You can read my recap of Thursday here. Now onto Friday!
Friday morning was officially the first day of FitBloggin. I was insanely nervous to begin the day because I was speaking at 9:30am. Luckily, we had a bootcamp workout at 6am to keep me distracted for a while.
The bootcampers all met at the hotel to warm up and then headed across the street to a little square where we could jump and run outside. We did an hour of sprints up stairs, frog jumps, planks, mountain climbers, push-ups, and more. It was awesome!!
We had to partner up and I was fortunate enough to get Shannon from Bad Ass Fitness as my partner. She is totally a bad ass and motivated me to get moving!
A news anchor was filming in the square while we were working out; he was in total shock when he walked out with his microphone and was surrounded with girls doing jumping-jacks.
After bootcamp we were starving! The hotel provided breakfast every day of eggs, fruit, muffins, bacon, and lots of coffee. I filled my plate with eggs, a scone, and fruit to start the morning.
There was another workout at 8am but since my presentation was at 9:30, I figured I should go shower and get ready. I headed upstairs and got myself clean and looking more presentable. Nicole and I were both presenting at 9:30 so we couldn’t go watch each other, but we were able to snap a picture before hand!
My presentation went SO WELL. Honestly, I was afraid only 3 people would come to listen to me. The room was pretty small, but packed with people and everyone was eager to participate and share their story. I wanted to have a big group discussion about how we can motivate our communities to choose healthy lifestyles. Everyone shared their storied about initiatives they had started at work, their churches, libraries, and schools. I think everyone left with great ideas about how to motivate their communities!
Leah from Mamavation came to my talk and shared her story. She is so incredible- I couldn’t believe she was nice enough to come talk.
If you are at all interested in ideas of how to motivate your community, I would LOVE to share my hand-out from the convention. Click here to get it.
After my talk was over, a huge weight was lifted from my shoulders! I could now relax and enjoy the rest of the conference. I grabbed a quick snack from quest to tide me over until lunch. Quest had a rep at the conference and I was lucky enough to get to try the new secret flavor…
I’m terrible with secrets so I will just tell you it was white chocolate raspberry and it was delicious 🙂
Lunch was catered by the hotel and just like breakfast, did not disappoint! They had a delicious selection of proteins including turkey, chicken breast, and smoked salmon. For a vegetarian option, they had grilled portabello mushrooms and a carrot-ginger soup. I LOVED the soup. I think I will have to try and recreate it soon.
I spent the afternoon going to other sessions and checking out all the great brands that came to sponsor the conference. Blue Diamond almonds were there in full force- I came home with TONS of yummy almonds in new flavors.
And of course Reebok stole the show by giving all the conference attendees a free pair of Nano shoes. I died when I saw they are purple- my favorite color!!!
Later in the afternoon I was able to sneak away for some mother-daughter time. My mom and I walked over to Powell’s Books, a land-mark bookstore in Portland. My mom is a voracious reader and had practically read every book on the shelves in the massive book store. But we still had so much fun perusing the aisles. She ended up buying this amazing book about Dickens (her favorite author) and she got a book for Kyle.
I had to head back to the conference for the night-time activities which included a run around Portland. The ladies from the Chocolate Milk REFUEL campaign were at the conference supporting chocolate milk as the perfect post-workout fuel. From the website:
An Indiana University study found endurance-trained cyclists who drank lowfat chocolate milk after an intense period of cycling were able to work out longer and with more power during a second exercise period compared to when the same athletes drank a commercially available carbohydrate replacement drink, and just as long as when they consumed a traditional fluid replacement drink.
Apparently, chocolate milk has the perfect proportions of carbs/protein/fat for an after-workout beverage. Instead of making a shake or eating something, you can sip on sweet, cold chocolate milk after your run and know you’re treating your body right. I was kind of skeptical at first; chocolate milk does have quite a bit of sugar in it. But if you are training HARD you need simple sugars to replenish your glycogen stores after a hard workout. I wouldn’t recommend chocolate milk to someone after an easy walk around the block, or someone trying to lose a significant amount of weight. But if you have a long, sweaty workout, chocolate milk sure does taste good!
We met the ladies from Got Choco Milk? at 6 pm and geared up to go running. They gave each of us a team REFUEL hat and… get this…. A $50 gift card to Lululemon. I love these girls!
We originally planned to go for about a 5 mile run but after 2 miles, the 95 degree heat got to us. We slowed down and walked a bit before running again. All in all we probably ran about 4 miles but with the heat- it felt like 10 miles. Also, I am not used to running faster than 9:30-10 minute miles. These girls were running 8:30-9 minute miles and I was DYING trying to keep up. Thanks to Amy and Melissa for keeping me going 🙂
You better believe I chugged the chocolate milk when I got back to the hotel.
Friday night ended with the Ignite Speaker session sponsored by Attune and Driscoll’s. There was a parfait bar set up with yogurt, berries, and all kinds of toppings. While we enjoyed our parfaits, 14 bloggers gave short, 5 minute presentations about all kinds of things. Some were hilarious, some inspirational, some so touching. We all cheered and laughed and had a great night!!
I crashed into my bed at 9 pm, exhausted from such a fun day.
Stay tuned for Day 3!!