DC Divas Football Training Camp

This was just about the wildest weekend.  When all was said and done, I don’t think I’d ever want to go through it again, but there were a few positives…

I started Saturday morning with a protein packed breakfast in preparation for my football training camp.  As part of my breakfast I made a smoothie using frozen sliced peaches, frozen pineapple tidbits, Silk Pure Almond Unsweetened Original, and Tera’s Whey protein powder.

Tera's Whey Smoothie

Alongside the smoothie I had a piece of P28 protein bread and a wedge of The Laughing Cow’s Cinnamon cream cheese spread.  Super yummy!

The Laughing Cow Cream Cheese

After breakfast I picked out a comfortable training outfit and packed my bag for the day.  As it was a rainy and chilly day, I packed an extra pair of sweats, an extra t-shirt, lots of water, and my Fitmixer amino powder for recovery.

Fitmixer Amino Fruit Punch

For my practice outfit I wore my Reebok Chase Crossfit Capris, a DC Divas t-shirt, my Reebok Versacool Speed Step Fleece Jacket, and my new and unbelievably comfortable Reebok SmoothFlex shoes!

DC Divas Football

These are definitely my new favorite shoes.  Comfortable, durable, and in just about the cutest color!

Reebok SmoothFlex Neon

Training camp started with a team meeting and gave me a chance to get to know the veterans.

Washington DC Divas

We then had an opportunity to try on and order our football gear.

Women's Football Pads

Obviously I thoroughly enjoyed trying on the pads and am a little too excited about this purchase.

Women's Football Pads

I also tried on helmets and learned a lot about the importance of finding the right helmet for you.  Football gear is quite expensive, but I’m excited to have all of my gear and to be prepared for full practices.

Women's DNA Football Helmet

Before practice a few of us ran over to Subway for lunch.  I ordered a 6 inch chicken breast on wheat with lettuce, tomatoes, jalapenos, banana peppers, and mustard with a side of baked lays.

Subway 6 inch sandwich and baked lays

Football practice Saturday was from 12:30PM-4PM and consisted of lots of drills, sprints, and team exercises.

Washington DC Divas Practice

I was pretty pooped after practice but left feeling great… little did I know what was to come…

Washington DC Divas Practice

Saturday night Neal and I went to bed around 10PM as I was pretty tired from practice.  At 2:30AM we were awoken by our building’s fire alarms.  I have never in my life had this kind of reaction but I had a panic attack.  I couldn’t breath, couldn’t grasp what was going on… it was such a crazy and scary moment.  Once I gained control of myself, Neal and I jumped into gear to head outside.

As Neal left our bedroom to get Theodore, he forgot that we had a baby gate up in between our bedroom and living room to keep Theodore out.  Neal tripped on the gate and landed face first.  It was such a scary moment and only worsened when I saw that he had dislocated both of his front teeth.  With fire alarms blaring, I just couldn’t help but lose it.  I was so scared for my husband and just didn’t know what to do.

Neal was so strong and helped hot mess Ashley and our puppy get out of the building.  Thankfully there was no fire, but the damage had already been done in our home.

Neal and I visited with an EMT who was at our building for the fire alarm and they had Neal move one of his front teeth back into position.  The other one though was going to need a dentist’s hand.  Thankfully I have a friend from high school who is a dentist and was able to contact her to get some advice.

Yesterday we went to an amazing dentist here in the DC area and she moved his teeth back into place.  He’ll have a few follow-ups these next 6 weeks, but thankfully it doesn’t look like he’ll lose his teeth.

I do not want to relive yesterday, EVER, but it was such a bonding experience for Neal and I.  Here are the things I learned.

1.  Have a night time emergency plan.  When you are awoken by a fire alarm your brain is all over the place.  Having a plan is key.

2.  If you lose a tooth, you can put it in a glass of milk for 1 hour to keep it alive

3.  If you dislocate a tooth, it’s important to move it back into place if you can before it starts to settle in its current location.

4.  Love and support your partner through everything.  You can’t always plan for what’s to come.

Although I didn’t attend the second day of training camp yesterday, I was grateful to be able to support Neal through the day.

Today is Neal’s birthday and I hope it’s an amazing one!!! I love you babe!


  1. says

    I still think it’s the coolest thing in the world that you’re a PRO FOOTBALL PLAYER. Really, I don’t think it GETS much cooler than that! I can’t wait to hear about everything as time passes and you get into the season!!

    And geez louise- poor Neal!!! That is just awful and super scary- and to all happen in the middle of the night with the alarms going off… ugh! Do you know why there was an alarm at 2:30 am?!

    I hope that Neal has a wonderful birthday regardless- give him a hug from me and Greg!

  2. says

    You look awesome in those football pads – so much fun! I also have the Reebok SmoothFlex shoes but in gray/purple with neon orange shoelaces :)

    Happy birthday to Neal – Hope he starts feeling better ASAP and can enjoy some cake today! Cake doesn’t need too much teeth action, right??

  3. says

    When the fire alarm goes off in our condo building, we don’t do anything. SO terrible. I learned nothing through all of those drills in elementary school! Happy Birthday to your man!

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