Fitbloggin Recap part two + Drink Chia sampling

Time for part two! If you missed it, check out part one of my Fitbloggin recap first.

Our alarm got us up bright and early Saturday and we headed down to check out the JumpSport Trampoline BOUNCE camp.  I overlooked this play on words until afterwards, but it was most definitely boot camp style.  I had no idea I was going to sweat that much!  Mr. Gumby-Spider-Man led a Tabata-style workout.  It was much more intense than I expected, and really well done.

Afterwards, I set up the Drink Chia sampling table and had a blast sharing this deliciousness.  It was a huge hit!

What’s not to love? Superfood chia seeds contain omega 3, protein, antioxidants, iron, calcium, and fiber, providing endurance and energy in fresh flavors and natural ingredients, all for 40 calories.

In between the Drink Chia sampling fun, I had another packed afternoon with sessions including Turn Your Post into an Article with Susan Ito, Taking Your Online Community Offline with Alicia Hansen, Drive More Traffic through SEO with Brandi Koskie and Monetizing through the Pitch with Kelly Olexa (Fitfluential founder!)

After another lovely dinner break and evening reception, I was wiped out!

Sunday was the 5k “fun run” and a final breakfast.  It was a beautiful morning, even a little chilly (I won’t feel those temps again until November!) I ran with Lindsay, Meg, Amanda, Ericka, and Lauren.  Loved getting to know these awesome ladies better!

After breakfast and goodbyes, I spent a few hours in the DC area with one of my best friends from childhood before catching my plane home. Such a treat!

While I intended to crash, I spent the flight home replaying the weekend and processing what I learned…. what I enjoy, where I want to go, who I am and who I am not.  I’ll share more of my reflections soon.

Roni did an incredible job organizing this conference.  On top of the stellar presentations, delicious food, wonderful sponsors and socializing festivities, it was one of the most supportive environments I’ve ever experienced in a conference setting.  Everyone was welcome, whether they were a fitness professional or had 100 pounds to lose, whether they were a “professional” blogger or brand new on the scene.  Such a warm atmosphere is extremely hard to capture. Well done, Roni!

I arrived home to a happy husband and sleeping toddler, and this lovely hand made sign, with a welcome home bar of fair trade dark chocolate:

It’s good to be home! Now it’s time to get unpacked and organize all my goodies…

A HUGE thank you to my friends at Drink Chia for the opportunity to attend this conference and represent their brilliant drinks! I hope to do it all over again next year in Portland!

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!

A running break and my fall race calendar

First of all, if you missed Jessica’s heart-wrenching story about her friend’s sweet daughter Cassie battling Spinal Muscular Atrophy, I encourage you to check it out.  It’s powerful.

It’s been one week since the triathlon, and although I feel ready to ramp up running mileage,   I’m not sure my shin is with me. Although it felt fine during the race, I felt the muscle pull again this week on my run.

Rather than continuing to take a few days off, run, aggravate it, rest and repeat, I decided to take a solid two weeks with no running and focus on spinning and swimming to give my muscle strain adequate time to heal.

The timing worked out well as it was our gym’s Les Mills Launch on Saturday, and I was there for back-to-back RPM spin classes.  It helped fill the gap the long run otherwise would have.

Heading to spin class

Plus, there are no big races right around the corner and it can be miserable running in the Texas summer heat.  I know I need to take the time now to ensure it’s feeling 100% rather than being forced to take weeks or months off in the middle of a training cycle.

Do you think of your training in terms of cycles? We know the importance of cut back weeks in training, and I’ve read of a few athletes who also carve out an entire cut-back month each year to give their body a break.  July is turning out to be that month for me, and I think it’s a good thing.

In the meantime, I’m using this as an opportunity to focus on strength.  I signed up for Tina’s 8-week Boot Camp, something I typically don’t feel I can combine with high running mileage.  I’m ready to try something new.

Running breaks also motivate me to map out my upcoming race schedule, so here’s what I hope the fall will look like:

  • Possible August 5k race while visiting family in PA
  • September 5k at Fitbloggin
  • October 10 miler
  • October Houston half marathon
  • November Turkey Trot (5k)
  • December Run Girl half marathon

Do you plan cycles in your training to include a cut-back month?

What is the next race on your calendar?

 

Friday Fit-bits with healthy Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

It’s Friday again! I have lots of little updates today- some good, some not-so-good, and then we’ll wrap up with an amazing banana bread.

  • Fit Gear

Running blogs are buzzing with talk of the Mezamashii Project, and there have been numerous opportunities to win a pair of Mizunos.  Guess who totally lucked out and won a pair?!

I’ve never tried Mizunos before, but I took them for a spin this week and they were perfect- great fit, comfy ride, and lighter than I’m used to. I am still in awe that they fit so well for an online shoe purchase- their website was really helpful in the decision-making process. Thank you, Mizuno!

  • Fitbloggin

More good news… I’m officially signed up and registered for FitBloggin!  This will be my first blogging conference, and I am beyond excited.  I have so much to learn, I can’t wait to soak it all up.

And I’m thrilled to be sponsored by Drink Chia!

I came across Drink Chia earlier this year, and was impressed with everything about the company: their mission and the story behind them (started by another running mom),  their availability and approachability,  and, of course, their delicious drinks.

I’m sure you’ll be hearing more about this in the next few months!

 

  • Fit Hiccup

I hate to break the flow of good news, but my unhappy shin is not going away.  I can trace it back to that superhero week when I did HIIT (with lots of plyo moves), then raced a 5k on the unforgiving treadmill, and finished off with a weekend 15 miler instead of my planned 12.

I’m good at ignoring aches and pains, but this week my shin finally got my attention.  So… with the triathlon a week away, I’m going to focus on biking and swimming (and tapering) and hope it’s happy come race day.  Wish me luck!

  • Fit Fuel

I’ll leave you on a happier note, with this amazing (whole-grain, low-fat) chocolate chip banana bread. Despite being very low in sugar, this is dangerously good. You can also double it, and freeze one for later.

Chocolate Chip Banana Bread (print recipe)

  • 3 mashed, ripe bananas
  • 2/3 c. plain or vanilla yogurt
  • 1/4 c. milk or non-dairy milk
  • 1/4 c. unsweetened applesauce
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2 c. whole wheat pastry flour
  • 1/3 c. sugar
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 3/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 3/4 c. chocolate chips

Mash bananas and mix the first five ingredients together. In a separate bowl, combine dry ingredients (flour through salt). Add wet and dry ingredients together, stirring only until blended. Stir in chocolate chips and optional walnuts.

Pour mixture into a greased 9×5 bread loaf pan. Bake in a preheated oven for 45-50 minutes at 350, or until a toothpick comes out clean.

Hop over to Jill’s for more Friday Fitness posts!