I traveled to Indianapolis for work Monday afternoon, and I have to be honest- I was Nervous Nelly (are these names aggravating? I hope not cause I love them!) about this trip. I had a lot riding on this for me professionally, so naturally I wanted to put my best foot forward. It's propelling me to a bigger platform in my career and I'm happy to report that it went off famously. Unfortunately, that's all I can say about that here. However, I do have some more details for ya! Like my first Blate (Bloggers Date) with Kara from PG Sisters!
My travel plans were slammed packed so we had a very small window to get in our date (thanks to Phil for loaning her out to me for our secret date!) but we were both determined to meet up! Kara and I email on the regular and have for quite some time so I had zero anxiety about meeting her in person. I just knew we would click! I was mostly stressed about inconveniencing her due to unknown travel times and my dying cell phone- womp! However, it all worked out! Kara met me at the hotel just as I was checking in and I was so excited to see her! She was exactly as I imagined she would be from reading her blog. Beautiful, kind, bubbly, welcoming, confident, and friendly! It was just natural! I felt at ease with her from the get go!She showed up and we started talking non-stop. It was like I was just meeting up with an old friend from college! I've heard people talk about blate's before and I always wonder, yeah come on what's it really like in real life... Seriously, meeting a friend from the internet was not weird at all. Zero Sarcasm. True Story!
Kara and Kristie totally surprised me by giving me an Indiana welcoming gift! I was so flattered and touched. This was just beyond thoughtful. I had to take a picture of the gift in the hotel as I didn't know how long it would be before I started snack a lackin on their present, and I did just that. The Apple Pie Quest Bar was da bomb, even without heating it up first! Thanks for the afternoon snack ladies! I have been itching to try Justin's Almond/ Hazelnut Butter and we don't have Kroger at home. I feel like I got my hands on something ultra exclusive- oh yeahs!
|Seriously how lucky am I? THANK YOU!!!!|
Before we knew it, we were the only people in the bar and it was 11 'clock. Whoops! I seriously could have had another drink and continued to Chatty Cathy her ear off. I hope next time I'm there I have more time and we can get in a work out! Maybe I'll even get to meet super busy, I literally have no idea how she does it all, super Mom Kristie too! I get the feeling Kara and Kristie's entire family is freaking fabulous. I really enjoyed hearing Kara talk about her husband and family, it's obvious there is a lot of love there! Fingers crossed next time in Indy I get to spend more time with her. I have very high expectations for future blate's now! I could talk about this all day...let's be real I could just talk all day.
Kara and Kristie are both running their first half marathon on Saturday, be sure to head over to their blog PG Sisters and wish them luck (even though they don't need it-- they're both seriously prepared) Ya'll are gonna rock that half!
Tuesday morning I woke up at 4:15am, and headed to pound out a work out on the treadmill. The hotel fitness center didn't have enough weight training equipment for me to do the scheduled circuit training, so I switched out and completed 5 miles on the treadmill. I loosely followed my favorite 55 minute incline walk.run program from PB Fingers. I say loosely because I've increased the run sections and speed. I've also upped the base speed to 4.5. Never be afraid to challenge yourself!
|Sweat every day!|
Tuesday was long but productive day. I enjoyed my little visit to Indianapolis immensely! Hopefully, I'll get to go back a little longer next time. However, there is just no place home! Don't we all feel that way? Home is where your heart is.
Don't forget today kicks off May Meltdown with Ms. Michaels! Which DVD are you rocking out today!?