Monday, August 24, 2015

STRAIGHT OUTTA Thinking INSIDE my #TrainingRockBox! #RocknBlog

STRAIGHT OUTTA  #TRAININGROCKBOX....YO.
      What does one do when you have the MOST FABULOUS Box of Training Goodies show up at your doorstep from Rock n' Roll Marathon Series? This girl goes into Full Heck Yes Ninja Mode.

      Little things in life make me happy and when a little box is PACKED FULL of goodness, I gotta share it with the world.

      To recap my love relationship with Rock n' Roll Marathon Series...I am one of their Rock n' Bloggers this year and am through the roof excited to be running their Las Vegas and Savannah Races. Holla!

      I was SO hoping to be able to work Brooklyn into my schedule this year too but it's not looking promising...New York, I'm a struggle! SOS. Lol.

      Back to the #TrainingRockBox....

As soon I saw the hype on the outside of the box, I knew it was going to be a fun one.

I was 100% Correct.


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For the Love...WHAT'S IN THE BOX?!?!

      The first thing I saw was a handwritten note from our fabulous leader...Ashley. Love hand-written thoughtfulness. Seriously, I do.


Let's go through each piece....

Thanks Brooks Running!
#RunHappy
1. Awesome #RockNBlog tech tee from Brooks.  Love this! I'm a fan of grey and gimme any shirt with a hashtag and I'm a #HappyGirl. #ForReal.


      More from Brooks Running....This awesome hat in a cool pattern. I appreciate these colors...navy, pink, grey. So versatile!
Brooks Performance Hat

Yep. I'm loving it.
Side Zip Love!
       Let's talk about this side zipper....I can put my GU Energy Gel, money, credit card in my hat?!? Brooks...I love you. This brings me to the next item....GU Energy Gels!! These flavors tho.
Vanilla Bean, Blueberry Pomegranite, Tri-Berry, Strawberry Kiwi.
(Check out my awesome camera work. ;)
#GUForIt
I've got LOTS of long training miles coming up and these will definitely be put to use!! Thanks GU!

Gatorade Endurance Formula Powder Stick
      Gatorade Endurance Formula... There were three of these packages in the box. A few things about this:
      Lemon-Lime is my fave flavor. These packages are meant to be added to 24oz. of water. PERFECT size after a long workout. I'm a fan of anything that I can take on the go with me. Thanks Gatorade!

TransAmerica Power Blank Cell Charger
#Active4Tomorrow
      Anyone that knows me online (OR IRL), knows that I'm a Social Media bug! TransAmerica...you knew the way right to my heart. Give a girl a new battery charger and she will love you forever. ;)

Nature's Path Foods
Qi'a Cranberry Vanilla Cereal
#EatWellDoGood
      One of the products in our box was a bag of Nature's Path Foods Q'ia Superfood Chia, Buckwheat and Hemp Cereal. I gotta be honest and tell you that I have NO IDEA what to do with this!! But. I'm excited to try it out. So very thankful for the recipe cards that were included. 

      Per the back of the bag...." Enjoy as a breakfast cereal, hot or cold; or add to yogurt, smoothies, oatmeal, or salads for an added nutritional boost."

Serving size: per 2 tbsp (30g)
Servings per container: about 7

Calories: 140
Calories from Fat: 60
Total Fat: 6g.....9%
Saturated Fat 0.5g....3%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 4g
Monounsaturated Fat 1g
Cholesterol 0mg.......0%
Sodium 0mg.......0%
Total Carbohydrate 14g......5%
Dietary Fiber 4g......16%
Sugars 3g
Protein 6g

Ingredients: Chia Seeds, Buckwheat groats, Hemp Seeds, Dried Cranberries (cranberries, cane sugar, sunflower oil), almonds, vanilla flavor. Organic. Contains Tree Nuts. Produced in a facility that uses soy, peanuts and milk.

Thanks Qia Superfood! This cereal looks AWESOME!

Sports Authority Gift Card....Yes Please!
     You know it's a good day when you receive a gift card JUST BECAUSE. Yep. It's a really good day and I have no idea what I'm going to purchase but I'm going to tuck this away in my back pocket for when I need a cute new tank for a race or something like that. I'm a sucker for cute new race clothes. 
      Thank you Sports Authority! Running Gear Retail Therapy is a girl's best friend!

Maui Jim
#MauiFilter #Mauireflection
      The Maui Jim Discount Card was really interesting to me. I currently own a pair of Maui Jim Aviators that I run in daily so I realize the value of this card but am curious as to what online training is?!? I'll do the research and if I buy a pair of these...I'll report back!!

      Thank you Maui Jim....I'm quite certain that this is a FABULOUS DEAL!

35% off Discount from Garmin.
#GarminRocks
     I have been a Nike+ Sportwatch girl for the last several years but heck, maybe it's time for a change. With this great discount card from Garmin, I could see that happening. If I don't use it for myself, I will definitely share with a friend, or two. :)

      Thank you Garmin for providing this great discount card that I can use for TWO ITEMS....my friends will definitely be pleasantly surprised!

Let's talk Compression Socks....


     Thank you CEP for including a pair of Women's Compression Socks in my size! I received this awesome blue pair....I would have NEVER bought this color in a million years but I'm liking them a whole lot! It's great to try new products in new colors and varieties.

I'm THINKING INSIDE THE BOX!! ;)

Look at these fabulous blue socks....
I'm going to ROCK them out with a cute skirt or pair of shorts.
#JustSayin #OwnIt
Flat #TrainingRockBox
So what is better than a TRAINING ROCK BOX??? A FLAT TRAINING ROCK BOX!!!!
Here's a look of all of the goods.....I cannot wait to put every single item in this box to work towards my race training. Training for races is hard enough and it's REALLY nice to have cool gadgets, quality gear and new things that I would not normally splurge on for myself to train with. I can't say THANK YOU enough to Run Rock N' Roll  and the great sponsors of the #TrainingRockBox!!! My overall thoughts???.......


Here is more information about each item in the box and links to all of the FABULOUS sponsors!

Brooks Running | @BrooksRunning | #runhappy 
In the box: Brooks Performance Hat

CEP | @ CEPCOMPRESSION
In the box: CEP Compression Socks

Garmin | @GarminFitness | #GarminRocks
In the box: 35% off coupon, redeemable online, code on the card

Gatorade Endurance | www.gatorade.com/endurance
In the box: Endurance Formula Powder Stick

Dropping knowledge: Hydration Tip: Make sure to practice your race fueling strategy in training to make sure you can tolerate fluids on race day without problems.  Learn more at www.gatorade.com/endurance

Offer: Get 20% off your choice of Gatorade Endurance products when visitingwww.fuelbelt.com/GatoradeEndurance.  Enter code ENDURE20 at checkout. Valid through 9/31/15.

GU Energy Labs |@GUEnergyLabs | #GUforit
In the box: GU Energy Gels

Dropping knowledge: Train with GU, race with GU, and recycle your packets! TerraCycle and GU have partnered to create a Performance Nutrition Brigade, a free recycling program for performance nutrition packaging, and a fundraising opportunity for participants. Thanks for your help in keeping sports nutrition OFF the roads and trails by stashing your trash and OUT of the landfills by taking part in our TerraCycle recycling program!

Offer: Save your performance nutrition packaging and bring it to the GU booth at your next Rock ‘n’ Roll expo for your chance to win (2) race-day VIP passes! What are you waiting for, #GUforit!

Nature’s Path Foods | @NaturesPath | #EatWellDoGood
In the box: Qi’a Cranberry Vanilla Cereal

Dropping knowledge: Qi’a (pronounced Kee-ah) is our NEW Superfood Cereal made with Chia, Hemp and Buckwheat. This power trio is full of plant-based Protein, Fiber and ALA Omegas. Boost your nutrition after your run with only 2 tbsp. of cereal and feel the energy from this powerful, functional, and nutritious superfood.

Maui Jim Sunglasses | @OfficialMauiJim | #mauifilter #mauireflection
In the box: coupon for 70% Maui Jim products after taking their online training!

Sports Authority | @SportsAuthority
In the box: $25 Sports Authority Gift Card

Dropping knowledge: We know training is tough and it takes a lot of time. We hope that when the time comes during training, and you need something, we'll be able to help. We'll also be cheering you on across social media and at many of the races in the year ahead! Find your local Sports Authority: bit.ly/SA_RnRFindAStoreor Shop online: bit.ly/SA_RockNRoll

Transamerica  |  @Transamerica |  #Active4Tomorrow
In the box: Power bank cell charger

Dropping knowledge:  Running races, crushing your personal records, and achieving greater results takes planning. By planning ahead, you can reduce worry that something could get in the way. Transamerica is here to help with a variety of solutions from race registration protection to insurance, investments and retirement planning. Transamerica helps people plan for a better tomorrow. Explore Products.

Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series | @RunRocknRoll | #RocknBlog
In the box: digital hug from Ashley, 2015 Team Rock ‘n’ Blog Brooks Technical tee

Happy Training and Happy THINKING INSIDE THE BOX! #StraightOutta #TrainingRockBox



STRAIGHT OUTTA #TRAININGROCKBOX.
YO.

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

If I can do it, YOU can too! #WorkHard

Disclaimer: This post is meant to be a celebration of being healthy and in shape. In No Way am I writing anything negatively towards anyone battling weight issues. Please know that in advance. :)

I wasn't sure if I EVER wanted to post pregnancy pics on my blog but if you are my friend on Facebook, they are there....so why not?!?

Well. I'll tell you why not. BECAUSE THEY ARE AWFUL!!!!! Well okay. They are not awful. I was pregnant.....but still. I don't want to be THAT heavy again. I want to be Healthy. I am very THANKFUL for these pictures though. 

I weighed 204 pounds. 

Here's' the scoop.....make it a double scoop. See what I did there?! ;)

I've never thought that I had a real weight loss story before. I workout. I run. I teach group exercise classes. I personal train. I run a Bootcamp. I motivate. I encourage. 

But seriously, I like to do ALL of those things. I like to be fit. I like to be healthy. Not gonna lie....I like to wear cute jeans. ;) 

So when people ask me....."so what's your story?" I just kinda have a weird look on my face. 

I just always considered myself to fairly consistent when it came to my weight. 

HOWEVER, let me present this lovely little jewel of a pic! This pic came from the morning when I delivered  my first baby. I weighed in at a whopping 204lbs (almost 90lbs heavier than when I got pregnant). So I guess reality really needs to set in. Gaining 90lbs and eating like a maniac is NOT NORMAL. I think I ate McDonald's everyday for the first three months straight. #QuarterPounderWithCheeseIsMyWeakness. Mid-Pregnancy, My Doctor told me..."at this point, there's nothing I can do to make you quit eating, you look like you are enjoying every bite". #OUCH

Truth hurts. 

Going from a size 2 to wearing maternity clothes waaaaaaay after I delivered my babies is NOT CONSISTENT. Looking back on it. I was delusional, overweight and completely out of shape!!!

I have never beat myself up about it though. No need to do that. I gave birth to three beautiful, healthy babies and there is no amount of "skinny" would I ever trade for that. 

My goal post-pregnancy was to be skinny! Boy oh boy, did I do that!!! I drank Slim-Fast, dropped all of the weight. And then some. I also ended up in the emergency room because I had not eaten in weeks, had not slept and was completely dehydrated.....so stupid. But I was skinny. Yay me. 

Fast forward 5 years....l was turning 35. My last baby was going to kindergarten. I had not exercised one bit. I decided to run a 5k  on my 35th birthday. The rest is Bamagirlruns history! 

I've managed to keep the weight down, have made exercise a daily priority, work in the fitness industry,  kicked the sugar habit and am proud of all of the goals that I have achieved!! I'm not super skinny anymore. And don't want to be. I weigh in now around 138....140 if I eaten a few extra pieces of pizza! #NoShameInMyTruthGame

Now my main goals are to stay healthy and keep my kiddos active...I think I'm doing a pretty good job. ;)



So there ya have it...that's my story and I'm sticking to it! No quick fix, no crazy diets..just hard work, CONSISTENCY, and lots of miles logged. :))))

Happy running, happy exercising and Happy Transformation Tuesday...lIf I can do it, YOU can too! Work Hard!! 


Monday, August 3, 2015

It's OFFICIAL!!! I'm Going to Runner's World Half Festival!!! #RWHalf



I'm going to Runner's World Half & Festival
Presented by Altra!

     I am beyond excited as I'm writing this post!! I am OFFICIALLY headed to Runner's World Half & Festival Presented by Altra in October!!!!!!

      This is a race that I have had my eye on for a couple of years now and I've been invited by Runner's World Magazine to attend. Seriously. I am humbled. I am grateful. I am eternal THANKFUL.
This is my reaction when I received the Happy Confirmation for the RWHalf!!!

     It is NO secret that I love Runner's World Magazine....I even entered the contest to be on the cover!! Crazy longshot dream I know but I entered. You can't win if you don't enter, right?? 

     Back to the race details...This Race will take place the weekend of October 15-18th in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. I've never visited Pennsylvania before so I'm happy about that too! 2015 continues to be a year of firsts for me.

     The Race weekend will consist of a 5K, 10K, Half Marathon with a recent addition of a 3.8 mile trail run. Running 30.2 miles in one weekend?!?! Yes Please!!!

     Most people that know me in real life know that I absolutely love to run crazy challenge races. This weekend is right up my running alley. To run the 5 and 10K is considered "The Five and Dime" and to run the 5K, 10K and the Half Marathon is considered "The Hat Trick". There will also be a new name for adding in the trail run....stay tuned because that name has not been announced yet!! SO exciting!!! 

     As if running the races aren't exciting enough, I've heard a rumor that Deena Kastor will be there also. Okay Okay it's not a rumor, IT IS FOR REAL!! Deena Kastor will be running!!!  Seriously. I'm just TOO excited for this race weekend. 

     Runner's World has created a special discount code for me to offer to all of my friends! Please use it and COME RUN WITH ME!!!!!!
CODE: BLOGBAMAGIRLRUNS

This code is good for:
$3.50 off of the 5K
$4.00 off of the 10K
$7.50 off of the Five and Dime
$9.50 off of the Half Marathon
$17.00 off of the Hat Trick

     There are so many great things on the agenda for that weekend that I cannot even wrap my brain around how much fun it's going to be!! I'm already planning what I'm going to wear. I need shorts and skirts. I need cute socks. I need cute everything!! Priorities!!!!

     For more information on this race weekend, Please visit www.runnersworld.com/rwhalf.

I will be Blogging, Facebooking, Instagramming, Tweeting and Periscoping from the event.....Woah. I need cute Battery Packs too!!!! LOLOLOL

Happy Running and See you at Runner's World Half!!


      

      

     


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 :)