Sunday, July 12, 2015

I'm on Periscope! #BamagirlrunsPeriscope


     Over the last couple of weeks I have totally become ADDICTED to Periscope!!!  If you don't download another app this year...you gotta download this one! 

     Of course I could watch videos all day on YouTube, Facebook, Instagram or Vine all day BUT when I realized that with Periscope, I could connect with friends and chat back and forth...it was done deal! I instantly became a Periscope junkie. ;) 

     I recorded my first LIVE broadcast this week, had total fun with it and can't wait to record more! My brain is just swirling around with things that I wanna talk about! 

     Check out my first Broadcast here:
https://youtu.be/b7oI74zpmuk

     Stop what you are doing now, go find me and all of your other friends and let's have fun with "The Periscope". ;)

Happy Running and See you real soon on Periscope! 

Monday, July 6, 2015

My Super Cushy Mizuno Enigma 5 Review! #Enigma5


Welcome to my Mizuno Wave Enigma 5 Review!
#Enigma5
     It's a sign of the times when the first thing that you do when you get new running shoes is....Snapchat and Instagram them to all of your friends!

     That's right. I was totally excited to try out these new Mizuno New Wave Enigma 5's before they went on the market. I have owned the Mizuno Wave Rider 17's in the past and really liked them. In fact, I pulled the Wave Rider's out of the box and put them on my feet and ran a Half Marathon in them. Talk about trusting the company. Mizuno!! I trust you.

     I decided to try out these super cushy shoes on my 8 mile Saturday morning in Birmingham. The toe box was wide enough (I have a wide foot), the color was cute and neutral (I have a Silver and blue) and there were no issues with comfort or function.  I do believe that runners will be happy with this new model.

Birmingham, Alabama.


     After I tried out my Mizuno New Wave Enigma 5's on a long run, I decided to try them out for a couple of shorter and faster runs. I ran the hills of my neighborhood and WOW. I just cannot get over how cushy they are. Sometimes it's hard to tell during a long run...you tend to forget everything about your feet. Where I can really put shoes to the test is on the shorter runs. Again, no problems at all. 

More Information on Mizuno New Wave Enigma 5:
The new Mizuno Wave Enigma 5 raises the standards in cushioning with the introduction of u4ic-X (pronounced euphoric-x), Mizuno's newest midsole foam technology that delivers the softest, most responsive cushiony ride.

Combined with light and flexible materials to allow freedom of movement, the Enigma 5 offers additional cushioning with new U-shaped Wave Technology to reduce shock at foot impact.

This is the running shoe for those seeking the ultimate ride experience on a neutral platform with a smooth heel-to-toe transition.

Men's:
Weight: 10.9 oz.
Ramp: 12 mm.
H/T:  25/13
Sizes: 7-13, 14, 15

Women's:
Weight: 8.8 oz.
Ramp: 12 mm.
H/T: 25/13
Sizes: 6-11


     I enjoyed these shoes so much that I will most likely purchase the Wild Aster/Silver/Watherfall pair also!! I love the bright color as well as the fit and function of this shoe.

Great Job, Mizuno! 

For more information on the new #Enigma5 and other great shoes from Mizuno, please visit Mizuno.com.

Disclaimer: I was provided this test pair of Mizuno Enigma 5 as part of a Fitfluential Campaign in exchange for my honest opinion. I love the shoes and can't wait to try out different colors!

Thursday, May 28, 2015

RunDisney: Dopey Challenge Training Plan....Here I Go Again!



I know that I say this every year but seriously. I CANNOT BELIEVE that I'm about to begin training again for Walt Disney World's Dopey Challenge. 

For those who don't know, 2016 will be my third year to run this 48.6 mile challenge. I can't get enough!! The bling is just ridiculous, the self reward is fabulous and the race memories that I create get me all teary-eyed if I think about it for too long. 

Also known as Marathon Weekend....this is one of my favorite weekends of the entire year. Falling on the 2nd weekend in January, it's the perfect way to start off any new year. Talk about kicking off those New Years Resolutions...if Dopey Challenge doesn't do it for ya, nothing will! 

This race takes place over the course of four days....5k, 10k, Half Marathon and finishing with a Full Marathon on the last day. 48.6 miles total. Wake up calls are at 2am every morning. Vacation is in full swing and the friends that I see while at the parks?!?! Good grief. It's more fun than I can handle. My social media is outta control that week and I love EVERY SINGLE MAGICAL MINUTE OF IT. 

So here we go. June 1st is when I will begin. 

I do not slack on my training. 

I hear lots of chatter about how you don't need to "really train" for Disney races. That is sooooooo not the case. Respect the distance. Respect the course. Respect the Heat. Don't be a dummy...48.6 miles is no joke. 

I train hard and play harder. :)))


I've used a combination of a couple of different training plans and have also tweaked to fit my schedule. Nothing is set in stone and I'll mix it up when I need to. After all, I'm a busy Mom with three kids........Real life is not set to ANY schedule. 

Some weeks, I will run three days and some weeks, I will run four and some weeks 5. Eek!! Long runs will either be on Saturday or Sunday (depending on weather and if I have another race scheduled)

June 1
3 miles
2 miles 
3 miles 
4 miles

June 8
3 miles
2 miles
3 miles

June 15
3.5 miles
2 miles 
3.5 miles
5 miles

June 22
3.5 miles 
2 miles 
3.5 miles
5 miles

June 29
4 miles 
2 miles
4 miles 
Peavine Falls 8.2k

July 6
4 miles 
2 miles 
4 miles 
5k race

July 13
4.5 miles
3 miles 
4.5 miles
7 miles

July 20
4.5 miles 
3 miles
4.5 miles
8 miles

July 27
5 miles
3 miles
5 miles
10k race

August 3
5 miles
3 miles 
5 miles 
9 miles

August 10
5 miles 
3 miles 
5 miles
9 miles

August 17
4 miles
3 miles 
2 miles
13.1 miles

August 24
4.5 miles 
4.5 miles
3 miles 

August 31
4.5 miles 
4.5 miles
4 miles 
9 miles

September 7
4.5 miles 
4.5 miles 
3 miles 

September 14
4.5 miles
4.5 miles
5.5 miles
15 miles

September 21
4.5 miles
4.5 miles
3 miles

September 28
4.5 miles 
4.5 miles
6.2 miles

October 5 
4.5 miles
4.5 miles
8.5 miles 
20 miles 

October 12
4.5 miles 
4.5 miles 
6 miles

October 19 
4.5 miles
4.5 miles
7 miles

October 26
4.5 miles
4.5 miles 
4 miles
10 miles 
23 miles

November 2
4.5 miles
4.5 miles
Rock n' Roll Savannah 13.1
RunDisney Wine n' Dine 13.1

November 9
4.5 miles
4.5 miles
6 miles

November 16
4.5 miles
4.5 miles 
4 miles
Magic City Half Birmingham 13.1
23 miles

November 23
4.5 miles 
4.5 miles 
6 miles 

November 30
4.5 miles 
4.5 miles 
8 miles 

December 7 
4.5 miles 
4.5 miles 
5 miles 
12 miles 
Rocket City Marathon 26.2 Huntsville, Al. 

December 14 
4.5 miles 
4.5 miles 
6 miles 

December 21
4.5 miles 
4.5 miles
5 miles
12 miles
26 miles 


December 28 
4.5 miles
4.5 miles
7 miles 

January 4
4.5 miles
3.1 miles
6.2 miles 
13.1 miles
26.2 miles



I'm ready to get started with my training, ready to run long miles with my friends and ready to earn 48.6  miles worth of magical bling! 

Happy running and see you at the castle! 

To learn more about Dopey Challenge and other runDisney events, please visit  runDisney.com
















Sunday, May 10, 2015

Mothers Day 2015. #Sigh



Mother's Day 2015.

Mother's Day. 2015.

I would be LYING if I said that Mother's Day is my favorite day of the year. It's just not.

There are SO many expectations associated with this holiday that I've lost all sight some years of what's really important. I get so caught up in all of the gift buying, dinners, cards etc. that some years I just want a BREAK from it!! I don't know why but I always seem just "mad" on this holiday. I don't deal well with pressure. I hate putting pressure on my kiddos to buy me gifts. Hate it. 

I don't give gifts good and I'm not a good gift receiver.

But hey, Let's face it. I'm BEYOND blessed that I have daughters, a son, Moms, a sister, sister-in-laws, Aunts, grandmothers and great grandmothers all here with me. And trust me, we celebrate the heck out of Mother's Day. That's just it. I'm BLESSED.

Dangit. I take Mother's Day for granted. I take my kids for granted. I take my family for granted. Dangit. Dangit. 

It's not about the gifts...I don't want gifts.

This year was a HUGE eye-opener for me. There have been some pretty stressful days at my house lately and I have cried the ugly cry all day. I realized at 4:13pm to be exact, what was really important to me. I realized that being a Mom is everything. Just everything. I realized that there are so many things that I don't do right. And then I realized that there are so many things that I do better than right. That's right...I'm bragging on my cool Mom self and I'm beating myself up at the same time. ugh.

Yuck. I hate days like this. #RealityCheck

Regardless, my kids are absolutely beautiful to me. They represent every good side of me and I can't even begin to describe that emotion. I just don't even deserve that.

I sat and watched each one of them today for hours. Hours.

I french-braided hair. I helped one get an outfit together for school tomorrow. I helped one get ready for a concert tomorrow night. I helped one brush off the nerves for volleyball tryouts. I helped one fill out some school paperwork. I helped one download some stupid music that I probably shouldn't have. But hey, it's great workout rap music so we went with it. I watched. And watched. And watched. 

Little things. But all so important to them. And to me.

I cried all morning in Church. I look like hell in this picture above. I won't edit it though. I want to remember this day forever. Ugly cry, mascara running down my face and all. 

I need to look at this to remind me of how much love is there for them. There's just so much. EVERYTHING that I do is for them. I mean EVERYTHING. 

I made a promise to myself that Mother's Day 2016 will be so different and I mean that from the bottom of my heart. No regrets. No dreading this day next year. No ugly cries.

Crazy post tonight....sometimes I just go there.

Happy Mother's Day :)












Friday, May 8, 2015

Klo's Backyard Bootcamp


KLo's Backyard Bootcamp
     Every once in a while, I have a little idea pop into my brain and I just gotta go with it. Introducing KLo's Backyard Bootcamp! By the way, KLo is my nickname from the people who totally "get" my silly self. 

     I was literally sitting on my recliner one night (my nighttime spot) and was texting back and forth with a friend about working out, gym memberships and different things like that. I thought, heck...she should just come over and I'd work out with her. 

     My little dream was born.

     I decided to have a few of my friends come over and we would get a good sweat on. I wanted to keep it simple. I wanted it to be good though. 

     One thing led to another and one friend invited another friend and the next thing I know, I've got 9 of us in my backyard kicking bootcamp butt!

     I have been studying. I've been watching tons of videos. I've been shopping for different workout toys. I'm a total nerd when it comes to things like this. But again. I want it to be good. I stressed for days about which exercises needed to go together. I got out in my yard and did this class several times before I would let anyone come over. What works. What doesn't work. I love it.

     My friends know that I'm a total goof so we have ALOT of fun with it. We make fun of each other. We encourage each other. We get a tough workout in and we have a blast.




What are we doing??
Here's a brief rundown of what's on our itinerary. Keep in mind...these exercises will change with each class. I've tried to combine a perfect mix of Strength Training, Crossfit, Insanity and Bootcamp.

Warm Up:
  • Jog in place
  • Jumping Jacks
  • Standing Knee lifts 
  • Squats
  • Plank
We repeat that warm up.

Next we move into Hill Sprints and then cool down.

We are right back into Mountain Climbers, Pushups and Squat Jacks.

Stations are next. 
  • Kettlebell Swings
  • Pushups
  • Anyway you want them-Situps
  • Squat/Bicep Curls
  • Burpees
  • Squat/Bicep Push Press
  • Jump Rope 
In my yard, I have three different levels of cross ties. We go there for box jumps and tricep dips. OUCH.

We are on the mats next for lots of ab/core work and then we cool down.

I'm LOVING my little Backyard Bootcamp class. The sun hits us when we start and goes down by the time it's over. I've downloaded a ton of crazy music and we get down with the get down!

     I just want to encourage everyone to get out there and do something that they would not normally do. Whether it's go to a class or decide to host one in your backyard...or whatever you want to do!!

     I'm usually kinda scared to step out and try new things like this but I really cannot say enough how much I'm enjoying my class. And what did I just say?? #MyClass. Seriously. I love it.

     I told them all last Thursday night that "we are the little bootcamp class that could". We are going to be so strong by the end of the summer. I have high hopes for my class and I just know that it's only going to get better from here!

Happy Running and Happy Dreaming up new dreams! ;)


Enduropacks: A Team of Vitamins!


Welcome to my EnduroPacks Review!
    Way before I became a runner, I have ALWAYS been a fangirl of taking my vitamins. I must admit that I take a Women's Multi-vitamin one-a-day and after I found out about how Glucosamine affects your joints and pains, I have been taking that as well for years. I broke my knee cap in college so that knee just gives me fits!

     Last month, I tried out EnduroPacks Multi Vitamins and talk about WOW. I feel fantastic!!! I tried the multivitamin, Glutamine, Electrolyte Salt Spray and the Amino Acid Patch. I realize now that what I have been doing for years is OKAY but will not help me reach my full potential.

     I'm a sweaty mess after I work out and really like the Salt Spray.....I'm ALL ABOUT replacing my Sodium and Electrolytes!!

Hot Mess=Great Workouts.
     Seriously, I have a tremendous amount of energy, no knee issues AND....my running times and endurance levels have been fabulous!!

A little more info about EnduroPacks:

How to use your EnduroPack:
Instructions on how to effectively use EnduroPack

EnduroMulti Liquid Vitamin & Mineral
Wild Berry Flavor

1. Liquid Multivitamin:
One Tablespoon (preferably with a meal before your workout.)
EnduroPacks Electrolyte Salt Spray

2. Electrolyte Salt Spray
5-10 Sprays into your water bottle to hydrate during your workout.
EnduroPacks Essential Amino Acid Patch

3. Amino Acid Patch
Apply a patch immediately after your workout and leave it on for the rest of day.
EnduroGlutamine

4. Glutamine Recovery Complex
Take two capsules before going to sleep.

     My workouts have been awesome. Since January, I have included new Crossfit, Insanity, Strength Training, a few harder runs into my schedule and my last few long runs were great! I was thrilled with my last half marathon time. The time itself wasn't great but what was great was the fact that I had ran a super hard and hilly 15k the day before. And when I say hilly. I mean HILLLLLLLLLLLY. My legs were on fi-yah!!

     Sometimes a great "time" can be even better if it's a longer time depending on the course situation. Gotta keep all of that in perspective.

     Thank you Enduropacks...You are awesome.

 

Time on the left...Statue to Statue 15K in Birmingham, Al. (VERY HILLY)
Time on the right...Biggest Loser Half Marathon in Mobile, Al.
(flat course but my legs were killing me from the day before!)
One last thought:
     I really like how the Enduropack Vitamins compliment one another. It's kind of fun taking a team of vitamins. Taking something before I workout, while I workout and post workout keeps me focused on my health and very aware of my recovery.  It's also kind of fun to see how taking that team of vitamins really helps with my results!

     I will continue to take Enduropacks and am really glad that I was able to try the Salt Spray and Amino Acid patch. Those are two things that I would have probably never even thought to try!

     Try Enduropacks out for yourself for 30 days....I think you will be most impressed with your results. :)

     For more information on these Enduropacks, please visit Enduropacks.com

Disclaimer: I was provided a 30 Day supply of Enduropacks in exchange for my honest opinion. Honestly, they work!





Friday, May 1, 2015

My Puma IGNITE Review...I wanna be #ForeverFaster!


Welcome to my Puma Ignite Review!
I'm wearing the IGNITE Top and the Pure 3/4Running Tights.
When I was asked to write a review about the NEW line from Puma through Fitfluential....my response was HECK YEAH!! I currently own two other pair of Puma shoes and have a PUMA jacket that I have practically worn out. I love this product and was ever so excited!!

I am trying out the IGNITE Top, the Pure 3/4/ Running Tights and the new IGNITE Running Shoes. You remember that guy who is the fastest man in the world, Usain Bolt?!? Yeah, he wears Puma IGNITES so I knew I would like them. :)

One day, I'm gonna be Usain Fast. Just watch. 

What's so great about PUMA IGNITE?
Energy Return:
Full length IGNITE FOAM midsole's PU blend offers high rebound cushioning.

Step-In Comfort:
IGNITE FOAM provides instant comfort where you need it most.

Long-Lasting Performance:
ForEverFoam is used in the heel to disperse impact and provide extra durability.



I took my Puma's to the gym. ;)
A Little More Information on Puma IGNITE Running Shoe:
The PUMA IGNITE is our most responsive running shoe ever, and is worn by Usain Bolt, the world's fastest man. IGNITE features a superior cushioning material that disperses impact forces while providing optimal responsiveness and energy return to make you faster. Our unique PU foam formula offers high rebound and ultimate comfort where you need it the most. ForEverFoam is integrated in the heel to provide durability for long-lasting performance. The shoe's minimal upper design offers lightweight flexibility and an incredibly comfortable fit.
  • Flexible AirMesh upper with seamless overlays
  • Soft, ultra-thin suede tongue for more comfort
  • Moulded EVA sockliner hugs the arch
  • IGNITE Foam midsole for high-rebound cushioning.
  • Chevron flex grooves for increased energy return
  • ForEverFoam at heel for optimal durability
  • Flexibility through forefoot flex grooves
  • Transition Line mimics the natural gait pattern
  • Smoother toe-off for a fluid ride
  • EverTrack for durability in high-wear areas
  • Weight: 8 ounces (size 7)

Lets go for a test run!
     So I took my new kicks to the gym and out for a test run. I really liked them. Now let me just say that I only ran in them for 3 miles and they were perfect for that distance. I'm interested to see how they will be in longer distances. My feet are accustomed to lots of cush and from everything that I've read regarding the Puma IGNITE technology, these shoes should be able to compare quite nicely. However, I ordered them just a little bit too big so they are going to be shoes that I wear to the gym regularly.

Took my outfit to the gym.
3/4 Running Tights
A Little More Information on Puma IGNITE 3/4 Tights:
These 3/4 tights from PUMA Running are engineered for efficiency and will complement your training and running sessions with their functional features. Highly functional materials draw sweat away from your skin while anatomically placed air-flow features offer you superior temperature regulation to keep you cool and dry during exercise.
  • Keep your cool with coolCELL.
  • Mesh inserts for improved air circulation.
  • Bio-based wicking finish to keep you dry.
  • CLEANSPORT NXT finish for odour control.
  • Flatlock stitching for less friction.
  • Articulated knees for improved flexibility.
  • Elasticated waistband with drawcord.
  • Zip pocket with laminated waterproof lining.
  • Reflective items for enhanced visibility.
  • Lightweight, durable and elasticated material mix.



My clothes are a soaking sopping wet mess from the gym!
Let's see how quickly they dry. 
A Little More Information on Puma IGNITE Top:
With this lightweight running shirt from PUMA, you can rely on optimum comfort. Highly functional materials draw sweat away from your skin while anatomically placed air-flow features offer you superior temperature regulation to keep you cool and dry during exercise.
  • Keep your cool with coolCELL.
  • Jacquard back panel for improved air circulation.
  • CLEANSPORT NXT finish for odour control.
  • Bio-based wicking finish to keep you dry.
  • Raglan sleeves for freedom of movement.
  • Reflective items for enhanced visibility.
  • Soft and smooth polyester interlock fabric.     
The Results Are In!
    Okay. This is the real test for me. I took my outfit to the gym to get in a workout. There are two things that drive me really nuts when it comes to workout clothes....1. Shirts ride up. 2. My clothes stay wet for a really long time.

     I enjoyed wearing the top to the gym. No riding up. I absolutely LOVED the nice slim fit cut of the shirt. It was really figure flattering and I appreciate that! Thanks Puma!

     As far as the wicking material...I left the gym a soaking sopping wet mess (gross, I know) and drove for about 15 minutes to go pick up a friend for lunch. By the time I arrived at my destination, my clothes were nearly dry and I was able to go inside the restaurant in my workout clothes. Score! Again, it's the little things....Thanks Puma!

Puma Ignite Deep Blue-Team Italia Navy-FLUO Peach.

Puma Ignite Black-Puma Silver
So there you have it. I'm a total fangirl of everything Puma. I loved the running shoes in Deep Blue-Team Italia Navy-FLUO Peach so much that I've gotten another pair in Black-Puma Silver already. I would have never thought to order black workout shoes, but I really do like them!

There are a couple of other colors in the IGNITE Tops that will be hanging in my workout closet soon as well. ;)

Please visit Puma.com,  and follow the hashtag, #ForeverFaster, on social media to see how to order your own Puma IGNITE shoes and clothing!

Happy Running #ForeverFaster!

Disclaimer: I received the Puma IGNITE Running Shoes, Puma IGNITE Top and Puma IGNITE 3/4 Running Tights through a Fitfluential Campaign in exchange for my honest review and honestly, I love them and will be ordering more!