Thinking Out Loud Thursday: Fit Friends [Blend Retreat]


You know I love Neghar Fonooni. Check out her facebook too. I subscribe to her newsletter and Friday’s e-mail was titled “You Gotta Have (Fitness) Friends.” How appropriate for the Blend Retreat!

The Blend Retreat is a place where I can feel “normal.” My other friends aren’t into fitness or eating like I do. Blend is instantly comfortable. In my everyday life, I’m shy-ish except for my outrageous personality in the classroom.

I got into conversations with Hungry Mother Runner about GPP Fitness and when I saw Alex for the first time in a year, we talked CrossFit and did a traveling WOD together. 20 minutes would have felt like death alone! …and I felt so cool because everyone else was taking Instagram pictures of partner workouts!

(photo from Alex Tries it Out)

During the workout, I said random things like, “Your arms look awesome!” and when we did our 25-lb single arm push presses (3 rounds of 10 each arm), we got through it together.

Here are some choice tidbits from the newsletter:

“The road to your fittest self is a fabulous adventure. It’s a journey with many twists and turns, and one that never truly ends, rather it just keeps getting deeper and more layered. But, in order to experience the adventure to it’s fullest, you need a companion. You gotta have fitness-minded, supportive friends.

You can’t do this alone.

And I’m not saying you’re not capable or strong or focused or dedicated. I’m not saying you don’t have what it takes, or that you’re not packing your travel sack with all of the necessary tools and sundries.

I’m saying that in order to fully see the horizon, you need someone there to remind you of it’s beauty. To get back up when you stumble, you need someone to grab you by the hand. To blissfully bask in the light, you need someone to share it with.”

I’m a loner when it comes to working out. Sure, I’ve gone to many group fitness classes, but I was still an individual. I hardly talked to anyone unless they approached me. I could do it alone – I did have a ton of success working out (and losing weight) because I’ve read enough blogs and watched enough fitness videos to learn the names of moves and do them.

“That’s the thing about fitness friends–we bond over mutual intentions, desires, victories, and struggles. We bond over iron and sweat and the quest to become our fittest selves. It’s a bond that enriches the journey for all parties involved, and one that allows us to be more successful than had we gone it alone.”

Then, I remember the first time I had to carry the 60-lb sandbag in CrossFit 400 m. Somehow I got it on my back immediately, but I dropped it halfway and could not get it back on. I was the very last one until Kyle came outside, helped me get the sandbag on, and walked with me to the finish.

…and we play beer pong together!

At Blend, I was going back and forth on running the Oiselle Fun Run later that day. Even though it’s a fun run, I was nervous

IMG_1169(photo from Kiss My Broccoli)

(photo from Treats with A Twist)

(photo from Hungry Runner Girl)

I ran halfway before the elevation and altitude got the best of me and I walked and talked to some other girls.

The next morning (Saturday), at the Onnit boot camp, I worked out next to my soulmates and cheered on Meighan who held a 6:30 minute plank!


In the afternoon, we went on a hike sponsored by Organic Valley and led by Joel Harper. While I love hiking uphill, I am horrible downhill. Two more avid hikers, Vanessa and Patricia, took me by the hand literally. Vanessa talked to me about “asking for help,” which goes along with this topic. I normally deny the extended hand when hiking in fear that I’ll take the person down with me.



On Sunday, we did a team boot camp with GPP Fitness. I would never have run without my team (go #4) or kept going with the burpees, push-ups, squats, tricep dips, and sit-ups.


…and it’s not just the people who formally work out with me, it’s the people who take leisurely walks downtown on a Sunday when everything is closed.


“If you’ve got someone like that in your life, then you know exactly what I’m talking about. Do me a favor and tell them today how much they mean to you. Give them a shout just to say “hey, thanks for traveling with me.” It’s important to tell people that we appreciate their presence on the journey. Maybe they already know, but even so, it’s never a bad idea to remind people of how much they’ve enriched your life.”

Thank you Kyle for being my partner-in-crime once upon a time when we did CrossFit.

Thank you Alex, Meighan, Vanessa, Amanda, Julie and all my Blends for the motivation and bond this past weekend!

Do you workout with someone? Who do you need to thank?


13 thoughts on “Thinking Out Loud Thursday: Fit Friends [Blend Retreat]

  1. I’m obsessed with this post. It’s so true that it’s so much easier to workout and keep yourself accountable when you have others to do it with–I only have one other (real-life) friend who loves running and talking about running as much as I do, and even then we’re not super close. I’ve been thinking about joining a running club to find some more of those people, but I get nervous in big group settings soo there’s that…

  2. I love, love, love this! Part of the reason I blog is because of the community and how other healthy living bloggers “get me” and want to talk about work outs and food and such. It’s so nice to connect with people on a topic that is so important. I’m a workout loner – I never really workout with friends and wish I did more!

  3. Been home for 4 days and STILL missing Blend — what an amazing weekend. Why do us girls have to be scattered all over the place? 😦 It was definitely nice to be around others who love the same things as you do and feed off their energy. Can.not.WAIT until next year!

  4. LOVE this!!! I’ a loner workout person too, but it’s really great to get in there with other on occasion. You learn so much and it pushes you to another level while having fun, so you don’t notice the pain *quite* as much. 😉

  5. I LOVE WORKING OUT! But really, I love the fact that the people who are working out with me are driven and inspired and just looking for a good time. 🙂 I’ve found such a great group of gals at my gym and while we may not be besties (yet), it always brings me joy to see them on a weekly basis. It’s the team and community aspect that I miss from high school sports. I think that’s why I love blogging so much – we connect on a deeper level than “hi, how are you? good” 🙂

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