The End of February

Wow! Where did February go? I can’t believe it! Lot’s of great athletic endeavors this month as I prepare for the start of official IMLP (Ironman Lake Placid) training towards mid-March.

So obviously it’s been a couple of weeks since my last post so let me bring you up to speed on a few of the highlights. My work travel continues to be in Greenville South Carolina. Although being away from home can be challenging for maintaining time to workout, it’s been pretty easy here. To start with I’ve been taking an AMAZING spin class at a local gym – Pivotal Fitness. The woman who teaches the 5:30 am class ROCKS MY WORLD. She’s a great motivator and a great pusher. The hour is BRUTAL but the feeling of accomplishment upon departure makes every pedal stroke worth it. I’ve also experimented with HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) class on Wednesday am. The instructor definitely forces me out of my comfort zone. The weights tho kick my bootay (and I need it). In addition to the gym here, I’ve also found a great trail that starts near the Greenville Zoo and heads out towards the Fall along the Swamp Rabbit Trail. The trail is great with lots of scenery and a lot of other runners and cyclists. It’s great to see so many other active people out.

I believe I left off my last post talking about the upcoming Superbowl 10K in the Lehigh Valley. What a great time I had despite the frigid temperatures and snow covered roads. Every year they give custom race socks to the top 50 male and female finishers. I’ve never been in the top 50 but I was absolutely determined this year. I pushed HARD and it paid off. I got to the finish and there was still at least 15 other pairs in the box to be given out. Go me! Yay! I then indulged and started my day of Superbowl Style Mass Eating. Umm, I earned it, right?

Superbowl 10K Registered!

Superbowl 10K Registered!

Getting It Done!

Getting It Done!

Top 50 Female Finisher!

Top 50 Female Finisher!

Valentine’s Day took me on a little adventure to the Sand Casino in Bethlehem Pennsylvania. I had a great night with my Valentine starting with dinner at Emeril’s Chophouse. We then headed over to the Event Center to see Scotty McCreery. It was a great venue to see a band. In addition a little bonus was the opener was Sarah Darling. I didn’t realize she was the same artist that played live a few weeks ago on the Bachelor (guilty pleasure). The next morning Jas wanted to gamble so I took advantage of the time to head out for a run. I had no idea where I was going but just headed out and followed where the road took me. I ended up on a trail that took me near the Steel Stacks. Such a cool historical view. I ended up eventually in downtown Bethlehem and then knew exactly where I was. It was such a great adventure! I ended up just going with it and had an amazing eight mile adventure.

Bethlehem Run - Steel Stacks

Bethlehem Run – Steel Stacks

Bethlehem Run Scenery

Bethlehem Run Scenery

That same weekend I kicked off the next season of coaching Team in Training. I have a few great participants this season that are such a great mix of individuals, all with different stories. They are all so inspiring to me for taking on this challenge in addition to balancing everything else in their lives. My one participant definitely inspires me to get more involved with cross fit/cross training. I love it! I also made a really tough decision this month with respect to my upcoming commitments. After weeks of deep thought and reflection I decided to take a step back from coaching Team in Training next season. Not an easy decision, but none the less I needed to prioritize. I have a lot going on this summer with IMLP and work. I decided I would rather focus on doing a couple of things well rather than not being able to give my best to many things. Again, not an easy call and hearing the words come out of my mouth was heart breaking, but none the less it needed to happen. Team in Training will always hold a special place in my heart.

Last Thursday was the third Thursday of the month which meant Run Around Scranton! Run Around Scranton is such a great way to bring the community together toa different establishment to promote a healthy lifestyle. There was at least 150 people there for the two mile run which started and ended at Zaleski’s. Aside from arriving late and now knowing I could register to actually get a time, I had an awesome time! I ran most of the first mile with Jas before my competitive juices got the best of me and I was off to chase after other pony tails. Hey, at least I can admit it right?

Run Around Scranton - February Edition

Run Around Scranton – February Edition

This past weekend I headed to da ‘Cuse. My plan was to coach the TEAM Saturday am then hop in the car to drive to Syracuse. I was meeting a friend to go to the Georgetown/Syracuse Bball game. I was also blessed to have my parents drive to Syracuse and meet us for lunch at Dinosaur BBQ (def fell off the eating well boat). It was so great to see them! I had an awesome time with them as well as at the game.

Cuse/Georgetown Unite in the Dome - One Last Time!

Cuse/Georgetown Unite in the Dome – One Last Time!

While scrolling Facebook on Saturday afternoon I came across mention of the Lake Effect Half Marathon which happened to be the next day, Sunday. I posted to their page asking if there would be any race day registration slots open. I got back a response that there were three left and they were first come first served. Well, to make a long story short, I was able to get one! I figured why not?! It was the furthest I’ve run this far in 2013. I ran it much faster than what I expected. I was thrilled with my time given my level of training as well as the brutally cold weather conditions. Perhaps one of the highlights was the bling! I LOVE my medal and was so excited to get home and add it to my collection.

Lake Effect Half Marathon Registered!

Lake Effect Half Marathon Registered!

Finisher Bling!

Finisher Bling!

Finished!

Finished!

Seeing as last week was one of the highest mileage weeks I’ve had in a while, I took today off to recover. I know how critical recovery is but sometimes it is so hard to just relax. Crazy, I know (my Mom reminds me everyday, she will never “get it”). So tonight has been full of take out, chilling,watching the Bachelor. I love that I’m able to finally post as this was so overdue. Help me be accountable for more frequent posts 🙂 Sweet Dreams! XOXO

My Attempt to Get More Veggies :) Love Jamba Juice!

My Attempt to Get More Veggies 🙂 Love Jamba Juice!

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