Friday, February 13, 2015

ZENSAH: #WhiteToBright Project


Welcome to my ZENSAH #WhiteToBright Project!

      I was asked to throw together a quick little outfit using ZENSAH "White" calf sleeves by my friend @redheadbabymama!.....I thought about this for a bit and realized that "white" pieces of running gear are just something that I don't purchase too much of.  I have two solid skirts and ZERO white shirts (unless they are race event shirts and then they are covered with logos.). Wonder why I don't buy any white?? Borrrrrrring. I like BRIGHT outfits!!!

     This might be just a little bit of a challenge for me!

     What I came up with was something cute and SIMPLE. I chose to pair my calf sleeves with solid Black shorts, a super cute red top, a houndstooth visor (because I'm from Alambama, ya'll) and my white running shoes.

     Most runners own a pair of black shorts....mine are LuLulemon. My visor is from my local Alabama College Football Spirit store. My shirt is a Champion/runDisney shirt that I purchased from the Health and Fitness Expo at Walt Disney World. My shoes are Brooks Adrenaline GTS15.


The completed look!
     Why did I choose these items??
I chose them because I like to color coordinate. The houndstooth visor gave me a little bit of playful pattern, the red shirt was BRIGHT and the I absolutely loved the White Block Font to match up with the calf sleeves. The Black Shorts?? Well. One can never go wrong with Black and most runners own a pair of solid black shorts.

     So there you have it. I would have probably never picked out White Calf Sleeves when given so many different options to purchase from ZENSAH. However, now that I have taken on the #WhiteToBright Challenge, I will totally be re-thinking my current wardrobe and how I can turn those whites into BRIGHTS!!!

How Do I like them??
     I have been wearing these calf sleeves alot since I received them!! I only own one other pair of socks from a different company (I like those too) but sleeves are just a little bit different. To me, they are not as tight and they are great to go for a quick run in! One thing that I do like about the sleeves vs. socks is that I can take these on and off when I need to without taking off my socks. I can now see why runners are believers in compression items....I am too. :)

Now for the GIVEAWAY!!!
ZENSAH has given me a pair of White Calf Sleeves to give to you!! Leave a comment here and let me know that you want to win them!! It's THAT easy!!

I will pick a random winner by the end of next weekend, so hurry!

For more information on these Calf Sleeves and other great compression products from ZENSAH, please visit ZENSAH.com and be sure to follow the Hashtag #WhiteToBright to see other ways to use your white sleeves!!

Disclaimer: I was provided a pair of white calf sleeves to coordinate and outfit with and also one pair to give to you!! Thank you ZENSAH!!

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Try Not to Judge Please #ILoveMyBusy


What you might see me post online may seem like my life is simply beautiful and full of nothing but goodness.  And most days it is.....but when you have someone (who doesn't know you at all) say that "all you do is leave". 

HERE WE GO. Get to know me a little....you're a little bit on my nerves. 

There's a lot that goes on behind my scenes. 

You are right. I do make time for ME and I don't apologize for that. 

Here's an example: 

It's almost 3:30pm, I worked out hard today. One hour of CrossFit and 3.1 on the treadmill after I got my kiddos off to school and I'm JUST NOW making a quick sandwich with the end pieces because I forgot that we are out of bread. Terrible. Just terrible. 

Please don't follow my example on this one.... Most days I try to eat and recover after a good workout but today was not the case. I was headed home after my workout....got a text from my Mom. Had to run by and see her at work, I was supposed to stop by a printing company for a 5k that I'm working on. That didn't happen. The guy was gone to lunch. I missed him.  I'll go tomorrow.  I volunteered to bring dinner for a lady at church who is fighting cancer....I gotta get to the store. 

Meanwhile my hubs calls..."Hey Gramma wants you to take her to get her nails and hair done."

Detour. 

One of my kids left their track clothes at home. Go to the school. Detour again. 

Pick up my Gramma,  go grocery shopping for the church dinner. Keep in mind that I'm not cooking dinner for my own family....we will grab leftovers at home. Take her to hair appointment. I run over to the tanning bed. That's right. I laid there IN SILENCE for 15 minutes. Go back and pick her up. 

Get home and start cooking the church dinner...it needs to be delivered by 5pm. Inhale a sandwich, I'm jumping in the shower, gotta go run and pick up my girls by 5 too. Conflict of time! 

I have to hurry. My Gramma's Physical Therapist will be stopping by 4:00. 

My boy has a Basketball tournament tonight. We need to eat dinner and have homework done by 6:00. At the latest, 6:15. 

Hey, this is kinda my day everyday....BUSY. Family of 6. 

So when my hubs calls and says, "How could you forget to this? How could you forget to do that?" He's a crazy person so I tune him completely out. I mean like, I REALLY TUNE THAT NONSENSE OUT. 

Goooooood grief!!! I'm doing good to keep my head on straight and chug down as much coffee as I can. 

But guess who is not complaining?!?? Ummmm. That would be me.

I'm glad that I was home to get my kids off to school. I'm glad that I got to see my Mom. I was texting my sis while I waited for my Gramma. That nice lady at Church will have a home cooked meal....her life is terribly different than mine right now. I chatted with my Bestie on the phone on my way home from my workout. I listened to my girls go nuts about how sore they are after track practice. I have a good tan going on. I get to see my boy tear it up tonight on the Basketball court. My Gramma looks fabulous. And yeah, I'm still a little hungry but I'll throw a protein bar in my purse and will be just fine. I'm typing this while I'm drinking a cup of coffee and most likely will Instagram something ridiculous. 

Here's to being busy and yes, here's to getting ready to leave to go on another race trip. I am the most "here" person that I know...So please try not to judge and always try to make time for a good lunch. :) 


Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Tiux Compression Socks Totally ROCK!!


Welcome to my Tiux Compression Sock Review!
     One of the things in the world of running gadgets that I have never invested in has been....get ready to sit down for this one. COMPRESSION SOCKS!!!! I know. I know. Whhhhyyyy???

     I'll tell you why. BECAUSE COMPRESSION SOCKS ARE PRICEY!!!

     Look no more. I have found a pair that are reasonable and super cute too. Meet my new TIUX Compression Socks.

     It's been cold here in Birmingham, Alabama so I had originally wanted to test them out last weekend on my long run. Ummmm no way. It was in the 30's when I started running. I needed long pants, gloves, hats. I wanted to be able to show them off in my review, not just have them on underneath my long pants. Unfortunately, the complete review would have to wait. ugh.

     So I ran long and then I put them on while I was laying around on the couch. WOW. No wonder my running friends just rave about compression socks. I could feel the magic happening in my calves. They felt tight, yet very comfy. No soreness after my long run.
A little R&R with my new Tiux Compression Socks.
Long run....I love you now!

      Fast forward to Tuesday and I'm still dying to get out there and test out my new socks. I decided to go for a 3.1 mile run in them to test the waters. My opinion?? I LOVED THEM!! I was totally feeling like a ROCKSTAR zipping around my local park!!
I kicked butt on my run tonight!
My new socks are giving me attitude.....and I like it!
Fast 5K--I'm giving credit to my new socks!

     I felt fast. And my legs felt GREAT!!!! I'm a believer in my new Tiux Compression Socks.

A little more information on Tiux Compression Socks:


Design Features
Wide top band for comfort.
Calf support and stabilization.
Achilles tendon protection to prevent blistering and irritation.
“Y” heel for contoured perfect fit.
Padded footbed provides cushion and shock absorption.
Seamless toe for maximum comfort.
Breathable mesh instep to keep your feet cool and dry.

Graduated compression (20-25 mmHg) to increase blood circulation.
Constructed with premium technical fabrics for superior moisture management and breathability.
200 thread count for ultimate durability,comfort and fit.
Left and right anatomical design.
Benefits
Enhance performance by accelerating blood flow to provide more oxygen to your muscles, while flushing out metabolic wastes.
Reduce muscle fatique and damage by minimizing muscle vibration.
Recover faster and improve muscle repair with increased blood circulation.
Prevent blood pooling in the feet.

     Oh and did I mention that they are ONLY $35?!?! That in itself will make me want to buy another pair!!

     This may not be a big deal to alot of people, but I SO appreciated the socks being labeled with Left and Right. I know that I'm not the only person on earth who gets a little delirious after they run. I would never put them on the right feet if it were left up to me. ;)

Left and Right Labels. ;)
     Overall, I loved my new socks and I like that they are black. I can wear these with lots of different outfits! That's kind of important to me....the cute factor. ;)

     Feel free to visit Tiux.co to grab a pair for yourself!

Disclaimer: I was given a pair of  Tiux Compression socks in exchange for my honest review. I give them an extra dose of Bamagirlruns love because I think that they are just groovy baby!




Road Runner Sports Runner Of The Month---Hey! That's Me!


     Every once in a while, I'm totally caught off guard with a major surprise. I'm not really "good" at surprises. I never know how to react....I want to scream. And Shout. And Let it all Out! (See what I did there?)

     But seriously, I really was taken by total surprise a few weeks ago when I received an email from Road Runner Sports  asking me if I minded being featured as their February Runner of the Month. Would I mind?!?!? Are you kidding me??? I was SOOOOOOO flattered that they (one of the largest sports stores) wanted ME. WOAH. I have no words!!! I have been ordering my running shoes from them for years. They are lightning fast with their shipping and have an awesome VIP program. 

     To me, I'm just a girl who jumps on the treadmill most days, takes a few workout classes, cooks dinner every night and runs my kids around to ball games, practices etc. However, I do run a lot of races, I train hard and I'm a social media butterfly so I GET it. I want to inspire people. I want to encourage others to just get out there and do it. Whatever "iT" is for you. Running is totally my thing and I love it whether I run outside by myself, on the treadmill, or at an organized race. I love it all and can't get enough. 

     To say the words "Thank You", may not seem like enough but seriously, THANK YOU. I'm beyond excited to work with Road Runner Sports. I'm feeling like a true VIP!!! I even ordered a new Road Runner Hoodie and can't wait to sport that around after my workouts! 



     For the month of February, I will be featured on their Facebook Page and Instagram account. I hope that you will check it out and then go buy your new kicks from Road Runner Sports! :) 

Friday, January 23, 2015

Running With My Funk. #ME


Rarely do I ever post too much about my personal life here on my blog but lately, I've just been in a mental funk. When I get that way, I usually turn to running. I love that about myself though. I turn.

I hate conflict. I hate drama. And I hate people that act dumb. 

Don't get me wrong, I'm a total goof by nature. That's not what I'm talking about here. 

I am struggling with a lot of personal issues. I'm struggling with just being "me". 

I like "me". I think I'm a pretty cool chick. 

I wear ALOT of hats in my house. We are a family of six plus two dogs and I do it all. Blah blah blah....every Mom does it all. That's not a news flash. And I'm not complaining. 

But "Me" is tired. Not the Mom "me". Not the wife "me". I'm talking about the Kristin "Me". Mentally worn out. 

I just realized that most people online don't even know me by my real name. Who IS that girl? 

I love to race, I love to seek out new adventures, I love to just dream. But what I love and what everyone else need from me are two different things. 

Over the last few weeks, I've been shut down and I really hate that. Mentally, I just can't go there. 

I love my job. I love my life and my fam. But I do not love being shut down. 

I do not wanna be in a mental funk so I'm releasing that. I'm not running from this. I'm running WITH my funk. I don't know all of the answers nor do I care to right now. 

I am going to stay on top of my game though. I won't give in to negativity. And I will keep dreaming big. 

I love most of the hats that I wear in life but I've got room on the hat rack for a couple more that mean something to me.  

I know that everyone goes through ups and downs in life and I'm totally prepared for the ride. Until I figure out how to get a grip on my hat rack situation, I'll keep pushing forward. 

So today I put on my favorite purple pants and took it to the gym. I needed to vent. I needed some "me" time. I got my "me" time and I got a clear headed workout. I've got a fire lit and I'm not backing down anytime soon.  I still like "me". Issues and all. I'm gonna keep that feisty "me" girl around for a while! 

That Kristin is a tough cookie and I like her. :) 

Happy Running and Happy "Me". :) 



Monday, January 19, 2015

January Abs and My Own Personal Challenges.

January 19. 2015. 

Over the last few weeks, I've really made an honest effort to work on my abs...I posted back in Novemeber that I was going to post pics and hold myself accountable. Yiiiiikes. So here ya go! These are the mid-January abs. Do you even know how much posting these pics takes me out of my comfort zone?!?! A friend inspired me to post my progress pics so I took that advice and am going with it. 

However, I can see a little definition going on so I'm super happy that I've decided to really stay committed to this. 

I love love love my Insanity and Crossfit classes and have been invited to go try out Iron Tribe and Pure Barre over the next couple of months so I'm going to be hitting it hard. I'm pumped! 


The side view is the scariest. And seriously. I really should clean up my bathroom. 

What's coming up next?!? 
I've got Glass Slipper Challenge, Tuscaloosa Half, CCC10k and a few others over the next few months but my main focus is Country Music Marathon in Nashville. That race kicked my butt mentally last year and I want redemption this year. 

I'm coming for ya Nashville, Giddy Up. The hills in my hood are about to be put to the test. 

So I'm continuing to lay off of as many carbs as possible, eating tons of green veggies, drinking lots of protein shakes and am really tuning in to my sleep habits (thanks to FoodForSleep) ....and I feel GREAT! 2015 has been really good to me so far and I'm ready for every moment that the rest of the year has to offer. I live for a good challenge and right now I'm happy with challenging myself. :) 

Happy Running and See you in the gym. :) 

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Belk #FitFest Review!

     “I am a member of the Everywhere Society and Everywhere has provided me with compensation for this post. However, all thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.“
Welcome to my Belk #FitFest Review!
Men's UnderArmour on display. 


     Last weekend through Everywhere Society, I was invited to attend Belk's  Fitfest at the Riverchase Galleria in Birmingham, Alabama. This was a really cool Fitness event located in the middle of the Women's Dept in Belk. Vendors were on hand to answer questions about fitness and healthy lifestyles. And boy oh boy did I have questions!

     Over the last few months, I 've been taking a ton of classes at my gym so I had tons of questions about Fitness. I was also able to sample some healthy snacks and smoothies, get a free hand massage, and even learned about Piyo, Bootcamp and Crossfit Classes!
Thank you for all of the healthy and yummy snacks!

Keihl's on hand with free hand massages.
Cuisinart Smoothie Demos. 

     When I first arrived, the guys from Irontribe Fitness were there to greet me. I've seen these guys in action before so needless to say, I was a little worried when they challenged me to a one-minute workout. But I thought....one minute?? Sure. Why not??

     Well let me just tell you that their idea of a one minute workout and my idea of a one-minute workout are two different things. I got on the rowing machine and did as many rowing exercises as I could in 30 seconds and then did as many squats as I could in 30 secs. I won't give my final score but I think I did pretty good. Well...let's just say, I broke a complete sweat in one minute in the middle of the mall. Not bad for a 42 year old Mama!
I really need to work on my speed rowing skills. 


A little bit about Irontribe:
Located in more than 60 locations, Irontribe Fitness is headquartered in Birmingham, Al. and this business has exploded onto the Fitness Scene!!  Here are 3 fun facts about Irontribe Fitness.


Fun — It’s more than a workout. You get fit in a group, with new exercises to challenge you, and new friends to cheer you on. You can call it a community. We call it the Tribe. Our member athletes don’t have to be here — they want to be here!
Fast — Our program is designed for busy people. That’s why you’ll find some of the most successful people in town here. Get in, get fit, and get done in about 45 minutes.
Fitness — Iron Tribe combines body movements, personal coaching, and healthy nutrition, in a safe, supportive program. For male and female athletes, ages 6-73 (so far). Our members lose weight, gain strength, sleep better, enjoy more energy, and experience a total life change.

So....I loved the one-minute challenge so much that I decided to go for a 2-minute Challenge! This is where the rubber met the road. I did rapid kettlebell swings, more rowing exercises and even more squats! Talk about a sore booty the next day. Yikes!!
KettleBell Swings with the Irontribe Crew!
     I met the ever so sweet Christa Richardson AKA the most awesome Piyo Instructor EVER!! She teaches in at Convivial Health in Northport Alabama so if you are looking for a Piyo Instructor there, she is the BEST!
Getting a lesson in Piyo from Christa Richardson!

     Next up the guys from Xtreme Fitness Birmingham were on hand to give me a few lessons in hardcore working out! I tried out a series of exercises....Burpees, Ball Slams and Shaking the heavy ropes. I would NEVER in a million years thought that would be a hard workout but WOW was I wrong!! Those ropes kicked my butt!
Burpees and Ball Slapms!


A little bit about Xtreme Fitness Birmingham:


Xtreme Fitness, LLC  is committed to providing safe and effective exercise programs that will enable yo to  see real results in the shortest amount of time possible. Our goal is to motivate, educate, and inspire people to reach optimal levels of performance and balance in life. Our expert and passionate team of trainers are driven to transform lives by empowering people to reach their full potential. Our comprehensive approach includes personal training, athletic conditioning, life success coaching, on-going support, motivation and accountability.

We provide clients complete body transformation specializing in

Weight loss
Gaining Strength
Toning
Improving their zest for living
Improving Energy
 Overall health
Increase metabolism
 Accountability
Motivation
Program Design
Flexibility
Sports Performance
Xtreme Results!!!



Oh my gosh! The ropes are tough!! What a great workout!
     What a great way to spend the day! I really enjoyed attending Belk Fitfest and will definitely check in to some of the gyms and try to take home some of the ideas and things that I learned. I like attending events like these that I can learn things on hand meet new people. 

Having a great time and learning so much at Belk's #FitFest.
     Thank you again Belk and Everywhere Society for the invitation! I can't wait to return next year!

Happy Running and see you at Belk FitFest!