It was a a whirlwind (and beautiful) weekend in Baltimore for FitBloggin’. I’m not quite sure where to start so I figured I would just start with the pictures. The conference itself was jam-packed with incredible sessions with so so so much information. I have to admit that my head kind of hurt from taking in all the great information (clearly I don’t concentrate this hard in my daily life). The sponsors were overwhelmingly generous in supporting Roni and the FitBloggin’ staff. I’ll have a recap of the conference itself later this week.
There were super fun workouts every morning including yoga, bootcamp, and a workout with Cathe Friedrich. My favorite was the Crossfit WOD sponsored by Reebok. It was led by Jared Davis, a Crossfit coach at Reebok’s headquarters, and a few local Crossfit coaches. They spent quite a bit of time explaining what Crossfit was all about – constantly varied, high intensity, functional movement – and demonstrating proper form. Working in pairs, we completed this WOD:
- Air squats
Working with a partner, we each did 1 minute – AMRAP (as many reps as possible) of each exercise and switched off and completed two rounds of this circuit. Technically, that’s only 6 minutes of work. After 1 minute of air squats, I was breathing hard. The one minute of rest was never quite enough time for my heart rate to recover. I guess that’s the point, right? Luckily, I had a great partner – Laura from Mommy Run Fast - who kept cheering me on, especially when I started making funny faces when I realized that I had only completed 30 seconds. It was a fun introduction to Crossfit and I kind of really want to try more.
But the best part was the people. FitBloggin’ brought together roughly 300 people who are all on this journey towards health and fitness. It was amazing to hear everyone’s story and experience, to hear about their inspiration and why they blog. It’s hard to describe the atmosphere and I know that I won’t do it justice.
I loved being able to meet and spend time with in person people that I’ve become friends with over the past several months. It’s kind of funny when you do actually meet in person for the first time because you kind of feel like a stalker in that you follow their blog and you know quite a bit about their lives. But at the same time, it also makes it easier. I was so happy to get to meet and spend some time with Laura, Miss Zippy, Lindsay, Ericka, Carly, Amanda, Hank, Bex, Tamara, Julie, Coco, and Miz. I know that I’m forgetting people several other people!
The best was a last minute meet-up with another blogging friend – Michelle from Callia’s Corner. I’m not sure how or when Michelle and I crossed paths (I have a feeling that it was through Ilene) but we bonded over our fear of open water swimming, challenges of children and swim classes, and New York City. Michelle happened to comment on Friday’s post which reminded me that she lived in the area. We quickly arranged to meet up on Saturday morning for a walk from Inner Harbor over to Fells Point and back and settled into an easy conversation like we’ve known each other for ages for which I was grateful.
Have you been to a blogging conference before? What’s your favorite part? Do you feel like a stalker when you meet your blogging friends in real life?