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BlogHer 101: I’m Exhausted! August 6, 2011

Filed under: Blogging,San Diego — Kelocity @ 11:19 am
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Man, when my alarm went off yesterday, I honestly didn’t know where I was. I was supposed to do the BlogHer 5K, but I felt like I was hit by a bus. I just need one solid night of 9 hours of sleep to catch up I think. Can’t get those hours back once they’re gone!

But I was pretty excited for a day full of learning and networking. I was already feeling more confident than I did the day before, and if that’s all I get out of this conference, I consider that a win.

I am not staying in the host hotel, but I always get excited when local public transportation is involved. Nerd alert. I LOVE subway maps and navigating through new towns.

San Diego’s trolley reminds me of Boston. So fun to ride!


I found some friends and grabbed breakfast in the pavilion. I can’t believe how big this convention center is!

I attended the “Newbie Breakfast” to hear a little bit about what to expect and meet some other new bloggers. The conference is organized by three amazing ladies Elisa Camahort Page, Jory Des Jardins and Lisa Stone. They are very smart women who are passionate about blogging and I was so proud to be part of the community that ties us all together.

Their keynote highlighted some of the accomplishments the blogging community has made in the past few years. More women now rank blogs above corporate websites and social media when it comes to getting advice and information. I am inspired!

Next up was “Blogger Speed Dating”. We got into large circles and had 90 seconds to introduce yourself and pitch your blog to someone before moving on to the next. I LOVED this. I started out a little shy with an unpolished pitch, but by the end, I found that I was able to really pinpoint what my blog was really about. “ is a blog about running, travel and life in Los Angeles”.

And I also met a bunch of other amazing bloggers that I’m sure will populate my Google Reader soon! I’ll share some link love later in the week.

I was also happy to meet up with an old friend, Jessica who runs The Rose Run website in honor of her mom.

The first thing I did was attend a “Geek Bar” session. These were great sessions because only 4-5 people were in there at a time, so you can really get your questioned answered. I learned about “Internet Sleuthing” and how to track down mean commenters, hate emailers and stalkers. Thankfully I haven’t had to deal with any of this, and I hope I never will, but it’s great to have the tools incase you do. So don’t try anything mean, I will find you! Kidding. Kind of.

After that, I took a stroll around some of the sponsor suites. Lots of fun things to explore. Like this giant sculpture made out of Twizzlers.

The Hallmark Suite


And Hot Wheels (this track sticks on the wall!) If I was a 12 year old boy, I would want this in my room. Such a cool idea!

Then it was S’Mores time!

Make your own? Don’t mind if I do! I LOVE s’mores!

My marshmallow caught on fire and the lady was like “ahh, blow it out”! And I said, Oh, let me take a picture first! Priorities, right! And besides, isn’t burning it the fun part?


The Convention Center is RIGHT on the water, but it’s a shame I didn’t really get outside much this weekend! Hopefully that will change on Sunday!

I hit up the expo one more time to pick up a few more things. Including a Tempur-pedic Travel Pillow! Score!!

HAHA And I just had to share this picture. FeBreeze was there and they actually hired a guy to pose as a teenager in a messy room. But regardless of the “mess”, it smelled amazing!

It felt like I just ate breakfast, but apparently that was hours ago and lunch was served! It was fun to catch up with friends again while we ate.

The hilarious Amanda from ConfessionsOfAFatGirl! I missed her!

In the middle of lunch, there was a Flash Mob!!!!!! OMG I was so excited. Seeing a live flash mob seriously was on my bucket list!!! They did a great job dancing to Lady Gaga!!

I attended a Photography session about what makes a great photo. We looked at lots of eye candy and talked about what a photo should do. And the bottom line was that photos should connect people, places, emotions, etc. It just has to connect to something.

What makes a good photo itself?
-Light (try not to use flash)
-Subject Matter
-That Connection

I’ve been using my small point-and-shoot camera this weekend, but honestly, I need to get used to carrying my DSLR around. I need to start experimenting more, stretching my eye a little more and learning to perfect my images. I think I might start adding a “Photo-A-Day” concept to my blog and seeing where it goes. Another BlogHer breakthrough for me! I’m pumped!

When I walked out of the session I happened across some snacks! Hooray for fruit! Yum!! I am impressed with the hospitality of BlogHer so far.

There are so many sessions to choose from, but the next one really stood out for me. It was about Perfecting Product Reviews. As a relatively new blogger, this was something I was really interested in learning about. It’s no secret that bloggers sometimes get the opportunity to receive free product in exchange for a blog post. But you also don’t want to compromise your readers or “sell out” in the process.

The session was led by, and

I tried to soak in as much as I could, and by the end of the day, I was beat! I called it a day and headed back to our hotel.

It’s crazy that my husband has been here all weekend, but I’ve barely seen him yet! We turned right around and headed to dinner with our friends Jen and Angel. I used to live next door to them while I was growing  up and it was fun to see them again to catch up! Jen used to tutor me in math when I was in school!


We ate at a FABULOUS restaurant called Bankers Hill. The atmosphere was great and the food was amazing.

The wall behind us was a ‘living wall’. All of those plants are real and thriving. So cool!

Ok… let’s review why I need to use a better camera….

No flash:

With flash:

Both photos are atrocious. Sigh. You’ll just have to trust me that it was amazing. (Crispy Eggplant with Burrata cheese and artichokes).

I’m back at the conference today so I’ll be back later!


BlogHer: Blogger Meetup! August 5, 2011

Filed under: Blogging,Friends,San Diego — Kelocity @ 7:02 am
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BlogHer weekend is here!!! We left LA at 3:15 and it took us over three hours to get down to San Diego. I was getting a little anxious because I hate being late!


But Irving dropped me off right at the convention center, and I had plenty of time to explore the expo. I love conferences!

I grabbed my badge and swag bag and took my time taking it all in. Some of the vendors had fun activities going on. I talked to some of the sponsors, ate a couple of food samples (Hello, Kings Hawaiian. My, your bread is delicious!)

Look who else was there!! The Pine Sol Lady!!!! She was so sweet. Irving commented how big I’m smiling in this picture. Well, yea!


Once my bag was sufficiently filled up with goodies, I headed to my next destination in the Gaslamp District.

PS. Any hotel that has Necco Wafers at the front desk is a winner in my book. These are my FAVORITE! (I stole one!)

And guess who I was meeting there? The fabulous Kath from! She organized a great group of readers/bloggers for an evening walk and FroYo night. The local girls picked a great scenic route.


This pedestrian bridge made the perfect backdrop for a photoshoot!
Lorin, Me, Kaitlyn, Averie, Katie, Tammy, Jeanna, Meredith
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And our walk ended at Pinkberry!

It’s almost like Menchies except they put the toppings on for you.

I ordered a mini Salted Caramel with strawberries, and it was actually pretty good. I suppose this was also my dinner, so I kept it light.

It was so fun making new friends and chatting with Kath. She’s adorable and so easy to talk to.

I got back to my hotel around 10, but I am still SO tired! I just can’t catch up on sleep this week! I skipped the 5K run this morning to sleep an extra hour or so.

Off to seek out some coffee Tea.


Packed and Ready! August 4, 2011

Filed under: Blogging,Review,Running,Running Gear — Kelocity @ 1:05 pm
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Last night I finished packing up for BlogHer! Hope I didn’t forget anything!!IMG_6781

I am only traveling with a carryon suitcase, which seemed a little tight considering I’m bringing FOUR pairs of shoes! (Who am I?!)

But we always travel with Eagle Creek’s Pack-It system, so it keeps everything neat and compressed.IMG_6782

Viola! All that fit into one folder! Impressive, no?

I managed to fit all my clothes, toiletries, shoes, chargers, etc in there! Whew! It took a few hours, but I think it worked. Now I’m pumped!
I was hoping to also fit a walk in this morning, but I’ve just been SO tired this week. I’ve had one too many late-nights in a row, and it’s really catching up to me! I can’t wait for our hotel sleep tonight. I always sleep well when we travel. I don’t plan on getting much rest this weekend, but I think I’ll be too excited to care.


A few weeks back, I was asked to review the new Ear Bud clip from ClipE. The idea is that it keeps your headphones from getting caught when you run or workout. This has always been an annoyance of mine, so I gladly agreed to review them.

Listening to music while I run is actually new to me in the past year or so. I used to run without it and now, I can never go back. I listen to everything from music to audio books to NPR podcasts. I have tried holding my ipod in my hand, in my shorts pocket, in my fuel belt… even threading the wire under my sports bra.

I even purchased a shirt last year that is specifically designed for headphone wires, but even that started pulling after a while and I had to just take my headphones off.

The ClipE was invented by a professional pilot and an avid runner. She actually got the idea from the way cables were organized in the cockpit of a plane. But the final result is both useful AND fashionable.
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I love the design that they sent me, the color even matches my ipod!

I tried them out using my ipod earphones, but I think it would work with any brand, as long as the cords are not too thick.
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The clip is pretty small, about the size of a quarter, and slips right onto your earphones by squeezing the small clip on the back. Then that same clips goes right on your shirt wherever you want it.
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I have used it twice so far. Once on a run and once on a walk. It definitely keeps the cord in place and doesn’t budge at all, which is nice. You have to make sure you give it enough slack so if you turn your head too far it won’t pull, but once it’s adjusted, it does stay really well.

I was able to swing my arms when I ran without getting the wires snagged. I tried it in a few places on my shirt (My sleeve and my chest), but I liked it best on my left shoulder (since my ipod was in my left pocket). I even forgot I had it on it was so comfortable.

I don’t have any complaints about it except that it doesn’t sit flat on your shirt. Since it’s clipped on, it actually sits sideways.

Overall, I really like it. I’m going to keep it clipped onto my headphones so whenever I need it, it will be there to attach.

You can purchase them online through their Amazon store here for $7.95.

Thanks to ClipE who sent me this product free for the purposes of reviewing it. As always, all opinions are my own.


BlogHer Newbie Anxiety! August 3, 2011

Filed under: Blogging — Kelocity @ 2:25 pm
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I’ve been talking about going to the BlogHer Conference for over a year now. It’s a weekend-long event dedicated to women and blogging, and I really wanted to be a part of it. My husband surprised me by buying my registration and hotel as a Christmas gift last year (Hubby of the year, right?!) I’ve had my ticket for eight months now and the Conference is finally here!!!

But this week, my excitement has sort of morphed into a mix between anxiety, stress and nervousness. As if looking at the agenda and seeing the overwhelming number of events isn’t scary enough…. then there’s the pressure of looking good, meeting people and networking. Of course, that’s the reason why I’m going in the first place (at least the networking part), but I’m going to be one of 3,000 attendees! What do I have to offer that no one else will? Will I be fun enough? Social enough? It’s a little scary going solo as a BlogHer newbie.


After reading a bunch of #BlogHer11 tweets and seeing how everyone was running out to get new shoes for the cocktail parties, I went shopping at lunch today to get a new pair too. And I almost walked out with a new purse too, and then I stopped myself. If I need a new bag to feel like I “belong” at BlogHer, clearly my priorities are messed up. Where are all these negative thoughts coming from? Why is my stomach in knots?


Perhaps it will help to have some goals for this weekend:
1.) Introduce myself to as many people as possible, hand out my business cards (and collect some too), and meet a few new friends
2.) Attend as many of the workshops as I can and soak in as much information as possible
3.) Get out of my comfort zone and attend a few parties
4.) Remember that I deserve to be there just as much as anyone else. Be Confident!


Tonight, I plan on packing, plucking my eyebrows and getting a good night’s sleep. I hope to arrive tomorrow night fresh, excited and eager & willing to learn.


If you happen to see this girl this weekend, please say hi!


My 7 Links – Kelocity Style! July 25, 2011

Filed under: Blogging — Kelocity @ 4:27 pm
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I got tagged by a couple of people for my "7 Links" post! Thanks, friends! Without further ado!


To unite bloggers (from all sectors) in a joint endeavor to share lessons learned and create a bank of long but not forgotten blog posts that deserve to see the light of day again.


  1. Blogger is nominated to take part
  2. Blogger publishes his/her 7 links on his/her blog – 1 link for each category.
  3. Blogger nominates up to 5 more bloggers to take part.
  4. These bloggers publish their 7 links and nominate another 5 more bloggers
  5. And so it goes on!
  6. We’ll be sharing the best posts from participating bloggers on our blog and everyday on Facebook and Twitter at #My7Links


Most Popular: By far, my most popular post is my 2010 Nike Women’s Half Marathon recap. People find my blog everyday by searching for pictures of the coveted Tiffany’s Necklace you get instead of a medal! I’ve run the race 6 times and this year, I’m coming back for the 7th!

Most Beautiful: I’m a little biased, but I’m going to have to go with my wedding posts. Partly because the pictures come from a professional photographer, and partly because I was in the best shape of my life and the happiest I’ve ever been. I love my pictures!

Most Controversial: I was so nervous to post about my religious beliefs (or lack thereof). At first I was paranoid I was going to offend someone by writing it, but in the end, I realized that at the very least, maybe it would spark a good discussion.

Most Helpful: Um… That’s hard. I don’t know, maybe the post where I discuss the woes of shin splints? I sympathize with anyone who has them, so hopefully my tips will help someone else cope with them!

Surprise Success: My "How to Walk to Work" post was fun to write and people seemed to be interested in it. I actually wasn’t expecting that. Hooray!

Not Enough Attention: Truthfully, I don’t write a lot of posts geared towards the greater good of mankind. I’m mostly a "slice of life" blogger, and I use it as a public journal of sorts. But if I had to choose a post that I think is a fun read, I’d say my Catalina Island hike fits the bill. I actually wrote this post before I even had a blog, and it makes me smile.

Most Proud: This is actually a tie!

1.) I’m proud of my Travel Links. Every time I am feeling ungrateful or sad, I look at this page and it reminds me how many amazing opportunities I’ve had over the years. Traveling is so fulfilling to me. I am so lucky to have married a man who shares my passion. I hope this list continues to grow!

2.) And of course I’m super proud of running the Boston Marathon! (That link compiles all my Boston Marathon Posts together). Boston to me is the pinnacle of marathon running and I am so proud that I was able to finish. I was in the back of the pack, but I finished with a bigger smile on my face than any of the thousands of people in front of me.  I ran with the Dana-Farber Marathon Challenge team as a way to celebrate being 10 Years Cancer-Free!!

And now… Here are the blogs that I tag (even though I’m probably one of the last people to do this "7 Links" post!)


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