An Awesome Two-a-Day



I rarely intend to do two-a-days, but sometimes two awesome workout opportunities come up in one day that I can’t say no to.

Like today.

The fabulous Emily had emailed me last week to see if I wanted to try out the November Project with her. UM, yes. I heard the (hot) founders speak at the Runner’s World marathon party and I loved the idea – a free fitness movement started in Boston to help people stay in shape during the cold winter months. The founders love high-fiving, hugging and cursing. Oh yeah, and running. 

NYC is PASSIONATE about its fitness (or obsessive, whatever), so I was wondering when NP would start here!


Emily, totally borrowing from your Twitter, mmmk?

I’m not sure what I expected, but the workout certainly got my heart rate up and got me giggling, all before 7:30 am.

We did three different circuits of figure-eight loops of the park (according to their blog, at least. All I remember was trying not to trip up the stairs) with intervals for step-ups and push-ups in between.

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And then we did a relay race, NBD.


It was a super fun way to start the day and get a good workout in. It is the exact opposite of convenient for me – the whole adventure took more than 2 hours with travel, and I took a cab there. Still worth it. Apparently I am going back already next week, because by the time I got to work, the girl who runs our NYJL run club had seen my Instagram and sent out an email to run club saying we should go. Okay, fine 🙂

And then I went to SoulCycle after work with a coworker, thanks to a sweet gift card from Gia for my birthday. (If you have friends who do – or want to do – SoulCycle, a gift card is maybe the best thing you could ever get them.) We took String’s class. It was lots of hip-hop, including some throwback tunes, so it was awesome to rock out, too. By the end of the workout, my calves were shaking, they were so tired.

Successful two-a-day.

Do you ever do two-a-days? Fave combination? My favorite two-a-day combo ever is running + yoga, for sure. 

21 comments on “An Awesome Two-a-Day

  1. Verhanika

    I totally did a two-a-day today. I’m working through Shaun T’s T25 program and missed my workout yesterday. So today I did 2 workouts for a total of T50. It’s only been 3 hours and I’m already feeling the soreness set in.

  2. Kristine

    I did a 2-a-day today too – Pilates this AM then Soul Cycle in the evening. I can’t decide if a Pilates + Soul or a yoga + running day is more my favorite. Equally opportunity sweater over here I guess.

  3. Annie @ Annie Get Your Run

    HAHA! I am doing one today! And as I finished my morning run I thought “This might be a good blog post.” My two a day isn’t because of awesome fitness opportunities, but basically because I couldn’t waste a morning where it’s already 40 degrees when I wake up at 5 to run! 🙂

  4. Abi@AbsofSteel

    I don’t often do two a days unless you count doing a quick yoga session after a tough run. One time I did an 8 mile run in the morning and then ended up playing ultimate frisbee for a couple hours later that day. Bad life decision! I wasn’t that used to long distance running at the time and ended up totally exhausted.

  5. Meaghan - DC Fit Crasher

    I am so happy to see the November Project hit NYC! It’s such a fun (and funky) group and I definitely need to get back to the one we have in DC. Similar situation to yours, the location is never that convenient, but always a good time once you’re there. Your post is motivating me to put it back on my calendar : )

  6. Stephanie

    Great motivation! I’ve been slacking this week but plan to knock out a couple two-a-days the rest of the week! Run + yoga is my favorite workout combo too.

  7. Nicole

    November Project is in Madison but I’ve been chicken all winter to try it out. 6am in below zero temps. No thanks! But Spring/Summer NP workouts here I come.

  8. Erin

    I love your workout recaps, and have a question for you. I’m going to be visiting NYC in May and was thinking about trying out either a SoulCycle or an Uplift class (or both!) while I’m there. I am not new to working out, but I am overweight – about 60 lbs or so. Would you honestly recommend either of these classes for someone who is not already fit or not…uh… small ?? I don’t want to walk in and embarrasses myself. Thanks so much for your input 🙂 🙂

    1. Theodora

      @Erin: I would say if you have apprehensions at all, you should go with Uplift. I really and truly see women of all sizes there and they’re so welcoming and warm there. I do see people of all sizes at Soul, but less so, and the environment can definitely be a little intimidating to newbies there. Hell, I don’t even go that often, maybe 1-2 times a month, and it’s still intimidating to me sometimes.

      1. Erin


        This is exactly the kind of advice I needed, thank you so much! I really appreciate it! I’m excited to try an Uplift class when I’m there 🙂

  9. Ange @ Cowgirl Runs

    I’m awful at mornings, but I love the run + yoga combo when I can get it to work.

    However, if we had a NP chapter in Calgary, I’m sure I’d be able to get myseful up in the mornings 🙂

  10. Fiona

    The November Project is here!?!?! So exciting!! I should try and run there one morning. Is it an hour long?

    My favorite two-a-days are run plus yoga, and my least favorite are when my schedule makes me run plus Refine (strength) because I cannot move for three days after that.


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