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September 18, 2014

PUMA Fitness Fashion + Strength Exercises for Runners

The following post is sponsored by FitFluential LLC on behalf of PUMA.

I know I am not alone in saying that getting my sweat on is always more fun with new workout gear. As time goes by, it seems like the designs and lines for fitness enthusiasts and professionals are only getting better, and most of the time, brighter.

As someone who appreciates a little pep in her mostly spandex wardrobe, I was thrilled for the opportunity to receive and review a couple of new looks from the PUMA Fitness line. Check out the goods!

The Performance Look is designed for workouts like running and training.

PUMA Fitness Performance look review

Let’s start with the Mobium XT sneakers. As Florida native, I couldn’t help but to think of the Miami Dolphins NFL team as soon as I saw the vibrant design and color combo.

PUMA Mobium XT shoe

There is an elasticized band that runs through the outsole so that the more force applied, the more spring it returns. Other cool features include a lightweight mesh upper to provide breathability, moveCELL designation for flexibility and adaptation, and outsole flex grooves to support side-to-side movement.

I haven’t been able to get into the gym as much as normal since I am currently training for a half marathon. Even so, I strength train at least once a week and recently sported this look while going through some of the essential strength exercises for runners via Runner’s World at home.

PUMA Fitness performance gear review

(overhead lunge + plank hold)

I love that article and would suggest anyone who does a decent amount of running to give it a read! It highlights ten exercises and major muscle groups that are important for runners to utilize and keep strong.

I am a firm believer in some form of strength training at least once a week while training for long distance races, and will keep these moves in mind when completing workouts on those designated days.

stability ball hip extension

(stability ball hip extension)

Thanks for the reminder, Runner’s World!

The Gym Tank 3 features LYCRA SPORT material for recovery power, fit, and freedom of movement. There is a built-in shelf bra, mesh inserts to keep you cool, and a sexy criss cross strap back design.

The Gym 3/4 Tight is ideal for any type of training, including running, HIIT, barre, and Pilates. I love the tight fit, but not too tight feeling of the elastic waistband with an interior drawstring. Just like the tank, there are mesh inserts for flexibility of movement that adds to the overall comfort.

PUMA 3/4 gym tight

Over the past couple of weeks, I have been rocking pieces from both of the looks sent to me. Together, separate, to the gym, at the gym, and even to dance practice, both looks are extremely versatile.

The Fashion Comfort Look is designed to wear to and from the gym.

PUMA Fitness fashion comfort look review

Even though they were made as more of a runaround pre and post-workout clothing item, you could still wear the Studio Capsule Pant to workout in if you’d like.

PUMA Fitness studio capsule pant

They are super comfortable and designed with dryCELL moisture wicking material. I love the wide elastic and drawstring at the top as well as the look of the cuffs at the bottom.

PUMA Narita V2 shoes

The Narita V2 doubles as a lightweight running shoe as well as a comfortable, stylish sneaker. It features EverRide blown rubber outsoles for extra cushioning and EverTrack high abrasion resistant rubber for durability in the high wear areas. I love the mint and coral options as well!

While I wouldn’t necessarily throw these on for a run, I like that they have the capability to get me through speed and agility exercises.

The Gym Loose Tank is sassy with an open back design. Made for layering, it is a stylish alternative to the standard tank top with a bio-based sweat wicking material to keep you cool, dry and comfortable.

PUMA Fitness Fashion Comfort

I put this outfit on after a workout and felt like I was in sweats for the remainder of the day… only a lot cuter.

The fashion in fitness gear has certainly come a long way! As someone who works from home and hopes to further a career in the fitness industry, I am very grateful that my options of acceptable attire has grown into much more than oversized t-shirts and Soffe cheerleading shorts.

More than anything, you can find me in something similar to either outfit above on any given day. From group fitness classes and running errands around town to a neighborhood run or night in, I absolutely adore the bright colors, prints, and comfort brands like PUMA are putting out there.

Thank you for allowing me to test out your gear!

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More PUMA Fitness Fashion featured on HWG:

• PUMA Fitness Cardio + Core Workout

• PUMA Pounce + Balance Travel Workout

Question of the Day

• What’s your favorite type of look? Performance or Fitness Comfort?

*Disclaimer: Although this is a sponsored post and I was compensated for this review, all thoughts are honest and opinions are my own!

September 17, 2014

In Need of Some Tempo Run Advice

Hello! How’s the day going for you? Mine has been pretty darn good with these gorgeous views.

running path with trails and rivers

I’m sorry that I keep throwing our “perfect weather” at you this week, but really… it’s the best. And, hey, after the winter we had last year I feel like I’m long overdue for those types of bragging rights.

Today’s training run called for a 5 mile tempo run. Do ya’ll do tempo runs? I’m still trying to get the hang of them.

I stuck with the suggestions I read online to do a 10-15 minute warm-up and cool-down run and decided that 1.5 miles each at that pace would do the trick. I aimed for my “race pace” for the middle 2 miles, whatever that is. My fastest 5K time is 22:07, but I’m not sure the 7:07 pace is feasible to go for all the time. I had some kind of fire lit behind me that day. Instead, I have been aiming anywhere in the 7-8 mile/min. pace mark.

It’s been a challenge to really track my pace anyways. I love my Polar FT60, but I wish it came equipped with speed and distance tracking. For the moment, I guess the measurements on my Map My Run app will do. But who really knows how accurate those numbers are either?

tempo run tracking

Right at the 3.5 mile mark, I went from a sprinting pace to a power walk. When tempo running do any of you go directly into slower paced running (even if it’s a jog) right away? I feel like I always need at least a minute’s break of walking included in my transition.

I have to say, however, that my tempo runs have gone by faster that any of them. I guess it’s similar to doing on and off sprints on the treadmill. You constantly have to look at the clock and track what you are doing, so it makes the time fly by. It does for me at least!

I finished the full 5 miles at an average of a 8:56 min./mile pace, according to my tracking app. I’ll take that.

As soon as I walked in the door, I was greeted with puppy eyes and grabbed Roadie for a walk around the neighborhood before lunch. It’s too nice out not to let him enjoy it a little too!

fall day with roadie

We parked ourselves next to a nearby pond of water and enjoyed watching the geese and swans for a bit.

neighborhood pond and animals

Ha! Remember the swans?

I still think the fact that they aren’t real and someone put them there is hilarious. I didn’t realize I sat in a huge pile of mud until we got up, but it was still worth the few minutes of sunshine and serenity. Whoops!

As soon as we got back to the house I made myself a monster salad that turned out fantastic. I loved the combination of flavors!

healthy salad with eggs vegetables and corn

Spinach, spring mix, tomatoes, cucumbers, carrots, black olives, hard boiled eggs, corn (fresh off the cob), shredded cheddar cheese, ground pepper, and drizzled balsamic vinegar for dressing.

healthy vegetable and egg salad

It’s been one of my favorite fall days so far! Now it’s time for me to sign off and work on a project before study time. Woo hoo!

Questions of the Afternoon

I need some advice…

• Any tips for tempo running?

• Have any of you ever included tempo runs in your race day plan?

I would love to be able to transition from sprinting to a jog without walking. Also, I think it might help the miles go by faster if I put a few tempo miles in my half on race day. Is that a horrible idea? Thoughts? Thanks in advance!

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