What Is It?
NESS Fest is a weekend-long health and fitness festival in Greenville, SC that is full of everything NESS. Fitness, wellness, wholeness, goodness. Tons of different studios and health professionals gather on Fluor Field for 2 days of workouts and health education. It is a great time to pay one price to try out all the different studios in the city and to meet other health-minded people.
I had the best time at NESS Fest! I took a Jamie Scott core class, an Adrenaline Dance Fitness Class, a Cyclebar class and a Burn Bootcamp class. I would have done even more exercise classes if I had more time! I also attended a meal prep class by Blush Nutrition, which was the icing on the cake! I enjoyed shopping active wear with Core and mingling with tons of fitness instructors and enthusiasts. I made several new friends and overall, it was just a great experience. I almost adopted a dog from the Humane Society, but I had to resist. Basically, it was a perfect weekend in my book! Here are some shots from a few of the classes. I loved catching people in action. You can see how truly joyful the event was by the smiles they are wearing.
Spinx 10K Race
The weekend following NESS Fest, I ran a 10k with my friend Simone. We had the best time enjoying a long run and spending time downtown afterwards. Our friend, Kaitlin, did the FULL marathon, so it was awesome to watch her finish and check that item off of her bucket list. If you are planning to run a 10k, or even a 5k or half marathon, here are some general tips:
Give yourself plenty of time to train - you might need months! Don’t cram it in.
Make a playlist for your race day with your favorite upbeat songs to help you get through the hills.
Cross-train. I can’t say this enough! Lifting weights, cycling and rowing will all improve your overall time, strength and endurance.
Do it with a friend. It is easier to motivate yourself when you have someone holding you accountable.
Know your limits. Don’t push yourself to do a half marathon if you are more comfortable with a 5k. I am all about doing your best and trying new things, but not at the risk of making yourself miserable! So start small and go from there.