Fabulous Fabletics! {and a Fit Foodie 5K Race Winner}

I’ve professed my love of Fabletics before, so as a huge fan already, I was ecstatic when I heard they were going to be one of the sponsors of the Fit Foodie 5K Race Weekend in San Diego, where I will be attending as an ambassador.  As part of the ambassador program, Fabletics sent us each an outfit of our choice.  I already own several of their workout pieces, but you can never have too many workout clothes, right?

I wore these really great running shorts for the E.T. Full Moon Midnight Half Marathon:

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And I always gets tons on compliments on this racerback top when I wear it to my gym class:

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I am in love with these ombre leggings:

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And now, I’ve got a pretty sweet running jacket and new running capris to add to my collection:

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I can’t say enough good things about Fabletics.  The quality of the clothes is top notch.  Everything is comfortable and very stylish and I love having a new workout outfit each month.  Their customer service is awesome too.  One of my pieces didn’t fit right, so I was able to send it back and get a new one super fast, all free of charge!  Now that is what I’m talking about.  Great style, superb quality and excellent customer service.  Definitely a winning combination.

Fabletics by Kate Hudson offers high performance fabrics and fashion-forward styles. Get a complete outfit for only $25 (Top + Bottom) by visiting their website here.

You can also check them out on social media here:

 

And, I’m very excited to announce the winner of a pair of tickets to the Fit Foodie 5K Race and Finisher’s Village:

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Congratulations Anne!  I’ll be in touch with you!

Fit Foodie 5k Race Giveaway!

Remember when I told you that I will be attending The Fit Foodie 5K Race Weekend on November 14-16 in San Diego as a Fit Foodie Ambassador??  Well, guess what?  The Fit Foodie Weekend organizers have been so generous as to offer up a pair of tickets the 5K race and Finisher’s Village!

This event is the ultimate celebration of food, family, and fun.  I am so excited to be a part of the event as a Fit Foodie Ambassador, if you are in the area, I hope you will join me!

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The Fit Foodie 5K Race Weekend is jam-packed with delicious food, cooking and fitness demonstrations, a yoga session, and a Power Systems Obstacle Course Bootcamp, led by celebrity trainer Patrick Goudeau.  Also expect to rub elbows with editors and contributors from Cooking Light and Health magazines who will be on hand to share tips and tricks for maintaining a healthy lifestyle.

Additionally, 10 percent of the sale of each ticket for the 2014 series will benefit City of Hope, a leading treatment and research center for cancer, diabetes and other life-threatening diseases.

I appreciate your help and hope that you will join me on this journey to health, happiness, and giving back.  Hope to see you there!

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To enter to win, leave me a comment below telling me why you got into running!  Then follow the Rafflecopter link to enter!  Contest ends Friday (11/7) night at midnight (PST).  Winner will be announced on Monday, 11/10.  Good luck!

Spartan Sports Armband Review


Do you listen to music when you run?  I don’t.  But the only reason why I don’t listen to music is because I’m too busy listening to my beloved Howard Stern.  I’ve been listening to him faithfully for over 16 years now.  He is THE BEST.  Witty, funny, current, and entertaining.  Often times I will find myself bursting out laughing while running because of something he is doing on his show.  And yes, my neighbors probably think I’m crazy.  He can make 10 miles seem like 10 minutes.

Now you all know, as I’ve said before, that I really hate anything on my body when running.  But, in order to get my Stern fix in while I’m running, I need to bring my phone.  Up until now, I’ve been using a cheap armband that I bought online that while it has served it’s purpose, it definitely was not the best made arm band on the market.  I recently had the opportunity to try out a new arm band made by SpartanFive.

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SpartanFive sent me the Sports Armband for the iPhone 5 to use and review.  As soon as I opened it from the package I immediately could tell that I was going to really like it.  It is made out of luxury lycra covered neoprene with PU leather on the front cover.  I love that the material is so soft and flexible, yet the armband feels very sturdy.  The scratch resistant cover allows access the touch screen on my phone when it is in the armband and it doesn’t slip on my arm at all, even when I get sweaty.

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After using it for a month, it hasn’t stretched out.  I can even fit my phone in it without taking it out of the case.  It is water resistant and washable and also had a reflective strip on the front, which is really great for this time of year when the daylight hours are getting shorter and shorter.  It even comes with a set of ear buds that have a shorter cord with volume control right on the cord.  I now have a set of ear buds dedicated just to running!

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So goodbye cheap old armband and hello luxury SpartanFive armband!  I am very happy with this product!

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

City of Hope Fundraiser

I’ve got some great news about a good cause!  As you all know, I will be attending the Fit Foodie 5k Race Weekend in November. 10% of each ticket sale will be donated to City of Hope, which is awesome, but you know what, we can do better than that! I’ve created a fundraising page with my fellow Fit Foodie Ambassador Sarah ‘n Spice, and we’ve set a goal to raise $500 for this great cause!

Our mission is to raise funds and awareness for City of Hope. As a leading treatment and research center for cancer, diabetes, and other life-threatening diseases, City of Hope improves the health of people worldwide. The Fit Foodie’s philosophy of spreading the passion for health, fitness, and delicious food aligns perfectly with City of Hope’s mission to transform the future of health.

All the funds we raise will go directly to City of Hope so they can continue their amazing work in research, treatment and education. And you can trust they’ll spend the dollars wisely – they’ve been awarded the highest rating of 4 stars by Charity Navigator, America’s premier charity watchdog group.

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Here is our page: http://ourhope.cityofhope.org/willrunforhope I’ve also added a link on my sidebar. I’m doing this in honor of a good friend who is currently battling cancer. We love you Tom

Can’t donate right now? Then help us reach our goal by sharing this page on Facebook and Twitter. Or, send an email to friends you think might be interested in contributing and include a link to our page. Every little bit goes a long way, even if it’s just $1!

Thanks so much for your support and generosity and help us reach our goal! We can make a difference.

It’s a Sad Day When You Don’t Feel Safe Running Outdoors

Saturday morning I had the most terrifying experience on a run that I have ever encountered.

I like to get my long run out of the way early and not take too much time away from my kids, so I headed out the door at 6:30am all set to run 10 miles.  Typically, on my shorter runs, I will stay within the confines of my immediate community.  I live in a gated community because while we certainly don’t live in the worst part of town, there are some sketchy areas in the vicinity of our community, so I do feel safer that every person entering our community has to pass through a guard first.  But, on my longer runs, unless I want to run multiple loops around my community, I need to venture outside the gates.  I’ve been doing this for over a year now with no issues at all.  In fact, most of the people I encounter on my runs are very friendly.  Usually I will see other runners, walkers, bicyclists, dog walkers, etc.  But on Saturday, I had quite a scare.

I was on mile 7, and having a really great run.  I was listening to my favorite Howard Stern and just in the zone, enjoying the crisp fall morning.  The sky was so beautiful.

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I was running down a street that borders my community, almost to my gates.  To the left of the sidewalk is some landscaping with large bushes, apparently large enough for people to hide in because all of a sudden I was being verbally assaulted by someone next to me hiding in the bushes.  This person started screaming gibberish laden with expletives at me at the top of their lungs as I ran by.  I’m not going to lie, it scared the living shit out of me.  Because the bushes are so large, I couldn’t see this person, I could only hear them.  I had no idea if they were going to come out and attack me, if they had any weapons, or if there were more than one of them.  My heart practically jumped out of my chest and I immediately ran as fast as I could across the street and into an apartment complex.  From there, I could still hear the person screaming at me from their hiding place inside of the bushes.  I called 911 and reported them, shaking like a leaf, and then called my husband to come pick me up.

When my husband arrived (armed with a baseball no less, haha) we drove past the area where the person or persons were hiding, but couldn’t see them, so we parked down the street and waited for the police to arrive.  While waiting, we could hear voices from inside the bushes.  About fifteen minutes later two Metro police cars showed up and we told them what happened and pointed them in the right direction of the perpetrator(s).  We sat in the car and watched them pull out a lady, much to our surprise because either there was a man also hiding in there or this woman had a very, very deep voice and had been talking to herself.  In any case, after that we went back home.

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My husband thinks it would be best if I kept my running to the confines of our community from now on.  Being somewhat shaken up, I have to agree, but with marathon training coming up soon, the thought of running 20 miles in loops around my neighborhood is enough to make me want to shoot myself.  So, I will have to figure this all out.

This morning on my run, I was still a bit shaken up.  When I first headed out at 5:30am, it was still completely dark outside and my usual neighbors that I see out there were not out yet, so I was running solo in the dark.  And even though I stayed within my community, my eyes kept playing tricks on me.  I kept thinking I was seeing the form of a person hiding in the trees up ahead.  I actually turned around once and ran the other way because I could swear I saw someone up ahead just standing there.  Needless to say, it was not an enjoyable run.

So, for now, I’m going to buy some runner’s mace, stick to running inside my community, and hope that this was an isolated incident.

 

Have you ever felt unsafe on a run?

The Fit Foodie 5K Race Weekend

I am so excited and happy to announce that I will be attending The Fit Foodie 5K Race Weekend on November 14-16 in San Diego as a Fit Foodie Ambassador!  This event is the ultimate celebration of food, family, and fun.  I am so excited to be a part of the event as a Fit Foodie Ambassador, if you are in the area, I hope you will join me!

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The Fit Foodie 5K Race Weekend is jam-packed with delicious food, cooking and fitness demonstrations, a yoga session, and a Power Systems Obstacle Course Bootcamp, led by celebrity trainer Patrick Goudeau.  Also expect to rub elbows with editors and contributors from Cooking Light and Health magazines who will be on hand to share tips and tricks for maintaining a healthy lifestyle.

Additionally, 10 percent of the sale of each ticket for the 2014 series will benefit City of Hope, a leading treatment and research center for cancer, diabetes and other life-threatening diseases.

Tickets range from $55-$60 per event, or $155 for the whole weekend (seriously a steal!).  But if you use the discount code MOTHERRUNNER you can get a 10% off advance online ticket sales!  To purchase tickets, go to: www.fitfoodierun.com.

Be sure to follow The Fit Foodie Race Weekend on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Fit-Foodie-Race-Series/177814812394419 or on Twitter at @FitFoodieRun for the latest news, contests, and promotions!

I appreciate your help and hope that you will join me on this journey to health, happiness, and giving back.  See you there!

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Changing Things Up…

For the past year or so, I’ve roughly stuck to the same workout routine.  Running a couple of days during the week (tempo run, speed work with my run club at the track), strength training (typically Body Pump) a couple of days a week, a long run on the weekend, and maybe a swim day here or there.  It’s been great, but you know what?  I’m kind of getting burnt out.  Don’t get me wrong, I love each type of workout I do.  I love the runs around my neighborhood.  I love seeing the regulars at the Body Pump class I go to.  And I love meeting up with my run club (well, I don’t love getting up at 4am to do so though haha).  But I think I’m just getting a little bored of the doing the same exact thing every single week because I just don’t have the desire to do it all as much as I used to.  I tend to get like this with my hobbies after a while and usually this is the point where I drop them and find something new.  But I don’t want to quit running, especially with marathon training starting in a few months.  So what is a girl to do?

Well, I’m going to change things up a bit.  I think part of my problem is that sometimes my workouts feel more like work than a workout.  So I want to start doing physical activities that don’t feel like such a chore.  For example, yesterday  was a day I typically meet up with my run club at the track for speed work.  And while I’ve really been enjoying doing this every week, it is really hard to get up at 4am and even harder to chase two kids around all day after doing so.  My husband was working from home that day, so I decided to take advantage of the fact that I had all day to get my workout in and I spent the morning with my kids instead of going to the track.  I had planned on hitting up the gym while my kids took their afternoon nap for my own speed work session on the treadmill.  Well, my toddler ended up taking a super early nap and Annalie wanted to go swimming, so we got in the pool.  We were having so much fun that when my toddler woke up, she came out and joined us and we kept on swimming.  After we had been in the pool for a while, I knew I needed to get them out soon so Annalie could take her nap and I could go to the gym.  But, then I started thinking.  Why am I going to make my kids stop swimming, get everyone out of the pool, even though we’re all having fun, so I can go to the gym and get exercise, which is exactly what I was doing with them at that very moment?  So, I said screw it.  We’re going to stay here and swim for as long as they want.  And do you know what?  We ended up swimming for 3 hours straight.  Yup, 3 HOURS!  And I don’t mean we were casually lounging in the pool for 3 hours.  Oh no.  We were swimming back and forth, chasing each other around, playing and having so much fun.  At one point, both kids were riding on my back while I swam around the pool (yeah trying to stay afloat with 50+ pounds on your back is definitely not easy!).  Needless to say, Annalie missed her nap and I missed my gym session.  But, guess what?  Not only did my kids and I have so much fun, but I actually ended up burning more than double the amount of calories that I would have if I had gone to the gym.  For my weight, leisurely swimming for 3 hours burns about 900 calories.  Had I gone to the gym and ran 5 miles on the treadmill, I would have burned about 400 calories.  And I definitely had more fun swimming with my kids than I would have had running at the gym.

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So the moral of this story is, that while I am going to roughly stick to a workout routine (after all I will need some sort of structure once I begin marathon training), I am definitely going to be taking more opportunities to get exercise in less formal ways that don’t feel like work, and bonus points if it involves an activity I can do with my kids.  I think this will help me be motivated, have fun, and keep me in the game.

What do you think?  Do you ever switch up your formal workouts for less formal forms of exercise?

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