Monday, December 31, 2012

New indoor cycling iPhone app!

Losing motivation to ride outside on those cold days? Or just need a new fitness challenge for the new year? Check out my new iPhone app, iRideInside!

I mentioned awhile back that I had been busy working on a project which is why my posts have been lacking. Well, it is finally here!

I have five FREE codes to give out. Just join this blog and our Facebook page at and email me at This offer will expire on January 31, 2013.

Get your ride on!

Monday, December 3, 2012

Party Potluck Pins

Tis' the season for lots of parties and overindulging - in not-so-good-for-you food! One of the ways I try to help combat this is to bring something to a party that's yummy but still healthy so I know there will be at least one thing that's good for me to snack on (in-between eating some of the treats of course!).

I love Pinterest for finding new recipes and here are five healthy recipes that I've pinned recently that are great for any party:

Saturday, December 1, 2012

Top 10 Gifts for the Runner in Your Life - 2012

Have a runner in your life but don't know what to get them? Here are some great gift ideas!

1. Techie gloves:
Keep your runner's hands warm and their music still pumping! These "touch-tip" technical running gloves allow your runner to use any touch screen without having to take their gloves off. (Manzella & Nike)

2. GPS watch:
The Timex Marathon GPS watch will keep your runner in check while recording their speed and distance. (Find it here or here.)

3. Running bling:
Congratulate your runner with one of these handmade "I love running" necklaces from etsy. Sporty yet pretty too!

4. Base layer:
Keep your runner warm with a long sleeve top that's not only technical but looks good too. The women's Hurdle Top from Athleta comes in a pretty striped fabric which is available in three gorgeous colors. I love the added girly details such as the scalloped reflective tape and ruching at the back. On the men's side, the Stripe Crewneck Top by Helly Hansen offers a more modern sporty look with the striped band along the arms.

5. Accessorize:
Fun yet helpful accessories for your runner! The Run With It Cuff is the stylish answer to no pockets as it carries cash, keys or ID's. The Nike Long Sleeve Arm Warmers will not only keep your runner warm but also has a transparent pocket to easily stash a music player.

6. Winter warm:
Two of my favorite jackets that your runner will love. The Brooks Utopia Embossed Soft Shell Jacket (available for men too w/o the print) has a gorgeous subtle print and is made with a breathable, waterproof material. The Sugoi Versa Jacket (available for women too) converts from a jacket into a vest with ingenious magnet attached sleeves. A great two-in-one combination with a large enough back pocket to store the sleeves in while out on a run.

7. Recovery:
Compression socks are all the rage right now with endurance athletes as they are said to help maximize performance and recovery. CEP Compression Socks for men and women are one of the most popular brands that your runner will appreciate.

8.  Massage:
One of the best gifts you can give to your favorite runner is a sports massage because chances are they could use it but don't want to spend the money on themselves. They will love you for it!

9. Coffee break:
These versatile pieces are the perfect tops for your runner to wear to the gym or for a post-run coffee meet-up. The Moving Comfort Flex Hoodie comes in a pretty ribbon print and has a stylish adjustable collar and thumb loops for extra warmth. The North Face Track Jacket is sporty with a bit of retro edginess.

10. Injury prevention:
Keep your runner injury-free with one of the best injury-prevention tools, The Grid Revolutionary Foam Roller, which features a three dimensional surface to help break up those sore knots.

Happy, healthy holidays to you all!

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Fall Fixer

Fall is here...or is it? The weather here isn't quite sure what it wants as we've had it change from the low 60's back up to the 90's within a week. Some mornings have been cool but then you quickly warm up while out biking or running. That's why I love workout pieces like the ones below that can quickly transform an outfit without having to layer pieces like crazy.

                  Speed Run Shrug                                                   Seamless Arm Warmers
This cute seamless shrug can convert any            These seamless arm warmers increase blood
tank or short sleeve shirt for a little more              flow while keeping you a bit more toasty.

A long and short sleeve option in one jersey. Love the versatility of this one!

Coolmax Arm Warmers           Drylete Arm Warmers               Seamless Arm Warmers

More arm warmers in a variety of colors that add warmth to any cycling or running outfit, yet are easy to pack away if you start to overheat. 

Friday, October 12, 2012

Fit Friday: You are never too old!

As I'm getting back into shape I can't help but feel creaky and old some days- now I know I'm not but my body sure does feel like it some days especially after a rough night being up with one of my girls. Here's a bit of inspiration and a reminder that I need to "suck it up" and quit whining. :) Maybe it will inspire you in one way or another as well!

The amazing Sister Madonna Buder aka the "Iron Nun" holds the world record for being the oldest person to complete an Ironman triathlon at the age of 82. Yep, that's a 2.4 mile swim, 112 mile bike and 26.2 mile run!

The incredible Harriet Anderson, age 77, has completed countless Ironmans and has 11 first place age group finishes at the Ironman World Championships. The above picture on the right is her finishing an Ironman after breaking her clavicle at mile 80 on the bike. That's what I call tough.

Both of these amazing ladies will be competing tomorrow at the Ironman World Championships in Kona. Best of luck to these inspiring ladies! 

Fauja Singh at 101 years old became the oldest person to complete a marathon in April of this year after completing the London Marathon in 7 hours 49 minutes. He didn't start running until in his 80's - you are truly never too old!

So, when you feel those negative thoughts creeping into your mind about why you can't do this or that, replace them with positive ones, believe in yourself and remember these individuals who didn't listen to the words "you can't do that!"

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Go Pink in October!

It's Breast Cancer Awareness month and there are many ways you can help find a cure from purchasing products that donate proceeds, to getting yourself fit by signing up for a race that helps raise awareness. (Here are a few races: Bike4BreastCancer, trek women Breast Cancer Awareness Ride, Susan G. Komen Race For the Cure, Breast Cancer Campaign.) Another way is to directly donate to a nonprofit organization making strides toward preventing cancer such as FORCE, a wonderful organization dedicated to hereditary breast and ovarian cancer that my friend credits with helping to save her life.

Most of all ladies, take the time to check yourself and spread the word to your friends and family to do the same!

Friday, September 28, 2012

Flashy Pants!

One of the big trends this Fall is printed pants and activewear is following suit with lots of printed capris, tights, etc! When was the last time you wore printed fitness bottoms to workout? I'm gonna say the 90's for me, yikes. Let's face it, we all have plenty of black capris so have some fun and freshen' it up with some flashy pants.

Here are my two favorites plus more fun prints to choose from below. Do you dare?

                    Nike Relay Print Capris ($58)                        Alo Practice Capris ($56)

Friday, September 21, 2012

Fit Fridays: 10 Tips For A First Time Half or Full Marathon

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With fall arriving, so is marathon season. Thinking of trying that distance for the first time? If a marathon seems like a big leap in distance for you, try a half-marathon first. Either way, here are ten tips to help get you to the finish line:

1) Train right:
Choose a workout schedule that will work for you. Be realistic about the time you have to commit to training and what your mileage and running experience has been up to this point so you can choose a schedule that will be attainable for you. There are many training plans online and I provide a beginner half marathon schedule here.

2) Practice nutrition:
Never experiment with new foods during a race. Practice during training to see what foods your stomach will tolerate and what your nutritional needs are during your runs. Eat the same foods (this includes breakfast) on race day that you are used to eating.

3) Hydrate:
Drinking during a marathon or half marathon can be tricky so it's best to practice this during your long training runs. It is important, especially on a warm day, to stop at every aid-station and hydrate. If you need to, walk slowly or even stop so you can make sure to take in enough fluids. (More tips on hydrating and race fueling here)

4) Lube it up:
As your runs increase in length, the likelihood of you developing chafing increases too. The most common chafing areas are between your thighs, under your armpits, around your feet and on the underside of your arm. For men, it can also occur on the nipples, and for women along the chest band of your sports bra. Chafing generally occurs because of rubbing from loosely fitted clothing, irritating seams, or fabric that is wet. To prevent chafing you can rub Vaseline, or Body Glide anti-chafe balm directly onto the skin. A moleskin or band-aid can be used on the nipples to help prevent chafing for men, particularly in cold weather.

5) Pre-race prep:
Prior to your race, gather all of you equipment together and check your gear to make sure it is in good condition. This not only means your shoes, but also your sunglasses, socks, race belt, etc. as these are not easy things to fix on race morning. As you pack, go through the race day in your mind from the start of your morning to make sure you don't forget anything. Even better is to make a list the week prior and check off the items as you pack them.

6) Aid station etiquette:
When approaching an aid station, a volunteer may ask you whether you want a sports drink or water so make sure to let them know in advance what your needs are. Always thank the volunteers if you can. If you do plan to slow down considerably or stop altogether at an aid station, be aware of the runners around you so you don’t impede their race. After you have received your fuel, step to the side and let the other runners grab what they need as well. Try to dispose of your litter in the designated area (trash can or off to the side of the course) so that it’s easier for the volunteers to clean up and another runner doesn’t slip on your cup.

7) Pace yourself:
Don't let the excitement at the start of the race make you run faster than your intended goal pace. A marathon and half marathon is a long distance and you could really pay for it later in the race. It's best to be patient. You will have a better result if you stay in control and run the second half the same pace or father than the first.

8) Race mantra:
Come up with a race mantra to help ward off negative thoughts during the tough spots while racing. This can be as simple as repeating, “I am strong,” or a more personal phrase, in your head. Whatever motivates you through those tough sections!

9) Post-race tip:
Make sure to have dry clothes to change into after the race so you don’t get cold. Even on a warm day you begin to feel cold if you are sitting around in wet clothes. Also make sure to have something you like to eat and drink just in case the race doesn’t have something you can/want to eat.

10) Race day:
Most of all, have fun! Enjoy your day and thank your body for allowing you to complete such an amazing feat!

Go get 'em!

Friday, September 14, 2012

Two Ways: Workout to Daytime Wear

Sorry for the lack of posts folks but I have been pretty swamped with my other work as I am getting closer to launching another iPhone app. Stay tuned for more on that soon!

Two Ways: Workout to Daytime Wear

Finally another two ways post- this one featuring a great top from Zella by Nordstrom. The Z T 3 Tee is the ultimate traveling top as well as being an easy crossover piece from workout to daytime wear. The material is wicking but also travels well so you can roll it up, pack it away and not worry about it being wrinkly when you arrive at your destination.

There are so many colors to choose from (see below) and the curved seams and ruching are very flattering. Dress it up with a blazer or more simply with a pair of cropped jeans as there are no large logos on it so you don't feel like a walking billboard.

Workout outfit: 

Daytime outfit: