My Day at the Arnold

Finally. I get to tell you about my day at the Arnold SportsFestival. But, before I say anything else, I would like to say a huge THANK YOUto the FitFluential Team and to GNC for the opportunity to go! It was a great day, and I am very thankful to be a part of such an active, supportive and motivational community.

After writing the release that was this post – in which you all responded with more love, kindness, compassion, understanding, encouragement and heartfelt stories of your own then I could ever imagine, thank you – I found myself actually excited to go to the Arnold. My planned eight mile training run didn’t go so well on Saturday morning due to my knee acting up so I ran a few errands instead and rushed home to get ready to head to the Columbus Convention Center. I was nervous, no doubt, and must have asked my husband about 5,000 if my hair looked alright. He kept saying yes, by the way, but I was still worried about it.

I don’t live very far from downtown and as I exited the highway to make my way through the maze of streets to get to the Convention Center (I was convinced if I took the alleyways, I would avoid traffic) and immediately ran into a wall of traffic. I inchedto the convention center and parked ($8, a bargain because I saw some spots for $40), arriving later in the afternoon than I had originally planned.

The wall-to-wall traffic turned into a massive sea of people as I made my way to the Media Room, where I picked up this exciting package:

I have to admit, I never felt so cool! The staff in the media room was so friendly and helpful, they asked what I was reporting on and when I clearly didn’t know that answer, they were all very quick to sit down with me and tell me about the events taking place and how to get to them. They also told me cell and internet reception was minimal to non-existent in the convention center and going outside had not proved to be any better.

I was pretty upset with that. I didn’t get to meet up with any of my fellow FitFluential Ambassadors because I had no way to contact them! I was thinking about you all day, though, ladies and scanning Media badges like a mad woman to find you.

I left the Media Room and headed out into the sea of people, trying to make my way to the GNC booth. I cannot even explain to you how crowded it was. You cannot move inside the expo, if you do, you are inching. Literally. I am not exaggerating. I have been to the Arnold before, but I felt like this year it was far more crowded than I remember. I really wish they would consider moving it to a bigger venue in Columbus. I feel that it has really outgrown the space at the Convention Center.

It is difficult to get up to the booths, let alone talk to anyone, but I eventually made it to GNC. I introduced myself to a few of the representatives there, but it was very hard to hear. I also did not get many pictures due to the crowds.

From GNC, I meandered around checking out vendors and fitness celebrities.

I saw Lou Ferrigno (better known as the “Incredible Hulk”), which was pretty cool. His arm muscles are GIGANTIC:

Lou Ferrigno.

Stacy Kennedy (Editor-In-Chief of Oxygen Magazine) and beautiful people everywhere:

I did feel uncomfortable around a lot of the competitors, models and vendors. Kind of like that feeling that you don’t “fit in” quite right. I couldn’t get to the main stage to watch any of the lifting competitions, but I couldsee the stage (Does that count for anything?):

Some cool dudes demonstrating Kardio Kraze (um, I wouldn’t make it in this workout, not a chance; I can hardly run normally on a treadmill):

And, I ran into my friend Kristina Grogan who was a Bikini Competitor and representing Max Muscle:

I did some networking, handed out some business cards and told as many people who would listen about FitFluential and Pace Per MileRadio!

I also got to watch some great events, ones that I do not get to see very often. I watched girls gymnastics (amazing that they are so little and they can flip like that), some martial arts (so dedicated) and lastly, fencing. Which I became enthralled with and wanted to try myself!

I even took a little video (Hint, hint: I have been experimenting with V-logs – yikes!) and no, I am not in it. I would show it to you here, but it is horizontal and should be vertical. Oops. Who knows how to fix that? Besides asking the whole Arnold to come back so I can try again. 

So, all in all, I had a great time at the Arnold and I am forever grateful for the opportunity! I am just bummed that I did not get to meet up with my fellow FFAs or have the ability to move more freely in the expo.  I did, however, make some great contacts and looking forward to hearing from or working with new companies in the future.

Have you ever been to the Arnold? If so, what did you think?

Until the next mile marker,      

Ohio’s Pace Per Mile Report for Week of March 05, 2012

You can also listen to my report on Pace Per Mile, the 1st Place for Endurance Radio HERE.

This is Sara from reporting on the Ohio race scene for Pace Per Mile Radio. I was hoping to bring you a live report from the Arnold Sports Festival this past weekend, but it was extremely crowded and cell and internet reception was less than ideal inside the Convention Center. However, the sights and sounds were electrifying as Columbus hosted over 18,000 athletes and 175,000 fitness enthusiasts. Stay tuned to my blog for a recap of my weekend. While I have a few days to recover from the Arnold, it won’t be long until another great event comes to Columbus.
Me and Figure Competitor, Kristina Grogan
A weekend with Tim Catalano and Adam Goucher
If you are going to be in here this weekend, join Fleet Feet Sports for a great community event featuring Olympian Adam Goucher and Tim Catalano. On Friday, March 9 at 7:00 p.m. Adam and Tim will be speaking at Thomas Worthington High School in Worthington. All are welcome to attend. On Saturday, March 10, join Tim and Adam for a short run at the OhioHealth Westerville clinic at 8:00 a.m. and then head to Fleet Feet Sports for a Q&A session followed by a book signing of Running the Edge. Check out the Facebook Event Page for more details, including the Grand Opening Celebration at Fleet Feet’s new location at 1270 E. Powell Road in Lewis Center. I hope to see you there for this awesome event!  

On Saturday, March 10 the Epilepsy Foundation of Greater Cincinnati will be presenting the Emerald Miles 5K Run/Walk. This scenic course starts at Newport on the Levee, crosses the Ohio River, loops through Sawyer Point into Cincinnati and then returns to the Levee. The race starts at 9:00 a.m. and the cost ranges from $15 – $30. Convenient parking is readily available in Levee’s garage for a nominal daily fee. While you are there, grab lunch and make a day of it by visiting the Newport Aquarium– it is wonderful! For more complete details and to register visit
On Saturday, March 10 in Cleveland the St. Malachi Run 2 Miler and 5 Miler. Registration begins at 7:30 a.m. The 2 Miler begins at 9:00 a.m. and the 5 Miler begins at 9:45 a.m. The 2012 St. Malachi Run will begin and end at St. Malachi Church located at 2459 Washington Avenue in Cleveland. You can register online until 9:00 a.m. on Thursday, March 09 for $19. Race-day registration begins at 7:30 a.m. on March 10 for $25. Participants will receive a Long-Sleeve Customized T-Shirt and a Post-Race Party & Awards. Proceeds benefit the St. Malachi Outreach Missions, which help underprivileged youth, families and the terminally ill. Please visit for details and to register.
Until next time, you can find me at to share your race day stories or offer feedback. Thanks for listening to Pace Per Mile Radio and see you at the next mile marker.


Ohio’s Pace Per Mile Report for Week of February 27, 2012

You can also listen to my report on Pace Per Mile, the 1st Place for Endurance Radio HERE.

This is Sara from reporting on the Ohio race scene for Pace Per Mile Radio. It’s an exciting week here in Columbus as we welcome athletes from around the globe to the Arnold Sports Festival. Good luck to all the competitors this weekend! And, if you are going to be in town, there is still time to register for the Arnold 5K, which includes admission into the expo. Hope to see you there!
Slainte! Is Gaelic for “Good Health” and is used when drinking a toast over a frosty pint. Come celebrate St. Patrick’s Day at the St. Patrick’s Day 4 Miler at Kinsale. The race is on March 10th at the Kinsale Golf and Fitness club in Powell, Ohio. The race starts at 6:00 p.m. and the fully-supported course is open for 80 minutes to accommodate all runner and walkers. The race is $45 through March 09 and $50 on race day if not sold out. All participants will receive a technical gender specific event shirt, Finisher’s medal, First beer (for those 21 and over) and a ticket to see the Reaganomics post-race concert and celebration. The Reaganomics are the Midwest’s most exciting 80’s dance and party band so you don’t want to miss out on this fun event. I’ve run this race before and it just keeps getting better every year. On March 10th, look for me on the course as a volunteer. Register at  

On March 17th, Flannagan’s Bar and Ultrafit-USA is hosting the St. Patrick’s Day 5K at 9:00 a.m. The pre-race breakfast starts at 7:00 a.m. Flannagan’s is located off the 270 outer belt in Columbus at Sawmill and Snouffer Road. The course winds through nearby neighborhoods and finishes up just in time for the biggest ALL DAY St. Patrick’s Party you have ever seen! All participants will receive a good bag consisting of a long sleeve technical shirt, EAS Nutritional product, race number, pre-race breakfast and an all-day pass to the Flannagan’s party. The entry fee is $38 or $45 on race day. The first 150 men and 150 women will receive a special beverage mug to recognize your accomplishment. Register at

And Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio is gearing up for the Shamrock 15K and 5K races on March 11th at Woodridge High School at Noon. Both races are challenging and all finishers deserve a big pat o’ the back when they get done. And while race directors’ promise there’s no pot o’ gold at the top of the Northampton hills, many runners treasure the challenge of doing them. The 15K course is tough and ventures down into the Cuyahoga Valley then back up to finish. The 5K course has rolling hills and still presents a challenge to runners. Register today at Race fees range from $30-$35. All finishers receive a medal and post-race refreshments.      
Until next time, you can find me at to share your race day stories or offer feedback. Thanks for listening to Pace Per Mile Radio and see you at the next mile marker.

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GF WHAT?! Is Going Where?!

You’ve heard the rumors, no doubt. First Picnik and now GFC. That’s right, Google Friend Connect (or more commonly GFC) is going away at the beginning of March. GFC is Google’s tool that supposedly makes it easy for users to join (or “follow”) your site and interact with other users.

If you’re like me, you said GF WHAT?! You know, this thing:

My lovely followers.

Frankly, I enjoy seeing the numbers go up (I don’t think they have ever gone down, actually), but I don’t see what GFC does that is so special. Mostly, I am worried about losing subscriptions I have through GFC when it goes away. I have heard this only applies to non-blogger (a.k.a. WordPress blogs). Then, I realized that most blogs I keep up to date on, I follow in multiple ways so maybe it won’t be so bad. And, if you are using Blogger already, supposedly your GFC subscriptions will stay in your Google Reader.

Bottom line for me and you? There are multiple ways to follow along and while I will be phasing out my GFC tool, you can find me in these other ways (all located on the left sidebar!):

Social Media (Who doesn’t love it already?)

Networked Blogs (We do everything on Facebook anyway)

More lovelies.

dailymile (It’s free and a great community)
Feed Reeder or Direct Email (I used to not like this option)

(But now I think I do because you can choose your reader)

And now….
Linky Followers (I don’t really know what I am doing yet)
So, follow me someway, somehow! Just be sure that if you currently follow me through GFC and you are not using Blogger that you do one of these things instead if you want to stay connected. If you use GFC and want to try Linky Followers, you can find more information at their site HERE. Or, you can hop on over to Jenn’s Adventures because she said all of this in her Tech-y Tuesday Column this week much more elquently than I ever could. 
And of course, you can find me (and subscribe to my reports via RSS feed) at Pace Per Mile Radio and through FitFluential
Until the next mile marker, 

Ohio’s Pace Per Mile Report for Week of February 20, 2012

You can also listen to my report on Pace Per Mile, the 1st Place for Endurance Radio HERE.
This is Sara from reporting on the Ohio race scene for Pace Per Mile Radio. As you may or may not know, February is the month to celebrate women’s heart health. Heart disease is the number one killer of women and more die of heart disease than all forms of cancer combined. Heart health awareness is important to me for many different reasons, but mostly because my mother worked so hard to turn her health around and take care of her heart, despite a family history of this terrible disease. Exercise, good nutrition and running helped her make positive changes to her health, greatly decreasing her risk for heart attack and stroke over the last several years of her life. My mother was passionate about taking care of her heart, as we all should be. Visit the American Heart Associationtoday to find out more about Go Red for Women and heart healthy advice.
This week we’re celebrating Heart Health Awareness with The Greene Goes Red for the American Heart Association 2 Mile Run and Walk in Beavercreek, Ohio on February 26 at 9:00 a.m. What better way to promote a healthy heart than with a brisk run or walk? This movement celebrates the energy, passion, and power women have to band together and wipe out heart disease, which I firmly believe in. Registration is $20 up until race day, although shirts cannot be guaranteed after February 18. All proceeds benefit the American Heart Association. When you finish the race, visit the Health Fair at Urban Active Fitness. “Greene Money” will be offered to the Top 3 Overall Male and Female finishers and all entrants are eligible for door prizes, courtesy of The Greene. Visit for more information.
There’s still time to register for the Green Jewel 50K Fun Run on Saturday, March 03. The Green Jewel 50K is a running event that showcases the Cleveland Metroparks. You will run from the Scenic Park(near the Marina) in Rocky River to the Oak Grove Picnic Area in Brecksville. Registration is $70 through February 29 and space is limited. This is a fun run and while the finishing time doesn’t really matter, participants of the 50K must finish in less than 7 hours. Registration is online only at I have never run an ultra-marathon, but if anyone is running this race, I would love to hear about the details!
Until next time, you can find me at to share your race day stories or offer feedback. Thanks for listening to Pace Per Mile Radio and see you at the next mile marker.
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