My First Run Happy Experience!


This post is sponsored in collaboration with Zappos.

If you have been following or reading here for a bit you probably know that when I find something that works for me, I tend to stick with it – whether it’s food, training, my running gear. I typically do not even try other alternatives – why fix what’s not broke, right?

So when I was approached and asked if I wanted to test out some Brooks shoes and gear, I hesitated. But I decided to give it a try as Brooks is one of the only running brands I’ve literally never tried! I’ve heard great things from friends and other runners about the brand and its gear so wanted to see for myself.

All of the Brooks items were ordered through – which ended up being one of the easiest, fastest and hassle free online experiences to date. Zappos promises fast, free shipping and has a 365 day return policy (<- this is amazing for someone like me who tends to procrastinate mailing things back!). It’s also a great place to order if you are someone who likes to mix brands or are someone who is looking for running gear without being focused on a brand – there is a full range of styles and brands available!

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    Happy National Running Day: Deals, Giveaways and Events

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    Happy National Running Day!! I am not sure who started this “National” holiday, but every year, it seems more and more companies are jumping on board to help celebrate the fun day.  It also helps that it’s only TWO days before National Donut Day (which is Friday!) – I don’t think this is a coincidence! HA =)

    Below are some of the awesome deals, giveaways, and events going on today!!  Do you know any other ones that are worth mentioning? Please share if you do =)


    Tweet or post a photo showing your running story to Instagram with #IMARUNNER to enter to win 1 of 60 Timex Ironman Watches.  You can also enter by submitting a photo or story directly on the Timex Sports Facebook page “#IMARUNNER Tab”.  Winners will be selected at random and official rules are located here:

    Additionally, for every photo submitted, Timex will donate $5, up to $15,000, toward One Fund Boston which helps those individuals most affected by the tragic events of April 15, 2013.

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      Saucony Virrata Review


      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. 

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        Mizuno Shoe Giveaway!


        Big Smile = )

        Happy Monday, friends!! Hope you all had a wonderful weekend!  I enjoyed an 8 mile run (longest run post baby to date!) and lots of Ironman Kona watching on Saturday followed by a relaxing rest day on Sunday.

        I was SO tempted to run more than 8 miles.  The perfect running weather, my feeling stronger with each run, and the excitement of fall marathon season all make me itch to run long…but I know that slowly building my mileage up is the smartest thing for me and my body right now.  My motto these days is: Rome wasn’t built in a day.


        **My one year blog anniversary was a few weeks ago…to celebrate NYC Running Mama’s existence, I will be having a series of giveaways on here over the next few weeks – some of my favorite running (and baby!) gear/products.  So make sure you check back often for your chance to enter and win!!**


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          Mizuno Running Shoes Giveaway WINNER!


          Hey friends – I apologize for not posting this earlier!!

          Thank you to everyone who participated.   I loved reading about all of the brilliant runs that you have experienced!

          The winner is Megan D!  Megan – please email me at ASAP so we can get you into the Mezamashii Project!!  If you do not contact me by Sunday, June 24, a follow-up winner will be selected.

          For more information on the Mezamashii Run Project, click here.

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            The Mezamashii Project + Giveaway for Mizuno Running Shoes


            Mizuno has launched a campaign called the Mezamashii Project:

            This is an excerpt from the invitation I received in the mail:


            You have been chosen as a founding member of the Mezamashii Project. 

            In Japanese the word Mezamashii means brilliant

            We are on a quest to deliver more mezamashii – more ecstatic, electric, wind-in-your-heart running.  More brilliant running. 

            So instead of spending millions of dollars on advertising to talk about our shoes, we’re putting our money where your feet are – by giving you a free pair. 

            To learn more about the Mezamashii Project, click here.

            Every temple has its steeples. 

            I’ve been a loyal customer of Mizuno shoes since I was first fitted for a pair in May 2007.  I had just made the Fort Hood Army Ten-Miler Team and wanted to ensure that I was wearing the “right” running shoe.  I’d say 98-99% of my miles since then have been run in Mizuno Wave Alchemy’s.  I’ve had no injuries or issues so wasn’t able to justify trying a different pair of running shoe.

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              Busy as a Bee and Winner of Saucony Shoe Giveaway!!!

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              Multi-tasking - My husband taping (in prep for painting) while occupying our son!

              Hey friends!

              I know I’ve been MIA the last week – with my blog, Facebook, Twitter…basically all forms of social media!   Everything is great here – just super super busy.  Since late last week, I have spent ~12 hours / day at our new house – cleaning, unpacking, watering the newly laid sod (seriously hours a day), and letting my son get acquainted with our new home before the big move.   I don’t want the huge transition to be too difficult for him – we are going from a 2 BR apartment to a 4-BR, 3,000+ sq foot home.  So, we spend all day in the house and head back at his bedtime.  Once he’s sleeping, I have been focusing on packing up things here before going to bed passing out for the night.

              It’s been a major challenge to not overdo it.  And to be honest, I’m not doing such a great job.  It’s so hard to force myself to take breaks – even if it means just putting my feet up.  When my son is napping, I get a second wind and try to get as much accomplished as I can.  I know I should be resting or even relaxing when he naps.

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