The Green Girl did not meet Jillian Michaels last night at the The Women's Conference Night at The Village.
The Women's Conference is a forum that was originally established for women small business owners. The 2 day event is hosted by California First Lady Maria Shriver and is being held at the Long Beach Convention Center.
The theme for this year's conference is "How to Become an Architect of Change." The Convention Center was filled with booths offering information on their products and services. Almost every table was handing out free goodies.
Jillian quoted Laurel Thatcher Ulrich and said, “Well-behaved women seldom make history.” She encouraged us break all the rules and live by your own emotions as an architect of change.
I was hoping to get my 30 Day Shred dvd autographed but was told I had to purchase a copy of her latest book so I bought myself a copy and got in line.
The lines for autographs weaved through one side of the convention center. Jillian's fans couldn't help but be envious of Paula Deen's line because it moved so quickly. Jillian's line moved really slowly because instead of just signing and moving on, she took the time to chat and take pictures with each fan. A few people left to get in line for Paula Deen's autograph and when they came back, we were still standing in the same place.
At one point, the volunteers informed us Jillian had another commitment and she would have to leave at 8:15. All we could do was nervously look at our watches and hope the line would move quickly enough for us to get our turn with Jillian. And the more people that got discouraged and left, the closer we got to the front of the line.
When there were able 7 people in front of me, we were told they were going to have to cut the line off 3 people in front of me. I couldn't believe I was that close to meeting Jillian.
Feeling discouraged, I just stood there. The last girl who was going to meet Jillian turned around and asked me if I wanted her to take my book and get it signed. I am not sure why she picked me - there were 3 people in front of me? I was so excited. I gave her my book and she handed me her camera and asked me to take a picture of her with Jillian.
When it was her turn, she went up there and Jillian started talking to her. I snapped as many pictures as I could. Jillian asked her what name to put on my book and she turned around and asked me what my name was.
I don't know why she decided to help me out like that but I am so grateful to this girl for being so thoughtful and taking my book up to Jillian for me.
The Green Girl trains year-round with the Sole Runners running group. Coach Steve Mackel and Coach Gary , are both ChiRunning Certified Instructors.
As I mentioned in a previous blog entry, I became interested in ChiRunning before I came a running Green Girl but it wasn't until I attended a private 2 hour ChiRunning Workshop with Coach Steve that it finally 'clicked' for me.
You can imagine my excitement when Coach Steve announced Danny Dreyer was going to come speak to the Sole Runners.
I bought my ChiRunning book with me so I could get it autographed by Danny. The funny thing was that I had forgotten how many sticky notes and tabs I had stuck on my ChiRunning book and how many excerpts I'd highlighted back when I was starting out on the Cool Running Couch-to-5k running plan. I'm one of those Green Girls who researches things extensively before I even try it.
Both Danny and Coach Steve were so impressed by my book that Coach Steve ran to his car to get a camera to take a picture of us. Danny flipped through the book while we waited for Coach Steve to get back. He looked at the pages I'd tabbed and the passages I'd highlighted. Danny even wrote, "Good job with the book," when he autographed it.
The cool thing about Danny coming to speak to our running group was that he didn't teach us ChiRunning since our coaches already use the technique. Instead, he shared his philosophies about running with us.
Danny talked about concepts from the ChiRunning book like body sensing. Coach Steve posted a video clip of Danny speaking about body sensing and self mastery.
I was especially excited when Danny shared some new ideas with us that were not covered in the book.
One thing Danny said that really resonated with me was that "you shouldn't have to work so hard when you run." He said you should just lean forward and let that imaginary string to your heart pull you and imagine the Earth is a giant treadmill. Danny said you shouldn't push off the ground - just lean forward and lift your feet. I love this concept and I'm going to try to always remember this when I'm out running.