Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Marathon Training with Octane Fitness' Zero Gravity Runner #FueledbyZero

Last week I had the honor of attending Octane Fitness' Zero Runner demonstration in NYC as a FitFluential Ambassador. I arrived at Gym Source with just enough time to change into some running clothes and get my name tag. I filled out my drawing entry to win the Zero Runner, crossed my fingers, and took my seat.
As we waited for the presentation to begin, Larry kept us laughing and talking until the introductory video was ready to begin. This is where the love story begins. Not with the Zero Runner, although I do have a crush on it for sure, but with Larry. What an amazing man, which I will talk about soon!
The Zero Runner is an amazing piece of equipment, designed with the runner in mind. It mimics your every move, and provides you with safe and effective workout every time. As someone who will be training for a marathon starting this Spring, I was definitely intrigued!
We learned about the awards they have received, we learned that Oprah just loves it, and we learned that not only does the UFC use it, but Team USA's runners will be adding it to their training in the future. It allows you to run faster and longer without injury, it has knee and hip joints so that it moves with you, you can adjust your body's position to get in uphill and downhill runs, and it has no motor. The silence was insane!
You can hook your iPad to it via Smart Link, and it has a free app that utilizes Bluetooth. There is also a heart rate monitor for all you tech savvy runners out there!
Time to get down to the serious business. Using a zero impact machine will make you a better runner. A treadmill, when used exclusively, can actually weaken you. You are not using the same gait, and the surface can be brutal on your joints. I personally cannot use one because it kills my shins every time! The Zero Runner replicates your running motion without impact to your joints, allowing you to run longer with no pain. You will use the same muscles, with full range of motion, and the same pace you would use outdoors, and you greatly reduce the risk of an overuse injury. Zero Runner has an app that traces the health of your stride throughout your run so you can concentrate on your form so you are as strong at mile five as you are at mile one.
At the front and back of the Zero Runner there are exercise bands so that you can mix your cross training in with your running. I know that I don't so enough alternate exercises, I tend to just want to run!
Next we got to hear from Carrie Tollefson, an Olympic runner and Mom, who was just perfection. Sorry, it has to be said! She is a drug and alcohol free runner, a Runner's World Cover Model, and an all around super mom. She ran during all of her pregnancies, and got back to it a month after each pregnancy! I was not into running while pregnant, I started much later, but this seems amazing to me! Carrie was sidelined by several injuries, and would have been much better off had she been able to train with the Zero Runner!
Ahhhhhh Larry. He was adorable. Larry is an addicted runner. He started running again at about 38 (same as me!!) and quickly became addicted. He has completed 83 marathons, 17 ultras, and 6 Iron Man Tris, one in Kona! For real, this guy is perfect. During Kona, however, he started noticing some pain. Osteoarthritis in his hips. He quickly went from a front of the pack runner to a back of the pack runner. And this is okay with him because he shares my philosophy. Eventually, he will be in his 70s and then his 80s, and he will start accumulating those age group prizes.
I told you. True love.
Larry discovered the Zero Runner at the Boston Marathon expo and basically harassed the company into hiring him. No lie. He did a demonstration for them at an expo and ran 23 miles a day for six days with no pain. He cannot do this on the road. He and his wife each have a Zero Runner, and because there is no motor, they can run together and talk without shouting. How cute is that? He suggested using the Zero Runner for all of your short runs and then running the road for your longer runs.
After Larry was finished (sigh. so sad.) we learned about size (as wide as a treadmill but shorter), weight (about 200 pounds) and ease of assembly (about 30 minutes your first time, although I am sure it would take me an hour!).
There was a drawing for the free Zero Runner, and Carrie chose the winner. Hint: It wasn't me.
And then we got to test it.
There were two lines, and one was Carrie and one was Larry. I of course chose Larry because of my little crush. Don't judge me. Once I stopped thinking about it, and just moved, it was amazingly easy to use. It really does move any way you want it to, and I mastered it in about 15 seconds, which impressed Larry. Swoon.
Alas, it was time to go. They generously hooked us up with some serious swag, before sending us back out into the city. I am still hoarding a lot of it, although my family tried to snag some of it for themselves!

Want to learn more? You can stalk Octane on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram! Just don't stalk Larry, he's mine!

Have you ever tried a Zero Gravity Runner?

This post is sponsored by FitFluential LLC on behalf of Octane Fitness.

Monday, November 24, 2014

Getting Ready for the Holiday Season

Today is the start of two challenges I joined in the hopes of decreasing my waistband instead of increasing it! I would even settle for maintaining it!

Holiday Sweat is an exercise and healthy eating challenge. You get points based on exercise, water intake, and freggies. I never win the points contest, but I have gotten a couple prizes from the drawing over the last few years of this challenge.

Elf 4 Health is a healthy habits challenge. Each day you tackle a healthy challenge, such as meatless Monday or Meal
Planning. You are assigned a fellow elf for each of the two week periods to help motivate you, and you in turn motivate them. Another one I have done the last several years!

I started today with the best of intentions. I did PiYo lower body and intended to either run if weather permitted or do another DVD. 

I need a pedicure! 
I did the PiYo, and had breakfast. While I was eating, I got several startling emails. Someone hacked my starbucks account and used the reload feature to steal $300 in three $100 increments before PayPal stopped them from continuing. Instead of working out again, I spent the next hour on the phone with Starbucks and PayPal, and the hubs called out bank, to make sure we were protected.
No second workout!
I did walk to work though, and will walk a bunch more before the day is over, to burn some more calories.

Because of after work commitments, I may not get in that second dvd, but so far I have managed to avoid eating my emotions, which is normally what I would do!
Score points for me!

Please be hyper aware of your finances this holiday season! Thieves are hoping you will be too busy, and spending lots of money, so that you won't notice that they are robbing you! 

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Turkey Run Five Miler recap

Yesterday was my fourth year registering for the Turkey Run in Manasquan, but only my third year running. In 2012, they had to cancel because of damage caused by Sandy. The first three years it was called the Turkey Trot ( and for many years before it, although I wasn't running it) but this year it changed names when it changed hands.
The hubs stopped on Thursday night to get my tee and bib, and although I was loving the tee I was disappointed that the new race director stopped giving out mugs with the registration. All of the emails said everything would remain the same, and I was expecting another mug for my collection. 

When I woke up on Saturday the temps were in the 20s, and when we arrived at Leggetts, it was about 35. A lot of runners were keeping warm there until the race began!

It was finally time to start the race, which meant going outside. Ugh.
I found my friends Cheryl and Ronnie  and we posed for a picture before the race started.

The course stayed the same as previous years, beginning just outside of Leggetts and heading south before turning into
Town. The locals are amazing during this race, no matter the temperature! They were cheering, offering up high fives, and handing out beer. My only complaint was the number of dogs and strollers on the course. Now before you get worked up, here is why. The race info sheet said absolutely no dogs or strollers, and I am sure a lot of people who would normally bring one or the other stayed home. To allow those who showed up to race didn't seem right to me. One guy even had both, which amused and angered me at the same time. A rule is a rule, and to make that rule and not uphold it seems irresponsible to me.

I went into the race with no expectations. I am recovering from a cold and not feeling all that great. I figured I would take a lot of selfies and just get it done.
I hit mile one in about 10:40 and each mile after was similar. I couldn't believe it! I felt pretty decent, too, until about mile 4.5 when I started to feel tired, run down, and a little nauseous. Breathing was hard. I was having images of passing out at the finish, but I was determined to finish as well as I had started.

My finishing time was exactly 53 minutes. I was so thrilled with that time! It is not my best ever, but it was a PR for the year! Wow! So unexpected!
I got some water and a bagel half and found Cheryl. We decided to wait for Ronnie to finish and we cheered her in. From in and eating settled my stomach, which was nice.
The hubs wanted to get pizza at Leggetts but it was far too crowded so we settled for Surf Taco instead.

A pretty good end to the morning!

How did your Turkey Run go? I hope it was warmer than mine!

Saturday, November 22, 2014

2014 Elf on a Shelf Photo Contest

I have about an hour before I leave for my Turkey Run, and it is 26' out here at the Jersey Shore. I am pretty sure this will be the longest Five Miler ever!
With the weather feeling so wintery, what better time to announce the Elf on the Shelf photo contest?

I am co-sponsoring this event, so don't give me the credit! It is run by Darlena at Run, Find Your Happy Pace!
The links will take you to her blog, where she explains the contest so well, but here are a few quick bits before you go over to her blog!
  • The contest will start on November 28
  • There are four $10 iTunes gift cards up for grabs!
  • This contest is family friendly
  • DO NOT post any pics of the elves doing anything inappropriate
  • be creative
  • have fun
  • join the facebook page, link is on Darlena's blog
  • Contest ends on December 24th
  • it's FREE to enter!

I am so excited to join in on this contest again! I love to see the creative things that people come up with! I wish the Elves had become popular when my kids were young!

Score! It's 27' out now. I am hoping it will hit 40, but the race starts in a couple hours, so I am thinking that it won't!

Will you be joining our contest?

Friday, November 21, 2014

Flat Mama Friday

I am doing a Turkey Run tomorrow, which Blissfully starts at 11:00, and I get to run along the ocean for parts of it. It's my last five miler of the year, and should be a cold windy mess. It's likely that I will be wearing leggings under my shirt and some kind of jacket as well!

Are you doing any Turkey themed races this week?

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Loving the new Influenster App

I must be living under a rock! I spent the last couple months without a laptop, when the cat spilled water on my Mac and fried it. The hubs just bought me an early Christmas gift, and Acer Touchscreen laptop, and I am finally finding some great new things out.
Such as the Influenster App!

Now, I know there is an app for everything, but it never occurred to me that Influenster had an app! They also got a facelift, and added some great new ways to save!
I was so excited that I immediately uploaded it and added it to my Rewards board on my phone. Yes, that is Morgan on there from her performance in Disney. I'm a proud mama. Don't judge me.

There are now VoxPerks, and I had about 6 of them. Great ways to save on things you were probably about to pay full price for!

 You can see all of your badges, from Lifestyle badges, to Campaign badges!

I love having apps for everything, and Influenster is certainly no exception! It makes it easier to hook yourself up with some great VoxBoxes, like the Cosmo VoxBox, which has been my favorite to date!

Another bonus is the challenges that involve taking pictures of products while you are the store. I always forget what the product is while I am at the store, so I don't snap the pic, and I don't get the badge. Blogger fail. With the app, everything you need is right there. Score!

I plan to make the most of this app in the future!

Are you an Influenster? Do you have the app yet?

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

The REAL reason I went to Disney, not quite Wordless Wednesday style

My trip to Disney started with the teenie and her Theater Company getting invited to perform in Downtown Disney. The official video will be at the end of the post, here are some of the pics I took during the performance.....

the stage.....

our view as we waited

my daughter Morgan doing her thing!
Cassie opened the show!

Pocahontas.... Morgan again


group shot during the Hercules number
Taylor sang Poor Unfortunate Souls

Bear Necessities, by Griffin

Morgan and Lucas dancing

Nicholas and Stephanie dancing

our version of a boy band ;)

group shot during Supercalafragilistic.......

"Anna" being proposed to....

final bow

we are Daydreamer Productions

before the show. Hams. All of them.

And now, the moment you may or may not have been waiting for!