Sunday, August 31, 2014

Limited Edition Chevron KT TAPE

KT TAPE has done the ultimate! They have combined peoples love for #kttape and their love for a very popular print.....chevron!!!! I don't know about you, but I love all things chevron. A girl can never have enough chevron! And KT TAPE went and made the chevron rainbow colors. Talk about going with every outfit!! What do you think of this awesome new design?
                                         
This KT TAPE PRO design is limited edition and you have to sign up to reserve you spot. They need a minimum of 350 rolls to run a limited edition print. Here's the link to sign up: http://bit.ly/KTgroupoffer

Once they get enough people signed up for this pre-order tape, they'll start printing it. The cost is $25 a roll and once they start printing we'll all have to be a little patient for this holy grail KT TAPE since it will take about 8 weeks for delivery. Remember the old saying: good things come to those who wait! 

I'm all in for this KT TAPE!! What about you?? Do you love it? Are you on this list? Be sure to spread the word because they need 232 more people to sign up by the end of the day on September 3rd. Let's make this fabulous tape a reality! 

Monday, August 25, 2014

Product Review: Apera Sling Tote

I love bags. Think purses, messengers, totes, slings, etc, etc. Combining an active lifestyle with a love for bags is a no brainer for me. 
I was thrilled when Apera Bags reached out to me about reviewing a product from their line. Right from the start, I was drawn to the design of their bags and all the pockets. But what really got my attention was the antimicrobial protection. These bags can handle your sweaty, smelly gear without the "smell" both in and outside of your bag. 

Perusing the Apera Bag site was a lot of fun. So many different styles and in amazing colors too! I decided early on that the Sling Tote was for me. I liked the design and overall layout of the pockets. I was also drawn to the new pear color. Isn't she pretty? 
I used this bag all summer from back and forth to boot camp and for travel....it fit shoes, clothes, and running gear. The possibilities for what can go in this tote are endless! 

Overall, the Apera Sling Tote has some great qualities. My favorites were:
  • Antimicrobial Product Protection
  • Vented Compartments
  • Wipeable Linings
  • Pockets, pockets, pockets

This video demonstration from Apera Bags on the Sling Tote gives you an idea on how versatile this tote is. 

If you're interested in learning more about Apera Bags, check out their website for product details. And it's not too late to enter their August giveaway: sign up for their email newsletter by providing your email at the bottom of their website. They will randomly draw a name from those subscribers. Good luck! 
Disclaimer: I was provided an Apera Sling Tote to review. 
As always, all opinions are my own.

Sunday, August 17, 2014

#chiMarathon Training: Weeks 9 and 10

I've been kind of MIA for while. The last two weeks have flown by and I have completly neglected my blog and for the last week, my training. See what happens when you're off all summer and then BAM.....you're back to school?!?! I didn't realize what a luxury being off was until I was back at the grind. 

Week nine of training for the Chicago Marathon was pretty good. It was a step back week, so the long run was only 13.1. I'm still lacking when it comes to cross training and need to get my butt in gear with it. 

Here's how week nine of #chiMarathon training went:

Monday: Rest
Tuesday: 4 Miles
Wednesday: 7 Miles
Thursday: Rest
Friday: 4 Miles
Saturday: Rest
Sunday: 13.1 Miles
Weekly Mileage: 28 Miles

Now week 10 (this past week) was a completely different story. I knew the first week back to school was going to be crazy. I started a new position at my school which is exciting and scary at the same time. With my new role, there's lots to learn and in a little bit of time. On top of that, there were meetings almost every day. The days started early and ended late. Because of this I felt like I was drowning. I felt like a horrible mom and wife because at home I was consumed with back to school stuff. And consumed is putting it lightly. I was unbelievably tired too. My body was not happy with this new schedule. So I had to make a decision. Something had to give and it was my running. I realized that I wasn't superwoman and getting everything done this week wasn't going to happen. Once I made this realization, I felt better. Sure I was still overwhelmed, but there was now one less thing to worry about. 

So week 10 of training for #chiMarathon was a big whopping 3 miles. Yep. I even contemplated trying to attempt the 17 mile long run that was on schedule for today, but instead I listened to that little voice of reason in my head. Next week's long run is 18 miles, so the chance for redemption is there. 
Sometimes an unexpected break can good for the soul. I hope I didn't cause too much of a setback in my training. I'm looking forward to a new week, so I can get back on track. 

Have you ever had a break in your training? If not, what's your trick for balancing it all? 

Monday, August 4, 2014

#chiMarathon Training: Week 8

Week eight of #chiMarathon training is complete. With each passing day, the miles are increasing the days are getting closer. We're now less than 10 weeks away and almost half way through training. It seems like just yesterday I was working on a training plan. Crazy, right? 

This week of training went good. My husband was out of town all week on business, so I was nervous about getting my runs in since it was just me and my little guy. But I made it work. 

Here's how week eight of training for the Chicago Marathon went:

Monday: Rest
Tuesday: 4 Miles
Wednesday: 7 Miles
Thursday: 4 Miles
Friday: Rest
Saturday: Rest
Sunday: 8 miles, 7 miles 
Weekly Mileage: 30 miles

My long run got messed up thanks to the rain. As I was lacing up to head out Sunday morning it started to downpour and there was no way I was going to run 15 miles in the rain. Eventually it stopped, but I didn't get out until after 10:00. Between the heat and another thunderstorm, my run ended at 8 miles. So I finished the other 7 miles on the treadmill. I didn't plan on splitting up the run, but it's better than not logging the mileage. 

I hit a new high for weekly mileage....30 miles! I've never hit 30 before. Things are getting real.

How's your training going? Thanks for following along with my training. I'm so glad to have you here!

Friday, August 1, 2014

The Inaugural runDisney Pixie Dust Challenge

If you love runDisney as much as I do, then I'm sure you heard the news! Today a brand new, inaugural challenge during the Tinker Bell Half Marathon Weekend was announced on the runDisney blog
The Pixie Dust Challenge (isn't it the cutest name?) will take place during the runDisney Tinker Bell Half Marathon Weekend, May 7-10, 2015. The announcement to move this race to May was made awhile back and there were either lovers or haters to this change. I love it because Tink Half was always too close to both Marathon and Princess weekends for this East Coast girl. 

So what does this challenge mean for you? You get a chance to run the Tinker Bell 10K on Saturday and the Tinker Bell Half Marathon on Sunday. In addition to the 10K and half marathon medals, you'll also get the brand new Pixie Dust Challenge medal. Two races + three medals = runDisney love! 

So what do you think of this news? Do you think the runDisney Pixie Dust Challenge might be added to your race calendar for 2015? If so, sign up here to receive an email reminder about registration. Registration will open August 6th at Noon EST for AP and DVC, then on August 12th for everyone.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Sparkly Soul Twitter Party

Guess what? Sparkly Soul Headbands is turning 3 years old....yay!! Happy Birthday to you! In case you're wondering about Sparkly Soul, I have been wearing these headbands for about two years and I wouldn't wear anything else. Period. 
So how do we celebrate Sparkly Soul's birthday? How about with an AWESOME Twitter #SparklySoul3Years party? I hope you'll join in on July 31st at 9pm EST for some awesome fun. Think fashion, fitness, and of course, sparkle! And the best part....33 headbands will be given away to celebrate. Can you believe it...not 3, but 33 headbands?!?!
This is a perfect chance to try and win a Sparkly Soul headband. Will I tweet ya there? 

Monday, July 28, 2014

#chiMarathon Training: Week 7

The #chiMarathon is 76 days away! It seems so far away, yet so close. I have a feeling the next 76 days are going to fly by! 

Week 7 of training for the Chicago Marathon was a success. In fact, my overall weekly mileage was the highest it's been in a very, very long time. And to think, that's just the beginning. The mileage is definitely starting to get real and I'm ready for it. 

It seems like I've taken a break from cross-training and I need to work on that. I decided that boot camp wasn't for me, so now I need to find a plan that works with the resources I have.

Here's how week seven of training went: 

Monday: Rest
Tuesday: 4 Miles
Wednesday: 7 Miles
Thursday: 4 Miles
Friday: Rest
Saturday: Rest
Sunday: 14 Miles
Weekly Mileage: 29 Miles

Marathon training in the summer heat here in Florida is definitely tough. 
On Sunday, I went out a little later than I wanted to and I paid the priced with how hot it got. Seems like it happened so quickly too. This week, I'll be heading out at zero dark thirty. 

How's your training going? How do you handle training in the heat? I'd love some suggestions.