Friday, August 22, 2014

FlipBelt Review and Discount Code!

My FlipBelt...I chose Carbon (Dark Grey).
     As part of a #SweatPink and FitApproach Campaign, I was given the opportunity to review a FlipBelt! I was really excited about this because I have owned other belts and am not too fond of a fanny-pack type thing over my running clothes. I like to run as light as possible and don't want things bouncing around. I've got enough of that back there and don't need to add any more if you know what I mean. ;)

     First I was given the option of what color and size FlipBelt that I wanted to order. I was so torn! I really liked the bright fun colors but ended up going with the dark grey (Carbon) option. I chose functional (something that I could wear with lots of things). I'm all about getting the most bang for my buck.
A Rainbow of options!

Royal Blue
Neon Green
Lime
Jet Black
Hot Pink
Nuclear Yellow
Carbon (Dark Grey)
Aqua
Neon Punch
Violet
     I measured my waist and decided that I would need a size Medium. Not ever owning one of these before and having to order online, I was a little apprehensive as to what size would be too big or fit just right. I read some reviews and decided that I would want it to fit a little more snug. I don't want it to stretch either and be too big.

More info on FlipBelt:
*A sleek way to carry phones, cards, keys and cash
*Easy Multi-Access Openings
*Turn to Lock in Items
*Reflective Logo
* Machine Wash and Dry
*Slide Items Anywhere
*No bouncing
*No chafing
aLOKSAK--Water Proof 3"x6" Bags Qty 3
These were listed on the website and although I did not receive any of these,
I  am seriously thinking about purchasing some! I can think of one million uses for them...
back up battery pack, camera, phone, lip gloss etc. :)

     First, I'm a big nerd so I wore it around my house for a day. I wanted to see how it fit doing daily activities. I know that it's a fitness belt, but it can totally be worn underneath your normal clothing when you need to be "hands-free".  On a sidenote, one thing about me: I listen to music all day long so I love the idea of having my phone next to me as I'm zipping around the house without having to hold it.

     My phone fits inside the belt but I'm not sure that I would run with it inside of the pockets (I'm a live tweeter, instagrammer etc. when I run). However, I did snap a couple of pics with my camera inside so you can see the fit.  This belt will be perfect for holding all of my essentials while I run....ID, Debit Card, Money, Gels and Lip Gloss. ;)

     There's also a little hook inside one of the pockets. Hello Safety Pin holder!!!

     Here's a pic of the FlipBelt around my waist. It fits snug and seamless! It is not bulky AT ALL and I can barely tell that its on underneath my clothing. In this pic, I have not "Flipped" my belt....I will flip it to lock in my items when I run!
 
Bathroom Selfie Time!
Yes, I'm standing on my tub and I apologize for the toothpaste on the mirror. #RealLifeProbs

The fit is perfect and it seamless against my shorts.

Pockets are big enough for my camera.

I can wear this on my hip. :)
     Now for the REAL TEST....Running with the FlipBelt on! Here are my thoughts.....
FlipBelt flipped during my run.

        I tucked my lip gloss, a few of my business cards (so I could tell if things would get wet or not), a keychain (because it was a little bulky) and a gel inside my pockets and I set out for a 10 mile run on my treadmill.  After I tucked everything in, I flipped my belt over to lock the items in place. My belt did not budge. It stayed exactly where I put it until I got to mile four and had to reach in for my lip gloss. Apparently, I'm not a good flipper because when I put it back in the pocket and flipped it again (while running), my lip gloss flew out! I think I will work on my flipping skills while running. :)
Things definitely get wet from being tucked in side of the FlipBelt
so the waterproof baggies are a much needed accessory.
     The next thing that I noticed about my belt is that it was soaking wet. My shorts were soaked too so no big surprise there. That was not necessarily a bad thing for me. The directions say machine washable so I'm good with that!

     Other than my minor flipping issue, I really like my FlipBelt and will definitely recommend it to anyone! I kind of like it unflipped better though....seems a little less bulky (flatter) and I like the extra support around my hips.

     This product could not have come at a better time for me as I have (3) 5K's, (2) 10K's, (1) 10-Miler, (6) Half Marathons and (3) Full Marathons on the schedule from now until February 2015. Did I just type that out loud?? Woah. I'll be putting the miles on my FlipBelt!

Use Code SPBLOG33 for 33% off to order your FlipBelt and let your love for FlipBelt be heard! Click to Tweet! <a href="http://ctt.ec/bi0dA">Tweet: Run, play, explore with #FlipBelt! Use the code SPBLOG33 for 33% OFF your entire purchase! @flipbelt @fitapproach #sweatpink </a> 

Discount Code expires 9/4/2014.

Happy Running and Happy Marathon Training!

**Where do you put all of your "stuff" when you run or workout??

Disclaimer:  I received a FlipBelt in exchange for my review as part of a SweatPink/Fitapproach Campaign. All opinions are my own. However, I really like this product so it receives an extra dose of Bamagirlruns love. :)

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

The Dirt on The Dirty Dash!


     While we have some REALLY GREAT races in my home state of Alabama, but sometimes I see other races that I wish I could run! I learned about The Dirty Dash and it looks like a pig-sty load of fun! (Pun totally intended).

     On the website, they claim that The Dirty Dash is "the race that puts all other races to shame". Woah. You know I had to check this one out! How much fun does this look?!?

More information regarding The Dirty Dash:
     Well, welcome to a new kind of race: THE DIRTY DASH. This race that puts all other races to shame. The Dirty Dash is a mud run obstacle course where a military boot camp meets your inner five-year-old’s fantasy and subsequently converts boy to man and then man to swine.
You’ll need endurance to trudge up mountains of sludge, courage to overcome uncompromising obstacles, a complete lack of shame to wallow in pits of mud and a smile to show through at the end!
     So let this mud run obstacle course become your new guilty pleasure. Go solo or with some of your dirtiest, filthiest, & uncouth friends. Either way, you’ll be able to look at yourself in the mirror and say, “I am a Dirty Dasher!”… and then proceed to clean yourself off.


Interested in running the Dirty Dash in your area? Use Code 20DD for 20% off your registration.
--8/23/2014 New Mexico, NM
--9/06/2014 Missoula, Montana
--9/13/2014 Utah Fall, Utah
--9/28/2014 Virginia Beach, Virginia

**Happy Running and Happy Dirty Dashing. :)




Tuesday, August 5, 2014

New Races Added To My Race Calendar! #stripatnight #runkeywest

     I've been working on the details of my 2014-2015 race calendar and I'm super excited to say that I will be adding two races that have been on my race bucket list for a while now! As I am training for Chicago Marathon and Dopey Challenge, I've got a ton of long runs to get in... I want bling if I'm going to be putting in all of those miles!

     Both of these races are brand new to me (which I love a new race) and I never thought in a million years that I would be crossing these races off of my list. I'm incredibly honored for the opportunity to be able to run in such awesome places!

     First, I will be joining forces again as a Rock 'n' Blogger with the great team over at the Rock 'n' Roll Series/Competitor Group and will be running the #StripAtNight! This will be my second Rock 'n' Roll event. I absolutely LOVED running Country Music Marathon in Nashville back in the spring so I knew it would definitely not be my last. I think I'm hooked. ;) 

     I've had my eye on Las Vegas for about seven years now and when they moved the race to be a night race a few years ago, I knew that this had to happen! I'm a night runner so this totally up my alley! I feel an Elvis costume coming on. Thank ya very much. ;) 

     Registration for this event is still open. Check out the deets here.

Rock 'n' Roll Las Vegas Marathon & 1/2
November 14-16, 2014
     The next race that I will be adding to my calendar came as a TOTAL surprise to me Sunday night from the fabulous guys over at The Run Chat ! I'm running the Key West Half Marathon!! I knew that Runner's World Magazine had proclaimed this race to be one of the best and of course, I thought it was just out of my league. Much to my surprise, won an entry!!! 

I still cannot believe this!!!! OMG!!

Key West Half Marathon
January 18, 2015
     This course is BEAUTIFUL, the event shirts and medals are very unique and the race weekend is just perfect for me. I'm in love with this race already!!! 

     As it turns out, this race is the weekend after Dopey Challenge so I'm thinking I will just have to stay in Florida for another week. I'm not sure of all of the legistics just yet and haven't told my hubby either so I may have to surprise him with this trip...I'm thinking I might do that after he crosses the finish line of Chicago Marathon. :))) 

     I did hear that these room sell out fast so if anyone has any tips or suggestions for accommodations, I'd love to hear them. There are so many options and they all look excellent. This is going to be a hard decision! 

     So there ya have it. I'm so excited about these races that I can hardly stand it. Run chat will be giving away more entries to the Key West Half Marathon all month so be sure to tune in and try to snag one for yourself! And then come find me in gorgeous Key West!!! 

     I'm so grateful for these great opportunities and I cannot wait to share my experiences with everyone...Follow along as I'm sure I will be posting zillions of pics on Instagram. :) #BamagirlrunsLasVegas and #BamagirlrunsKeyWest 

Happy Running and Happy New Race Running! 

**Have you ran multiple races in a single race series??


Monday, August 4, 2014

Some Fans Can Just Be Jerks. Period.

      Sunday afternoon was spent at Bryant Denny Stadium with my kiddos and hubby. It's a tradition. We have been going to Alabama Football's Fan Day for as long I can remember. It's the one time that my kids can be up close and personal with the players, grab lots of autographs from the players and coaches and even get a few pics with Big AL and the cheerleaders. It's a laid back super fun day in Tuscaloosa. We usually make our Christmas card on the field. Yes, we are those people. :) #RollTideYall
Traditional Family Photo on the Field!
     This day was no different until......right at the very end of the autograph session in the middle of the field, yes the middle of the football field, the players were walking back to the end zone. It was crazy busy and hectic. One of the players, (pretty sure it was Austin Shepherd), stopped and asked my boy if he wanted his football gloves. My boy was over the moon excited!! He said "here ya go buddy".  We spotted #85 Malcom Faciane and got a quick pic with him. I turned around and was trying to get a pic of my girls with another player and that's when it happened.
Love this picture so much more now.
     Apparently, some jerk had seen the player hand my boy his gloves. As I was turned around there was a man that told my little guy that he was a manager and needed the gloves back. ARE YOU KIDDING ME??  I didn't see it happen but my boy said as soon as the man walked off he handed the gloves to a little boy (maybe 5 years old). He just took something away from my boy that he was so proud of. I mean, WHAT KIND OF PERSON DOES THAT?? That's like snatching away a homerun baseball that a kid is trying to catch. Seriously. Grown men need to GROW UP.

     I didn't realize this was happening. It was very hectic. The players and fans were being rushed off of the field. The announcers were telling everyone to leave. My boy started telling me what happened. My husband didn't even see it either. It happened within two seconds.

     What REALLY makes my blood boil about this situation is that I could go buy my boy some new gloves. Heck, I could have stood on the field and ordered them from Nike.com from my phone. That's not the point. Is this guy REALLY going to snatch something like that from an 11 year old kid?? COME ON. That was a jerk thing to do.

     What that jerk doesn't realize is that my boy can't EVER play tackle football. That's right I said EVER. I don't talk about this too much because we try not to make a big deal about it at home. Justin has Von Willebrands disease (bleeding disorder) and when he was around two years old we heard these words from the Pediatrician. "I'm sorry. He can play sports, just not contact sports. No football, no wrestling, no diving on the swim team". At that moment, there was a look on my husbands face that I never want to see again. For the love, we live in the heart of the SEC. My husband was the quarterback of his football team. We eat, breathe, sleep Alabama football here. Crazy I know but that's just the way it is.

     We are a competitive and sporty family. That's just the way that we are wired. Now I do not care if my boy EVER plays a down of football in his life. In fact, it's probably a good thing. I am thankful and blessed that he is here and that contact sports are his only set back. It could be MUCH worse. However, that doesn't help when he tells me that he wants to be on the team. He wants to wear a jersey to school. All of his friends play and he can't. He's fast and he's a big boy. He's "ALL-BOY"...people ask me CONSTANTLY why I don't let him play. Then I have to go into the spill. ugh.

     I'm really trying to not be a spoiled sport about this but my "Mama Bear" has kicked in and I hope that guy thinks about what he did. Clearly, he doesn't know how many times I've tucked my little guy in at night and wiped away tears. He doesn't know how many heart to hearts I've had about playing football. He doesn't know that I've told my boy ONE THOUSAND times..."Just think, If you're not playing football, then you can be their biggest fan ever." No I don't really think he knows that.

     It's not about the gloves. It's about treating people decently. I had to tell my boy that there are just mean people in the world and people will go to ANY length to get things that they want. They are just gloves and one day I'm sure something really good will come of all this. But in the meantime, my heart was just crushed for him. Unfortunately, this is a life lesson that he just had to learn.
Proud Mom Moment. 
     Regardless, we will still go to Fan Day again next year. We still love our Crimson Tide, we made great memories Sunday and we know that there are just idiots out there in the world. It doesn't make it any better but it does give me consolation in knowing that I can teach my kids how NOT to treat people. Perhaps the lesson in all of this is much better than any pair of football gloves. And for that, I am thankful. :) 

Friday, August 1, 2014

#FFPushUp Challenge Complete!

     Last month I decided to participate in the Fitfluential #FFPushUp Challenge. Hence the pic above. #GunShow #Lol

     Who am I kidding?!? I'm no good at strength training. I can run for hours and hours non-stop but am a total wimp when it comes to upper body strength. Clearly, I'm not good at cleaning my bathroom either. Sorry about the clothes on the tub and toothpaste on the mirror. Whoops! Cleaning all day is just not my thing.

I'm changing that! The strength training, that is... ;) 

     It's depressing every month when I get my Runner's World or Women's magazine and I see those fabulous models with chiseled beautiful arms when they run. And please don't let me look at the Athleta catalog! I don't even notice the clothes because of those ripped girls. I mean, those girls have rocking bods. Not ashamed to say I'm totally jealous! 

     So what is the #FFPushup Challenge?! I committed to do 31 push-ups everyday for the 31 days of July. Fitfluential designs a different challenge each month to spice up your workouts! Sounds easy enough right?!? Omg. No. My arms are Jell-o. That's right, mushy gushy wiggly Jell-o. 

     The first few days were OK but by day  5, I wanted to call it quits. I kept pushing through...sore arms and all. By day 20, I was finally starting to see results. Not much but a tiny tiny little bit of results. By day 27, I was starting to actually like it and by day 31, I didn't want it to end! 

     I've decided to continue on through the month of August and see how it goes. I'm adding in double the amount of crunches that I do too. Now I want abs. Maybe by the last day of August, I will be able to post a pic with real "guns" and abs and not my flabby old lady arms with a pudge tummy :) 

     Just for kicks I added up my total. 931 Push-ups later and I had achieved my goal. No wonder I've got sore arms! 

      I'm ready to take on another 931 more. Get ready magazine girls...It's going to be a GunShow throwdown..BamaGirl Style! Ha!

*Have you ever taken on a Fitness Challenge? Did you stick with it? 

Monday, July 28, 2014

OMG!! I'm Featured on RunnersWorld.com!!! #RUNootd

My Instagram Pic is featured on Runner's World site!

     Ever have one of those days where you are just full of "Wonder what today has in store for me?" Today was one of THOSE days.  6:02am I popped up out of my bed like I had something to do. Somewhere to go. Ummmm...oh hey, remember me? I don't have a job anymore. It's summer. My kids don't have Volleyball practice until 8:00am. What the heck??

     Regardless, I jump up. Start the dishwasher (from last night's dishes), get the laundry going, take the dogs out, brush my teeth, pull my unbrushed hair up in a high bun (those who know me well can appreciate that), run the trash cans out to the road (and my neighbors trash too because they are out of town) and then come back inside to drink my normal three cups of morning coffee.
Happy Monday!

     What's on my agenda for the rest of the day? Who knows?? I just had a feeling today was going to be a great day. I even tweeted that I was ready for it. And then I get a message from one of the editors of Runner's World Magazine. A little while later I see the tweet. OMG. Are you kidding me?!?!
Seriously?!?! Runner's World just tweeted my name and my pic to 832.5K Followers???


     I'm featured on the Runner's World Magazine website for my #RUNootd. (Run Outfit of the day). WOAH. I'm shocked. I'm flattered. I'm so surprised!!!

     Now, I know to lots of my runner friends and Twitter peeps, this isn't the biggest deal to them. They've been featured. They are sponsored. They work with all kinds of companies and brands. I dabble in that a little bit but to me in my world, and I live in my own small world (see what I did there?), this is HUGE!!

     I didn't enter the Team Chocolate Milk Contest because I thought...who would vote for me?? And I certainly did not enter the Runner's World Cover Contest. Same thing. I can't compete! So when, THEY featured ME....WOWZA. I'm truly humbled.

     I showed my kids. They looked at me like I was from another planet. I texted the article to my hubby...and no response. Womp Womp Womp. #MomGlamFail.  Not that they don't care about me, they just don't "get" it. That's OKAY.  They don't have to.  They run with me but ultimately, running is MY thing and I will spend just a few minutes being proud. I wore a cute outfit, themed it just right for my race and I've been featured in America's largest running magazine. Talk about a Happy Monday!!!  I've never read my name and Runner's World in the same article before and I really just have to let it soak in for a second. Really.
I've had to pull it up o my phone again just to believe it.
I'm still shocked!


     It's lunch time now and I'm headed out to the pool in a few with my kiddos....back from my virtual celebration to the real world still with no makeup on and my hair a hot mess. But hey, I've had a GREAT morning so far and I'm ready for whatever the rest of the day brings. :)

     Happy Running and Have a Fabulous Week!

To see more #RUNootd's be sure to visit RunnersWorld.com and check out the editor's picks on how these outfits are functional too!

Also, I purchased my Asics tank at Lady Foot Locker using a giftcard that I received from attending a #DisneySportsFestival media event with runDisney and Disney Sports (ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex). My shorts were purchased at Lululemon and I tracked my run with my Nike+ Sportwatch
My entry to the Retro Run in Birmingham, Al. was sponsored by Coca Cola. All opinions are my own. 



Wednesday, July 23, 2014

What do your kids see?? #KeepItReal



     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. :)