Archives for August 2012

HLS 2012: Sunday Run and Boston Fun

 

Good morning! I am back home and oh it feels so good. Unfortunately, I seem to have taken home a little souvenir, a cold and runny nose. Boo! Either way, still good to be home and sleep in my own bed.

In case you have missed my other HLS posts so far, you can check them out here:

HLS Cocktail party

HLS 2012 Day one

I Made It!

I am going to be skipping around a bit because well, I can, and because I want to go more in depth with the post for the Saturday sessions and with my cold I am not thinking straight and the post will be poorly written. So, I am going to jump to something a lot less thought provoking, all the fun we had on Sunday!

I was up at 7:00 for the 5k fun run. We all met in the lobby at 8:00, and most people seemed very sleepy from all the fun from the day before.

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Me and Heather

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me and Ashley in our matching headbands

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Theodora photo bombing this group shot

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The whole group ready to go (oh my the poor man who took the picture….took him five minutes!

We headed out onto the street and to the river where some ran, some walked.

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We crossed over the bridge into Boston. (By the way, the weather was so awesome and cool!)

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Sweat Pink!

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After our run, we had a farewell brunch which was absolutely delicious, and then I headed out to meet my boss at the travel agency I work for. She came in on the train and met me at Harvard square and we took the train to downtown Boston.

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I found it so fascinating since I grew up in below-sea-level New Orleans where we have no underground anything.

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We wandered around ate lunch, and did a lot of chatting.

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We had a good time catching up, but before I knew it it was getting late and we took the train back so I could catch the hotel shuttle back to the Hyatt. It was so great to see her but I felt like a bump on a log because I was so tired from the summit!

I did some relaxing and hanging at the hotel before bedtime and heading home Monday morning! My next update will backtrack to Saturday!

Weekly Recap: August Week 3

 

Hey guys! I will be resuming with my Healthy Living Summit posts tomorrow but for today, I am BEAT! It has been a wonderful but exhausting weekend and I can’t wait to tell you more about it when I am back home. For now, here is a recap of last week’s workouts:

Sunday: rest

Monday: 6 mile run

Tuesday: weights (BBB) and 20 minutes bike

Wednesday: 5 mile run

Thursday: rest (travel day) walked about 2 miles in Boston

Friday: 3 mile run in Boston

Saturday: rest

For it being a crazy travel week I am pretty impressed with what I was able to do.

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Thanks for sticking with me today I promise more exciting stuff will come tomorrow!

QOTD: What is your ideal running weather?

HLS 2012: Cocktail Party

 

Friday night was the annual healthy living summit Cocktail party. I had a blast hanging out with old and new friends and of course taking pictures in the photo booth.

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me and Kelly before the party.

People arriving at the party

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The party was held in a tent connected to the hotel. It was a great space and we also had great snacks!

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Epic Whoopie pies were consumed.

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Mary, me and Amanda

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Me and Courtney

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me and Chandra from the awesome Drink Chia Team

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Oh yes we did

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Meghann, Mary, and me

Good times were definitely had by all and I was sad to see when 10:00 rolled around. I think it was a great way to let the bloggers mingle before the sessions on Saturday and get to know each other!

QOTD: Do you LOVE photo booth pics? why or why not.

Healthy Living Summit 2012: Day 1

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Hi friends! Yesterday was a whirlwind of a day! I am so tired but having a blast! Ok, so let’s backtrack. My morning started off with a solo run along the river. I decided I probably wasn’t going to get up for the Saturday run, so I decided to take on a few miles on my own. Let me tell you, it was BLISS! Not only was it scenic, but oh my gosh low humidity and temps. I was in HEAVEN!

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There was a nice path that went along the water with the road on the other side. There were plenty of other bikers and runners out and about.

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There were some nice shady areas as well.

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I would love to have a great place like this to run all the time. Love.

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After my run I took a quick shower and then it was time for the whole foods mini mingle!

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Roomies!

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Me and Lynda

Our group walked about 20 minutes to Whole Foods and we grabbed lunch at the salad bar.

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Well, I got a turkey sandwich.

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Then, we had to walk back because it was registration time! Team healthy Living Blogs, GO!

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Bathroom photo fun.

We got everything ready for registration with only a few minor glitches. I was in the swag bag room with Mary and we were in charge of punching holes in people’s name badges and giving them their bags.

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That’s not even all the bags. Smile

We had a great time, and I am wiped. I will save the cocktail party for the next post.

Don’t forget, my session on social media trends is at 3:30 EST and people will be live tweeting, using the hashtag #HLSmedia so be sure to join in the fun!

QOTD: What item would you love to see in a swag bag?

I Made It!

 

Well friends I arrived safely in Boston yesterday evening! I took a shuttle to the hotel in Cambridge.

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I walked into the lobby and heard someone yell my name, it was Meghann! We said a quick hello and I checked in and headed to my room where my roomie Amanda was waiting as was this awesome plate from the hotel staff!

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We chatted a bit and then decided to walk down to Trader Joe’s to grab a quick dinner before the fro  yo mini mingle. We ran into Lynda and she joined us. I was excited as this was my first Trader Joe’s experience,

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We walked back to the hotel and I had time to scarf down my chicken wrap in the lobby before we left to get fro yo.

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Me and roomie Amanda before the mini mingle

We took a shuttle down to Harvard Square and headed to a cute dessert place.

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I got black and white malted yogurt which was delicious!

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I could not get over the awesome weather and low humidity. We sat outside and enjoyed our treats! Meghann and I are both Verizon Wireless Ambassadors and wanted to take a picture together with our screens showing the same thing, but I didn’t have my phone on, whoops!

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Ok much better!

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Yay Verizon and Samsung Galaxy S3! The mobile hotspot is already coming in handy!

We walked back to the hotel and called it a night. It was a long day of traveling and tomorrow is going to be busy! Don’t forget to follow #HLS12 on Twitter to stay up to date!

QOTD: Favorite fro yo flavor?

Disclosure: I am participating in the Verizon Wireless Ambassador program and have been provided
with a wireless device and three months of service in exchange for my honest opinions about the
product

Boston Bound

 

Good morning friends! Big day for me. I jump on a plane and head to BOSTON today! I am so excited for Healthy Living Summit, and I can’t believe it’s HERE, and I can’t believe it’s been a year since Philly.

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I arrive this evening and will immediately be going to my first mini mingle, meeting up with some of the attendees for fro-yo. Friday is registration and the cocktail party, and of course the sessions Saturday. I will be using my awesome new Samsung Galaxy S3 from Verizon Wireless to live tweet (#HLS12) during the summit. i will also be tweeting, and using Instagram to share photos with those of you at home.

*Awesome feature alert, when you are looking at the screen of the new Galaxy, the screen doesn’t go dark after a certain length of time. It detects your eyes looking at the screen and stays lit. Way cool, I love it!

A couple of things I gleaned from last year that I will be sure to carry into this year include…

-Leaving enough room in my suitcase for my epic swag bag.

-wearing comfortable shoes all weekend (except for dinners/parties) so I don’t get blisters walking around the city

-bring a jacket into the conference because it was cold last year!

-bring a notebook for note taking during the sessions. last year I scribbled on scratch paper which ended up being difficult to read.

-Take more pictures! While I did take a lot last year, I want to get more candid shots this year of everyone having a good time at the summit.

-Try to talk to as many people as I can. Last year was my first conference and I was a little nervous and didn’t branch out as much as I would have liked.

To say I am excited is a severe understatement. My next blog post will be direct from Boston!

QOTD: What is an activity you would love to do at a blogging conference?

Disclosure: I am participating in the Verizon Wireless Ambassador program and have been provided
with a wireless device and three months of service in exchange for my honest opinions about the
product.

Running on the Wall

 

hey guys! in case you missed it, I posted a second blog post yesterday about the revealing of the WDW 20th anniversary marathon medal! Please please go check it out, I even did a vlog for you, and it’s not just any old vlog. Smile

So I am in quite the panic because I am heading to my parents house for the night because tomorrow, I catch a plane for BOSTON for the Healthy Living Summit! Excited is an understatement. I have never been to Boston, and, I am speaking at the summit on Saturday. eekk! Yesterday I finished up my presentation (nothing like last minute eh?) and I can’t wait to meet everyone at the conference. Going. to be. epic. I can’t wait to share all the highlights and fun with you, so be sure to check out my blog for the next few days to follow along. Also follow #HLS12 on Twitter to stay up to date.

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Ok, jumping all over the place here. I wanted to also tell you about a great company called Running on the Wall. (Facebook page here). They contacted me awhile back to see if I wanted to review one of their medal hangers. Yes please! Mine was hopelessly running out of space.  They let me pick my design, and sent it to me so quickly, everything went smoothly and their customer service is great. So, here is the one I chose:

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They have a bunch of different sayings you an choose from, colors, and two sizes. You can also get a wall hanger for your race bibs! It came with nails and was easy to assemble the screws into the front. I highly recommend Running on the Wall if you are looking for a new medal hanger.

QOTD: What mantra would you put on a medal hanger?

runDisney 20th Anniversary Medal Reveal

 

Today is the big day! The official unveiling of the 20th anniversary Disney marathon medal. I hope everyone had fun participating in the great medal caper, I thought it was a really fun and cute way to get the fans involved. Check out this video I created then it’s on to the medal!

Please ignore the old out breath and red face, I had just run six miles in 90 something degree weather right before filming! As I mentioned in the video, I know they aren’t Olympic medals, but I am still so proud of all of my runDisney race bling!

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Also, I cannot WAIT to add this medal to my stash in January! Here it is folks, the WDW marathon weekend 20th anniversary marathon medal!

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What do you think? I love it, it’s so unique and different from my other Disney marathon medal. I love how it incorporates the past and the present. If this doesn’t make you want to sign up for the race I don’t know what will! Wait, actually…I do know what will, a discount! Check it out:

http://rundisney.com

Don’t forget to subscribe to the YouTube channel and runDisney twitter page! (You can subscribe to my YouTube channel and Twitter page on the right sidebar where the icons are).

QOTD: Thoughts on the new medal? Do you love it? Do you want it?!?

Success

 

Thank you so much to those of you that cheered me on, thought about me and prayed for me and my run yesterday morning. I am happy to report, that it was mostly a big SUCCESS!

Was it fast? No way!

Was it easy? Absolutely not!

Did it feel great to be out there? YES!

Pain? a couple of slight twinges going up a couple of hills, but that’s if over the course of 6 miles, and I will take it! However, I did have a couple of hot spots on my feet from my new shoes and my hips felt way tight, but that was to bee expected. I am jumping on my foam roller a good bit and hoping for another run tomorrow.

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I know this post is short, but 1.) I wanted to share my excitement with you and 2.) Let you know my “real” blog for the day will be up mid morning most likely. It’s a fun one, so please be sure to come back later and see what it’s all about! (There is a reason and you will see why I am doing this later!)

Thank you again for all your love, y’all are the best!

QOTD: How did you feel after your first successful workout post injury?

RUN

 

Today I am going to attempt to run six miles. A little over month ago, this would have been just a regular day, regular run, nothing too difficult. Today, with having my last long run at the very beginning of July, I am not so sure. I am nervous, petrified even, that I won’t be able to to it and that my foot will hurt. However, I am also excited. I don’t care how hot it is, or humid or sunny, or early. I just want to RUN. To not take it for granted, to appreciate each moment, enjoy my surroundings, and RUN. I got my shot a week ago today, we will see if it really is going to help.

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The Disneyland half is in 20 days. Will I be ready to run a fast PR worthy pace? Absolutely not, but I don’t care. I just want to RUN, to finish, to be proud of myself for getting back out there, completing the coast to coast challenge, and not be in pain.

I am going on my RUN this morning, so please pray for me. I am nervous/excited/anxious/happy/scared all rolled into one. Oh running how I have missed thee, please go easy on me.

QOTD: Coming back from an injury. Were you nervous?