Do you love hearing people cheer your name during a race?
Would you love a way to let folks know your blog name or about a charity you are working for?
Just want a personalized t-shirt to rock?
Well, I’m ready to help.
Say hello to My Race Ragz!
I had a great time designing the shirt through their website. I raised over $3000 for the Dempster Foundation before that race so I made sure to honor my top donors on the back as well as the person I was running for – Mile 13 for Riley.
Can you all see I’ve been using/loving the “Finish What You Started” mantra for awhile now?
For this shirt, I wanted to showcase my blog.
The process was simple as I:
*headed to MyRaceRagz.com
*clicked on the create button
*selected the type of shirt (I chose the women’s endurance race tee in XL. I heard from another blogger that they ran small)
*chose “customized shirt”
*designed the shirt by uploading graphics and adding text to both the front and back of the tee
The whole process took about 10 minutes since I already had my logo ready to go. Obviously, the activity could take longer if you are playing around with different graphics and text, but that is the fun part. Right? You want it just right!
So you want to see the finished product in action? Here it is.
The shirt is the tech material so I can’t wait to show it off at the gym and during my races … as soon as the weather warms up of course. I am glad I went a size bigger so it is nice and loose – just the way I like it.
Delivery took 4-5 days, which included a weekend. The turnaround time and quality is top notch.
Now if you aren’t feeling overly crafty or getting overwhelmed with the possibilities, Race Ragz has designs on the site that you can choose to put on a shirt.
Let’s get to the part you are waiting for … the giveaway!! Race Ragz is giving YOU the chance to design YOUR own shirt! Woo!
So here’s how to enter:
The giveaway will run from Sunday March 2 (6pm ET) through Friday March 7 (6pm ET)!
The winner will be selected and announced on Friday!
On most Friday nights, you can find me sitting in bed, catching up on blogging and asleep by 8pm. Does this sound familiar? Are you getting flashes of your own Friday or Saturday nights.
If you don’t want to admit it, that’s fine. I won’t out you. But I understand. For most of my Saturday mornings are taken up by long runs or races around the country.
Again, sound familiar?
<<insert silent nod with fit bump>>
On those Friday nights, I like to relax the nerves of the long run or race with a little extra carbo-loading … aka BEER!
My Friday night before the Black Cat 20-Miler
That’s right. I rarely go the night before a long run or race without a beer or glass of wine … or two! It depends if it is a race-cation or not. ;)
One Friday night as I was wasting some time on the interwebs, I stumbled upon a section of Gone For A Run‘s website that I hadn’t seen before.
I KNOW! I had no idea either. I buy all of my bib holders from Gone For A Run, but I haven’t spent serious time exploring their website.
So after perusing the site and connecting with Gone For A Run on social media, I was given the opportunity to test out some of their amazing drinkware.
Then came the hard part … choosing which glasses to try. Ahh I wanted ALL of them. But I finally decided one one of each.
I should’ve filled the wine glass all the way to the top for the pic, but it is against my religion to pour wine back in a bottle. It says 5k, 10k, Half and Full.
If you want to check out more of the beer glasses/steins and wine glasses, head on over here. The possibilities seem endless.
These glasses have really perked up my pre or post race adult beverage. I have drank wine the night before my last half marathon (1:44:30) and my last marathon (3:58:49) PRs. So I think I will stick with it.
Now you may be wondering, Dani how can I get my own amazing glassware.
Well, here’s how to enter YOUR chance to win a $20 gift card to Gone For A Run so you can pick your own:
The giveaway will run from Monday March 3 (7am ET) through Monday March 10 (7am ET)!
The winner will be selected and announced on Monday!
Boy Bands – especially NKOTB!
You may be wondering where I’m going with all this… besides to one AWESOME place!
What do those three things have in common?
You have any idea?
You too busy singing Hangin’ Tough? I know – my bad!
These three things were all national movements … at least in my opinion!
They are crazes that shook the Nation and spread joy and lifted spirits throughout the land.
So what will be the next movement to riase the Nation’s spirits…
… could it be running?
Let’s find out!
Mizuno USA teamed up with the University of North Carolina’s Kenan-Flagler Business School for an in-depth statistical analysis. UNC’s job?
Simple. Explore the question: “What if everybody ran?”
The UNC Research Team poured over extensive academic and scientific studies and used stats from the US Census Bureau for their calculations.
Did you know the US Census Bureau estimates that of the 320 million Americans – 270 could realistically be converted to regular runners? I had no idea!
Now the math nerd in me loves hearing about the calculations and stats, but I know not everyone is as cool as me. So we will get to the good stuff.
Buuuut, before looking at the official results, I know my life has improved ten-fold since welcoming running into it. I fought running for so long and now I can’t imagine my life without it … It picks me up when I am down. It allows me to push myself outside my comfort zone. It gives me freedom. It’s there for me when no one else is. It shows up rain or shine. It’s helped to give me purpose.
Okay Okay Okay here are the official results!
If Everybody Ran, there would be:
*37 percent more smiles!
*29.3 million happier marriages
*63 million happier dogs (based on increased walks/runs)
*Increased average life expectancy of 6.2 years in men and 5.6 years in women.
So what are we all waiting for?
What if everybody ran? Share your thoughts on social media using hashtag: #IfEverybodyRan
A balmy 7 degrees as we headed to Salem, Mass on race morning – March 1. Can you see there is a pattern here with the temperatures I’ve been reporting? Yeah it’s cold.
And yeah I’m over it.
And please remind me why I decide to run a spring marathon, which means training through a New England winter.
Oh right … to Fight Stroke one step and one dollar at a time!
So I end my complaining (about the weather) now.
The ride to Salem takes just over 30 minutes so my wife, my dad and I climbed into the car around 7am to head to the race site. I had to get there nice and early to pick up my bib, t-shirt & water bottle.
We thankfully lucked out and found a spot at a meter on the street just around the corner from the Start, which gave us a spot to hide (aka warm up).
The Black Cat 10 & 20 miler is put on by B&S Event Management and they had a TON of volunteers on hand race morning to help registration and pick-up go smoothly.
Can you tell I was going for Boston Marathon colors ? Blue & Gold
I’ve shared about the Blue Trailer portable lockers before so I was excited to finally test them out. The 20-Miler was their big debut.
Molly, CEO/Founder, graciously gave me a large locker to store my gear. I had so much extra room in there that I wish I had brought more stuff to store.
My Large Locker = Lucky #6
Once I had my key securely in my pocket, it was time to stretch and get lose for the Start. Blue Trailer was set up right next to the Start so I didn’t even have to move.
I was in contact with friends I knew at the run and finally made a connection with the lovely Elizabeth (aka @EJComeau) from Twitter. We have been chatting online for a couple years, but kept missing each other at races and social engagements.
Until this race!
With an out and back course totaling 10 miles, I knew I would see Elizabeth and my other friends out on the course multiple time. This made me one happy camper.
I knew the race would be more a mental tan physical exercise for me. I have put in those miles before, but on this day I would be solo (meaning no assigned running buddies) and zero Disney character stops!
I bid adieu to my dad and wife and started making last-minute adjustments to my gear and outfit. While chatting with my Tedy’s Team running mate Lisa, the Start horn went off.
Well, it was Go time.
I knew within the first mile that I was going out too fast too soon.
Mile 1: 8:28
THAT would not fly for a 20-mile run … and I knew it.
I tried to have a mental conversation with myself and slow it on down. Reel it on it if you will. I KNEW there would be hills coming up and I should be using the first 10 miles to learn what was going on. I mean I would be doing it twice.
Mile 2: 8:44
Mile 2 included the first of two BIG inclines. I cursed it the first time and knew I’d be curing it again 10 miles later.
Mile 3: 9:17
Oh you might be thinking, “Wow Dani, you got it together and slowed it down at Mile 3.” NOPE!
Since I am lazy with updating my music, I was rocking the same playlist from the Dopey Challenge, which was fine by me. It combines today’s hits, musicals (Wicked) and Disney tunes. It was nice to hear those songs again and think about where I was when I heard them last while in Disney.
I was trying to distract myself from worrying too much about pace and time.
I also thought if I worked on taking in the scenery and keeping an eye out for the elite athletes at the front, my pace would slow down on its own.
Ummm not so much!
Mile 4: 8:41
Mile 5: 8:48
Mile 6: 8:50
During Mile 6, we headed back down the large hill to head back towards the Start area … and another hill. Yeah I was too focused on slowing myself down when we first started that I didn’t notice the decline. Because you know what goes down must go up (that’s what she said) and vice versa.
Mile 7: 8:59
The route took you past the Start Line to do a 2.5 loop that would connect you to the transition area/Finish Line (more on that in a moment).
This loop kicked off with a nice flat stretch before opening up for more rolling hills, including this BAD boy during Mile 9 (and 19).
I kept my focus on catching the guy in the left corner.
Mile 8: 8:30
Mile 9: 9:12 (hello hill)
Once we hit the top of the hill, we had a great water view before running through a neighborhood for a few blocks before hitting the Mile 10 transition/Finish area.
Mile 10: 8:56
Let me explain. The race was a 10 mile and a 20 mile race. Soooo you ran through the inflatable arch with 10-mile racers going to the left and the 20-milers to the right so we could head out for another loop.
Mental mind game my friends. I saw the 10-mile runners getting their medals, water and banana … I wanted to be them. But, I knew my training called for 20 so out I went.
Now, it was during this time that I noticed some major pain in my toes. I had doubled up on socks and I think it was a poooooor choice. I had a pair of peds and a pair of knee socks. I think that pairing took up too much room in my sneakers causing my toes to squish on top of each other, which resulted in unfortunate rubbing.
There was nothing I could do about it at that point. There weren’t any medical tents on the course. I didn’t have any bandaids on me. So I just told myself, the faster you run the sooner you can take your shoes off and figure out what was going on.
The pain was taking over my mental game so I focused on my list of which mile was dedicated to which person = my virtual running buddies! :0)
Mile 11: 9:05
Mike 12: 9:06
That damn hill again. I just channeled my Heartbreak Hill mojo and yelled out loud: “You will be my B^*%ch!” (Sorry I don’t have the cleanest mouth especially while running)
Mile 13: 8:49
Mile 14: 9:06
We hit a turnaround point before the Mile 14 mark and the volunteers were handing out a special snack for the runners. I was overjoyed as I knew I’d be missing my swedish fish at the Tedy’s Team water stops.
It may have taken me the rest of the mile to tweet and post this picture without losing the Twizzler to the ground. Priorities over time/pace.
The Twizzler gave me the boost I needed in the moment. Plus, I was ready to head back towards my cheering squad.
As I headed back down the “big hill” that annoyed me around Mile 2, I saw Elizabeth heading up and took it upon myself to grab a creepy stalker-type photo. Made sense, right?
Just after passing Elizabeth, I knew I needed to take a picture of the beautiful nature around me.
Living in the moment, enjoying the blessings of life … and distracting myself from the pain in my feet!
Mile 15: 9:18
Morale was getting low and I took to social media to try to find a pick-me-up. Plus I was texting my dad and wife that I needed help. The weather was warming up (to a sweltering 20+ degrees). I couldn’t handle holding my gloves or hat any longer.
So after updating my Facebook status at Mile 16 (priorities), I called my dad to see if he could meet me before the final loop to take my stuff. They were in the center window shopping so it was a no go. In the moment, it was the last thing I wanted to hear.
Mile 16: 9:03
I was ready to be done. My spirits lifted as I saw we were heading towards the Start area and the start of the final loop.
Mile 17: 8:48
At Mile 17 I tweeted, “17 miles and not one Disney character stop.” Yes, I crack myself up. And as I turned to see the Start area, there was my wife. She hustled down to grab my armband, hat and gloves. My savior!
I was ready to push through the final 3 miles – less than a 5k. I could do that.
Mile 18: 8:48
Mike 19: 8:56 (that damn hill again)
I just kept repeating the faster I moved, the faster I’d be done! I was ready for the post-race water, chocolate milk, beer and Dunkin Donuts Iced Coffee – in that order.
And before I knew it – there was the final few blocks to the Finish!!!
Mile 20: 8:24
My initial goal for the day was 9 min/mile pace, which would’ve been a 3 hour finish. My official time was 2:57:59 (8:54 min/mile pace). The miles weren’t as consistent as I would’ve liked, but without the toe pain I think it would’ve been a different story.
Now, my wife and dad were right at the Finish. Right where I needed them. But there was one problem. I couldn’t take a full breath to save my life. I was having a really hard time breathing and taking control of my airwaves. It felt like my throat was burning and closing at the same time. I experienced the same thing after the Rock ‘n’ Roll Savannah Marathon in November 2012, but not really since then.
I tried to walk it off. Nope.
I tried to stop and bend over. Nope.
I hobbled inside to see if the warmer air would help. Nope.
I guzzled water. Nope.
I couldn’t find any medical personnel so I just tried whatever I could.
After a good 5-10 minutes, I started to gain control over my breathing again. I was an asthmatic as a child through high school. I also know there is sports-induced asthma.
Once my breathing was back to normal, I chugged some more water and was ready for my post-race beer!
First, I had to take my obligatory post-race photo with my bling.
Then we grabbed my stuff from Molly and the Blue Trailer crew. It was great to hear how successful their debut went. It is a great company so I can’t wait to watch it take off. Look for them at races around New England.
After feeding the parking meter, it was time for a beer at Salem Beer Works. We walked in to a crowd of runners – people after my own heart. I saw a few familiar faces, which is always a cool experience. Yes these are friends I have met thanks to running and the interwebs.
Mmmm Blue Trailer shades … bling … beer!!
Overall, it was a successful race with sweet bling. I love an out-and-back course. Unfortunately, the roads weren’t closed to the race so it was a battle verse cars – especially during the second loop. The cops did the best they could, but they weren’t at every cross road or intersection. I almost got run over – seriously run over – by three people, including an old lady that apparently needed to get her 24-pack of paper towels home ASAP. They were scary instances, but it is part of the game with races that don’t have the means to have the streets closed.
Would I run it again? Sure, the hills were amazing practice for Boston.
A special thanks to B&S Even Management and especially Ashley Stevens for inviting me to run the Black Cat 20-Miler!
Here is how the 2014 race schedule is shaping up so far:
January 1 – 1st Run 5k – 23:43 (7:39 min/mile pace) – RECAP
January 9 – Disney Family Fun Run 5k – 32:05 (10:21 min/mile pace) – RECAP
January 10 – Walt Disney World 10k – 1:05:40 (10:35 min/mile pace) – RECAP
January 11 – Walt Disney World Half Marathon – 2:22:31 (10:53 min/mile pace) – RECAP
January 12 – Walt Disney World Marathon – 4:45:57 (10:55 min/mile pace) – RECAP
February 2 – Rock ‘n’ Roll New Orleans Half Marathon – 1:55:43 (8:50 min/mile pace) – RECAP
February 14 – Stop Stroke Shuffle 5k *Virtual* – 26:18 (8:29 min/mile pace)
March 1 – Black Cat 20-Miler – 2:57:59 (8:54 min/mile pace) – RECAP
March 16 – Craicfest 5k – Starts at 9:30 a.m. ET
April 19 – BAA 5k – Starts at 8:00 a.m. ET
April 21 – 118th Boston Marathon – Starts at TBD
May 25 – Boston’s Run To Remember Half Marathon – Starts at TBD
May 25 – Freedom Run 5k – Starts at TBD
June 7 – Runner’s World 5k – Starts at 7 a.m. ET
June 7 – Runner’s World 10k – Starts at 8:30 a.m. ET
June 8 – Runner’s World Heartbreak Hill Half Marathon – Starts at 7:30 a.m. ET
June 22 - BAA 10k - Starts at 8:00 a.m. ET
July 13 – VERT – Sasquatch (Trail Run) – Starts at TBD
September 7 – Pumpkinman Half Ironman – Starts at TBD
September 20 – VERT – Big Bad Wolf (Trail Run) – Starts at TBD
September 27 – ZOOMA Women’s Half Marathon (Cape Cod) – Starts at TBD
October 5 – Oktoberfest 5k – Starts at TBD
October 12 - BAA Half Marathon - Starts at 8:30 a.m. ET
December 7 – Yulefest 5k – Starts at TBD
Who doesn’t love a good discount code? I know I do. But it HAS to be for a product I love and care about. So here are a few discount codes I have been granted thanks to products/races I love:
For those that don’t know, Cambridge 5k is a running series here in the Boston area that organizes “unique handcrafted running events that are super-fun!” And I can attest to that. I completed all five in 2013 (four with Team Slumbrew).
Craicfest 5k is on March 16, 2014 at 9:30am!
Join us on St. Patrick’s Day weekend for a unique 5k road & trail race through DCR Northpoint Park, followed by an amazing party hosted by CambridgeSide Galleria!
Get in the spirit and wear your GREEN! Or even better, run the race in your best Irish-themed outfit and you could win some serious prizes in our costume contest!
Registration includes a great C5K race shirt + free food & beverages at the post-race party featuring an awesome mix of Irish alternative & hip hop hits!
This is a welcoming race series for folks of all fitness levels, runners and walkers alike and anyone looking to participate in their first race experience!!
Use code WOMS to receive $8 off your registration!
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A good pair of headphones are HARD to find in my opinion.
So what makes X-1 so special?
Inspired by the Bell X-1, the first aircraft to break the sound barrier, the team at X-1 set out to perfect a line of products that break down the barriers of sound, allowing athletes to harness the power of music regardless of sport or climate. Whether you’re a triathlete, swimmer, runner, kayaker, snowboarder, climber, weightlifter, or a gym goer, X-1 offers audio solutions that can withstand everything from trekking through the mud to running in the rain to diving 12 feet underwater.
They even have a special set of headphones designed for women.
You don’t train in the same clothes or shoes as male athletes – why should you settle for headphones made for men? X-1 For Women headphones were built specifically for female athletes. They were designed to fit smaller ears and are integrated with features that keep you safe, without sacrificing the performance you demand. The X-1 For Women line is the result of female athletes designing features and functions for the needs of female athletes, from smaller, ultra-light earbuds to ambient noise allowance that keeps you aware of your surroundings. You are strong and powerful – and now you can have a sports audio system that works as hard as you do.
I purchased the waterproof headphone system so I could listen to music while training in the pool and they ROCK.
Use code DANIHOLMES-KIRK20 to receive 20% off your order!
Annddddd the winner IS:
Do you need some motivation on this Monday????
BAM! The exact words I need to read/see regularly or just have tattooed on my body to remind me why I started my running/weightloss journey. I hope it gives you a little strength for whatever you have to do, conquer or face this week.
I needed these four words as I prepare to take on the Black Cat 20-Miler on Saturday.
On one hand, I am nervous to tackle my first 20-mile training run since March 2013. On the other, I remind myself that I completed the amazing Dopey Challenge in January (4 races, 4 days, 48.6 miles) so a 20-mile training run shouldn’t be so nerve-wracking.
Additionally, I did run 17.4 miles last Saturday (February 15) with Tedy’s Team and it was a pain-free experience.
No matter the rationalization that goes on in my head … I still get a little anxious before such a big run. Especially when I will be taking on the challenge alone. No this isn’t a road race for one but I mean I won’t be surrounded by the members of Tedy’s Team. In Disney, I was also distracted from the miles by the characters, parks and the general excitement of the Dopey Challenge.
But, on Saturday, I will battle the mental demons that haunt me during a solo long run. This WILL be a good test of my mental strength and how important my music playlist selection will be.
How will I prepare in the days leading up to the 20-miler though? Strategically. I do NOT want to head into Saturday on tired legs, which means this week will be a combination of running, biking, swimming and yoga.
Since this is the first of two 20-mile training runs, I will use it as a test of my strategy. Everything is a learning experience and can only improve my training plans.
*Potential* Game Plan:
Sunday: 1.5 hour bike trainer session and 6 mile walk with my wife
Monday: Run and Spin
Tuesday: Swim and Run
That is what I have for now so we will see how it goes, while I start a new job this week. Either way I think I will be rested, yet prepared for Saturday’s 20-Miler. The biggest hurdle will be NOT getting swept up in the “race” atmosphere of the race. Thankfully many of my recent races have been used as training runs so I am getting better at blocking out the runners around me.
AND getting over the mental part of doing a 10-mile loop twice. There will be runners finishing while I head out on a second loop. Sometimes seeing the Finish Line during a race can take me out of my plan, but I won’t let that happen Saturday!
Do you worry about keeping your belongings at bag check? How about in your car while you try to race? Or you bribe a friend, parent or relative to be your “pack mule” and hold everything you own?
I’ve answered “yes” to all three.
So I am looking forward to testing out the new locker system put on by Blue Trailer at the Black Cat race on Saturday.
Molly, the founder of Blue Trailer, provided me with some helpful information about locker rentals:
If you will be running the Black Cat 10 or 20-miler on Saturday and want to try out the Blue Trailer lockers (you know I will be), please sign up online (here) and use code WEIGHTOFF to receive 20% off your order!! Go run … Do it … I’ll wait!
<<groovin’ to elevator muzak>>
I look forward to seeing you there!
Now, I need a place to show off the bling I will earn after Saturday’s Black Cat 20-miler. You KNOW I can’t leave my medals hidden in a drawer or piling up in a shoebox.
She offered to produce this masterpiece for me (value $25). Isn’t it pretty? I was able to choose the phrase (from a certain list she provided), the background color, as well as the finish of the knobs. I loved being able to personalize the wood rack. (haha rack)
The wooden holder was easy to mount on the wall – just needed the two nails included. Simple enough even I could handle it… but I let the wife feel needed and had her hang it.
How awesome does it look? While waiting for my Black Cat medal, I decided to show off my Boston Athletic Association bling in the meantime. I can’t handle leaving a medal holder empty.
Becki gave me the tip to fold the tops of the ribbons to help them better sit on the knobs. It was a helpful tip, which kept the medals from falling off during transport from couch to wall.
Now comes the fun part. Becki has graciously offered to give one lucky reader their very own medal holder!! Woo!!
So here’s how to enter:
The giveaway will run from Monday February 24 (8am ET) through Friday February 28 (5pm ET)!
The winner will be selected and announced on Friday!
Here’s a little running edition of Three Things Thursday!
First up … Oofos Sandals
I was wicked excited when Oofos contacted me to test out their sandals (value $39.95). One because I love to try new things and two…
…I love my flip flops post race! But I find they lack in the support my feet need after hitting the pavement for a race. The Oofos sandals offer the support my feet – especially the arch – need thanks to their OOfoam.
Technical advantages of OOfoam™ over traditional cushioning materials:
- Significantly more comfort, cushioning and natural articulation
- 37% more impact absorption
- Longer lasting support and cushioning
- Arch support for most foot-types
- Durable wear
- Machine washable
I took these out for a Spin after my 17.4 miler and 10 miler. My feet really felt like they were walking on clouds (and I don’t use that term loosely).
I really like the fact that I could put my Zensah compression socks on after the run and then easily slip my feet into these sandals. Double the recovery help and double the comfort. It really was a great combination.
Oofos offers three different types of shoes: the original (regular flip flops with the toe divider) in NINE different colors, the slide (which I tried) in two different colors and the OOClog (which you can figure out is a clog) in two different colors (clog is $49.95). So the variety is there depending on your dress, style or comfort level.
I would buy them to rock post-long run!
I can’t wait to try them out in the summer months especially when I usually hit the beach for the day after a morning run.
Thanks OOfos for letting me try these sweet sandals.
Numero Dos: KIND Snacks
There’s healthy. There’s tasty. Then there’s healthy and tasty. At KIND, we believe you deserve both—we call it our brAND philosophy. That’s why you’ll find all of our snacks are pretty much the nirvana of healthful tastiness. What began with just 8 bar varieties in 2004 has grown to over 22 bars and 6 Healthy Grains snackable clusters, and a multitude of new recipes being perfected and refined to our standards in the KIND kitchen.
Well KIND snacks pretty much sold me with that introduction to their company.
KIND snacks has been around since 2004, but didn’t enter my radar until last summer. Yes I know I am behind the times. What else is new?
I kept seeing their product at local races. Now, I am ALL about the free products at a race so I would pick one up and not really think anything about it I did a giveaway with KIND last August. They sent me a whole goodie bag of flavors so I was really able to try them in all different fueling capacities.
So I am often asked what do I do when I am traveling for a race, I can’t necessarily make my usual egg whites, wheat toast and peanut butter concoction I do when I am at home.
Enter KIND Snack bars.
Personally I need to eat an hour before a race then nothing else (besides ENERGYBits) until I am done. A thing with my body. Soooo when traveling, I throw one of these bars (5-6 PPV on Weight Watchers) into my bag and I enjoy usually one that has chocolate or peanut butter in it (it’s like a treat at 5am) one hour before the Start while I am stretching, etc.
I appreciate what KIND stands for as a company and I like that I can read all of the ingredients in their product. Now, I know some people need more before a race and everyone is different, but for me – this packs the punch I need.
I’ve also found if I cut them up in advance and put them in a little baggy, it is the perfect fuel while on the bike. Easy to eat, enjoyable and gives me the extra push I need. The trick is cutting it up ahead of time. I am still new to the bike so I haven’t mastered tearing open the container and biking at the same time … yet!
And last, but certainly not least… Fitsnap App!
I think folks have noticed on my Facebook, Twitter and Instagram fitness posts a new look. They are jazzed up and that is thanks to the Fitsnap App.
FitSnap is an iPhone app that creates inspirational pictures from your workouts & activities. Add your workout information on top of your photos to create beautiful images to share with your friends on Instagram, Facebook & Twitter.
It’s as simple as that!
They have a great drop down menu full of different activities you can use:
You an fill in your duration of the activity, how far you went (if you know) and then you can add a little snippet about how it went (this might be my favorite part).
They even have a whole list of specific yoga poses on the app.
Once you input the information, you then choose the layout of the overlay by swiping left and right. After that is picked, you can choose a filter to dress up or dress down your picture. Then it is saving to your phone and you are off!
The basic Fitsnap app is free, but you can make “in-app purchases” to give you additional Fitsnap themes for 99 cents each. The additional themes are: Half Marathon and Marathon. I’m excited to try those two out in the coming months!
So if you are looking to jazz up those post-run selfies or you just need another iPhone app, I highly recommend Fitsnap.
Oh and tell ‘em IrishEyes1982 sent ya.
On this episode of Dani Dishes, I am bringing to light National Eating Disorder Awareness week and my own battles with eating disorders.
KNOW you are not alone. I am reachable if you need help: email@example.com!