Sunday, September 28, 2014

Get Active with #ActiveNationDay

Have you heard? Today is ACTIVE NATION DAY! 
 So, get off the couch and get outside and MOVE! Lorna Jane and FitApproach want to spread the word that today (and everyday) is a perfect day to get moving. 





Lorna Jane started this movement two years ago by hosting events all over the world. Now, this year, Lorna Jane has made it their goal to make the movement GLOBAL! 





If you haven't gotten up and been active yet...there is still time. There's actually always time! No excuses. Bring the kids! Go for a walk, head to the playground and let them run around while you run laps around the playground, push you little one(s) in a jogger, or let them ride their bike or ride a scooter beside you while you run! If you are stuck on ideas....download the Lorna Jane app and check out the movement ideas there and listen to Lorna's motivating words in her fantastic accent.





I've only used the running selection, but I do like that there are so many more options to running.  And if you are looking for some motivational quotes....the Lorna Jane app has those too!






I took the kids out for a run today...well, I ran, Tucker rode his scooter & Izzy ran a little (but mostly sat in her jogger). No worries. She was active too. We ended the run at a playground!


Lorna Jane is also hosting a #LJMove competition on instagram. You can enter the contest by sharing your video doing the Lorna Jane dance. Check out the moves here and do it! It's fun! (plus you get a chance to win a $1000 gift card to Lorna Jane!   I haven't made my video yet....but it's coming.  Follow me on Instagram and see what I come up with.  If you make a video, please comment below or tag me in your video (@runningwtg) so I can see your awesome moves!

Now GO BE ACTIVE!    












Wednesday, September 24, 2014

WIAW @manitobaharvest #pro70 #sweatpink

Back to School means I need quick, healthy breakfasts that keep feeling satisfied.  As a SweatPink Ambassador, I had the opportunity to review Hemp Pro 70 Chocolate and Vanilla flavored protein powder.  






I've never tried hemp protein powder before.  I had been warned that it had a "different" taste.   That was definitely NOT the case with Hemp Pro 70!  

perfect for my crazy mornings...easy to make, tastes great and keeps me satisfied 


A few facts: 
- water soluble (easy to mix...just add to water or almond milk, shake and drink!)
- great taste! 
- plant based 
- nothing artificial or fake
- 14 g of protein
- 2.7 g omega 3 and 6 
- only 4 ingredients: hemp protein concentrate, organic coconut sugar, organic fair trade cocoa powder and natural plan extracts 



Manitoba Harvest is hosting a contest right now (ends 9/30 --- so HURRY!!!).  Share the HEMP love and win!  Snap a picture and tag #pro70 #sweatpink on Instagram or tweet @manitobaharvest and use the hashtag #pro70 in you comment.  This will automatically get you entered to win a case of your favorite flavor!  Easy!  Go. Do. It. Now!  

Also, you can try Hemp Pro #70 in vanilla or chocolate with the code sweatpinkpro70 and get 20% off!  

disclosure: I was sent samples of Hemp Pro 70 through my affiliate with SweatPink.  I was not paid for this post.  I was not required to give a positive review.  As always, all opinions expressed on my blog are 100% my own.  


Monday, September 22, 2014

Move It Monday

Happy Monday!  Let's get this workweek started off right with Move It Monday!!!

What's your plan to be active today and this week?  I have found that when I have a plan, my workouts happen.   

this past week I challenged myself and signed up for a 6 week Speed Session class!


Here is a snapshot for this upcoming week: 

Monday:  30-45 min recovery run
Tuesday:  off or if I can squeeze in some biking
Wednesday:  run as much as I can possibly squeeze in before I need to get back to school for parent teacher conferences from 4-7pm. 
Thursday:  30-45 min run
Friday:  hills with Aimee 
Saturday:  5-6 miles
Sunday:  14 miles 

I LOVE running with my kids...or even having them bike while I run.  Fit Kids are happy and healthy kids too!


Now - keep in mind, if something comes up and I need to swap around some days, it's not the end of the world.  I try to keep an open mind about this so I don't stress out, as much.  But I will admit, I do get rather cranky if I don't get my workout in!   


sometimes it's just too busy to run....so I roll the stationary bike out and watch tv with the kids while I bike.  

So, how is my gluteal strain feeling?  WAY better.  No pain when I run, no pain after.  The only times it hurts is when I cross my legs.  So, as long as I stop crossing my legs, I should be all set.  

Feeling cramped for time?  I run between the kids soccer games on Saturday morning!  Plus I love to look kick ass when I show up at Tucker's games...all sweaty and wearing my favorite Spandits!
You KNOW you need some Spandits in your life.  Go buy some and tell them Jen sent you!  


Where is my mileage now?  Surprisingly, considering the injury and lack of running, my mileage is still rather good.  

August total miles:  170.26 
September (to date) miles :  127.74
Year to date miles :  1192.06 

I'm happy with this!

I love the Rail Trail!  Such a gorgeous view to have while running!


My last week in running looked like this:  

Sunday:  10 miles (first long run post injury!) 
Monday:  indoor stationary time - 24 miles
Tuesday:  rest 
Wednesday:  5.5 miles   
Thursday: 3.10 miles 
Friday:  4.5 miles (speed workout with warm up/cool down) 
Saturday: 3.5 miles between soccer games 
Sunday (today!):  12 miles 

I might have gotten caught in a downpour...LOVED it!  
Check out my new Camelbak!  It's the Marathoner and it freaking rocks.  I like my Camelbak Classic - but this one is over the top awesome!  Full review coming shortly!  

Do you plan your workouts? Go day by day? Wing it?  If you miss a workout -how do you handle it?  


Thursday, September 18, 2014

3 Things Thursday

Fall is fast approaching and the days and nights are getting cooler.  We've gone from "oh my word, it's hot for September!" to "where the heck is the down comforter" and "maybe we need two comforters tonight!"  I'm sure we'll get to the "I think we need to make a fire tonight" stage soon too.  Brrr!  


While the sudden coolness is a shock, I still do enjoy fall very much so.   

Number 1 on my list..... fall photo session with 179 Photo.  In a couple of weeks, we will have our photo session with Jill & Wade and the kids.  We have the best photographer and I'm already excited to see how our photos turn out!  





Number 2 fall running.   I love fall running.  I was really looking forward to running marathon #4 this fall as well.  However, it was not in the cards for me.  Since I did some damage to my glute nearly 4 weeks ago in the trail race, I haven't done a ton of running.  I was beginning to stress out about the marathon and was getting really cranky.  That's when I came to my senses with it's just a marathon and there are many more.  For instance, there are 4 other marathons in Maine this spring!  I just need to focus on getting stronger and fully recovered first.  No biggie.  I've got this.  


I did not give up on MDI altogether though!  I opted to convince the girls to have a girls weekend and have ourselves a couple of 2-person relay teams.  It wasn't hard at all.  It took all of one text and they were all in.  LOVE it!  So, on October 19th, we will have two teams at MDI - Kicks Ass and Taking Names.  

from last year.....  I wonder what which Spandits we will wear this year?  :)  

Fun right?  I'm beyond excited for this!  

Number 3.  I do LOVE summer.  I do.  I really really do.  But my new job as a mainstream HS Math teacher just rocks!   I am loving everything about it.  Now, adjusting to a different pace of teaching has been a bit challenging BUT I still love it.  

Happy Thursday!  


Friday, September 12, 2014

Friday Favorites

Helllooo FRIDAY!  

First full week of school and I AM WIPED!  

Just in case you missed it, I have a new teaching assignment this year, which I am quite pumped about.  I made the switch from teaching Special Education for 14 years to mainstream High School Math.  I've got to say I absolutely LOVE it!   It is taking a little bit of time for me to adjust to my new role, so I've been a bit absent in the social media world.  

Since it's Friday, one of my favorite days of the week, I'm going to share some of favorites!  

Marika Slimming Capris
Every woman needs a basic black pair of capris in her wardrobe.  If you've been looking for THAT pair...Marika has the best one for you!  I was sent a pair of Marika Slimming Capris to review and they have quickly moved up to top of my rotation.  You know how it is - we women have these drawers/closets full of clothing, but somehow we tend to wear the same things over and over again.  Yeah, these capris have made it to that level.  I love the 4-inch waist band that puts the perfect slimming touches on my not-so-flat tummy.  



So let's talk about how they hold up to tons of washing.  Yep.  They've been washed a ton.  And they are black.  So fading could be an issue.  But it isn't!  Go Marika!  

Another thing that I love about them is that they are 98% cotton.  I don't have a ton of cotton capris.  I actually tend to shy away from cotton capris when I think about fitness clothing.  But it is isn't a concern with these capris.  They feel absolute amazing.  They are perfect for yoga, running, casual everyday errands, anything!  I'm actually wearing them now, as I type.  

If you are looking for a great pair of all around great for just about anything pair of capris - Marika has a coupon code for you!  Use the code MM30 for 30% off your entire purchase at Marika through 9/30/14.  


Cooler Weather 
The last couple of days, the weather has definitely been cooler and crisper.  Just the way I love it!  I with it could be like this year round.  Really.  It can stay like this.  Perfection!  



Wednesday night, while Izzy was at dance, Tucker and I snuck away to the rail trail for a 4 mile mom/son exercise time.  He rode his bike while I ran.  The weather was delightful and so was the company.  I love moments like those.  

Keurig 2.0
Another thing that has me smiling a lot lately is my newest Keurig.  We have a Keurig problem addiction.  We currently own 3.   And the latest model is by far the best one.  The Keurig 550 has all of the bells and whistles one could ask for with a Keurig - from choosing your cup size, brew strength, setting the timer, automatic shut off, to making a carafe of coffee.  This machine has it all.  The only part that made a little sad is that my generic off brand k-cups didn't work in the machine.  But no worries, that was a quick fix.  The old k-cups are now at school with my old Keurig and we have a new set of k-cups and carafe packs at home!  



To be honest, most mornings I now brew my own carafe, which I gladly drink up before even heading off to school.  I love the carafe option we have now!  

Happy Friday!  What are your favorites lately?  

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Tasty Thursday with AMRAP #Raisethebar


I've taken a bit of a hiatus while I adjust to my new position and adjusting to having both kids in school.  But I haven't taken a hiatus from delicious, healthy foods!  I was quite fortunate to be able to sample a new bar - called the AMRAP BAR.  



The AMRAP Bar is a 100% paleo, non-GMO, gluten-free, dairy-free, preservative free and artificial free.  It also packs a powerful punch with it's high protein content as well and is full of flavor!  It came in Cashew and Vanilla, Almond and Honey, and Fig and Cacao.   



The flavors were amazing!  I loved that it was packed with flavor and is clean fuel for your body - developed by athletes, moms, experts, and health nuts.  Each bar had 12 to 15 grams of protein and fell in the 270-320 calorie range.   To top it off...the ingredients are real.  You just have to love a company that develops a product with ingredients you can actually read!  For example, in the Fig and Cacao Bar - the ingredient list is: egg white protein, figs, almond butter, almonds, unsweetened coconut, cacao nibs, and coconut oil.  AMRAP definitely gets a high five from me for creating a fabulous tasting product that's full of real food.  

AMRAP is hosting their own Pre-Order $300k Giveaway to celebrate the launch of AMRAP Bars!  Beginning 11 MST today, there will be a limited chance for customers to pre-order a 12-count variety pack of the new AMRAP BARS for $45.  You can place your order at www.amrapnutrition.com.   Please check out the link for more details.  This exciting news!

And lucky you!  I have a giveaway you can enter so you can fall in love with AMRAP too!   * Correction!!!!  There will be THREE LUCKY WINNERS!!!  Each winner gets to choose 8 bars of their favorite flavor!  Enter below via the rafflecopter. The giveaway will end 9/11/14.  I will email the winner.  


Disclosure.  I was provided a sampler pack from AMRAP through my affiliations with FitApproach to review on my blog.  I was not required to post a positive review.  As always, all opinions expressed on my blog are 100% my own.  

Monday, August 25, 2014

Move It Monday

55 days until MDI Marathon.  I have a few more 20/22 mile runs left in this cycle and then it's go time!  



Plyometrics 
One of the major components to this marathon cycle has been plyometrics.  Not really sure what they are?  Check out this article on Competitor.  There are benefits to plyometrics - faster turn over and stronger legs - which are the two reasons that convinced me to give them a shot this time around.   

Earlier this summer, I received a Gymboss to review, which I used quite a bit with coaching track and  my own training.  Last week I decided to take my plyos workout to the next level and push myself with the Gymboss.  



The result?  Pure exhaustion and a great workout!  I used my outdoor gym - i.e. the driveway, grass and rock wall for my equipment.  My box jumps were on the the rock wall, the jumping lunges in the driveway and burpees on the grass.  

I chose to do 10 rounds of 50s on/10s off intervals.  What I love about the Gymboss is that it takes exactly 10 seconds of looking at the instructions to figure out how to use it.  So easy.  I really dislike equipment that is complicated - and the Gymboss is not!  

Yoga
In addition to the plyos, I have been adding in yoga more and more into my routine.   While I trained for my first marathon, I participated in a group called Yoga to Run hosted by Terry and Jen.  Terry is the owner of Freeport Yoga Company.  In addition to yoga, Terry is also a seasoned marathoner.  She knows what runners need!  If you live in the Freeport, Maine, area, I urge you to sign up for Terry's Yoga for Runners 5 week session starting on 9/2.   (If you sign up, let Terry know I sent you!)  

Yoga for Runners

I hope to make it to at least one session.  I work at the gym on Tuesday nights.  Maybe I can swap with one of the guys.  I really want to make it.  Terry is amazing!  

How is your training going?  What are you training for?