Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Tried It Tuesday

Happy Valentine's Day!  And if you're in Maine, happy late start or snow day for you.  The clean up is still going on from yesterday's blizzard dumping, just in time for another crazy snow tomorrow!  I can honestly say I am 100% done with snow.   But, from the looks of it, the snow will be here for a little while, so I may as well embrace it.   Sorta.  

I love snowshoeing and if I can make a trail or two, I'll get out and do more snowshoe running in my fields and woods.  But someone suggested I look into snow mobile trails.  I'm sure there are some in my area.  I just don't know where.   I'll do some searching and perhaps head out there.  That would keep me from the side of the roads where it is super dangerous (on my road especially!) and change it up a bit from my treadmill love-affair.  

Something I thought would be perfect to share with you today is my love for Red Ace Organics.  I've been trying them for a little while now and really do love them!  What are they?  They are shots of beet juice to give you energy all day.  

I love beets and the benefits of beets.  But I don't like peeling them and cooking them.   My problem is solved with Red Ace Organics, because all I have to do is open this cute little bottle. 

Red Ace Organics comes in three different flavors:   Beets Performance Shot, Beets and Turmeric Shot, and Beets and Greens Shot.  I cannot say if I liked one more than the other because they were all tasty.  

I am super sad they are all gone, but if I head over to the Red Ace Organics website to order, and use the code runningwiththegirls, I will save 15% off my order and YOU WILL TOO! Which I think is definitely worth it!   These little shots were tasty and definitely gave me a boost of energy that we all need!  

Have you ever tried beet juice before?  I have and didn't like it.  BUT, Red Ace Organics is FAR better and tastes amazing!  

disclaimer:  I was sent a case of Red Ace Organics to review. I did not receive any additional compensation and was not required to give a positive review.  As always, all opinions expressed on my blog are 100% my own.  


Monday, February 13, 2017

2017 MidWinter Classic Recap

My 6th MidWinter Classic is in the books.   If you live in Maine, I believe this is the must-do race in the winter.  I look forward to it each year and this year was no different.  

MidWinter Classic is a 10 mile race in Cape Elizabeth usually held the morning of Super Bowl Sunday.  You never know what the weather will be like.  One year the temperature was in the 40s and I wore shorts!  But this year was definitely not shorts weather (for me anyway).  

It was actually a pretty nice day.  Sunny, in the high 20/low 30s but windy.  I opted for my Spandits fleece lined Bandit, Spandits custom tights (half Abyss and half Fast Cat), Darn Tough socks, Mizuno gloves, Altra One 2.5s, and my Altra half-zip top.  

Before heading down to the race, I rolled out my tight hamstrings (and calves, quads, IT band... the works).  I love how my Trigger Pin does the job. 

I mostly chose my One 2.5s because they had my Momentum shoe charms "Finish Strong" on them; always the best inspiration on race day! 

Pre-Race photo op with Emilie, fellow Altra Ambassador.  Love repping Altra!  This is one race I usually don't care too much about being in the front.  It's a great race.  Not too big, not too small.   It's only crowded for the first 10th of a mile, then after that, you can find your pace rather easily.  So I usually just hang out in the back.  This time, I was definitely not ready when the cannon went off.   But I quickly kissed Ward, our pre-race ritual, then off I went.  

The hardest part of the race is to not go out too fast.  The first couple of miles are mostly downhill.  This year, I had been battling a cold the entire week before the race, so I knew going into the race that it was not going tone a fast one.  I just wanted a good workout.    As I've run this race 6 years, I know exactly when I need to smile and be ready for David Colby of Maine Running Photos.    Thank you, David!  

The course itself was great.  The hills were exactly where they were the last 6 years.  They didn't get any smaller, which is a shame.  But I was ready for them.   And finishing smiling is always a plus!     I finished in 1:25 and change, 6 minutes shy of a PR but 6 min faster than my slowest MWC, so I'm good with this.   And I didn't end up with Pneumonia like I did after the race one year.  

I couldn't wait to get out of my smelly clothes and put on something dry, comfy, and cute!   My #LoveRun t-shirt from Run Far Gear is a definite favorite of mine. (PS I'm a new Ambassador for Run Far Gear.  Use code RFG2017JB for 10% off!)

While it wasn't my fastest year, and I was FAR off from any age group placing, my husband was 3rd in his age group and scored this awesome backpack!  I love the different prizes MWC hands out to the winners and AG winners each year.  

After the race, we went to C Salt, a cute market just beside Cape Elizabeth HS.  We could smell the deliciousness as we ran past it toward the finish and had to check it out.  I chose the perfect breakfast/lunch - the burrito with green tea and a blueberry Kombucha.  My only question is why haven't we gone there before? We've been missing out.  

One more thing.  I do love how MidWinter Classic has kept the same style of race shirts each year for the past few years.  The simple style is something I really like, but the color this year is my all-time favorite.  Thank you, MidWinter Classic for putting on a fabulous race each year!  I am already thinking about next year's race!  


Friday, February 10, 2017

Friday Favorites with Kamagon Ball

The following post is sponsored by Hedstrom Fitness via my partnership with Fit Approach.  In addition to compensation, I was given free product to facilitate this review. All opinions are my own. 

Fridays ARE my absolute favorite day of the week.  It's almost like suddenly I can see the light at the end of the tunnel and I feel rejuvenated again!  Or maybe it was the early release Tuesday, late start on Wednesday and then full on entire day off Thursday all due to that four letter word - SNOW!   The week kinda flew right by and before you knew it, Friday was here!

This weather lately has me wanting to stay inside as much as possible, which is completely okay with me as I've been building my home gym for a bit so I'm pretty much all set.  The latest and greatest piece of equipment has been the Kamagon Ball.  They what ball?  Yes, the Kamagon Ball.  It uses Hydro-Inertia, the utilization of water to create an unstable resistance that increases core strength and stability during exercise.  And you get to choose how heavy you want your Kamagon Ball to be because YOU fill it with water.  Sooo easy!  

It's THAT easy.  I love it.  Customizable fitness.  You don't have to have several different sizes laying around.  One piece of equipment.  DONE!   I like that it looks like a kettle bell but it isn't because it has two handles, which adds to the range of uses.  BIG time!   

As you can tell from the 4 weeks of #FridayFiveMoves - you have arm, legs, core - all at the same time.  

The Kamagon Ball is easy to adapt to just about any strength exercise.   Lunges, squats, oblique twists, crunches, jumps, tricep extensions... the list goes on!  

You get what I'm saying??? I love this thing!  

And I have a super discount for you from now until my birthday (the BIG 40!) use the code SPHF25 for 25% off until 2/28/17.  How on earth am I going to be 40?  I think I need to do something crazy to celebrate.  What do you think?  What are your suggestions?   

Until then, enjoy my little cameo here.  I'm seriously such a dork when it comes to videos.   I should practice them a little more.