DICK’s Sporting Goods

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This post is sponsored by Vocalpoint and DICK’s Sporting Goods. All opinions are my own. 

Six weeks ago was the first time I had been in a DICK’s Sporting Goods since their remodel . Since then, I’ve been back four times – once to look for some items for myself (see below!), twice to look for things for my boys (running clothes and soccer shoes) and once for pool toys.

It has become a store that is fun and enjoyable for my boys and I to go to – even when we don’t have anything in particular to buy! The aisles are wide, it has bright lighting, there’s TONS of options for running and workout clothes…AND, there is a little track for them to run some laps while I shop!

One of the coolest parts of the store is where various brands of sports bras are organized according to support – it makes it much easier to find the exact sports bra you are looking for!

I found an awesome outfit for me to wear for my core and strength workouts during our last visit. I’ve been focusing on the “other” aspects of running at nighttime after my little guys go to sleep – mostly core and strength work – and I love having fun outfits for these workouts.

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    Trip to DICK’s Sporting Goods + Giveaway!!

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    This post is sponsored by Vocalpoint and DICK’s Sporting Goods. All opinions are my own. 

    I do a lot of online shopping these days. The thought of taking my two little guys into a cramped store to (attempt to) do some shopping for them or me makes my heart race. I often have two choices: bring the stroller (either double or single) which helps increase the attention I can put on what I’m shopping for. The downside is that a lot of stores are not designed for strollers; they have small aisles that often aren’t even wide enough for the stroller. The other option is to go in with them sans stroller (which is often the case) but I inevitably end up spending most of the time trying to keep them close to me. 

    Last week, my boys and I made our way to DICK’s Sporting Goods to check out the new women’s department and remodeling of the entire store.

    It was pretty impressive. The aisles are wide (and VERY stroller friendly). The lighting is bright and it feels spacious and welcoming. 

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      Bugaboo Runner Review

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      A couple of months ago, I was contacted by Bugaboo and asked if I wanted to review the newest model in their stroller line – the Bugaboo Runner! Stroller running is still a large part of my training – although lately, it’s been so incredibly warm that the stroller runs are limited!

      When my husband and I were creating a registry for our first child, we looked at Bugaboo strollers. I loved so many things about them but there wasn’t a running stroller in the Bugaboo line. We had decided to register for one stroller and use it for everything – walks, trips to the mall and park and running – so it needed to be versatile enough to do it all.

      That’s where the Bugaboo runner comes in.

      The Bugaboo Runner is specially designed for running/jogging to deliver the smoothest run possible. It has 3 large wheels with air-filled tires and a fixed front wheel which gives you a smooth, straight run with utmost stability. (Source: Bugaboo.com)

      For parents who already own Bugaboo strollers you would only need to purchase the Bugaboo Runner Chassis. The Bugaboo Runner is a separate chassis designed purely for running and is compatible with:
      (1) Bugaboo Cameleon³ seat
      (2) Bugaboo Bee (2010 model and onwards) seat
      (3) Bugaboo Donkey seat – version 1.1*
      (4) Bugaboo Buffalo seat

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        Looking to Buy a Garmin GPS? Start Here!

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        There is no shortage of running GPS watches on the market today – each one with a different capability and price point. And so it can be incredibly overwhelming to narrow down a watch from the long list available, especially if you’ve never tried any of them before.

        I have been a faithful Garmin user since 2007 when my sisters gifted me my first Garmin as a going-away/Christmas present before my deployment (I have the best sisters!). I’ve used many of them – ranging from the Forerunner 10 to the Forerunner 910xt and wanted to share my thoughts on the Garmin Forerunners on the market today. (Keep in mind that there are a ton of other Garmin GPS watches – these are just the Forerunner models!)

        All of the below watches offer these capabilities:

        • GPS enabled
        • Garmin Connect

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        Forerunner 10 (retails for $129)
        My review can be found here.

        The Forerunner 10 is an entry-level GPS watch that Garmin released two years ago. The Forerunner 10 is a “GPS running watch that tracks your distance, speed/pace and calories. It also identifies your personal records and motivation along the way.”

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          Summer Activities

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          My older sister has an awesome pool in her backyard so most weekends during the summer, we head there for time with family, a BBQ and some pool time – a perfect summer day!

          A couple of weekend’s ago, the day started off with an early morning 13 mile run. My husband and I high-fived when I returned and he left for his training run. My little guys, our doggies and I enjoyed a relaxing cool-down walk while my husband was out running (I am trying to get better about doing some walking or light stretching post-run).

          My running clothes were soaked (hello, summer!) so I changed into the Essence Energizer Tank and Sonar Shortie. I LOVE the back design of the tank – and the supportive shelf bra makes it easy to literally just throw on and go!

          After the walk on the trail behind our home, we all showered and got ready for the BBQ/pool party at my sister’s home. I opted for the Downplay Capris and Limitless Crew Pullover – over my Encinitas Bikini.

          The Encinitas Bikini was perfect for a day in the pool with my little guys. It’s cute and fashionable but has an athletic feel to it – with awesome support!

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            Orange Mud HydraQuiver Vest Pack 1 Review!

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            After writing this post a few weeks ago, I was surprised at how many of you are/were in the same boat as me – struggling to find the right hydration source for these sweltering summer runs. We don’t want to hold a bottle, don’t want to have to stop every few miles to drink from a bottle either along course or by our home and hadn’t had luck with belts.

            Well, I tried a new hydration system this weekend – the Orange Mud.Vest Pack 1 – and am already hooked.

            First, let me say that I owe a HUGE thanks to Cheri for recommending it to me. I looked into every single recommendation that was mentioned in the comments – and actually got a couple that I will be testing out to see what works best for me.

            But rather than wait until I try them all out to do one massive review, I wanted to share my initial thoughts on the Orange Mud pack – I feel that after a 16 mile run in 80+ degree weather, you know one way or the other if the vest is going to work!

            The Orange Mud markets it’s products as “no bounce, ultralight hydration packs.” The idea behind the Orange Mud is that you use a bottle instead of a bladder and hose system. The bottle is kept behind you on your back – similar to a camelbak or other bladder backpack system. The bottle is easy to grab and replace thanks to a wide funnel opening and perfect retention.

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              North Face Mountain Athletics Gear + $500 North Face Gift Card Giveaway!

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              This post brought to you by The North Face . The content and opinions expressed below are that of NYC Running Mama.

              The Mountain Athletics Gear is an activewear line released by North Face targeted at individuals who run, lift, do yoga or strength train. I was recently given the opportunity to test out some of this gear!

              From their website:

              The Mountain Athletics line by North Face is technical training apparel, footwear and technology that is designed to help various levels of athletes have longer days and more fun times outdoors doing the activities they love…built to help elite, experienced athletes train for their sports activities. 

              The clothes are extremely comfortable and functional for workouts as well as pre- and post-workout.

              Some of the features of the Mountain Athletics Line:

              • Utilizes exclusive active stretch fabric that provides an unparalleled durability and strength
              • Allows a range of motion and performance to help athletes strive in training outdoors
              • Uses FlashDryXD, a technology that keeps you dry and won’t snag, pill or pull
              • Engineered materials that stretch, flex and move with your most rigorous workout

              There is a wide range of gear available – casual, relaxed pieces that you can wear to the gym or to run errands. But there’s also amazing gear you can rock while you are working out. And there’s some really fun, bright colors across the line.

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                Precor 9.27 Treadmill Review + Treadmill Review Linkup

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                When my husband and I were shopping around for a treadmill, it was a bit overwhelming. There are an endless number of brands – and an even more endless number of models to choose from. We found some reviews online – but not enough to give us all the information we were looking for.

                I routinely get asked what treadmill I would recommend. It’s a hard question for me to answer because I only run on my treadmill – I have no other treadmills to compare it to.

                And that’s where this comes in to play – a handful of other runners and I decided to do a treadmill review linkup. We would each write a review of our own treadmill – which would give you multiple treadmill reviews – while hopefully answering the pertinent questions you have.

                You can view the reviews below (via the InLinkz links) or on our Pinterest board! We’d love for this to grow so if you have a review of a treadmill (or want to write one), please email me (nycrunningmama@gmail.com).

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                  9 Ways to Prevent Running From Breaking the Bank (Women’s Running Post)

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                  My first half marathon in 2007 – Danskin pants and a North Face half zip (not meant for running)

                  I wrote this post for Women’s Running a few weeks ago and wanted to share it here as well.

                  At it’s core, running is an inexpensive sport. All you really need is a good pair of sneakers — and I’m sure some would argue against even that!

                  However, I feel like every time I blink, there is a new gadget, accessory or piece of clothing that is on the market. Don’t get me wrong – I own a lot of these things, and I think a good number of them have their uses to make running more enjoyable. But, the reality is they aren’t necessary. If you are new to the sport of running, it can be overwhelming to see nothing but dollar signs all the time.

                  Here are some ways to keep the costs associated with running down:

                  Buy the previous shoe model: It’s always fun to own the shoes that were just released, but you will be paying the full cost for that pair. If you wait until the next model comes out, you can often get them for up to 50% off the retail price. They are still unused, new shoes, just last year, last month or even last week’s model. Not everything needs to be wicking/running-brand: For years, my running pants were cheap leggings, my outer gear was a fleece half zip and my gloves were from the 99 cent store. And you know what? They worked fine. 8-12 years ago, I ran both my first half marathon and first marathon in that type of gear. Now, I will admit that the thicker and better quality gear keep me warm for the long, wet or cold runs in the winter months. But for day-to-day short runs, it may not be necessary to spend a ton of money.

                • Shop end of season clearance: The worst time to buy a running jacket, tights or gloves is in the weeks leading up to winter or smack dab in the middle of the cold months. Use what you have this year. Then buy the necessities when the large brands begin selling their spring/summer gear. Typically, clothes will go on sale/clearance but if you wait a few weeks, they’ll be a deal to save an additional 25-50% off those prices.

                • Use old/used gear as base layers: I usually wear last year’s gear as my base layer during the winter so I keep the newer gear in better condition for the warmer months. Nobody will see what’s underneath your jacket or long-sleeve shirt anyway, so save a few shirts with stains or holes in them for that very purpose.
                • Focus on local races: Local races are typically much more inexpensive. Most of the short local races are between $25-30 while the longer distance ones are still well under $100. I would love to run my favorite races (NYC Marathon, NYC Half to name a few!) each year but I simply can’t afford to do so because of the high entry fees.
                • But if you really want to do a large one – sign up early: If you have a larger, more expensive race on your bucket list, sign up as early as you can. A lot of races offer reduce pricing if you register 9-12 months in advance, and then the price continues to climb as you get closer to race day.
                • Buy in bulk: Gus, chomps and gels can be incredibly expensive if you buy 1-2 at a time. I always buy them by the case. I know I will use them and I end up paying 50% of the cost of single packs. If you don’t think you’ll go through that many, find a friend or two and split the box!
                • GPS: I think this is a personal decision. I know plenty of runners who don’t use a GPS or who rely on their iPhone. (There are some great apps out there that can track your pace/mileage/etc.) There are just as many runners who feel their GPS watch was their best purchase. I am okay with spending some money on a GPS because it’s something I use almost every single run (just like a good pair of shoes). I find it keeps me on track when I am training for a specific distance. If you are inclined to purchase one, I’d recommend doing some research online before you head to the nearest store. There is always a sale somewhere, and you can often save a lot of money if you wait until the next model comes out (much like shoes and gear!)
                • Utilize online retailers: I check out sites such as Zulily, The Clymb, Rue La La, 6pm and HauteLook (FYI: some of these are referral links) for deals on running-related gear. They are free to join and have different brands on a daily basis that are usually sold for 3-4 days at a time. You have to be diligent and check these sites fairly often, but you can get some awesome deals on gear when they are listed!
                • Any other money-saving tips to share? 

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                    Winter Running

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                    It was 15 degrees (with windchill) for this past weekend’s “long run” (12 miles) which may make it the coldest weather I’ve ever run in. I realize that many runners routinely run in temperatures most colder, but passing up the treadmill for the cold is something fairly new to me.

                    In years past, anything under 25 would be a no-brainer treadmill run. I don’t know if it is a mental shift, a change in clothes from previous years, my weaning motivation to run on the treadmill or a combination of all of the above. But, I’m pretty pleased with the minimal amount of treadmill running I’ve done the last few weeks (note: I haven’t run that much to begin with, but when I have run, most of the time I’ve been outside).And it’s been more than just getting the runs in outside – I’ve actually been enjoying them along the way – which has been the most surprising part of the whole thing.

                    Since the only really tangible change I’ve made is my clothing, I wanted to share what I’ve done in case you are looking to run more in the cold or need some ideas for winter running clothing (most of my gear is Saucony since I have participated in a few ambassador programs with them, but most running brands should have comparable items!)

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                      Garmin Vivosmart Review

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                      Back in December, I was asked to participate in the Garmin and Whole Foods #PathtoFit Campaign. I am a huge Garmin fan and absolutely love Whole Foods. The only issue was that the closest Whole Foods to me (these days) is ~45 min away; 90 minutes in the car (once/week for six weeks) was just a bit too much for me.

                      So I was ecstatic when Garmin asked if I wanted to review the new Vivosmart (and give one away) in lieu  of participating. 

                      Wearing an activity tracker has been an eye-opener. I don’t sit a lot during the day and assumed I was taking a lot more steps than I actually was. The most useful information was being able to see my steps broken down hour-by-hour so I could determine when I was moving most throughout the day and when I was stationary. The total number of steps, while interesting, doesn’t mean as much to me since my primary form of exercise is running.

                      Below are some of my favorite aspects of the the Vivosmart:

                      • No Buttons: There are no buttons on the Vivosmart. You toggle between the information by a simple swipe (right to left)
                      • Invisible Display: It features a sleek, invisible display that comes to life when you get a notification or when you give the band a tap.
                      • Standard activity information: Steps, Distance, Calories, Current Time and Heart Rate (if you purchase the heart rate model). No surprises here – this is the info that most of the trackers provide.
                      • Smart Notifications: Hands down, my favorite part of the Vivosmart. It’s a bluetooth enabled device that gives you notifications on your wrist when you receive a text, email or phone call. This allowed me to keep my phone away from me during the day while still being able to see any important or time-critical messages or calls. Since using the Vivosmart, I have used my cell phone exponentially less while I am with my boys. Even when I would keep my cell phone in a pocket or on a table, I would immediately check it when a notification came through. And then I would continue to check Instagram, twitter and Facebook – at least a 5 minute process. 
                      • Tells you when to “move”: After sitting still for one hour, the Vivosmart vibrates and displays “move” on the screen to let you know it’s time to move (once you move, it resets back to “0”). It made me more mindful of prolonged periods of sitting – something I had never paid attention to before.
                      • Garmin Connect: The Vivosmart connects (via Bluetooth) to Garmin Connect on your smart phone where you can view all of the data that it is collecting including Mileage, Calories, Steps, Sleep info (see below). I loved being able to see each day’s activity displayed by hour – it provided a lot of useful information as to when I was most active and when I was spending longer periods of time sitting and/or remaining still. 
                      • Sleep Information: Via Garmin Connect, you can view your total sleep time (you enter in when you go to sleep and wake up), periods of movement and restful sleep
                      • Adjustable Daily Goal: You can either set a manual daily step-goal for yourself or you can have one generated based on your previous day’s steps (which is how I used it!).
                      • Color Choices: You can choose an all black band or four other color choices for the band – pink, purple, blue or grey (You pick the color when you purchase the Vivosmart). The bands also come in two sizes to ensure it fits your wrist!

                      My ONE complaint about the Vivosmart is the battery life – which I know goes with the territory of a bluetooth enabled activity tracker. Fully charged, a vivosmart can last up to 7 days. I got better about remember to charge it (the Vivosmart has a battery icon that comes on when it starts to get low) at night every 5-6 days to ensure that it was never in jeopardy of dying during the day!

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                        Honolulu Marathon Recap + Review

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                        The Honolulu Marathon was the most special, emotional finish line I’ve ever crossed. Running 26.2 miles side by side with my sister is a memory that I will cherish forever and I am so grateful to Saucony and Competitor for the opportunity to experience it in Hawaii with 16 other amazing females.

                        The race and race weekend were…interesting. I had no idea prior to race weekend that over half the field is made up of runners from Japan. It was amazing to feel like we were part of something international. But it was strange, too – at time I felt like we were overseas! The expo, race packet, start line instructions were all in English as well as Japanese and there were two national anthems at the start.

                        Race Morning

                        To minimize the heat of the Hawaiian sun, the race began at 5am, which meant a 2:30am wakeup for Nicole and I. It wasn’t too terrible for us since we were still on east coast time. We met the other teams in the lobby at 4am and walked to the start area which was 1.5 miles away.

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                          Strut Your Stuff Sign Co: Medal Holder Review + Giveaway

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                          I never thought I would be a runner who wanted to display my bibs, medals and trophies, but after my husband and I set up our home gym in our basement, I realized that I kind of loved the idea of being able to see all my running-related paraphernalia when I worked out.

                          I’m incredibly excited about the two medal holders I received from Strut Your Stuff Sign Co.

                          Here’s what I loved:

                          • Design: There is a wide variety of designs (200+) and paint colors (12) that you can choose from – or you can have one personalized with our logo or favorite mantra/quote! 
                          • Hooks: Easy access to add/remove medals
                          • Capacity: There are 13 (or 9 on the smaller ones) hooks – but they are sturdy enough to hold multiple medals on each one (up to 10!) so you can easily store over 100 medals on one sign!
                          • Handmade and Made To Order
                          • Easy to Assemble/Hang: The medal holder comes with pre-drilled holes in the front (for the hooks) as well as keyhole slots on the back for a flush wall mount

                          The holder is made with ecofriendly MDF, silver L hooks and computerized text.

                          Strut Your Stuff Sign Company can be found on:
                          – Etsy: https://www.etsy.com/shop/StrutYourStuffSignCo
                          – Instagram: @strutyourstuffsignco

                          I’m hosting a giveaway on Instagram – giving away the two race medal holders (shown below) to TWO winners (one per winner)! All the details can be found below. Giveaway ends on 12/8 at 11:59pm EST.

                          If you don’t win and still want one (or want to purchase one for a holiday gift!), use NYCRUNNINGMAMA for 10% off your entire order!

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                            Octane Fitness: Zero Runner

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                            Last Thursday, I attended an event hosted by Octane Fitness in NYC to learn about their newest product on the market – the Zero Runner.

                            I went into the event with some doubts – it was hard for me to conceptualize a piece of equipment that resembled an elliptical but that gave you the ability to stride out like you were running outside or on a treadmill. In my mind, it seemed it would be more of a cross-trainer than a replacement for running.

                            The Zero Runner was first conceptualized almost twenty years ago but it wasn’t until recently when those ideas fully came to fruition. The Zero Runner was created by Octane Fitness because there was a need for runners to be more efficient, run faster or longer and avoid injury.Octane Fitness set out to create a machine that would replicate real running motion with the benefits of running, but without the stress and pounding on the joints and knees on the body.

                            At it’s core, the Zero Runner is zero-impact running. You use the same muscles while running on the Zero Runner as you would when you run outdoors. But with zero impact there is no stress on your body.

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                              Garmin Forerunner 15 Review

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                              If you have been reading here for a bit, you are already aware that I am a huge Garmin fan! I’ve tried a handful of different models – ranging from the entry-level Forerunner 10 (review here) to the advanced and multi-sport Forerunner 910xt (which I used for my 1st Ironman). I can’t say that I prefer one over the other – there are those that I would recommend to someone newer to the sport and then others that I would recommend for those looking for specific capabilities.

                              I recently had the opportunity to test out and review the Garmin Forerunner 15 – a GPS watch similar in capabilities to the Forerunner 10 – except for two major improvements: it tracks your daily activity (steps, mileage, calories) while also monitoring your heart rate (additional cost). Pretty awesome that one single watch can do it all.

                              The Forerunner 15 (from Garmin’s Website):

                              • Tracks distance, pace, heart rate and calories
                              • Activity tracking counts steps and calories and reminds you when it’s time to move
                              • Compatible with foot pod for recording distance indoors
                              • Up to 8 hours of battery life with GPS on or 5 weeks in watch/activity tracking mode
                              • Save, plan and share your activities at Garmin Connect™

                              I am completely serious when I say that I wear this watch every single day. Most nights I wear it to bed so I’ll have it on first thing in the AM (the only times it comes off is when I have to charge it).

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                                Sylish and Functional Cross Training Gear

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                                I’ll be the first to admit that my running wardrobe is pretty awesome. I’ve been fortunate enough to participate in a couple of programs with two of the more well-known running companies and in the process received some Christmas-like deliveries of gear.

                                But my pilates/yoga/barre/etc wardrobe has been lacking. I mostly wear running shorts or capris and a tank or sports bra when I do the workouts – which has been totally fine (it’s hard to justify spending $ on clothes that nobody except my husband and I will see). But I’ve begun going to the gym to do core and strength work a couple of times a week and I am beginning pilates and barre classes at a nearby studio (I just found out about this studio that is 1 mile away!). And so I’ve been on the lookout for affordable clothes that would fit the bill for these workouts.

                                It was pretty fortuitous that Amazon Fashion reached out a couple of weeks ago to see if I was interested in teaming up and trying out some of their new gear from their #AmazonActive line.

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                                  PRO Compression Giveaway!

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                                  I find that the more miles I run, the better I need to be with recovery. My recovery regimen after workouts or long runs has really improved over the last year. I used to be awful about recovery – I would finish a run, shower and then go about my day. These days, I try to have some sort of recovery shake, stretch, sometimes take an ice bath (followed by shower) and then I put PRO Compression sleeves or marathon socks on for the next few hours.

                                  I am recovering faster and better which makes me able to have an enjoyable recovery run the next day and continue on with my training plan.

                                  But PRO Compression socks/sleeves aren’t just meant for recovery. I have been wearing them for most workouts and long runs as well. And I’ve been racing in them – I wore them for the the NJ Marathon in May. I feel like they give me the support my legs need during tough runs.

                                  “PRO Compression socks are designed specifically to deliver both maximum comfort and speedy recovery times. The science is complex, but benefits such as improved blood flow, stability and comfort are universally understood.  The moment you put these socks on your feet and incorporate them into your game, you will feel and understand the difference.”

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                                    Sparkly Soul Headband Giveaway

                                    You can never have too much sparkle =)
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                                    Don’t forget to enter the other Mother’s Day celebration Giveaways from this week (Vitamix S30 Blender Entry into in24 Philly Race + Pair of Saucony Shoes)

                                    Sparkly Soul has been my go-to headband since I first tried them almost three years ago. I’ve worn Sparkly Soul headbands on virtually every single run and for every race since that time – including marathons, my first ultra, even my first Ironman:

                                    I had been looking for a headband that kept my hair out of my face, didn’t give me a headache, didn’t rip my hair when I took it off, and didn’t move when I worked out. Sparkly Soul was the answer to all of these. It also didn’t hurt that they have 360 degrees of sparkle and make me feel girly while I’m working hard.

                                    The company was created by a marathoner and triathlete who wanted a headband that stayed in place during workouts without giving her a headache.  For more information on the history of the company, check out their webpage.

                                    If you are a new(er) reader, you can check out some of the reviews I’ve done of Sparkly Soul:

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                                      Back on My Feet in24 Philadelphia Entry Giveaway

                                      I figured most of you don’t want to read about my first week of recovery post-marathon (lots of eating, laziness and cuddling with the boys…and then handful of runs I have done have been easy-paced and short). And so instead of boring you with those details, I am working on having a bunch of giveaways for you this week! Plus, it’s a fun way to celebrate Mother’s Day this weekend. =)

                                      In 2010, I began training for what I planned to be my first ultra – the Back on My Feet in24 Philadelphia Race. There are a slew of different distances, but I had registered for the 24-hour one. My plan was to train for and run 50 miles and then call it a day. My family planned on traveling to Philly to cheer and since the course was an 8.4 mile loop on paved roads, they could get some chairs, relax and see me run by 6 or 7 times. Seemed like an awesome first ultra. I was a couple of months into my training and had just completed my first 30 mile training run when I found out I was pregnant. Best surprise but it meant no race that summer. 

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                                        Vitamix S30 Review and Giveaway

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                                        Over the holidays, our blender broke (totally my fault since I put the glass container within reach of the boys). My husband and I used the blender on a fairly regular basis to make smoothies and shakes and were looking for a good sale on a new one. About the same time, I was asked if I wanted to test out the new Vitamix S30, the personal blender, and obviously jumped at the opportunity. Perfect timing!

                                        So first, let’s talk about the Vitamix S30:

                                        • First personal-sized blender created by Vitamix
                                        • Allows you to create individual servings and small family meals
                                        • 20-oz container (fits in most cup holders) turns into a travel cup with a flip-top lid and handle
                                        • 40-oz container blends small batches of soups, sauces, frozen deserts and more
                                        • Small size (20.3 x 8 x 9 in – h x w x h) takes up little room on your counter
                                        • Variable Speed Control to achieve textures from coarse to smooth
                                        • Pulse Feature – chops quickly for easy ingredient prep
                                        • Dishwasher safe (containers, lids, and blade)
                                        • Comes with a cookbook FULL of recipes for beverages, dips/spreads, dressings, soups, sauces and desserts
                                        • 5 year warranty

                                        I’ve tried a few of the recipes from the book (they do not disappoint) including the Frozen Strawberry Daiquiri – easy to make and SO delicious!

                                        I’ve also started making my recovery/protein shakes again (I was doing this a lot last summer during Ironman training).

                                        It’s incredibly easy to use and clean and I love that the small container doubles as an individual to-go container which means less to clean!

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                                        So now for the fun part!! Vitamix will be giving away one S30 Personal Blender which retails for $400+! There are multiple ways to enter – see below!

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