Real life besties & a belated winner!

by Christina @ The Athletarian on November 14, 2011

Before I begin today’s post, I would like to thank all of you for your heartfelt comments on my last post.  I am so excited about my ride and cannot wait to progress in my training as well as my fundraising!  There are over six months to donate so if you are interested in helping me reach my goal of $1000 for the Heart and Stroke Foundation, all you have to do is click on the “donate” box in my right sidebar.  Thank you so so much :)


This past weekend I had the HONOUR of meeting Julia and taking her to some sweet spots in Toronto!!  She was here for a conference and had LOTS of time to spare so we had oodles of fun together as I showed her as much of Toronto as I could.  Most of our dates revolved around food…obviously.  I will let the photos tell the story!!  We took many more but I picked out a few of my favourites!

Mandatory froyo ;)

Sunday brunch

Oh hey, Dean! <3

This one is for Fast Cory!

Basically I am in love with Julia and am so happy we are now real life besties.  She is honestly the sweetest girl ever (so is her friend, Sarah :) ).  We had such a good time and I was so sad to see her leave!!  I can’t wait to see her again one day.

I had a giveaway that ended last week and I have forgotten to post the winner!!  The winner was chosen and I had taken screen shots a few days ago but totally forgot to include it in my post.

CONGRATS RACHELLE!!!!  You will soon be the proud new owner of a Handful bra!!  E-mail me at theathletarian [at] gmail [dot] com with your info (size, colour, address) and I will pass it along!  Then you will have to come to Toronto so we can run in our Handfuls together :D


Have you ever met a fellow blogger in real life?!

I have met a bunch of amazing ladies from Toronto and Julia from Utah!  So much fun.

{ 32 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Ali Mc November 14, 2011 at 8:46 pm

dammit….I missed out on, what appears to be the most FUNNEST weekend ever and the worlds greatest bra for chicks /w no boobs :P

CONGRATS rachelle <3


2 Ali Mc November 14, 2011 at 8:47 pm

ps: the creepy guy staring in the back of the fast cory jump off photo is priceless


3 Alexandra November 14, 2011 at 8:54 pm

Dude what a fun weekend! Looks like yall had a blast :)


4 Elle November 14, 2011 at 8:59 pm

I just knew you were going to have a wonderful time together. How fun and great pics to share, too.

Congrats to Rachelle!


5 Lindsey November 14, 2011 at 9:06 pm

I haven’t met anyone yet but would love too!


6 kari @ Running Ricig November 14, 2011 at 9:12 pm

Yes! I love meeting bloggers! I’ve met a few in real life and have a couple meetups planned in the next couple of weeks. Can’t wait!


7 Julia @ pain, pride and perseverance November 14, 2011 at 9:15 pm

ahhhhhhhhhh!!!!! this weekend was the BEST EVER!!!!!! omg. i miss you so much already. the pics were so bittersweet…such fun times but I am missing Toronto every second. maybe the best trip I have had in a long while! Thanks to you and Dean for everything. you all were so great and I was just so grateful for your willingness to show us/drive us around :) I can’t wait to see you again! you are amazing! congrats to Shell! although…i am pretty jealous. but I guess she can win since i was lucky enough to get the chance to meet you in real life!!!! please come to utah this summer!!!! it would be the best everrrrr!


8 Rachelle November 14, 2011 at 9:29 pm

Seriously so jealous right now of your fun weekend with Julia. Toronto looks gorgeous and I am so so glad you got to spend some time with her. She really is the best huh?

Me, you and her need to go on a cruise together. I guess Dean can come to. ha ha! Love you!

I am so pumped that I won!!!! I haven’t won a giveaway in ages and will be e-mailing you immediately. Also I read your post about your Dad over the weekend and don’t think I ever commented. It made me so sad but so happy that you are doing something in his honor. That is so awesome and I am so glad you have been able to find comfort. I just love you!


9 Julia @ Pain, Pride, Perseverance November 16, 2011 at 11:53 pm

i better be invited on this cruise too!?!!!?


10 Beth @ RUNNING around my kitchen November 14, 2011 at 9:30 pm

I’m so jealous! It looks like you two had so much fun…I was envious all weekend as I saw all of your tweets :) Glad you had fun! And congratulations Rachelle!


11 lisa J November 14, 2011 at 9:34 pm

so awesome that you met julia in real life. shes a sweetheart (had the pleasure of meeting her twice so far)
Its always nice to have bloggers become real life friends :)


12 Beth @ RUNNING around my kitchen November 14, 2011 at 9:39 pm

Oh and I’m dying to try the Canadian smarties you guys kept tweeting about!!!


13 Christina @ The Athletarian November 14, 2011 at 9:48 pm

e-mail me your address and I’ll send you some!


14 Vanessa @ Gourmet Runner November 14, 2011 at 9:42 pm

So awesome! What a fun weekend you two got to have. I have me a few bloggers in real life (Julia included – how awesome is she?) but I can’t wait to meet more. THAT MEANS YOU, CHRISTINA! Ha!


15 Jenn's Adventures November 14, 2011 at 9:57 pm

what a FUN weekend!!!! Is it weird I noticed how TALL you ladies look in those fab photos? I fear you all may think I’m a midget when we finally meet IRL! LOL!

I think you already know but Vanessa from Island Style Living and I have been friends for 18 years! Isn’t that insane?! When we realized that — and said it out loud — it made us feel old. Also, Suz from Cows & Lasers and I are friends in real life — randomly met her hubby & my [now] boyfriend in VEGAS! bahahaha!!


16 Christina @ The Athletarian November 14, 2011 at 10:09 pm

Julia is tall…me, not so much! I’m just over 5’5” :)

I didn’t know about Vanessa but I know about Suz!! That’s so crazy and hilarious that you met your boyfriend in Vegas! Love it!


17 Jenn's Adventures November 14, 2011 at 9:59 pm

I just reread the last sentence of my last paragraph, and that sounds wrong. Oh well.. LOL!


18 Briana November 14, 2011 at 10:17 pm

Um, nope. Haven’t met any bloggers in real life. Would like to, though!!

(hint, hint! :)


19 Suzanne November 14, 2011 at 10:30 pm

What a great weekend! I’m super jealous of all the fun times you guys had. Toronto is on my list of places to visit some day!


20 Katherine @ Neon Blonde Runner November 14, 2011 at 10:52 pm

I met a fellow blogger this weekend at the Richmond Marathon expo— Julia from allibratore ( and she was so sweet and wonderful in real life. Loved it!

I also met Lindsey from Linds Loves Miles a while back, but she doesn’t seem to post anymore :(

I think that may be it, but it is always so so much fun to meet bloggers in real life. So far, it’s been just exactly what I expected :)


21 janaejacobs November 15, 2011 at 12:06 am

Looks like you guys had a BLAST TOGETHER…I am so there next time…especially for the froyo part:)


22 Matt @ The Athlete's Plate November 15, 2011 at 12:56 am

Blogger meet ups are the best! Especially when food is involved :)


23 Laura @ nevernotbeautiful November 15, 2011 at 2:02 am

Ahhhh, super, crazy, ridiculously jealous!! I’d love to participate in a blogger meet-up but I think we are few and far between on the west coast of Canada!


24 courtney @ third time's a charm runner November 15, 2011 at 2:32 am

aww love your pics!!! what a fun time!


25 Abby @ Abz 'n' Oats November 15, 2011 at 2:41 am

I’ve never met a blogger in real life! I really, really want to! I think it would be so much fun! :)


26 Jina November 15, 2011 at 3:31 am

Love your photos! Looks like you guys had an awesome time!


27 ashley November 15, 2011 at 3:53 am

that’s so awesome to go to a city and have your own personal tour guide!! lots like you ladies had an awesome time! :)


28 Amylee November 15, 2011 at 4:58 am

I love it when I get to meet bloggers! It’s so much fun. I also loved your previous post. It’s good to show the parts of us that make us real. That’s how we can connect to each other- good times, and bad.


29 Brittany @ GOtheXtraMile November 15, 2011 at 11:40 am

Froyo is always mandatory when there are visitors :D Looks like you had a wonderful time!


30 Tiff @ Love Sweat and Beers November 15, 2011 at 4:06 pm

I love meeting bloggers in real life. So fun!

Oh, and I really like that pic of you and Dean.


31 Christie November 16, 2011 at 2:47 pm

I haven’t meet anyone yet, but I would love it!!


32 Nelly November 16, 2011 at 9:27 pm

Great that you got to meet Julia! I read her blog a lot and always like it. Looks like it was a fun time in Toronto! The falls colors look great there.

And I’m sorry that your Dad passed away so young – that really is scary. I guess it reinforces the idea that you have to live each day with no regrets and try to live a full life with those around you.


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