We met Elly during our preview week classes in Charlottesville and immediately knew that she would be a pillar in our MADville community, we just didn’t know to what extent. She’s intense, driven, self-motivated, and a great compliment to Dar’s leadership in both how they are similar and how they are different. We asked Elly to share a little bit about her own MADlifestyle, and what ultimately brought her over to our team as our lead trainer.
While she’s very open with how our MAD intervals have improved her running, and overall strength, she doesn’t share how good she is. She’s run a number of marathons, including the prestigious Boston Marathon (qualifying to start in the top wave of runners), and just last month kicked some serious asphalt at the Mimi’s Run 5K at Trump Winery — of course beating all the boys. She’s a definite competitor (in fact it is one of her top strengths according to StrengthsFinder (http://www NULL.strengthsfinder NULL.com/home NULL.aspx)) and is always focused on the goal — which is why she is the perfect complement to the MADness as we know it in Charlottesville – but we’ll let her get into the details:
Val Morini – MADabolic Cville
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My MADlifestyle is constantly evolving but I’m always striving for balance. As I’ve gotten more and more into the MAD intervals, my weekly running mileage is lower but I’m finding that I’m still able to race well– being able to run less miles but still perform at a high level is a big part of MADlifestyle for me. I changed my diet a few months ago to pretty closely follow 28toLIFE (http://www NULL.28tolife NULL.com) (OK I never gave up red wine or dark chocolate… no apologies!) and I’ve loved every second of it. Finding/preparing/eating clean food to fuel my body is definitely a big focus right now. The other part of that balanced lifestyle for me is making the time for fun with friends– and knowing that since I make the right choices with food + workouts, a few beers at Three Notch’d Brewing Co (http://threenotchdbrewing NULL.com) is healthy for the soul!
Charlottesville puts a lot of value into living local– everyone takes a lot of pride in our local businesses– from farms and wineries to fitness studios and clothing stores– I love never going to a typical mall or super store and keeping as many dollars as possible in our great little city.
Coffee is the most beautiful and magical substance on earth– I get coffee with homemade almond milk at least once a day at Milli Joe (https://www NULL.facebook NULL.com/enjoymilli?rf=455235011174145) (as a latte if it’s chilly or early in the morning, iced with just a splash of almond milk if it’s sunny and warm!). Now that I’m back on the meat-eating wagon — since starting 28toLIFE — I visit the great guys at JM Stock Provisions (http://www NULL.stockprovisions NULL.com) usually once a week for farm fresh eggs, chicken, steak, and house-made sausage. All of their stuff is so good and fresh that it makes me angry I was a vegetarian for so long! If you have any questions about what to buy, how to cook it, or just want to know that you’re buying the best quality available, go see James and Alex. They’re awesome!
For dinner I get the best of both the food and local brews worlds at Citizen Burger Bar (http://citizenburgerbar NULL.com). I always get “Dar’s (http://madabolic NULL.com/2014/03/madlifestyle-check-dar-charlottesville/) Salad”– house salad with no cheese, no croutons, no bacon, add avocado and chicken or a Timbercreek patty with balsamic on the side! It’s not officially on the menu as Dar’s Salad yet… but it should be. If you forget it the wait staff all know it by heart.
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The fitness community in Charlottesville is active and varied. On a given day in Charlottesville you’ll see a ton of people running, biking, and walking their dogs, but all the great studios are also packed. We’re a highly active community and it’s one of my favorite things about this town. Whether you’re a runner, yogi, weight lifter, or an Ultimate Frisbee player… Charlottesville has SOMETHING for you.
My first sweat love was running and will always be my go-to stress buster. I’ve felt so lucky to find MAD at the same time I was getting burned out with my 60+ miles per week training plan. Now I actually look forward to my runs and take huge joy in running without a watch or GPS to meticulously track mileage, pace, etc. I love high intensity exercise and love to sweat so both MAD intervals and challenging runs are perfect for me– and the best part is that they complement each other.
It was really the culture at MAD that I immediately fell in love with — the logo of the girl (http://madabolic NULL.com/2013/02/the-story-behind-her/), the colors, the music, the boxing were all intriguing– but it was the combination of the impeccable programming and the presence of the greatest people in the world that kept me coming back. Every interval was challenging in a way that was completely new to me but it was jumping ball slams during The MAD Minute that sealed the deal. The whole concept of power was a totally different type of training than I was used to and I quickly got addicted to it.
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The people and the community in MADville are incredibly special and difficult to describe. The community is warm and welcoming but challenges you to bring it during every interval. The most frequent feedback I hear from clients are how welcomed they feel, and how much they love the inclusiveness of our members, and that is definitely the most important feedback, and it makes coaching so much fun. There’s just a different kind of energy — It’s hard to explain– you almost have to experience it to understand why MADville so quickly became my home.