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FitLabPGH Features 2:20 Grace Kosko




FitLabPGH is a podcast about movement and movement opportunities in the Pittsburgh, PA area.  Once a week we also highlight a FitLabPGH mover…someone who understands that movement is a lifestyle…not just an activity.  The questions are lightly edited to allow for easy readability.  Click FitLabPGH Features for more info if you want to be featured/know someone who should be featured.

This Week: Grace Kosko

Are you a Pittsburgh native? If not, what brought you to the Pittsburgh area? Yes born and raised in the suburban area of North Huntingdon

What are your three favorite movement activities in the Pittsburgh area? I can only choose three?! 1. hiking all the wonderful parks and forests near Pittsburgh, Frick is my favorite city park 2. indoor bouldering and top-roping at Ascend or the Climbing Wall 3. Kettlebell training or spinning in my basement gym

Describe your fantasy movement-focused vacation…cost is not an object…where do you go and what do you do? A backpacking trip to anywhere, Mont Blanc in Europe, Spain’s Pyrenees on GR-11, the Pacific Crest or Appalachian Trail (maybe just a portion of those last 2!)

What is your go-to weekday breakfast? Your weekend breakfast? I usually start my day with just coffee or coconut yogurt and granola, but weekends its Pancake Sunday!

What is your favorite thing to eat in Pittsburgh? Note: it does not need to be healthy. Thai or Vietnamese food, Tan Lac Vien is my fave spot in Squirrel Hill

What is the most unusual and/or challenging movement activity you’ve done? Would you do it again? A half marathon in 2008 that I joke has cured me of ever wanting to run again and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu/Muay Thai which I LOVE; BJJ is like a movement puzzle and learning how to use your body as a way of defense is just awesome!

What movement activity/event are you looking forward to in the next year? There’s 2: Strong First Kettlebell certification in April if I’m ready, and a hiking trip to visit all 5 National parks in Utah in September!!

Would you rather go scuba diving or skydiving? I’ve gone sky diving twice so I’ll take scuba diving because it would take me out of my comfort zone

What is your favorite recovery or self-care practice? Massage, I’ll be finishing massage therapy school in February. I wish we had bathhouses like in Europe, contrast water therapy is amazing for relaxation and inflammation!

What is the one place visitors to Pittsburgh “must” see? I’m sure everyone says this but Phipps [Conservatory] is my favorite place in Pittsburgh, then hike Frick park

Contact info for Grace Kosko:
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/graceinstrength/


Bonnie Virag, PT, DPT, ATC- Streamline Health Pittsburgh




Dr. Bonnie Virag is a Doctor of Physical Therapy, Board Certified Orthopedic Clinical Specialist and Certified Athletic Trainer, practicing in Pittsburgh. She has her own history as a competitive swimmer and is on a mission to give back to the sport, which had such a positive influence in her own life. She is the owner and creator of Streamline Health Pittsburgh, which offers individualized swimming stroke video analysis, efficient and safe dryland training programs and educational speaking workshops for swimmers and swimming coaches. Bonnie arms the swimming community with the best, research-driven strategies so that athletes can avoid preventable injuries, excel in the pool and continue to enjoy the incredibly rewarding sport of swimming. She has worked and trained extensively with athletes at the NCAA Division I collegiate level and she has worked in the National Football League with the Pittsburgh Steelers. Bonnie currently works with a wide range of individuals including youth and high school athletes, triathletes, Masters swimmers and recreational athletes.

Show Notes: Bonnie Virag, DPT, OCS, ATC, Contact Information:
E-mail: bonnie@streamlinehealthpgh.com

Website: https://streamlinehealthpgh.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/streamlinehealth.pgh/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/streamlinehealth.pgh/

Links mentioned in the Podcast:
Kelly Kuhn, MPT, CSCS
https://www.kellykuhnpt.com

Check out the FitLabPGH Podcast episode featuring Kelly Kuhn, MPT, CSCS, released 11/3/19; link: https://www.fitlabpgh.com/2019/11/03/kelly-kuhn-pt-telamedicine-physical-therapy/

Curbside Coffeehouse, Blawnox, PA
http://www.curbsidecoffeehouse.com

National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA)
https://www.nata.org

NATA Official Statement: Sport Specialization Recommendations for Adolescents and Young Athletes (October 2019): https://www.nata.org/sites/default/files/youth_sports_specialization_recommendations.pdf

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
https://www.unc.edu

Shirley Sahrmann, PT, PhD, FAPTA
https://medicine.wustl.edu/news/about/faculty-recognition/distinguished-faculty-awards/dfa-2008/shirley-a-sahrmann-pt-phd-fapta/

Contact Info for FitLabPGH:
Email: fitlabpgh@gmail.com

Twitter: @fitlabpgh

Instagram: @fitlabpgh

We update via Facebook too!!

Movement Tips and Lifestyle Hacks – YouTube channel (posted on Instagram too)

Check out our sister podcast Moving2Live concise but interesting podcasts for the movement and exercise professional and amateur aficionado.

Attribution for Intro/Exit Podcast Music:
Marathon Man by Jason Shaw from the album Audionautix: Acoustic, licensed under an Attribution 3.0 United States License. Available at www.FreeMusicArchive.org


FitLabPGH Features 1:20 Ashley Fortune




FitLabPGH is a podcast about movement and movement opportunities in the Pittsburgh, PA area.  Once a week we also highlight a FitLabPGH mover…someone who understands that movement is a lifestyle…not just an activity.  The questions are lightly edited to allow for easy readability.  Click FitLabPGH Features for more info if you want to be featured/know someone who should be featured.

This Week: Ashley Fortune (SweatNET Pittsburgh)

Are you a Pittsburgh native? If not, what brought you to the Pittsburgh area? No, I am from Seattle. Moving to Pittsburgh January 2020. My significant other is from Pittsburgh and has been wanting to move back. I am excited for the change and the opportunities of moving to Pittsburgh!

What are your three favorite movement activities in the Pittsburgh area? TBD!

Describe your fantasy movement-focused vacation…cost is not an object…where do you go and what do you do? I’m a tropical beach person so any beautiful island that offers beautiful hikes, stand-up paddle boarding, snorkeling and swimming in the waves

What is your go-to weekday breakfast? Your weekend breakfast? Weekday: Vegan protein smoothie mixed with kale, blueberries and a green juice. Weekends I love a delicious veggie scramble or hash with a mimosa!

What is your favorite thing to eat in Pittsburgh? Note: it does not need to be healthy. I’ve been to PGH a handful of times to visit and as cliché as it sounds I LOVE the Italian Sandwich from Primanti Bros – although, I have recently gone more pescatarian so I will need to find a new favorite! I will be on the hunt for the best Thai restaurant in the city!

What is the most unusual and/or challenging movement activity you’ve done? Would you do it again? I took an incredible but SUPER challenging boxing class. The “warm up” was about 20 min of full on HIIT following by 40 min of partner boxing combos and static movement. It took me way out of my comfort zone but I loved it and would go back in a heartbeat. I LOVE getting out of my comfort zone when I workout.

What movement activity/event are you looking forward to in the next year? Trying endless new workouts from studios and instructors around the Pittsburgh area as we work on launching SweatNET Pittsburgh in 2020

Would you rather go scuba diving or skydiving? Sky Diving – I love to snorkel but the idea of scuba diving makes me a little claustrophobic.

What is your favorite recovery or self-care practice? 90 min massage with added cupping!

What is the one place visitors to Pittsburgh “must” see? I’m a sucker for a good skyline so the incline is a MUST so they can see the incredible view. I also love roller coasters so Kennywood is where I plan to take all of my visitors.

Contact info for Ashley Fortune:
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/sweatnetpgh/

https://www.instagram.com/ashleyfortune_/


Repost: Maribeth Ewing- Fenix Fit Bars




FitLabPGH originally released this interview on March 31, 2019.

Maribeth Ewing is the Founder / Owner of FENIX Fit Bars. FENIX Fit Bars are a healthy and organic alternative to the protein bar war that exists in the fitness industry! We at FENIX Fit use only fresh, organic, natural products excluding fillers, excess sugars and fats along with stabilizers and preservatives! Our bars are handcrafted and hand packed! They are vegan, gluten free and dairy free!

Show Notes:
 Maribeth Ewing, FENIX Fit Bars – contact info:
E-mail: fenixfitpgh@gmail.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/FENIXFITNFIERCE/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/fenixfitco/

Links mentioned in the Podcast:
Mecka Fitness, Mt. Lebanon, PA
https://meckafitness.com

Gary Udit, NPC (National Physique Committee) Contests; Personal Training; Posing Coach
https://garyudit.com/new/

National Physique Committee
http://npcnewsonline.com

Mediterra Bakehouse
https://www.facebook.com/MediterraBakehouse/

Rivendale Farms, Pittsburgh, PA
https://rivendalefarms.com

Contact Info for FitLabPGH:
Email: fitlabpgh@gmail.com

Twitter: @fitlabpgh

Instagram: @fitlabpgh

We update via Facebook too!!

Movement Tips and Lifestyle Hacks – YouTube channel (posted on Instagram too)

Check out our sister podcast Moving2Live concise but interesting podcasts for the movement and exercise professional and amateur aficionado.

Attribution for Intro/Exit Podcast Music:
Marathon Man by Jason Shaw from the album Audionautix: Acoustic, licensed under an Attribution 3.0 United States License. Available at www.FreeMusicArchive.org


Repost: Rick Holzworth-La Prima Espresso Co Racing & Cycling Advocate




This episode was originally released on August 8, 2018.  We are re-releasing it as part of our December theme to “Move More.”

Rick Holzworth describes himself as a Father, Lawyer, and Bike Racer.  He is an attorney, practicing in Pittsburgh, PA.  An avid cyclist, Rick is actively engaged in the Pittsburgh cycling community. He serves on the Board of Directors for Bike Share Pittsburgh, Inc., a nonprofit organization that operates the HealthyRide bike sharing network, and is a member of the Executive Leadership Council of the American Diabetes Association, for which he organizes the annual Tour de Cure Gran Fondo. Rick is also the President of the La Prima Espresso Co. Cycling Team and sits on the Board of Directors of the Allegheny Cycling Association.

Show Notes:
 Rick Holzworth – contact info:
E-mail: rlh252@gmail.com

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/rick-holzworth-663a4022/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/rick.holzworth.7

Twitter: https://twitter.com/RHolz_Official

Links mentioned in the Podcast:
Kelly Collier, Endurance Athlete and Inventor, Pittsburgh, PA
https://trainingwheelsrequired.wordpress.com

check out the FitLabPGH Podcast episode featuring Kelly Collier, released 4/22/18
Link: 
http://fitlabpgh.blubrry.com/2018/04/22/podcast-1618-kelly-collier-endurance-athlete-and-inventor/

Penn State Behrend, Erie, PA
https://behrend.psu.edu

Healthy Ride Pittsburgh, Bike Share Program
https://healthyridepgh.com

AeroTech Designs Cyclewear, Pittsburgh, PA
https://www.aerotechdesigns.com

La Prima Espresso Company Racing
https://www.facebook.com/La-Prima-Espresso-Co-Racing-454203488041800/

USA Cyling
https://www.usacycling.org

GNC, Pittsburgh, PA
http://www.gnc.com

Fox Rothschild LLP, Attorneys at Law
https://www.foxrothschild.com

Baron Batch, Pittsburgh, PA
http://baronbatch.com

Contact Info for FitLabPGH:
Email: fitlabpgh@gmail.com

Twitter: @fitlabpgh

Instagram: @fitlabpgh

We update via Facebook too!!

Movement Tips and Lifestyle Hacks – YouTube channel (posted on Instagram too)

Check out our sister podcast Moving2Live concise but interesting podcasts for the movement and exercise professional and amateur aficionado.

Attribution for Intro/Exit Podcast Music:
Marathon Man by Jason Shaw from the album Audionautix: Acoustic, licensed under an Attribution 3.0 United States License. Available at www.FreeMusicArchive.org

 


FitLabPGH Features 46:19 – Sandor Koppanyi




FitLabPGH is a podcast about movement and movement opportunities in the Pittsburgh, PA area.  Once a week we also highlight a FitLabPGH mover…someone who understands that movement is a lifestyle…not just an activity.  The questions are lightly edited to allow for easy readability.  Click FitLabPGH Features for more info if you want to be featured/know someone who should be featured.

This Week: Sandor Koppanyi

Are you a Pittsburgh native? If not, what brought you to the Pittsburgh area? Kind of. My mom is born and raised in Sewickley and I personally moved 7x before the end of high school but I always came back to Pittsburgh every summer. After college, I knew that I wanted to move away from Kentucky and made my final decision to live in Pittsburgh since I knew I would have support from family nearby and there is a growing fitness scene!

What are your three favorite movement activities in the Pittsburgh area? Training in Olympic weightlifting at Pittsburgh Fitness Project. Taking my kettlebell or steel mace to a park and doing a random workout for an hour. Working on my “pretty boy,” muscles at my apartment with kettlebells, bands, and perfect pushups.

Describe your fantasy movement-focused vacation…cost is not an object…where do you go and what do you do? This would be later in life when I don’t care as much about brute strength compared to how I feel, but I would spend a summer in India or Thailand and do a yoga excursion. Not necessarily a teacher certification, but just escape reality for a while and enjoy nature as well as be in tune with my mind and body for an extended period of time.

What is your go-to weekday breakfast? Your weekend breakfast? 1 cup rolled oats with a handful of chopped almonds, cinnamon and a banana. Then I soak the oatmeal with a protein shake instead of water. On the weekends I love having a breakfast sandwich with scrambled eggs, guacamole on the bread, then some bacon on the side.

What is your favorite thing to eat in Pittsburgh? Note: it does not need to be healthy. I love a lot of restaurants in Pittsburgh, and with my Hungarian heritage I would recommend Huszar 10/10. You probably wouldn’t get better Hungarian food in America unless someone’s grandma makes it, they are really friendly and they even have some Hungarian alcohol on hand if you’re feeling adventurous.

What is the most unusual and/or challenging movement activity you’ve done? Would you do it again? I’ve done quite a variety and when it comes to unusual, I’d say it would be a Pure Barre class. Unless you were a former dancer there’s basically no way to prepare your body for what’s to come and it can be brutal. But my most challenging workout involved using my street back home that was .2 miles long on Thanksgiving 2 years ago. I did frog jump squats down one end, walked back, then walking lunges down one end, walked back and then monster walks with a slingshot down to one end. It was over a half mile of exercises and my legs were sore for almost a full week!

What movement activity/event are you looking forward to in the next year? I’m competing in the Arnold Classic for weightlifting in the 73kg class. It’s my first American Open meet!

Would you rather go scuba diving or skydiving? Sky diving

What is your favorite recovery or self-care practice? Getting a light pump throughout the body, a long walk listening to a podcast on a beautiful day, work on Pilates or do a random free yoga class.

What is the one place visitors to Pittsburgh “must” see? My 3rd cousins from Hungary visited at the end of this summer but were only in town for a short time and I took them to Mt. Washington overlook. It’s a great view of the city but if you have time I think seeing the strip district is great too.

Contact info for Sandor Koppanyi:
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/sandor.fitness/


Mike Litrell- Pittsburgh Performance Institute



Mike Littrell is the owner of Pittsburgh Performance Institute. A native of Pittsburgh, Mike grew up in Upper St. Clair where his love of physical fitness and overall well-being began. Growing up, he played lacrosse and was later recruited by Susquehanna University. After college, He began body building in the fall of 2015 and went on to take 3rd at the Mid Atlantic Grand Prix. Always evolving, Mike found his passion in Ultra Running where he excels in 50 and 100-mile distances. Some of his recent races include the UA MTN running series 50k (2x); UROC 100k; Grindstone 100 miler; Cold Water Rumble 100 Miler, Outrun 24 hour race; The Ghost town challenge 50k and Hell Hath No Hurry 50 miler, where he took 2nd place.

Show Notes: Mike Littrell, Pittsburgh Performance Institute, Contact Information:

E-mail: Michael@pittsburghperformanceinstitute.com

Website: https://pittsburghperformanceinstitute.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/PGHPerformance/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/pitt_performance/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/PerformancePitt

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/michael-littrell-656049191/

Links mentioned in the Podcast:
Susquehanna University, Selinsgrove, PA
https://www.susqu.edu

The Barkley Marathons, TN
http://barkleymarathons.com

Big Backyard Ultra, Bell Buckle, TN (Last Man Standing)
https://www.facebook.com/groups/142055916440410/

Raccoon Creek State Park, Beaver County, PA
https://www.dcnr.pa.gov/StateParks/FindAPark/RaccoonCreekStatePark/Pages/default.aspx

TrueForm Runner (Treadmill)
https://trueformrunner.com

Montour Trail, Allegheny and Washington Counties, PA
https://montourtrail.org

Contact Info for FitLabPGH:
Email: fitlabpgh@gmail.com

Twitter: @fitlabpgh

Instagram: @fitlabpgh

We update via Facebook too!!

Movement Tips and Lifestyle Hacks – YouTube channel (posted on Instagram too)

Check out our sister podcast Moving2Live concise but interesting podcasts for the movement and exercise professional and amateur aficionado.

Attribution for Intro/Exit Podcast Music:
Marathon Man by Jason Shaw from the album Audionautix: Acoustic, licensed under an Attribution 3.0 United States License. Available at www.FreeMusicArchive.org

 


FitLabPGH Features 45:19 – Special Feature – Maggie & Puddin




FitLabPGH is a podcast about movement and movement opportunities in the Pittsburgh, PA area.  Once a week we also highlight a FitLabPGH mover…someone who understands that movement is a lifestyle…not just an activity.  The questions are lightly edited to allow for easy readability.  Click FitLabPGH Features for more info if you want to be featured/know someone who should be featured.

This Week: Maggie & Puddin – 20K Challenge

We’ve heard you’re participating in the 20K Virtual Challenge from Northeast K9 Conditioning. What motivated you to join the challenge? We believe that movement is a lifestyle, not just an activity.  We want to encourage other dogs, and their humans, to get outside and move more!

Where will you be completing the challenge? We happily walk / jog / hike wherever Ben takes us…now that the weather is FINALLY getting cooler, we’re hoping to complete most of the challenge on the trails of Mingo Creek Park…we especially enjoy hills and single-track trails.

Have you encountered any difficulties since beginning the challenge? Maggie: I haven’t, but Puddin the Puppy sprained her left front paw a few days into the challenge.  The humans are making her rest until it heals. She’s already feeling better, so I don’t think we’ll have a problem completing the challenge!

Do you have any tips for less active dogs who are thinking about joining the challenge? Start slowly! You have until the end of December to complete the 20K (that’s 12.4 miles), so you can start with really short walks and gradually build up to longer walks.  Also, be sure to ask your human for a treat after you finish a walk.

What are you going to do with the medal when you complete the challenge? Post it on social media, of course…forget about “Medal Monday”…we’re going for “Medal Month”!!!

Contact info for Maggie and Puddin: Maggie and Puddin do not maintain their own social media accounts, but you can keep up with their activities by following FitLabPGH:
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/fitlabpgh/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/fitlabpgh

Twitter: https://twitter.com/FitLabPgh

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCTIJyXgd6Hd9miPW9rKDaXg?view_as=subscriber


Kelly Kuhn PT- Telemedicine & Physical Therapy




Kelly Kuhn, MPT, CSCS, PES, Cert-TMD, Cert-MST (in her own words): I became a physical therapist and a CSCS almost 18 years ago because I was an athlete and wanted to work with athletes. I started my career in Florida, my home state, working with athletes. Over time I began to work more with every day pain and injuries as well and realized that the same “athlete” principals apply to everyone. But, I also really began to focus on running as my way to stay connected to the athletic population. I just love getting people moving and back to what they love doing no matter what it is and feel that changing the way we look at and approach pain, movement and exercise can have major benefits to our overall well-being.

Show Notes: Kelly Kuhn, MPT, CSCS, PES, Cert-TMD, Cert-MST, Contact Information:

E-mail: Kelly@kellykuhnpt.com

Website: https://www.kellykuhnpt.com

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/kellykuhn_pt/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/KKuhnPT/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/mrskuhn09

Links mentioned in the Podcast:
Reginald’s Coffee, Bethel Park, PA
https://www.reginaldscoffee.com

Upper St. Clair (USC) High School Track & Cross Country Coaches Clinic- June 26, 2020
https://twitter.com/ClinicUSCXCTF

Tickets: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2020-usc-cross-country-track-field-coaches-clinic-tickets-67581557257

MedExpress Urgent Care
https://www.medexpress.com

St. Clair Hospital, Pittsburgh, PA (South Hills)
https://www.stclair.org

Venture Outdoors, Pittsburgh, PA
https://www.ventureoutdoors.org

Altra Running
https://www.altrarunning.com

Shoe Liner Test
https://www.correcttoes.com/foot-help/tips-and-how-tos/shoe-liner-test/

Check out the episode of our sister podcast Moving2Live featuring Ray McClanahan, DPM, of Northwest Foot and Ankle, in which Dr. McClanahan discusses the Shoe Liner Test, released 3/27/19;
Link: http://www.moving2live.com/2019/03/27/dr-ray-mcclanahan-dpm-northwest-foot-and-ankle-part-2/

Contact Info for FitLabPGH:
Email: fitlabpgh@gmail.com

Twitter: @fitlabpgh

Instagram: @fitlabpgh

We update via Facebook too!!

Movement Tips and Lifestyle Hacks – YouTube channel (posted on Instagram too)

Check out our sister podcast Moving2Live concise but interesting podcasts for the movement and exercise professional and amateur aficionado.

Attribution for Intro/Exit Podcast Music:
Marathon Man by Jason Shaw from the album Audionautix: Acoustic, licensed under an Attribution 3.0 United States License. Available at www.FreeMusicArchive.org

 


FitLabPGH Features 44:19 Megan Clouner




FitLabPGH is a podcast about movement and movement opportunities in the Pittsburgh, PA area.  Once a week we also highlight a FitLabPGH mover…someone who understands that movement is a lifestyle…not just an activity.  The questions are lightly edited to allow for easy readability.  Click FitLabPGH Features for more info if you want to be featured/know someone who should be featured.

This Week: Megan Clouner

Are you a Pittsburgh native? If not, what brought you to the Pittsburgh area? I was born in Denver, Colorado but was raised in Pittsburgh.

What are your three favorite movement activities in the Pittsburgh area? The Montour Trail is a go to for our family. We love to run and bike the trails. The old railroad tunnels are always cool to see and run through. Mingo Creek Park – trails paved/off road in the woods, covered bridges, playgrounds, streams for playing/crayfish catching!….we love the options Mingo gives us! It’s a favorite of ours for training or just family fun! Transcend Bodyworks – I go to Bethany in Bridgeville for Hotworx workouts and massages. Hotworx is a program that uses heat and infrared technology while you workout (isometric and HIIT). It’s an extremely effective and efficient workout.

Describe your fantasy movement-focused vacation…cost is not an object…where do you go and what do you do? Patagonia would be an incredible trip. The scenery is unmatched and the area offers hiking, climbing, fishing, and so much more. Sweden/Norway – My family originates from this area. I’d love to just go and explore everything these countries have to offer.

What is your go-to weekday breakfast? Your weekend breakfast? During the week my go to is a protein shake. I need a quick breakfast without sacrificing health. I use Arbonne protein, which is a plant-based source. During the weekend, I typically stick with my shake, but we love making pancakes as a family. I do love avocado toast though too!

What is your favorite thing to eat in Pittsburgh? Note: it does not need to be healthy. I truly can’t think of one specific place! Eating your way through the Strip District is always good! Eating breakfast at Pamela’s, stopping at Roland’s for a bloody Mary, grabbing snacks from all the small vendors on the street! Dinner at any of the restaurants overlooking the city from Mount Washington is never a bad choice! The views are incredible. Sarris in Canonsburg is a must for the old school ice cream parlor.

What is the most unusual and/or challenging movement activity you’ve done? Would you do it again? My family loves Colorado, and with that comes hiking and mountain climbing. We go once a year and always make sure to bag a few 14ers each time. While it’s unusual for most, it is a favorite of ours!

What movement activity/event are you looking forward to in the next year? The Pittsburgh Half Marathon. I ran this race for years, until our first daughter was born race weekend 6 years ago. This year, her birthday is finally not on race weekend! I’m excited and anxious to run this race again! My family has a few ultramarathon trail races in the works too!

Would you rather go scuba diving or skydiving? My husband and I went sky diving and it was an incredible experience. We went to New Orleans when the Steelers played the Saints, Halloween weekend, and decided why not! (Pre marriage and kids lol) Not sure I’d do it again but I think it is something every one should do once! Scuba diving scares me! Maybe snorkeling?!

What is your favorite recovery or self-care practice? I love a good massage post race, or a session in a steam room. Hotworx Yoga is a great way to unwind and stretch.

What is the one place visitors to Pittsburgh “must” see? There is nothing more “Pittsburgh” than the Strip District on a weekend. Mount Washington for the views! The Phipps Conservatory, especially during the holiday season.

Contact info for Megan Clouner:
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/meganclouner/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/megan.lynne.56