It’s so hard to believe that HLS has come and gone! It was so much fun and I’m sure you’ve heard/read/seen a lot about it, so I won’t bore you too much with more of the same.
I will tell you that the conference was AMAZING and it was so good to see so many familiar faces and meet lots of new ones too. I’ll share HLS Highlights with you guys throughout the week, but FIRST I want to share my two pretty huge accomplishments from this weekend, both on Saturday.
I got my first taste of public speaking, and I absolutely LOVED it! I felt fine all day on Saturday, excited even, but then 10 minutes before my session, I started freaking out. I was going to be on stage speaking into a microphone in front of a room (hopefully) full of people. My palms got so sweaty, but then when I walked into the room with the lovely ladies I’d be presenting with, my nerves calmed a bit.
Tina, Lisa, Janeetha, and ME! (PS: How tall do I look next to them!?)
The 50 minutes were over in NO time and I thought we all did a good job talking about different perspectives on numbers and how they can help and hinder healthy living efforts. It felt more like a conversation than a panel, which made me feel really comfortable up there so was definitely a good thing!
I’ll do a session recap with additional input from me later this week, but I think it went really well! At least that’s what I heard on Twitter. =)
NUMBER TWO (bahaha)
I ran the FARTHEST I’ve ever run in my life – a PDR (personal distance record)!! It all started with a 4:30am wake up call on Saturday. I questioned my logic several times when I heard the alarm go off that early on a weekend, but I knew I’d be thrilled to have the run out of the way first thing rather than have it hanging over my head. I actually “only” had 9 miles on my schedule, but several other people were going to be doing a longer run, so I figured I should knock the 14 miles out while I had the group support.
My pre-run prep room was the hotel bathroom so I didn’t disturb my roomies, so I got dressed and ate a peanut butter sandwich and half of this banana in there.
After a few moans and feeling bad for myself for being awake, I headed down to the lobby to meet the other runners for 5am. I was shocked to see about 20-25 other crazy people ready to go – I knew there’d be some others, but I had no idea there’d be THAT many.
(Yes, it was still dark out).
The first half of the run went just OK. I ran with a few other people for the first 6 miles, and then I decided to break off a bit and go at my own pace. I have so much trouble running with other people – I completely sike myself out on my pace and feel like I’m dying because I’m going too fast (even if it’s slower than I normally run) or else I try to go too fast and lose steam – it never works out.
After I broke away from the group, I ran the last 8 miles solo and actually picked up the pace a bit, finishing most miles in the low 10’s (10:04-10:30ish paces), where I was closer to the 11:00 minute pace for the first 6. The last two miles were a bit tough – – my knees were starting to hurt and I was just ready to be done after having run for over two hours already! But I trucked along and somehow pushed through until I saw 14.0 on my Garmin.
A number I’ve never seen before! I could not believe it – 14 miles period, but especially before 8am on a Saturday.
Advil and coffee were my friends for the rest of the day. =)
If you’re eager to know more about HLS (and me), here’s some places I’ve spotted recaps that include pictures and/or mentions of yours truly (and please let me know if I missed any!!)
- Honey I Shrunk the Gretchen – HLS 2011 Part 1
- Losing Weight in the City – Healthy Living Summit Recap
- Carrots ‘n Cake – Happy Hours
- Faith, Fitness, Fun – Top It Off with Champagne and Sushi
- A Healthy, Happier Bear – Healthy Living Summit 2011
- The CHASE Project – My Day at the Healthy Living Summit
- Kath Eats – Loosey Goosey
So that’s it for today!
Tell me – do you prefer to work out alone or with others?
I feel like everyone I know prefers running with others for long runs, but it just doesn’t work for me! I do like to take group yoga classes, but in terms of running I do best on my own.
PS: Has anyone seen the new issue of Washingtonian magazine?? I was told it was coming out August 20th (Saturday), but I went to TWO stores and couldn’t find it! I’m on the lookout again today, but let me know if you’ve spotted it!!