Wednesday, July 23, 2014

What do your kids see?? #BeYourself



     I was going through my camera roll last night and found this pic. What in the world?? 

     This was taken by my 2nd beautiful child who is always taking the most random pictures. However, it dawned on me...this is what she sees when she looks over at me. ME. 

      She wasn't taking a picture of a perfectly posed pic. Not edited. Not cropped. Not ready-for-Facebook. Authentic and real. ME. 

     I'm at Little Caesar's drive-thru grabbing a few pizzas because I promised them that I wouldn't cook or run tonight----we are catching up on Once Upon A Time, three episode marathon. Whoop!  Water in the console. Seatbelt on. I'm on the phone as we pull up trying to cancel an appointment. My wallet is always always always HOT MESS but I always carry a cute wallet. I've got lots of arm candy. I'm in a cute simple grey t-shirt dress that I got lots of compliments on...cost 3.49 at Gap outlet and I never leave home without my sunglasses. I whip off my sunglasses to talk to the drive thru person. I don't know why I do that but I do. 

     Moral to the blog post: I'm happy that I found this picture and it made me realize that my kids see the real me. My kids capture the best of me. I'm happy that I can post even my worst pictures. I mean, I'm missing my head in this picture. Lol

     It's important to me that I match up my real life with my online life. 

Yeah, we all want that perfect Facebook/online life where we are all happy all of the time, all on the most perfect vacation or we all have the most perfect clean home with the most perfect well behaved children. Or do we?!?! 

     I DO NOT. That's not life and that's NOT what my kids see. I'm so very thankful for the constant reminder to be a little more like my real self everyday. I was punched in the face with this last night. :) 
     
     I only wish she would have gotten a glimpse of my Alabama curly hair in July. Now that's worth a zillion pictures for Facebook! 

Happy Running and have a "REAL" Happy Wednesday. :) 



     

Monday, July 21, 2014

Emergen-C Giveaway!


Raspberry and Triple Berry

     Summer is here and while most people are not thinking about those nasty winter colds right now, it's just as important to keep those summer yucks away too! I want to help you stay healthy and hydrated!

     Being a runner, I'm constantly in search of ways to stay hydrated. Good ole' fashioned water is my number one choice (Dasani is my fave) but let's face it, I like to mix it up every once in a while. However, I won't sacrifice junk for flavor. One of my solutions?? I reach for Emergen-C!

     I'm excited to be able to host a two month supply of Emergen-C to all of my blog readers!

What is Emergen-C?

   Emergen-C are individually packaged Vitamin C and Electrolyte Supplements. They are great to throw in your purse, gym bag or to keep in the pantry at home. Each packet of this fizzy drink mix contains more Vitamin C than 10 oranges (plus electrolytes & antioxidants)! WOW. I don't know about you, but I don't really remember the last time that I ate 10 oranges in one day. Seriously, that's good stuff!

ORIGINAL FORMULA
Emergen-C Old School! Our original formula and still our best seller, featuring essential nutrients, including 1,000 mg of vitamin C and other immune supporting antioxidants zinc and manganese, 7 B vitamins to enhance energy naturally, and electrolytes to replenish post-workout!*

*Super Orange
*Raspberry
*Tangerine
*Cranberry-Pomegranite
*Tropical
*Lemon-Lime
*Acai-Berry
*Pink (Pink Lemonade)
*Blue (Triple Berry)
*Planet (Dragon Fruit)

EMERGEN-C IMMUNE+
The super-charged Emergen-C Immune+® dietary supplement supports your immune system with the key nutrients your body needs, plus a propriety complex with beta-glucans and arabinogalactans.

*BlueBerry Acai
*Citrus

EMERGEN-C KIDZ
Emergen-C Kidz vitamin supplement drink mixes offer all of the fun and fizzy goodness of the original Emergen-C, now specially formulated just for kids! For each box sold, 25¢ is donated to Vitamin Angels®, to provide lifesaving vitamins to one child for one year. Plus each packet provides a whopping 250 mg of vitamin C, antioxidants, B vitamins, and electrolytes – to keep your kids feeling good every day.

*Kidz Fruit Punch 
*Kidz Orange
*Kidz Grape

SPECIALTY FORMULAS
Helping you stay healthy is our… well… specialty! Emergen-C specialty formulas contain targeted nutrients to support specific health needs.

*Vitamin D & Calcium
*Joint Health
*Heart Health
*Life with MSM
*ElectroMix

With so many different natural flavor varieties, you can find a flavor that is just right for you!

Giveaway information:
Prize Details:

Prize includes 2 Boxes (30ct each) of Emergen-C. (Raspberry and Triple Berry). 
How do I win??
Leave a comment on this post telling me if you've ever tried Emergen-C or not. That's it! No rafflecopter, easy peasy! Oh, and be sure to tell you friends about it too. :)

Giveaway ends on Friday, July 31st!

Make Healthy Contagious! Be sure to visit emergenc.com/share to request a FREE sample of Emergen-C to send to a friend, family member or coworker!

Happy Running, Good Luck and Have a Healthy Day! 

*Disclaimer: I have been provided samples of Emergen-C because I am an Emergen-C Ambassador! I am providing feedback based on my own opinions, giveaways and reviews of this product.  All thoughts are my own.






Monday, July 14, 2014

Running With ALGAE?!? Don't be afraid! #PoweredByBits

Look what I'm trying out today!
ENERGYbits!
   I've heard the all the rage over the last year or so about the company called EnergyBits. Lots of my runner friends swear by them, say they are fantastic and are even ambassadors for the company!

    I just could not bring myself to try them. Algae??? Oh I just don't know if I could.

    However, I'm a twitter junkie and the @EnergyBits Twitter account is top notch when it comes to being interactive with runners and twitter chats. You can most likely find them hosting or participating in #runchat Twitter Chats. I love companies that REALLY interact with their consumers and for that reason alone, I felt inspired to try these on one of my hot summer runs! Totally worth the hype!

What exactly are EnergyBits???

ENERGYbits® are tiny algae tabs so nutritionally dense, they eliminate fatigue and hunger instantly. Want a healthy, natural way to fuel your game or fire up your brain? ENERGYbits® are for you! NO caffeine, sugar, chemicals, gluten or soy, just pure, plant based nutrition, all for just ONE calorie per tab.

ENERGYbits® have just ONE ingredient - organically grown NON GMO spirulina algae – a super food endorsed by the United Nations and NASA as the most nutritionally dense food in the world. Spirulina has been a favorite of gold medalists for decades. Now it’s your turn. Be powered by BITS™
30 tabs equals 30 calories!
     I set out with my friend Holly for a 5 mile run and decided to try out my Energybits. I ate 30 of the little pieces of Algae, chugged with a big glass of water and then hoped for the best! That's only 30 calories...I can handle that! I gave her a sample too and she said she would definitely try them again. After we ran, we both decided that we did not suffer any stomach issues, nausea or side effects from these tablets. We only felt the positive results....Success!
Me and one of my BRF's Holly!
We were #PoweredByBits
     I have to say that I really did feel energized throughout my entire 5 mile run. The first two miles were pretty much like normal (the hardest two miles) but I did not find myself wondering when I was going to be done.
5 Mile run at a great pace...never felt tired!
     Usually by the end of my run, I'm ready to be done! After trying these, I felt like I could go 5 more miles no problem!

     There is an unusual taste with them but I won't say that it was bad--just unusual. Just like everything else, once you get used to it, you won't even think twice about it. I remember back in the day when I first started using energy gels, I could hardly get those down. They are SO sweet, so thick and some just do not taste good!! These algae supplements are healthy and natural.  I'm a HUGE fan of that!

     I will definitely not hesitate to try Energybits again! Next time, I want to test them out on a longer run...maybe 15 or 20 miler! That's when I will need some serious energy!!


More interesting facts about Algae:
Algae was the first plant life on earth almost 3 billion years ago and is considered a superfood because it contains virtually every nutrient. It has over 60% protein content, over forty vitamins and minerals and a more complete amino acid profile than beef or soy beans. It is also one of the best known food sources of beta carotene, B vitamins, antioxidants and chlorophyll.

Spirulina algae is a cultivated algae which has been consumed for thousands of years by the indigenous peoples in Mexico and Africa. It has the highest concentration of protein earth - triple that of steak as well as the second highest concentration of an Essential Fatty Acid called GLA (second only to mother's milk). Its nutrient profile is so similar to mothers milk, it is considered a "perfect food."

Chlorella algae is harvested in fresh water tanks and has been used for over fifty years in Asia. It has a remarkable ability to help remove toxins and help build the immune system. All naturally. Chlorella contains over 40 nutrients including all the B vitamins, vitamin C, zinc  and many minerals. It offers so many benefits we would never have enough room here to list them all.


For more information on energybits, vitalitybits, skinnybits and recoverybits, go check out energybits.com.

**Have you ever hesitated to try something new on a training run??

Disclaimer: I was given a sample of this product in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Seven Reasons Why I Will Always Be a #runDisney Princess!

Inaugural Princess Half Marathon Finishers!
Me, My Mom and My Sister.
     What started over six years ago as a trip to Walt Disney World to run the Inaugural Disney Princess Half Marathon  has now become a yearly tradition for me, my mom, my sister and some our best girlfriends. I'm proud to say that four of us have ran every Princess Half Marathon since 2009! We are Perfect Princesses!
     Last year, we added the Glass Slipper Challenge (Enchanted 10K--6.2 miles on Saturday and Princess Half Marathon--13.1 miles on Sunday) to the weekend runnning agenda and that was fun too! So much fun that I will be registering again this year for the 2015 Glass Slipper Challenge.

     Since 2009, our group of Princesses keeps getting larger and larger. I cannot tell you how much fun I've had hanging out with my best girlfriends and meeting new friends along the way (online and in real life). I've also been motivated to stay in shape and become a better runner knowing that I will always be a Perfect Princess! Thanks runDisney!

2009. My sister and I ran the Inaugural Princess Half Marathon...Just the two of us! 
We had so much fun that we came home and told our other Princess friends all about it.....
2010. Meeting some of the Pixie Hollow Fairies with my Princesses!
2011. Running with my Princesses through Fantasyland!
2012. Stopped with some of Princesses in front of Cinderella Castle!
2013. Pre-race meetup with my Princesses!
2014. Our group has gotten Huge!
Love every single one of these Princesses!
We even met new Princess friends in the airport!
Princesses Unite!
Hope to see them all again in 2015!
     I can hardly believe that I'm about to register for my 7th Disney's Princess Half Marathon! In honor of that, I've come up with 7 lovely reasons why you should register too! 

1. Become a Princess---from the moment we enter the Health and Fitness Expo to the moment we cross that finish line, we are emersed in glitter, tiaras and shiny bling! Let's face it, "Mom Life" isn't always glamorous...during Princess Weekend, WE ARE PRINCESSES!
Expo fun with Princess Minnie!
Shopping, shopping and more shopping at the Expo!
The Health and Fitness Expo is truly fit for my group of Princesses!
2. Running is more fun with Princesses---Maybe I should move this to Reason number one. Really, I cannot say it enough. There is nothing more fun than running with all of my girlfriends. It's not just about the running either....we hang out at the parks, eat lots of yummy food and have quality "girl time" during Princess Weekend. These are some of my most precious memories.
We just "dropped" into one of our favorite hotels for a visit! 
Disney's Hollywood Tower of Terror!
Our tradition. We have dinner at O'hana after every Princess Half Marathon!
One day we are going to take up the entire restaurant!
Fun Times with my Princesses!
3. Disney---Whether you are running at Walt Disney World, Disneyland and now the newly added 5k on Castaway Cay on Disney Cruise Line, there is no place more magical to get your run on! Every mile IS magic!
Disney's Princess Half Marathon Weekend.....No laundry, no cooking, no cleaning!!!
Yippppppppppeeeeeeee!!!!!!!
4. All-inclusive---this is HUGE people! Everything from Event Transportation, Dining, Resorts, Packet Pickup, Running Seminars, Training Plans and an interactive staff that truly cares about their guests are available to you. I've ran a lot of races and these are definitely some of the main reasons #WhyIRunDisney. :)

My Group Selfie Just Got Happier!
So fun running the Royal Family 5K with Leanne and Aubrey...two of Disney's Social Media's Rockstars!
I ran into Steven Miller (one of my favorite Disney Parks Blog authors) before the race.
Love that he's out early supporting all of the runners!
Darrell and Raquel of runDisney and Disney Sports....Thanks for the Team Spirit! See ya at the Finish Line!!

We found Pirate Bob Hitchcock! arrrrgggg.

Big hugs from  the most Charming race announcer EVER, Rudy!!
5.  Motivation and Support---the runDisney community is the best in all the 'world'! The online support from friends and family as well as the great volunteers and chEAR squad along the course is just amazing!! There is nothing better than receiving high fives (or high fours) from volunteers wearing big Mickey Hands. That never gets old!

Even the most magical Baristas on Earth came out to chEAR on me and one of my BRF's @carrieburrows during the Princess Half Marathon.
This was one of my favorite moments of the race.

No better feeling that running to the Finish Line with thousands of chEARleaders in the grandstands!

6.  Course entertainment---Did I fail to mention that you might just spot Mickey Mouse on the course?!? That's all I ever need! I stop for every single character photo opp. Always have. Always will. After all, it all started with a mouse. :)

The only thing better than finding Mickey in New Fantasyland is....
finding Mickey AND Minnie New Fantasyland!

Elsa on the course during the Enchanted 10K! She made it snow at Walt Disney World! I guess she just couldn't hold it back anymore. (Sorry, I had to.) lol
7. The Finish Line and the Bling!!!! runDisney medals are beautiful! In true Disney fashion, there is so much attention to detail and they are always changing from race to race. I have bit of an obsession when it comes to collecting these. And I'm OK with it. ;)

Where else can you cross the finish line and have the Fairy Godmother waiting to congratulate you?!?
THIS was my Princess fairytale moment.

My six year Perfect Princess Medal Collection. :)


I love the 5K Rubber Medallion medals too!
Fun for the whole family!
Okay okay, so sometimes being a Princess does require getting a little sweaty....
Some of us need to work on our best Princess-ness. Don't let my tiara fool you, I'm a sporty girl!
 Good thing for us, there's always next year. #PrincessesInProgress
Photo Shoot after the race with our race medals at my resort, Pop Century!
Real Mom Princesses on a Budget.
That's how we roll. :)
What do you do after you run the Enchanted 10K?
Go to Magic Kingdom with your running buddy, of course!
     In 2015, I will be running Dopey Challenge and Glass Slipper Challenge with my friend Carrie Burrows, follow her blog, CarrieBurrows.com to see more of our adventures and receive great tips on how to incorporate good nutrition and diet into your training. She's a tough little cookie!

     On the West Coast, I highly recommend following my friend Jindy over at FlowersCroon.com. She is a true lover of Disneyland and I love her insight on running the West Coast races and all things California!

     As for making travel arrangements, my girls Brittney and Susie over at Main Street Memories are just the best. They work really well with large groups and keep me up to date with promotions, discounts and the latest runDisney news.

     For more information on registering for Disney's Princess Half Marathon and other runDisney events, please visit runDisney.com.

Happy Running and See you at the Castle!


Monday, July 7, 2014

Marathon Training Week 5 Update! #DopeyChallenge #ChicagoMarathon

 Love keeping us on pace with my new 5 Hour Pacebands!
      Week 5 of Marathon Training is in the books! Glad that this week is OVER.  This week has been hot, full of hard runs and Sunday's 9 mile run was NOT pretty AT ALL. Ugh.  My hubby hit the wall around mile 5 and I wanted to knock him out!! Good grief.

      I am trying very hard to be patient with him and overall I think I'm doing pretty good but it's much harder to hit someone else's wall than your own. This marathon training is so completely different for me as I am keeping someone else's pace, running when it's convenient for him and being the encourager. I am the Coach and I am being tested. I'm not sure that I'm doing such a great job passing the test but I'm trying.
Keeping a good attitude. #HappyRunner
     Regardless, we got the miles and in and I'm ready to move on to next week.

This week I ran:

4 Miles--treadmill
4 Miles--outside
3.5 Miles--outside
9 Miles--outside
4 Miles late evening=Blurry pic. :(
     I will actually be running 10 miles in prep for Chicago Marathon instead of 7. I'm loving being ahead of the game just a bit. :)

On the schedule for next week:

7/7---Week 6
45 minutes
45 minutes
*5 miles
7 miles (10 miles)


Happy Running and Happy Training....next week will be a better week! :)



Thursday, July 3, 2014

I'm a KatieKActive Ambassador! #DefineBrave



 
  I mentioned a few weeks ago that I am now a KatieKActive Ambassador. I couldn't be more excited! I did a little bit of research about this company and I'm very impressed. There are lots of running clothes brands out there. Probably too many if the truth be known. It can be very overwhelming to decide just exactly what works for you.

     I'm not going to lie, I wear lots of brands of running clothes, some I like sports bras better, some I like the way their tops fit, some I really dig their shorts. Overwhelming is an understatement. I'm excited to try something new with new options. :)

     Why Katie K??

     One of the things that this company prides themselves on is that these are fitness/workout/running clothes designed by women--for women. As we all know, women come in all different sizes and shapes. Unfortunately, we aren't all the hard-body women in most of the workout ads. I wish we were but we're not.  I've got curves and I'm pretty proud of them. :) #LoveYourself

     In saying all of this, curves are not necessarily a bad thing but it is hard to find clothes that REALLY flatter your curves. Some fitness clothes just don't look good on certain sizes. Sad but true.

     One of the BEST features of this company is that their clothes come in sizes 3-3XL. I think this is exciting for women who really want to purchase quality clothes that really look good on them. Let's face it, if you look good you feel good.

     Katie K Active workout gear is very curve-flattering and is meant to be worn during your workout and then after your workout as well. Amen to that! I know that I will go get a run in and then head straight to the grocery store. I almost always throw on some sort of "cover up" when I go out in public after a good workout. I love the idea of having something that duals as workout or post-workout clothing.
Love my curves!
Don't think I have a modeling career ahead of me. LOL.


     I am the proud owner of the Signature Cowl Neck, Signature Capris (Zebra Print), Headband (Zebra Print to match my capris) and the Racer Back Tank.  I chose the Cowl Neck in Coral (love that color) and have enjoyed being able to throw it on after I run. This top can be worn a couple of different ways....with a built in scarf (which I LOVE because I freeze after I cool down), as a cowl neck (haven't tried it that way yet) or as a hoodie, how fun is THAT??? The bottom of this top can be cinched up by a draw-string or left loose. So many fun options.

Trying out the built-in scarf feature. Super cute!
Hoodie!
     The Capris are great. They are really really tight. #CompressionLove. There is a reflector strip on the bottom and they have a built-in pocket on the side (perfect for your ID, key, money, etc.). The ones that I chose have a fun zebra print waistband with a grip on the inside. Those babies are not moving after I put them on!! Bye Bye sagging capris! See ya.

Grip under the waistband.

Oh hey side pocket!

     I've worn my racer back tank (I chose black) several times now. One thing that I really get hung up on is how my clothes hold up in the washing machine. If they are cheap material and tear up easily, I don't buy that brand anymore.  As much as I would like to think that I will take "extra special care" with washing my clothes, I don't. I have kids and I'm just doing good most days to get the laundry DONE much less wash them a certain way. Again, I wish I was THAT Mom but I'm not. I throw it all in the wash and hope for the best!! So far, my tank is surviving my poor washing habits. It looks just as great as the first day that I got it. #Quality.

     The options don't stop there. There are skirts, capris, tops, jackets and accessories available.
Because I'm an Ambassador for this company, I am able to offer you a 15% discount and free shipping on your next KatieK Active purchase. Go check them out and use Code KRISTIN15.

     Happy Shopping and I think that you will love these new clothes as much as I do! Let me know if you try out this new fitness wear...I'd love to hear what you buy!

Be sure to follow KatieKActive and #DefineBrave on TwitterFacebook and Instagram for more fun updates on new products and sales!

**How do you #DefineBrave?

 

   

   

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

We Interrupt This Marathon Training Week. #Injured


Hurt, Sad and crying like a baby.
     Good Grief. I know that alot of runners get injuries of some sort through the years. Chances are if you stick with this sport, it's bound to happen to you too. Injuries stink. They are a huge set back in training, in your mojo, in your running spirit!

     Luckily, I have been spared injuries thus far. Until this week. uggggghhhh.

     However, my injury was non-running related. But still. It was an injury and it HURT. I broke up my two (female) dogs in a major fight. You know the word that I wanna use here but I won't because I like to keep things clean on a public outlet. But dang....my hand got in their way.

     Off to the Doc in the box I went. Got a stitch, several shots of lidocaine right in the middle of the open exposed meat of my thumb. Did that just hurt worse than childbirth?? Why Yes, I think it did.

     A prescription for pain meds, antibiotic and two days off from running and I am down for the count.

     Thanks pups.  Don't get me wrong, I love my babies and never do I ever think that they would bite me but I did, afterall, put my hand right in their faces and jaws were locked up.  I was trying to save them. Geez. They snuggled up next to me for hours after the incident. It was sad really.
My Minnie.
      Regardless, I took a couple of days off and finished up the week with my scheduled runs. My thumb is still gaped open and trying to heal. I've gotta get the stitch out next week and I really think I'm going to ask them to knock me out when I have to go in.  My thumb is tennnnnnder. I posted a video on Facebook and Instagram (my daughter video'd me being a HUGE screaming crybaby. Thanks kids.). It makes me hurt just to watch it.

     I managed to get in a 3 mile, 4 mile, 3 mile and 5.5 mile run this week. Not too shabby all things considered.
5.5 miles on the treadmill...ran without my thumb all bandaged up.
I needed some air!

    In the big scheme of life, I am very thankful that my injury wasn't running related and keeping me from hitting the road. I feel so bad when I seeing people posting injury posts.

This is how next week is looking. See my full training plan for Dopey Challenge and Chicago Marathon here.

6/30--Week 5
45 minutes
45 minutes
*3 miles
3 miles (9 miles)
Thumbs up for the weekend and for starting to feel human again! 

Happy Running and Stay Healthy!

**Has a non-running related injury affected your marathon training??