Saucony Virrata Review

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Over the years, I have dabbled with zero-drop shoes on more occasions than I can remember.  I SO wanted to wear a lightweight, more natural shoe.  But each time I have had to sadly return to my previous training shoe because my foot felt too naked, too unsupported for anything more than a mile or two. They just didn’t feel right on my foot and I couldn’t get used to the feeling of having NO support from the pavement. So, understandably, I was intrigued when I heard about the new Saucony shoe – the Virrata. The Virrata is Saucony’s lightest and most flexible training shoe which allows your foot to move naturally.  But Saucony did something different with this shoe – something I hadn’t seen in other natural 0mm drop shoes. Rather than completely strip down the shoe and leave a 0mm drop shoe with no support or cushioning, they ADDED 18mm of cushion at the bottom. GENIUS.  I loved this concept because it addressed my biggest issue with lightweight, 0mm drop shoes – the lack of protection and support.  read more

Runner’s World Weekend

This past weekend, I had the privilege of attending the Runner’s World Half & Festival Weekend.  FitFluential, Runner’s World, and ICON fitness invited 25 bloggers to the RW Half & Festival in Bethlehem, PA, in order to meet editors and running experts, run one (or more) of the races, and get some exposure out about the race and weekend. I had no intentions of running a race so soon after my son was born, but I also knew that this was an opportunity that I couldn’t pass up.  My attending (and running one of the races) would be based on when my son was born – I would only attend if he was 4-5 weeks old – old enough to be out and about for a few days but young enough where he was still super portable and not really on any sort of schedule.  Well, he cooperated and was born within the small window necessary for us to attend (it’s clearly a sign he wants to be a runner!). Thursday When we first got to the hotel, we were given a welcome bag that had some awesome goodies: RW Big Book of Marathon & Half Marathon Training, a Running Skirt, Mediterranean Snacks, Swiftwick socks, Continue Reading →

What’s Beautiful?

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When do you feel most beautiful? Is it when you are all dressed up for a special occasion? Or when you have your hair or makeup a certain way?  Or wearing a certain outfit or accessory? Or maybe you are like me and it’s when you accomplish a goal? At that moment, I feel unstoppable.  I feel strong.  I feel beautiful. One of the first times I really experienced this was during the summer of 1999.  I spent six weeks going through Cadet Basic Training (CBT), also known as “Beast Barracks” at the United States Military Academy at West Point.  I do not remember a lot about that summer…it’s mostly a blur of images and moments that remain in my memory.  But I remember the last day – we were on an 18 mile road march back to West Point after spending a week living in tents outside.  The ruck march was a requirement in order to successfully complete CBT and begin our first academic year at West Point.  The route was extremely tough – there were several large hills (including a ski slope) we had to climb – all while carrying our rifles and 35 pounds in our ruck sack. read more

FitBlogNYC: Friends + Inspiration + Awesome Swag = Day to Remember

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I’ve been looking forward to FitBlogNYC for over a month now – it was going to be my first “real” blogger/tweet-up event and I knew there would be oodles of twitter and FitFluential friends that I would FINALLY get to meet. It did not disappoint. A few highlights of the day: – Got to catch up with some old friends (Leticia, Erica, and Christine) and meet so many that I’ve been chatting with for months (Nicole, Katie, Jessica, and Cat – to name only a few of the many, many girls that were there). – Four fabulous FitFluential ladies chaired an informative, upbeat, and fun seminar on How To Turn Your Blog Into a Business.  Two of them in particular have me SO much about social media, twitter, and blogging – Kelly Olexa (CEO/Founder of FitFluential) and Carla Birnberg.  Being able to meet Kelly and Carla, in person, after months and months of interaction through social media felt surreal – but they are exactly as they portray themselves on their blogs and videos. read more

Why You Want ME

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Before I explain to you why I would be a great addition to your team, let me give you a brief background of how I ended up where I am today. Exactly three years ago, I was getting ready to return from Iraq after my third deployment with the US Army as a Captain in the Military Intelligence Branch.  I had spent the last 15 months tracking, analyzing, and targeting the enemy networks in Baghdad.  It was the most rewarding job I had ever had.  I had made the decision to leave the military upon my return from Iraq – I wanted to settle down, start a family, secure a high-paying job in the business world, and be physically close to my sisters and parents after 10 years of living far away. Shortly after, I began my new life with a great-paying job in NYC, I was living on the Upper West Side in a gorgeous apartment with my sister, and I had the freedom and luxury to run whenever and wherever I wanted. Fast forward to today. I am a happy stay at home mom to my 1 year old son, AJ.  Shortly after he was born, I made Continue Reading →

Five Tips for Achieve a FitFluential Balance During the Holidays

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As a runner, I often use running analogies to put things into context.  I view a calendar year the same way I view a marathon. If you’ve ever hit the “wall” during a marathon, you know how painful the remaining miles can be. They never seem to pass and no matter how hard you try, you just can’t seem to move any faster.  You spend the last few miles wishing you were more focused and dedicated with your training and swearing you’ll never run another one. You wish you were able to finish strong. Similarly, I don’t like ending the year in a rut – whether it’s pertaining to my running, diet, or overall lifestyle.  No matter how great the whole year was, if I’m in a downward spiral the last few weeks, it causes me to view the entire rest of the year as a letdown. And all I want is for the year to be over. You wish you were able to finish strong The ideal marathon is one where you run negative splits and cross the finish line pushing your hardest. The last few weeks of the year should end the same way – you should try Continue Reading →