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.

Thursday, April 30, 2015

The Foam Roller Video That Changed My Foam Rolling Experience

Thursday evening, I am leaving town for Gettysburg, Pennsylvania! That's right, my lovelies -- it's finally time for the American Odyssey Relay! I'll be racing with Team Bloggin' & Joggin' from May 1-2, relay racing from Gettysburg, PA to Washington, DC. Unbelievable, I know! If you asked me this time last year if I would even consider doing something like this, I can't even imagine the stink eye I would've given you!

Because I am running three legs of this race over a 24-36 hour period, I have been resting all day, and played about half the amount of volleyball this week that I normally would. This makes my heart sad, but it makes my legs feel a lot better!

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.

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. :-(

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