Evann is the creator of one of NYC’s Best Fitness Blogs covering topics like running, events, apparel, and more! Check out her techniques on how to stay healthy in NYC.
Maria: Hey Evann! Please share something that’s new and good in your world.
Evann: Last week, I ran my fourth half marathon with Lululemon in Vancouver. This week, I’m starting a new eight-week training plan with my running coach to prepare for two fall races. I’m excited to be running my first Ragnar (200-mile team relay) in New Hampshire with New Balance in September, then my fifth half marathon in San Francisco with Nike and Finish Line in October. My big goal is to set a PR (personal record) in San Francisco.
“I believe that you should find an activity that you love and do it regularly.”
M: What is your food and fitness philosophy?
E: I choose to run so many races as a personal challenge, and as a unique way to travel. I believe that you should find an activity that you love and do it regularly. There’s no sense in making yourself exercise in a way that doesn’t bring you joy. Whether it’s running, dancing, cycling, or playing a sport, it beats sitting on the couch! I aim to eat healthy about 90% of the time to fuel my athletic lifestyle. It’s hard not to indulge when there are so many delicious options in New York!
“I aim to eat healthy about 90% of the time to fuel my athletic lifestyle.”
M: What makes you want to live a clean, healthy lifestyle?
E: I’ve found that so many elements of my life depend on one another to achieve a healthy lifestyle. When I eat well, move often, and sleep enough, I feel emotionally and physically at my best. I choose to live a busy schedule and to set big goals. Living a clean, healthy lifestyle gives me enough energy to keep working toward those goals.
“I choose to live a busy schedule and to set big goals.”
M: What tips would you give to someone who is just starting out on their health journey?
E: I grew up dancing and had never run more than three consecutive miles before 2013. People often ask me how to start running, since I’m a relatively new runner myself. I wrote an entire blog post on this topic. My top tips? Get fitted for shoes. Register for a race. Track yourself using an app. Join a run club. Take walk breaks. Strength train. Don’t be too hard on yourself.
M: When you’re not cooking at home, what are some of your favorite healthy restaurants in NYC?
E: I work a full-time job in advertising, blog as a hobby, and am constantly training for races. It’s not always possible for me to cook at home, so I appreciate the many healthy food options around the city. My favorite healthy meals are from Sweetgreen, Dig Inn, and Hu Kitchen (especially for breakfast). For a smoothie or juice, I head to Liquiteria or Juice Press. If I’m looking to indulge, you’ll find me with an ice cream cone in hand.
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