Suns Out, Guns Out

Summer time fitness check in: It’s been a couple months since the spring semester has let out and since I’ve been back state side (more on my Taiwan trip to come, my bad for the delay!). Here’s what I’ve been up to in my fitness game. First up – Measurements: Neck: 13″ Shoulders: 41″ Chest:…

Ready to Run 2016

Notes from this year’s Ready to Run workshop! This is an annual event that happens in January, hosted at Chatham University via the PCWP. Speakers: Tom Baker – allegheny county dist 1 Councilman Congresswoman Schwartz #readytorun Stats: 80% of the legislator are men Had only one woman representing 19% women locally County wide 17% Not…

Women and Biking Forum

Session 1 – Winning the Streets We Want (Other sessions: Bike Maintenance I & Harder/Better/Faster/Stronger) Look for BikePed Committee in Lawrenceville Start one at Chatham?? T-shirts Successful committee attendance – have near or at food/drink place; biker friendly area, monthly occurrence (same day, time); have guest speakers; have impactful first meeting Bike Lane Construction East…

Spring Break Check-In

Fall semester has come and gone; winter break has come and gone, and now I’m heading into the 10th week of my spring semester a.k.a. spring break! Spring semester is once again my most busy and full schedule and this semester is particularly so. On top of taking 20 credits I’ve started my thesis project,…

2015 Recap

January: Training Runs and Races: 11.5 miles Commuting, Training, Touring & Recreational Bike Rides: 15.7 miles Gym: 9x Kayaking February: Commuting, Training, Touring & Recreational Bike Rides: 34.2 miles Gym: 6x Kayaking March: Training Runs and Races: 27.38 miles Commuting, Training, Touring & Recreational Bike Rides: 74.3 miles Gym: 8x April: Training Runs and Races:…

2015 Pittsburgh Dirty Dozen Bike Race

When I first heard about this event, I thought “no way! this is insane! you gotta be on some other level of crazy to do this!” About a year goes by and as I’m watching the latest videos and reading about that years event I start to think “I could probably do this but I’d…

16 week Check-In

No strength based weight (barbell, DB, machine) assessments for this check in as it fell over finals week and that was a crazy week. Measurements: (up a few inches total since the last measurement in Oct) Neck: 13″ Shoulders: 40″ Chest: 35″ Biceps: 10.5″ Waist: 35″ Hips: 37″ Thigh: 21″ Calf: 14.5″ Weight: 141# Last…

12 week Fitness Check-In

This assessment took place about mid-later November, just before my Thanksgiving break. I’ve added 2 more races to this month (Nov), taking place over the break: the Turkey Trot 5 miler and the Ugly Sweater 5K. I’ve also added a December run: the Jingle Bell 5K. No measurement checks for this round but I did…

8 week Fitness Check-In

I had to recalculate my 1RMs for my free weights and machines since there were extra weights that I had not consider and much debate as to how much the barabells weigh. It has been confirmed that the weight of the large barbell is 45# not 65# as originally thought and the small barbell is…

4 week Fitness Check-In

It’s been a month since I have been regularly exercising and that means it’s time for an assessment. 1-RMs: Barbells: Bench Press: 90# Bent Over Rows: 110# Dead lift: 140# Squat: 105# Dumbbells: Arm Curls: 25# Arm Extension: 30# Shoulder Shrug: 50# Lateral/Frontal Shoulder Raise: 15# Stacked Machines: Leg Press: 300# (212.1) Calf Press: 300#…

Summer Fitness Goals

I’m happy to be on summer break now after finishing up my first year back in college. I’ve studied hard and worked hard now it is time to play hard. End of spring semester 1-RMs: Barbells: Bench Press: 85# Bent Over Rows: 75# Deadlift: 115# Squat: 115# Dumbbells: Arm Curls: 25# Arm Extension: 30# Shoulder…

Advocacy 101

Goals: Lobbying Advocacy Get started Reach broad groups Hear ideas Expressing communication Grassroots Advocacy Media Ground Rules: Respecting opinions Not interrupting Space for all voices Relevant statements Diversity of opinions Active listening Door Knocking Exercise: Intro yourself Asking permission to talk about (whatever you’re there to discuss/ ask) Letting them know what you’re there for…