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UPMC Health Plan Pittsburgh Half Marathon

18 May

UMPC Race ResultsThe good news? I was the first EVANS to finish! The great news? My time is actually recorded! If you recall my story on the Pittsburgh Marathon in 2010, I may have accidentally put the directions on my shoe rather than my timing chip-rookie mistake. This time around, Pittsburgh Marathon got its act together (joking) and decided to put the timing chip on my bib!

This was, hands down, my BEST race ever. Not only did I PR my time at 1:45, but Adam, my mom, and my dad were there for support. They woke up at 5:30am just to get me down to my corral by 6:45am. I saw them once along the course but just knowing they were there was more than I could have asked for!

Pitt finish with Adam

Adam and I after I finished!

Rewind a bit; the weekend started with Adam and I arriving in Pitt on Friday night. Wine, burgers, and of course, dessert was all consumed. Saturday started early with my mother and I taking a 75 minute yoga class at the Wexford Athletic Club. It was a beginners class and stretched out everything that I needed to be stretched out; it was like the instructor knew I was coming! Afterwards, we all headed into Pittsburgh to give Adam a tour of the city.

Primanti Bros., Strip District, the Incline, Shady Side (had to visit my friends at lululemon!) and the Convention Center to pick up my race packet.

Primanti Bros Pitt Backpack Run for Boston 1 Run for Boston Top of MW

The expo had a huge white board where we could write on for Boston..amazing experience.

The half marathon course took us along the North Shore of Pittsburgh, crossing over the 3 rivers into the South Side, and back downtown to the finish line. Maybe I’m biased, but this is my fave race! The course isn’t too hilly (slight inclines) and you cross over various bridges along the route. There isn’t a huge stretch of straight-aways so it’s easy to keep focus; previous half marathons I’ve run will have 2-3 miles of straight-aways which I find to be extremely boring. The weather was perfect; at 7am it was ~55degrees with the sun shining. By 9am, it may have reached ~60degrees but the sun continued to glisten down on us, keeping the runners warm without overheating (if that makes sense?).

I was able to keep my pace at 8:05 all 13.1 miles!

Finish

I was on fire! I have no idea what was going on but I felt so strong throughout the 13.1 miles. Gotta keep this up for the Detroit Marathon!

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BHAG’s in Detroit

17 May

TGIF! 🙂

Today started with a brisk, 5.75 mile run around Oakland U’s campus! I absolutely LOVE using the MapMyRun website; it’s a useful tool for the direction-challenged runners. I change my settings to satellite so I have a clear picture of my running route. If you use the app, friend me!

I did something extremely bold and audacious yesterday..
Detroit marathon
Who am I!? I remember the Pittsburgh Marathon in 2010; it poured, my iPod broke, and there was a bomb threat at mile 26. What in the world is making me want to do it again?!

YOLO.

Why not? I don’t know where I’m going to be come April 2014 and I may never get the chance to run a race in Detroit again. Here goes nothing :). Any Michiganders want to train??

Have a great weekend!

Return of Body Pump

5 Oct

TGIF! I’m writing from Pittsburgh..my real home :). People always ask me “where do you actually live?” because I did my undergrad in Raleigh at NCSU, then went straight to grad school in Rochester Hills at Oakland, all while traveling to and from Pittsburgh. Can you see the disconnect?

After teaching Abs, Glutes, and Thighs (which was an amazing class BTW! Participants are always full of energy and up for ANYTHING, even when the classes continue to get more challenging), I hit the rush-hour traffic road and arrived in Pitt a little after 9:30. Salmon, grilled veggies, and a humongous piece of cake my family were awaiting me on the table (not my family); it makes the looooong drive so much more worth it when a home-cooked meal greets you! Right to sleep afterwards; sleeping in a queen-sized bed beats an extra-long twin sized bed’s bootay.

There’s really no point to this trip since I leave tomorrow (Saturday) morning at 5am to head straight to lululemon, but a girl needs some winter clothes! Why I didn’t bring any jackets, pants, UGGs, or winter scarves with me is over my head but it gave me an excuse to see my family :-D.

A relaxing morning

 (hi Kathy!)

and a long-but-not-forgotten body pump class

was what I had planned since my family has this silly thing called work. You guys remember how I was taking a break from heavier-lifting? I haven’t participated in a full hour-long lifting session until today and it felt great to get back to it! Sure some of my strength has dwindled but my endurance has improved and I was able to finish the entire workout- not missing one rep :).

What I used to lift in a Body Pump class:

  • squats= 40-50lbs
  • chest press= 15lbs
  • back track= 20lbs
  • triceps & biceps= 10-12lbs
  • lunges= 15-20lbs
  • shoulder track= 10-12lbs

What I lifted today:

  • squats= 17.5lbs
  • chest press= 10lbs
  • back track= 12lbs
  • triceps & biceps= 7.5lbs
  • lunges= 7.5lbs (added plyometrics to this track)
  • shoulder track= 7.5lbs and 8lb handweights

I felt I could have lifted heavier than I did but the above weight was perfect for my goals. I’m still not looking to get “bigger”, but rather continue toning, sculpting, lifting, and improving muscular endurance.

The rest of the day I plan on spending time with my family, drinking wine, eating a steak-ish dinner, and enjoying a real piece of cake!

What else made this trip worth it?

Brooksie Way Half Marathon Review

1 Oct

I did it! First half marathon completed in Michigan; add that to runs done in Pittsburgh, Raleigh, and Richmond! I’d really love to run a half marathon in all of the states..bucket list-style ;).

The Brooksie Way staff put on an amazing race expo at the OU Rec Center on Friday afternoon and all-day Saturday with tons of vendors. Everything from running gear to shoes to energy bites were available for purchase; some vendors were nice enough to give away freebies! I was all over them, don’t worry ;).

The race shirts were bright color which I LOVE! The 5k tees were orange while the half marathon tees were lime green. I feel like bright, vibrant tech tees are so appropriate for races-they scream “look what I’ve done!” Yes I’m an attention whore and am always looking to get noticed :-D.

Wish me luck!

So what did I wear?

Bright at Night pant. Swiftly Tech Short Sleeve shirt. Swiftly Arm Warmers. Nothin’ But Run jacket.

The pants were amazing! So tight but in a good way. As I was trying them on, I kept asking the educators how they were supposed to feel; they all said to think of the pants as a “second skin” (this helped me get past the fact that every knook and cranny my legs have could possibly show). Throughout the run, I never once felt that the pants were restraining my stride, thanks to the four-way stretch and LYCRA to keep their shape. As I got hotter, the wicking material helped keep the pants feeling dry without weighing them down. They hugged my hips so I never had to hike them up throughout (something I’m known to do) and the 2 deep side pockets came in handy; when I went to take off the jacket, I stuck my iPod in there and it never slid out! Even after the race, the pants dried quickly so I wasn’t standing there freezing. I highly recommend these pants to those who are doubtful that you could get over the tight pants phobia; they really are comfortable and flattering!

The swiftly t-shirt was lightweight but durable throughout the race. It allowed me to breathe without suffocating me. The only thing about the swiftly short sleeve t-shirt was that it kept riding up; whether it was too big or too small or it didn’t agree with my pants, it got real annoying! But that’s a minor detail; nothing about this t-shirt I would change! It’s nice to know that it’ll last throughout a half marathon, even with all of the glistening that may or may have not happened ;). This shirt I can definitely see myself wearing on a run, a basic tee, teaching group fitness classes, and even as an undershirt for a night out on the town-it’s THAT versatile!

The arm warmers. Ohhhh the arm warmers! I think this was my FAVE piece of the outfit! Skeptical at first, I though they’d just be a nuisance rather than a huge help. First things first-I’m ALWAYS cold; going outside at 7:30am when it’s 48 degrees outside usually calls for sweatpants, a long-sleeved shirt, a fleece, and a scarf.. just for reassurance. I was nervous about wearing a swiftly t-shirt and the arm warmers with a light-weight jacket on top; standing there waiting for the race to begin is the coldest part. I slid the arm warmers on and made sure they were above my biceps (something to hold on to); even if you don’t have little goose eggs as defined biceps, the silicone dots at the top of the sleeves kept them in place throughout the race, before, during, and after sweating. The mesh material provided the more-prone sweating areas a venting system and the thumb holes kept them down. Towards the end of the race, I ended up rolling the arm warmers down to my wrists and used them as my personal kleenex and sweat band! Talk about a functional piece of clothing :-P.

The nothin’ but run jacket was light weight, water-repellent, had venting systems throughout the entire jacket, reflective detailing, a long enough zipper that kept my neck warm with a “zipper garage” to keep my chin scratch-free, and stretchy wrist cuffs to keep the wind out. I also enjoyed that the jacket was long enough to cover my butt (it tends to get very cold) and form-fitting; it indented where my waist cinched in, which adds a feminine feel to it. This jacket is the perfect accessory to wear for a run, to and from the gym, or as a fashion jacket doing everyday activities. After the race, it dried quick enough that once I got cold- shocker -again, I was able to wear it sweat-free.

The best part about the race? I achieve a PERSONAL RECORD! Once I saw the 1:50 pace group, I knew I was able to beat my best time of 1:48. I kept up and sprinted to the finish, coming in at 1:47! The outfit must have helped 🙂 All in all, the Brooksie Way half marathon was a beautiful yet challenging course; there were 3 forever-long hills that just kept getting steeper and steeper. I love when races take you through all the different parts of a city; we went through Rochester park, downtown Rochester, and through various neighborhoods and back roads. It was definitely a tougher race with the continuous hills but so rewarding at the same time.

Rachelle and I before the race!

One last best part? Being surprised when you’re finished by someone special… 🙂

Pilates Pittsburgh & A Giveaway!

17 Sep

Here We Go Steelers Here We Go!!

Flashback picture from my bang days!

The season is FINALLY here and I cannot wait to watch the entire season :). As for the NHL..

Before I left for Michigan in early August, I attended an event that I just had to go to with a couple of lovely Burgh bloggers! Claire, Nikki, Melissa, Angela, Gabby, Alex, and I had to opportunity to take a free Pilates class at Verve 360 Pilates Pittsburgh.

The studio is one-part full-service salon and one-part Pilates studio; the Pilates class took place on the third floor with a lovely and informational instructor to teach us correct form and lead us through an hour-long beginners Pilates class!

Having taken various levels of Pilates classes before and even teach it, it’s always informative to take a class and review the exercises to ensure that I’m one, doing it correctly myself, and two, taking notes from another instructor on how she cues the exercises, formats the class, etc. I’m always trying to learn more! All of us thoroughly enjoyed the workout and want to go back to Verve 360 for another class (Burgh’ Blogger Bash #2 ladies??)

Have I made you jealous yet?

If so, it’s your day! Verve 360 is graciously offering one reader a Pilates equipment pack valued at $40! To win, simply leave a comment on this post; the winner will be announced Monday, September 24..good luck!

Rainy Day in the Burgh’

5 Aug

Well good afternoon all! As the title of this post says, it’s actually beyond a rainy day; maybe a downpour in the Burgh’ would be more appropriate!

We need it though; humid, hot summer days do a number on the grass (say’s my dad), women’s hair (says my mom), long-ish runs (says me), and not enough golfers (says Chase). Can anyone be pleased anymore?!

Like I’ve said before, when I’m home, my sole job is to cook. And that I do well! When I was living in Raleigh, I had one person to cook for, and if you look at recipes these days, many feed 4+. Yes I could alter the recipes to accommodate just me but sometimes it was nice to have leftovers (other times I’d get so sick of eating the same meal night after night, I’d vow to never make this again! That never lasted long). Another downside of cooking for one is it takes the gratification out of cooking; when you cook for others, they offer lots of “Oh My Goodness this is delicious”‘s, “WOW!”‘s, “This is the best things I’ve ever eaten”‘s, and/or “Don’t make this ever again”‘s (I accept all!). When the comments are positive, it makes me feel good that I’ve made my family and guests satisfied and I want to do it more and more. But contrary to popular belief 😉 I can’t be that good every time, so even the not-s0-nice comments are appreciated.

 Spinach salad with strawberries, garbanzo’s, feta, avocado, sunflower seeds tossed in balsamic vinaigrette!

Cooking for my family, however, is always something new night after night. Four hungry bellies are more fun to experiment with recipes compared to one! Some of the meals I cooked this past week included:

  • margherita pizza
  • chicken oscar
  • orange roughy in an orange reduction
  • “fried” chicken tender salad
  • quesadillas
  • spinach salad

I have the go-ahead to move into my on-campus housing at Oakland U this coming Sunday! I even have a roommate :). We haven’t virtually met yet but I’m excited to being in the company of another student again. This week I’ll work on unpacking and repacking so I’m all ready for Sunday. And that’d be correct, I haven’t unpacked from moving back to Pittsburgh from Raleigh. 2 weeks ago.

I had the option of moving in on Friday but wanted to attend the Burgh’ Bloggers event on Saturday!

I know some of them virtually but I’m even more excited to meet them personally! See you Saturday ladies!

I’m leaving you with things I’ve been up to in pictures 🙂

Greetings From My Current Home!

26 Jul

I moved back to Pittsburgh last Friday and am thrilled to be able to take a couple of weeks off before heading to Michigan! My dad, mom, brother, and Jagr drove 8 hours to Raleigh, packed my stuff up, and headed back up north for a longer-ish (11 hour) trip. It was 3 hours longer because we stopped for dinner at a quaint sandwich shop in Fayetteville, WV. It was well worth it; the sandwiches were hand-crafted using local ingredients and unique combo’s that we never would have thought to put together! I had a turkey, peach jam, carmelized onion, and blue cheese spread sammy on a freshly-baked French baguette..mouth-watering good.

Saturday and Sunday were spent relaxing with my family; we’re reunited and it feels SO good! I haven’t been home in such a long time and I’m always missing family gatherings, dinners, and random activities that are done on weekends. For instance, my dad and I are HUGE car fanatics (I like to shop, he likes what the actual car does) and it just so happens that the Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix was happening in Schenley Park! It’s a car show that showcases both vintage and current car styles and raises funds

“to help provide residential care, treatment, and support for developmentally disabled individuals in the Pittsburgh area” (source)

Although hot, it was a great way to spend the day and even got me thinking about Lola #2 ;).

Unfortunately, my parents do this thing called work and the 24/7 bonding time was over Monday morning. But that’s okay- I’m one of those Type-A individuals that can keep myself busy all by my lonesome.

Here’s what I’ve been up to: in pictures!

  • added onto my family’s gym membership. first membership ever! 
  • went to Bartram House bakery for coffee. every morning. *if you’re in the Wexford or McMurray area-you must stop in!
  • attracted construction workers attentions with my attractive get-up while walking Jagr 
  • eating delicious food. daily. that I don’t buy! *when I’m home, my job is to prepare dinner for my parents. I absolutely love my job 🙂
  • enjoying the amazing weather! cool enough to sit outside in the mornings and evenings. I went for a run in 58degree weather and my hands were actually numb-y post-run.
  • am baking again  when I lived in Raleigh, I didn’t bake as much since I’d be the only one eating it. now, since I’m with 3 other sweet-mouthedteethed, dessert every night people, I can bake again and not feel guilty about it going to waste..or me eating it all (whichever comes first 🙂 )

I received an email from Oakland U about moving in and the teaching schedule for the fall! It looks like I’ll be heading (more) north on the weekend of August 10! I’m teaching 4 new-to-me classes in the fall;

Core and More, Cycle, BLAST, and Abs, Glutes, and Thighs. The wheels in my exercisebrary-brain are churning already; I’m hoping Oakland U. participants will like what I bring!

I have lots more to babble about but I’ll save that for the next post; I don’t want to spoil all of the fun!