Rise.Run.Retreat. – It’s all about community


It seems like that word gets thrown around a lot these days. This past weekend was truly all about the power of running and more specifically the running blog community for the very first Rise.Run.Retreat.

On Friday evening, I walked into a beach house in Wells, Maine where I would be spending the weekend. I had only meet three of the nine other people “in real life” before. What I soon realized is that “in real life” and real life are the exact same thing when it came to getting to know each other. After introductions, it was like we had been friends for eons, gathering together for our annual girls weekend away at the beach. The wine was flowing, our plates were full of yummy food and the sound of laughter and deep conversations filled the air.

Even though we are all bloggers, this was more than a blogging retreat. It was more about spending time with a community of friends that has been built on the love of running.

Rise.Run_.Retreat.-Attendees-1024x1024Allie – Vita Train 4 Life, Me, Sarah – Run Far Girl, Laura – Mommy Run Fast, Jenn – Running with the Girls, Christine – Love Life Surf, Tina – Fuel Your Future, Carrie – Eight Crazy Soles, Jes – Runladylike, Sandra – Organic Runner Mom.

You need to follow these ladies if you don’t already!

And thanks Jes for the graphic! :)

My heart is full. My cheeks are sore. It was a weekend that can’t even be put into words.

So where do I begin? I think the best way is through pictures.

Sunrise run or walk on the beach. Maine, you sure are pretty!

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Tina lead us through her dynamic warm up (I’m definitely adding parts of it to my routine!) beforehand.

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Yoga with the amazing Christine.  I wished I lived in New York just to attend her classes. Maybe she can do an audio class for me so I can replay it over and over again?

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Warrior | happyfitmama.comIt was a little too chilly for yoga outside but we couldn’t pass up this photo opp!

Breakfast from awesome New England based companies – Stonyfield yogurt of any flavor you could wish for – Oh My Yog! is my fave btw, Lucy’s Granola and Pete & Gerry’s Organic Eggs (so fresh!).

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And then we ate some more later at Elevation Burger in Portland and then later that night with the most delicious pizza from Cornerstone in Ogunquit.

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We had a special guest speaker, Jeanine from Runner’s Alley. Runner’s Alley is THE place to get fitted for running shoes in New Hampshire. The staff knows their stuff. She turned her passion of running into a successful business.

Runner's Alley talk Rise Run Retreat | happyfitmama.comEpic  moose #photobomb too.

Miles were run and dominated. Every lady ran a negative split race during the Maine Half Marathon on Sunday. There were PR’s. There was a first place age group win. There were tons of smiles. And Carrie ran her first ever half marathon. Woohoo! I was bummed I wasn’t able to run the race but at least I got to be a part of the Sherpa team to support the girls. Because we all know it takes a village to be a successful runner!

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I can’t thank Jes and Sarah enough for putting together this amazing retreat. I went into it knowing that it would be special, but I had no idea it would be so life changing.

Momentum Jewelery | hapypfitmama.comPutting our awesomeness together with our new Momentum Jewelry wraps.

Also, thanks so much to the sponsors. Lots of old favorites and some new!

Rise Run Retreat sponsors | happyfitmama.comBe sure to follow Rise.Run.Retreat. on Twitter and Instagram to find out more details of the next retreat in the upcoming months!

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What’s for Dinner? {Week of October 4}

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Popping in to share what’s for dinner this week at my house. I’m still in Maine, hanging out with the girls and having so much fun. My meal planning is quite sparse for the week since I’ll be in Chicago next weekend for the marathon. Stay tuned and enjoy Sunday Funday!

What’s for dinner?

Sunday: Rise. Run. Retreat.

Monday: Pick your egg  and avocado sandwiches

Tuesday: Grilled Haddock + Massaged Kale and Roasted Butternut Squash

Wednesday: Crock Pot Tex Mex Chicken Lettuce Wraps

Thursday: Butternut squash and smoky black bean salad

Friday: Chicago

Saturday: Chicago

For more ideas, check out Laura and Jill’s weekly meal planning link u.

What’s for dinner at your house this week?

High Five Friday

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Happy High Five Friday!

Not sure what High Five Friday is all about? You can get the scoop HERE!

It’s an even happier High 5 Friday because after work today, I’m heading to the beach for the inaugural Rise.Run.Retreat. with some of my best bloggy friends. I’m giddy to reconnect with the friends I’ve already met in real life and to finally meet the ones I haven’t. The weather is looking horrible but we won’t let a little rain ruin our fun.  I’ll be sharing our fun on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and now Periscope (I did my first scope yesterday!!) all weekend long so be sure to follow along!

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1. The theme of the week has been all about balance. Balancing on a stability ball – do this. It’s wicked hard but super awesome for the core.

2. Single leg balance on the Bosu. It’s part of my physical therapy routine. Try it with your eyes closed when it’s too easy. Just make sure you have something to grab on to when you feel wobbly. And you will feel wobbly.

3. Fresh picked apples = all the things apple. My house smelled amazing with fresh out of the oven apple crisp and homemade applesauce in the slow cooker. So easy and sooooo good.

4. Can you picture the UPS driver carrying this up to my doorstep? Any guesses to what it was??

5. Fall is here!

5 Things

1. Why I don’t want six pack abs – At some point six pack abs became the pinnacle of fitness. In reality, not many people can achieve it. I’d love to have my own six pack but I don’t want to live in a state of deprivation either. A good read that puts it all into perspective.

2. How yoga changes your brain – Reminds me of “This is your brain. This is your brain on yoga. Any questions?”

3. The secret to raising a happy, confident girl – “Between elementary and high school, a girl’s self-esteem drops 3.5 times more than a boy’s does.” Let’s raise our girls up to know they can rule the world.

4. Dear Society, your jeans don’t fit my muscles – Can I get an amen?!

5. Signs just begging for sarcastic responses – I love me some sarcasm!

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