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Saturday, April 20, 2013

We have been in Philly for about two weeks now, and I LOVE LOVE LOVE it. I have already found a great running group, and I dusted off my bike and rode up to the Art Museum this morning to do an 8.5 mile loop next to the river.

This afternoon I have to head out for some Hammer Gels - the running store is about 1.5 miles from me, and I'm going to walk. I LOVE walking through the city. It's so alive, and I get to people-watch. Not to mention get in lots of fitness!

  
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GIANTPANDA 5/23/2013 6:24PM

    That sounds awesome Philly is a great city with awesome museums and restaurants, not to mention a lot of history. I live in a major city, too, and I love that I can walk nearly everywhere. I also get a lot of exercise that way.

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TECH1960PS 4/22/2013 10:34AM

   

Sounds like a nice place. Living in a small town I do miss all those fitness stores you can browse and there is so much to see.

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MCJULIEO 4/21/2013 10:11PM

    Would love to visit Philly some day...

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AMBERZADE67 4/20/2013 8:30PM

    I've always lived around some of the biggest cities in the United States but I have never really liked being in the center of all that big citiness so more power too!!!!!

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MUFFIY831 4/20/2013 1:20PM

    Sounds fantastic, and I'm so excited for this new chapter in your life!

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SUNSHINE99999 4/20/2013 12:20PM

  people can be interesting. emoticon

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GERARLAUR 4/20/2013 12:04PM

    Excellent. You sound very happy.

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New digs

Sunday, April 07, 2013

It has been a very busy week! Hubs and I are officially in our new place in Philly (hooray!) and I love it. I do not, however, love the unpacking. We went from a three bedroom house to a one bedroom apartment. We are very lucky we got a little basement with this one, because I would have NO IDEA what to do with half the stuff we have. It's a good lesson in downsizing and living more simply, which is what I strive to do anyway. This morning I walked less than two blocks for a cup of coffee because I couldn't find my coffee maker. We are so close to so many things. I feel very blessed that we were able to scoop up this opportunity!

And even though I haven't been Sparking nearly as much, I've still been working out and trying to eat the best I can. I've been teaching an indoor cycling class at my university's rec center for two weeks, and I LOVE IT. It is so much fun and I'm looking forward to teaching some classes in my new city! Yesterday I did a very hilly 10-mile race... it was windy and a little cold, but it was a good diversion from all this moving stuff. I'm not too sore today so I can get back into getting the new digs into shape.

That's about all for now... lots to do!

  
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SOUTHGOINGZAX 5/29/2013 4:23PM

    I love Philly, too! What a great place! And, yes, downsizing is a good lesson - my boyfriend moved into my 1100 sq. ft. house in March - so we are getting pretty good at keeping things minimal.

Yay for you!

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STEPHANIE302013 4/9/2013 9:06AM

    I love Philadelphia!! I went a couple years ago for a football game and fell in love with the city! have fun :)

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BILLALEX70 4/9/2013 9:00AM

    Moving sucks, but unpacking is worse!

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MUFFIY831 4/8/2013 9:25AM

    So excited for your new adventure. I know moving is a huge PITA but at least you get some good cardio and ST with all the lifting and moving, right? :)

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PATSYB7 4/8/2013 5:24AM

    Well done! Keep up the great work and have a fabulous day!
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Quick update

Sunday, March 31, 2013

Holy moly! I can't believe all that has happened within the last week or so.

- We found an apartment in Philadelphia
- We have some potential renters
- We are going to be out in a few days. Yes, days.
- I am going crazy - there's sooooooo much to dooooo!
- There is still lots of school work to be done.

So my fitness and nutrition has kind of taken a back seat. I haven't been totally forgetting about it, but I know that in about a week I can get back in the groove.

Ok back to packing!

  
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MCJULIEO 4/1/2013 5:46PM

    You are making so much progress! Way to go!

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MUFFIY831 4/1/2013 7:44AM

    So exciting!!!!

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PATSYB7 4/1/2013 5:59AM

    Congratulations! You'll get it all done. emoticon

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Officially an instructor!

Thursday, March 28, 2013

My first indoor cycling class is in the books! Tuesday night was the first class, and it went so well. There were about 10 people there, which I was totally thrilled about! The class started at 4:15, and the first person came in around 4:16, so I was getting a little nervous. I thought I'd have to do the class by myself! But people came in, and we got sweaty and worked hard. The music was perfect for the class - I LOVE getting to buy great new music for my job! Tonight is hills night - I have to get my little book together so I remember what we're doing.

My half marathon training has been going really well. I am up to an 11.19 mile run! My only concern is that my strength training is going by the wayside a little bit... is this normal? I feel like while my legs are getting stronger and more "toned," my upper body and abs are not. I don't know if I should wait a month until after my half marathon to get back into it, or if I should just refocus. I have my own ideas, but I'd love to get more input.

Today:
- awesome spin class
- school work
- lots of water

  
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JOPAPGH 4/2/2013 2:58PM

    If you do ST just focus on upper body. Do it the same days as your running to still give your body the necessary rest days.

You will rock this half!

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2WHEELER 4/2/2013 1:30PM

    Congratulations!! I wouldn't worry about the ST right now. Great if you can work a little in, but between the spinning & the running, your legs are getting a great workout. I try to keep up with the ST--it does help with both running & cycling--but I also find that it can tire me out and then I feel like I have less strength.

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SOUTHGOINGZAX 3/29/2013 3:07PM

    Congrats on teaching your first class! That is awesome!

As far as ST goes, you should still try to get some in - I know it's tough with the long runs and other things taking up your time. Remember that all that running is teaching your muscles to become more efficient, so they will get smaller without additional ST and protein intake - look at professional marathoners and you'll see what I mean - they are thin and wiry because additional muscle mass is only a detriment to what they do - if you like/want big muscles, make sure you're doing as much heavy lifting as you can right now to counter-balance long-distance running's effects.

go Go GO!!!

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MCJULIEO 3/29/2013 12:23PM

    CONGRATS!

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BOBBYD31 3/28/2013 9:08PM

    right now your focus is on running, your 4 weeks out on your half so that is where you want to keep your focus. spinning is great cross training and the ST if you can get a session in that is ok but you body needs recovery time also. don't fret you'll be fine

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SEPPIESUSAN 3/28/2013 5:47PM

    Congrats! I don't have any half marathon experience, but my guess would be that some strength training would be beneficial.

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RUNNERRACHEL 3/28/2013 4:20PM

    emoticon emoticon Have a great class tonight. ST is good for half marathon training. Core and upper body strength will help you. Good form is so important. Try to continue to incorporate it in your training. emoticon emoticon

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GIANNA345 3/28/2013 12:49PM

    Great job! I'm looking forward to getting back outside on my bike.
Janet

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    Congrats! emoticon

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Back from vacation...

Saturday, March 23, 2013

I have never had so much fun getting ready for a job! I spent a lot of time tonight buying new music and putting together my cycle class playlists for the week. Tuesday afternoon is my first class! I'm so excited!

More exciting stuff - tomorrow the hubs and I are going to look at apartments in the city! We decided that he is going to move down until I finish school and then I will move with him. Even though it's going to stink being alone, I know that it's a good solution for our situation. I'll be able to finish school and hopefully get the house sold/rented out.

My vacation was so wonderful. We had such a nice time in Sarasota! The weather was great compared to northeastern PA, and I got to do some running and biking. The water was really cold so I skipped the stand-up paddleboarding, but I know I'll be trying it in the future.

Ok - time to get ready for tomorrow! I have a 10-mile group run in the morning and then hubs and I are headed out to look at some apartments.

  
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BILLALEX70 3/25/2013 11:11AM

    WooHoo to many things!

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MCJULIEO 3/24/2013 10:31PM

    So glad that you had a great time!

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PATSYB7 3/24/2013 7:02AM

    Glad things are working out! Enjoy your day! emoticon

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