More To Come

Many more adventures to come, but one has to end today. This is my last day at the hospital, with this view on my walk every day. Beautiful place to visit every day, but I’m ready to move on.

Oh hey, Ivy League School.

Oh hey, Ivy League School.

Happy Friday, friends!

Just a reminder to my NY/NJ homies: It Takes Guts HIIT/Pilates fusion class benefiting Team Challenge & the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America is THIS SUNDAY! Bring $25 and get ready to get sweaty with my hot friends!

Told you. My friends are HOT.

Told you. My friends are HOT.

Now go out and run.

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My Hot Friends

Being a part of the New York City fitness community means two things:

  1. My friends have smokin hot bodies.
  2. My dates with them often start at a fitness studio or on a run and end at a bar.
What did I tell you? Sweaty beasts.

Meet Jenn and Will. What did I tell you? Sweaty beasts. But so gorgeous!

The other thing that I learned in the past 3 years is that many, many of us have IBD. Every time I meet someone new, they or someone they know has this terrible disease. And yet, we pursue our personal fitness goals. We teach the classes, we coach the clubs, we run the studios, sweating alongside one another, working as hard as our bodies will allow.

I met Jenn Seracuse from Flex Studios 2 years ago while collecting donations for my Kick Ass 5K. We quickly became friends when Jenn shared with me that she has Crohn’s disease. I met Will Lanier, the manager and a coach at BRICK New York, through many mutual friends as he battled Ulcerative Colitis last year and became the face of the Blank:Cancer campaign.

One day, we will be smarter than cancer.

One day, we will be smarter than cancer.

I somehow managed to convince these two to run a half marathon with me and raise money for the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America’s Team Challenge. And then I had to back out of actually running with them, but am thrilled to be their coach!

Told you. My friends are HOT.

Told you. My friends are HOT.

They’re hosting a joint event to raise money for their journey to Portland, Maine this July!

If you are around NYC next weekend, you HAVE to stop by and get sweaty with my friends. Not only are they two of the most genuine, kind people I’ve met, they are SICK fitness instructors. Every time I take Jenn’s class, I am shaking for days. They also happen to both be Lululemon Ambassadors. I mean, we were destined to be friends, right?

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Oh, and did I mention it’s only $25 cash???? With the soaring prices of workout classes these days, this is a STEAL.

Here are the details for the HIIT/Pilates fusion class:

  • Sunday, June 14 from 12-2pm
  • Dream Downtown 355 West 16th Street
  • Facebook link to the event 
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All proceeds go toward their fundraising efforts. Bring a water bottle and a towel, you will be getting sweaty.

You really should go to this. They’re awesome. Team Challenge is awesome. And I want them to feel the love of the running community, to which they are both newbies.

Thank you friends! And happy Friday!

Now go out and run!

Blank:Cancer

It’s October, Breast Cancer Awareness Month. My family and I have been touched by cancer too many times.

That's right. We're Keeping Our Boobs.

That’s right. We’re Keeping Our Boobs.

And not just breast cancer. Cuz cancer don’t care.

As a person with Ulcerative Colitis, I was at high risk of developing colon cancer just by having a diseased colon. I was at higher risk of developing other fun cancers from all the chemo drugs I was taking, too. Fun times.

But now, no colon = no colon cancer. No drugs, either! Yahoooooooo!

Holla.

Holla.

Today I am healthy. My baby is healthy. We are lucky.

Not everyone is so lucky.

Through fellow sweat enthusiasts here in NYC, I was recently introduced to Will Lanier. Will is an exercise beast who works and trains at CrossFit’s Brick New York and is a fellow lululemon Ambassador. Like me, Will has UC and has sought out the best doctors in the city (ahem, holla Cornell!) to treat him. But, in a super-fun double whammy, Will was also diagnosed with cancer.

Being sick sucks. And cancer is a lot of things, not the least of which is $$EXPENSIVE$$.

Will needs our help.

Team Lanier, with the help of Saxon/Hart, lululemon, Stonehenge, Dane PCG, and some of NYC’s top fitness instructors, will host a FREE day of sweat this Wednesday.

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Click here for details.

Click here for the latest updates on Facebook.

Click here to read Will’s story in his own words, from the beginning.

I did say it was free, but please consider donating to Will’s medical fund (which, once it has paid his bills, will accept applications for others having difficulty paying their medical bills).

And it’s not just about cancer, it’s about UC, Crohn’s, and all the other horrible auto-immune diseases that try to take us away from the lives we want to live.

Go Team Challenge!

Go Team Challenge!

Donate here.

Get a shirt here.

Get a free body tattoo here.

If you aren’t in NYC and want to show your solidarity, print out a Blank:Cancer sign, fill it in, and post it on social media with the hashtag #BlankCancer #TeamLanier.

Outsmart:Cancer

Outsmart:Cancer

Get a sign here.

You guys have always been so supportive of my fundraising endeavors for IBD and I deeply appreciate you considering helping Will out. If you post a picture with a Blank:Cancer sign, please tag me or send it to me so I can compile them for a post at a later date.

You guys rock.

Now go out and run.