South Jersey Belle

It's all about the attitude.


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When Injury Ensues

Well it’s not the end of the world, but when it happened it sure felt like it. After returning from work, I was sent to the doctor. I sprained my left ankle. It is completely swollen, bruised and very sore to touch or put pressure on. I left the doctors office with a boot and feeling discouraged. I was going through a range of emotions, being mad at myself, sad, angry, and extremely frustrated.

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I’m not an elite athlete, but being active allows me to feel like I’m living a fulfilling life. I’ve seen my own growth and progression of improvement. Each week, month, and year I can see my progress and give myself new goals. A large part of my identity is allowing myself the freedom to be active whether it is swimming, biking, or running. When I am exercising I can put aside all of my worries and anxieties and focus on a happier and healthier me.

Now that I am forced to have my foot up and stay off it as much as possible for recovery I am looking at other ways I keep my mind quiet and stay fit. I’ve considered some other exercises to while I can not bike or run. I think I will still be able to get in the pool if I use a pull buoy to keep my legs still and focus on my arms and breathing. Eventually I think I will be able to focus on more core and upper body exercises as long as I stay off my feet.

I am hoping for a speedy recovery as I look forward to my return to running and biking at full force. I’m visualizing the best possible recovery and being healthier than ever! This time off is going to give me extra time to do research and reading on training plans!

Here’s to the future!

xo

Leann


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South Jersey Belle Vlogs

In addition to this blog I’ve started a vlog (video blog)! It is a learning process for me, but the vlogs give supplementary information to what I give here and share more details of my daily life. Here are the two I’ve created so far to catch you up for the time being!

This video I made pre-hot chocolate 15k explaining the race expo

More to come soon! Looking forward to sharing my training and traveling with you all!

xo

Leann


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Jet Lag is for Amateurs, but Fatigue is the Real Deal!

Yesterday I finished my 4 day trip. It wasn’t so bad! I worked with great crews and the crazies were to a minimum (I’m talking about passengers). I had overnights in Las Vegas, Dallas, and Boston. I arrived back in Philadelphia around 9am-Thursday morning. Wonderful, I have the whole day I thought, I can run errands, do laundry, go to the gym, and get myself organized for the weekend (because you know I’m always on the go). Well after getting to my car I was struggling. So tired. Need more coffee. But I already had my normal one cup I usually limit myself to. There was literally and physically no way I was going to stay away without another cup of caffeine.

I stopped at good ol’ Dunkin Donuts before heading to get some groceries. Ok, my second wind kicked in. Grabbed what I needed at the store and headed home. Plan of action, get the laundry started, take a shower and head to the gym. I never even made it to the gym! I did get (most) of my laundry done. After taking that shower I had a pep talk with myself, ok maybe you just need a quick little power nap. I NEVER nap! I had just travelled across the country and back in a span of four days and the time changes and long days literally were kicking my butt.

Fatigue is defined as weariness or exhaustion from labor, exertion, or stress. Jet lag, on the other hand I can deal with pretty well. Monday I wrote I only had a few hours of sleep, but when I got to Vegas I felt ok. I drank plenty of water, took my vitamins, and tried to eat “normal healthy” meals. Every morning I had van pick ups of 5:30 am so that meant getting up super early to be ready, packed, and downstairs. 3 of my 4 flight days were pretty long. 12 hour duty days are tough. Interacting with maybe 600 or more passengers a day.  17 hours of being awake is the equivalent to a blood alcohol level of 0.05%.  Your IQ is lower and you are easily distracted, both of which are not helpful when working as a flight attendant, as alertness and focus are crucial, especially in the case of an emergency.

As disappointed as I was yesterday that I could not get myself motivated to go to the gym I knew my body was telling my to chill out, which I rarely listen to. As I fully try to recover from this sinus infection it was best that I just try to relax and get back on my normal routine. I’ve got a long run planned for this weekend as the weather is supposed to be beautiful in Philly and pretty sure I have to work at my part time job, while finishing the rough draft of the dissertation chapters. LOL.

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xo

Leann


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Sports Basement

I have to be completely honest most big box sports stores are a complete disappointment to me. I spend time researching and looking at reviews for quality versus price of swim, bike, and running gear. I like to support smaller companies that tend to be a little more creative than the conglomerates. Being a women seems to make it even a little more difficult. I’ve seen enough shirts that say run like a girl. (Insert eye roll here).

Recently I have been looking for a store that will carry equipment for swimming, biking, and running all under one roof. Trust me it’s more difficult that it sounds. In my google search I came across Sports Basement “Best Brands. Basement Prices. “ Only downfall it’s in the San Francisco area. Well crew scheduling couldn’t have sent me to the West Coast faster and I couldn’t have been happier.


Sports Basement has 7 stores in the Northern Cali area. All the time I’ve been going out to SFO I have been missing this store. In fact, on my run out to Hopper’s Hands I decided to change my normal route just a tad and there out pops Sports Basement on Old Mason Street. I planned my run out specifically to end when the store opens promptly at 9am.

img_3435Walking through those doors and seeing the selection of clothing and gear was exhilarating! I literally did not know where to start!!! Prices were amazing! The selection of clothing and gear was insane. I grabbed a ton of stuff and even ended up joining their basementeer program. For a one time fee of $25, good for my lifetime I would receive 10% off all of my purchases. This was a no brainer!

I will share just a few of the things I picked out! I’m sure the stock must change pretty frequently so I wouldn’t count on things always being consistent.

Rickshaw Bags– made in SFO. This bag usually retails for $15. It was marked as $12. There are many different prints to chose from.

Sugoi running/cycling skirt normally would cost me around $55 retailed at $25.

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Twin Six a cycling company from Minnesota! Finally a cute bike shirt for a female!

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I even picked out a Sports Basement cycling kit. I was so excited about it I had to try it on back in my hotel room. I’m ready for spring on the East Coast!

Sports Basement you did not disappoint in the slightest! I’m looking forward to coming back on my future trips. Maybe I will even be able to take a class or go on a group ride or run with the Sports Basement staff!

Catch me if you can!

xo

Leann


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Find Your Happy Pace

I had so much going on during the weekend and it just seemed to overflow in to the week! I can’t believe it’s Wednesday already! I want to share some of the fun and not so fun stuff that has been going on that has kept my pace steady!


Saturday I went home to NJ to get a 8 mile run in with my Mom. My family lives on the Delaware River so besides it already being cold the wind did not help! So we really got some great resistence training. ( I know awesome shot of our new Momentum bracelets!!)

Saturday night Jared and I went to see a new play that was premiering in Philadelphia and it was even written by a Philly playwright! The play was called Sh*theads! I know a little crued and the language was like that in most of the play. The premise of the show was about a local bike shop trying to compete to stay in business with larger corporations which we see in our every day lives. It was entertaining  (we both try to support local as much as we can) and the really cool part of it was it was at the Azuka Theatre where you pay as you wish, just give a donation. What a great way to be able to take in more shows! I would highly recommend the show and I would check out another show through the Azuka Theatre again! 

On top of running around, seeing family and friends- I am in a class working on chapter 1 and 2 of my dissertation. This week a rough draft of chapter 2-the literature review was due. When chapter 2 is finished it will be between 30-50 pages. The whole process is very exciting, nerve wrecking, and stressful. It’s one day at a time, one foot in front of the other and trying not to fall down along the way.

Monday morning rolls around and I was putting the final touches on my draft of chapter 2 and I was #2 on the list of flight attendants to be called out. Well RING RING RING- crew scheduling calls with a three day trip allowing me to escape the snow that is about to hit Philly and the rest of the Northeast. Where am I headed- long San Francisco layover and a long Atlanta layover. Ok! Win for me!!


San Francisco is one of my favorite places to run! I love the energy from all the other bikers and runners. The runners and bikers seem so dedicated as you can always find people out there exercising no matter what the weather. I love that kind of dedication. I got up early Tuesday morning to run to Hopper’s Hands. If you run out to Fort Point which is pretty much directly under the Golden Gate Bridge you will find a plaque of Hopper’s Hands. This is a turn around point for many runners. Hopper is an iron worker that repairs the beautiful bridge, also helping to talk people down from committing suicide. Hopper knew about this turn around point for runners and saw them touching this fence so for some inspiration took it on himself to put up a copy of his hands to give a high five! Thanks Hopper! You are awesome! Thank you for your encouragement and showing others life is not a dead end, there’s always a point you can turn around!


Never give up!

Xo

Leann