Let’s start from the beginning…
Thursday began bright and early with a wake-up call from my Orlando hotel at 4am (I was traveling for work earlier in the week) – after almost throwing a mini-tantrum out of exhaustion, I jumped out of bed, threw on some workout gear and headed downstairs to catch my ride to the airport.
Orlando –> Houston –> SLC
My flight landed just before Lindsay’s so I decided to be super creepy, find her gate and greet her with a big hug as soon as she landed! We met Alyssa, who was kind enough to pick us up from the airport, and we were off to our SLC hotel. After our other Thursday night roomies arrived at the hotel, the girls went out to lunch. I grabbed a quick bite to eat at the airport and had some work to finish up so I stayed back at the hotel.
Since it was a gorgeous day in SLC, before dinner we took a lovely (although quite hot…) walk around downtown and explored Temple Square. It had the most beautiful city gardens I had ever seen!
Next up was happy hour and dinner that I told y’all about yesterday :)
Since we had all been up for around 24 hours, once dinner was over we immediately crashed in our beds. I had the pleasure of sharing a bed with Lindsay on Thursday night. As an FYI, she hums while sleeping, hehehehe!
I kicked off Friday morning with an early 5k run! Let me tell you, going from sea-level to mountain elevation is no joke. I thought I was going to die during the first mile but managed to push through. I strategically ended my run near a Starbucks… the promise of iced coffee will get me through almost anything ;)
After packing up, we were on our way to Park City!
First on the agenda – SWAG! I didn’t get a photo showing the generosity of our sponsors, so I’m stealing this one from Julie – thanks girl! As I said earlier this week, our sponsors were incredibly generous and because I’ve yet to go grocery shopping this week, I’ve been living off of my Blend swag since Monday.
The rest of the afternoon involved the pool, beer, snack time and getting ready for the cocktail party! I loved spending the afternoon getting to know all of the lovely ladies attending the retreat – they truly are the best.
Dinner followed the cocktail party and then we attempted to watch Frozen before realizing there was no way we’d stay awake through the entire film. We made it to “Let It Go” (<– best part of the movie, IMHO) and then headed back to our room to fall asleep.
I also managed to do a little online shopping Friday night (surprise, surprise) while watching Frozen – multitasking at its finest ;) Ashley gave us all coupons for Fabletics so I decided to try out an outfit I had been eyeing for quite some time. It arrives next week and I’m PUMPED to finally try Fabletics. To save $$ on your first purchase, here’s my referral link.
Lindsay and I showing off our Fabletics headbands.
Saturday morning kicked off with a killer workout sponsored by Onnit. It was all based on body weight, functional movements and I was sore until Tuesday night – no joke! Again, I blame the elevation… ;) (Thanks to Heather for catching Katie and I in some mid-burpee action above!)
Thank goodness we had Spark to fuel us through the weekend – It’s a long story, but I actually had AdvoCare shipped to our hotel in SLC. Desperate times (aka running out of Spark!) call for desperate measures, hehe!
Following breakfast, we hit the mountain trails for a hike thanks to Organic Valley. The hike – minus the terrifying gondola ride up the mountain, yikes! – was my favorite part of the retreat. Along with the gorgeous views, the fresh air and mountain hiking was the perfect way to reset my crazy, city-life soul.
Post-hike came more pool time and snack time and beer time… When in
Rome Park City! And then it was time for a night out on the town!
Dinner and drinks and dancing happened on Saturday night. I’d love to share more details post-dinner, but because Lindsay made me pinky promise to keep her shenanigans a secret and what happens in Park City stays in Park City, I’ll have to leave you guessing ;)
After breakfast and the closing ceremony – where I won 2 jars of Nuttzo (heck yes!), it was time to figure out how to pack my week’s worth of apparel and swag and head to the airport. I have never been so happy to fly SouthWest and get 2 free checked bags.
Alyssa was again so so so kind and drove a group of us gals to the airport where we begrudgingly said our goodbyes. Linds and I had some extra time so we hung out, blogged, laughed about the weekend before I flew back with Katie to Chicago.
It was, just like last year, one of the best weekends I have ever had. I love my blends and as corny as this sounds, I am thankful every single day for starting my little place in the blogosphere. Without it, I would have never met these beautiful, smart and driven women that I am blessed to call friends.
Who’s coming to Blend 2015?! It’s in Boulder and I CANNOT wait!
Do you prefer the mountains or the beach? Until this past weekend, I honestly would have said beach. However, there is something so peaceful about the mountains and if I had to choose, I would pick living in the mountains over living on a beach.