WIWW: The Cozy Edition

*This post is a part of my affiliation with the Prana Fit Pros, as with all posts, all opinions are my own.

It’s been such a crazy summer & now fall.  Sean & I have been traveling like mad men this year.  We had 2 stretchs this summer & now fall where we have traveled for like 7 – 8 weeks in a row.

I love traveling but after a while it starts to wear on me.  I need comfortable clothing especially when I get towards the end of a long stretch of travel.

Gear, like the Prana Cozy Up collection was essential for me this summer/fall.  It came in really handy when I was travelling to places that were waaay cooler than San Diego.

Prana’s Cozy Up collection, pant, tee, sweatshirt & zip up jacket come in both regular and plus sizes.  The pieces are functional & cute.  I especially loved the pant, which was a jogger style.

The Cozy Up collection is made of a Hemp/recycled polyester/Tencel ® lyocell fleece blend which has natural odor reducing features and UPF 50+ (for the sweats) and UPF 30+ for the tee.

They are all sustainably made, which really makes me happy.  It’s one of the things I love most about Prana.

I have been living in the jogger style pant this fall.  I’ve never been a “sweats” type of girl, preferring leggings instead but these pants have changed my mind, I really love the style.  They fit nice, they are warm and of course they are very cozy ;).

I love that all the pieces are made with odor reducing features, sometimes when you travel or crew a race, you might be in your clothes for quite a while and I am a huge proponent of odor reducing fabrics.

We’ve been to the mountains in Utah, staying at over 9,000 ft, where it was chilly at night in early August!

To Lake Tahoe, with warm days and cool nights, while crewing for Sean at Tahoe 200.

Finally in Vancouver/Whistler where it rained and was super chilly for us in September.  The cozy up sweatshirt was my go-to after running.

The pant, my favorite for cool mornings & hot cups of coffee on our amazing balcony.  We totally got hooked up at the Four Seasons Whistler ;).

And I lived in the zip up for cool evenings here in San Diego & plane rides.

Traveling can be stressful, but I never stress over what to wear while I’m out and about.

Want to save on prana gear for yourself?  Use code JNAKprAna25 for 25% off. (good until Dec 31, 2018)

Sweat Pink Ragnar Los Coyotes Recap

This post is a part of my collaboration with Ragnar Trail & Fit Approach. As always all thoughts & opinions are my own.

Earlier this summer Jamie from Fit Approach asked me if I would be interested in captaining the Sweat Pink team at Ragnar Los Coyotes & that Sean could be on the team too. After checking with our schedule to see if it would fit & sewing if Sean would be interested in running a Ragnar event, we agreed & set out to form a team.

We got a team together, a mix of men & women from SoCal, Portland & New Hampshire and formed #teamsweatpink. The team was a good mix of runners of varying speeds, some of us were ultra runners but not all and we complimented each other.

Sean & I run a lot of races so we never specifically trained for this race, although if I was to give advice on how to train for a Ragnar I would say to try & run a few times in a 24ish hour period. If you are an established runner, you could run the exact same distances over a period of time, let’s say one run at 10am, another one at 7pm and then a third run at 6am the next day. It’s not exact but it’s close enough to simulate what you will do at Ragnar.

But now on to the actual event. The week before Ragnar, we were in New York for the marathon & then I was in Phoenix for my last work trip so it was a busy week.

I got home Wednesday evening & then we discussed driving out Thursday night but decided it would be best to just drive over Friday morning.

We left the house around 6am to head over to Warner Springs/Los Coyotes Indian Reservation. It took about 1.5 hours & was an easy drive. Once we got there we paid our $10 to go in & then went to try & find Jamie & the rest of our team. We were supposed to be in a special spot but we couldn’t find that spot. The cell signal wasn’t great so it wasn’t easy to get in touch but I finally reached Jamie & she said we were set up by the nose in a tree. Um…ok.

By this point I was getting increasingly more & more frustrated because we couldn’t find this stupid nose in a tree and we had been wandering aimlessly for about 20 minutes. At this point, I must have looked as frustrated as I felt because a girl asked me how it was going & I told her we couldn’t find our team & that we were looking for a nose in a tree. She was like ohh that’s what that was, it’s over this way by the mountains.

And finally we made it! I was not a super happy camper at that moment but I quickly got out of my funk & we unpacked the car so we could set up our pop-ups & chairs.

The rest of the team seemed to find the nose easily, I think we were directed down the wrong side of the path which made it harder to find. In any case eventually we all made it!

We got our team gear on, sunglasses from Goodr, compression from Lily Trotters & shirts/hats from Ragnar & got a team few photos.

After that we went to visit the village, Sean & I got an açaí bowl from the Sambazon booth to enjoy while talking to other runners.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Then it was time for Kristina to get the SweatPink party started around 11am.

I mentioned it in my last post but the nice thing about Ragnar Trail is that everyone runs the same 3 loops. There are Green, Yellow & Red Loops and at Los Coyotes they are approximately 3.1, 3.2 & 7.9 miles. The color order is supposed to designate easy, intermediate, hard.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I was runner 5 so I had a few hours to wait until it was my turn.

Sean & I then had the first of many Freak Brothers pizzas. Freak Brothers is owned by Nick & Jamil Coury & we’ve had their pizzas many times at Aravaipa events in the Phoenix area. They have a great vegan pizza that I would eat many of over the next day.

We would spend our time between legs, either cheering on other runners, talking with friends, at the camp site or waiting & watching the TV screens for our team.

We found Catra & Jay who were running the experimental Black Loop before my leg so we chatted with them a bit before I went to run.

And then it was my turn! I was running the yellow loop for my first loop. I will say I totally underestimated this course. I figured 3 miles, how hard could it be? But it was pretty hard. I was having trouble breathing within the first 1/4 mile & was seriously wondering if I would be able to run through the camp or if I’d have to start walking lol.

All three loops start the same way & then you take different turns for the different loops. Red & Yellow stick together for a bit longer.

I started hiking pretty early on, I was breathing so hard, it was crazy. We weren’t even at that high of elevation, maybe 4,500 ft? But Sean said he felt similarly when he did his first run too.

It was really pretty & a nice single track. A little sandy, but just a lot of climbing. I just tried to hike as fast as I could & then run the flats & downhills. The downhills were tough too though because they had super tight switchbacks with roots, rocks & ruts you had to watch out for.

The race had lots of color coordinated markers which made it near impossible to get lost & funny little signs periodically.

The last mileish was a slightly downhill fire road back to camp. That was nice. Loop 1: Yellow check. 3.18 miles 43:20 768ft of climb.

After my first loop I just wanted to get changed into dry clothes. It was already feeling pretty cool out. I put on the clothes I would wear for my next leg because it would be a night & I didn’t want to have to get dressed in the cold.

Sean was the last runner so we decided to wait until he was done to get dinner. Ragnar gives each runner a ticket for dinner. In the past this had been a mess hall type of thing with pasta, salad, bread sticks. This year it was super nice that we were able to use our tickets at the food trucks anytime between 5-10pm to get fresh, hot food of your choice.

After Sean ran his first loop he changed into some warm clothes & then we headed for pizza.  The Freak Brothers booth was hopping, we were able to quickly order dinner but then ended up waiting about 30 minutes for our pizzas, they made them vegan but they did mess up our toppings.  But after waiting in the cold for so long, I didn’t want to wait any longer so I just took the pizza that was made.  It ended up being really good so it was a happy accident.

It was only 7:30p but it was time for a nap.  Sean & I forgot our tent, oh well, I really don’t think it would have helped much thought, so we put down the tarp, got our sleeping bags out, our sweats, jackets & hats on, grabbed our extra blanket & tucked in for the night. Or rather until our next run.

It’s hard to sleep at Ragnar because you don’t want to not be there when your runner comes in so you or at least I am waking up many times to check the time, see who has come back, etc. etc. At some point around 9:30p Jamie came over and said that Jared, who was before me, had just gone out and they expected him back in about an hour, because he’s really fast, I agree Jared is quite fast, but at night, with almost 2,000 ft of climbing, 7.9 miles in an hour is a bit aggressive.  We had a few friends who are equally fast that took 64/68 minutes in daylight, but you never know so I got up, finished getting ready & headed over.  Sean came with me, which was really nice because he could hold on to my NYCM poncho that I wore while I was waiting.

For the night segment, I put on my SeaWheeze reflective capris & I wore my LA Marathon reflective rain jacket.  I didn’t bring any water because I was pretty frozen.  I was running the green loop, which was supposed to be easier.  I really do like running in the dark, but man was it cold out.  It took me about a mile to get anywhere near warm, my face was completely frozen, my feet were so cold I couldn’t even feel them.  Fortunately there was a bit of climbing so I was able to get a little warm.

The best part about this segment was that I must have had at least 15 people tell me that my tights were awesome ;).  This section was a bit short, but had that nice fire road downhill again, I did that last mile in about 8:27.  The total distance was a touch short my garmin clocked in at 2.98miles in 36.5 mins with 617ft of climb.

We immediately high tailed it back to camp, I was kind of warm but I had to get into warm clothes ASAP which is what I did.  I curled up under the covers to get some sleep, I figured I would be starting my last loop around 5/6am.  Sleep was tough, I have never “really” camped before, this is really as close as I have come and I don’t have any desire to camp in a camp ground, maybe out where no one else is, but man, it’s hard to sleep with people snoring all around you.  I had on a hat, a buff over it and the sleeping bag & I couldn’t block it out.  I may have slept a tiny bit, but it was tough.

Finally around 5, I started hearing people talking so I got up, it was freezing! I heard that it got down to about 28 degrees during the night! Yikes that’s cold.  I wasn’t sure what to wear, but then I remembered that I had my Janji tights (man those tights keep you warm!) & long sleeve so I put those on, put my jacket back on & decided to keep on my hat. I saw Jamie as I finished getting ready.  She had just finished her last loop so there were 2 people before I would go out.

She gave me Michael’s jacket, which I gladly took & wore until he finished ;). I told her that it was going to take me about 2 hours. I headed down to the village, where I found Jared & then ran into our friend Fern, who was anchoring his team.

Michael came in, we chatted for a few minutes while Jared took off on his last loop.  I hung out for a bit and then it was my turn.  Off I went, with super heavy tired legs.  I was hiking pretty early on, back up the same section as my first loop.  I thought to myself, would anyone know if I took the yellow loop down? LOL, but no, that wouldn’t be right, I continued on, my quads just so sore.

Little known thing, but my body is crazy weird, my quads always feel it when I climb & my hamstrings/butt feel it when I go downhill, it’s the opposite of normal lol.  And man were my quads feeling all this climbing. And climb we did.  So much climbing in the first 3ish miles.  It was taking me a long time to check off those miles.  I was beginning to worry if I’d be able to make my 2hour goal.

There were some really pretty views, I took a minute or 2 to take a photo here and there, and catch my breath, lol.

This loop had 2 water stations, there were no aid stations on the Green & Yellow loops.  We hit the first one at about 3.5 miles, I refilled my pack and then we were on a fire road that I could finally run.

We went down, down, down, I was totally in the grove, getting 9/10 minute miles, feeling great & loving this downhill.

Then we made a turn on to some more single track, I passed one girl and then next thing we were at an aid station, mile 6ish, about 2 miles to go.  I ran through that.  Kept running as much as I could, alternating run/walk, hike up the hills. I realized that I would be able to come really close to my goal so I just kept moving as fast as I could.  Run it in, run it in this girl was telling me and I did finishing in 2:01, 7.87 miles with 1,903ft of climb. And I was done! Thank goodness because this race beat me up way more than running 100k at Javelina! And it was less than 14 miles, lol.

Sean met me at my finish, there were 2 more runners, Sandra & Debbie, before his last loop.  We went back to camp, I again got changed.  Have you noticed yet that one key to running a ragnar is having lots of clothes.  No one likes to be all sweaty & wet (especially having a wet sports bra is horrible) & it was still chilly.  He got ready to run his loop and we packed up as much as we could so that we could be ready to leave quickly after he finished.

Sandra finished her loop, then Debbie took off on hers, we finished packing up our stuff, then we headed down to the village again.  Sean was ready to run! We figured we be able to finish before noon so everyone could head out.

Sean took off, I got my last Freak Brothers pizza, so good! ate a yummy toasted marshmallow, chatted with my teammates and then we were waiting to see when Sean would come in so we could cross the finish as a team!

And then he was coming around the corner!  We all joined him and ran in as a team.  Unfortunately there wasn’t a photographer so it was just for show, but YAY! we were done! Michael ran the first 8 mile loop & Sean the last and they were within seconds of each other time wise.

We got our medals, Ragnar always has special medals that connect together to say something.  In this case We are Ragnarians, we believe… Ragnar Trail.

Ragnar had a photographer out there for team photos that were offered for free download a few days after the race.

Sean & I shared an acai bowl after the others left and then packed up our stuff and off we went.  It was all over, probably about 28 hours total we were out there.

Would we run another ragnar trail?  Sure, but there were a few things I didn’t really like.

I would love to see something done with the camping situation.  I really feel like it was a total cluster and I would love to see something like at Javelina with tent city rather than this random put tents where ever thing.

I missed the women’s specific race shirts, I loved the design on the shirt, but in the past, we were able to get women’s specific shirts.  I would like to see that brought back.

I was a little disappointed to not see any photographers out on course.  In the past there were photographers.

This last comment has nothing to do with Ragnar itself, I would rather run a race at a warmer time of year, yes, I know most people would say that they want to run when it’s cool, but I don’t have any desire to camp in 28 degrees again.  I’d rather have slightly (50-60 degrees at night would be much better).  I’d probably pick a Ragnar in a warmer area/time of year next time.

But that being said, I did really enjoy this race & both Sean & I discussed it afterwards and said that we would do another under the right circumstances.  Being able to eat at the food trucks was awesome.  They had a lot of vegan snacks that they gave out to the runners so that was really great for us.  This photo shows the treats they give to each team, obviously the RX bars aren’t vegan but the nuts were and they were yummy!

I’m so happy to have been able to be on a team with such a great group of people.  Jamie, Michael, Jared, Kristina, Debbie, Sandra & Sean thank you so much for being a part of Team Sweat Pink!  And Josh, thank you for being our volunteer!

Have you run a Ragnar?  Which one do you recommend if we were to do another?

#IAMLIMITLESS Movement & Thoughts on what’s to come in 2018

I’m partnering up with FitApproach & Gixofit to kick off the #IAMLIMITLESS movement for 2018.  This is a sponsored post.

After a rough 2017, I was totally looking forward to a clean slate and starting 2018 on a very positive note.  When FitApproach asked me to be a part of the #IAMLIMITLESS campaign, it was at the perfect time.  I had been floundering at the end of 2017, stuck in a rut where, like I mentioned in my Resolution Run recap, I was sitting on the couch being sucked into iPhone games when I wasn’t working.

I had gone from being incredibly motivated to being lazy, not able to motivate myself to do anything but eat & sleep when I wasn’t working or traveling.  But as Sean & I were hiking up the boulders on New Year’s Eve, I realized that I was giving into my fears.  Somewhere along the way last year, I got sucked into all the drama I was seeing on Facebook and scared myself out of leaving my house.  How did that happen?

As I was climbing up those boulders, some of which were significantly bigger than I was, I knew that I had to push past my fears if I wanted to reach my goals.  One of my biggest fears, the one that most likely let all the Facebook drama win, failure. But fail at what? Running.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Now why would I say I’m afraid to fail at running.  I’ve done 42 half marathons, 17 marathons, 7 50ks, 2 50 milers & a 100k.  I’ve DNF’d at 4 races so obviously I’m not afraid of not finishing.  But what if I actually worked really hard & I failed?  I was putting all this pressure on myself before I even started.

It was time to put all that and all the baggage from 2017 behind me and push past these limits I put on myself.  Let’s see what happens then.  I’ve already seen that at the end of a long week of running I can almost beat my half marathon PR, with little training, so what could I do if I actually trained.

After seeing Billy Yang’s newest film, The Why, it was important to share my Why (re: Running) with you, my friends and followers.  It was something I’ve been pondering for months, since I got injured.  Why do I want to do this?

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Why? Why do we choose to run 13.1, 26.2, 50 or even a 100 miles? (Long post alert 😉) . . Last night @ultrarunnersd & I went to see @billyyangfilms new movie The Why, about his 100 mile journey at Leadville 100. You’ll definitely want to check it out on YouTube. . . It made me ask the question to myself. And honestly I probably ask myself that exact question during almost every race. Why do we do this? . . I don’t have a grand story of where I started running because I was overweight, drinking too much or doing drugs (I’ve never touched them), I wasn’t abused & I didn’t have a horrible childhood or any of those things that are so common to hear about. I’ve run off and on my whole life. I guess I started endurance running, honestly because maybe I gained 5-10 lbs & didn’t like the way my stomach looked in photos, I was modeling at the time (I still don’t like my stomach in photos but I digress). Then it was the challenge, I’d never gone over 3 miles, could I get to 5, 6, 10 & then 13.1. Then it was could I go 26.2. If I hadn’t met Sean I’d probably have stayed with the marathon, not really knowing much about ultras. . . The Why for me has changed in the 8 years I’ve been running endurance events. At first it was to see if I could do it, then it was to see if I could go faster. When I got injured last year, I lost my Why, I honestly didn’t know why I was doing this. I don’t enjoy the lows, like a lot of people do. Was I doing it because that’s what I always did or because Sean does? I didn’t know. . . After a lot of pondering this question over the last year, I’ve come up with a few reasons. First, no matter how slow it is, there is something magical about crossing that finishline. Knowing that you did it. Second, the places you get to see, explore & adventure in. And finally, the people. Runners, especially ultra runners are such an inclusive, welcoming, supportive group of people. . . What is your why?

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My biggest goals for 2018? Explore, adventure, try new things and enjoy every minute.

Now that I’ve seen that I can almost beat my half PR, I definitely want to crush that.  I’d love to go under 4 hours in the marathon, get a Western States qualifier & do my first 100 miler.  I want to find a group of people to run & to train with (when we are in town).

I have a bunch of races on the schedule for the first half of the year.  I’m looking forward to doing a mix of shorter distances along with ultras as well.  We are working on our summer/fall schedule now that the lotteries are pretty much finished, with hopefully a few new races on the schedule.

I’m also looking forward to visiting some new places while revisiting places we’ve been before.  We have been traveling a lot & we have a tendency to revisit places quite often so we decided to kick off the year with a trip to a new to us destination, Borrego Springs on the edge of San Diego County & home to one of the largest state park in California, Anza Borrego Desert State Park.  If the wives tale saying what you do on New Year’s is what you do all year is true, if we visit somewhere new hopefully we’ll visit a lot of new places ;).

And on that note, we’ve already booked our first trip to visit Yosemite in May.  I’m so excited to finally get to visit!

I’ve been dealing with a lot of digestive distress, so I’m transitioning to a vegan diet and completely eliminated dairy & eggs.  I’m looking forward to fixing my gut & getting back to feeling better in that area.

Some of this years goals are more broad than I’ve done in the past but as the year goes on, I’ll flesh them out as I push past my limits.

Have you ever imposed limits on yourself?  How did you push past them?

Prana Fall Style, a discount code & What I’ve been up to

I’ve been fortunate to participate in prAna‘s fall and spring style campaigns for the past few seasons and have reviewed several of their pieces.  This season I’m super excited because I’ve have the opportunity to try out some pieces that fit into my athleisure/athletic fashion style ;).  I was sent product to test out, but as always all thoughts and opinions are my own.

This season, I tested out the Roxanne Printed Legging in Indigo Garden, a pretty mix of blues, grey and purple.  I had a lot of tops that matched nicely in my wardrobe already so these colors were a perfect fit.

On top, I tried out the Sway Tank Top with a built in bra in Heather Grey.  Interestingly the bra matches another color of the Roxanne printed leggings.

This summer has been a bit of of struggle for me running (& blogging) wise, I’ve lacked motivation and continued to struggle with lingering pain in my hamstrings.  I have taken more time off running than I have in years but in the interim, I’ve incorporated more strength training, HIIT & yoga.

I’ll be honest, I am wearing the Roxanne leggings way more than the Sway Tank.  The leggings are so comfortable.  I’ve worn them for HIIT, yoga, hiking & even a short run (I don’t recommend them for running, but in a pinch they will work).

This year in Tahoe it was a little cooler than it has been in the past the first day, it even HAILED!  I wore the Roxanne leggings the whole first day, alone and then under my Lululemon camp pants when it got colder at night.

One of the things I love about prAna is how much they care about the environment and protecting it.  They use a lot of recycled materials for their products, the Roxanne leggings are no exception made from 87% recycled polyester and are bluesign certified.  I talked a bit about bluesign in a previous post, but it’s a way to create vibrant colors without polluting our oceans & rivers.

Now onto the Sway Tank.  I got a size small and it fit me perfectly in the bra, I found the back of the shirt to look a little off on me unless I really finagled with it.  I love that it too is made recycled polyester (88% for the shirt part/90% for the bra) but I wasn’t a huge fan of the feel of the shirt material.  It was a little rough & honestly I felt like it would show a lot of sweat.  I have been wearing it casually and it’s fine, but I don’t know if I would work out in it.

That being said, if I could separate the bra from the rest of the shirt, I would totally wear that all the time, it was so soft & comfortable.

Have you ever tried prAna?  What are some of your favorite pieces?

Want to try prAna or get some new pieces?  Use code FAJN15 to save 15%.

AfterShokz Trekz Titanium is #AwareWithPink

If you remember a few months back I had the opportunity to test out the AfterShokz Trekz Titanium bone conduction headphones as a BibRavePro – you can read a full review of the Trekz Titanium here.

Now AfterShokz has now gone PINK!  And I’m happy to be collaborating with them and FitApproach!

What does it mean that AfterShokz has gone Pink?

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They literally have gone pink, with new Limited Edition bright pink colored Trekz Titanium headphones.  These seriously are my favorite wireless headphones because they allow you to be aware of your surroundings because you don’t wear them in your ear, but instead they sit on the bone in front of your ear.

They are sweat-proof, light-weight and stay put pretty much no matter what.  I’ve got about 10 hours on one charge when I wore them at Nanny Goat 12 hour listening to audio books.

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With the purchase of every pair of the Limited Edition Trekz Titanium headphones from now until the end of October 2016, AfterShokz will donate 25% of the proceeds to an organization called Bright Pink.  Bright Pink is a non-profit organization that brings awareness & action to breast & ovarian cancer.

I’m excited to see AfterShokz partnering with a non-profit like Bright Pink, because I truly believe that being proactive and advocating for your own health is super important. Especially in light of my brother-in-law’s fight with cancer right now as well.  As they say, hind sight is 20/20 but if he had sought a second opinion in the early stages, his treatment might be very different right now.

AfterShokz’s open ear design was created to allow users to be more aware and this campaign brings that full circle.  They are not only bringing awareness of what’s around us, but also bringing breast & ovarian cancer awareness to the forefront.

So what does that mean for you?  First off, if you are interested in purchasing a pair of the awesome Trekz Titanium Pink, you can receive an awesome storage case.  I absolutely love mine.  It’s so much nicer than the original case that came with the yellow/blue Trekz Titanium.  I took it with me to Europe and it was jam packed with cords, cables, jewelry and of course my new hot Pink headphones.

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The Titanium Pink headphones retail for $129.99 which is comparable to similar wireless headphones and if you use code PinkGift you’ll receive a small portable storage case ($11.95 value).  **To receive the case for free, you’ll need to add it to your cart and then use code PinkGift which will apply the discount.  The code won’t work without the case in your cart.**

And from here until the end of October, use the hashtag #AwareWithPink on Facebook, Instagram & Twitter and AfterShokz will donate an additional 25 cents to Bright Pink everytime the hashtag is used.

Pink is not only one of my favorite colors, it’s also a way to give back and I’m happy to be partnering with an company that cares in so many ways.

prAna & the #WeirdWorkout

I’m super excited to be partnering with prAna and Fitapproach as they debut their new fall line.

To kick off fall, prAna has teamed up with Organic Valley for a super awesome contest surrounding #WeirdWorkout.  You’ve probably seen a few of my photos on Instagram and some other on Instagram & Twitter.IMG_5429

So you say you want a chance to win $300 worth of prAna gear & a 2 month supply of Organic Fuel?

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Head over here to enter.

There are six ways to play and 10 people will win.  The contest runs from August 15 – 31, 2016.  Ten winners will swing away with some awesome Organic Fuel swag, a two month supply of Organic Fuel and $300 in credit to use on prAna.com.

Don’t forget to post your #WeirdWorkout photos on Instagram – we want to see too!  Use the hashtags #WeirdWorkout, #SweatprAna, #sweatpink AND #prAnaFallStyle.

In September, I’ll be sharing my thoughts on 2 new fall pieces, both of which are made with organic cotton, the super cute Yarrah dress that I’m excited to wear it for work & London Jean (shown on the far left model in the second photo) if they are anything like the Meme Pants I already own, I’m going to be super happy.  If you’ve been reading my blog, you might remember that I’ve had the opportunity to review the Meme Pant & the Prism Capri, both of which I really like.

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Want to get some pieces from the new fall line?  Use code PFS16LEGS to save 15%.

Don’t forget to enter the contest and tell me what’s your favorite #WeirdWorkout?

Gerolsteiner #SparklingDetox

I am super excited to be partnering with Gerolsteiner & FitApproach for the #SparklingDetox Challenge in mid September.  I received a free case of water for the challenge, however as always, all thoughts and opinions are my own.  All information on the actual water is from Gerolsteiner.

First let’s talk about who Gerolsteiner is.

Bottled in Gerolstein, Germany directly from the Volcanic Eifel since 1888, Gerolsteiner is know in international markets as the “World’s No. 1 Sparkling Natural Mineral Water”.  It is sold in 40 countries.

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What makes Gerolsteiner mineral water so special?

From Gerolsteiner: With many waters there are two criteria that are mutually exclusive. Either the water tastes neutral but contains only a small amount of minerals, or the water is full of minerals but tastes salty or bitter due to the sodium chloride or sulfate content. Gerolsteiner mineral water combines the best of both. It has its origin in the Volcanic Eifel – an area that offers soil conditions unique throughout the world: Gerolsteiner’s well-balanced water is the result of the carbonic acid of volcanic origin and the region’s dolomite rock, which is exceptionally highly mineralized. Thus Gerolsteiner neither tastes bitter nor salty – but pleasantly neutral and refreshing naturally. Not many waters contain essential calcium and at the same time essential magnesium as well.

The unique source, the Volcanic Eifel, with its naturally high mineral content means Gerolsteiner has almost 2,500 mg of mineral content per liter which is quite a bit higher than other brands.

Interestingly, the mineral water is bottled with carbon dioxide from natural springs.  This means there is no need to artificially carbonate the water.

Now that we’ve introduced Gerolsteiner Sparking Natural Mineral Water, I know you are interested in what the #SparklingDetox is.

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It’s super simple, which is great for someone like me.  I love pre-packaged juice cleanses & trying new things that are easy.  Between all the travel, work and running, I just don’t have time to do anything complicated.

So basically all you need to do is, commit to drinking Gerolsteiner Sparkling Mineral Water for 5 days from September 12 – 16.  You can eat your normal meals, exercise like normal, but you’ll give up soda, juice, alcohol and coffee (insert crying emoji here, lol) &/or tea.

When I first saw the info on what was required for the #SparklingDetox I almost started crying because I’ll be in Tahoe crewing Sean at Tahoe 200 and I was like oh, no! I’m not going to be able to eat for 3 days I’m there? But then I read a little further and found out I can eat whatever I want, I just can’t drink anything else, super easy :).

Why do I want to do the #SparklingDetox?  It’s so easy, just drink Gerolsteiner water then eat & exercise like normal? How can you go wrong?

As an added bonus, Gerolsteiner Sparkling Mineral Water not only tastes good, it also contains 33% of our daily requirement of Calcium and 25% of our daily requirement of Magnesium (per liter), which means for all of us that don’t really drink a lot of milk or don’t want to take a supplement, we can get a good amount of calcium just from drinking Gerolsteiner.

I have always been a fan of mineral water and have always known that not all waters are created equal.  It’s fascinating to me that depending on what region, what type of bedrock the spring comes from, can really have an effect on the taste.  And let me just say, I am super picky about my water and always have been.

Partnering with Gerolsteiner has really educated me on how different water can be.  There are 3 different types of water, mineral, sparkling & purified.   So what does that mean?

Want to join me in the #SparklingDetox?

A How To in 3 easy steps.

  • Check out the store locator to find a store near you that sells Gerolsteiner so you can make sure to have a minimum of 1 case to drink during the week or sign up get the chance to win a free supply of Gerolsteiner Water http://bit.ly/SparklingDetox.
  • Commit to drinking only Gerolsteiner Sparkling Mineral Water for 5 days from Sept. 12 – 16.
  • Join the Sparkling Detox Facebook Group to meet others participating in the detox and hear their experiences.

How much easier can it get?  I’m so looking forward to how easy this detox will be and how good I will feel drinking a lot more water!