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#AwareWithPink and Improving My Workout Ambience

Disclaimer: I received a pair of pink AfterShokz Trekz Titanium headphones to review as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out BibRave.com to review find and write race reviews!

Have you ever needed something, but didn't know where to start looking for it? That's how I was with wireless headphones. Time after time, I would get all tangled up in my Tabata workout, coiled up in my dumbbell curls, or get everything knotted together on my long runs. Surely there's a better way, I would tell myself. I mean, it's 2016! Somebody had to come up with a way to make it easier to listen to music while working out!

Time went by, and every time I would tell myself, I really need to research wireless headphones, I just never followed through. That's why, when I heard that I would have the opportunity to test out the AfterShokz Trekz Titanium headphones, I jumped right on it!

My Little Miracle Worker: Shower Pill!

When I first heard of Shower Pill, I thought it was something you dropped in your shower to clean it out. I know what you're probably thinking: Why does this lady always get so far off the mark when she is guessing? I don't know the answer, people. Welcome to my world. :-)

Needless to say, I was wrong. Shower Pill is actually a brand of amazing body wipes to get the stank off of you so you can keep your day moving along smoothly! These are perfect for me because I'm always running from activity to activity, often times with no opportunity for a much-needed shower. For example: During my Friday lunch break, I went to a community yoga class, then had to return to the office. Well, I couldn't sit there all funky for the rest of the day. That's just disrespectful to my officemate! Instead, I wiped myself down after yoga, and kept it moving.

Ever since I started using them a couple of months ago, I have not been able to stop raving about them. Every chance I get, I have my friends try them out!

Travel Tuesday: Explore Your City

This is a sponsored post. All opinions in this post are my own.

If you have been reading this blog for at least a couple of months now, you've likely noticed that I took the site through a redesign, and that I've added a few new topics up at the top there. I've decided that, because I have traveled so much and love to talk about traveling in general, I would start writing a bit about my travels! Lex Landing will be where I feature travels around the country and abroad (such as this post on one of my favorite places in Arizona), and Lex Local will be where I talk about things I do and see in my area (such as this restaurant I recently visited). For now, they're just tags I'm using on posts, but eventually they will be their own pages. I hope you enjoy my travel posts!

Speaking of Lex Local, I have really been working to get out and try new things in my area. It's funny: I was born and raised in the DC Area, but I still feel like Jon Snow - I know nothing! There are always new, interesting restaurants popping up, I feel like I learn about a new fitness boutique or type of workout every week, and seriously, am I the only person in the area who hasn't done an escape room??

Fortunately, Groupon Things to Do has tons of great things I can check out in my area! Once you plug in your zip code, you get a list of a variety of different things going on in your area that you can check out. For example, I just learned that there is a Groupon for this new indoor cycling studio in my area that I've been wanting to try out. I plan to get over there and check it out so that I can write all about it in Lex Local! I also learned that there are some Groupon deals for concerts at the venue just two blocks from my house. I'm actually a little salty that I just learned that they're on there, because I was at the Chrisette Michele concert two weeks ago, and they had a special meet-and-greet with her after the show for people who had the Groupon! Lesson learned!

Have you ever checked out Groupon Things to Do in your neighborhood? Have you found any hidden gems in your area thanks to Groupon? Do you love to travel?

Fit Review: Skratch Exercise Hydration Mix

I'm a huge fan of Skratch Exercise Hydration Mix! It's my favorite hydration drink, and I use it for running, volleyball, hiking, and general workouts.

The first time I tried Skratch was when I won a bag of their Lemons + Limes flavor at an event hosted by a local running store. When I tried it out, I realized it was exactly what I was looking for in a hydration beverage! It didn't give me any stomach problems, the flavor was nice and light, and the packaging was easy for a klutz like me!

The most significant difference between Skratch and other brands, for me, was that they use cane sugar as opposed to artificial sweeteners. I found that artificial sweeteners really upset my stomach, either right after my workout (if it was a shorter workout or volleyball game) or in the middle of my workout (if it was a long run or race). Any runner can tell you that you do not want your gut in knots while you're running! Heck, any person could tell you that!)

I also really appreciate that the flavor isn't super strong. When I'm running, I really hate it when a flavor is overwhelming. For some reason, working up a sweat seems to make my taste buds extra sensitive, and sweet things just seem extra sweet. Skratch flavors are a lot lighter, so it doesn't taste like you're drinking plain water, but it also doesn't taste like you're biting into a sugared lemon either! They also use real fruit -- and you can see the fruit in the powder -- so that makes things taste natural!

I recently purchased a package of the Skratch Exercise Hydration Mix, and I'm totally digging it! The flavor is very light, but I know I'm getting the good stuff! I buy my Skratch at Road Runner Sports, but they also sell it at the REIs in my area. If you want to pick some up at a store near you, check out their store locator. If they don't have it in stores near you, don't worry! You can also shop online!

Want to win your own sampler of Skratch hydration products and fruit chews? It's not too late to enter my #AwesomeInAugust giveaway! Make sure you're following Skratch on Instagram - as well as all of the other brands - and make sure you tag your photos with #AwesomeInAugust. Good luck!

Feeling the OO with Oofos

Disclaimer: I received this pair of Oofos sandals to review as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out BibRave.com to review, find, and write race reviews!


That's the word I would use to describe the Oofos Ooriginal Sport Sandals I tested out. You guys know I'm a skeptic, so when I heard that these sandals were good for recovery, I threw some major side eye at 'em. When I received them, I thought, at the very least, I got some new flip flops! Man, did I underestimate these sandals! Holy cow!

Lex Local: The Habit in Rockville

Just a few weeks ago, I had the opportunity to check out The Habit in Rockville, Maryland -- the first location in Maryland.  When I first saw the signs pop up, I thought that it was some monk/nun-theme restaurant. When I first stepped foot in the door, I realized that this was ridiculous and incorrect.

I was so happy to try The Habit with some of my fellow Maryland bloggers! We had a good mix of people with varying diets and food allergies/preferences, so we got to test out a pretty good range of menu options.

I'm not usually one to head out to a burger joint -- but not because I hate burgers! Most burger spots don't have many - if any - options for folks who don't eat red meat. (I very rarely eat red meat.) I love a good turkey burger, but I usually have to make them myself. Some places offer vegetarian options that are just the same, bland, rock-hard veggie burger patty. Blech. Fortunately for me, The Habit was not that!

5 Reasons to Visit Sunset Crater Volcano and Wupatki National Monument

Just a couple of weeks ago, I was in Northern Arizona. I had an absolutely amazing time, and returned home to the DC Area feeling refreshed.

The coolest place I visited while in Arizona was definitely the Sunset Crater Volcano and Wupatki National Monument in Flagstaff. I know what you're thinking. Yes, I visited the Grand Canyon. No, I wouldn't describe the Grand Canyon as "cool." It's absolutely awesome! I mean, it's the Grand Canyon, people! 

But Sunset Crater and Wupatki National Monument... I really connected with these parks. I visited these two parks a day before visiting the Grand Canyon, and they were totally unexpected and wonderful. (A little background on Sunset Crater and Wupatki Monument, in case you've never heard of these amazing places.) There are many reasons to visit these beautiful parks, which are located along the same road, but I'm going to narrow them down to five simple reasons.

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