South Block Co. Review

2015-05-10 19.56.38Run, juice, repeat with South Block Co. juices and smoothies. This Arlington based juicery and cafe has been around Northern Virginia energizing, educating, and inspiring thousands through their cold-pressed juices, smoothies, and aci bowls on living a healthy and fit lifestyle through healthy drinking and eating. With over 15 different cold-pressed juices, this Clarendon based company offers a wide range of juices for anyone. Along with their famous juices, South Block Co offers a wide range of amazing smoothies and aci bowels to help fuel your body post run or workout. So amazing that they’ve won DC’s City Paper Best Smoothie cafe for the past 2 years.

As Summer approaches and my Chicago Marathon training session kicks into full swing I love finding myself planning my long runs from my DC apartment to South Block Co Clarendon store to reward myself one some of my favorite juices. These include: Activate, Cure, Renew, Hydrate (Seasonal Juice), Greens, Cold Brew Mylk, and many more. These refreshing juices along with my regular Herbalife24 routine help keep my body in tip-top shape for marathon session. Not only am I replenishing my body with the right nutrients from the cold-pressed juices but I’m also getting in the right nutrients from the right vegetables to help rebuild my muscles, increase my overall speed, and of course live a happier and healthier life. As mentioned in a previous post, since drinking cold-pressed juices on a weekly basis I’ve found myself living a happier and healthier lifestyle through monthly cleanses, not craving junk food, and increasing my nutrients and veggie intake. 2015-05-18 11.23.27

Outside of the great juices, smoothies, and aci bowls the next best thing I love about South Block Co is their community involvement. As an individual who loves working and volunteering with companies that give back to their community I have found that South Block Co continues to amaze me by giving back to the Northern Virginia community through partnering with local retail stores and fitness facilities. These partnerships show that South Block Co is devoted to expanding individuals fit and healthy lifestyle by introducing them to juices and smoothies that can help increase their overall exercise routine. Some of the partnerships include Clarendon’s LuLuLemon weekly fun runs, Revolve cycle rides, and Downward Dog Yoga events which I would encourage you to look into and join.

Run, juice, repeat with South Block Co. That’s what I do and you should join me. If you are ever in the DC area and are interested in getting in a long run followed by some great juices contact me so we can run to South Block Co in Clarendon, VA. For more information please visit, or follow them on Twitter @SouthBlockCo.

South Block Co. Review

Rock ‘n’ Roll DC Tips

There’s only 3 days left until the Rock ‘n’ Roll DC Series overtakes the Nation’s Capital, are Rock 'n' Roll Medalsyou ready? You’ve come this far with your training, short runs, long runs, days you wanted to give-up and days you felt like you could run further, so take these few days leading up to Saturday to hydrate, relax, and prepare for race-day logistics. There is no point to start stressing or to get in those extra miles that you weren’t able to log during your training session, your body is ready. Below I’ve listed a few things I personally do to prepare for race day, including hydration, shake-out runs, pre-race logistics, and refueling post race.

It’s time to get serious and start hydrating! That means not only drinking a lot of water but also getting plenty of electrolytes and vitamins into your body leading up to race day. Some great hydration supplements that I’ve used include; Nuun tablets, Isagenix Replenish mix, and Herbalife 24 Hydrate mix. All of which have great electrolytes and vitamins that help keep your body hydrated and replenished during and after runs. 

Shake-Out Run:
Now I know this sounds crazy, a run before a long run but I would highly suggest that you plan an easy, short shake-out run the day before the race. I personally use this time to reflect on my training session, my accomplishments, prepare my body one last time for the big race, and relax. These runs should not include speed work or long distances, better yet just a short easy 3-5 miles to loosen your legs and muscles for the next day.

**I will be planning a 4-mile shake-out run on Friday, March 13th at 7AM at VIDA City Vista for anyone who is interested in joining**

Race Day Logistics:
Today’s the day, the big day that you’ve been waiting for ever since you started your training journey. The Rock ‘n’ Roll Series has provided all runners with bag check information, pre-race information, and post-race information. I personally would suggest skipping bag check and just donating your clothes when the race starts. This year’s bag check once again is organized by LAST NAME and not Bib Numbers so it makes it a little more challenging. If you are determined to check a bag I would highly suggest that you get to the race site an hour before the race starts to make sure everything is completed.

As for the right attire, please plan to dress accordingly. As of right now it looks like it might rain with temperatures starting in the 40’s and increasing throughout the race. I would highly suggest that runners please prepare to take off any extra clothing along the race so your body doesn’t overheat or get weighted down with extra wet gear.

You did it, you accomplished what you were set out to do. I’m sure after completing your half or full marathon you will have all tons of emotions, excitement, and of course being tired. This is the perfect time to start restoring your body from the electrolytes, nutrients, and vitamins that you lost during the race. I would encourage you to start slow, don’t just chug water and slam food into your mouth. Start with hydrating yourself with one of the hydration mixes I listed above followed by a protein shake to help increase your electrolytes and nutrients in your body. Some protein shakes I would suggest include Isagenix Pro or Herbalife 24 Rebuild Endurance or Strength. Following the race I would encourage you to wait 1-2 hours afterwards to sit down for a full meal. This will give your body the time it needs to recovery from the race, hydrate, and refuel from the protein shake.

I look forward to seeing you out on the course and running together for this year’s Rock ‘n’ Roll DC Series! For questions regarding any of the tips or to join my shake-out run please contact Travis Smith,


Rock ‘n’ Roll DC Tips


“Today is my tomorrow. It’s up to me to shape it, to take control and seize every opportunity. The power is in the choices I make each day. I eat well, I live well, I shape me!” – Unknown

Recovery (n) – when someone suffering from a disease regains possession or control over the issue. Over 10 months ago I faced the hardest obstacle of my life, disordered eating. Disordered eating is abnormal eating behaviors that, by themselves, do not warrant diagnosis of an eating disorder, however have common features such as chronic restrained eating, compulsive eating, binge eating with associated loss of control, and self-induced vomiting. Disordered eating also includes behaviors that are not characteristic of any eating disorder, such as irregular, chaotic eating patterns, ignoring physical feelings of hunger and satiety (fullness), use of diet pills, emotional eating, and night eating.

Since facing my disordered eating obstacle over 10 months ago I’ve made huge progress, including cutting my weekly workout/runs down while increasing my food intake and implementing personal training. Through my progress I was able to see that life wasn’t about being skinny but more about being healthy. This progress of course didn’t happen overnight and I still very much battle with the issue everyday, fighting with myself to remember that there is much more to life than being 115lbs, being skinny and always worrying about my weight. Even during the rough days I always remind myself of the progress that I’ve made, the inspiration that I’ve given to other individuals and the overall happiness I’ve gained. Yes, I still run, which I’m sure you can tell. Running for me is therapy, it reminds me to keep going, to continue to push through this obstacle that no matter what, I’ll never let this issue relapse or define me. Many have argued that running is only fueling the fire, however I’ve learned that through moderation, healthy eating and a strong mindset running is not causing the issue but rather reminding me of my past and how I need to continue to push forward. As my most recent tattoo says, “Progress not Perfection.” Something that will always remind me that there is no such thing as perfection and that all I can do is to continue to strive for progress, to continue to push forward and better my life not for others but for myself.

So as my opening quote says, “Today is my tomorrow. It’s up to me to shape it, to take control and seize every opportunity. The power is in the choices I make each day. I eat well, I live well, I shape me” is exactly what I am doing!