Love-All: A Morning with New Balance Tennis

Long-time readers know a few things about me:

1. I’m a little wacky.

2. I’ve loved New Balance since they were a client of mine a few years ago. I think it’s a truly amazing company with amazing products and amazing people. (I got to tour their factory and totally geeked out.)

3. I loved tennis far before I loved running or any other fitness activity.

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Also, I LOVE causing rackets. Er, racquets? 

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So off to the Vanderbilt Tennis Club I went yesterday morning with my coworkers.

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Dual identities. 

First of all, the Vanderbilt Tennis Club is kind of confusing to get to. It’s above Grand Central and the elevators are weird, and yeah.

I remember when I worked with NB a few years ago and the tennis line was launched, and it was a big deal.

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HELLO AND WELCOME TO MY NATURAL HABITAT. Seriously, before I knew what meditation was, when I wanted to calm down, I’d close my eyes and just imagine hitting the ball back and forth, back and forth in a long, slow rally with a friend. Is that weird? Probably. 

In the summers in high school, I’d play all day, everyday, and I loved it. Indoors, outdoors, you just couldn’t get me off the court. It’s kind of a pain to play in NYC, so I rarely do, but every time I play, I want to play more and more. I have a standing bet with my COO to beat him in tennis (and the 800m), so I better get practicing.

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So much of my misspent youth was spent convening around a basket of yellow balls, piling balls on my racquet or filling up a hopper.

But I digress. Yesterday, they took us through a number of drills, and I felt like I was 14 again. 

I knew nothing technical about tennis shoes when I last played seriously, and I don’t play seriously enough to know much now, but we were given the 996s to try out. They felt lightweight, and it was easy to move laterally in them. I made the mistake of grabbing a pair of old white sneaks that WEREN’T tennis sneaks a few weeks ago, and yeah, no. I don’t know how I didn’t twist an ankle.

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It’s like they knew. I can never have enough tennis whites, Jordan is mortified about the idea of wearing a tennis skirt, and Amy loves bright colors. They outfitted us in the Tournament Sleeveless Polo and the Challenger Skort, which at $39, is an amazing price point. I really liked the top and liked the cut of the skirt, but the shorts under were a little short for me and creeped up a bit.

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These kids’ shoes are TO DIE FOR. Gia, I’m kidnapping the Gs, ok?

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Their tennis line came in colors as well as the traditional tennis whites. 

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Milos Raonic is one of their athletes. He’s 23, seeded 5th going into the U.S. Open, is 6’5”, and has a serve of 155 mph. Just slightly impressive.

We watched him serve a few times and then had the opportunity to chat with him a bit. DUDE PLAYS 10-11 HOURS PER DAY at the top of his training; otherwise he “only” plays 6-8 hours. Wow.

Who loves tennis? Who’s going to watch the Open? How am I going to watch without cable?


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What’s Off the Menu For Me

Edited to add because I totally spaced:

This post is brought to you by Beano, but all (embarrassing) experiences are my own.

For the first two years I blogged here, I blogged most of my meals, for better or worse.

And then I stopped for a number of reasons: I’d been laid off, and honestly, didn’t want to be judged for what i was or wasn’t spending my money on, I was bored of it, and I was having a bout of digestive issues and I didn’t want anyone to potentially try to emulate the sometimes weird combinations I was eating to keep my stomach happy.

When I started trying to lose weight, my trainer gave me these nutrition guidelines. I’d been overweight and had digestive issues before then, so they were certainly worth a try.

One of the hardest guidelines to follow was cutting out dairy. BUT WHAT ABOUT CHEESE? AND YOGURT? I asked Joel. I soon realized it was easier to listen to him than not, so I just tried giving up the damn dairy.

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I found that so many of my digestive issues went away, but I was still missing my dairy products. I would experiment with “cheating” a little and adding them back in sometimes.

I don’t believe I’ll ever go 100% dairy-free (because, cheese), but I definitely have my limits. I can’t have a meal with a particularly creamy sauce or some nice cheesy enchiladas without feeling sick, so I don’t usually eat these foods, but it would be nice to be able to enjoy them every once in a while. I also REALLY miss yogurt. It was such an easy afternoon snack, and sometimes I look longingly at my coworkers’ yogurts in the afternoon. (Non-dairy yogurt is just gross, sorry.) I can usually (but not always eat fro-yo), but regular ice cream usually makes me sick. Pizza is very touch and go.

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So as part of this Back on the Menu Challenge with Beano, I’ll be experimenting with their Beano + Dairy Defense to see if it helps me with some of these formerly off-limits foods. I’m thinking either some nice cheesy Mexican followed by ice cream.

What foods are off-limits to you?

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