Welcome to Baltimore!  It’s time for Fit Bloggin’!


Anne P, Katy, and I drove from DC to Baltimore this evening so we could check into the Fit Bloggin’ hotel.


On the way over, I had one of Anne’s homemade protein bars


After a long, long drive (rush hour in DC is terrible!), we arrived at the hotel and met up with Ali and Gracie, who are Anne’s and my other roomies for the weekend.  Sleepover partttty!  Let the jumping on the bed begin!  🙂


Our hotel is quite lovely!


Time to check-in…


Fit Bloggin’ was organized by Roni of Roni’s Weigh – so far it looks like she’s done an incredible job.  The swag bags along are amazing.  They actually came with FREE New Balance sneakers!  I got size 7.5 WIDE and everything.  But I’m not sure if I should wear them in the 5K race tomorrow or not?  Would you break new shoes in during a shorter race?


After getting our swag, we went to the POM Wonderful Welcome Party.  Three cheers for POMtinis!


I had three delicious drinks (they were pretty juice-y and not-so-alcohol-y!).


And I snagged a few mushroom appetizers.  By this point, I was STARVING.  I think I had about five?  Every time a waitress walked by, I snagged her for more mushrooms!!! 🙂


And I dug a granola bar out of the swag bag:


SO SO SO many people to talk to!


Can you identify these bloggers?  🙂


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After the cocktail party, a few of us headed to a local Mexican bar to grab some eats.  I ordered the vegetarian burrito (which had no veggies in it?! It was just rice and beans and lettuce) and chips with salsa.


I had about half of everything. 


The agenda for tomorrow looks great!  The topics include:


  • SEO Optimization:  Driving Traffic to Your Site
  • Don’t Write About Junk Science:  How to Critically Evaluate Research
  • WordPress.com:  An In-Depth Look at the Most Popular Blogging Software
  • Body Image and Blogging:  What Are We Teaching Our Children?
  • Using Social Media to Reach Goals:  The Power of an Online Communityh
  • From Blog to Book:  Getting Your Book Published (I’m speaking at this panel)
  • Getting Noticed:  How to Pitch to Traditional Media
  • Making Money From Your Blog:  Could You?  Should You?


I’ll try to take good notes so I can share all the information I learn!


We’re also sitting through several fun fitness presentations, including martial arts, yoga, stretching, and more.  And we’re running a 5K at 6:30 AM! 


I wish you could see the scene right now – 5 women, all sitting on the bed and blogging on their respective computers.  The Internet is our hotel is kind of wonky, so I’m going to sit in the lobby and hit publish.  



  • Allie (Live Laugh Eat) March 19, 2010, 10:29 pm

    Free shoes!? Wow! As for breaking them in, I mean, you have to run in them eventually right? And chances are you’ll run at least 3 miles in them when breaking them in. I say go for it.

    DC traffic=story of my life.

    Have a great time tomorrow.

  • Heather (Heather's Dish) March 19, 2010, 10:30 pm

    SOOOOOO jealous…looks like y’all are having the best time! i bet you’d be fine running in the new sneakers for the 5K, but I would probably just use my normal running shoes. can’t wait to see more! hope you have a great time!

  • Nicole @ Making Good Choices March 19, 2010, 10:32 pm

    Have so much fun! 🙂

  • Jenny March 19, 2010, 10:34 pm

    Have a blast lady!

  • Mel's Box of Chocolates March 19, 2010, 10:34 pm

    Great pictures and recap of registration and cocktails tonight. Hopefully we will run into each other tomorrow! See you at the 5K!

  • Lisa March 19, 2010, 10:38 pm

    Looks like an absolute blast. I seriously feel like you guys are celebrities bc Im pointing out in my head who everybody is…craziness. Have fun!

  • Morgan @ Healthy Happy Place March 19, 2010, 10:39 pm

    Have so much fun! I wish I was there!

  • ida March 19, 2010, 10:41 pm

    free shoes- wow! i don’t think a 5k in them would give you any trouble.
    looks like you have a fun weekend ahead.

  • Jessica @ The Process of Healing March 19, 2010, 10:45 pm

    Oh wow, SO jealous it’s not even funny!!! I would love to learn anything on any of those topics so please do share! 🙂 Have fun!

  • Morgan March 19, 2010, 10:48 pm

    Um, one time my friend asked what veggies came on the Cobb salad and the waiter’s response was: “cheese, bacon, and, uuummmm, croutons.” WOW. Your “veggie” burrito reminded me of that.
    Y’all have fun at the conference and learn lots!

  • Angela (Oh She Glows) March 19, 2010, 10:54 pm

    Omg that sounds like a dream conference!!! I wish I could be there. Sounds like fun.

    PS- dont break in the sneaks tomorrow during your race!! Scary things might happen, lol.

  • Mastering Public Health March 19, 2010, 10:58 pm

    Awww, this brings back fond memories of the Healthy Living Summit. (Need details on this year’s HLS!) Wish I wouldda attended… friggin’ grad school! Have a blast. 🙂

  • Brandy March 19, 2010, 10:58 pm

    Nothing new on race day! That’s always my motto. Even if it’s a shorter race. You never know and you don’t want to be sorry!

  • Teacherwoman March 19, 2010, 11:03 pm

    Sounds (and looks) like a great time so far! How fun!

  • Erin (Travel, Eat, Repeat) March 19, 2010, 11:26 pm

    Man, I can’t believe this is all going on in my backyard practically and I’m on the other side of the world. I take off for two months and all the excitement comes to town… 😉

  • Annie@stronghealthyfit March 19, 2010, 11:33 pm

    Wow, free sneakers?! And a race at 6:30am??? Sounds intense. Have fun!

  • Becka @Studio222 Photography March 19, 2010, 11:49 pm

    Aw looks like so much fun! Nate and I just got back from WPPI in Vegas which is a big convention for photographers so we’re still on convention high. Hope you have an amazing time!

  • Becky @ flybynyght March 19, 2010, 11:53 pm

    Wish I were there!!! But alas, I am a newbie to this realm and would be oh so shy (even though I’m totally not..) 😉

  • Amber K @ sparkpeople March 20, 2010, 12:12 am

    Sounds like so much fun!

  • Jolene (www.everydayfoodie.ca) March 20, 2010, 12:46 am

    Shoes in a swag bag!!!! Wow!!!!

  • TorontoGirloutWest March 20, 2010, 12:47 am

    Everything looks awesome!!! And I can’t believe you got an entire brand new pair of shoes – how generous!!

  • Jessica @ Jessica Balances March 20, 2010, 3:09 am

    It looks like you’re having so much fun!!! 🙂 Good luck speaking on the panel tomorrow – I’m sure you will have wonderful advice to offer! This is random, but I LOVE Anne’s top in the pics (the black top with ruffles at the bottom) – any idea where she found such a wonderful garmet?

  • Freya @ Brit Chick Runs March 20, 2010, 4:35 am

    You got free trainers in your swag bag!? Crikey that’s generous!!
    I’ll look forward to your notes – some of those topics look really really good, I’d love to hear what is said 🙂 Have a great time!

  • Amy @ Running in Pink March 20, 2010, 5:21 am

    Have an amazing time! I look forward to seeing your notes on some of the topics, they sound really interesting.

  • kerry March 20, 2010, 5:58 am

    fitbloggin looks so much fun! xxx

  • Lisa (bakebikeblog) March 20, 2010, 6:08 am

    how awesome! Hope you have a GREAT time!!!

  • Lindsay March 20, 2010, 7:00 am

    Sounds like an awesome time! Yummy pomegrante martini’s! Great pics too.

  • Amanda March 20, 2010, 7:03 am

    I hate it when vegetarian burritos don’t have vegetables in it. One of my pet peeves. I can’t decide if I’d try out the shoes in a race or not. At first I thought no, but then I thought its such a short race even if they were horrible it wouldn’t be for long. I can’t wait to hear what you learn at the conference!

  • Kelly March 20, 2010, 7:04 am

    Looks like you are going to have an awesome weekend! One of these days I really want to make it to a blogging event like this 🙂 Also, I love POM martini’s!

  • Nicole March 20, 2010, 7:39 am

    Looks like I’m missing a good time up there. The agenda looks very interesting. I really am interested in reading your feedback.
    And yeah, DC traffic…BLOWS. I think everyone should experience it just once so that they can understand why I come home pissed off every day. 🙂

  • Andrea (canyoustayfordinner.com) March 20, 2010, 8:01 am

    So much fun! Enjoy your day!!

  • Sarah (Running to Slow Things Down) March 20, 2010, 8:02 am

    This looks like so much fun! And free sneakers? Awesome! 😀

    Have you worn that brand of sneaks before? I’d be kind of leary about wearing them out in a race as my first time, BUT it *is* a shorter run, so that might work out totally fine! 😀

    • caitlin March 21, 2010, 1:14 pm

      i do like new balances, but im so brooks loyal!

  • Heather @ Side of Sneakers March 20, 2010, 8:48 am

    Free sneakers?! That’s some serious swag!! I wouldn’t normally where new sneakers in a any kind of race, but it is short, so may not be so bad! I can’t wait to hear all about what you learn- I really wish I could be there learning myself!

  • Angie (Losing It and Loving It) March 20, 2010, 10:18 am

    Sounds like a great time so far and it’s really awesome that you got NB shoes. Awesome company, I have their walking shoes.

    Cannot wait to hear your take on some of the Fitbloggin topics.

  • Alexandra March 20, 2010, 10:33 am

    Fun! I wish there was something like this in Southern California!

  • Cynthia (It All Changes) March 20, 2010, 10:39 am

    One day I’ll get to one of these conferences. Perhaps the HLS this year.

  • Kelly March 20, 2010, 11:08 am

    Haha DC rush hour traffic has made a 3 hour trip from Philly take almost 6. It is the worst.

  • Vee March 20, 2010, 11:23 am

    SEO Optimization? That’s essentially saying search engine optimization optimization. Little repetitive, FYI.

  • Erin March 20, 2010, 12:36 pm

    Those seminar topics look really interesting!!

  • Kelly (Local Foodie Fight) March 20, 2010, 4:16 pm

    AWW there’s everyone!! so cute!

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