This time around I will be doing part one of the Serious Series….. the Trail Half Marathon. This is a race that is put on by Running Fit and is sponsored by Absopure. This is not a sponsored race, I paid for it all on my own quite some time ago, but I am happy to spread the love of two companies I think do a lot of good in the Detroit area and in the running community!
Technically the race is called the Trail Marathon but it includes a 5 mile run, a half marathon, a full marathon and a 50k. You can also sign up for their No Wimps Challenge and run both the half marathon and the marathon or 50k for some extra bragging rights and race swag. The half marathon is on Saturday and the other events are on Sunday so it’s not like you have to run two races in one day, just two in one weekend. No biggie, right? I will not be doing the No Wimps Challenge so props to those that are.
The race takes place on the Potowatami Trail in the Pinckney Recreation Area. I’ve never done this race nor have I ever ran on the Poto but it has a reputation for kicking runners asses with its hilly terrain. Here’s a look at the course and the elevation information that was provided by Running Fit.
It probably goes without saying that my main goal is just to finish and not die as that it one tough course!
As always, I will be back with a full recap next week!
Anyone else running one of the Trail Marathon races?
Or doing anything else fun this weekend? I want to hear about it!
In some ways I feel like I have been blogging forever and in other ways I feel like I just started blogging yesterday.
It would be remiss of me to write about my blogiversary without first mentioning my friend Jackie who got me interested in blogging in the first place. She is a funny and talented person with a big heart and I am lucky enough to call her my friend. She has several blogs and websites and never seems to sleep. I don’t know how she does it! You should check her out by clicking here.
For those of you who have not been reading my blog since its beginning you may be surprised to know that I started off as more of a mommy blogger. At the beginning I used my blog as a way to share things about B and parenting in general. Very quickly I realized that although I love being a Mom, I just wasn’t into the Mommy blogging. Instead, I really enjoyed sharing my love of running and fitness and as such I started blogging more about that while still sharing some of my parenting side as well. Thank goodness I had the foresight to pick a blog name that could change with me as time went on!
At this point in my blogging I now consider myself to be a Healthy Living Lifestyle blogger. A title I stole from Angela at Cowgirl Runs because I had been having such a hard time defining my blog and I think her title sums up my blog quite nicely. While my main focus is on health and fitness, I do talk about other things on my blog like family, travel, fashion and subscription boxes. I actually just updated my About Me page to reflect my new Healthy Living Lifestyle Blogger niche, feel free to check it out by clicking here
I am happy to say that I am content with where my blog is now. I feel like it gives a more well rounded depiction of who I am instead of just showing one side of me. And while I realize that not all of my posts will resonate with every reader, I am okay with that. At the end of the day I am happy with all of the posts that I publish and that is all that I can ask of myself.
On another note, I want to say how extremely grateful I am for all of you! Thank you so much for taking the time out of your day to read my posts, to write comments and to connect with me on my social media channels. You guys rock and I (and this blog) would not be the same without you! Thank you!!
My third DailyLook Elite Box just arrived which means it is the last month of my free trail offer. Now I need to decide if I am going to continue to keep getting it….
Not familiar with the DailyLook Elite box? It is a monthly subscription box filled with clothing and accessories picked out just for you by your stylist. It is very similar to Stitch Fix but instead of getting just 5 items, you actually get 6-8 items. (Except I only got 5 items this month so maybe they are changing that?) There is a $20 styling fee each month (although they have a 3 month free trial offer right now) and that styling fee is deducted from the total cost of any items that you decide to keep. Unlike Stitch Fix there is no discount for keeping all of the items in your box but hopefully they will change that in the future. The best part of the DailyLook Elite box, in my opinion, is that you have 5 days to decide if you want to keep any or all of the items unlike Stitch Fix where you only get a few days to decide.
Let’s take a look at what my stylist Scot, sent me this month!
Item #1: Blaque Label Floral Print Dress
When I first took this dress out of the box I wasn’t too sure about the pattern. The colors I loved immediately but the pattern wasn’t something that I would normally pick out for myself.
Once I put it on however, I couldn’t help but want to keep it! It fits great and I feel great in it! The pattern is still a bit wild for me but maybe I need a little wild in my life. The dress is also a little bit short so there will be no bending over while wearing it….lol
Item #2: StyleStalker Challenger Dress
Once I saw this dress I knew immediately why Scot sent it to me. Last month he sent me a midi length skirt in the same color and I told him that I loved the color but not the length of the skirt. And while Scot is on the right track as I do love the color of this dress and the length, I do not love the style or the hemline.
Item #3: DailyLook Relaxed Henley Tee
Is it just me or does this shirt look like a pajama shirt? It is super comfy but I can’t see myself wearing it outside of the house.
Item #4: Six Crisp Days Curved Shorts
Well, what can I say about these shorts that the pictures don’t already say for themselves?Just no. No, no, no, no, no,
Even Mowgli can’t make these shorts looks cute.
Item #5: Jordan Anthony Vegan Leather Metal Trim Shoulder Bag
This bag is so close to something that I would love. It is the perfect size for me and I probably would have kept it if the hardware would have been silver and the bag had been a different color than tan.
My stylist Scot is definitely getting close to figuring out my style. The floral dress is amazing (and bf approved). The bag and the pink dress were almost me but not quite and the other two items well, those were definitely not me at all.
So will I continue to get the DailyLook Elite Box? Yes but not every month. Maybe every quarter. Luckily DailyLook let’s you skip months so I will keep my subscription open and decide when I am ready for another box.
I like that DailyLook sends me items that are much different from Stitch Fix as it helps add variety to my wardrobe but I haven’t been getting a lot of pieces that I like, which is the reason I have decided not to get an Elite box every month.
Want to check out my other DailyLook Elite Box reviews? Click on the links below. Want to sign up to get a DailyLook Elite box of your own? Click here to do so by using my referral link.
Over the weekend I ran the Martian Race 10k for the first time thanks to Absopure! As you may know, I partnered up with Absopure over the last few months because not only do I love their water but I also love their focus on healthy living and their support of the running community. They are also the official water sponsor of all Running Fit races, so I will be seeing a lot more of them as I have several Running Fit races already on my race calendar this year.
The Martian race was a bit of a redemption race for me as I was signed up to run it last year but wasn’t able to because I got sick. Chris ran it last year though and he joined me in the 10k as well. It was nice having him with me as he was familiar with where to go and the best place to park.
We picked up our packet the morning of the race which was quick and easy. We also got to see the marathon start which I enjoyed.
Here’s the shirt! I love what they did with the sponsors on the back!
Soon after we dropped our shirts off at the car and hit up the port-a-potties, it was just about time for us to head out onto the course. The 5k and the 10k started together and then later split so there was a good number of people at the start line with us.
I had planned to run the race with Chris but soon after the start he urged me to go on without him. So I did. Not long after we separated I realized I had one layer too many on my top as I had put on both a tank top and a long-sleeved shirt for the race. So for a few miles I played a game called take off my shirt without stopping because stopping wastes time. I slowly got one arm out and ran one-armed. Then I got the other one out and ran with my shirt as a stylish scarf for a little while. Eventually that got old and I stopped so I could untangle my earbuds from my shirt and take it off altogether. I can just imagine the race pictures I am going to get of my slow shirt removal process. lol
The course ended up being better than I expected as there were large portions on a path through the woods. Not quite trail running because it was paved but I’ll take it. While in the woods we also got to cross over two wooden bridges which was nice but oddly bouncy once you made it past the halfway point of the bridges.
There were not a lot of spectators on the course but those who were out there were giving us their full support. There were plenty of volunteers on the course as well as more than enough aid stations. Really the only downside of the course for me is that it was a not a closed course, meaning traffic could still get by in some areas. We were separated from the traffic with cones so it was really not an issue at all, I just prefer closed courses.
The other downside to the race was completely my fault. I ended up running the race naked because I accidentally forgot my Garmin at home. Unless I saw a mile marker I had no idea where I was on the course or how fast I was running. It wasn’t the end of the world but I do prefer to have my Garmin to keep me paced appropriately. I kept looking at my wrist even though I knew it wasn’t there. lol
My finish time ended up being 1:02:12. Not a PR (my 10k PR is 57:03) but I wasn’t looking to PR so I was happy with my time. After I crossed the finish line I got my Martian medal and some refreshments including a cookie and a bottle of Absopure water!
Not long after I finished, Chris finished as well and then we had to high tail it out of there so he could make it to work on time.
But first a runfie!
Overall I really enjoyed the Martian Race! I thought it was very well-organized, I liked the theme, the course was nice, the shirt was sweet and the post race refreshments were just what I needed. I would definitely do it again and I recommend that you think about adding it to your race calendar for next year!
Were you at one of the Martian Races? Tell me about it!
Not at the Martian Race? Tell me about your weekend!
Nanu, nanu. (That’s Martian talk for, it is almost race day!)
Thanks to Absopure, I am running the Martian Race 10k tomorrow! It will be a redemption race for me as I was signed up to run it last year but wasn’t able to because I was sick. Chris did bring home my medal and shirt because he is a good bf but let’s face it, I really didn’t earn that medal. But this year I will earn myself that Martian medal!
I don’t have any goals for this race other than to just enjoy it. Chris has to go to work immediately after the race so I am sure we will run it together so we don’t waste time reconnecting at the end. Then we will have to make a mad dash for the car so he can get to work on time. Ah the joys of balancing work and running…..I miss those days.
Anyone else going t be at the Martian race?
Or are you racing / running elsewhere? Tell me about it!
Remember my first Fit Snack Box? The one that I received last month? Aaaah, we made some good snackin’ memories together. I loved it so much and the folks at Fit Snack loved me back, so thanks to Fit Snack I am able to bring you a review of their April box!
Never heard of Fit Snack? Fit Snack is a monthly subscription box that contains 7-10 different food items that taste good and are good for you! Each item in the box always possesses two or more of the following characteristics: GMO Free, high in protein, low in sugar, gluten-free, organic, raw, vegan and all natural. The box also contains bonus items, exclusive workouts and sometimes even workout gear!
Sounds great, right? And the best part is that the box is affordable! Depending on what type of subscription you sign up for (they offer monthly, 3 month, 6 month and yearly plans) the box costs between $15-$19 plus $5 for shipping and handling. Click here to sign up for Fit Snack using my referral link and you will get a free gift! You will also want to keep an eye on their contest page by clicking here as they often have giveaways going on. If there isn’t one there right now, I can ensure you that there will be one soon!
Ready to see what I got in my April Box?!
Sweetwood Cattle Co. Beef Jerky
I’m not really a jerky eater but maybe I should be! This jerky is tasty!
Keen One Quinoa Chocolate Nut Krunch Snack Cluster
I was really excited to try this snack mix as it has all the things I typically enjoy: chocolate, nuts and crunchiness. Unfortunately, I didn’t love it. It wasn’t bad just not great. I think I felt that way because of the quinoa that is in it as I don’t really eat quinoa. But as my son would say….YOU may like it, even if I don’t.
Biosanes Magic Cookie
This is another item that I was pretty pumped to try out, I mean come on, it is a magic cookie!! And despite me not liking raisins I actually really liked the cookie. It is very tasty and filling. I highly recommend it!
Flamous Falafel Chips
I haven’t tried the spicy version of these chips yet but I did have the original version and they are pretty tasty! A nice alternative to the traditional chip and much healthier too!
Movit Energy Gummies
I am a gummie fanatic so it is only natural that I would love these! So glad there were four packages of them in the box! These are the perfect snack to eat before a run or any time that you need a little energy boost.
Detour Smart Bar
I am not sure if every Fit Snacker got the blueberry flavored bar but sadly I do not like blueberry. At all. It sounds like a great bar though and I would love to try it in a different flavor!
I am not a coffee drinker. Crazy, right? If you’ve tried Bio Coffee, let me know what you think of it!
I love peanut butter so it will be interesting to see what I think of these WowButters. It seems like a great alternative for those that can’t eat nuts!
Overall another great Fit Snack box, don’t you think? My favorites are the Movit Gummies and the Falafel Chips! But really the best part of the whole box is trying some new snacks instead of my boring tried and true snacks. Ready to try some new snacks and get a Fit Snack box for yourself? Click here to use my referral link to sign up for the Fit Snack box and get a free gym bag!
What do you think of the snacks inside the April box?
Part of being a runner is taking runfies, am I right? And if you are not a runner I am sure you have still been exposed to the runfie trend as we can’t help but post them to social media as often as possible. Otherwise how would other people know that we even went for a run?!
Training and knowledge is key to becoming a better runner AND for taking better runfies so let’s take a look at my tips for making your runfies stand out amongst all the other runfies out there!
1. Strike A Pose! – Why just stand there while taking your runfie? Strike a pose! Channel your inner super hero, your inner diva or even your favorite elite runner. The better the pose, the better the runfie!
2. Background Basics – Pay attention to your background while taking a runfie. Great backgrounds include: the start or finish line of a race, a picturesque nature view, the hottie running behind you, etc! The key is to be creative and attentive to the background of your runfie as it will make all of the difference between a ho-hum runfie and a runfie that goes viral.
3. Express Yourself - Don’t hide those face expressions! Use them to convey how you really feel about your run. Think of your runfie as a way to tell the story of your run without using words so smile, grimace, cry, etc. Let it all out in your runfie!
4. Show The Bling – A good race runfie is not complete without one of you and the medal. In fact it is mandatory and it would be breaking the runfie code of conduct if you did not comply. So go ahead, wear that medal, bite it, hold it up by your face or however else you like to get the medal in your runfie, but just make sure you take that medal runfie for all to see!
5. Invest in a Runfie Stick – When you are ready to take your runfie game to the next level, you should invest in a runfie stick. I recently received the CELFIE Bluetooth Wireless Long Selfie Stick to review and I have found it perfect for taking runfies. It syncs effortlessly to my iPhone and take pictures at the click of a button. It’s also pink which helps bring out my inner diva. Now if I could just find a running belt that would allow me to clip my runfie stick into it …..
I am sure that you have gathered by now that this is a tongue in cheek post meant to provide you with a bit of humor about runfies. I shamelessly admit to taking runfies and plan to continue doing so because I love to share my passion for running. I hope you share your passions as well, be it through runfies or another medium!
Race season is in full swing here in Michigan which is awesome but it can also be expensive. I personally try to only run one race a month to keep my bank account and my fitness life in balance but there are also some other tactics that I use to save money on my race registrations.
If you have ever registered for a race then you know that the sooner your register the better. Typically the price goes up and up and up as it gets closer to race day.
I am a bit OCD and I actually keep a running list of races that I want to run next year along with the registration open date and info on the tiered pricing. It helps me get the best deal on the races that I choose to run.
Watch For Deals
A lot of races will offer deals from time to time or promo codes that you can use to save a few bucks on the race registration fees. The best way to stay in the know about any specials is to follow the race on social media and to sign up for their email newsletter.
Sign Up As A Group
Some races offer discounts if you sign up as a group so if you know some other people who want to run the same race as you this could be a great way to save money on your race registration. If you belong to a running club, races often offer those clubs discounts as well.
Race Small & Local
I have found that the small local races tend to give me the best race for my buck. And some of my most favorite races are local and small ones. Don’t get me wrong, there is definitely some appeal to those bigger races but keep in mind big races often come with a big race registration fee so you have to determine if it is worth it to you.
Look For Free Races / Runs
Some running clubs and even running stores host free races or runs. So if you just want the group run experience without all of the swag and fees of a race this might be a great inexpensive (if not 100% free) option. Check out the websites of running clubs and running stores near you to see if that is something that they offer.
A lot of races offer discounted or even a comped race entry in exchange for your time volunteering at packet pick up or at the race. This is typically something you will see at multi-day events or for race organizations that have multiple events throughout the year. It is also a great way to give back to the running community and to experience the other side of races. I highly recommend it!
Do you have any other tips on how to save money on race registrations?
Did you hear that Rachel Zoe launched her own subscription box? It is The Zoe Report Box of Style and it is a seasonal subscription service which equates to four shipments a year! The box is $106 each season or $350 for the yearly subscription and each box includes fashion, beauty and lifestyle items. Each box is also reported to have a value of over $300!
The Spring box just shipped out and I am so glad that I signed up for it when it first went live as it sold out rather quickly!
Ready to find out if the Box of Style lived up to the Rachel Zoe name and all of the hype?! Let’s take a look at what came in the box!
I love how everything was individually wrapped!
Item #1: Miansai Modern Screw Cuff
This is the “hero” item of the Box of Style aka the big-ticket item. I actually knew that the bracelet would be in the box when I ordered it as it was listed as a spoiler to entice people to sign up and I think that enticement worked pretty well!
Upon signing up for the box I was concerned that the cuff would be too big for me since I have pretty small wrists and I wasn’t sure how I would feel about it being gold versus silver. Although I have to admit that I have been liking more gold pieces lately.
Turns out I had nothing to be worried about as the cuff fits me perfectly! And while that is good for me, I am sure those with normal sized wrists may have been disappointed in the fit. I also do not mind that the cuff is gold at all. It is actually a very gorgeous piece of jewelry and probably the nicest accessory I own. I will be wearing the heck out of it!
Retail Price: $200
Item #2: Zoya Nail Polish in Zoe, Chantal and Haley
A short time after ordering the Box of Style, it was revealed that these nail polishes would also be in the box. The opal colored one is named Zoe and Rachel Zoe helped to create the color and she also used it in her Fall 2015 fashion week presentation.
Some people weren’t thrilled about getting nail polish in the box but I didn’t mind. I don’t buy nail polish very often and I thought it was unique to get a custom colored one. I also think that they colors we received are very versatile and can be used the whole year through, not just for Spring.
Retail Price: $30
Item #3: Traveler by TOMS
I am probably the only person that doesn’t own anything by TOMS so I was pretty excited to see these sunglasses in the box. I love the floral case and the blue tips at the end of the sunglasses. These are the type of sunglasses that just about anybody can wear and I know I will be wearing them as often as possible!
Retail Price: $68
Item #4: Tarte Lights, Camera Lashes 4-in-1 Mascara
I don’t wear a ton of make up but I do pretty much always wear mascara. I like the way it makes my eyes pop and it doesn’t take a lot of effort to put some on every day. I typically only buy the cheap drugstore variety mascara so I am excited to have a higher quality mascara for a change. People also really like this mascara so I am excited to try it myself!
Retail Price: $20
Item#5: Bristols Six Styin’ Tape
I’ve never used double-sided tape before, at least not on my body, and I can’t think of any time that I wished I had some handy but I guess it is always good to be prepared right? I’ll keep it around and update you guys if I ever have a potential wardrobe malfunction that I use it to prevent.
Retail Price: $10
As you can see all the items in the box total up to a retail price of $328! And what a great box it is.
I am most excited about the cuff and the TOMS sunnies. I will definitely use the nail polish and the mascara but the stylin’ tape on the other hand, may not get much use. Despite that I still think that the box is amazing and an incredible value and I will most definitely continue being a subscriber!
The Zoe Report has already released the hero item for the Summer box. Take a look!
You all know that I love handbags! That will make for a great Summer purse.
It appears that you can still sign up for the Summer box but I wouldn’t delay much longer if you are interested in it. As I mentioned, the Spring box sold out pretty fast!
Did you get the Spring Box of Style? What did you think of it?
Didn’t get the box? What did you think of what I received?
Guess what? I finally took the plunge and got my first “regular” PopSugar Must Have Box. As you know, I have tried two of their Special Edition boxes (you can see those here and here) but I had never dabbled in their regular monthly box….until now!
Not familiar with PopSugar Must Have Boxes? PopSugar Must Have Boxes are lifestyle subscription boxes geared towards women. The boxes include items related to beauty, fitness, fashion, home etc. In addition to their monthly box, they also offer Special Edition boxes which are variably priced and have a specific theme. To find out more about PopSugar Must Have Boxes and to sign up to get one of your own, click here to use my referral link.
Each month prior to the shipment of the monthly box, PopSugar reveals what their inspiration was behind the items that they selected. This month their inspiration was: Spring showers, farmers market, outdoor fun, fresh produce and simplicity. I love seeing what the clues are to see if I can piece together what kind of items might be in the box!
Ready to see the items behind the inspiration?
Item #1: Dabney Lee Dottie Umbrella
As silly as it sounds, I was honestly very excited to get this umbrella! I’ve always wanted a cute girly umbrella and this one is just that! I love the polka dot pattern and the pink accents on the handle and the tip of the umbrella.
The umbrella is as functional as it is cute as well! It has a matching case and it can open and close with a touch of a button. It is 39 inches in diameter so it is perfectly sized!
Retail Price: $20
Item #2: One Love Organics Gardenia + Tea Antioxidant
I haven’t used this yet but it smells good so that is a good first impression! It is also organic which is a plus. I can’t wait to try it out and see if I get super soft skin.
Retail Price: #39
Item #3: Produce Candles Rhubarb Spring Candle
I am probably the only girl who is not a big fan of candles. I mean they are ok, but they are not something I buy nor something I like to receive. Yes, you can go ahead and revoke my girl card now. This candle does smell great though so maybe this will be the candle that changes my mind. We shall see.
Also included in the box was a promo code for 35% off orders at the Produce Candles website. The code is SCENTANDSOIL. The code expires on May 30th.
Retail Price: $20
Item #4: Flip & Tumble 24-7 Bag
Is it just me or is this bag genius?! I have a bunch of reusable bags that I never use because they are never on me when I go shopping but I could easily put the Flip & Tumble bag into my purse and have it with me at all times. I love it!
The bag can hold up to 35 pounds and has a no-slip shoulder strap. It also comes in a variety of colors on their website. Included in my box was a promo code for 20% off orders at Flip & Tumble’s website if you are interested in purchasing one of these bags. Just use code POP20 which is valid thru June 15, 2015 and it can only be used one time per household.
This it another item that I think it super cool! Chris and I hope to do some gardening this year and this seems like an easy way to get started. I do have to say that I was surprised to see that there are 9 steps for the Basil. I was really hoping for 3 steps. You know like, Step #1: Open Bag, Step #2: Add water and Step #3: Enjoy Basil.
Retail Price: $10
Item #6: Mott 50 $25 Gift Card
This was an extra item in the April Box and I was excited to see what Mott 50 is all about. Evidently they make clothing and accessories that provide protection from the sun. Cool idea but their pieces are pretty pricey. I don’t think I will even be able to use my gift card so hopefully I can find someone to pass it along to.
Retail Value: $25
If you have been keeping track, the retail value of the box is $126. However, because I will not use the $25 gift card to Mott 50, I prefer to say that the value of the box is $101 which is still a great value!
My most favorite items out of this month’s box are the umbrella, the bag and the Basil! I will definitely be getting a lot of use out of those three items….at least until the Basil is all gone.
If you want more info on PopSugar Must Have Boxes or want to sign up to get one of your own, I would love it if you would use my referral link by clicking here.