Countdowns: Conference and Comebacks

A week from today, I’ll be sitting in a conference room in a Baltimore hotel, taking notes from the masters of blogging… or socializing with some of the dozens of blog friends I’ll finally get to meet in person… or trying my first Cross Fit workout… all with no toddler to rush home for nap, no house to clean up after, and no dinner planning to think about.

I. can’t. wait.

This is my first year attending Fitbloggin’ and the schedule of presentations, fitness events, and mingling time looks fantastic.  I am thrilled to be sponsored by Drink Chia to attend! Without their support, I doubt I would have justified the flight across the country.

If you’ve never tried Drink Chia and happen to be coming to Fitbloggin, find me at the conference for samples!  It is one of my favorite pre or post workout drinks, loaded with nutrients for endurance, recovery or regular daily life.  They have mastered the balance of a delicious, fruity flavor with very minimal sweetener.  Even my daughter loves it!

You can find my original review here and can find them online or in Florida, and a few places in the northeast.    I’m excited to help spread the word and see them grow – we need Drink Chia in Texas!

My second countdown is the one for my next race… four weeks from Sunday, I’m running a local 10-mile race.  It’s the first time I’ve raced this distance in years, so I know I’ll beat my old pr, but I’m not sure if I have enough time to be where I’d like to be.

This was the first week (since taking it easy in August) that I added both an interval and a tempo run in, and my shin is holding up just fine.  I think I can finally let out that breath I’ve been holding and trust that my body is ready to train again.

I did my intervals on Monday, using the 30-20-10 intervals from Runner’s World.  Ten second sprints are a blast- I never let myself fly like otherwise!  After spinning Tuesday, I headed out for a tempo run on Wednesday with my newest motivator, this gorgeous Oiselle (birthday treat) tank!

My goal was 6 miles, with 5 at tempo/race pace (around 7:30).  Not only is this shirt adorable and comfy, it is fast.  Most of my miles were right where I wanted them, but the last one came in at 6:56. It might become my new lucky race shirt.  🙂

After teaching spin again last night, I’m resting today in preparation for 12 tomorrow.  I’ve been easing back into my long runs, and hit 10.5 last week so I’m ready to add a little bit more.  Still plugging away at Tina’s boot camp, too!

So that’s where I’m at. Counting down to Fitbloggin, counting down to the ten miler, and loving my happy-shin legs.

Finally, I promised a winner today for the SPIbelt!!

 #104 – Heidi Nicole!

Congrats, Heidi! Email me your address so we can get it sent out to you.

Have a great weekend, everyone!

55 thoughts on “Countdowns: Conference and Comebacks

  1. This looks like such a great time. I will have to find out more so i can attend next year. Have a wonderful time. Looks like you will be with some really great bloggers. Can’t wait to hear all about it!
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  2. I know exactly how you feel about your excitement of being alone for a weekend to do things that you enjoy. That is what I feel about my RW Half marathon. I am excited to run the race, but I am more excited to be around other running friends and not have to worry about anything but myself. 🙂 Sigh, the life of being a busy mommy. 🙂

    Nice job on your runs this week!
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  3. Sounds like all is going well Laura and you persevered through a hot summer here(it’s almost over!!!) I looked at the Chia drink and might order some for post run recovery. I’ve been wanting to try Chia since I heard about the benefits. Did you ever sign up for the Houston Marathon? I almost signed up for the 10 for Texas! From what I hear it is a really fun race, you should do well!
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    • Yes! I’m so glad it’s September and slowly cooling off. I haven’t yet signed up for Houston but it’s still on my mind, if my mileage continues to build and I feel good. Last year I ran the half for the MS society, so I would do that again, either for the half or full.
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  4. Yay for the 10 mile race coming up–it’s a great race distance! And wow–I’m really impressed with how you’ve gotten your long runs back up. I have a half-marathon in five weeks and am not sure either–I even asked my coach if maybe I should skip it (because my December marathon is really the race I care about). But he thinks I can be ready and that it will be a good gauge of where I am at that point–so bring it on! I haven’t raced since February, so I know I will be nervous.

    I hope the conference is fun!
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  5. You are going to have a great time at Fitbloggin! You are the perfect person to represent Drink Chia at the conference! I am counting down for a 10k I am running with my brother in October, as well as a couple of Giants games and a long run next weekend along the coast!
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