Friday Fitness Links: No Run-Off

I will never understand why Jeneba Tarmoh pulled out of the run-off against Allyson Felix for a spot on the Olympics team. Never. I mean, it’s her decision and all that but MAN! What a decision to make. What would you have done?

This week has been kind of a study blur for me. As it turns out, next week will be, too. And the week after that until the end of August. Oh well. So, here’s what I missed this week. You guys are probably totally caught up. Bear with me. There’s some cool stuff happening around town.

(Image courtesy of Runner’s World & your inner child)

AND LAST BUT CERTAINLY NOT LEAST: Ali’s awesome boyfriend Brian (who owns his own ad agency) put together this AWESOME display in NYC’s Rockefeller Center for the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America to bring awareness to our crappy disease.

The shark is Crohn’s & Colitis, raising hell in my GI tract. Way to go, Brian!!!! (Picture shamelessly stolen from Ali’s blog because it is so awesome. Hope she doesn’t mind…)

There is also a really cool contest where you could win tickets to Newsies and dinner by taking a picture with the shark and posting it to Twitter with the hashtag #CCFAShark. If you win and can’t go, I will happily take your place 🙂 This raises so much awareness for my disease, one that affects 1 in every 200 Americans, and I am thrilled that this display will be in Rockefeller Center for the month of July. If you stop by, tweet me (@Abby_NYC) so I can give you a shout-out!

Have a great weekend everyone! Good luck to Maggie (who is racing her first tri) and all the athletes at the NYC Tri this weekend. Who else is running? Has marathon training kicked off for you? How’s it going? The heat. Oh, the heat!

Now go out and run!

I Got to Meet Dara Torres!

That’s two days in a row with exclamation points in the title. Pretty sure that breaks some unspoken blogger etiquette or something. I just couldn’t help myself!

I GOT TO MEET DARA TORRES!!!!!!!!

  • Five-time Olympian.
  • Twelve-time Olympic medalist.
  • The first female athlete to be featured on the cover of the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue.
  • The oldest swimmer ever to earn a place on the U.S. Olympic team (Beijing).
  • Mother of one and 45-year old Olympic hopeful DARE TORRES!

I have to thank Jess for throwing the invitation out there, Crunch gym and Bengay for hosting me. I was absolutely thrilled to attend. After our workout, we were invited to stay for a Question and Answer and to take pictures with Dara. Thankfully, Jess brought a very fancy camera (I brought my dinky iPhone) and snapped a picture of us!

She’s gorgeous. She’s tall. She’s ripped. She’s wearing lululemon. I mean, what’s not to like? (Photo courtesy Jess Underhill and her fancy-schmancy camera)

Yes, she is that ripped. Yes, she is that beautiful. Yes, she’s very sweet and was totally candid with her answers. Yes, she’s gracious and took pictures with everyone. Yes, she’s wearing lululemon!!! And, yes, I want to be like her when I grow up 🙂

I hung around after the workout while she gave an interview and took some more photos for this post. Hope she didn’t mind the stalking.

If you’ve never met me, I am not a shrinking violet. I will stand up and ask questions when allowed and be the first in line to volunteer for demonstrations. Overeager? Probably. But I got my questions answered by the great Dara Torres, so there.

My first question was about her workout strategy and how it’s changed over the decades. Sorry my voice is so loud and hers is so soft, pump up that volume!

I love that she does functional training. I’m a big fan of it myself. I don’t remember what other people asked because I was trying so hard to remember my own questions. Here was the other one I snuck in before the close: Is this your last Olympics? And here is her response.

Again, sorry for my annoying voice in the middle of the videos. I was totally giggly the whole time. I love the honest of her answers. She talks about getting older and things not working the way they used to and being realistic with what she has left in the tank for yet another Olympic trials. You don’t get that much from athletes. I really appreciate her candor.

She’s such an inspiration to me, especially as I get older and try new things and find myself having to start over after illness. She has given me hope that, at any age, women can kick ass in sports. Through injury, through motherhood, through whatever life throws at us, if we work hard and are willing to put the effort into it, we can accomplish anything.

Yeah, it was pretty awesome meeting Dara Torres. Makes me wanna hit the gym! (Just kidding, Dr. Lee :))

Now go out and run!