earning my spot at the table

Remember as a kid always wanting to sit at the grown ups table at family gatherings?  When you are ready to really be there, you realize you’ve gained the knowledge and life experience needed to understand what’s been discussed? But if there too early in your development, you find yourself in over your head?

Last Monday, I felt like the kid at the grownups table. But it was more like I was the runner wannabe/yogi at the runner’s table.

As my duties as self-proclaimed “Queen of Blogger Meetups”, I suggested to my contact at the Rite Aid Cleveland Marathon to gather the official 2012 bloggers together before we got heavy into our training schedule for the May races.  Leigh, the Cleveland Marathon rep, and Executive Race Director Jack Staph loved the idea and joined in on the blogger meetup fun. Joining the three of us that evening was:

Kali, Jess and Matt are long time social media running friends and I previously met Jenn and Holly at other meetups. It was great to meet Kristy for the first time and was grateful that Leigh and Jack were able to join us. The table was full of love for running in Cleveland.

Much like the kid at the grownups table, I felt like I had to earn my spot there. So I did what any “runner” would do: I went for a run that morning. I managed a 5K in about 34 minutes, returning to my Jeff Galloway inspired run/walk roots. Walk a lap and run a lap for 50 laps at 10AM allowed me to feel like I earned my spot at the table that evening. It was like I was telling everyone at the gym that “I’m a marathon blogger gosh darn it!” in every step I took around the track.

Now, I can’t say that run was anything overly impressive to some of the numbers my fellow diners put up on a regular basis. Kali ran an ultra in November. Have you seen Jess’ list of 2012 races? And Kristy’s one mile PR is 5:21. What was I doing there with these rockstars?!

And as I started to feel a bit silly in comparing myself, I realized I was simply working to find my balance between running and all those things we do to counter balance our love for running. Naturally with me at the table, yoga came up and everyone seemed to have something to say. Holly had just come from one of Nishkama’s community classes and shared some great feedback on her experience. Kali had questions about the Baron Baptiste 40 Days to Personal Revolution program. Jess and Holly had some great suggestions for West side studios that they shared. Some were yoga-ing for the emotional benefits, some because of injuries that were holding them back from running – but all getting something out of their time on their mats. Hearing that helped to put some of that previous anxiety I was having at ease. I can be a yogi and a runner at the same time…

Even though we talked a lot about running and other activities we do when not running (spinning, Twittering, beer drinking), Leigh and Jack were smart enough to keep us on the task at hand: this year’s race. We talked about this year’s course, the expo taking place at the IX Center, the plenty of bathrooms available at Browns Stadium, the placement of the starting line and more. As each topic came up, we were able to really speak our minds about how we felt. I appreciate the organization’s willingness to listen to feedback, no matter if it’s positive or negative. They just want to continue to improve their product and the race day experience.

We also discussed the potential for a meetup at the race expo on either May 18 or May 19. I’m keeping an eye on the official schedule of events to figure out the best time for one big blogger/Twitter/social media meetup. I know several bloggers are coming from around the country and I’d love to get as many as possible together before we all RUN CLE! If you have a suggestion/preference of date/time/location, leave it in the comments!

LONG STORY SHORT: I headed into the day unsure of my running status, but by the end of it, I knew how I felt via this Facebook status:

Just home from the Rite Aid Cleveland Marathon blogger meetup: it’s great being able to blog for an organization that is so receptive to its constituents needs and wants. I’m feeling inspired to run those 13.1 miles on May 20!!

And just so you know: I ran two more times last week. Guess who’s finding her runner’s legs and her spot at the runner’s table…

Disclosure: This post is part of my participation in the 2012 Rite Aid Cleveland Marathon blogging series. Read my disclosure here.

keeping warm & staying motivated (plus the ellasport giveaway winner)

It’s very fitting that on the morning I planned to announce the winner of the ellasport Chloe Long-Sleeve Tee that Cleveland is getting a significant coating of snow!! So were you the lucky winner? Let’s first find out your responses to the mandatory first entry questions: here are favorite workout motivation tactics and your favorite “keep warm in the winter” tricks…

your favorite “keep warm in the winter” tricks included:

  • Keep moving! The more energy I expend working out, the warmer I feel to sip lots of hot tea – so good for you and really helps keep me warm. Also snuggling up with my fur ball works too…
  • My favorite trick for staying warm in the CLE winter = leggings under EVERYTHING. Even leggings under leggings! Sweater tights work pretty well, too.
  • Lots of layers – you can never be too prepared! Not to mention after our long runs on Saturdays the girls and I end at Starbucks for a nice hot latte!!!!!
  • My favorite winter work out tactic is to keep my home on the cool to colder side. This way being cold makes me get on my treadmill to work up a good sweat. Then I don’t mind that the house is cold.
  • Hand warmers! I use them all the time in the winter. I buy them in bulk at Costco and Marshalls usually has them on sale.
  • My trick for staying warm is wearing a scarf every day all day even indoors. It is a neural brown so it goes with every outfit!
  • I do some light cardio in the house before I head outside to stay warm!
  • to stay warm at home i wrap myself in my heated blankie…

I have to admit – I’m a HUGE fan of the leggings under EVERYTHING suggestion. I also find a pup will sub as a heated blanket in a pinch!

your favorite workout motivation tactics included:

  • If I’m lacking motivation, I just need to GET OUT THE FRONT DOOR. seriously, works every time.
  • I know I am crazy, but I love a cold snowy run. I find battling the elements to be very motivating!
  • Motivation for me is that I always ALWAYS feel better after I work out. ALWAYS.
  • My current motivation is the upcoming wedding. I had my first fitting, so no gaining for me!
  • I like the “you’re stronger than you think you are” mantra.
  • I always stay motivated to work out by remembering how “slow and sluggish” my body feels when I don’t.
  • I’m still in the “getting healthy” not “super athlete” phase. So I set reminders on my phone to get moving.
  • SUCK IN YOUR ABS when doing weight training!
  • I find it easier though if I get up in the morning and get it out of the way.
  • My motivation trick is to leave my workout clothes out the night before an A.M. workout.
  • My motivation for workout is that I will stay fit and I can wear all my favorite dresses without any adjustments.
  • My favorite workout motivation tactic for running is to have an outfit that makes me feel fast.
  • My go-to motivation is in knowing how fast the ability to run and move can be taken from you. Makes me grateful to have get up and go.
  • My best motivation is working out with a friend, or a killer music playlist on the iPod.
  • My favorite motivation tactic is definitely accountability. If my boyfriend knows I plan on running five miles and I don’t, I’ll feel lame.
  • I like to daydream about my beach vacations, it helps me think about how I’d LIKE to look in my bikini.

Whenever you are lacking motivation, think back on these suggestions – I think I’ve used them all at some point to get my body moving!

So what did our giveaway winner have to say?



Congrats Melissa from I Crashed The Web! I love the idea to sleep IN your workout gear – talk about setting yourself up for success! And I think you’re right – the length of the shirt is going to be perfect on you!! Please email me at poiseinparma (at) gmail (dot) com with your mailing info to claim your prize.

Many thanks to everyone who entered and to ellasport for their generosity!! Make sure to visit their site to see all their workout gear options and to “like” them on Facebook. Based on the snowflakes coming down this morning, I’m very happy to have that extra long sleeve layer!

product review and GIVEAWAY: ellasport

Since working a retail job at a fairly well known fitness apparel store this holiday season, I’ve officially crossed the line into owning too many pairs of yoga pants and workout tops. But when I was contacted by a new-to-me fitness apparel company called ellasport, I decided to step out of my workout gear comfort zone to try something new.

First thing that caught my eye was ellasport’s mission, which is to provide women with technical athletic apparel that is designed for a woman’s body and makes her feel good about herself. ellasport’s goal is to give you the confidence and motivation to push yourself further than you thought possible, to help you release your motivated inner self and unstoppable confidence that knows no limits.

The next thing that caught my eye: their Chloe Long-Sleeve Tee:


The item as described on the website:

  • It’s the perfect layering tee to get you to and from the gym and it’s super comfy!
  • The fit is amazing! It’s smaller at the top and wider over the hip and the neckline is very feminine.
  • The Coolmax® mesh in the back enhances breathability near your lower back.
  • The soft and stretchy Supplex® fabric feels great against your skin, keeps its shape, and keeps you dry.

Since receiving that long sleeve top, I’ve been wearing it about town to a variety of workouts, including Saturday’s yoga beginners workshop:



  • The top is very breathable – at no point did I regret wearing a long sleeve shirt to run or spin in. During these cold Cleveland winters, I’ll take all the coverage I can get, even inside!
  • Wearing it over a yoga tank top to my yoga classes, it helped get me warm when the room is still too cool for just the tank top. The Supplex fabric is thick without being heavy.
  • I got a lot of compliments on the look of it – people LOVE the white swoopy shape on the back!
  • My only negative is that I wish the shirt was a bit longer. I’m a tall girl (5’9″) so I prefer shirts that are longer in the torso. I could use another extra inch in the arms as well – again, that’s probably more to be said about my long arms than the shirt itself. (Side note: the company rep said they are planning to make future versions longer in the torso.)

Overall, I was really happy with this product – and now you have the chance to be too as you have a chance to win an ellasport Chloe Long-Sleeve Tee of your own! The kind folks at the company offered one lucky PIP reader the product to help them reach their own workout goals!!


  1. Mandatory first entry: Leave a comment telling me your favorite workout motivation tactic or your favorite “keep warm in the winter” trick. It’s that easy!
  2. Follow @poiseinparma on Twitter. Please let me know if you do by commenting on this post!
  3. Follow @ellasport on Twitter. Please let me know if you do by commenting on this post!
  4. Twitter users can get an extra entry by tweeting: “Motivate my workout: I want to win the @ellasport #giveaway from @poiseinparma! http://wp.me/p1303r-1st”. Please let me know each day you tweet this by commenting on this post!

You have until Thursday, January 26th at 11:59PM EST to enter. Make sure to leave a separate entry for each one of these that you accomplish. Now the big question: where to wear my shirt to next!

Disclosure: In exchange for this post/giveaway, I was compensated via the shirt pictured above. As always, my thoughts and opinions are 100% my own.

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