Blend Retreat — The Hike!

So, our time in Park City for BLEND Retreat this weekend wasn’t only about food. Mostly food. But not only food πŸ˜‰

(Funny story, I told my mom I wanted to show her pictures from Utah last night and I started showing her my previous blog post…halfway through, not realizing that the post had a theme, she goes, “Did you do anything but EAT?!” HAHA!)

There were also two Boot Camps scheduled for Saturday and Sunday mornings, hosted by GPP Fitness.

I heard it was great {and exhausting! They did the Deck of Cards workout in 7,000 ft altitude, whew}…but I didn’t go.

photo cred: Heather (Kiss My Broccoli)

You see, I got back to the hotel room around midnight after grabbing a drink {and playing some Buck Hunter, obvi} on Main Street in “downtown” Park City. I was all set to wake up at 6:45 and drowsily walk down to the ballroom where Boot Camp was taking place. However, my body decided to freak out and wake up once an hour, every hour, during my fitful 6-7 hours of sleep. I decided to let my body recover for a little bit so that I could definitely enjoy the rest of the weekend, and went for a short run instead.

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Or…attempted to anyway. It was so rainy! I ran up and down a few hills and sets of stairs and got super winded, super quickly. Must have been the 7,000 foot elevation!

I’m so glad I let my body recover, because I was feeling quite a bit better after we had our Laughing Cow/Muesli Fusion Breakfast and it became time to go on our hike!

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Check out all those girls gathered in the lobby ready to hike!

For those who didn’t want to participate in the hike, a Zumba class was held in the ballroom. I really wanted to try it, but I decided my belly was too full of bagels and muesli to jump and dance around!

The hike was sponsored by PROBAR, who provided us with their CORE energy bars and BOLT energy chews to get us through the hike. We all loved the energy chews, which had a good ingredient list and tasted like fruit snacks!

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As for the hike, it started out a little shaky…

MUD

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The mud on the road leading us to the trail was REALLY bad. You see, it drizzled on and off most of the weekend that we were in Park City, which created some pretty wet conditions. Quite a few people turned back after seeing how treacherous it was just to trek through the mud (I swear my feet weighed an extra 5 pounds!)…but I definitely already felt guilty for skipping the morning workout, so I trudged along.

And I’m so glad I did!

duringhikeThe trail itself wasn’t nearly as muddy.

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And the views were spectacular!!!

There was even some snow on the ground still:

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It was crazy to me that, even though there was still snow on the ground, everything looked so lush and spring-like.

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Hi Ashley and Becky!

Eventually we made it to the top, and of course gathered to take pictures.

Me, Carly @ Snack Therapy, & Becky @ Olives n’ Wine {photo cred: Becky}

photo cred: Ian from Muesli Fusion {their first Instagram pic!}

I loved how everyone’s workout gear was always so bright throughout the weekend. I am all.about wearing obnoxiously bright clothing to work out!

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Back down we went!

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By the time we got back to the Canyons Resort area, the clouds had lightened up a little bit and I realized my face was actually a bit sunburned. WTF? Although, am I really surprised?

The trail itself was supposed to be about 3 miles, but here’s how long it ended up being total, including our muddy little jaunt to the trail:

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20130521-120643.jpgCheck out that elevation!

I’m very glad I decided to stick with the hike, because history repeated itself on Sunday morning…I missed Boot Camp again.

I know, I know. I went to a healthy living blogger retreat and didn’t go to EITHER of the workouts.

Let’s just say on Saturday night, we got plenty of ab exercise by how much we laughed! But that’s a story for another post πŸ™‚

Stay tuned for more about all the SWAG we got (you think all these sponsored meals sound awesome? Wait until you see our SWAG BAGs!) and some stories and tips from the Canyons Resort area and Main Street in Park City! I’ve also been busy incorporating all the swag into some recipes (Muesli Fusion/Silk/Bobs Red Mill overnight oats, anyone?), so I should have a recipe for some protein muffins to share by the end of the week! I mean they definitely gave us enough.

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My giant container of protein bars, and bag full of protein powders!

Where is your favorite spot to hike?

Do you ever talk yourself out of workouts? How do you know when to convince yourself to stick it out, and when to give your body a rest?

38 thoughts on “Blend Retreat — The Hike!

  1. I wish I was able to complete the hike ~ 7000ft??? I didn’t think we were that high πŸ™‚ No wonder I couldn’t breath ~ asthma and a 7000 ft height elevation do not mix ~ obviously ~ but your pics are great ~ glad I could enjoy the hike through your eyes πŸ™‚

    • Seeeriously…we were all pretty light headed from the elevation once we got to the top! It’s a good thing to be able to listen to your body when it isn’t jiving with your surroundings though!

  2. I wish I was able to complete the hike ~ 7000ft??? I didn’t think we were that high πŸ™‚ No wonder I couldn’t breath ~ asthma and a 7000 ft height elevation do not mix ~ obviously ~ but your pics are great ~ glad I could enjoy the hike through your eyes πŸ™‚

    • Seeeriously…we were all pretty light headed from the elevation once we got to the top! It’s a good thing to be able to listen to your body when it isn’t jiving with your surroundings though!

    • OK, it definitely did! I didn’t start the timer until we started the actual hike, but the GPS was going for the first muddy part. I also kept it going for some of the time that we sat there taking pictures. So whooo knows how long it actually took! Haha.

    • OK, it definitely did! I didn’t start the timer until we started the actual hike, but the GPS was going for the first muddy part. I also kept it going for some of the time that we sat there taking pictures. So whooo knows how long it actually took! Haha.

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