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Not So Great Gallop & SI Half Recaps

Fitness | Races | Reviews | Running 242 242 Comments

Hi friends!

The marathon is 19 days away – NINETEEN!! How is that possible? Time is flying by!

I am not terrified. I am not. I promise. Ok maybe a little. ;)

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Training has been ongoing – I had some slipups with the week and a half after my birthday (hardly any running) but things have been kicked back into high gear.

I ran Grete’s Great Gallop which was a fucking disaster. Coming from Long Island into the city is pretty much awful any given day, but it is always worse on the weekends. I had train delays and by the time I was able to get to the park, there was literally a minute left before the gun went off and I still needed to get my bib and drop off my stuff at bag check. I raced to the pickup which was miraculously still open, and threw my stuff at baggage and ran to the back of the corrals. Of course, my legs were shot, having sprinted so much before and so by the time mile 10 came, everything imploded. It was hot, I was tired. I was chafing everywhere – I never had boob chafe before and now it’s like every run. I walked so much of it – those hills in Central Park really wreck your legs. I finished with a God awful time and was devastated by the whole experience. It really made me doubt the marathon coming up.

So, the running Gods were kind to me when it came to the Staten Island half just one week later.

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It was super cold and windy at the start and I was upset that I hadn’t worn more layers. But in the end, I am glad I didn’t. Once I started running, I was plenty warm. I’ve run Staten Island twice before and having lived there, I am really familiar with the course. I stopped to use the porta potties at mile 4 which I think was also mile 11 and while I was using the facility, I heard the cheers of the lead male – I looked at my Bia, it was like 45 minutes in, WHOA. INSANITY.

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Anyway, overall the race went really, really well. I never felt overall tired or out of breath. I took gels at miles 4 and 8. I drank a lot of Gatorade. I had negative splits throughout and just felt really “free.” I tried to slow down as I had 7 miles later on to run, but I just couldn’t slow down – so I just went with it. And you know what, I had an unofficial time of 2:38, which I have not run in ages, so I was really happy with that.

Afterwards, I munched on a bagel, went to my mom’s house which is also on Staten Island, changed, and headed back out to finish up the miles. I ended up doing 22 total and even in those later miles, where I was very tired – it was more just my feet that hurt – not my legs or anywhere else. So overall, I was a happy runner.

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This week is a short week for me – have some stuff to do, one of them being #FitBlogNYC this Thursday, so I am really looking forward to that and seeing some blogger friends.

From last year!

From last year!

This weekend was a big running weekend – Chicago marathon, Army 10 miler, Staten Island half, just to name a few! Did you run this weekend? Sound off below!

Hi friends! The marathon is 19 days away – NINETEEN!! How is that possible? Time is flying by! I am not terrified. I am not. I promise. Ok maybe a little. Training has been ongoing – I had some slipups with the week and a half after my birthday (hardly any running) but things have…

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[REVIEW] The Fitness Games!

Fitness | Fun | Reviews | Training 127 Comments

Disclosure statement: This post was sponsored by The FitnessGames through their partnership with Fit Approach. I was not compensated monetarily, but was provided the Platinum Version of the application for review. As always, all opinions are my own.

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Lately things have been busy – really busy. I’ll be typing like mad at work, yelling at insurance companies for wronging my clients and before I know it, it’s the late afternoon and I have will have missed my usual gym class. When I don’t get to go to a class, I usually hit the trusted treadmill for a couple of miles. But as much as I love to run, I also end up missing the burpees, squat jacks, and mountain climbers that I would do in a class. And I would miss working out with my gym-friends who, by simply being int he class and working hard, would inspire me to push harder.

I was given the opportunity to try  The FitnessGames which is an app for both Android and iPhone. The FitnessGames is a premiere fitness app that combines fitness, social media, and gaming and takes it to a whole ‘nother level. The FitnessGames takes exercise and turns it into a game.

Through the app, you can challenge anyone, anywhere, to any type of workout – it can be friend or you can challenge a stranger or asked to be challenged. The app has a variety of workouts – cardiovascular, cross training, full body and strength that you can choose from. Everything is tracked in live-time via GPS. The workouts are designed by The FitnessGames‘ very own personal trainers.


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Initially I challenged just myself to try out the workouts on my own – I wasn’t expecting anything too difficult.

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How hard can The FitnessGames be??

Boy was I wrong! These workouts are intense! And if you don’t understand how to do something – no worries – there are detailed instructions and images/videos on how to do each move.

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Finally, another SweatPink Ambassador, Rebecca of Flex and Shout Fitness challenged me.

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(Image courtesy of Rebecca of Flex and Shout Fitness)

As you can see, I did not win. But that’s okay – because just being challenged motivated me to try harder and go faster. Each category operates on a unique scoring system that was carefully designed to determine how hard the user exercised to determine the winner of each match-up. Points earned during challenges can be used to level up in The Fitness Games as well as unlock free workouts! All workouts performed are tracked, scored, and saved  so the user can see their progress over time. How awesome is that?  It is also really fun going through the feed and seeing how other SweatPink Ambassadors did. Very motivating!

Some other cool features of The FitnessGames:

  • Personal trainers can send their clients uniquely crafted workouts via our “Create Your Own Workout” feature and track their progress remotely.
  • Each user has their own “My Profile Page” where they are encouraged to post fitness pictures and videos and other users are able to post comments.
  • A News Feed called “My Feed”, will be available for you to browse recent pictures and videos posted by your friends. Users will also have the ability to track the activity of their closest friends by liking, commenting, and following.
  • Users have access to over 50 carefully designed workouts or they can create their own workout with our easy to use system by choosing
    from over 250 exercises, each with instructional pictures and videos.
  • The app encourages gym selfies! With the Gym Selfie button you can quickly take a selfie in two clicks! The camera will already be facing you when you hit this button.
  • Our Rankings Page will feature local and international rankings by challenges won and experience points.
  •  Cardio category includes GPS tracking and connection with friends local or international and in real time! (watch them running with you on your phone)
  • The Fitness Games lets you see the most inspiring and popular fitness content on the ”Popular Photos and Videos” page.

Overall I really enjoyed this app and encourage you to give it a try – it is free for both Android and iPhone users.  I will definitely be incorporating this app into my daily routine more and more, especially on the days that I end up at the gym and cannot make it to a class. :)

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Disclosure statement: This post was sponsored by The FitnessGames through their partnership with Fit Approach. I was not compensated monetarily, but was provided the Platinum Version of the application for review. As always, all opinions are my own. Lately things have been busy – really busy. I’ll be typing like mad at work, yelling at insurance companies for wronging my clients…

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Priorities Shmriorities

Healthy Living | Weight | Weight Loss 143 Comments

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My husband said to me recently, “Things aren’t hard. Things are just not a priority.”

This really resonated with me.  And it was like a wake up call. I’ve allowed for things to happen, old habits to come back, cut myself too much slack, and what has happened? The scale is up – weight I lost has come back and my jeans are getting too tight for my own comfort.

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And denial is just that denial. But denying it does not change the facts.

And I want instant results – like diet a week, and bam! a million pounds gone. But that shit doesn’t happen – only on TV. DAMN YOU TV. :)

So, I am going back to writing what I ate – every morsel, every crumb. I am also fixing my allotment of calories that I am going to eat. 1200. This is what I did when I first got on this journey and is what worked for me. And no My Fitness Pal. I think that allowed me to be lackadaisical. I think actually writing it down – physically, in a little notebook I have with me, makes me more cognizant of what I am shoving in my mouth.  I will go back to measuring things out to determine portion.

Social exchange theory (let me get all social-worky on you) dictates that social behavior is the result of an exchange process. The purpose of this exchange is to maximize benefits and minimize costs. According to this theory, people weigh the potential benefits and risks of social relationships. When the risks outweigh the rewards, people will terminate or abandon that relationship.

I am going to apply this to dieting/healthy living/weight loss. This is going to suck but the rewards will outweigh the costs.  I am just tired of feeling shitty and sluggish and not having my clothes fit right anymore.

Today is DAY ONE – I can do this! I did this before. I have the tools. It’s just putting the tools to work, right?

On happier notes, my training for the marathon is ongoing and I have 15 miles on tap with the Hamptons Half this weekend. Afterwards, I plan on going apple picking! And it was just my birthday – the big THREE OH. And I decided to give myself a boost and chopped off my hair!

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I know lots of people get all !!!! with pixie, so I plan on doing a whole post on this topic this week.

Shana Tova to those who observe and all others, happy Thursday!

My husband said to me recently, “Things aren’t hard. Things are just not a priority.” This really resonated with me.  And it was like a wake up call. I’ve allowed for things to happen, old habits to come back, cut myself too much slack, and what has happened? The scale is up – weight I…

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As Many Noms As Possible – AMRAP Bar Review!

Fitness | Healthy Eats | Healthy Living | Reviews 47 Comments

Disclaimer: The following post is sponsored by FitApproach on behalf of AMRAP. As always, all opinions are my own.

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With my commute plus my active lifestyle as a runner and general consumer who cares about their health, I am always looking for fuel that is clean, non-processed, and real. I am always seeking out for something specific for after my workout when I want to eat all the things but don’t want to negate my hard work. I am not a juice or shake kind of gal and I always want something with more substance to it.  Usually I reach for a bar and I have tried lots of different bars that are out their on the market – from Lara Bars to Think Thin to Gnu to Clif. But I always feel like I am missing something from them – they’re too processed or teeny tiny and done after two bites and not at all satisfying.

AMRAP (“As Many Rounds As Possible”) creates food that is 100% gluten free, GMO-free, unprocessed, and 100% Paleo.  That food – their bars – are generally recommended as a meal supplement or replacement and as a pre or post-workout snack, are a researched based combination of good proteins and carbs.

I was given the chance to try out AMRAP’s new bar-line which came in delectable flavors such as Almond Honey, Cashew Vanilla, and Fig and Cacao.

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  • The Almond Honey Bar contains sea salt, cinnamon, and raw honey that work together to provide essential micro minerals to rebalance electrolytes, limit rises in blood sugar, and maintain glycogen levels that improve athletic recovery time.


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  • The Cashew Vanilla Bar has egg whites that are packed with protein to increase muscle mass while cashews and coconut work together to help to maximize energy, aid in muscle synthesis, and provide you with macronutrients.

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  • The Fig and Cacao bar promotes cardiovascular health and has high fiber content, and is rich in phyto-nutrients, antioxidants, and vitamins. Dates and cocao also work together to remove free radicals and reduce inflammation.

I tried two of the bars post-workout and one prior. I found that the bars really helped me feel satiated and energized throughout my workouts and after. I wasn’t hungry, hungry, hungry after finishing my workout and eating the bars. I wasn’t at the fridge trying to figure out what I could eat that was a) nutritionally dense and b) would negate all my work.

Of all 3 flavors, the Almond and Honey was my favorite. Like I could eat it all day, every day and not complain. I was sad when I finished it. But the other 2 flavors, Vanilla Cashew and Fig and Cacao were pretty tasty too!

Here are the nutritional figures for each AMRAP bar:

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Almond Honey

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I won’t lie, at first I was a little sticker shocked as I count calories but you know what they say – all calories are not equal. Your body metabolizes calories differently – 50 calories from candy is different from 50 calories of almonds or vegetables. And you’re not getting junk with AMRAP.

Want to try these awesome bars yourself? AMRAP is giving a not 1 BUT 3 boxes  (8 bars per box)! That is 3 lucky readers – you just need to enter below:

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What flavor would you be most willing to try? Have  you heard of AMRAP?

Sound off below and GOOD LUCK!

Disclaimer: The following post is sponsored by FitApproach on behalf of AMRAP. As always, all opinions are my own. With my commute plus my active lifestyle as a runner and general consumer who cares about their health, I am always looking for fuel that is clean, non-processed, and real. I am always seeking out for…

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Literally Running Sneakers To Yo’ Feet!

Fitness | Fun | Reviews | Running | Training 11 Comments

Disclaimer: The following post is sponsored by FitFluential LLC on behalf of Reebok. 

It’s September!!! Ahh, can you believe it? Summer is coming to an end, marathon training is in full swing, and the big 3-0 is less than three weeks away! Buuuut as quickly summer rolled in, summer was not going to go away quietly. Instead summer came a-knockin’ on my door in a super fun-fun-fun way.

And it all began with a tweet or two…

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Well, let me explain a bit further…

Reebok is an American-inspired global brand, and is a pioneer in the sporting goods industry. Reebok is committed to helping consumers fulfill their potential and be “fit for life.”  Reebok aims to connects with the fitness consumer wherever they are and however they choose to stay fit – whether it’s training, running, walking, dance, yoga or aerobics.

Reebok made good on this when they launched their Human Dispatch Service which allowed people to tweet for a chance to have pairs of their new ZJet line literally run straight to them in real time directly to their feet, so that they would have the chance to try them on and experience its unique underfoot air channels and maximum cushioning.

The rules were simple: on August 28th, tweet @Reebok with your shoe size using #ReebokHDS. If selected, Reebok would send one of their Human Dispatch Service delivery runners to your door.

So, I did:

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I was at work, trying to hastily wrap things up in the office before the long holiday weekend began. Right around lunch, Reebok came a-knockin’ at my door with their Human Dispatch Service making good on their promise of new shoes with a delivery for me! Brike, one of the Human Dispatch Service dispatchers had a beautiful pair of size 9 teal and pink pair of ZJets for me. I felt like Cinderella as Brike helped me put on the sneakers.

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“Cinderella, Cinderella… all I hear is Cinderella.”

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Twinsies!!!

The shoes fit perfectly and were incredibly comfortable and flexible from the second I put them on.  I could not wait to take them out for a spin, which I did later that day. What is really incredible is that the sneakers were designed with NanoWeb uppers to help keep your foot supported and centered when accelerating in and out of turns.  In addition Reebok understands that each runner is an individual and have their own unique foot strike. The pressure changes created by each individual’s unique foot strike, forces the air to move from heel to toe, providing cushioning where it’s needed, when it’s needed, to propel the runner forward. And like I said before, the sneakers are insanely comfortable. The moving air technology provided a lot of cushioning and I could definitely feel it as I jogged around the office being silly with Brike.

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Like I said earlier, I wasted no time taking these bad boys out for a spin… 
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I went for a small run on the treadmill at the gym. They were super comfortable and flexible as my step turned over on the belt.  3 miles later and my feet felt amazing still – no blisters, no uncomfortable feelings. There was plenty of space in the toe box, so no jammed toes! My feet felt really cushioned – it was like running on bouncy clouds!

Reebok’s Human Dispatch Service ran all over Manhattan delivering ZJets that day to lucky fans who tweeted their shoe size to @Reebok with the hashtag #ReebokHDS.

I took my ZJets home, amped to take them out on the road by my house for that weekend’s long run. The shoes are designed to propel the runner forward, using “speed under pressure” and I felt I was being propelled throughout those 11 miles – I felt unstoppable!

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Stopping to stretch in my ZJets!

I cannot wait to keep taking these babies out for my runs while training for the upcoming marathon! It’s hard to find sneakers that fit so perfectly and don’t give any issues when out for a run. I definitely hit the jackpout with these! Want to learn more about Reebok’s ZJet? Check out the video below or one of Reebok’s many channels:

Thanks so much again Reebok!

Disclaimer: The following post is sponsored by FitFluential LLC on behalf of Reebok.  It’s September!!! Ahh, can you believe it? Summer is coming to an end, marathon training is in full swing, and the big 3-0 is less than three weeks away! Buuuut as quickly summer rolled in, summer was not going to go away quietly. Instead…

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Skirt Sports – 10 on 10!!! 10-Year Anniversary Celebration!

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Hola friends!

Skirt Sports, the maker of the first ever running skirt, is celebrating their 10 year anniversary!

I didn’t even know that the run skirt is even 10 years old… like most things, I just took it for granted. Like can you remember a time without a run skirt?! But like the internet, there existed a time in which life continued without a run skirt (*shudder*).  In 2003, founder Nicole DeBoom, was out on a training run and upon passing her reflection in a glass window, decided that women shouldn’t have to sacrifice femininity for performance.

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Nicole took to the task of creating the world’s first-ever women’s fitness skirt, turning heads as she raced to victory in the 2004 Ironman Wisconsin in her hand-sewn prototype. And 3 days later, Skirt Sports was founded.

And to celebrate, Skirt Sports is hosting a 10 year anniversary fun run (untimed) at Boulder, Colorado at Skirt Headquarters for a 10k or 10 mile untimed with other Skirt Sisters. And I want you to join me and my fellow SweatPink ambassadors on this fun run! If you’re local or visiting, here is the 411:

  • Saturday, September 13, 2014 at 8:00 am
  • Skirt Sports HQ’s at 6205 Lookout Road, Suite G, Boulder, CO 80301
  • Fun Run Race Day Registration will be open
  • You may pick up your packet that morning
  • RSVP to info@skirtsports.com so that they can plan post-run food and drinks!
  • Please note you must be registered for the virtual race to join.

Not based in Colorado or visiting? Don’t fret! You can run virtually – in your own neighborhood, park, treadmill, or wherever! When is this all happening? September 13 through the 15th.

What does it cost? Good question!

There are 3 options to choose from, all which all include gift certificates for Skirt Sports gear!

  • The Basic package is $85 and gives you a $50 gift certificate;
  • The Upgrade package is $125 and includes a $100 gift certificate; OR
  • The Skirt Lover’s Paradise for $250, which gives you a $250 gift certificate.

No matter which package you choose, you get awesome skirt fun! Not to mention that a portion of each entry goes to help fund the Kick Start Program, in which Skirt Sports mentors and supports Skirt Sisters looking to get their run on!

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And even better, through FitApproach and Skirt Sports, you can save 10% on your registration fee with code: SkirtPink10. Again all registrations include a gift card to Skirt Sports and that cannot be beat! You will also get an awesome swag bag which will include the following: Your lucky #10 race bib, Finisher Award, and other samples!

But hurry – registration is only open for a limited time - #10on10 registration is open until September 15.

I am really excited for this and can’t wait to join in on the fun! I have to do 12 miles that weekend myself as part of NYC Marathon training soooo I am excited to partake on 10 on 10 because it’s for a good cause and I was going to have to run the miles anyway, so I might as well get something cute out of it and help their mentoring program. I have a pair of the pants with the skirt and it’s one of the most flattering and comfortable things I have ever worn. :) [Disclaimer: bought with my own $$]

Have you ever worn a run skirt? If not, would you try it? Come join!

Hola friends! Skirt Sports, the maker of the first ever running skirt, is celebrating their 10 year anniversary! I didn’t even know that the run skirt is even 10 years old… like most things, I just took it for granted. Like can you remember a time without a run skirt?! But like the internet, there…

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[Review] Marika Magic Shaping Capri!

Fitness | Reviews | Running | Training 4 Comments

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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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!!

Races | Running | Training 3 Comments

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!

Fitness | Fun | Healthy Living | Reviews | Running 1 Comment

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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