I’ve said this numerous time and I’ll continue to do so, blogger friends ARE real friends. Many live far away and we only get to see each other from time to time but it makes those moments together a real treat.

This past weekend I made my way to Des Moines, Iowa to hang out with some other midwest blogging friends and we had a blast! I left a bit later than I originally planned on Friday and it just happened to work out that I needed a break for lunch when I hit the Tanger Outlets. ;) Once I refueled my car, I pulled out my lunch and refueled myself with a tasty salad I packed from home. After I finished eating, I decided to give my legs a bit of a stretch and walk the outlets. I didn’t mean to make the dent in my wallet that I did but seeing as I’ll be living in workout gear for the next year of my life, I was able to justify the expense, especially when all the items I bought were on sale. :)


After making a bit of damage, I got back in the car and finished the drive before meeting up with Mollie and Alex before joining Katie, Emily and Amanda for dinner at Jethro’s BBQ. We ordered some fried pickles while waiting for everyone to arrive and a round of drinks. I got their “Lake Water” cocktail which was might tasty and the blackened salmon PoBoy with sweet potato fries for dinner. Man it was good and I left SUPER stuffed!


When we got back to Mollie’s apartment, we opened a bottle of wine, hopped in our PJs and played Cards Against Humanity. I really need to get this game, it’s so fun and I was literally crying from laughter on multiple occasions.

When Saturday morning rolled around, we were up bright and early for a busy day. We grabbed breakfast and walked around the Des Moines Farmer’s Market for a couple hours. I was seriously impressed by the size and offerings. I grabbed a paleo blueberry donut and almond milk cafe au lait and was a happy, happy girl.

After the Farmer’s Market, we made our way for an early lunch at Mullet’s and were joined by Traci and Kristin. Lunch was delicious with the highlight being the sweet potato tots and mimosas but the real excitement was to come – wine tasting at Jasper Winery. We sampled 11 different wines and while I did enjoy most, the highlights for me were the Edelweiss (white), Front Porch (rose), and Lucy Lane (red).


After wine tasting, we went back to Mollies, freshened up and headed out to dinner at Bar Louie. We got some appetizers to share and a round of drinks. I stuck to their coconut mint lemonade which was AMAZING! And for dinner I got the veggie flatbread and a side salad. The salad was actually pretty big so I ate that for my meal and took most of the flatbread home to eat on my drive home Sunday.

Dinner was a blast and we weren’t ready to call it a night so we made our way to a few other bars before heading back and passing out.

Sunday morning came way too soon but we got up and a few of us went out for a 3 mile run/walk around the neighborhood before packing up and making our way to breakfast at The Machine Shed, basically a giant breakfast buffet. We had to wait awhile to be seated but the food was pretty good but definitely set everyone’s schedules back a bit. But it meant more time hanging out, which I think we all appreciated.

After breakfast we all went our separate ways and headed home. It was such a fun weekend and it was amazing to take off some of the pressures of planning this trip, blogging or work and just relax with friends.

Thanks again to Mollie for hosting us and all the wonderful ladies who made this weekend what it was. :)

Have you ever been to Des Moines?

Linking up to Treat Yourself Tuesday because my weekend was a real treat! :) 

Glass Animals

I hope you all had an amazing weekend! I definitely did but since I feel like I’m running around trying to play catch up, you’ll have to wait until tomorrow for a recap of the weekend. For now, let’s just start our Monday with some marvelous music: Glass Animals.


Fill me in on your weekend – what’d yo do?

Everything Had Meaning

I started off on the run. I knew I could pace myself and be sure I didn’t try to go too fast and burn out. Plus, it would help warm me up. Some felt ending with the run was a better choice and started with the row. I guess that’s when it’s good we got to make our own decision.

tribute wod

It’s a CrossFit Tribute WOD, everything had meaning and purpose from the length of the run/row, to the number of movements and reps of each one, all the way down to the weights used. Of course I had to scale. I’m just not there yet but it didn’t take away the impact of what we were doing.

We warmed up as usual, practiced each movement, picked which weight was the best choice for us for each movement, huddled up and yelled “never forget!” and got in place to start.

When I was lined up outside to start my run, in the corner of my eye I noticed one of my fellow athletes on one knee. He had his dog chain in his hand, gave it a kiss and stood back up. For a moment I had chills, and it wasn’t just from the cooler weather.

This community is so powerful, so amazing, so inspiring.

It took me just over 30 minutes to finish. Others finished before me and others finished after me and per usual, we were there to support one another until the end.

Friday 9/5
Strength: 3RM Thrusters #60
WOD for time / CrossFit Team Series WOD #1:
Thrusters (35#)
Chest-to-bar pull-ups (green + red – C2B and reg)
Time: 7:22
Saturday 9/6
Sunday 9/7
3 mile run
Monday 9/8
Back Squat 5-5-5-5-5 across: 85#
WOD for time:
40 Wall Balls (8#)
Run 100m
20 Pushups
30 Wall Balls
Run 200m
15 Pushups
20 Wall Balls
Run 300m
10 Pushups
10 Wall Balls
Run 400m
5 Pushups
Time: 13:47
Tuesday 9/9
Dead lift: 3-3-3+ : 125# (10)
WOD, AMRAP in 10:00:
5 Power Snatch (35#)
10 Hang Power Snatch
15 Knee Raises
20 Box Jumps (16”)
Score: 3 + 15 box jumps
Wednesday 9/10
EMOTM for 6:00: 5 push jerk (50#) (note: it felt SO heavy today…not enough recovery between Tuesday night and Wednesday AM WODS)
WOD for time:
Row 1000m
100 Single Unders
then, 3 rounds of:
7 hang cleans (55#)
14 Kettlebell swings (25#)
time: 13:02?
Thursday 9/11
For time:
2001m Row or 2001m Run
11 Box Jumps
11 Thrusters
11 Burpee Chest to Bar Pull-ups
11 Power Cleans
11 HandStand Push-ups
11 KB Swings
11 Toes to Bar
11 Deadlifts
11 Push Jerks
2001m Row or 2001m Run
*If athletes begin the WOD with a Row, they finish with a Run and vice versa
Time: 30:53

Anyway, I’m off to DesMoines this weekend for a little Blend getaway. We were supposed to be at HLS this weekend but since it was sadly cancelled, a few of us decided to get together anyway. Feel free to follow us at #blendDSMtakeover on social media. ;)


What are your big plans for the weekend?

The 9/11 Tribute WOD

I had one post in mind for today but as I sat down to start writing it, it just wasn’t feeling right. The words weren’t coming out as eloquently as I’d like them to and I was struggling to focus. Quite honestly, I think it’s because it’s hard for me to write about anything other than what happened 13 years ago on this day, September 11th, 2001.


We could all talk about where we were when we found out. We could talk about who we knew that was affected. We could talk about the many who risked and gave their lives. We could talk about our political positions and opinions.

OR…we could talk about uniting as a community, as a nation.

tribute wod

I’ve mentioned many times before my love for the CrossFit community. Heck, that’s a huge reason I left my job to pursue the CrossFit for Hope charity fundraising tour. But all that aside, the CrossFit community always finds a way to team up, to give back and to work hard to remember those who have fought or are fighting.

Today, I’m joining my box as we complete the 9/11 Tribute WOD. It will be long, it will be tough but we will persevere and lift each other up as we remember all who lost their lives and were affected.

For time:
2001m Row or 2001m Run
11 Box Jumps
11 Thrusters
11 Burpee Chest to Bar Pull-ups
11 Power Cleans
11 HSPUs
11 KB Swings
11 Toes to Bar
11 Deadlifts
11 Push Jerks
2001m Row or 2001m Run
*If athletes begin the WOD with a Row, they finish with a Run and vice versa

Whether you’re dedicating your workout, writing, or taking a moment of silence, we promised 13 years ago that we wouldn’t forget, we haven’t forgotten and we won’t forget.


*Joining with Thinking Out Loud today.*