Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Runner's World Magazine Gets a Makeover! #ANewRW

The October of the redesigned Runner's World Magazine

     Have you heard the news?!? Beginning in October, Runner's World Magazine is getting a makeover!

     I'm so excited to hear this news. I've been a subscriber to Runner's World Magazine for as long as I've been running (almost 8 years now) and not that there's anything really wrong with the content of the magazine or the cover models that they have now but it's just time for a change!  Previously, there are Celebs, Olympians, and just overall fantastic runners that have graced the cover....all good models to feature on the cover. However, the new October issue will feature a "real" runner and will cover content that focuses on the "real" runner. It's a "magazine for all runners". That's crazy important to me!!!

     As most of you know, I'm not an Olympian, am far from the speedy type, most likely will never be able to run NYC or Boston Marathon (not based on qualifying time), don't have a perfect cover model body and do not have a flawless running form. I am full of flaws, people!!!! But what I do have is a deep passion for running, am genuinely interested in products that work or don't work, love reading about races around the world and am just an overall marathon running nerd. I feel like I'm about to subscribe to something new but something that's familiar also. Told ya that I am a nerd. ;) 

     I read the editor's letter on the Runner's World Website about all of the changes coming to the magazine and I will be stalking my mailbox for when it hits the newsstands on September 9th! I know that change can be hard but sometimes it's just so necessary. I am sure that the Runner's World readers will see the benefits in the change. And to the new cover model, Micah Risk, YOU GO GIRL!!  That girl has a 3:18 Marathon PR and is a working Mom from Boston. And she's REAL. I love it!!! 

Happy Running and Happy Reading! 

Monday, August 25, 2014

Ohana! I love my Maui Jim's!

Happiness in the form of Maui Jim Sunglasses!
I chose the Honomanu in Antique Gold/HCL Bronze

     As part of a campaign with Rock 'n' Roll Las Vegas Marathon Weekend, I was given the opportunity to try out a pair of Maui Jim Sunglasses. I will be honest and tell you that I really didn't know too much about this company when I first received the news so I dug around on their website and learned a little bit about them. They seem like a super cool and friendly company with a great product! I've always dreamed of visiting Hawaii, so this got me dreaming a little...they had me at  "Ohana". :)

Via the Maui Jim Website:

Now the fastest growing premium polarized sunglass maker in the world, Maui Jim got its start in 1980 as a small company selling sunglasses on the beach in Lahaina, Hawaii. Seeing a need in the market for technology that could combat intense glare and harmful UV while bringing the brilliant colors of the island to life, our fledgling company engineered the revolutionary PolarizedPlus® lens. Incorporated into seven new sunglass styles, our Classic Collection was introduced. And with that, we have steadily built a cult following.

Over the years, Maui Jim has continued to offer our fans high-performance design developments. In 2004, PolarizedPlus2® technology revolutionized the sunglass market - patented, color-enhancing treatments in the form of rare earth elements were added to our lenses to really pop the colors your eye takes in.
In 2006, our new 24,000 sq ft state-of-the-art direct surfacing lab was built to ensure precision prescription optics. A year later, we introduced MauiReaders®. MauiPassport™  followed in 2008, offering prescription wearers wide views and outstanding acuity. That same year, our new MauiHT™  lens brought clarity to low-light conditions.

The Aloha Spirit permeates our philosophy at Maui Jim. Our "ohana" (Hawaiian for family) is passionate about creating the best sunglasses on the planet. Because at the end of the day, we want to see the world at its best - and we know that you do, too, no matter where you live. Aloha, friends!

     I chose the Honomanu style. I have wanted a pair of Aviator-style sunglasses to run in so this was a no-brainer for me. I went to the website, clicked on "Women's", then under "Activity", I chose running and there they were! This particular style is also made for a wide face. Perfect for me! I'm not a tiny-might so I appreciate that. The rims are a durable tortoise shell and even though the lenses are bronze, they do not make you think it's some weird color outside. I don't feel like they are too flimsy to run in either. I will run in them and wear them out and about too!
First run in my Maui Jim's!
I'm in LOVE!
Now for the real test...time to run in my Maui Jim's!

     I took my Maui Jim's out for the their first test run today! I got a cool 5 miles in and they were absolutely FABULOUS!!! I can honestly say that they did not slip once, were crystal clear and did not press into my temples. Great fit and I think they make me look pretty cool too. ;)

      Thank you Rock 'n' Roll Marathon Series and Maui Jim for letting me try these out! I'm a new fan and am happy to be a member of the Maui Jim ohana! :)

**Make sure to stop in at the Health and Fitness Expo and say Hi to the folks at the Maui Jim if you will be attending one of the Rock 'n' Roll Series events!

Disclaimer: I am a blogger for Rock 'n' Roll Marathon series and was given a pair of Maui Jim Sunglasses of my choice to review and try out. All opinions are my own, however, I love these sunglasses so I'm giving them an extra dose of Bamagirlruns love. :)

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Marathon(s) Training Update

Ready to #RunDega! 
      Its been a few weeks since I've updated my training runs here on my blog. The reason? I keep adding races!! Help my soul. Not only did I add in Rock 'n' Roll Las Vegas  but I chose to run the FULL MARATHON option! That changed everything. I knew that I would be ready for Chicago Marathon  but to follow it up a few weeks later with Vegas?? Ok. Now I'm starting to stress!

      I'm changing several of the things now that I've been doing lately. I'm really focusing on my diet...Not trying to lose weight, just trying to eat a little "cleaner". I struggle with getting breakfast down so I'm making a concious effort to get some sort of breakfast in. Protein shakes, oatmeal, yogurt and banana are about all that I can handle.

     Another thing that I'm doing is working on my core. I want abs, dangit. That's the one thing that I read about in the running mags....get your core strong! Not to mention it just looks better. The crunches are a killer but I do think that they are working!

     Last week I got in 2 6-mile runs, a 10-miler, and 2 3-mile runs. Not bad.  Looking ahead to next week:

3 miles
5 miles
8 miles
12 miles

     Nothing too exciting going on right now...just trying to knock out the miles. I will be really excited to run Talladega Half Marathon in a few weeks. If I'm going to get a long run in, I like to get a medal in the end. Talladega is also one of my favorite races so it's a win/win for me! I'm keeping my eyes on the prize!

See my full Dopey Challenge training schedule here.

Happy Running and Happy Marathon Training!

Friday, August 22, 2014

FlipBelt Review and Discount Code!

My FlipBelt...I chose Carbon (Dark Grey).
     As part of a #SweatPink and FitApproach Campaign, I was given the opportunity to review a FlipBelt! I was really excited about this because I have owned other belts and am not too fond of a fanny-pack type thing over my running clothes. I like to run as light as possible and don't want things bouncing around. I've got enough of that back there and don't need to add any more if you know what I mean. ;)

     First I was given the option of what color and size FlipBelt that I wanted to order. I was so torn! I really liked the bright fun colors but ended up going with the dark grey (Carbon) option. I chose functional (something that I could wear with lots of things). I'm all about getting the most bang for my buck.
A Rainbow of options!

Royal Blue
Neon Green
Jet Black
Hot Pink
Nuclear Yellow
Carbon (Dark Grey)
Neon Punch
     I measured my waist and decided that I would need a size Medium. Not ever owning one of these before and having to order online, I was a little apprehensive as to what size would be too big or fit just right. I read some reviews and decided that I would want it to fit a little more snug. I don't want it to stretch either and be too big.

More info on FlipBelt:
*A sleek way to carry phones, cards, keys and cash
*Easy Multi-Access Openings
*Turn to Lock in Items
*Reflective Logo
* Machine Wash and Dry
*Slide Items Anywhere
*No bouncing
*No chafing
aLOKSAK--Water Proof 3"x6" Bags Qty 3
These were listed on the website and although I did not receive any of these,
I  am seriously thinking about purchasing some! I can think of one million uses for them...
back up battery pack, camera, phone, lip gloss etc. :)

     First, I'm a big nerd so I wore it around my house for a day. I wanted to see how it fit doing daily activities. I know that it's a fitness belt, but it can totally be worn underneath your normal clothing when you need to be "hands-free".  On a sidenote, one thing about me: I listen to music all day long so I love the idea of having my phone next to me as I'm zipping around the house without having to hold it.

     My phone fits inside the belt but I'm not sure that I would run with it inside of the pockets (I'm a live tweeter, instagrammer etc. when I run). However, I did snap a couple of pics with my camera inside so you can see the fit.  This belt will be perfect for holding all of my essentials while I run....ID, Debit Card, Money, Gels and Lip Gloss. ;)

     There's also a little hook inside one of the pockets. Hello Safety Pin holder!!!

     Here's a pic of the FlipBelt around my waist. It fits snug and seamless! It is not bulky AT ALL and I can barely tell that its on underneath my clothing. In this pic, I have not "Flipped" my belt....I will flip it to lock in my items when I run!
Bathroom Selfie Time!
Yes, I'm standing on my tub and I apologize for the toothpaste on the mirror. #RealLifeProbs

The fit is perfect and it seamless against my shorts.

Pockets are big enough for my camera.

I can wear this on my hip. :)
     Now for the REAL TEST....Running with the FlipBelt on! Here are my thoughts.....
FlipBelt flipped during my run.

        I tucked my lip gloss, a few of my business cards (so I could tell if things would get wet or not), a keychain (because it was a little bulky) and a gel inside my pockets and I set out for a 10 mile run on my treadmill.  After I tucked everything in, I flipped my belt over to lock the items in place. My belt did not budge. It stayed exactly where I put it until I got to mile four and had to reach in for my lip gloss. Apparently, I'm not a good flipper because when I put it back in the pocket and flipped it again (while running), my lip gloss flew out! I think I will work on my flipping skills while running. :)

Things definitely get wet from being tucked in side of the FlipBelt
so the waterproof baggies are a much needed accessory.
     The next thing that I noticed about my belt is that it was soaking wet. My shorts were soaked too so no big surprise there. That was not necessarily a bad thing for me. The directions say machine washable so I'm good with that!

     Other than my minor flipping issue, I really like my FlipBelt and will definitely recommend it to anyone! I kind of like it unflipped better though....seems a little less bulky (flatter) and I like the extra support around my hips.

     This product could not have come at a better time for me as I have (3) 5K's, (2) 10K's, (1) 10-Miler, (6) Half Marathons and (3) Full Marathons on the schedule from now until February 2015. Did I just type that out loud?? Woah. I'll be putting the miles on my FlipBelt!

Use Code SWEAT33 for 10% off to order your FlipBelt and let your love for FlipBelt be heard! Click to Tweet! <a href=""><img src="" alt="Tweet: Run, play, explore with #FlipBelt! Use the code sweat33 for 10% OFF your entire purchase! @flipbelt @fitapproach" /></a>

Discount Code expires 9/4/2014.

Happy Running and Happy Marathon Training!

**Where do you put all of your "stuff" when you run or workout??

Disclaimer:  I received a FlipBelt in exchange for my review as part of a SweatPink/Fitapproach Campaign. All opinions are my own. However, I really like this product so it receives an extra dose of Bamagirlruns love. :)

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

The Dirt on The Dirty Dash!

     While we have some REALLY GREAT races in my home state of Alabama, but sometimes I see other races that I wish I could run! I learned about The Dirty Dash and it looks like a pig-sty load of fun! (Pun totally intended).

     On the website, they claim that The Dirty Dash is "the race that puts all other races to shame". Woah. You know I had to check this one out! How much fun does this look?!?

More information regarding The Dirty Dash:
     Well, welcome to a new kind of race: THE DIRTY DASH. This race that puts all other races to shame. The Dirty Dash is a mud run obstacle course where a military boot camp meets your inner five-year-old’s fantasy and subsequently converts boy to man and then man to swine.
You’ll need endurance to trudge up mountains of sludge, courage to overcome uncompromising obstacles, a complete lack of shame to wallow in pits of mud and a smile to show through at the end!
     So let this mud run obstacle course become your new guilty pleasure. Go solo or with some of your dirtiest, filthiest, & uncouth friends. Either way, you’ll be able to look at yourself in the mirror and say, “I am a Dirty Dasher!”… and then proceed to clean yourself off.

Interested in running the Dirty Dash in your area? Use Code 20DD for 20% off your registration.
--8/23/2014 New Mexico, NM
--9/06/2014 Missoula, Montana
--9/13/2014 Utah Fall, Utah
--9/28/2014 Virginia Beach, Virginia

**Happy Running and Happy Dirty Dashing. :)

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

New Races Added To My Race Calendar! #stripatnight #runkeywest

     I've been working on the details of my 2014-2015 race calendar and I'm super excited to say that I will be adding two races that have been on my race bucket list for a while now! As I am training for Chicago Marathon and Dopey Challenge, I've got a ton of long runs to get in... I want bling if I'm going to be putting in all of those miles!

     Both of these races are brand new to me (which I love a new race) and I never thought in a million years that I would be crossing these races off of my list. I'm incredibly honored for the opportunity to be able to run in such awesome places!

     First, I will be joining forces again as a Rock 'n' Blogger with the great team over at the Rock 'n' Roll Series/Competitor Group and will be running the #StripAtNight! This will be my second Rock 'n' Roll event. I absolutely LOVED running Country Music Marathon in Nashville back in the spring so I knew it would definitely not be my last. I think I'm hooked. ;) 

     I've had my eye on Las Vegas for about seven years now and when they moved the race to be a night race a few years ago, I knew that this had to happen! I'm a night runner so this totally up my alley! I feel an Elvis costume coming on. Thank ya very much. ;) 

     Registration for this event is still open. Check out the deets here.

Rock 'n' Roll Las Vegas Marathon & 1/2
November 14-16, 2014
     The next race that I will be adding to my calendar came as a TOTAL surprise to me Sunday night from the fabulous guys over at The Run Chat ! I'm running the Key West Half Marathon!! I knew that Runner's World Magazine had proclaimed this race to be one of the best and of course, I thought it was just out of my league. Much to my surprise, won an entry!!! 

I still cannot believe this!!!! OMG!!

Key West Half Marathon
January 18, 2015
     This course is BEAUTIFUL, the event shirts and medals are very unique and the race weekend is just perfect for me. I'm in love with this race already!!! 

     As it turns out, this race is the weekend after Dopey Challenge so I'm thinking I will just have to stay in Florida for another week. I'm not sure of all of the legistics just yet and haven't told my hubby either so I may have to surprise him with this trip...I'm thinking I might do that after he crosses the finish line of Chicago Marathon. :))) 

     I did hear that these room sell out fast so if anyone has any tips or suggestions for accommodations, I'd love to hear them. There are so many options and they all look excellent. This is going to be a hard decision! 

     So there ya have it. I'm so excited about these races that I can hardly stand it. Run chat will be giving away more entries to the Key West Half Marathon all month so be sure to tune in and try to snag one for yourself! And then come find me in gorgeous Key West!!! 

     I'm so grateful for these great opportunities and I cannot wait to share my experiences with everyone...Follow along as I'm sure I will be posting zillions of pics on Instagram. :) #BamagirlrunsLasVegas and #BamagirlrunsKeyWest 

Happy Running and Happy New Race Running! 

**Have you ran multiple races in a single race series??

Monday, August 4, 2014

Some Fans Can Just Be Jerks. Period.

      Sunday afternoon was spent at Bryant Denny Stadium with my kiddos and hubby. It's a tradition. We have been going to Alabama Football's Fan Day for as long I can remember. It's the one time that my kids can be up close and personal with the players, grab lots of autographs from the players and coaches and even get a few pics with Big AL and the cheerleaders. It's a laid back super fun day in Tuscaloosa. We usually make our Christmas card on the field. Yes, we are those people. :) #RollTideYall
Traditional Family Photo on the Field!
     This day was no different until......right at the very end of the autograph session in the middle of the field, yes the middle of the football field, the players were walking back to the end zone. It was crazy busy and hectic. One of the players, (pretty sure it was Austin Shepherd), stopped and asked my boy if he wanted his football gloves. My boy was over the moon excited!! He said "here ya go buddy".  We spotted #85 Malcom Faciane and got a quick pic with him. I turned around and was trying to get a pic of my girls with another player and that's when it happened.
Love this picture so much more now.
     Apparently, some jerk had seen the player hand my boy his gloves. As I was turned around there was a man that told my little guy that he was a manager and needed the gloves back. ARE YOU KIDDING ME??  I didn't see it happen but my boy said as soon as the man walked off he handed the gloves to a little boy (maybe 5 years old). He just took something away from my boy that he was so proud of. I mean, WHAT KIND OF PERSON DOES THAT?? That's like snatching away a homerun baseball that a kid is trying to catch. Seriously. Grown men need to GROW UP.

     I didn't realize this was happening. It was very hectic. The players and fans were being rushed off of the field. The announcers were telling everyone to leave. My boy started telling me what happened. My husband didn't even see it either. It happened within two seconds.

     What REALLY makes my blood boil about this situation is that I could go buy my boy some new gloves. Heck, I could have stood on the field and ordered them from from my phone. That's not the point. Is this guy REALLY going to snatch something like that from an 11 year old kid?? COME ON. That was a jerk thing to do.

     What that jerk doesn't realize is that my boy can't EVER play tackle football. That's right I said EVER. I don't talk about this too much because we try not to make a big deal about it at home. Justin has Von Willebrands disease (bleeding disorder) and when he was around two years old we heard these words from the Pediatrician. "I'm sorry. He can play sports, just not contact sports. No football, no wrestling, no diving on the swim team". At that moment, there was a look on my husbands face that I never want to see again. For the love, we live in the heart of the SEC. My husband was the quarterback of his football team. We eat, breathe, sleep Alabama football here. Crazy I know but that's just the way it is.

     We are a competitive and sporty family. That's just the way that we are wired. Now I do not care if my boy EVER plays a down of football in his life. In fact, it's probably a good thing. I am thankful and blessed that he is here and that contact sports are his only set back. It could be MUCH worse. However, that doesn't help when he tells me that he wants to be on the team. He wants to wear a jersey to school. All of his friends play and he can't. He's fast and he's a big boy. He's "ALL-BOY"...people ask me CONSTANTLY why I don't let him play. Then I have to go into the spill. ugh.

     I'm really trying to not be a spoiled sport about this but my "Mama Bear" has kicked in and I hope that guy thinks about what he did. Clearly, he doesn't know how many times I've tucked my little guy in at night and wiped away tears. He doesn't know how many heart to hearts I've had about playing football. He doesn't know that I've told my boy ONE THOUSAND times..."Just think, If you're not playing football, then you can be their biggest fan ever." No I don't really think he knows that.

     It's not about the gloves. It's about treating people decently. I had to tell my boy that there are just mean people in the world and people will go to ANY length to get things that they want. They are just gloves and one day I'm sure something really good will come of all this. But in the meantime, my heart was just crushed for him. Unfortunately, this is a life lesson that he just had to learn.
Proud Mom Moment. 
     Regardless, we will still go to Fan Day again next year. We still love our Crimson Tide, we made great memories Sunday and we know that there are just idiots out there in the world. It doesn't make it any better but it does give me consolation in knowing that I can teach my kids how NOT to treat people. Perhaps the lesson in all of this is much better than any pair of football gloves. And for that, I am thankful. :)