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[Review] Marika Magic Shaping Capri!

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Disclaimer: Lipton Publicity provided me with the opportunity to try out the the Marika Magic Capri Shaping pant - all opinions are my own. 

Hi friends!

Happy Monday!

I am finally getting into the swing of things with running, just 3 weeks after being sick. Being sick really did a number on me and it even left me a little scared of running which all things considered is not a good thing because the marathon is a few months away. But I knew I had to face my fears and put one foot in front of another and take it one day at a time, knowing eventually I will get back to where I was.

That also applied to going to the gym with all the cardio classes I take. I eased back into the classes, not pushing myself, and modifying workouts as much as I could. I allowed myself breaks and did not beat myself up over it. I really listened to my body because I did not want to over do it and then backpedal my health.

The first week was rough and I felt super weak. And then by the following week, I felt more like my old self. Huzzah!

Lipton Publicity reached out to me once more about the Marika Magic Capri Shaping pant by Marika.  Marika is a brand that has been around since 1982, but I had not heard of them before.  The slimming capri is one of the brand’s hottest sellers and it can be mixed and matched with just about any existing top in every woman’s workout/casual wardrobe. It is extremely well made with flattering contour seaming and a sculpting, power mesh lining along the thigh area, resulting in a slender look and sleek silhouette. The capri has a 19 inch inseam, 4 inch flat waistband and a Coolmax gusset.

I ordered a large to be safe and kind of wish I ordered a medium instead. As a result, I am not sure if I really reaped the benefits of “shaping.”  That said, the capris are extremely comfortable and I have worn them multiple times both in and outside of the gym. I have worn them while running, taking a HIIT class, strength training and in pilates/yoga.

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Fresh out the package

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While kickboxing

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After a 3 mile run

They are very flattering and soft. The band stays in place and does not ride down. They are one of my favorite capris in my drawer. And even better, longer pants are also available in straight leg and boot leg variations which will be perfect for the upcoming Fall and Winter.

And right now, Marika is offering you guys a chance to try out these wonderful slimming capris along with other items from their line at a 30% (off your entire purchase) off discount using the code MM30. The offer only lasts until August 31st!

Thank you Lipton Publicity and Marika for this wonderful opportunity!

 

Disclaimer: Lipton Publicity provided me with the opportunity to try out the the Marika Magic Capri Shaping pant – all opinions are my own.  Hi friends! Happy Monday! I am finally getting into the swing of things with running, just 3 weeks after being sick. Being sick really did a number on me and it even left me…

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Being Sick Sucks!!

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What’s up buttercup?

So it’s been 2 weeks since I have last gone for a run. Or did any form of exercise.

Why’s that?

Well, cuz I have been sick, sick, sick. I contracted an upper respiratory infection (PSA – when doing a search, do not accidentally click on the images tab) and it knocked me out.

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I did a blog post awhile ago about being sick. And I learned my lesson about resting and taking care of oneself. As much as I wanted to run and hit the gym, I didn’t have the energy to even get out bed, nevermind lacing up my sneaks.

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Urgent Care… where I spent waiting for 2 hrs to be seen…

I am still on the mend and am taking it easy. I asked some fellow runners in the TCS NYC Marathon group I am in on Facebook about getting back into the swing of things:

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So that is what I will be doing. My next race is not until next week so I am hoping to be back to my normal self then. In the meantime, I signed up for 3 more races:

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I debated about the SI Half but since I missed out on the Bx 10 miler and I know the SI Half course so well, pluuus I then get to see my mom, it was a no brainer.  The kickoff will probably be my last race before the marathon…

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Eeek!! As of today 3 months! Panic should be setting in… but still plenty of time to get me into fighting shape for then. :)

Oh, and this happened:

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Boom, boom, pow!! :)

And now to start studying for the licensing exam… happy weekend!!

What’s up buttercup? So it’s been 2 weeks since I have last gone for a run. Or did any form of exercise. Why’s that? Well, cuz I have been sick, sick, sick. I contracted an upper respiratory infection (PSA – when doing a search, do not accidentally click on the images tab) and it knocked me…

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[REVIEW] KushyFoot – Comfort Is Key!

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Disclaimer: Lipton Publicity sent me Kushyfoot’s Spring-Summer 2014 collection in exchange for a review. As always, all opinions are my own.

Hi friends! :)

I haven’t exactly been timely here – so sorry!

I have been very busy and not busy. Things get so busy that I don’t have time to blog and then when I finally have a free minute, I don’t exactly want to blog – I want to spend that time resting, having fun, spending time with family and friends. A bunch of the SweatPink ambassadors were discussing this online yesterday and it was really nice to see that I wasn’t alone on this. Some were thinking of stepping away both briefly and permanently. That said, I really enjoy blogging and don’t want to abandon it completely. You’re not getting rid of me and my corner of the interwebs anytime soon!!

Training is ongoing. I’ve been really bad about my long runs. I don’t know what it is. I’ve been good about running mid-week but when it comes to the weekends… sigh. I’ve been bad. I need to get my act together. The marathon is 16 weeks away!!! Eeek!

One of the most important things when it comes to training are the right clothes – if you’re not wearing the right clothes, from sports bras to pants, etc., you can enter the uncomfortable land of chafing and blisters and even lost toenails. And that is no fun, promise.

For me, I can deal with a little sports bra chafe, but once my feet are beaten up, I am done. In the Heartbreak Half, I had to deal with nasty blisters and had to get my feet taped at mile 12.  People always equate blisters with poor shoes. And that’s valid. But people tend to forget about the importance of good socks!

The kind people at Lipton Publicity reached out to me and sent me a fun package with items from Kushyfoot’s Spring/Summer 2014 collection to try out. They sent me:

  • Athletic low cut foot socks
  • Sport foot cover socks
  • Yoga socks
  • Flats to go!

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So, so fun! I loved the variety of colors and the fun snakeskin print of the flats-to-go. As I work in Manhattan, I am constantly on the go. The flats are small and roll up easily to be thrown into my bag and can change shoes on the fly. After a long hard day of pounding the pavement in heels or when out and about, these are a great option and are way more trendy and easy to carry than a pair of flip-flops. They also come in sandals and open-toe styles!

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As for the socks, soft is an understatement. The socks were a dream for my feet. But besides comfort, the socks were also practical and great for when running or in my usual gym class. I haven’t had a chance to use the yoga socks just yet as I haven’t been able to make it to yoga lately but I love that they are toe socks and that they have the no-slip grips on the bottom. This is also great for when my gym has PiYo because that class is usually barefoot and the idea of my bare feet on the wooden floor kind of skives me out.

Buuuut in the meantime, I can use them for when I go get a pedicure! Isn’t that such an ingenious idea?

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My pinky toe is so tiny! It’s hiding!

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Athletic socks

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Sport foot cover

The athletic socks and sport low-cut foot covers were super soft. I wore the athletic socks numerous times while out for runs and no blisters! They were super comfortable and came with a built-in arch support for extra comfort. My feet felt like they were on clouds.  As for the sport foot covers, come with a ventilated mesh top, arch support and a stay put heel.

The socks and flats are also very reasonably priced.  The flats-to-go are less than $10 and the sport foot covers retail at $4.49 and the yoga socks retail at $4.99! You can’t go wrong with that! And right now if you spend $40 on their website, you get 20% off. And no code is needed – it applies automatically to your order at checkout! They’re really affordable as it and won’t break the bank. Plus the extra discount?! Call me sold when I need new socks – Kushyfoot is my go to from here on out!

I definitely recommend checking Kushyfoot out. You can also find them at your local retailers such as CVS, Walgreens, and Duane Reade, etc. in addition to online.

Thanks Lipton Publicity for the opportunity to try out Kushyfoot - me and my tootsies are very, very happy!

Are socks important to you when it comes to gym/running/yoga? Or do they get overlooked?

Sound off below! Happy Thursday!!

Disclaimer: Lipton Publicity sent me Kushyfoot’s Spring-Summer 2014 collection in exchange for a review. As always, all opinions are my own. Hi friends! I haven’t exactly been timely here – so sorry! I have been very busy and not busy. Things get so busy that I don’t have time to blog and then when I finally…

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A Quickie Recap: June Races!!

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Hey there!

I really need to get better at updating my little corner on the web! Things have just been so, so busy!

First things first, I am already more than a month in for training for the NYCM.  This is an excerpt of the training plan I am using. So I do not burn out, I am using a really easy plan to get myself back into things and build up easily.

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There are a few more weeks – not shown – to it, that I have customized to my own needs along with a taper. So far things have been going really well!

Part of my training has included the following races:

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LGBT Pride Run

The Pride Run was a 5 miler through Central Park in celebration of Pride Week in NYC!

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Queens 10K

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More Queens 10K

This is probably the last Queens 10K I do – the race course is boring and hot as hell – the only bonus to it is that it’s close to home. But I never enjoy this race. I hoped 3rd time would be a charm – nope. Byyeee Queens.

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Oakley Women’s Mini 10K

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Oakley Mini 10K

The Oakley mini is one of my favorite races. It’s a challenging course but it’s a lot of fun. I also really like single-sex races – you know, grrl power and what have you!

I am trying not to focus on my times but just the experience. Summer running is no fun and the heat kills my time. So instead of hanging up on that, which I know will lead me to wasted negative sad feelings, I am just focusing on enjoying running purely for the sake of it. I am excited to run more races this summer and continue training for November!

Hey there! I really need to get better at updating my little corner on the web! Things have just been so, so busy! First things first, I am already more than a month in for training for the NYCM.  This is an excerpt of the training plan I am using. So I do not burn…

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Nike’s Women Half Winner & 5K Foam Fest Review!

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Disclaimer: this post was sponsored by Foam  Fest/Roundhouse Racing in exchange for a bib for review – all opinions are my own.

Hi friends!

I hope you all had a wonderful 4th of July holiday!

First of all thank you to all who entered my giveaway for an entry for the Nike Women’s Half in San Francisco this October plus the swag bag from Team in Training. Congratulations to Laurel who won! YAY!

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Laurel if you haven’t already done so, please email me at kasandra[dot]raux[at]gmail[dot]com so that I can get you your prize!

If you’ve been following me on twittah, you would know I have been running lots of races and training for the NYC Marathon. But while I consider all of my races seriously, some are, well for fun – which is exactly what the people behind the Foam Fest 5K had in mind. The Foam Fest 5K combines obstacle courses, mud, plus foam! There were a number of obstacles, including Death Drop, Body Washer, Mike’s Hard eLEMONator, and Slip N Slide.

Honey bunny and I got to Brooklyn super early and the plan was to see if I can get into an earlier wave since I had to head back to Long Island to shower as we had plans  that afternoon to go to a beer festival in Manhattan. Well, my wave was at 9:30 but I got there at 8:00 and hopped onto the first wave, the 8:10 wave.

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I met 2 other girls on the course who had participated in 2 other Foam Fests before in New Jersey so they gave me some tips and tricks along the way.

I was familiar with the course because it was the same location where I did the Color Run in 2012.  But I had no idea what to expect in terms of the obstacles. The obstacles were fairly challenging. I fell once – my leg got tangled in the ropes of Monkey Madness. But I didn’t get hurt. The most fun obstacle was Death Drop – the big slide in the back on the top pic. I actually did that one a few times.

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In the end I was rewarded with a nice cold Mike’s hard lemonade and some shiny bling!

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Overall, this is a fun obstacle course and there was no pressure to do the obstacles – I could have easily walked around any if they seemed too challenging. And the volunteers on the course were super friendly and kept the energy upbeat, especially since it was so early in the morning! I ended up more clean/foamy than muddy but that is to  not say there was no mud – my sneakers still have mud and debris, ha!

The only downside was I did the course solo – the next time I am recruiting people to join. It was that much fun! The Foam Fest 5K still has a few races left for 2014 and already have openings for 2015! If you  have the chance to do one, I definitely recommend it!

Thanks again Foam Fest for this great opportunity!!

Happy Wednesday!

Disclaimer: this post was sponsored by Foam  Fest/Roundhouse Racing in exchange for a bib for review – all opinions are my own. Hi friends! I hope you all had a wonderful 4th of July holiday! First of all thank you to all who entered my giveaway for an entry for the Nike Women’s Half in San Francisco…

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Stitch Fix Número Cinco!

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Hi friends!

I got my fifth Stitch Fix recently and wanted to share it with you.

What is Stitch Fix you may ask?

As I discussed in my earlier review, Stitch Fix is a monthly personal styling service. To begin you fill out an online questionnaire detailing what you like and don’t like and your size in general. A person styler from Stitch Fix provides 5 items for you to try on in the comfort of your own home. You get three days to decide and whatever you don’t want you return in the mailer they send you. It’s $20.00 and whatever you buy, that $20 is deducted from the item. If you keep all the items, then you get a 25% discount. If you don’t like anything at all and return everything, you lose the $20 credit. You can give them a range of price point costs. Some items are more expensive than others. Most of my items have been in the $40-65 range.

So what did I get in this Fix? Let’s see!

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Crochet knit blouse

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Close up of crochet detail 

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Lace-cut out tank

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Back of tank

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Henley-flower print top

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Another view

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Necklace

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Striped mini-skirt

Overall the Fix was really fun and much more on point than Fix number four which was so bad that i didn’t even bother to review or share with anyone.

So what did I keep?

*cue drumroll*

Nothing! :(

While I did love a lot of pieces, nothing, with the exception of the skirt called my name. And the skirt was too small. :( I could barely zipper it. Too much booty going on (FYIthis is never a bad thing)! I did reach out to Stitch Fix’s customer service to see if they had a larger size in the skirt (it ran S/M/L) but they did not :( They did make a note of it that I liked this style for a future fix. I liked the fuchsia top but I’m wary of my middle section and the cut out panels were making me feel iffy. I hemmed and hummed and then asked honey bunny and he made a scrunchie face so back it went.

I am supposed to go on a break and schedule my next one in September like Andi and Estelle are doing buuuut I don’t know. Gahhh, I like shopping too much and am sad I didn’t get anything in my Fix.

I would definitely recommend Stitch Fix to anyone. I’ve gotten a few pieces that have been out of my comfort zone which is great and has allowed me to try on things I normally wouldn’t consider. I’ve already worn my crochet print shorts to death. :)

So what should I do? Get one more Fix or take a break? Sound off below! Happy weekend!

Hi friends! I got my fifth Stitch Fix recently and wanted to share it with you. What is Stitch Fix you may ask? As I discussed in my earlier review, Stitch Fix is a monthly personal styling service. To begin you fill out an online questionnaire detailing what you like and don’t like and your size…

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Run San Francisco with Team In Training [Giveaway]

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Disclosure: this post is sponsored by Team In Training through Fit Approach. 

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Hi, friends!

It’s been way, way too long. I’ve been busy running all the races as of late. I went from loving running to hating running back to loving running! I’m on week four of my marathon training and I’ve run 5 races since starting. I have lots to recap – those will be soon! But in the meantime I wanted to talk to you about Team In Training and the upcoming Nike Women’s Half Marathon in San Francisco.

A lot of my runner friends run for charities and at a lot of races I see a variety of charity singlets. One that I see a lot of is Team In Training (TNT).  Team In Training (via the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society) began in 1988 when Bruce Cleland established a NYC Marathon team in order to raise money of his daughter a leukemia survivor. 38 runners raised $322,000 for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s (LLS) work to discover new treatments for blood cancers. Team in Training is the flagship fundraising campaign for LLS. Over the next 25 years, LLS’s Team In Training has become the leader in endurance sports training for charity, funding significant therapies like chemotherapy and bone marrow transplants, which have a significant impact on blood cancer patients.

Now in its 11th year, the Nike Women’s Half Marathon is the largest women’s race in the world. I ran the inaugural half-marathon in Washington D.C. last Spring and had a wonderful time. While I did not run it as part of a charity, that does not mean I would not ever run for a charity. Previously I ran with a (different) charity for the NYC Half.

You too can have an impact on cancer by joining Team In Training and running the Nike Women’s Half Marathon in San Francisco on October 19.  You’ll be helping The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society  fund research to advance lifesaving blood cancer treatments. There are a number of ways to gain entry to this legendary event: lotto, with college ID, ooorrrr by entering my giveaway for a free entry! In addition to the free entry, you’ll also get:

  • A complete training program with access to world-class trainers, have access to  clinics on nutrition and injury prevention
  • A fun swag bag from TNT including a sweet visor and a water bottle.

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  • Do keep in mind you are still committed to fundraising through Team in Training.
  • And yes, the NWHM is the race with the signature blue box… 

Learn More about Team in Training here and the fundraising requirements. Good luck!

 

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Disclosure: this post is sponsored by Team In Training through Fit Approach.  Hi, friends! It’s been way, way too long. I’ve been busy running all the races as of late. I went from loving running to hating running back to loving running! I’m on week four of my marathon training and I’ve run 5 races…

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Post National Running Day Thoughts

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Yesterday was National Running Day and runners all over took to the roads, streets, trails and treadmills to celebrate all things running.

I was no different. I’ve actually commenced marathon training and my schedule called for a short run so I did a 2 mi run and back in the morning. Getting back into waking up early to run is not going to be fun or easy but I just gotta make sure I get to bed early.

I’ve modified a 30ish week plan that will slowly get me back into the swing of things. I think all the other 21-week plans are too much too soon for me and I don’t want to burn out again.

I’ll map out the plan soon here… I am still working on the taper week. Did you celebrate National Running Day?

Why do you run?

As always, I run…

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Tomorrow I ship up to Boston for the Heartbreak Hill Half. I’m debating dropping to the Five and Dime and not doing the Hat Trick. We shall see. :)

Yesterday was National Running Day and runners all over took to the roads, streets, trails and treadmills to celebrate all things running. I was no different. I’ve actually commenced marathon training and my schedule called for a short run so I did a 2 mi run and back in the morning. Getting back into waking…

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Friiiiiday!!

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Oh my what a week it has been! I am exhausted. Why do short weeks feel much longer than regular weeks?

Anyway, it’s nice to go home at 5:30 on Fridays versus 8-9:00, as I was doing with internship. Blaahh. But… internship is done! And if you follow me anywhere, you’ll know that I just graduated!

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Bye bye NYU!

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I’m a Master yo!

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Kasandra Gonzalez, MSW … has a nice ring to it!

Now I already sent in my application for my licensing exam. NYU has to advise NY State of my conferment and then NY State will send me instructs on how to register for the licensing exam. I am done with school but still study, study, study.

And now that I am done, I have #allthefreetime and for me, I have re-committed to eating healthily and clean and going to the gym 5x a week. I even signed up for the Train Dirty Fitness bootcamp my gym has on Fridays where I workout in a small group (8 people max) with a personal trainer for an hour. Slowly but surely the scale is moving in the right direction – down! I’ve been counting calories and really trying to stick with the caloric range my nutritionist assigned me. It’s not easy but I am focused on the long run and when I do, that piece of fudge doesn’t seem so appealing.

Next week I ship off to Boston for the Runner’s World Heartbreak Half festival where I am running the Hat Trick (5K and 10K on Saturday, Half Marathon on Sunday). I literally just booked my accommodations; I almost forgot – eeek! Speaking of running, I commence marathon training this weekend. I am sticking to the Hal Higdon plan since that got me through Long Island and NYCM.

I bought some new gym clothes to kind of motivate and reinvigorate me. And I was fortunate to be able to try the FitPlusWear Sound plus compression pants.

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Super comfy, the band stayed in place, the fabric was breathable and flexible. Bonus: my butt looked good in them hahaha. This is post treadmill run but pre-class and they held up through the double workout! I don’t usually rave about fitness clothes but these pants were the bomb diggity – I want to buy all of the colors. I am in love and definitely recommend checking them out. :) Also, bonus: love the inner pocket to keep my iPhone/iPod in place without major bounceage.

Want to learn more about FitPlusWear? Check them out:

Happy Friday! Wish me luck with my race on Sunday!  I have the Celebrate Israel 4-miler this weekend, my first race officially of 2014!

Disclaimer: I was provided FitPlusWear compression pants in exchange for a review. All opinions are my own. And for reals, love these pants! 2 thumbs way, way up!

Oh my what a week it has been! I am exhausted. Why do short weeks feel much longer than regular weeks? Anyway, it’s nice to go home at 5:30 on Fridays versus 8-9:00, as I was doing with internship. Blaahh. But… internship is done! And if you follow me anywhere, you’ll know that I just…

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