Out of Breath, Real Talk & Feeling Thankful: #NBGNO

In life there are certain events that make you really happy. I’m talking about smiling from ear to ear, giddy like a kid on Christmas Day, ice cream cone is summer kind of happy.

New Balance’s Girl’s Night Out was just that.

On Thursday night we gathered at the New Balance Experience store for an evening of mingling, meeting and a whole lot of lady time.

We started our evening with a 4-mile run around the Charles River, which due to everyone being on time (WIN!) meant Carrie and I didn’t have to lead the nonexistent second group of runners! That did mean however that we had to all out sprint for about 2-miles in order to catch up to everyone!

But first, lemme take a selfie! (Carrie and I)

Out of breath is an understatement. Reminder: I am an endurance athlete, sprinting isn’t my strength.  

Post-run and stretch with these two lovely Boston fitness professionals, we headed back into the store for some snacks, beverages and music-galore.

From the lighting to the displays, the whole atmosphere of the New Balance store had changed while we were out on our run. It was so magical being back with all of these wonderful ladies (high off of endorphins for sure) and able to enjoy the mixer portion of the night.

But before I could cut a rug on the dance floor, I had a speech I had to deliver. Gulp.

Alright, real talk for a second. While I’ve been teaching spin for many years, I still get very nervous about public speaking. For some reason there is a HUGE difference between a dimly lit room that’s blasting Flo Rida and taking the mic in front of 80 people. 

Of course I was honored to get up there and share my Trendy Trainer story … how it came to be (an ex-boyfriend, thanks!), what drives me to write and the incredibly influential people I’ve met along the way.

After that was over (phew!) it was onto more mingling and finally meeting Boston bloggers I’ve only seen on Instagram or Twitter, but never in real life (I’m looking at you, Sarah!).

Steph, Sarah and I 

As the night wrapped up, I became more and more thankful for this community I am a part of. Each and every time I am surrounded by healthy living bloggers I remember how supportive everyone is. From asking about your next 10K to small chat about jobs and weddings — everyone genuinely cares.

And that is rarity.

I am so lucky to have these wonderful people in my life. And of course, free events like NBGNO that make help bring us together  even when our lives are busy and schedules hectic.

Because long after the miles are logged and the sneakers taken off, these ladies are there. Incredibly supportive in every single way.


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