Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Running For Fun

If you're like me, then you need a T-Rex in prompt pursuit for adequate running motivation. I've never been a runner and I wasn't until this past summer. However with a little help from some easy to find resources I ran my first 5K a couple weeks ago. And I did it without killing myself, without injuring myself, and I had a lot of fun. So here are some tips to becoming a runner.

1) The Benefits

Exercise in general is a great de-stresser. It allows your mind to focus on something else. Usually with increased exercise comes increased concentration throughout the day. Also, it is a great hobby unrelated to school. 

2) Have Fun

Running can be fun and the moment running stops being fun you should stop. What I enjoy about running is being able to get outside, enjoy the air, and clear my mind from everyday stresses. And I believe running can be fun for everyone if you give it a chance. A great way to have more fun is to run with a friend. Especially someone who is just starting out with you, running once a week can keep you motivated. 

3) Getting Stared

An 8 week running program is a great way to get stared if you cannot run continuously for 30 minutes. 

Take a day of rest in between running days do give your body time to build muscle and acclimate. Pushing yourself too much too fast can cause physical injury. So take your time and have fun. Granted if you have an extremely busy day and don't have time to do a full workout, running for ten minutes is better than not running at all. The best part about starting to run is finding what works for you. Explore different places to run and different times of the day. Find what works for you.

Week 1: Run for 1 minute and walk for 1 minute repeat 8 times

Week 2: Run for 2 minutes and walk for 1 minute repeat 7 times
Week 3: Run for 4 minutes and walk for 1 minute repeat 6 times
Week 4: Run for 6 minutes and walk for 2 minutes repeat 4 times
Week 5: Run for 9 minutes and walk for 2 minutes repeat 3 times
Week 6: Run for 12 minutes and walk for 1 minute repeat 3 times
Week 7: Run for 15 minutes and walk for 1 minute repeat 2 times
Week 8: Run for 30 minutes continuously!

To help strengthen the muscles in your legs you can do this quick six minute workout.

45 seconds of lunges 15 seconds of rest
45 seconds of squats 15 seconds of rest
45 seconds of calf raisers 15 seconds of rest (Calf raisers are where you stand on the edge of a stair with your heals hanging over the edge and and push your body up and down. Use the stair rail for balance.)

4) Avoiding Injury

Like I said pushing yourself too much too fast can cause common injuries in knees and ankles. Make sure to stretch out thoroughly after working out when your muscles are warm. If you are having sever pain while running stop immediately and take a few days of rest. A common injury that I've had to deal with is shin splints. Shin splints are caused when the muscles in your calves are so tense they pull away from the bone and as a result the bone forms tiny micro fractures. If you have shin splints do 6 weeks of low impact exercise like the elliptical, biking, or weight training. Then when you start to run put ice on your shins for 15 minutes (no more), followed by heat for 15 minutes and then followed by thorough stretching. Do this twice a day. For any other tender or painful areas follow this same ice and heat routine. Massaging your tense muscles can avoid injury as well. 

5) Resources

Fun places to run around New York

Running smartphone apps

Gym memberships

Ludlow Fitness (across a street) $399 for a year, they also have an 8 month membership for less.

Synergy Gym (131 East 31st Street or check their website for more locations)  is $380 for a year through the SVA discount provided by VASA. Synergy is 24 hours Monday-Friday.

 Run or Dye:

Monday, September 9, 2013

Learning to Cook, One Recipe At A Time

I'll be the first to admit that my culinary skills barely stretch beyond the microwave... So when I found out that I'd be sharing kitchen space with ICC students, I labeled myself as the designated taste tester and pastry moocher.

Still, I know I can't live off of my own frozen foods and their samples forever, so I have started reaching out to these culinary students for a few quick tips and recipes that are easy to swallow.

I met up with Bubba, a local celebrity chef here at Ludlow to ask him about his famous pancakes. If you made it to the Pancake Brunch, then you must already be drooling for the details. He picked up this recipe from his mom back in Texas and swears by it. The trick to making them so tall and thick, he said, is the baking powder and salt. You should mix the dry and wet ingredients separately before bringing it all together in a lumpy union and then pour as much as you can handle into your pan. Give it a go!

Remember, if you need a professional taste test, I'll be in my room.

Saturday, September 7, 2013

The Best Candy Store in Manhattan!

I used to go to this store every other week to get my sugar fix... ..When you first walk into the store, it feels as if you are in a time machine ...back when you were 8 years old in elementary school.  All the stuff you haven't seen since you were a kid, you can find here!!!

This store will make you remember the days when your favorite chocolate bar used to be taken away by the bully in your school. Or in the case of the bully, this store will bring you back to the days when you use to bully your classmates for their chocolate bars during recess. It is the most amazing candy store, it's unfathomable!!

Get ready to have your mind blown! There are piles of candy! Everywhere!

Aside from being the most amazing candy store for carrying candy you haven't seen in decades, this store is also very special because it also carries some healthy stuff! I like to come here to buy my nuts for the week. They have a couple assortments of nuts and dried fruits that are very inexpensive. 

So now that you know where to find your favorite candy from your childhood, go get one! It's just one block away!

  • Address: 108 Rivington St, New York, NY 10002
    Phone:(212) 254-1531


    Monday10:00 am – 6:00 pm
    Tuesday9:00 am – 6:00 pm
    Wednesday9:00 am – 6:00 pm
    Thursday9:00 am – 6:00 pm
    Friday9:00 am – 6:00 pm
    Saturday10:00 am – 5:00 pm
    Sunday9:00 am – 6:00 pm
  • Thursday, September 5, 2013

    China Town & Little Italy

    On Labor day an enthusiastic bunch dodged the rain and chanced the flash flood warning to explore China Town & Little Italy.

    RA Corie cohorsed several other RAs and some new residents into walking the short distance from Ludlow to Canal street.

    They first stopped at North Dumping to eat a cheap 10 dumplings for $2 on Essex street between Hester and Grand St.. ( A favorite of RA Mike).

    Continuing on RA Corie pointed out a delicious dim sum restaurant called "Jing Fong Restaurant". Then they briefly stopped at the Elizabeth center.

    A China town tour wouldn't be complete without a stop at one of the many bubble tea shops.

    ViVi bubble tea offers a buy one get one free black milk tea that everyone took advanage of.

    Alli and Alex.
    One of the last places we stopped at in China Town was a cute candy store called Aji Ichiban where a variety of Asain candy could be found and tasted before purchase!

    The tour always walks back through Little Italy were several nice restaurants can be found. We also found a tiny garden to walk through.

    Everyone had a great time. 

    Wednesday, September 4, 2013

    The Blazin' BBQ!

    To celebrate a new year at Ludlow we held a Welcome BBQ on the terrace this past week. 

    There were over one hundred Ludlowians who attended which is insane! The food was great and prepared by Bubba; including dogs, coleslaw and burgers. RA Derrell played some tunes on the stereo and even got a big group of people to do the cha cha slide and a macarena conga round the terrace.

    It was presented by the Ludlow Collective which is for you guys! There will be more collective events throughout the semester including Pool Sharks, Model Night and more so check them out! Thanks for coming!

    Monday, September 2, 2013

    Welcome to Ludlow 2013!

    Welcome and/or welcome back to Ludlow this year! 

    This is the Ludlow Live Wire and it is our blog to keep you guys updated with events that have happened, news about Ludlow, interesting places to visit in the local area and of course funny cat videos.

    To kick us off into a great semester we have a bunch of events happening this month. You can find them all in the lobby on our calendar board and there will also be flyers and Facebook events nearer the time.

    Have a great first day of classes and if you have any questions email