July went out with an epic bang as I embarked on a 7+ day road trip up and down the east coast. I had no real vacation planned for the summer so decided to use the time before and after Beach 2 Beacon (recap coming soon!) to just gas up the car and GOOOOO!
First Stop – New York City
Second Stop – Boston
It is always great to go “home” again. Of course, driving around the city I am reminded why I would never move back. I’ve gotten used to people being just a tad nicer down south 😉 . My time in Boston was spent traipsing through my old stomping grounds at Harvard…
and getting my Om on… I checked out O2 Yoga Studio in Cambridge at the suggestion of Jessica @ Little Miss Runshine. Jessica is the Community Engagement Manager at ClassPass and is based in Boston so we were able to get together for a lunchtime class on Thursday!
Third Stop – Maine
I departed Boston Friday morning to head to Maine with Freeport as my first destination. I was meeting up with Lisa, Colleen, and Kara at Lisa’s family’s house along the Atlantic. We went kayaking – my first time EVER – and hey I didn’t die or get eaten by a shark! 😉 It was SO much fun and great cross training! The way out was tough since I have never done this before and had to get the hang of steering with the paddles but on the way back I felt like a pro!
We then docked on this little island across the ocean waters and enjoyed the small beach before heading back to the house for lunch and um, CUPCAKES!! Thanks Colleen and Kara! Being a Pisces I am truly a water baby; it soothes my soul. Seriously, this is my happy place and being with such great people made for a remarkable day!
After a full afternoon I left for my hotel in South Portland to relax then pick up my bib for the Beach 2 Beacon 10K on Saturday morning. I’ll have a full recap on the race later this week. It ended up being an unusually hot day for Maine which was a bit ugh but the course and finish line views did not disappoint.
Fourth Stop – Latrobe, PA
Following the race the most epic part of my weeks travels happened as I drove just over 10 hours to meet my girls for our 4th annual visit to Steelers Women’s Training Camp at Saint Vincent College in Latrobe, PA. Oh my goodness. Amazing.
We went through drills, had full service breakfast, lunch and dinner (ahem, steak dinner – my favorite part!), met alumni players Antwaan Randle El, Kimo von Oelhoeffen (aka the guy who broke Carson Palmer – sorry Bengals fans!), Jason Gildon, Matt Pahr and Gerry Mullins as well as current players Ryan Shazier #50 and Vince Williams #98. They always give us a hearty amount of swag as well: Training Camp t-shirts, hats and the 2015 Steelers Yearbook.
We laughed, we joked, we got yelled at by Antwaan – bwahahaha for talking of course – and simply had the time of our lives. For most of our group we only see each other once a year and this day is something we look forward to for 364 of them. We are now giddy with excitement for football season! I left on a complete and total high, sore as hell and tired as anything but it. was. all. so. worth. it.
Following camp it’s a couple of downtime days with the folks in Pittsburgh then back to DC! I am so blessed to have so many good friends in my life who opened their homes to me, shared many (many!) laughs and made this such a fun and memorable week. One of the best vacations EVER! As if it couldn’t get any better, as seen on my drive…
How was your weekend? Ever visit Maine? When was your last road trip?