Fitbloggin’ 11 was over a month ago, yet I’m only just sorting through the extra goodies I picked up for a couple of lucky readers!
One person will receive a swag bag filled with with samples, coupons and an awesome iBEANi hat:
Another person will receive a sport pack from FitStudio:
To enter to win, leave a comment below and let me know your plans for the 4th of July weekend!
If you tweet about this giveaway, you’ll get an extra entry. Link to this page, and mention #fitbloggin and @merrymishaps so I can find it.
I’m paying shipping myself, so I have to limit this to U.S. addresses. Sorry international friends! Contest ends on Tuesday, July 5 at 2pm Eastern. I’ll pick a winner Tuesday night.
I had such a wonderful time at the inaugural Fitbloggin’ 2010 that I signed up immediately when the 2011 conference was announced last summer. After a long wait, Fitbloggin’ 2011 weekend finally arrived!
This year was a lot different for me. Ever since last year’s conference and the start of the weekly #fitblog chats on Twitter, I’ve gained so many connections in the health/fitness community. Last year? Sure, I blogged about running and I’ve followed the fabulous Fitbloggin’ conference creator Roni for years. But I only knew a few people from their blogs or Twitter at the time.
I’ve gained hundreds of followers since last year’s conference, most of them are new #fitblog friends. And I got to meet so many of them in person this weekend!
The people are a good part of what makes this conference so great, sure. But we were there for a conference too!
Friday morning was filled with fun activities. We started with a 5K, and then had cherry recovery smoothies and some breakfast.
After breakfast I went to a kettle bell demo, followed by a Zumba class. It was my first time — and I was a little intimidated. Uh, I can’t dance! But nobody cared that I wasn’t getting all the moves quite right or that my butt just won’t shake like the instructors! As long as you were moving and trying, you were doing OK. I enjoyed the parts where we were just moving really fast — less dance, more endurance. I’ve got that!
And because two workouts weren’t enough … I went to a 30-minute fitness challenge with Cathe Friedrich. And *then* I decided to take a break — I chose to see MizFit’s Ugi demonstration. Only the schedules were a little off between the two rooms … so I was actually able to catch most of the trampoline class as well!
And then I finally showered.
The day concluded with lunch, expo and a couple of panels. I couldn’t do them justice to report on them (but look at all these recaps! I’m sure somebody took notes!), but we had great panelists and good discussion!
Saturday started with a 6:30am pilates class with Andrea Metcalf. I do yoga all the time, but my only pilates experience was a yoga/pilates class at a Sandals resort. The resort instructor didn’t seem too experienced, so I’m counting this as my first class!
It was just 30 minutes, but it was quite a workout! I definitely need to work more pilates moves into my workouts. Some of the moves were difficult with my tight runner legs and hips!
After breakfast and a shower, I was ready to start a day of sessions! There were a lot of tough choices when deciding which room to go to, so I’ll have to go back and check out the presentations that I missed. Fortunately, we had live bloggers and many of the presenters put their slides online (scroll thru the recent posts at fitbloggin.com).
Much like last year, the conference had wonderful and generous sponsors. Delicious, healthy meals and snacks, samples and coupons, and tons of fun stuff. Repeat sponsor New Balance gave out shoes (the new 890s!), capri pants and headphones. Wow!
If you didn’t make it to the conference, I’ll have a contest soon. I managed to grab some extra goodies to share with you!
Would you like to win one of your own?
Well, it won’t have the Fitbloggin’ logo, but will be the same super-soft shirt made with a blend of organic cotton and bamboo. I sure wish I had more of these in my collection! (Why yes, I could buy myself more gear from their new online store … but I won’t let myself until I can clear more space in my overflowing closet and dressers!)
To enter, simply leave a comment and tell me about your favorite workout gear. Clothing, gadget, whatever. What can’t you live without?
One comment per user, please.
But would you like another chance to win while helping out a good cause?
On May 23, I will be running the Maryland Half Marathon, benefiting the University of Maryland Marlene and Stewart Greenebaum Cancer Center.
This sounds like a great cause and I’d love to help out. I was going to give varying giveaway entries based on amount donated, but I’ve changed my mind. Anybody that donates any amount on my contribution page gets THREE extra entries. If you blog under a different name, email me (see sidebar for address) and let me know who you are!
I wasn’t going to do retweet entries … but I want to spread the word! I’ll count up to two retweets per person (one extra entry each). Please leave one comment to let me know to look for your tweets. I’ll find them as long as you reference @merrymishaps. Please link back to this page.
The contest will close on Friday, May 14 at 11:59pm EDT. Winner will be chosen by the scientific name-pulled-from-hat method by Sunday, May 16.
I got some great new workout gear from Fitbloggin’. I was definitely not expecting such fabulous (and plentiful!) swag!
On Sunday I didn’t have a run scheduled, but I did work out on the Wii. I’m almost done with the six-week challenge on EA Sports Active “More Workouts.” I should probably review that at some point, I’m really enjoying it!)
Anyway … all of my workout clothes are currently in a giant pile waiting to be put away/sorted now that it’s spring, so it was easier to just dip into my still-unpacked swag bag!
Super soft and comfortable! I wandered around the house a bit post-workout and it seemed to dry quickly, too. I can’t wait to take it out on a run!
Shorts and socks: New Balance
The socks were OK, a little baggy since I’m on the small end of the size range. I’m hoping they’ll be better after I wash them.
The shorts were comfortable. They seem a little short … but I’m not really used to shorts anymore. I haven’t run in shorts for a couple years now — I’m more of a skirt girl! But I do plan on giving these a shot. They’ve very light so it might be a good option on those really hot, muggy days we have in our future!
One of the biggest surprises were the free shoes from New Balance. I thought we were just going to get to try a pair for the 5K!
I really liked them during the Fitbloggin’ 5K — and I’m pretty picky about my shoes. I can’t wait to take them out again. Tonight there was rain in the forecast, so I decided to wear an already-dirty pair for our hill repeats. I like to let the new ones break in first before they get trashed!
Fortunately, no rain tonight, but I didn’t have time to change my shoes. Next time!
Seven hill repeats tonight — 200 meters up a bridge. My goal pace is 63 seconds, and once again I managed to beat my goal!
I started out WAY too fast! But it worked out OK, I was still able to complete all of my repeats faster than scheduled!
I spent a couple of great days in Baltimore this weekend. Superstar Roni organized an amazing conference, FitBloggin’, geared at health and fitness bloggers. I learned a lot (especially helpful being a WordPress newbie!), and met a lot of wonderful people. It was an amazing weekend!
The sponsors were fabulous and generous, too. Expect quite a few Fitbloggin’-related reviews coming soon!
In the meantime, I’ve been absent from Weekly Winners for over a month! Well I finally have some decent photos to share …
March 14-20, 2010
New Balance hosted a 5K run / 1 mile walk on Saturday morning. I took photos while running so they’re all blurry. I didn’t want to stop! But I still like them, anyway!
We had a chance to get outside at the lunch break and walk around the harbor.
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