A Weekend in Savannah

Four years ago, I decided I’d go to the Healthy Living Summit. I started following a Twitter list of bloggers going, and one of those bloggers just so happened to be in NYC. She tweeted something about having an extra spot for a yoga event, and I decided it was a great way to meet someone else going to this conference. The yoga event ended up getting rained out, but I met one of my best friends in the process. A year ago, she moved away.

Her husband, Bo, was turning 30 this weekend and the original plan was for a week in the south of France, but we ended up in Savannah, their hometown, instead.

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The south of France would have been pretty awesome, but in truth, I was happy to go wherever they were going and catch up with them.

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I wasn’t crabby about the situation at all.

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Besides, it gave me time to work on my handstands.

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And my open water swim.

(Friday, we took boats out to a little island called Wassaw Island. It’s not private, but it felt like that since it’s only accessible by boat and nobody else was there on a Friday. So we spent the entire day rotating between the water, boat and beach. Life is really hard.)

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Oh, and I found my people (read the sign!)

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Bo’s parents had a 30th birthday for him and his mom made these adorable napkins by hand!

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Oh, and there are no open container laws in Savannah. This peach sangria was very good. And yes, that is my dress Ashley is wearing, because I am a very good friend. The dress I’m wearing is from J. Crew Factory, has pineapples on it, and makes me very happy.

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So do all of these people. On Saturday, we went to The Olde Pink House for Bo’s birthday, where we laughed and ate delicious Southern food until I was so full, I had no more room for wine. That’s full, y’all.

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I’m kind of bad at relaxing sometimes, but yesterday, playing Cards Against Humanity by the pool, I was so relaxed I almost missed my flight.

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About 8 of us were scheduled to fly out around the same time. By some miracle, my flight was the only one which left on time – and some of the others got stuck there. We scrambled so quickly to get to the airport that in our car, I was somehow the only one wearing real clothes. Ashley brought us into the airport in a coverup and bikini. As you do.

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Hey, Bo! Thanks for turning 30 so we could all have a fun weekend.

How was your weekend? Tell me about your most epic almost-missing-a-flight story.

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#PropelFit Challenge: Work Out with Friends

Disclaimer: This post is sponsored by FitFluential on behalf of Propel. I was compensated and all opinions are 100% my own.

This month, Propel has been asking us to work out with a friend for our Add Flavor challenge. That’s not much of a challenge for me, since I love to work out with friends, but okay.

So far, most of my tri training has been solitary. This has definitely been a departure from marathon training, where my long runs were a chance to meet up with friends and chat for hours and hours. I don’t really know how you’d swim with friends, anyway…so. 

One recent weekend, I had two bike rides on my schedule of 1.5 hours each. That’s a lot of time to sit and think about life by yourself. So, I grabbed Jen, and off to the West Side Highway we went. She stopped to rent a bike, and I brought my trusty buddy. (She still needs a name.)

I’m a much more confident runner than I am cyclist or swimmer, so it’s also about learning to feel comfortable letting others see my potential weakness in these two sports, as well as stepping outside the comfort zone. Next steps: finding stronger cyclists to ride with to help me grow as a cyclist.

And bringing my Propel flavor enhancers on those shorter rides so I can practice drinking and riding.

When I started working out, the idea of working out with a friend terrified me. They would see how weak I was, and they would get frustrated waiting for me. Once I started running and training for my first marathon, I met Ashley, and we discovered we were around the pace. We began doing most of our long runs together, and I became more confident not only in running with others, but with myself in general. 

As I got a little faster, a friend pushed me to find faster training buddies to run with to get me outside of my comfort zone and increase my speed. I remember the first time I ran with Gia. The girl is a speed demon—but I could hang on! I also love working out with friends because it’s a great excuse to catch up in a healthier situation, and share a passion. My friend Lacey and I really like our wine, but when she discovered my favorite studio, it became something healthier we could do together.

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We rode up to the Little Red Lighthouse and back. There is so much about cycling that I’m still learning, including how to drink and ride, so I used our turnaround point as an excuse to hop off and chug some Propel. Next time, though, I think I’ll put some of the liquid enhancer drops into a water bottle with some ice. And maybe be less of a weenie and try to drink on the bike.

She rented a heavier bike, and doesn’t bike a ton, so it wasn’t my fastest ride, but that will come in time. Especially with a new bike, time in saddle is really important right now, and I had 1.5 solid hours of friend catch-up time as well as butt-in-saddle time.

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What’s your favorite workout with a friend? Do you like working out with friends who challenge you, or do you like to be the one challenging your friends?

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