Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Want to take me on? The Fitness Games App Review

I love finding new workouts to do at home.  I don't belong to a gym and the chances of me signing up for a gym are not good.  I live out of town and like to keep things simple, so when I heard about the Fitness Games opportunity through Fit Approach I signed up.

So what is the Fitness Games?

It is an app you download to your phone and then you can connect with other users or not and do workouts.

Since I was given this opportunity through Fit Approach I was able to connect with a lot of other Sweatpink Ambassadors. We were given an upgrade which allowed access to more workouts than the free version.  You are also able to make up your own workouts.

Or record runs (indoor or outdoor), cycling (indoor and outdoor), rowing, swimming, and elliptical.

I got really excited when I saw I had a couple of challenges.

 I accepted it of course.  I didn't read the instructions right and I only did one round instead of three.  So I won of course.

Luckily she had challenged me two other times for the same challenge so after resting 10 or so minutes I started it over.  Except that time she had aborted early so she won.. even steven!

So what does a workout look like?  Here is the one I did for this challenge
The plank had me wanting to cry.  I don't plank.  I know some people plank like it's water.  I hate planking as much as I know it's good for me I would rather do burpees.

If you aren't sure what they mean by some of the moves, click on the move and it will show you pictures and give a description of how to do it.
There is a Feed on one of the main pages where everyone you are connected to can post things (similar to Facebook or Instagram) and you can see what people have been up to. You can comment on and like their posts.

What I like about The Fitness Games App

  • being able to do challenges on workouts with other people
  • it also tracks running, rowing, elliptical, etc
  • connecting with other people
  • the workouts are tough (the ones I have done have left me in a puddle)
  • If I want to purchase more workouts they cost $0.99, which is still cheaper than a gym membership. The Platinum version come with 16 workouts for $1.99 (which is what we were given for the review).
  • you can make up your own workouts and challenge others to do them
  • several really tough bodyweight workouts
What I don't like
  • some of the workouts use a lot of gym equipment (no gym here) I am pretty good at modifying though, but I still like to keep things simple.
  • There aren't that many free workouts, if you want more you have to upgrade
  • you can't tell if the workout you are purchasing will have a lot of gym equipment in it
  • It's a little hard to find people you know, unless you know their user name.
So what sets this apart from all the other apps out there geared towards working out?  For me I love being able to accept a challenge. I feel like it pushes me just a little bit harder.  I hate losing.  It is available on both Android and IOS.

Go ahead download it and then connect with me and send me a challenge!  My username is Christyruns     If you are on it already, find me or leave me a comment with your username and I will look you up!

Any questions?

 Disclosure statement: This post was sponsored by The Fitness Games through their partnership with Fit Approach. I was not compensated monetarily, but was provided the Platinum Version of the application for review. As always, all opinions are my own.

Monday, September 29, 2014

Winners and Fall Weather Running Complaints

Winners of the Build Your Running Body Book and Omron Electrotherapy Unit are posted on the giveaway posts and winners have been notified as well.  I do have some more fun giveaways coming soon including a pair of Asics Kayano 21s so if you didn't win the last giveaways there are more chances to win things coming up.

Fall running is so here!  I love fall running, the crispness of the morning air, the coolness of the morning air.  NOT being hot!

My only complaint is it brings a bit more indecision about what to wear!  Summer is so easy.. you know it's going to be hot so tanks and shorts are an easy decision.  As it gets cooler I tend to overdress since I despise being cold.  Running with the wind can feel warm and I find myself shedding a layer, but then turning around to run into the wind can be so cold and I want the extra layer again!

Shorts, capris, tights?!  I wore capris yesterday in the chilly 43 degree weather and found myself thinking shorts would have been enough, until I turned and ran into the wind.  I also was thinking the gloves and ear band was overkill until I turned and ran into the wind and my hands got really cold so I put on my gloves again.

I love the way cool weather runs often leave me feeling energized vs so drained  from hot weather runs, so really no complaints. Fall running is my favorite

Fall is also football season am I am happy to report my son's flag football team won their first game this weekend. They played good together and Cade had a great run for a first down and caught a two point conversion.

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Shenanigans and Vacationing

San Francisco and Ragnar Napa was a blast. I flew down on Thursday. Since I was the only person flying out of Billings I flew by myself, but most of the team was supposed to arrive at the airport at about the same time in San Francisco.  We all ended up with flight delays due to fog in SF, but still arrived close to the same time.

Shortly after we arrived we picked up the vans for the relay, (which seemed to take hours!) and as soon as we had our vans in sight we were on guard.  There is a tradition on the team that began before I was on it that involves pranking each others vans.  I wrote about last years HERE. 

We headed over to Costco to stock up on food and water for the relay, half of us went in to get food and the rest stayed out to decorate the vans.  The girls of van 1 made the first strike and sprayed something in the van that I could only describe as bad dog fart and we threw in a plastic turd for effect.

I think it scared them a little (seriously nasty stuff) because despite our paranoia nothing happened to our van until after the race. The boys were very astute about locking their van after that, but we still sprayed it on the door handles for good measure at different times during the race.  They couldn't figure out what it was, deer repellent? bear spray?
this might be a girl from van 1 doing something to van 2

We did find our van like this the morning after the race
note "vengeance" spelled out on the hood
I admit we were a bit apprehensive about turning it on.  Especially since we couldn't find the bottle of Liquid Ass that was thought to be in the glove box and clearly they had somehow got inside the van.

We stayed at the first night in SF at the Westin St Francis and I am so glad I didn't have to drive in that traffic on those crazy streets!

The boys conceded we won the pranking battle when they learned about the Craigslist ad that was placed about some Montana boys in town looking for some fun, have a chocolate fountain, please bring fruit. 
these were the magnets we tagged other vans with during the relay

The night after the relay we stayed at the Calistoga Inn and Brewery. It was a beautiful and quaint inn with bathrooms and showers down the hall. 

Sunday we took a longer path back to SF so that we could drive by the ocean. Talk about a winding road that had me quite ill by the time we got off it, but it was fun to get to put my feet in the ocean.

and some of the guys jumped in

Not me, it was cold!  We saw some fins out in the ocean and thought after the horn went off that maybe they were sharks.

I met up with my husband at the airport in SF after we cleaned and dropped off the vans.  We figured out how to get on the BART and were off on our own adventure.

We had a great couple of days in SF that included a trip to the Muir Woods

Wine tasting

Eating sourdough bread, dungeoness crabs, and saltwater taffy at the Fisherman's Wharf.

We walked up and down so many crazy hills in SF, I am so amazed by the way they build houses and roads on those steep hills. We of course also did Alcatraz, Lombard Street and the Aquarium at the Wharf.
and lots of early morning walks

I finally got to go to a Trader Joes and a Lululemon.  I made my husband walk for miles just to get to the Lululemon and then I later found out we were only blocks from an Athleta store at out hotel and my friend said the Athleta store had better sales. 

By the time we flew home on Wednesday I was ready to be home!  I had a great time with Team Beef and was so happy my husband was able to meet me for some time together on vacation. 

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Ragnar Napa

Oh my goodness, where to start?!  Ragnar Napa was so much fun and I had such a great time with my amazing team. This post is simply going to be about the legs I ran. I am going to do another on all the fun we had before and after the run and any shenanigans that went on (hint there were a few).
Team Beef Montana/The Montana Running Ranchers at the start

Run 1
Leg 2 of Ragnar Napa . As soon as I took off I realized I had not turned on my Garmin. Eh. I hit the button, but it took a long time to find the satellites. I had my music on, but it didn't take me long to take out my earbuds as I was running near the ocean and I wanted to listen to the waves crash on the shore. Pretty neat sound for an inland girl to get to listen to while running. This was a beautiful beautiful leg to get to run, I so enjoyed the lush greenery, trees and that were foreign to me and the smells of the ocean. I almost felt like I was in a whole other world with the misty fog and trees and are so different from where I live. This leg if the relay was 5.5 ish miles and most of the first part was on trails.

some of the beauty I saw on leg 1

The last part was running across the Golden Gate Bridge. It was pretty foggy out so the views weren't super awesome, but just knowing I was running across it was sweet.
my team mate took this photo, I love how happy I look!

Thoughts, it was a lot harder than I thought it would be with lots of stairs, hills and running on sand. And the humidity made the air feel so thick. Running across the Golden Gate Bridge made it all worth it though. There were a lot of pedestrians on the bridge, I didn't expect there to be so many.

Run 2
Leg 14 4.7 miles
It was just getting dark when I took off out of the exchange. I was feeling pretty good and passed 27 people on this leg.!it was fun to see all the blinking lights up ahead of all the other runners. This was a pretty uneventful leg with a little bit of a hill. Since it was dark I have no idea what the scenery was like, but I do know we must have run past some livestock at some point. I could smell them!
running across the bridge

I remember having a "I am so happy to be here running" moment in the dark with all the other blinking lights up ahead, knowing they were all runners and this was fun!

Run 3
8.3 miles.  When I left the exchange for this run it was still dark, but I knew it would get light as I ran so I was happy about that.  The last leg is always the toughest mentally I think because I am tired physically and mentally and it always seems to be my longest leg.   

This run was along a busy busy road and I did not enjoy all the traffic, but I did enjoy being able to see the scenery and the vineyards as it started to get light out.  I did not carry water for this leg and was grateful for the water stops. I was also very grateful for LuDawn (spelling?) who I met along the run and we ran the last 3.5 or so miles together and had a great time visiting.  She really helped the time pass fast.

Before I knew it we were at the exchange and I was done! 

Overall impressions of Ragnar Napa.. it was beautiful.. all the vineyards along the way, but it also felt like we were running with busier traffic and through more towns than past relays I have done.  The humidity in San Francisco was out of this world.  I loved meeting all the runners from all over. 
the girls of Van 1 doing a little celebrating after the relay

I even convinced my husband to fly down and meet me after the relay for a couple fun filled days in the big city after the relay :)

Manitoba Harvest HempPro 70 Review

I had the opportunity through Sweatpink to try Manitoba Harvest Hemp Pro 70 protein powder.  I was sent a single serve sample in the vanilla and chocolate flavor and was in no other way compensated for this post. 

so what is Manitoba Harvest HempPro 70? 
  • the only water soluble hemp based protein powder on the market
  • only 4 ingredients in both flavors
  • doesn't need a blender, you can shake it up smooth
  • sweetened with coconut sugar which makes it low on the glycemic index
  • a 30 g serving of the vanilla has 15g of protein and 130 calories
  • Chocolate has 14g of protein per 30g
  • full of Omegas
  • can be mixed with water, coconut water, milk (dairy or non-dairy), juice.. whatever you decide!
In case you were curious.

I tried the chocolate first and mixed it with milk.  I thought the flavor was good and it went down easy.  It didn't leave a bad aftertaste in my mouth.  Tasted a lot like chocolate milk.

I tried the vanilla in a smoothie with frozen strawberries, blueberries and orange juice.  It was heavenly.  It added a subtle but not overpowering vanilla flavor to the smoothie.

If I had to choose one flavor it would be the vanilla, it was so yum in the orange and strawberry smoothie!

An 11oz bag of HempPro 70 costs $24.99, but you can try it for 20% off with the code sweatpinkpro70
The code only works for the HempPro 70 chocolate and vanilla flavors.

Manitoba Harvest is also running a contest right now that ends on September 30.  To enter all you have to do is snap a picture of HempPro and tag it on Instagram or twitter @manitobaharvest and use the hash tag #pro70.  This will automatically enter you to win a case of your favorite flavor. (I would pcik vanilla!)

Thursday, September 18, 2014

The airport edition: Three Things Thursday

1. I am sitting at the airport and my flight doesn't board for another hour so why not do a three things Thursday? I sure hope I am not sitting close to the guy who keeps snorting boogers, cause that's annoying. In case you aren't up to speed here, I am flying to San Francisco for Ragnar Napa. I feel so blessed and happy to get to run for Team Beef Montana/The Montana Running Ranchers. It has been such a huge opportunity for me to travel, make amazing new friends and promote beef. I am so incredibly thankful for all of our sponsors and our team captains who make this happen.

2. My checked bag was exactly right on the dot 50 lbs. I will have a lot of room in my bags as soon as I get the 30lbs of jerky out of them. That's a lot of jerky in case you were wondering. Our team will be passing out the jerky along the way during the relay. I probably way overpacked, but I am packing for a relay and a vacation with my husband. 

I sent my little sister a lot of should I bring this outfit pictures
She approved of both of these.

3. Seriously if I have to sit next to the booger snorter I might have to put my earbuds in and rock out all the way to my next stop. I haven't flown in almost nine years. I was a little nervous going through  security. I didn't want to be the jerk who slowed the line down because they were clueless. Luckily I got here early and went through fairly fast. 

3.1 remember Runty, my special needs kitten? Still doing good and she found a snuggle buddy.

When is the last time you flew? Totally routine or not?

Ps I can't figure out how to link from this app on my phone but I do have two give giveaways going on!

Monday, September 15, 2014

Omron Electrotherapy Unit Review and Giveaway

I am linking up today with Kristy @ Runaway Bridal Planner for a bloghop today after you enter this giveaway go and check out all the other giveaways on her blog.

I was recently sent the Omron ElectroTHERAPY TENS Pain Relief Pro unit to review.

What does TENS stand for and how does it work?

Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation works by  attaching small electrodes to the skin by the area of the pain, small electrical pulses from a machine the size of a cell phone are delivered to the area. The electrical impulses feel like a tingly sensation and interfere with the transmission of pain signals to the brain, increases endorphins, and increases blood flow to the area. 

The Omron unit I was sent has 5 different pain modes
  • arm
  • lower back
  • leg
  • foot
  • joint
and 3 massage modes
  • tap
  • knead
  • rub
all the can be administered with 10 different intensity levels. 

I did worry that since it was a small home unit the intensity levels wouldn't be very high...wrong.  I can only stand it up to a 5!  My husband likes it set between 6-8. Clearly he is tougher than I am.  We do both agree it seems to help alleviate our lower back pain and after you get used to the tingly sensation it feels good.  I find it rather relaxing.

You don't have to worry about having to buy pads all the time for it since the ones that come with the unit are reusable and are good for up to 150 uses.  Awesome. That was for sure one of my worries.

It is set for 15 minutes and turns off automatically after that. They recommend no more that 30 minutes at a time and no more than 45 minutes in a day. 

Super easy to use
  • apply the pads
  • select mode
  • select intensity
  • hang out for 15 minutes and let it do it's thing
Want to win one of these to try for yourself?
comes with everything shown here