Trying something new — Beachbody On Demand

Hi friends! I thought today would be a good day to check in and let you know what I have been up to lately.

It has been so liberating to run without a training plan. I’ve been running varying distances from 2-6 miles, fast to slow and alone or with Murphy. I also added Beachbody to the mix for something fun, new and challenging.
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I follow a few Beachbody coaches on IG, but for the most part, I’m not interested in “drinking the koolaide.” The on-demand program seems like a good way to have access to lots of different workout videos and that’s what I’m using it for! For now, Ryan and I just signed up for the free 14-day trial to see if we like it. I’ll check back when it’s all said and done and let you know if we buy a year membership.

We already had a few weights, a weighted ball and some resistance bands, but thankfully we don’t really need much more than that! Most of the workouts are body-weight based and they are killer! The few workouts we’ve done have left us sweaty, sore and wanting more.img_1964

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Favorites from marathon training

So instead of my usual Friday Favorites post, I thought I would post something a little different instead — favorite from marathon training!

This post is NOT sponsored. Just sharing some products I love that have gotten m through training for my first marathon.

I am in the home stretch of marathon training! Since I have lasted through almost 16 weeks of training, I thought I would share some of my favorite things with you all!

Brooks Glycerin 15
These shoes have been my saving grace during all of my runs since January.  They have so much support and I got them properly fitted (a half size up from what I normally wear) and my toes have been singing praises. I recommend Brooks shoes to any runner.

KT Tape
My knees have been a big point of caution for me during this training cycle. To be honest, I was a little skeptical about using KT Tape. I absolutely did not think it would help me — and I was so wrong!
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My NordicTrack Commercial 1750 treadmill
Basically, the first three months of training were almost solely on my treadmill. I even ran a half marathon and one 14-miler on my treadmill during training.
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ProCompression Socks
After seeing ProCompression socks all over Instagram (#keepittight) and finding a coupon code on Facebook, I decided to buy some and see what they were all about.

So when I found a discount to get FIVE pairs for the price of two you best believe I ran to my computer to buy some.
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Gu Chews
While in the past I’ve typically stuck with strawberry-only Gu — this year I changed it up and started taking the cran-razz flavor. It’s definitely a new favorite. After my race, I am thinking about trying some new nutrition (honey stinger waffles, bonk bars, huma gel, etc)

FitBit Blaze
While at first, I was only going to use this watch for day-to-day wear, it’s kind of become my go-to running watch. I reviewed it early on but I love it more every day.
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What are some of your running-related favorites? Let me know in the comments below!

My review of the Fitbit Blaze

This post is NOT sponsored. Just my opinions on a product I enjoy.

So if you’ve been following my blog for a while, you know I’ve been debating for months between the Apple Watch and the Fitbit Blaze.

Well on Black Friday Kohl’s was having a sweet sale on the Fitbit Blaze, so I bit the bullet and bought one! My driving force behind buying this watch vs. the Apple Watch was the price range. I snagged the Fitbit Blaze for $150 and even an older model Apple Watch will run you about $250. The newer Apple Watches cost about $400! That’s crazy.
So far, I have been very impressed with the Blaze. It was easy to setup, easy to use and I like that I can see the screen (versus the smaller screen on the other Fitbit activity trackers). It tracks everything I need and it gives reminders throughout the day if I need to move more.

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I can also read text messages and take phone calls from the watch. It’s nice to be able to see if someone texts me, but I didn’t purchase the watch for that feature, it’s just an added bonus!

If you’ve been thinking about an activity tracker or have been debating between the Blaz and the Apple Watch, I highly recommend the Fitbit Blaze!

Simple flow – yoga for runners

If you’re like me (and most runners) yoga is probably not your favorite activity. I rather be running or lifting weights than being cool, calm and collective and doing yoga. BUT I also know yoga has some pretty great perks for runners, like improving flexibility, easing aches and pains, and helping recover from long runs. While I always grumble when getting ready to practice yoga, I ALWAYS feel so much better afterward.

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Going through this simple flow will make you feel so relaxed and will help lengthen your body.

Downward Dog
Low Lunges
Spinal Twist
Legs Up The Wall

Runners’ World has some great photos and explanations of these poses + more.
If you need a video to follow, this 7-minute post-run yoga video is perfect!

What are some of your favorite stretches/poses?

Post-Halloween treadmill and weights workout

Anyone else eat way too much Halloween candy last night? I may or may not had opened a bag of Reese’s pumpkins and ate them while watching This Is Us. Oops.

So, if you feel blah today because of too much sugar and sweets last night, I have a fast but hard workout for you to do today! It combines running and some bodyweight movements — the best of both worlds!

5 minute warmup — a good mix of walking and running.

30 seconds ALL OUT SPRINT.
30 seconds recovery.
Repeat x5.

***You should be running so fast that maintaining that speed for longer than your chosen interval time feels impossible.

Squats: 3 sets of 10; at the end of each set, hold the pose for 10 seconds.
Lunges: 3 sets of 5 on each leg; hold the pose for 10 seconds at the end of each set.

5 minute cool-down — a good mix of running and walking.

My Fitbit Flex — an oldie, but a goodie

In 2014 I bought my first Fitbit. It was the Fitbit Flex and I bought it with the hopes that it would remind me to move more during my 8-5 desk job. While I go through spurts of wearing/not wearing it, right now I pulled it back out of hiding and am wearing it again.

To be honest, I’ve fallen off the wagon. My runs have gotten shorter, I was eating more and not moving a lot during my work day.

 

I know it sounds like a glorified pedometer, but it’s so much more than that.
So here goes my unofficial (and super late) review of the Fitbit Flex!
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First off, they have several colors to choose from, but the default colors are black, blue, and green. If you want a different color such as red, pink, purple, teal, etc., then you have to purchase those bands separately. I chose black so it would match almost anything. I also like how it’s not big and clunky so no one knows I am wearing a piece of a technology.

I actually think they have more colors to chose from now and they are several different versions of Fitbits. I’ve mentioned this on here before, but I am debating on whether to get the Fitbit Ionic watch or an Apple Watch. But for now, my old Flex will do the job.
Screen Shot 2017-10-04 at 9.14.31 AM.pngTo start with, the Fitbit is super simple to setup. You click here fitbit.com/setup and it gives you step by step instructions on how to charge it, how to track, and how to change your daily goals like steps taken, water intake, etc.

It has lights to show you how close to your goal you are. So at anytime throughout the day, all I have to do is double tap the band and it shows me how close to my goal I am.

My main goal has been to reach 12,000 steps a day. The Fitbit Flex starts you off with 10,000 steps since that’s the recommended amount from the American Heart Association, but I wanted to try for something a little harder.

The band is also waterproof and Fitbit users are encouraged to wear it in the shower, out for a run in the rain and all over the place.

I was also curious to see how my numbers stacked up with me having an 8-5 office job where I am at a computer for most of the day.

My first full day of using the Fitbit this week was Monday, and I didn’t reach my goal of 12,000. I was barely over 9,500. Not good. This is a good visual reminder that I need to move more!

AND the thing is I ran almost 2 miles when I got home. That shows you how little I can move throughout the day. I am basically chained to my desk from 7:30 a.m. 5:10ish p.m. when I go home.

I love getting periodic updates on my activity level throughout the day. While it’s discouraging to see how much I don’t move at work, it gives me more motivation to make sure I do something active when I get off. I’ve also tried to incorporate laps around the office or a quick walk around the block during the day to increase my steps.

On days where I don’t workout or do something active for at least 30-45 minutes, I don’t even come close to my goals. Days where I make sure to run, play tennis or walk in the park, I hit my goal easily.

The Fitbit Flex also tracks your sleep pattern. You can start a sleep mode when go to bed and wake it up when you do. It monitors how long it takes you to fall asleep, the periods of restlessness and actual sleep time.

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So while I know this won’t magically help me lose weight or get faster, maybe it will at least encourage and remind me to move more at work.

Have you tried the Fitbit or other similar products? Let me know what you think!

All opinions are my own.

60-Minute Calorie Meltdown

Happy Tuesday, friends! Today is super busy, but I am trying to stay positive and not get too bogged down with ALL THE THINGS on my to-do list. I am excited for a long workout this afternoon when I get home and I thought I would share it with you all.

Pop Sugar has lots of great workouts and it’s nice to visit their website, grab a workout and not have to think about it or plan anything.

While I do’t think you have to workout for an hour to see results, I do think long workouts (and runs) and be effective.

This workout from Pop Sugar is a great combination of strength and cardio. It keeps you form getting bored and gets the calories burning since you are using all parts of your body.

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