a big announcement: I’m speakin’ at Fitbloggin’ 2012!

This is turning into a huge week at PIP Headquarters. Yesterday I supposed I “formally” announced my plans to attend Nishkama Yoga Teacher Training so I can become a yoga instructor by the end of 2012. Many thanks to all for your great advice on yesterday’s post – I’m still deciding on next steps on finding my balance between running and yoga, but at least know I have many options!

I was then surprised with an email late last night from Roni of SkinnyMinnyMedia: my application to speak at the 2012 Fitbloggin’ conference had been accepted! Baltimore, here I come for round two of fitness blogging conference adventures!

On the official Fitbloggin’ 2012 schedule you’ll find the following listed for Saturday, September 22 at 3:45:

Get Down to Business: Taking Your Online Community Offline with Alicia Hansen

My presentation’s tagline? What do you mean you met on Twitter? I’ll share my experience and tips on how to take that awkward step from sitting behind a computer screen to meeting in real life – and how that process can help you reach your goals. I’m honored to be presenting along side of so many influential and amazing speakers on a topic I truly am passionate about.

The timing of this news could not have been better as tonight is our first Ohio Blogging Association meetup for 2012 at Whole Foods Market Cedar Center. It’s all very apropos – isn’t it?! There’s still time to get in on the pizza throwdown fun: RSVP over at the Facebook event page & don’t forget your $10 CASH per person for your entry fee.

Interested in attending Fitbloggin’? Early bird tickets are still on sale at their Eventbrite site. You won’t want to miss this one!

a big announcement: I’m a 2012 Rite Aid Cleveland Marathon Blogger!

Only days after I formally announced my very loose plan for my Six Running Month Challenge, I received an email from the Cleveland Marathon organization inviting me to return as an official blogger for the 2012 race. I replied back immediately with a resounding YES!


I had a ball last year sharing my experience as a volunteer at the finish line and really enjoyed working with their representatives. Plus it turns out that a lot of my favorite local runners – Kali, Jess, Beal & Christian – have already signed up for the 2012 fun! While I believe they are all running the full marathon, I’ll be sticking with my 13.1 miles – thank you very much. That just means I’ll be able to grab some breakfast from the VIP Lounge before cheering them on from the finish line!

Fully committed to running that mileage this May meant I had to get running again now. I can’t expect to get to the finish line under 2:15 by training on an elliptical for the next five or so months. So I threw together this preliminary training plan:


You ask what’s the plan (because you know I always have one): get my running legs back while continuing to use yoga to balance all that cardio. As you’ll see to the far right, I’m starting from the beginning by tackling the Couch to 5K Plan again from the very beginning. I know to get faster I have to run more and take less walking breaks. Building a solid base while regaining my cardio fitness is going to be best accomplished by following the C25K tactics. From there, I plan to follow a similar plan to my Air Force half marathon training plan but with some tweaks. And the yoga isn’t going anywhere as you can tell by the abundance of it being already scheduled.

Cleveland’s going to be one solid race this year – I have a great feeling about this one! Interested in running one of the 2012 events? Here’s the listing of them all:

For more information via social media, follow the Cleveland Marathon on Facebook and on Twitter at @clevemarathon. On Twitter, the organization holds a Marathon Monday contest at 10AM EST. At that time, they’ll ask a marathon related question and the first person to respond with the right answer wins a fun prize. Sometimes, that prize is a race entry! Definitely worth checking out!

It’s about time to start making those new year’s resolutions: what’s on your fitness calendar for 2012? Will I be seeing you at the start line on May 20th?

Disclosure: I was asked to be an official Rite Aid Cleveland Marathon blogger.  I was offered a race entry in return by agreeing to blog about my experience. As always, my thoughts and opinions are 100% my own.

the NEW Poise in Parma debuts!

ONE QUICK THING: Read my guest post on Running For Something More over at finishing firsts! Thanks again Kali for letting me guest post and being one of my running inspirations!

A BIG ANNOUNCEMENT: I AM SO EXCITED to share that after many months of planning, the new PIP is ready for your enjoyment!

I will share the details about how this wonderful new graphic came to be sometime next week, but know that one very special lady created this wonderful logo and header that now greets blog readers:


Just as important, I’d like to thank the one and only Katie Heddleston for spending several hours in WordPress to make the site as beautiful as it turned out to be! That girl is a bank of blogging knowledge and I’m lucky to have snagged her skills in this endeavor!

So if you read PIP via a reader service, I encourage you to click on over to the site and check out the changes. There are a few more to come over the weekend, but I’m happy to present it to you all today. Happy Friday everyone!

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