And Baby Makes Three

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After almost 10 months of speculation about which sex would gain majority in our household…Ben and I would like to introduce you to our son, Wyatt Ruff Hellickson!

At 1:26 p.m. on Wednesday, March 2, he made his debut into our world — all 6 pounds, 9 ounces and 20.5 inches of him.

Life with a newborn (now that we’re nearly one week in) has been amazing, exhausting, awesome, exhilarating, rewarding, frustrating, terrifying, thrilling — basically so many emotions stirring at once that sometimes I feel like I can’t even handle it.

To be fair, it could have a little something to do with all the postpartum hormones coursing through my body, as well. 

His full birth story will come once we get our feet a little more squarely underneath us. And maybe once I’m able to type the words without openly weeping when thinking about how lucky we are to have this little man in our lives…

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Cheers to 9 Years (+ a Brand New Adventure!)

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Nine years of marriage, as of last week.

Eight months spent planning for that big day.

Seven years together in our first home.

Six different apartments, otherwise, between the two of us.

Five years combined of us supporting each other in graduate programs.

Four cities we’ve since called “ours.”

Three different states in which we’ve resided.

Two furry children, along for the ride.

One brand new adventure together.

Cheers to our most exciting year yet! 

Introducing the 2015 LUNA Chix PDX Run Team!

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A few weeks ago I wrote about launching the LUNA Chix Run Team in Portland for 2015, and I’m thrilled to announce our inaugural members for the upcoming season, which runs April through October.

We had a lot of interest, and it was tough to narrow it down to just 10 people — but the good news is that, since this is a non-competitive, community-oriented team, we look forward to opening up our workouts to everyone who is interested in attending.

So mark your calendars! Our regular workouts will take place on Mondays from 6:30-7:30 p.m. in a location that rotates each week (follow our team’s Facebook and Twitter pages for updates). Our first one is slated for Monday, April 6, and we hope to see you (and your friends — come one, come all) there.

And, without further do, here’s our official roster for the 2015 team:

  • Katie Phillips: Eye doc, mom of two kiddos, just rocked Hood to Coast and the Fueled by Fine Wine half marathon this summer
  • Kristin Minto: When not working alongside oral surgeons, you can find her at Burncycle, on the philanthropy circuit or with her cute pooch
  • Tiffany Henness: Also a proud dog mama, she’s a blogger, RRCA Certified Running Coach, CrossFit Level 1 Trainer & ultramarathoner
  • Kelsie Adams: May possibly have the most energy out of all of us as a mom to three, led her team in roadkills for this year’s Portland to Coast
  • Carolyn Domme: My partner in crime for studio-hopping in the city; avid mountain-biker, hiking adventurer and hot yoga connoisseur
  • Tasha Henderson: Embracer of life, food and a good farmer’s market, blogger who runs marathons, skis double black diamonds and climbs rocks
  • Sharlene Murphy: Family medicine doc and avid yogi who likes camping, hiking, snowshoeing, running and cycling
  • Nicole Licking: Neurology doc who cares for patients with movement disorders. Enjoys running, cooking, traveling and watching/playing soccer
  • Megan Fuetterer: Iron(wo)man triathlete, personal trainer, pediatric dietitian and kick-ass Revocycle instructor. Oh, and she also blogs
  • Jennifer Hellickson: Yours truly! I work for a fitness start-up & am a workout junkie/wannabe-triathlete who likes to run (far)

As you can see, it’s quite the crew! We’re looking forward to getting to know one another better, logging many miles together and making an impact on the Portland running community while doing some good work for the Breast Cancer Fund in the process.

Stay tuned for updates, follow us on Facebook and Twitter, and don’t forget to join us on Monday evenings for a workout when you’re in the Portland area! 

It’s official…

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After nearly a decade in the Bay Area, Hubby and I just made the move north to his home state of Oregon. And although we relocated for his job, I’m thrilled be be able to keep mine as we expand SweatGuru into the Northwest. (Got a favorite instructor or studio I should check out? Let me know!)

We’re still in the process of getting unpacked and settled, but I’m already itching to check out new running routes and all the different kinds of exercise options here…along with a healthy helping of VooDoo doughnuts, Stumptown coffee and local beer, I’m sure.

And, yes, I’ll be documenting all of our adventures here…so stay tuned for everything you’ve ever wanted to know — and probably a lot you don’t — about Portland!

SweatGuru takes the ‘work’ out of finding a workout

Working out just got easier!

Well…you’ll still feel the burn, but at least you won’t break a sweat trying to find local fitness classes, thanks to a new start-up officially hitting the scene today in San Francisco, New York and Los Angeles.

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SweatGuru is a marketplace that connects consumers with fitness classes, facilitating discovery, booking and social sharing all in one, seamless online experience. The company also offers small and mid-size fitness businesses a free way to market classes online and an easy, affordable solution to manage their business.

“SweatGuru was born out of the need for a better way to manage my growing bootcamp business, take reservations and stay in touch with clients,” said Jamie Walker, SweatGuru co-founder and CEO. “As a fitness consumer, I also wanted an easy way to discover, reserve and pay for classes in my neighborhood.”

Here’s how it works: First, browse for classes nearby using the search box, view classes recommended for you, or search by class type. You can also filter by price, location and type, as well as follow instructors of trainers in your area. When you sign up for a class, you can log in using your Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, or Google accounts and keep track of your purchase history and upcoming classes. Then, simply reserve and pay with a couple of clicks.

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Fitness professionals can create a free a business profile and list classes on SweatGuru.com. Small or mid-sized businesses also have the option of upgrading to a paid account (monthly fees start at $19) for a simple, out-of-the-box way to manage instructor schedules, take client reservations and collect payments online.

“SweatGuru is built by fitness pros for fitness pros,” said Walker. “We will start by growing our network in San Francisco, New York and Los Angeles, and look forward to expanding to other markets soon.”

The SweatGuru team. Don't let the goofy faces fool you; these folks are serious about fitness!

The SweatGuru team. Don’t let the goofy faces fool you; these folks are serious about fitness!

For more information and to scope out local fitness class schedules, visit SweatGuru.com.