Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Workout Wednesday: A Little Joe Biden Inspiration

Today, despite having a knee that looks like I fell off a tricycle (totally skinned and gross), I went for a 30-minute walk with my colleagues during lunch, and decided to do a timed mile on the track after work.

I've been trying to focus on my speed and form as of late, and the timed mile was definitely a test to see where I am. Unfortunately, I was not terribly motivated after work today, and almost didn't even go to the track. I took forever changing into my running clothes, leaving the parking garage, and driving to the high school located less than a mile from my office (it's on the way home, and the weather looked suspicious, okay!). Once I figured out where the track was located (this was my first time there), I asked a gentleman at the school where the best place would be to park. He informed me that I was in the best parking lot to access the track, and showed me how to get down there. I thanked him, and found myself a decent parking spot.

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Fit Technology: Playing Volleyball with a Fitbit

Month after month, Google Analytics tells me that people are searching for, "Can I wear a Fitbit while playing volleyball?" which is leading them to Flecks of Lex. Since I have never explicitly answered this question on the blog, I thought today would be as good a time as any to take a moment to answer the question!

I have had a Fitbit for about two years now. I first purchased a Fitbit Zip, and absolutely loved it! It clips on to you, and tracks your steps, calories burned, and distance traveled.

This year, I bought myself a Fitbit One (affiliate link), which also tracks those things, and additionally tracks your sleep and flights of stairs ascended. As a woman who has suffered from insomnia her entire life, how cool it is to be able to track my sleep pattern!

Sunday, June 21, 2015

My First Half Marathon: The Annapolis Running Classic 2015

As you may have already read, I am a member of the A-Team (a race ambassador) for the 2015 Annapolis Running Classic! I am super excited because this will be my first half marathon, PLUS I get to meet a new group of people, and I get to promote a race and a city I love. What's not to be excited about?

I have a lot of hard work to put in this summer and fall in order to prepare for the race, but I am ready to take on the challenge!

Friday, June 19, 2015

So Many Recaps, So Little Time

Hello, hello!

I have literally been running all over the place, friends. I have run more races in the last two months than I ran all last year! When the year is up, I will have run two relay races, a 10 miler, a 15k, and my first half marathon... at least! It's amazing what a difference a year makes!

I owe you all two race recaps, but I'll owe you three after Saturday. I have had almost no time for blogging the last two weeks because of all of the running I've been doing! Nevertheless, I have been pretty active on social media, so make sure you're following me on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook if you want to see what I've been up to.

Oh, and a special note! Remember when I did Yoga on the Mall last month? Well, Sunday is the inaugural International Yoga Day, and I believe I am going to head on down to the National Mall (weather and sleep permitting) to celebrate! Are you going to be practicing yoga on Sunday? If so, are you going to any special events?

I look forward to sharing my race recaps with you all! Stay tuned!

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Race Recap: Volunteering for the Girls on the Run 5k

I cannot say enough about how great race volunteers can be. They can help motivate you when you're having a rough time, pick you up when you fall, and celebrate with you at the finish line.

My initial introduction to racing was actually through volunteering. My dad used to run 5ks every so often when I was in middle school. I volunteered back then, mostly at the water stations, and I loved it. I didn't care much for running, but I had a blast handing out water to the runners, and always treasured my volunteer shirts.

It had been a long time since the my last race volunteer experience, but I fixed that a few weekends ago when I volunteered for the Girls on the Run (GOTR) of Montgomery County 5k.

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Happy National Running Day!

If you've been off social media all day, you might have missed that it is National Running Day!

There is a lot going on today, so I'm going to try not to overwhelm you for once!

First, make sure that you check out the official National Running Day website. They have all kinds of cool info and images there for your viewing pleasure.

Next, check out my fellow Sweat Pink Ambassador/one of my favorite bloggers Cynthia at You Signed Up for What?! She has some pretty cool running-related discounts up on her site. Check it out here!

Today, I am linking up with some of my fellow Sweat Pink Ambassadors for a National Running Day "interview." A special shout out is in order for Kristen from Jonesin' for a Run for putting this together!

Finally, I have some big news to share, but I'll save that for the end. :-)

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Happy 6/02 Day!

Greetings, beautiful readers!

Today is June 2, which means that you should be celebrating with SIX:02! (Heck, they are running 20% off today, with no minimum! Just use promotion code IP265662 at checkout.) If you're lucky enough to be located near one of their stores, be sure to check out the schedule for their in-store events! Unfortunately, there is not one in the D.C. area, otherwise I'd be on it! I am planning to buy a couple of things for the Nike Women's 15K in Toronto next weekend, however.

Don't know anything about SIX:02? Check out this throwback post from when I was first introduced to this awesome company. Since then, I have made several purchases, and have these items in my regular workout rotation. They carry the best brands, and have really cool ideas for putting together workout outfits when you have a square fit fashion sense like I do. :-)

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Fit Fashion: UA Pure Stretch Underwear

It has been a while since I've done a review, so I thought I would hook you guys up this week!

A few weeks ago, I stopped by the Under Armour store near my house. Usually, I just order Under Armour online, or pick it up in another store that carries multiple brands; however, this time I decided to check out the UA store. Okay, sure, I had a coupon for some free drawers. That's what made me go to the store. :-) BUT, I did need to pick up some new HeatGear running shorts anyway, so why not?

So I went to the store, loaded with my little coupon booklet I received in the mail, and sought out these free underwear. The sales associate showed me the underwear section. I was actually pretty impressed! There were so many different colors, and a few different styles, and they were all in these little boxes. Super cute!

I settled on the Under Armour Women's UA Pure Stretch Thong (affiliate link), since I'm a volleyball player and don't need to appear to have four butt cheeks under my spandex shorts.

Monday, May 18, 2015

Race Recap and Giveaway: American Odyssey Relay

If you've been following me on Instagram, you know that I posted a flurry of photos May 1-2. What was that all about? Well, I ran in my first relay race! As a member of Team Bloggin' & Joggin', I participated in a 200-mile relay race from Gettysburg, PA to Washington, DC called the American Odyssey Relay!

For two days, our 12-blogger team ran through mountains, battlefields, farmland, cities, and parks, day and night, without giving up. I am so proud of my team for this accomplishment! In this post, I'll explain how this relay operates, who participated in Team Bloggin' & Joggin', what I thought of my legs (both types), and how awesome our sponsors were.

*Now, I'm going to fast forward a bunch through this review, just so you know, so that this post doesn't become a novel, and I can spend some time in other posts going into some more specifics about things like safety when running at night. Also, this took months of preparation, and I'm not going to try to squeeze that all into one post. I'm not a machine, people!

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Mix it Up: Yoga on the Mall

Namaste, lovely reader!

On Saturday morning, I ventured out to the Washington Monument on the National Mall for Yoga on the Mall Day. I ended up going all alone because friends had previous engagements (or they flaked out on me in the morning -- whomp whomp). It happens!

If you're a regular reader, you know that I can sometimes get a little nervous when it comes to group workouts with strangers. I usually end up getting over it, but I can still be a wuss up until that point. Bending and stretching in tight clothing in the middle of the National Mall at the sunniest, hottest point in the day, with strangers... I'd say it was a little fear inducing, to say the least. Fortunately, yogis are super nice (probably by virtue of practicing yoga), so I wasn't so petrified once I claimed out a spot.


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