Saturday, April 25, 2015

Beauty Time Out: Neutrogena Hydro Boost Gel

Hello hello! Happy Saturday, friends! My goal today is to pull together a few posts for you, since I'll have a lot going on next week (including my first relay race EVER!).

To kick off this dreary Saturday, I'm posting my first ever YouTube video! That's right, folks: Lex on Film. (ew) I apologize in advance for the fact that I had absolutely no idea what I was doing. :-)

Full disclosure: I received the Neutrogena Hydro Boost Gel complimentary from Influenster. All of the views in my video are my own (including the part about not wanting an ashy face). 

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Race Recap: Cherry Blossom 10 Miler

On Sunday, I ran the most fun, beautiful race I could have asked for! That's right, folks -- I ran the 2015 Credit Union Cherry Blossom 10 Mile Run!

It was perfect weather for a race day, and the Cherry Blossoms had bloomed just a couple of days in advance of the race, so the scenery was everything. This was the longest distance I'd ever run, so of course I managed to earn a PR (personal record) for this race. :-)

It has been three days since the race, and I definitely think I'm still on a runner's high, but I'm cool with that. Maybe I should run 10 miles more often...?

Any-who, I am going to do my best to make sure that I don't drag this post on, despite my propensity for longwindedness (that's a word, right?). There is so much I could write about, but I think it's best to split those things up into separate posts. Don't want to overwhelm you with one MEGA post!

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Workout Wednesday: The Yoga Collective Review & GIVEAWAY

Happy Hump Day!

It's Wednesday, which means I'm just FOUR DAYS away from my first ever 10-mile race! Aghhh!

To relax my mind and body a little this week, I have been doing a little bit of yoga, and a lot of stretching. Fortunately, I haven't had to go to my gym to get some yoga in because: 1) My schedule has been a little unorthodox lately, and 2) Sometimes I just don't want to brush my hair. #noshame

Sunday, April 5, 2015

Nike Women's 15K Toronto: Did I Get Accepted?

A few months ago, my great friend and fellow runner Kelly encouraged me to enter the lottery for the Nike Women's 15K in Toronto. Being a huge fan of Toronto, I entered the lottery, thinking there was absolutely no chance I would get accepted. As I've said many times before, I'm a fairly slow runner, PLUS I'm not Canadian. What were my chances? Why should I get accepted?

Okay, that's unfair. There was no reason I shouldn't get accepted to a random drawing. I love running, I love Toronto, and I love my Nike running shoes. Aside from the fact that I run slowly, I'm a pretty good candidate! So, did I make it?

Friday, March 27, 2015

$25 Amazon Gift Card Giveaway for Volleyball Design Contest

Fun fact: Despite the fact that I have been playing volleyball for 20 years, I almost never own a volleyball. It’s a little bit embarrassing, so I decided to remedy the situation by buying my own volleyball with an Amazon gift card I received for my birthday.

 It took me a couple of weeks to decide which ball I would be purchasing, mostly because I’m a nerd, and needed to do some research. You see, I’m a bit of a volleyball traditionalist, and as such, I’m usually wary of new elements of the game, whether it’s a new rule (i.e. the let serve, which allows your serve to hit the net and still be in play) or a new piece of equipment. Why should I have to evolve? ;-)

 If you’re a volleyball player, you know that a new ball was introduced to most players last year, and it is completely different from any other volleyball I’ve ever used. It’s called the Molten FLISTATEC V5M5000-3N  and is used for both men’s and women’s volleyball. To me, the texture is sort of like a dodgeball, which totally threw me off my game for the first few months. It doesn’t float like other volleyball models, and it feels heavier. It does have a bit more bounce to it than other volleyballs, which actually makes it a little easier to play defense, but takes some getting used to. I’ll be honest: I hated this volleyball. It really is quite different playing with this ball.

Nevertheless,I finally came to terms with reality and thought that there must be some reason why people love this volleyball so much. So, I did my research. What I learned is that it is easier to set and play defense with this volleyball, based on how you contact the ball and how the ball comes off of your hands/arms. I’m a setter, so I thought I’d check this out the next time I played. I noticed that it was so much easier to get a grip on the ball, and I didn’t get called for double contacts at the same rate as I did with the slippery ball that I’m used to using. It was much easier to control this ball when I set, and I loved it!

One thing I noticed that I didn’t like was that I had a much more difficult time getting my serve to float like normal. I have a pretty nasty float serve (if I may say so myself) which comes from me mastering it over the course of 20 years. I have a whole little routine, and I work to make sure I contact it exactly the same way each time. Obviously this doesn’t always happen, but it’s a goal I’m pretty good at hitting consistently. Anyway, with the new ball, I just couldn’t figure out why my serve was so much easier for the opposing teams to receive. I was hitting the ball the same way, but it definitely wasn’t floating like it used to. This made me sad. :’-( So, once again nerding out, I went online to see if I could figure out how to fix this, if possible. It turns out that I needed to contact the ball with more force/power, and that would make it harder on the other teams. It worked! Yay!

I still haven’t gotten comfortable with serve receiving this ball like I can the older styles (such as the Pro Touch), but I’ll get there. I just need to keep practicing! It’s actually pretty fun to feel like I’m actually practicing volleyball, as opposed to just playing it. It gives me some goals to work towards, and I love goals! So, I guess you can tell at this point that I ended up buying it, right? Now, if you know anything about playing any sport, it’s that you need to write your name and/or jersey number on your things, or someone could get it mixed up with their own, or a stranger could just take it if you leave it at the gym/field at the end of the night. I don’t want that happening!

Over the last year of playing, I noticed that people were doing something different with this volleyball. They weren't just writing their last name on the ball -- they were actually designing them! I have seen all kinds of cool designs on these volleyballs. I felt inspired to design my own! And what do I (sometimes) do when I’m inspired? I do a giveaway! That’s right, y’all! It’s time for another Flecks of Lex giveaway! I want to see the most fun and creative volleyball designs for the new Molten FLISTATEC volleyball! Please email , tweet, tag me on Instagram, and post pictures of your volleyball on the Flecks of Lex Facebook page! I’m going to extend the deadline to submit your photo to April 30. The photo that gets the most likes and the Flecks of Lex stamp of approval wins! The winner will receive a $25 Amazon gift card.

Rules: You must have a close up picture of the volleyball, and you must have a picture of yourself with the volleyball. (They can be the same picture, or two separate pictures.) I don’t want you claiming someone else’s work as your own! Feel free to write up a little caption explaining your design and what you used to decorate your volleyball. Encourage your friends to like your photo on all social media channels! Good luck!

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Workout Wednesday: First Hike of 2015

Hello, hello, lovely reader!

I'm not sure about you, but I have been enjoying the warmer (than last month - well, minus my trip to Rio :-) weather! I love being outdoors, and today did not disappoint!

If you are a regular Flecks of Lex reader, you know that I usually rest on Wednesdays. This week was a bit different, as I didn't actually get to play in my volleyball game last night due to work obligations. Being a grown up stinks. Whomp whomp. :-(

Sunday, March 1, 2015

I Entered My First Race Lottery...

...and I got in! My first race this year will be the Credit Union Cherry Blossom Ten Mile Run in Washington, D.C. I will be running this race with about 15,000 other runners, and it will be the longest distance I will have ever run. I am so excited!

I've been super behind in posting this exciting news because, quite frankly, I've been slacking off quite a bit with the blog the last few months. I'm working on it, though!

I'm super excited that I'm starting out 2015 by identifying myself as a runner, despite the fact that I haven't actually run (outside of volleyball) at all this year. Whoops... I actually intended to go running while I was in Rio for my birthday/Carnival, but the 100°F weather really didn't inspire me to run my little heart out. I walked a lot, though. Doesn't that count for something?

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Paz e Amor do Brasil

Greetings, friends! I am writing from sunny Brazil today and finally feel a bit recovered from all of the Carnival celebrations.

I have been mulling over a number of post ideas over the last week, but clearly have implemented 0. I have a 6-hour layover here in Sao Paulo, and have basically been wandering around the airport aimlessly, trying to keep my mind off of this crazy long delay. I should finally arrive back in the States by 6 a.m. tomorrow, and I hear that quite a bit of snow will be greeting me!

I can't wait to share my travel adventure stories with you all! For now, you'll just have to wonder what the heck I was doing with a Frida Kahlo impersonator. :-) If you're feeling extra interested, you can check out my Instagram page. I've been sharing more pictures than usual!

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

DD Perks Anniversary and Birthday Treat

I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for Dunkin' Brands. I received a promotional item to thank me for my participation.

Well, well, well, friends... This is my first post from my vacation! I am currently charging my phone at Miami International Airport while I await the final leg of my trip -- Miami to Rio de Janeiro! I am finally feeling relaxed about this birthday/Carnival vacation, despite the fact that I don't speak Portugese. I am crazy tired, which is great because I am getting ready to embark on a 10-hour flight! I have my compression socks ready to go, and I am already fantasizing about the coffee I'm going to drink when I land. Which brings me to the subject of this post: DD Perks from Dunkin' Donuts.

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Beauty Time Out: Tom's of Maine Natural Deodorant

As I've mentioned on this blog before, I have super sensitive skin. Like, freakishly sensitive. It's actually getting kind of ridiculous. How sensitive, you ask? (TMI ALERT!!) Well, I have to rotate two completely different deodorants because my armpits will rebel and break out into a rash if I use the same deodorant for a week straight. See. It's freaky!

When my amazing friend Kelly was in town, she recommended that I try an aluminum-free deodorant. I've been seeing all-natural deodorants in drug stores for years, but I've always been skeptical. I assumed it would make you smell like you had been wrasslin' bears all day, and then you decided to roll around in mud to cool off. Look, I acknowledge that that is an absolutely ridiculous thought, but it is what it is. I don't know why, but I've always associated all-natural deodorant with extra strong body odor. I'm not the only one, right...?

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