HLS: Two Biggies

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.

NUMBER ONE

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!!)

        1. Honey I Shrunk the Gretchen – HLS 2011 Part 1
        2. Losing Weight in the City – Healthy Living Summit Recap
        3. Carrots ‘n Cake – Happy Hours
        4. Faith, Fitness, Fun – Top It Off with Champagne and Sushi
        5. A Healthy, Happier Bear – Healthy Living Summit 2011
        6. The CHASE Project – My Day at the Healthy Living Summit
        7. 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!!

46 Comments on HLS: Two Biggies

  1. Victoria (District Chocoholic)
    August 22, 2011 at 9:24 am (6 years ago)

    Of course you did awesome with your public speaking. If you keep doing it, you won’t think anything of it when opportunities to do so arise.

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    • Beth
      August 22, 2011 at 11:43 am (6 years ago)

      So fun to hang with you this weekend!!

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  2. Katy Widrick
    August 22, 2011 at 9:28 am (6 years ago)

    I was so amazed at your panel — in fact, I told everyone that asked that it was my favorite of the day! I think you have such a great platform and point of view on weight loss and healthy living, and I was really pleased to see you give out some good advice to people at the session…

    Next time — more shots!

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    • Beth
      August 22, 2011 at 11:47 am (6 years ago)

      Aww Katy – thank you! Means a lot coming from the social guru that you are. I’ve been telling everyone YOUR session was my favorite – so we’re even. =)

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  3. Stephanie @ The Cookie Battle
    August 22, 2011 at 9:56 am (6 years ago)

    Good for you, that’s awesome! 14 miles is my PDR too but I don’t know if I will ever hit that distance again. I love to workout solo (but in group classes like spin) because I’m the same way, if I run with other people I get stressed about my pace and end up either burning out quickly or feeling like I’m not working hard enough. Plus I like the option to walk or sprint whenever I want to.

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    • Beth
      August 22, 2011 at 11:57 am (6 years ago)

      14 will be my longest for two more weeks, then its 16! That seems CRAZY far to me!

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  4. Valerie @ City|Life|Eats
    August 22, 2011 at 10:05 am (6 years ago)

    So great to meet you yesterday! And congratulations on both of these milestones! How exciting 🙂 Thank you also for stopping by my kitchen organization posts. I am working on the next two of this series and hoping to be done with them this month still!

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    • Beth
      August 22, 2011 at 11:56 am (6 years ago)

      So great to meet you as well!! I was so glad to find those kitchen organization posts – – I need all the help I can get when it comes to organization since my new place is so compact!

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  5. Holly @ The Runny Egg
    August 22, 2011 at 10:06 am (6 years ago)

    Great job on your run Beth! I prefer to run (short or long runs!) alone — that is what I love about running: clearing my head, being alone, thinking/planning, etc. And I like to be able to stop for water, bathroom breaks, etc when I need to, not when someone else needs to.

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    • Beth
      August 22, 2011 at 11:22 am (6 years ago)

      Yeah, that too – – i hate feeling guilty if I need to stop for something!

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  6. Evan Thomas
    August 22, 2011 at 10:11 am (6 years ago)

    Congratulations on the PR! I don’t think I’ll ever get up at 5am to run except at a convention like this.

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    • Beth
      August 22, 2011 at 11:16 am (6 years ago)

      I know. My group 6am runs will feel like a dream to sleep in so late! =)

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  7. Theodora
    August 22, 2011 at 10:16 am (6 years ago)

    I like your “where I was spotted!”

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    • Beth
      August 22, 2011 at 11:15 am (6 years ago)

      Why? Because you were on there? Juuuuust kidding!

      I figured that was good because then I could still be lazy but give shoutouts to people who linked to me. =)

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  8. Liz
    August 22, 2011 at 10:26 am (6 years ago)

    Great job on the public speaking AND the PDR! Sounds like it was quite the weekend for you. I will be keeping an eye out for the Washingtonian for you.
    Question – which has been your favorite conference out of all the ones you’ve attended?

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    • Beth
      August 22, 2011 at 11:15 am (6 years ago)

      Hmmm… that’s a tough one. I do like HLS, but I feel like FitBloggin’ was more beneficial in terms of blogging . I feel like FitBloggin’ had me walk away with a lot of useful, practical things to do, whereas HLS just inspires me in general because i love the healthy living community as a whole. I realize that’s not a good answer, but it’s hard to say!

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  9. Carly D. @ CarlyBananas
    August 22, 2011 at 10:26 am (6 years ago)

    I loved your panel, Beth! It was definitely my favorite session 🙂
    Congrats on the 14 miler!

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    • Beth
      August 22, 2011 at 11:13 am (6 years ago)

      Aww thank you Carly!! I’m so glad we got to hang out at this conference, though I wish there was more time!

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  10. Amanda @ Running On Waffles
    August 22, 2011 at 11:02 am (6 years ago)

    I run with my fiance but other than that, I usually prefer to run with 1 or 2 people…I don’t do well in bigger groups, either.

    Also, I’ll let you know when we get our new Washingtonian in the mail. I’ve been keeping an eye out for it ;).

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    • Beth
      August 22, 2011 at 11:09 am (6 years ago)

      I’m going to go check today… We’ll see if it’s there!

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  11. Caitlin
    August 22, 2011 at 11:04 am (6 years ago)

    You are a rockstar. You were awesome both on the panel and your run!
    One of my favorite parts of the weekend = meeting you. Seriously – you inspire me every day and I had a blast with you. Do you mind emailing me the photo of us you took? Thanks lady 🙂

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    • Beth
      August 22, 2011 at 11:07 am (6 years ago)

      Aww you are the sweetest. I loved getting to meet and hang out with you too! When you stopped me to say hi in the main room that first time I was so happy you found me, and then we ended up drinking and dining together so it was wonderful. =)

      I will email it to you when I get home tonight – they’re on my computer there!

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  12. alison
    August 22, 2011 at 11:09 am (6 years ago)

    I have run with the same running partner for the past 4 years. It’s hard to get up and go some days, but if someone’s waiting you have to go! I hope to cheer you on at the Marine Corp this year, I did it last year and it was a lot of fun. We met briefly last year right before the Cherry Blossom 10 miler. Go Beth go!

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    • Beth
      August 22, 2011 at 11:28 am (6 years ago)

      WAIT is this alison as in Brittany’s friend!? Or am I mistaken?

      Either way, SO AWESOME! I am going to plan a reader/blogger get together as soon as I’m settled into my new place (read: October) so I’ll keep you posted!

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      • alison
        August 22, 2011 at 9:17 pm (6 years ago)

        Yep, thats me 🙂 Good luck with the move!

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        • Beth
          August 22, 2011 at 9:19 pm (6 years ago)

          Ahhh I knew it!!! She sent you a picture of us together from HLS. We were talking about you! Good things, of course. =)

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  13. Mary (A Merry Life)
    August 22, 2011 at 11:24 am (6 years ago)

    Wow… so much awesomeness in one post! Congrats on the public speaking and the run! Your panel looks like it would have been an awesome one to listen in on.

    Good job pushing yourself on the run! I find the same thing happens to me when I workout with other people. I prefer to go my own pace, especially when running, and I usually psych myself out when I’m trying to run with others.

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    • Beth
      August 22, 2011 at 11:26 am (6 years ago)

      Thanks Mary! Wish you were there!

      And I always get confused – – is it SIKE or PSYCH???

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      • Mary (A Merry Life)
        August 22, 2011 at 2:57 pm (6 years ago)

        It probably is supposed to be sike. I don’t know either… I get them confused all the time too!

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  14. Tina @ Faith Fitness Fun
    August 22, 2011 at 11:35 am (6 years ago)

    Heck, yeah!!!! You did awesome up there! Thank you so much for speaking with me and for just being an awesome friend all around.

    And I’m still so inspired by you and your run. You rock. I love you. That is all. 😀

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    • Beth
      August 22, 2011 at 1:34 pm (6 years ago)

      Thank you for letting me speak with you! I think you really put together an awesome panel with everyone having such different perspectives on the whole numbers thing. It was fun!

      So glad we got to spend QT together this weekend too – it was so fun!

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  15. Heather
    August 22, 2011 at 12:54 pm (6 years ago)

    Congrats on the PDR! I personally like to work out on my own. Like you, I can psych myself out and then it throws me off.

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    • Beth
      August 22, 2011 at 1:40 pm (6 years ago)

      Thanks Heather! Running is such a personal thing, but its so easy to get caught up in other people’s paces and then it throws me off!

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  16. Ash @ Good Taste Healthy Me
    August 22, 2011 at 1:17 pm (6 years ago)

    I prefer going alone. I push myself much better..unless it’s a group cycle class or something.

    Glad you had fun and congrats on 14 miles! Woohoo!

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    • Beth
      August 22, 2011 at 1:43 pm (6 years ago)

      You know I have NEVER done a group cycle class. I want to take one so bad!

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  17. Roz
    August 22, 2011 at 1:20 pm (6 years ago)

    Hi Beth, LOVE that you were part of the panel. You have a wonderful healthy perspective and I’m sure you passed on some great tips! Have a wonderful week!

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    • Beth
      August 22, 2011 at 2:35 pm (6 years ago)

      Found it! You were right, it was in spam!

      Reply
  18. Erin @ A Girl & Her Mutt
    August 22, 2011 at 2:42 pm (6 years ago)

    Nice work Beth! You came away from the weekend being pretty accomplished!!!

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  19. Jen@foodfamilyfitness
    August 22, 2011 at 3:09 pm (6 years ago)

    14 miles is awesome!!!! I honestly can’t imagine running for 2 hours, you are awesome!

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  20. Tina
    August 22, 2011 at 4:52 pm (6 years ago)

    Those are two biggies! Congrats!

    It was so nice to spend time with you (and eat cheese dip)!

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  21. Lauren
    August 22, 2011 at 5:40 pm (6 years ago)

    You did great! And congrats on the 14 miler. What a great accomplishment, especially to remember with great friends.

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  22. Sarah
    August 22, 2011 at 6:43 pm (6 years ago)

    Congratulations on the 14 miles 🙂 And the public speaking!!

    I prefer working out alone. I get distracted with other people and I’m there to work. Plus I really dislike running with other people because I like to go my own pace!

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  23. sarah@spinach and spice
    August 22, 2011 at 9:44 pm (6 years ago)

    great job on the public speaking and the run! I wish I could have been at HLS, but maybe next year! What a great group of girls. Can’t wait for your speech recaps 😀

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  24. Katie
    August 22, 2011 at 9:47 pm (6 years ago)

    You did fabulous on the panel! Check out my HLS recaps, you’re definitely mentioned 🙂 So great to hang with you this weekend. Looking forward to happy hour soon!

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  25. Cathy
    August 23, 2011 at 10:13 am (6 years ago)

    Omg, that is totally how I feel when I run with a group! Finally for half marathons I’ve told my poor friends that I can’t even start with them becuase I start psyching myself out so badly! GREAT job on the run!

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