Sprint Tri Success! (Massage Envy Review and Giveaway)

I did it!

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On Monday I finished my first Sprint Triathlon – a 400 meter swim, 12 mile bike, 3.1 mile run event.

My friend, Tanya, and I have been training for most of the summer and I knew I still had SO much room for improvement, but I finished strong and…

It. Felt. Great.

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My swim was definitely my weakest link. I knew that going into it. I finished next to last (21st out of 22) in my age group (40-44 year old women). But then I picked up speed during transition and passed many people in the bike portion…moving up to 13th in my age group.

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Then…the run.

It was one of the hottest runs I’ve ever done (it’s still summer in Houston!) and after the 12-mile bike ride my legs felt like bricks. I thought I was running close to 11 minute miles but I found out afterwards that my pace was 9:05! I finished the run in 8th place in my age group…11th place overall.

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I’m hooked! Soon, I’m going to sign up for swim lessons and start working towards my next one.

People have asked me how I prepared. I didn’t follow any certain plan but two things I attribute to my success:

1. Having a friend to work out with. Working towards a common goal with Tanya helped me stay motivated, focused and made the process more fun. I couldn’t have done it without her.

2. Taking it a bit easy during the week before which included an hour-long massage!

I worked out intensely for an extended period of time, so taking it a bit easy the week before helped me regroup. I was thrilled to have the opportunity to be treated to a massage by my friends at Massage Envy Spa in Houston. They treated me to a 60-minute massage at one of their 29 Houston locations. It was a great experience.

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The timing for their invitation was perfect. I had no idea how much I needed it until I was done! I thought I’d be in for a relaxing experience…which it was. But when you arrive at Massage Envy you fill out paperwork that helps them get to know your needs and what areas to work on. When they found out that I was preparing to race, they paired me up with a massage therapist, Melissa, who has experience with stretching and deep muscle massage.

The experience was almost like a combination of yoga, stretching and massage. She worked out the kinks in my shoulders (from leaning over on my bike’s aerobars), released the build-up of lactic acid in my legs and stretched out my muscles. It felt so good. I truly felt like she was helping my body heal and prepare for Monday’s event.

One of the reasons I don’t get massages more often is because of the cost. Massages at most spas can be very expensive but Massage Envy Spa offers member clients a monthly massage  for just $59.00, plus any additional massages for the month at just $39.00. While they offer massage at a discounted price, the visit for me was even better than I had experienced at some spas that charge two or three times the amount.

The environment was relaxing (the tranquil water-fall room was so peaceful!), the staff was knowledgable, experienced and caring (they asked me questions about the race and cheered me on…even the folks who worked at the front desk!) and Melissa (my massage therapist) was a pro.

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Thank you, Melissa, for taking my health in your hands and taking good care of me last week. I know that I was better prepared for my big day because of your help!

Whether you are preparing for an athletic event, have a problem area that needs addressing or just want to relax and nurture your body and soul, I highly recommend Massage Envy Spa. A great day to go to Massage Envy would be September 18, 2013 when the 29 Houston-area Massage Envy Spas will donate $10 from every one-hour massage or facial to the Arthritis Foundation during their Healing Hands for Arthritis Event.

A Giveaway!

How would you like to be treated to a free massage? Thanks to Massage Envy, one Still Living The Dream reader in Houston will score a free 1-hour massage. All you have to do is leave a comment below telling me why you need to relax. One person will be selected at random on Wednesday, September 11, 2013, at 11:59 p.m. CST to receive a massage at one of Massage Envy Spa’s 29 Houston locations.

Do you follow me?

Yes? Well, you rock! For every one below you score an additional entry. (If you don’t already do one or all below then no worries. You can still get extra entries by signing up. Just leave a separate comment for each that you do.

  1. Follow Still Living The Dream on Pinterest
  2. Follow Still Living The Dream on Twitter
  3. Like Still Living The Dream on Facebook
  4. Tweet this: “I need to relax with a free massage from @MassageEnvyHou http://bit.ly/1dGDQva @jpatrickcomm”

Thank you to Massage Envy Spa Houston for sponsoring this review and giveaway and offering me and one Still Living The Dream reader a complimentary massage. No other compensation was received and all thoughts and opinions are my own. 

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  1. 1
    Jennifer says:

    Why do I need to relax? Three letters: P. T. O.

    HUGE congrats on your tri, lady! Coming from 21st to 8th is FANTASTIC!!!! 😀

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    debi says:

    Three kids, two cats, a dog (who now outweighs Jennifer) and my husband. That’s enough stress for anyone. 🙂

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    Dinorah Gonzalez says:

    If I could count all of the reasons why I’m stressed, I would. But, there are too many. Massage, yes, please.

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    Dinorah Gonzalez says:

    I also tweeted!

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    Dinorah Gonzalez says:

    And I follow on Fbook!

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    Dinorah Gonzalez says:

    And I follow on Twitter!! That is how stressed I am.

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    Kami Huyse says:

    I am so proud of you. I know now hard you have worked. I love that Massage Envy is sponsoring you too, perfect timing. They are opening one just down the street from me.
    I do need to relax, and barely take time to do it.
    I think already follow you everywhere.

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    VickiP says:

    So thrilled for you and your huge accomplishment! Amazing how you took off in the run in the end. Love photos of you with your stride in the air and intense face!

    Isn’t everyone stressed?! Let me count the ways… thanks for offering this giveaway!

    vicki

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    Dale F. says:

    Here are my reasons: (1) I’m Turing 40 this month, (2) I have started exercising every day after work to help loose more weight (3) my kids drive me nuts! If you need more reasons, I can give them, just don’t want to tie up all you bandwidth with my comments!

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    VickiP says:

    I follow you on Pinterest!

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    VickiP says:

    I follow you on Twitter and Facebook!

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    You already know I think you’re uber cool, but doing a tri? Well you’re inspiring me to do things outside my comfort zone. Congratulations and see you in afew weeks at BE!

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    Jennifer says:

    This is so awesome. And to see how far you’ve come is just amazing. You’re an inspiration.

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    Aggie says:

    Well I have heard how great a massage is and would really like to give it a try. I need to relax because I just never seem to take the time to do something just for me.

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    Julie F says:

    2 kids, 3 dogs, job, volunteer work, husband, etc = stress! I want a massage!

    Congrats on the tri – you rock girlfriend!

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    Julie F says:

    I follow you on FB

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    Julie F says:

    I follow you on Pinterest.

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    Julie F says:

    I follow you on Twitter. I guess i should just admit it – I stalk you everywhere I can!

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    Since I am not Houston-based, I can’t enter, but I want to tell you: YOU ARE AWESOME!!!! HUGE congrats on 1) those FANTASTIC times 2) completing the tri! and 3) completing that tri!! 😀 You rock!

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    Aggie says:
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    Aggie says:

    Follow on Twitter
    @localoba

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    Aggie says:

    Follow on Printerest

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    Aggie says:

    Liked on Facebook

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    Dinorah Gonzalez says:

    Started following on Pintrest, too.

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    Erin B says:

    Awesome Blog! I started Following Still Living The Dream on Pinterest!

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    Erin B says:

    I started following Still Living The Dream on Twitter!

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    Erin B says:

    I Liked Still Living The Dream on Facebook!

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    Erin B says:

    I Tweeted this: “I need to relax with a free massage from @MassageEnvyHou http://bit.ly/1dGDQva @jpatrickcomm”!

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