Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Workout Wednesdays: Throwback Wednesday

Well, it's that time again!

What time, you ask? Why, it's time to link up with the lovely ladies from the WOW Linkup!

I've been feeling like I am hardcore neglecting the blog by posting only once or twice a week, but it's the best I can do right now! I'm in the process of transitioning from one job to another, I've had to search for three new roommates (I KNOW!), and there are a few other things going on that I'll share at a later date. I'm sorry, guys! If you are just itching for more interaction with me, you can always follow me on Twitter and Instagram. It's a lot easier to quickly post a picture or tweet something when I'm out and about, running around like a dodo bird, than it is to write a full length blog post. Sorry!

I should note, before I dive into this post, that there is less than a week remaining in my #AwesomeInAugust Instagram Challenge! Make sure you enter this week's giveaway (it ends on Friday), and enter to win one of two grand prizes!

Now, on to the throwback portion, shall we? I was actually really excited that Diatta and Sheila threw out a theme for this week's WOW linkup, because I had a million ideas running through my head, and couldn't come up with a single one to actually write about. Amen for themes as a cure for writer's block! It's funny, though. I'm supposed to share a post from a year ago, and in looking up my first post ever on Flecks of Lex, I realized that I haven't been writing this blog for a year yet! My blogiversary is actually in September! I'll have to think of a way to celebrate... Ideas?

Anyway, here's an early Flecks of Lex post, which is a review of my favorite sports bra in the whole wide world, the Moving Comfort Vixen. I still stand by what I said, which is, "This is the best sports bra I've ever owned!" Right on, Ghost of Blogger Past.

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Saturday, August 23, 2014

Are You Staying #AwesomeInAugust?

Happy Saturday! I hope it's not damp and overcast where you are, like it is here in Maryland today. It has been quite a yucky few days!

To brighten up your day, and to remind you to stay awesome in August, I am running another giveaway! The folks at SIX:02 were kind enough to offer me another gift card to give away to a reader/Instagram follower as this month's challenge, which is drawing to a close.

Enter to win below! And have an awesome Saturday!

Thursday, August 14, 2014

The People You Meet On Runs

Last night, I went on a great run. I know four miles aren't impressive to just about any of the bloggers I follow, but it's a good distance for me. I consider it one of my long runs, and while I'm fairly certain I can push myself to do six miles the next time I run (time permitting), the fact that I ran four miles on a weekday evening, in the middle of a hectic week, made me very proud of myself.

I ran through Sligo Creek Park, and in and out of Downtown Silver Spring, Maryland. The weather was great, and there were lots of people out running, playing tennis, walking their dogs, cycling, throwing frisbees -- you name it! For me, it's always nice to be around people who are being active. You can sort of absorb some of that energy, and it helps you stay motivated during your workout.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Workout Wednesdays: Workout Fuel (Plus the ENERGYbits #Giveaway Continues!)

Happy Hump Day!

I hope you were able to power through the first half of the week, and that you have smooth sailing the rest of the week!

I, for one, have had a wicked busy week, y'all. Homegirl is tired! But, never fear! I leave for a conference in Ocean City tomorrow, so I plan to go on a beach run Friday morning, and get some sun and sand after the conference ends. Sun Rays, send me your love!

Today, like many Wednesdays past, I am linking up for the Workout Wednesday Linkup (#wowlinkup), hosted by the lovely and knowledgeable Diatta from Femme Fatale Fit Club and Sheila from The Frugal Exerciser.

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Workout Wednesdays: Let Me Overwhelm You (Plus, Another #AwesomeInAugust Giveaway Revealed!)

Hello! I am Alexis. Please, let me overwhelm you. Is that rude?

Because I haven't posted in nearly a week, I thought it would be good to remind you about my first Instagram challenge, and introduce you to another sponsored giveaway I'm running as part of the challenge. Man! I've been so busy with making sure that I follow through with #AwesomeInAugust that I forgot to post on the blog! Whoops. I've also been running all over town, literally! I went for my first solo trail run this past weekend (and lost my iPod in the process), and have even been waking up early to go for a run or to the gym (and without an alarm clock, miraculously). Excuses, excuses. I'll do better next week, dear reader, I promise!

Without further ado, prepare to be overwhelmed with giveaways!

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Fit Review: Vega Sport Pre-Workout Energizer

If you're a regular Flecks of Lex reader, you know that I struggle in the morning. I really, really want to be one of those people who can wake up early, eat breakfast, go for a run, take a shower, get dressed up like they're about to hit the read carpet, write a dissertation, and then go to work and carry on about their day like they didn't wake up at an absurd hour. I am not one of those people, though. I need a little help to wake me up in the morning. Usually, that aid is coffee. That, of course, requires me to get up and get ready and go to Starbucks. Not the best strategy, right?

Well, little did I know that I was going to soon experience a new energizer that would give me that extra push in the morning that I've been missing.

When I wake up in the morning, I can barely even open my eyes. I look like some sort of mole with an afro. I received a box of Vega Sport Pre-Workout Energizer from the company (in exchange for this unbiased review), and read the instructions the evening I received it. It sounded pretty sweet. Basically, about 20 minutes prior to working out, you mix the powder in with cold water, stir, and drink. The packaging claimed that it was supposed to enhance your mental focus, increase your endurance, and provide you with immediate and sustained energy. Yeah right, I thought.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Workout Wednesday: #AwesomeInAugust Instagram Challenge

I am just going to straight up brag: I have some awesome readers! You guys are always sharing pointers and fun info with me. I love it! I appreciate you! And because I appreciate your awesomeness, I am going to be hosting my first ever Instagram challenge, wherein I will gloat about you, and celebrate you with giveaways!

Now, I know keeping up with your workout regimen in August can be extremely challenging. Here in the Washington Metropolitan Area, August is usually the sweatiest, grossest, most miserable summer month. A few years ago, I spent what felt like the entire month of August wearing maxi dresses, secretly sweating profusely under those dresses (whilst looking fabulous, of course). In addition to the heat, this is often the last chance people get to take vacation time before things start getting busy again with work and personal lives. It's understandable that so many people let their routines fall by the wayside; however, we're not going to let that happen this year, right?

Monday, July 28, 2014

Do You Wear Lifting Gloves?

More important question: Do you even lift, bro? Just kidding!

I love to wear gloves when I lift, for a number of reasons. For starters, they protect your hands from getting gnarly blisters. With my line of work, I have to shake a lot of hands. There is nothing worse than shaking a disgusting hand, whether that hand is slimy, ashy, crackly... you name it! (This is the main reason why I carry hand sanitizer when I have work events.) Another great benefit of wearing lifting gloves is that they provide you with some padding when you're lifting. Have you ever lifted a heavy amount, or done a difficult move, where it feels like someone is punching you in the palm of your hand? No? Maybe you should try doing a few sets of these, because you will totally understand.

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Race Recap: 5K Foam Fest (plus, a discount code!)

Full disclosure: As part of the Foam Fanatics ambassador program, I received one free entry for a race in the city of my choice.

A couple of weeks ago, I participated in what I can only describe as one of the most physically challenging activities I've done in a very long time: I ran the 5K Foam Fest. There was lots of foam, and even more mud, but overall, it was such a fun experience!

I believed I had prepared myself for this race, but little did I know how difficult the race would actually be...

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