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: Bethany Conley
Are you a Pittsburgh native? If not, what brought you to the Pittsburgh area? I was born in Northern Michigan and raised in Wexford, PA. I moved to the City of Pittsburgh for my college studies. The urban environment, arts culture and music scene in Pittsburgh really appealed to me so I stayed. I briefly moved away to another country for a year, which was great, but then I came back to my natural habitat.
What are your three favorite movement activities in the Pittsburgh area? Walking, dancing, and swimming.
Describe your fantasy movement-focused vacation…cost is not an object…where do you go and what do you do? I would love something where I could safely swim from one island to another somewhere. Kind of like in the book/film The Beach, but I’d prefer it with no shark dangers. Also, my friend just showed me her photos from a 4-day camping trek to Machu Picchu and it looked amazing. That’s runner up.
What is your go-to weekday breakfast? Your weekend breakfast? On weekdays: greek yogurt with chia seeds, fruit & nut granola, lemon water, and coffee. On weekends: a poached egg on whole wheat English muffin, with butter and jam, papaya slices on the side, lemon water, and coffee. Sometimes pancakes or biscotti will make a special cameo on the weekend.
What is your favorite thing to eat in Pittsburgh? Note: it does not need to be healthy. Lately it’s been Baby Loves Tacos (in Bloomfield). No matter what kind of taco I get there I am always in tastebud heaven. Also, my husband and I really love Azorean Cafe, Tram’s Vietnamese, People’s Indian and Chicken Latino. You can’t go wrong with any of those places.
What is the most unusual and/or challenging movement activity you’ve done? Would you do it again? I guess jumping rope/running, while singing. This helps me with singing in my band (Balloon Ride Fantasy). It’s hard to sing when your heart rate gets up, so it’s pretty unnatural at first.
What movement activity/event are you looking forward to in the next year? On Saturday, October 26, our band is playing an annual party in Bloomfield called the Evaline Halloween party. This year it is “moon” themed. We go every year, and we have so much fun there, running around the curated rooms and yard, dancing and hanging out. It’s open to the public and everyone in Pittsburgh should check it out at least once.
Would you rather go scuba diving or skydiving? Sky diving. I’ve been wanting to go for a while. I’m looking for someone to give me a figurative push. I will probably need to be a little medicated in order to go through with it, but I do want to check this off my list as a life experience.
What is your favorite recovery or self-care practice? Stretching and massage.
What is the one place visitors to Pittsburgh “must” see? The Panther Hollow trails at Schenley Park are impressive because there’s a lot of beautiful woods and open green space there, in surprising proximity to the city. It’s a lovely escape from the concrete jungle.
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And don’t miss Bethany’s cats: https://www.instagram.com/rollo_and_geo/