Friday, June 2, 2017


Last year we setup and completed the first Lipedema Triathlon, with the help of my training mates, friends and the Saratoga Springs YMCA.

Fast forward to this year, and I am so excited to say the Saratoga Springs YMCA once again is letting us hold the triathlon at their facility, and even more exciting, they want to open it up to others (outside of Lipedema) that have mobility concerns, I just love that!

As I found out last year, Triathlon races vary in distance, the one we are focusing on is the Sprint: 750-meter (0.47-mile) swim, 20-kilometer (12-mile) bike, 5-kilometer (3.1-mile) run/walk. Here is a break down of what we will be doing come June 24:

Swim - The most common pool sizes built today are either 25 meters or 50 meters (Olympic size) so 750 meters will be 30 lengths in the smaller pool and 15 lengths in the Olympic.

Bike - Most bikes (road or stationary) calculate mileage, but if not , just calculate your speed (MPH) by your duration to get you to 12 miles.

Run/Walk - Most treadmills calculate mileage; or if using a standard indoor track (200 meters), you would need to do 25 laps for a 5K. If using a standard outdoor track (400 meters), you would need to do 12.5 laps.

Wish us Luck, and spread the word, June is Lipedema Awareness Month!

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Aqua Run 1K - April 22, 2017

April 22, at the New York Sports Club in Livingston NJ, The Lipedema Queen (TLQ) Organization is having an Aqua Run 1K Charity Marathon fundraiser, that I am proud to be participating in.

What is an Aqua Run, you ask?

Good question, I had not heard of one before Katia Page (the founder of TLQ) asked me to participate. It is an event where you run (or walk) 1000 meters in a pool. The NYSC pool, where this will take place, is a 25M pool (or, as we learned last year in preparation for the Lipedema Triathlon, a short distance olympic sized pool). 

1000M Race / 25M Pool = 40 lengths of the pool, or 20 laps. It takes place in the shallow end Katia said, so your feet are in contact with the pool floor, as opposed to treading water in the deep end.

I say if you want to come watch, bring a poncho, there is going to be a whole lot of splashing going on!

The AQUA RUN will be held at The New York Sports Club, 39 W Northfield Rd, Livingston, NJ 07039  from 2pm to 5pm EST Saturday April 22, 2017

There are no fees for the Aqua Runners for this event, and we need Lipedema Runners.

You can also sponsor an Aqua Runner:
  • $25.00  you're the "Floaties" for our runner
  • $50.00  you're the " Vest" for our runner 
  • $75.00  you're the "Life Vest" for our runner
  • $100.00 you're the "Buoy" for our runner

Click here to sign up to be a runner, to sponsor a runner, or to get your tickets to watch. Huge gratitude to Katia, and the event sponsors (NYSC, The Avenue, and Pepsi).

The Lipedema Queen is a 501c(3) organization created to assist women with Lipedema. TLQ helps them obtain needed medical grade compression garments, surgeries and treatments, and helps advocate for the ICD (International Disease Code) insurers need Re-issuance of the Lymphedema Act. Thank you for your support!

Friday, February 10, 2017

Getting Down with GPP

I must admit when coach/hubby first mentioned GPP to me, the 1991 Naughty By Nature song popped into my head... "you down with OPP - yeah, you know me".

Well GPP is much less controversial, it stands for General Physical Preparedness, and everyone should be getting down with it.

General Physical Preparedness is exactly what it sounds like, being prepared for the physical aspects of your life. Whether that is an athletic event coming up, taking walks with your family, getting to/from work, running errands, doing chores, or moving about your house.

GPP is not a new concept, it came into the forefront when firefighters, law enforcement personnel, and military men and women started looking for a better way to prepare themselves for the physical demands of their jobs. 

Just like these Occupational Athletes, being prepared for our daily lives is important. Our daily lives may not be as physically demanding as those who have chosen to protect and serve, but they still pose physical challenges, add to that the challenges of living with Lipedema and it can seem incredibly overwhelming.

GPP workouts were created to improve your overall fitness by improving your strength, balance, flexibility, mobility, etc. Being fit helps us all to fight off being injured during our daily lives.

Traditionally, athletes preparing for an event (like a runner does for a marathon, or a MMA fighter does for an upcoming fight, etc.) would follow a SPP (Specific Physical Preparedness) regimen to get ready for their event, and they would follow a more GPP style regimen after.

I mention marathon runners and MMA fighters because those are the folks I train with. Our CrossFit style workouts are primarily GPP, and while it helps my training mates prepare and become better athletes, it helps me prepare and become better able to live with Lipedema.