Fitbloggin 2013: The Finale–5k Recap, My Zumba Video & a Giveaway!


fitbloggin recap 2013 portland

Even though we partied and partied the night before, I still managed to get up at 6:30am for the annual Fitbloggin 5k. This year attendees got to choose from a 10k, 5k or 1mile walk. I chose the 5k and was super determined not to get lost like last year.

It was a very easy course, one that not even I could screw up! It was a beautiful 3.2 miles around the waterfront and I was itching to run it even though I was sore from head to toe from the previous days workouts. Of course I hadn’t been training, since week 3 of hiit training my knee has been bothering me, So I had been avoiding all high impact exercise.


As we began our run outside of the nines, I really didn’t know what to expect. I had low expectations as I just wanted to run until my knee said no more. Like last year I made it about 1.5 miles before I needed to walk. I felt great throughout ans I am so happy to say I had NO knee pain. I ran/walked the rest of the course coming in at under 37 minutes. I was very happy with that time and was very excited for breakfast.

We ate, said our goodbyes, checked out and began exploring Portland because we had a good 7 hours to kill.

We went and got grilled cheeses from a truck that had been getting a lot of attention from Fitbloggin attendees and it was alright. After that we got some soft serve ice cream, it was 94 degrees outside and the perfect treat. We took a taxi to our SPA appointment and got some massages to help our very achy muscles. The spa was the perfect way to end a very intense exercise weekend.




I am pretty sure if Fitbloggin organizer Roni Noone were to decide that the conference needs to be in London, I would save my pennies and go. It simply is a must in my life, and here is why.

Three reasons why I LOVE FITBLOGGIN!

Community…real community

I’ve been to a lot of conferences including three this year so far. The vibe is so different.  At BlogHer there were some serious cliques and the feeling of getting easily lost in a sea of 4000 women. At Bloggy Boot Camp everyone was about their business. It was about networking and building personal brands. Blogging While Brown was a lot like BBC a ton of networking, making connections and learning.

There are absolutely no airs at Fitbloggin. There are no VIPs. People are people, and we are bonded by our love of technology and fitness. Everyone has a real story, regardless of the size of the person. We come to share, to relate and we leave with new friends.


Where else can you do multiple fitness classes with friends and have a blast doing it? When classes got tough, we encouraged each other by smiling,  and holding hands. Sometimes when I am at the gym Lord knows I need some encouragement.

Where else can you cry with a complete stranger because her story is identical to yours and you never realized that there was someone else in the world going through the same thing?

Where else can you meet beautiful wonderful women that feel like they have actually been your friends since childhood, even though you just ‘met’ yesterday?

I’ve never done Karaoke.  Like ever. The fact that I grabbed the mic and sang single ladies with my roommate — epic. I can’t honestly say that I’ve had more true fun from my soul, never laughed so much, and never ever made so many genuine connections.


There is magic when health and wellness bloggers connect. There is a spark, a light that gets turned on when we are all together. Something inside of us that allows s to be exactly who we are, to say exactly how we feel and have absolutely no pretenses or judgement on the next person.

Finally! I found the time to sit down and edit this video of me leading Zumba class at Fitbloggin!

Now to the giveaway:


I received a really great pedometer as a part of running the 5k, and since I already own a Fitbit, I figure why not give it away to one of my amazing readers!

To enter just jump in on the raffle copter below :)

a Rafflecopter giveaway

When is the last time you have been to a spa?Do you already own a pedometer?



Mommy. Fitness Addict. Socialite.
Schnelle "Nellie" Acevedo is a busy mom of two young boys (3 and 6), she is an Account Manager by day and a self proclaimed fitness junkie by night. Brooklyn Active Mama is a body positive community that focuses on demonstrating to all women that you can always find time for fitness. A recent running addict, Nellie has completed 7 Half Marathons and is currently training for the New York City Marathon on 11/1/2015. Nellie also is a co-founder of the annual A Healthy U Conference which is a conference dedicated to helping women improve their mental, spiritual and physical health. Nellie is a licensed Zumba instructor in Brooklyn. You can find Nellie on TwitterInstagramFacebookPinterest, PeriscopeGoogle Plus.


  1. Your Zumba Video is awesome!! I used to do Zumba, but I’m more into the Nightclub Cardio classes. It’s just like Zumba, but Top 40’s and Hip-Hop music and sexy club dance moves! Looks like you had a blast!
    Taylor Brione recently posted…Life Advice from Rihanna: Confessions of a PerfectionistMy Profile

  2. My favorite type of exercise is high impact cardio. I went to the spa on vacation. Your track was smoking..seriously! I could never pull that. I didn’t know you all get down like that in Zumba, truly a dance party!! Congrats on killing the opportunity .
    Joi recently posted…Know Your Personnel – The Right Mix of Real Friends & Blog FriendsMy Profile

  3. A truck for grilled cheese…oh my YUM! That sounds amazing! :) Love your conference posts…you always give such great re-caps!-Ashley
    thedoseofreality recently posted…10 Items You Will Need To Buy For Blogging ConferencesMy Profile

  4. i love to run…i don’t do it as consistently as i should but there is nothing like it! looked like you had a great time!
    Mrs .Pancakes recently posted…I’ve Moved…My Profile

  5. Love the video of you doing Zumba – you are awesome!! I need you to teach me how to move like that!!!
    My favorite exercise is always running but after that I have about 25 2nd place favorites!!!
    Kim recently posted…Sometimes we Indulge – Sometimes we Overindulge – Looking for ModerationMy Profile

  6. Okay. So first off, my hormones are ridiculous right now, so there’s that. But I’m sitting here all teared up from being super happy at seeing your Zumba video. It’s like I just watched JOY through my computer screen. And hearing the shouts and happy Fitbloggers, then seeing how much fun everyone was having just makes me so excited for next year, when I can finally participate in Zumba again :)
    Emmie recently posted…Giveaway: Reebok Spartan Race EntryMy Profile

    • aww Emmie! Thank you so much, now you got ME all teary eyed and I wasn’t even emotional to begin with LOL. I hope you heal soon and we will be ready to party in TX or TN!! Thanks so much for stopping by girl. :)

  7. You may have a career in photography, Chica. Your pics of the events you go to always look so great. You have an eye for taking neat pics. Thank you for hosting your giveaway.

  8. Well I hope I win! The grilled cheese truck is awesome. I love what they say about childhood. ha! Love your recaps – great sense of community for you here. Your video is awesome. If I posted one of myself doing the same thing, it would be a comedy. I’m loving the cheers you’re getting!
    Tamara recently posted…Vertigo.My Profile

  9. Nikki Crump says:

    I love your Zumba Video! Thanks for the giveaway!

  10. Oh.My.God! This recap was EVERYTHING! I’ve been thinking about which conference I want to attend next year (because Lord knows I cant afford them all) and I think fitblogging is the one! Just reading your testimony about the bonds you made sealed it for me! And yeeeeees to the video! The lady at the end was GETTING IT!
    Britton recently posted…Motivational Monday: How to Shop for Athletic ShoesMy Profile

  11. A truck for grilled cheese would do me in. I love cheese, and I love grilled cheese. Next year I want to go to more conferences…this year I am living vicariously through reading your posts! :)
    Michelle recently posted…SHOW OFF Weekend Blog Party {Link Party}My Profile

  12. My favorite kind of eercise is walking. I helps me relax and helps my body as well that is why it is my favorite.
    Allie D. recently posted…Single Serving LemonadeMy Profile

  13. Dang Nellie! Didn’t know you got down like that! Am.a.zing! I would have tumbled over and fell on my face. But honestly, I would enjoy trying. Very fun recap. I like your summary of the overall feel of the different blogging conferences. I get it.
    Hope recently posted…Old School Blogging: Take Five!My Profile

  14. Entered the giveaway. My favorite exercise right now is a good run, but a close second is body combat…
    Hope recently posted…Old School Blogging: Take Five!My Profile

  15. This might motivation to get me moving more. Might is the word.

  16. Congrats on getting out there and finishing your 5k pain free! (BTW, I think 37 minutes is a fantastic time!) I was especially excited to see your Zumba video…I’ll be taking my first class tomorrow!
    Leslie recently posted…{30 Things} Strengths & WeaknessesMy Profile

  17. Love, love, love your Zumba routine! You are so full of energy it’s just amazing! I bet you the women in your class really sweat their booties off.

    Fitbloggin’ sounds so wonderful.
    Carli recently posted…Reebok Spartan Free Race Code #GiveawayMy Profile

  18. Your workout is awesome. You made me want to use my Zumba for Playstation. I mainly been running and haven’t used it in awhile.
    You can never go wrong with a trip to the spa! I’m glad you had such a great time.

  19. LOVED your Zumba at Fitbloggin video! How fun! I can’t wait until next year. I’m so not missing it :)
    Patty recently posted…Confession and AcceptanceMy Profile

  20. Nellie, you DID that Zumba girlfriend! I have to find a Zumba class like right now! Fitblogging sounds like a good time for everyone. I didn’t realize that the blog world was cliquish… I hope its not like that at Blogalicious…you and I have to hang at that Conference!
    Sherelle recently posted…Wedding Wednesdays: Best Planning ResourcesMy Profile

    • Thanks Sherelle! You should totally do Zumba!! Make sure you find you a crunk instructor though LOL and yes I can’t wait till blogalicious to give you a big hug!

  21. OK I am desperately trying to get re-started on my workout program – it is always such a struggle for me, and a pedometer would be great!
    Robbie recently posted…Banana Coconut Smoothie (Smoothie Saturday)My Profile

  22. Awesome job on video!!! I am going to Zumba hip hop tomorrow after work. You inspire me everytime I read here!


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

CommentLuv badge