morning hours, it can be pretty darn magical with no one else in your way. And if you happen to follow me over on Instagram, you may have noticed that as of last week, fresh off the heels of our Utah road trip, I signed up for a marathon in Paris, taking place in April. I technically ran my first marathon back in 2006 in Vegas, and despite my better judgement, ignored any core and muscle training and solely focused on cardio training. I finished the race (right around 4 hours or so), but my body was an absolute mess afterward. Muscles and joints that hadn’t been properly introduced or prepped for the occasion ached and quite honestly, bothered me for months afterward. This time around, I’m taking a slightly different approach. Focusing on this running plan and partnering with Equinox and their personal trainers to help with the strength training and overall body toning (hello arms!). Over the next few months, I’ll be sharing my progress, both mileage wise and strength-wise here on the blog, and I do hope you’ll follow along (and heck, maybe even join me?). And it all starts TODAY! Photos by Lydia Hudgens This post was in collaboration with Equinox. As always, all opinions and styling are my own. Thank you for supporting all This Time Tomorrow collaborations!