FAV Spotlight: Reykjavik, Iceland


Ranked number 1 in Forbes magazine as the healthiest city to live in, Reykjavik offers breathtaking scenery, and CLEAN water everywhere (their hot or cold fountain of youth). With one of the world’s highest life expectancy at 81.5, you will surely come back feeling younger! Continue reading


Introducing FAV of the Week

Vacations are great. Vacations where you come back healthier and happier are awesome. On a recent post about goal setting, we mentioned the importance of rewarding yourself and your family for accomplishing a major goal.

Each week we will review a healthy city to plan your next FAV (Family Adventure Vacation).  Not just an ordinary sightseeing vacation, but one where you can sign up for an event whether a tri, marathon, or some mountaineering. Of course we will throw in a few secrets on where to stay, what to eat, and what to do! This is a great way to get you motivated to train for your adventure abroad, and give yourself and your family a purpose and goal for getting fit and healthy. With an exciting  F.A.V. planned out, we’re positive junior will make mommy and daddy take those stairs and skip the elevator to get you prepped for that hike you have signed up for!

Hurdles and Glories of Life, according to a triathlete

As I was getting ready for bed last night, I had a conversation with PD about the similarities between triathlons, transitions and life. I thought that this would be a great way to explain changes, perseverance, learning from mistakes and glory to our daughter Issy some day. If you are not familiar with what goes on in a triathlon, this will get you started. Continue reading

Join us at REI Soho March 8th 7pm

Are you a parent? Expecting? Tired of sitting on the couch, or spending your weekends sitting in a circle singing kid songs? Do you love the outdoors? Parenting doesn’t have to end up with a muffin top and your weekends at chuckee cheese. You CAN be fit, enjoy the outdoors, have an adventurous lifestyle and still have a family. Come meet other parents like you, sign up for events, learn about active parent gear, and a chance to win some free stuff!


Everest Anyone?

Well not quite Everest yet, but Team SNUG SCIENCE (PD and I) have just signed up for our first serious expedition….climb to the summit of Mt. Pisco in Peru! We are really excited to join the most knowledgable expedition guides, Satori Adventures & Expeditions in July 2012!! We are thrilled! Ever done this? Let us know! We’d love to hear all about it and what your next one is!

This is a link from Satori Adventures and Expeditions for their Mt. Pisco trip.

Parenthletes at the NYC Half Marathon- March 18

Are any of you running the NYC Half on March 18? If Yes we’d like to hear from you. We are looking for parenthletes to interview about training for this upcoming event. Join us for a post race celebration. Location TBD. I’ll be running the race with you and capturing all the best moments of this great event! Contact me at yamuna@snugscience.com

REI and our evening jog

I have to admit, we haven’t been the best parenthletes this week. We’ve been over consumed with work just days from launching and quite honestly the rainy weather hasn’t helped us either. We could go to the gym which is literally just down the street from us and even has a cresh to watch our baby. But we’d rather stay at home, veg out and enjoy a beer. Hey, we’re human. But 3 days without a nice refreshing run gets me a bit edgy. Call us crazy but we really do enjoy long runs, taking in all that winter sunshine that we so need. I always feel so energized, and literally stress free after a run. Those hormones released from exercise are amazing aren’t they? Continue reading

Triathlon season is over

We have our first winter after moving to triathlons, triathlons in NY being a summer sport means looking for some off-season substitutes. Spin classes are fun – in moderation – so we are looking for some other activities. After watching our friend run the marathon, I decided to tackle a marathon next year. Unlike parenthletemom I’ve had issues with running more then any other area during my Tri training, with the old knees especially playing up. Moving to the Nike Free Run shoes help a lot, and after reading this story in the NY times decided to take it to the next level (Its a great article which explains the barefoot running craze). Running in NYC totally barefoot seemed a bit too extreme for me so ended up with the following

These weird looking shoes have been highly reccomended by a few friends so took the leap. Being impatient after getting the idea in my head I purchased at Paragon Sports NY . Paraenthletemom was unimpressed with news of this latest purchase, feeling like i jumped the gun on her idea…


So far i’ve done everything the fivefingers except run


...watched TV...

…walked the dog….

....even eaten dinner in them

none of which helped alleviate Parenthletemom’s feeling that I somehow stole this idea. So we will run in them today after she has her own pair.. So far i can say they feel almost as unusual as they look, in a good way. You feel more mobile and while the soles are thin the rubber seems very tough like the kind they make tires with, so your feet have a protected feeling. One concern is the cold, after the morning walk with Barkley my toes were pretty numb and its going to get a lot colder yet, Will see if running moves the blood enough. What i can say though is these Five Fingers shoes are well made and a very interesting idea,  I can see why they are gaining a loyal following, and looking forward to testing how they work with my feet. If you are interested in trying them make sure if possible to try them on in a shop, I found the sizing of these ran quite differently to regular shoes and needed 2 sizes larger.