Friday, October 30, 2015

3 Easy Workouts to do with your Kids and Bosu

I received the BOSU and BOSU Sport products to review via my association with Fit Approach. All opinions are, as always, my own!

Izzy and I love working out together! It's kind of what we do after school each day.  She comes home...we take Tucker to soccer, I run, then we do a workout.  It doesn't have to be a long workout - but it's time together doing something we love!  

The FitFamily BOSUstrong challenge gave us a new challenge - trying new things with the BOSU!

SKIING

I'm not a skier.... never even tried it.  Perhaps this is the year?  I don't have an interest in trying it...but I do live in Maine and I kinda feel like I need to at least try it?   Or not.

But, in the meantime, Izzy and I will stick to "skiing" with our BOSUs.  This workout gets the heart up and works those legs!  And is sure to bring lots of laughs.  





The INCHWORM!
This workout is so much fun!!!!  "worm" your way out to a plank.... then "worm" your way back in with your butt in the air.  It's that easy!   You are working your core and arms.  A win-win!  




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PLANKING
And finally, you cannot forgot planks!  They work it all.  We were signing some songs while we planked.... which I think makes it 10x harder!





If you purchase a BOSU Sport, you can get the BOSU Sport-Kids DVD for Free with the code BOSUSWEATPINK15 code.


Thursday, October 29, 2015

My Favorite Workout + Giveaway #FaveWorkout

I received a Grokker membership to review via my association with Fit Approach. All opinions are, as always, my own!


My preferred workout is running; however, I love to accent my training program with strength and stretching - which in turn will make me a better runner.  It's all connected.



With our crazy schedule we call life in the Boudreau household, I barely have time to fit in my run, let alone driving to a yoga studio to practice yoga.  That is why I LOVE Grokker.  I mean, check out the selection of Yoga Video Topics!  And this is just Yoga.... Grokker has Fitness, Cooking and more links as well!


Grokker has an extensive collection of fitness videos (and cooking videos) that are for anyone and everyone - kids, adults, newbies, and fitness fanatics.


I have enjoyed the Yin Yoga videos a lot.  I feel they compliment my running routine more than anything.  THIS yoga video has been my favorite one by far. I find them incredibly relaxing and Izzy loves joining me as well!

Easily Accessible
Grokker is with you where ever you go and with whatever device you have!  You can view your videos on your:
* tv
* tablet
* computer
* phone

Membership
Grokker offers two membership options:

and to sweeten the deal a little more....Grokker has a special treat for you - use the code 99CENTS for your first month of membership (for a price of $0.99).


A GIVEAWAY!
Did someone say GIVEAWAY?  Yes...that's right!  Grokker has offered one Running With The Girls reader a 3-month premium membership.

*Entrants must be 18 years of age or older
*Enter below through Rafflecopter.
*Giveaway begins today, 10/29/15 and ends 11/6/15.
*I will email the winner randomly chosen through Rafflecopter.  The winner will have 24 hours to respond or another winner will be selected.

Best of luck!


Wednesday, October 28, 2015

My Love Affair with Spandits

Way back in the Spring of 2012, Ward said to me... you need to check out this new company and he pushed his iPad over to me.  His HS Track Coach, Kelley Cullenberg and her friend, Sarah, another long time runner/coach, joined forces and created a running apparel shop named Spandits.   Immediately I sent off an email to Kelley and Sarah asking to review a pair of their capris.  We planned a meet up in Farmington at a local 5k, where I would try out Spandits in the race and then write a blog review.


Lucky Spandits for me!  I placed 3rd for women pushing Izzy! 


It took me all of 2 seconds to fall in love.  My first pair of Spandits will always be my favorite...but it definitely started an addiction to Spandits.  Since the spring of 2012, I have been lucky enough to serve as a 3 season Spandits Ambassador...and have added a couple more, well, okay, over 30 pairs of Spandits to my collection.  I have all of the lengths - shorts, boy shorts, over the knee, 3/4, full, thermals, skirts, headbands, arm sleeves, skull caps, a dress, and a hygge.


missing a few.... but you get the picture!


I've been wearing Spandits for over 3.5 years...and I have loved every single pair these ladies have made for me!

my brf and I - both Spandits Ambassadors...both LOVE our dresses!

Spandits is MORE than an apparel company.  It's 2 women - moms/coaches/athletes - who came together and formed this company to provide runners with high quality, custom active apparel you can do anything in - run, swim, yoga, errands, sleep, work, you name it!  They know what runners want in what they wear..and they strive to make their customers happy!  Each pair of Spandits bottoms has a little pocket on the inside for your key, money or fuel.



Kelley an Sarah listened to the input from runners who had some rubbing and changed the stitching to a flat-lock stitch so the stitch would be on the outside and eliminate any rubbing.  I never noticed any before with the stitching...but I love how they listened to their customers!



They also customize the length of your apparel when you order it!  If you are a taller woman or shorter woman...they will make your bottoms to fit YOU.  And they will customize the prints..you can mix and match the prints and have one leg one color/print and have the other leg another color/print.




Spandits isn't just for women either!  My husband LOVES his!



And so do my kids!



Custom shorts for kids are the cutest!  She's in love with these!




Funny side note.  Kelley is the finish line timer for the youth summer meets, and each time Tucker crossed the finish line she would whisper "you're fast, but you'd be faster in Spandits".  He's 12 and in that awkward stage where he won't wear Spandits shorts (yet).. but he'll wear arm sleeves!


I had the opportunity to run with Kelley (far right) this summer!


and soccer too!


A few weekends ago I was invited to attend the Rise.Run.Retreat.  Part of the goodie swag bag was a custom pair of Spandits!  This totally sold me right then and there... another pair of Spandits?  Hell yes!  I chose a capri version of the custom shorts I had made for Izzy over the summer.  Now we're twinsies!  


I even chose to wear my Spandits when I met Deena Kastor at the Runner's World Half and Festival! 



I was a super proud Spandits Ambassador when the ladies put their pairs on at the Rise.Run.Retreat and ran in them.  The comments were positive and the ladies were happy!  And maybe I was grinning from ear to ear.




A photo posted by Jen Boudreau (@runningwtg) on


And my newest pair of Spandits....







and even my brother-in-law loves Spandits!




A photo posted by Jen Boudreau (@runningwtg) on


As you can tell, you cannot go wrong with Spandits.  Made by runners listening to runners' needs...but not just limited to running - you can do anything in Spandits!  Also made with high quality that will last forever!  Yes..I still have my original pair of Spandits.  Actually, I have every single item I've purchased from Spandits.




Are you sold yet?  Spandits just added a few new prints.  You should check them out, buy some for yourself or friends ... because you know, Christmas is coming up!  And use SPANDITSLOVE for 10% and of course, say Jen B from Running With The Girls sent you!

And after you wear your Spandits - share your love on Instagram and always use #SeenInSpandits.

disclaimer:  I received a pair to review as part of my participation in the Rise.Run.Retreat.  However, I was not required to provide a positive review.  As you can tell, I already have a great love for Spandits.  

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Pumpkin Apple Cider Muffins + Giveaway

I received Fit Body Bakery product to review via my association with Fit Approach. All opinions are, as always, my own!



For the past 2 months, I've been committed to eating cleaner, which meant I basically cut baked goods out of my life for 2 months.  I know there are ways to eat clean with baked goods, but I seriously didn't have the time.  Then I came across an opportunity through Fit Approach to review Fit Body Bakery and I knew I needed to try it out!  




Fit Body Bakery is focusing on helping people meet their health and fitness goals with delicious mixes packed with 6 grams (or more) protein per serving to satisfy you hunger and keep you active and going all day long!




A few more facts:
* contains 1/2 of the sugar of conventional mixes 
* sweetened with coconut sugar and stevia 
* made with 100% gluten free whole grains 
* contains no preservatives or artificial ingredients 





Because it's fall and because I'm obsessed with pumpkins and apples - I thought I would make a Pumpkin and Apple Cider Muffin with my Fit Body Bakery muffin mix!  


I added a little more pumpkin with some trader joe's pumpkin butter!


Pumpkin Apple Cider Muffins Recipe: 
* 1 package Fit Body Bakery motivator muffin mix
* 1/2 can pumpkin
* 5 drops of stevia 
* 1 cup of cashew milk (or any nut milk of your choice) 
* 2 eggs 

Mix the above ingredients.  Spray your muffin pan with your choice of oil, scoop into your muffin pan and bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes.  


You can save 15% off at Fit Body Bakery with the code SP15 from now through 11/30/15.  I'm excited to try out the brownie mix next!

And lucky for you, I have a giveaway for your choice of a Fit Body Bakery mix!  

* The giveaway is open to residents of the US only
* One prize per person (if you win this giveaway and have already won another prize from Fit Body Bakery through another blog, please disclose that you have already won so we can choose another winner) 
* Giveaway is open 10/27/15 through 11/3/15.  
* Winner will be emailed (please make sure you have entered a valid email when you enter!)  Winner will have 24 hours to respond or another winner will be selected.  
* Enter through Rafflecopter below 














Monday, October 26, 2015

Grand Slam Anyone? #RunnersWorld

I was born and raised in Pennsylvania until 1990, when my family decided to move to Maine.  We make it a point to go back and visit family about once a year... but I've never raced in Pennsylvania.  Well - I checked that off my bucket list at the Runner's World Half and Festival!  I actually checked off my first FOUR PA races in one weekend!  How about that?


The TRAIL Race!

rocking my Sparkly Soul Headband, Spandits Inferno Shorts, ProCompression sleeves and
pc racers & my Altra Torins
This year Runner's World added a new race to their running festival - a 3.8 mile trail run, which brings to total running mileage to 26.2 miles!  I felt honored to participate in the first year of adding a 4th race to the festival.




The Trail Race took place Friday afternoon at South Mountain Park.  David and Lacey took us over in the vans - which was rather awesome!  Not having to worry about how to get there, where to park!  



pre race selfies with Nancy and Linzee 

We had already toured the area earlier in the day and had a sneak preview of part of the course...but still really didn't know what we had in store for us!  I was nervous about running on trails.  I like them - but I also fear getting injured.  My plan was to just take it in and enjoy myself.  And that I did!

loved the instant stats right to my phone!
thank you Runner's World for a kickass app!


But somehow I came in 4th for my division?  Really?  Ward asked if there was only 4 people in my division.  Haha, funny guy.



And how about FREE race photos?  YES!

showing off our "medals" or REI swag bags... either way...bloggers love to show off!


we're a pretty awesome group..aren't we?  
The 5k! 
Both the 5k and 10k were held Saturday morning at the Steel Stacks.  It was a little chilly, but not too bad.  I opted to go with a short sleeved shirt and bring my arm sleeves just in case.
Headsweats cap, fleece Brooks arm sleeves, Altra Torins, ProCompression PC racers,
Atayne Maine shirt and my newest Spandits print - Mamba!

It was also David Willey's birthday, you know, editor in chief of Runner's World.  That guy knows how to throw a party!




The best part of a chilly race morning?  Getting to hang out inside to stay warm!  And no porta-potties!  


Altras for the win!  Heather and I opted to run in our Altras!  
Erika (middle) is an ambassador and always runs in hers!  I love the colors of her One 2.5's!  


Steel Stacks!  I must be obsessed with them...because I keep taking pictures of them.  



The course itself was a great one!  Just a couple of hills in there to give you a challenge, but nothing compared to the hills I've run up here in Maine.  I did enjoy running on the other side of the river and maybe got too excited when I realized I ran past a place I parked a couple of years ago when Ward and Wade ran the Lehigh Valley Marathon.  (another race on my bucket list)

I wanted the 5k to be a good speed workout...but wanted something left in the tank knowing I still had the 10k and half marathon to get through.  I was aiming for 8:10's - 8:20's...and failed miserably.




These race photos are great!  The only difference between my 5k and 10k photos are the arm sleeves.




The 10K!
There was a little wait between the 5k and 10k, so I headed inside to stay warm.  When it got closer to the start, I found Susan and Heather and we headed over to the starting area again.  This time, I opted to bring my arm sleeves because I wasn't going to run as fast and knew I'd be a little colder.





The 10k course started off on the same 5k course, but had a little extra loop to it.  It was so pretty!  Again... a couple of hills but it was all good!  I don't want a super flat race anyway.



What I did love was the final stretch...which is the same final stretch for the 5k and half... coming in under the arch with the fire on top.  The music was pumping and then you get high fives from Bart and Deena!  Oh heck yes!



I was super happy with my time!  A little faster than I should have...but I just went with it.  Why not? Right!  



Showing off our 5k and 10k medals.... awesome pants and kickass shoes!  I love my roomie!  


And check it out!  Happy bloggers showing off their Altras and medals!  





The Half Marathon!
Sunday morning was the half marathon...and the forecast was calling for cold.  Like 29F.  This Maine girl is used to this.... in November/December.  It really takes me until February to think that 29F is "warm"...so on the first cold day, I grabbed my winter running hoodie.  Perhaps a little overdressed but I definitely wasn't racing and wasn't going to get very warm at all.


oh look!  Spandits!  Inferno capris now! Altra Torins, ProCompression PC Racers, and Headsweats headband




5 minutes prior to the start, Heather and I were hanging out around the 9 minute mile pacer..when I got a text from my dad.  "At the start".  Whoa.....say what?  Heather is super chill....and came with me while we scoured the crowd looking for my dad...who dragged poor Barb out of bed and made the drive from Harrisburg to Bethlehem to surprise me.  And that he did!  It totally made my day!  Thank you, dad and Barb!!!!



After some hugs and photos, Heather and I made our way back into the starting area and soon we were off... soon we saw Susan and Laura!  Here's a great Headsweaty Selfie!





Heather stuck with me the entire time.  It was so fun to run with her!  She's a freaking riot and a great runner!  I am in awe of her training for a 24 hour race.


 It got me thinking that I should do one some day.  We didn't have any goals with this one...just to finish and have fun!  And that we did!



After we finished, we grabbed our medals (that Heather and I brought and put in our bags at bag check..so we'd have all 3!) and took a quick photo with Susan, Allie and Laura.  





And then we were off to find my dad and Barb...and take a photo with all of my medals and the Steel Stacks.
 


And you know what?  I ran all 4 races - yep - the ENTIRE Grand Slam in my new Altra Torins!   Something I never would have done before with other running shoes...but these shoes are the best! Thank you, Altra!  





Thank you, David and the rest of the Runner's World Crew for a fabulous four days!  I don't know why I was selected, and probably never will know, but to have this opportunity was a dream come true!  I will cherish these moments forever.  Hopefully I'll be able to return to Runner's World next year!







Disclosure: I was invited to attend the Runner's World Half and Festival as a blogger influencer.  I was not required to write a positive review.  As always, all opinions expressed on my blog are 100% my own.