It is so hard to believe that a few weeks ago I was in LA having the time of my life at Blogfest. July was such a busy month with lots of changes and exciting things happening. Blogfest is one of them, it’s easily a HIGHLIGHT of my year. This was my 3rd year attending, and it definitely did not disappoint.
My most favorite part about Blogfest is the people. I think back to when I went the first year and knew no one. I honestly didn’t even know what I was getting myself into, but I had the TIME of my life. Going the first year was one of the best decisions I have made. My experiences at Blogfest have had a huge impact on my life and helped shape the last few years of my life through opportunities as well as things learned. Continue reading Sweating In LA – Blogfest [Part 1]→
I am back from Blogfest! Idea World & Blogfest weekend is easily the highlight of the year for me. I will be recapping Blogfest very, very soon. After a long day at work, I have a few updates for you!
I am headed to Nordstrom to check out the preview of the #NSale! The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is something I love to shop every year. This year, I am going to check out the Nike’s on sale and all the active wear. It is a great time of year to stock up on some sweaty essentials. Watch for post very soon with all about my fitness picks from the sale!
Lastly, the new Quest Bar flavor launched today – Oatmeal Chocolate Chip. It tastes just like the cookie y’all! Definitely a fun addition to the Quest flavor family. Rush out and grab a bar or a box and give one a try. You won’t be disappointed!
Here are a few pics from Blogfest. Be sure to check back in tomorrow for more updates about last week and weekend. I can’t wait to share it with y’all!
Hi everyone!!! How is your summer? So far mine has been a whirlwind! So many fun things have been happening! I’m teaching a new class, my workouts have changed a little bit and I have some fun opportunities coming up that I want to share with all of you! There is also a giveaway for some plant-based protein powder, so be sure to enter at bottom of post!
— I have mentioned this before, but I have started training people in the gym in addition to the online training I offer. I wanted to see people again in person, because I missed the interaction & I like hanging out at the gym. Doing it again has also made me remember all the reasons I don’t like it – no shows, difficult scheduling & inconsistency.
— I am teaching SUP classes! The first one was today on Lake Washington and we had an absolute blast! Such a fun workout and a great way to enjoy some time outside. There is a beginner class as well as a SUP FIT class. They are available for 5 more weeks this summer. Click here for info on how to sign up!
— I’m getting a puppy!!!! (OMG!) My dream of having a dog is coming true! My little Great Dane will be coming home in 2 weeks and I am so excited I could pee my pants. Don’t worry, he will get his own blog post. Here is a little preview pic.
My workouts have changed a little bit since I ran the marathon. Now I am ‘”running for fun”. For me that is 3-5 miles, twice a week with a longer run on the weekend usually. I’m also getting back to lifting weights consistently & working on building muscle + strength. I am loving that because I really missed that during the end of my marathon training. It’s not that I couldn’t weight train and run, I just didn’t have the time for it. I’m happy to be building some muscle again!
I have been lifting 3-4 times a week, doing a few runs and I feel great. With training at the gym again, I have been eating a lot on the go. Good nutrition is important, especially for maintaining weight and/or gaining muscle. Protein bars and smoothies are my GO TO because they are so portable. My favs are Quest bars and the Amazing Grass Superfood plant-based protein. This is not a substitute for my green smoothies, but on days I can’t get one or don’t have one, all the added superfoods are AWESOME!
BLOGFEST! I am heading down to LA later this week and I cannot wait to see all my SweatPink sisters + blog friends. This is literally the event of the year for me. I get to see so many people that I talk to online all year, and we hang out, workout & blog. All my favorite things!
Amazing Grass was kind enough to giveaway a canister of their plant-based Superfood Protein powder to one of my readers! The stuff is delicious, trust me you want to win! I have the chocolate peanut butter and it’s soooo yummy!
How to enter:
1. follow me on Instagram (@sweetblondesfitlife)
2. once you have followed, comment on this post to let me know you followed
3. I will pick one lucky winner from the comments on Tuesday, 7/12 at 7pm.
This Saturday, I am running my first FULL marathon. 26.2 miles. This was not a last minute decision, I have been planning on doing this for some time. If you follow me on social media, you have noticed I’ve been running longer distances and more days a week. I have mentioned it a few times, but I never really formally announced it. I’m not sure why I wasn’t shouting it from the rooftops. I am excited about it, but I think I avoiding announcing it because I was worried that I might not succeed. I wanted to see how the training went before making it official. I also wanted to keep in mind the real reason I am running this race. I’m doing this for myself, not for anyone else. I am all for sharing goals on social media & using it for accountability, but I also think that sometimes it can lead to forgetting why you are doing something. So, it’s official – on Saturday we RUN!
Why Run a Marathon?
I wanted to run a marathon to prove to myself that I CAN run a marathon. I wanted to challenge myself. I had gotten really comfortable with the half marathon distance, and decided that 2016 was going to be the year a ran a marathon. I may not run another full marathon after this, but I need to at least try it and see how it goes.
The marathon is this coming weekend, 26.2 miles of rockin’ miles at Rock N Roll Seattle. I choose Seattle for a few reasons. First, I think it would be extra awesome to run my first whole marathon in Seattle. Second, I will be running this race with a TON of my friends. Lots of them are running the half marathon, but running with amigos makes the experience that much better.
How is Training Going?
Training has been going okay! There have been a lot of fun races and a few grueling training runs along the way. Honestly, the long runs are what I was dreading the most. The thought of running anything over 15 miles is intimidating, but they have not been that bad. The worst part about them is how time consuming they are. In half marathon training the most you run on a weekend is 10 miles. Taking 2-3 hours to run on a weekend can be harder to schedule than you might think.
Unfortunately I have skipped a few runs along the way due to trips or other plans. I tried to prioritize running as much as I could. I feel like I’m going into this marathon prepared enough to finish, but not prepared enough to run it strong the whole way. I feel okay about it, but I know I could be more prepared.
If I run another marathon, I want to find a plan that allows for more cross training and other workouts besides running. I do love to run, but lately I feel like that is ALL I have been doing. I like more variety in my training, it feels more well rounded & my body is happy. Don’t get me wrong, I love to run and have enjoyed this marathon training journey, but I’m ready to run a little bit less and have more time for the other workouts that I love.
Race Day Goals
I have two goals for race day. The first goal, which I am 99.9% sure is going to happen, is to finish the marathon. I feel ready to do this! The second goal, which I am less confident about, is to finish in 4 hours and 30 minutes. I am not sure that I’ll be able to maintain that pace, we will see how things go on race day.
Running predictions are tricky; so many factors go into how things pan out on race day. When I did my 20 mile training run, I took plenty of walking breaks and maintained about a 10 minute pace per mile. My legs felt like they were going to fall off at the end, but overall it wasn’t so bad. However, this last weekend, by the end of the half marathon I couldn’t imagine running 13.1 more miles.
So, honestly I have no idea how things are going to go on race day. All I know is I’m nervous, excited and ready to ROCK! This week I will be sharing more about the marathon, like some must have accessories and the playlist I plan to use. Stay tuned for those posts & let’s connect on social media as I’ll be posting updates there first!
It really hard to believe that a week ago the Reebok Western Regional crossfit games were kicking off in Portland. It has been such a whirlwind week! Anyone else feel like this week went flying by? My experience at the games was nothing short of awesome. I had a great time working the Quest booth, catching some of the competition and connecting with some really awesome people. As I mentioned last week, I had no idea what to expect. I was surrounded by a bunch of fitness fans, muscle, and some really amazing athletes all weekend. I learned a lot about Crossfit too. I like to compare the games to the Boston Marathon. At Boston, these are some elite runners, qualifying to run that marathon is not for the faint of heart. Same goes with the Crossfit games. The event was Friday, Saturday and Sunday, and all athletes competed every day. There was a team competition as well as individual competition. Some of the WODs (workouts) they were doing were very hard. We are talking rope climbs, handstand push ups, olympic lifts and pull ups. So much upper body strength (hence why I was surrounded by so much muscle). 😀It was great to watch the competition and be in that environment all weekend. It was also a lot of fun introducing the amazing Quest products to so many people. I love Quest not only because they make quality stuff, but also because they are a quality company. They do what is best for their customers and for their employees, and they will not sacrifice the on quality. Their products are made with the best ingredients. I know I’m gushing, but I was reminded of this over the weekend. I’m so proud to be a part of Quest! 🙂
We met so many awesome spectators and athletes at the booth. Some were new to Quest & others were diehard Quest fans, like our friends from the Crossfit Brio team.
We worked really hard this weekend and the days were long, but we also had a lot of fun. I got a few workouts in, including a nice run on the Portland waterfront. We also discovered the most amazing sushi place in Portland. They had such an extensive gluten free menu, I wanted to order everything. I had gluten free tempura (OMG) and a dragon roll that was to die for! I have never eaten sushi at a place with so many gluten free options.
As usual, Portland was so much fun. I wish I had more time to explore, but that just means I have to go visit again soon. The experience at the games makes me that much more eager to give Crossfit a try. I found a box in Seattle that I am going to take the beginners class at. I’ll be sure to report back and let you know how it goes!
A while back, after I ran my first half marathon, I pondered the idea of trying crossfit. At the time, I didn’t think I was going to stick with ‘this running thing’, but then I realized I loved it and here we are. I never got around to trying crossfit. No particular reason, just never made it a priority. This weekend, I am about to get a taste of it, and I cannot wait!Today, I am on my way to Portland to attend the Western Regional Crossfit Games!! I am not competing (obviously) I am going to work the event with Quest Nutrition. While people have differing opinions about crossfit, what you can’t deny is the community that surrounds the sport. It’s amazing! The history of crossfit is something I will discuss in a separate post. If you take the time to understand the origin of it, it’s really interesting. Once you understand the sport, you understand why they do things the way they do. Check out this video of last years highlights below.
There are going to be a lot of amazing athletes and I cannot wait! I We are going to be at the Western Regional games, so people will be competing for a spot in the games, which is like the olympics of crossfit. So you can get a better idea of what is happening, this is straight from the Reebok Crossfit Games website…
“The 2016 Reebok CrossFit Games West Regional features the fittest men, women, and teams from the northwestern United States and western Canada. 19,000 athletes from these two regions entered the Open, but only the top-40 men, 40 women, and 30 6-person teams were invited to compete at the West Regional. Over the course of the three-day weekend, the athletes will face a barrage of tests designed to reveal any flaws in their fitness. Can they do well in long events? Short events? Heavy lifting? Gymnastics? To make it to the Games, these athletes must be true generalists capable of handling any task thrown at them. The five men, five women, and five teams who do the best in relation to their peers across all of the events will be invited to compete at the CrossFit Games held at the StubHub Center in Carson, California July 19-24.” source
I have no idea if we are going to be able to see or watch the competition, but I am really excited I get to be there in person. There are going to be so many endorphins rushing around, it’s gonna be awesome!
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Look out for the full recap my experience Western Regional Crossfit Games next week 🙂 Have you ever been to the crossfit games? Have you ever tried crossfit??
My birthday was this last weekend, and leading up to it, I didn’t give it much thought. However on Friday, I started reflecting on what I did this last year. Today, in this personal post, I am going to share what this last year looked like for me, some of the lessons I have learned and how I plan to make this my best year yet.
A Year In Review
When I began to think back on this last year of my life, the first thing I felt was disappointment and regret. I wished I had done more. I’m not getting any younger, so I need to get my butt in gear! This really made me upset because I don’t want to live my life with regret. I want to take risks, try new things and live life to the fullest. If you have ever felt regret, you know it’s the WORST feeling. Wishing you could have a do-over is NOT fun. The things I was regretting were things like not helping more people, not pursuing an opportunity & not growing my business more – not what most people would expect. As I was thinking about all these things I hadn’t done, I asked myself, ‘what about the things I HAVE done?!’
I know I’m really hard on myself. We can be our worst critics, and that is exactly what I was doing. Since I know this about myself, I took a step back and made a list of everything I had done this last year. While I wished a few more things were on the list, I realized don’t have anything to be ashamed of. Here is what I came up with:
Ran 6 half marathons
From September last year till now, I have run 6. Not to mention I will be running a lot more this year. WHAT?! I know, it’s a lot. Like I have mentioned before, 2016 is ‘The Year of Running’.
Became a NASM Certified Personal Trainer
This is huge! I wasn’t giving myself enough credit for this. Passing the NASM exam was not easy, it took a lot of time and effort. I am really proud of this & thankful that I am able to help more people with their fitness journey.
I tried snowboarding
I had always been afraid to try snowboarding; I told myself there was no way I could do it. In 2015, I decided to take on my fear, however I was never able to go because my job always had me working on the weekend. This year I finally overcame my fear & I tried snowboarding. Although I wasn’t the best, I’m proud of myself for trying & I look forward to learning more!
Changed careers & Quit my job
If you have been reading my blog for a long time, you know that I used to work in a tax office. I spent about 6 months out of the year doing nothing but that – I’d wake up, work out, go to work for 10 hours, come home, eat & then did it all over again. Not only was the schedule taxing (no pun intended), I also realized that that was NOT my passion. Fitness & nutrition are my passion and purpose. I worked with Andy and we came up with a plan so I could leave my job and focus on fitness 100%. This was not easy for me for lots of different reasons, so it was a huge step for me. Now I own my own business where I do fitness and social media consulting along with personal training. I am also adding in a nutrition element as that is what really changed the game for me personally.
Bought our first home (!!)
This is a pretty freakin’ big deal too. We (me & Andy) spent A LOT of time looking at houses, making offers and getting frustrated with the super competitive market. There were times where I felt like buying a house should not be this hard. However all the patience paid off because we landed the perfect house for us.
It was not a bad year! I am thankful for this time of reflection because it reminded me of a few things: I need to be easier on myself, I had an awesome year, I need to be more intentional with my time + realize that certain things have seasons, and God’s timing is always perfect. I am exactly where I need to be right now.
Best One YET!
I am determined to make this next year one of my best yet. I know that sounds cliche, but I’m not just saying that. It is going to require time, sweat, sacrifice and hard work which I am more than ready for. If I don’t give it my all, then I’ll only have left the regret of not trying. I am excited to be in my business 100% and help more people. I am truly grateful for all of your support, love and for sharing my content with your friends. You mean the world to me and I am so honored that I get to share this journey with you!
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