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