Posts Tagged ‘Running’
February 12, 2014
The following post is sponsored by FitFluential LLC on behalf of Reebok.
It’s no secret that I am a fitness shoe junkie. I love trying out the latest and greatest, and seem to fall for the majority of running shoes I test out.
I do, however, give honest feedback and appreciate every shoe I try for a different reason. Without a doubt, the new Reebok ZQUICK running shoe is unlike any other I have ever seen.
Reebok is extremely excited about the launch of this shoe that happened just last week. In fact, you may have read about a handful of bloggers attending their Launch Party or might even catch one of their commercials currently airing during the 2014 Winter Olympics.
I thought it was pretty neat to see these three incredible athletes show exactly how “unnaturally quick” they are in one of them.
Yup… that’s these shoes ya’ll.
When I received my pair in the mail, the first thing I noticed was the Z-Rated tired inspired bottoms. Through rubber grids, they are designed to keep you in control, provide traction, and keep your foot in place with the inner bootie.
Over the past week or so, I have tried them in several different ways and love them.
Here are a few reasons why:
• low-cut for mobility: allows your foot to move naturally while keeping it stable
• extremely lightweight: feels light and flexible enough to also serve as an all-purpose gym shoe
• inner bootie lining: soft bootie fit system designed to keep your foot in place with comfort
And according to Reebok, some additional features to highlight:
• no-sew upper: light and flexible NanoWeb PU cast for breathable protection and support
• inspired by high performance Z-rated tires: designed for uncompromising quickness
• speed control: helps you start, stop and turn on a dime
• underfoot grooves: allows midsoles to flex and expand, increasing ground contact
• light, low profile: EVA midsole designed with new geometry for outstanding handling
• CRTek high abrasion rubber: placed in key wear areas for durability
I have to admit that before actually wearing them, I doubted how great these shoes would be for running. For how flexible and lightweight they are, it just doesn’t seem right. I mean, all the good running shoes out there are packed with support which causes them to feel heavy and clunky right?
Eh. I guess they all don’t have to!
When placing my order, I asked for a size 7.5 because I prefer my running shoes to fit a little looser in order to avoid blistering. For this one, however, I didn’t take into account the inner bootie magic that holds everything in place. I could have for sure used the size 7, which is my actual street shoe size.
I have taken them for a couple of spins on the treadmill and I am very impressed with how they hold up. Just for fun, I set my incline at a ridiculous number and power walked for a few minutes to see just how powerful the grip is.
Pretty flipping strong. I have yet to take them out on a long distance run (dang you, insanely cold temperatures outside!) but I plan to do so when I see the roads plowed more to my liking.
In the mean time, I keep grabbing this shoe for group fitness classes and even weight training. They seem to be the perfect gym and travel shoe for someone who doesn’t want to pack more than one!
Also, I really do like the bootie lining. It feels like my foot isn’t going to go anywhere and the bottoms can endure just about anything with the set of “tires” they’ve got goin’ on. You could definitely say I am a fan!
Reebok ZQUICK Giveaway
Now it’s your turn to score a pair! Thanks to the generous folks over at Reebok, one lucky (male or female) Housewife Glamour reader will win a pair of ZQUICK running shoes in the color of their choice!
To Enter: Leave a comment on this post sharing what color combo you are eying and enter at least one additional entry into Rafflecopter!
You have until Midnight Sunday, February 16th E.S.T. to enter the giveaway. Winners will be announced first thing Monday morning, the 17th.
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February 4, 2014
I was going to share something food related today, but I guess all of that can wait until tomorrow’s WIAW. Today, my heartstrings are tugging at my typing fingers and telling them to share everything about my recent run, so I’m just going to roll with it and see where it goes.
I only had about a half an hour to complete a workout yesterday. I could have easily skipped it since I was going to get plenty of cardio in during dance practice, but I didn’t want to. I could have popped in a workout DVD or completed one of my already put together at-home workouts, but I didn’t want to do that either. I wanted to run.
Running is an outlet for me and during the freezing winter months in Michigan, I miss the luxury of running comfortably outside to clear my head a few times a week.
So, with a glimpse of the sunshine beaming down onto the snow, I wanted to take advantage of it by getting out there and enjoying the (somewhat) sunny (pretend) warm afternoon outside.
Running Through Challenges
Geared up and ready to set out on a quick stroll around the neighborhood, I put on my Winter Workout Playlist to warm up with a walk.
From my view, the roads looked plowed enough to run without having too many issues, and I was pumped to get out there!
Challenge #1: Scott pulled into the driveway right as I was leaving it. As much as I wanted to take that half hour and spend it with him, I charged forward.
Challenge #2: Knowing I was on a time schedule, I mapped out an exact route in my head to complete about two and a half miles in twenty minutes. About three minutes into my run, I realized the sidewalks and roads were no longer plowed, and definitely not runnable.
I took a chance and ran on the street, dodging ice patches, slush, and the occasional passing car.
Challenge #3: About half way to my half way mark, I found my path was completely blocked by snow.
Part of me wanted to press forward, but I knew my stubbornness wasn’t worth me risking slipping and twisting an ankle since I was also in a hurry. So I turned around.
I was running with the Armour39 performance monitor, so I was already frustrated that I couldn’t track a consistent, normal run. Eventually, I got over it and kept tracking it anyways.
Challenge #4: My music stopped playing at an audible level.
This has happened before, due to the cold temperatures. Apparently my iPhone is also a Florida native who doesn’t always perform it’s best in freezing climates.
Not having music doesn’t seem like a big deal, but I am a person who thrives off of it. I mentioned last week that I literally have music playing at every moment when I am home, unless I am reading or watching television. During any type of workout, I have to have music I am into playing or it totally throws off my kick booty outlook.
I know, I’m super high maintenance about it. Now you see the challenge.
There I was, only about half way done with my allotted time to run and ready to get back home and move on.
I’m not sure why, but at that exact moment I felt like snapping a photo of my awesome “running track”.
Before you think I am overly dramatic about this one twenty minute run, I promise there’s a purpose in sharing it with you. Read on!
For the remaining ten minutes, I finally saw the reality that workouts don’t always go the way we plan. Days don’t always go the way we plan. Jobs and relationships don’t always go the way we plan. Life doesn’t always go the way we plan.
Listening to nothing but slushy crunching from my footsteps, it only took ten minutes to have an entire new perspective about what is going on in my life.
Running In Circles
In a sense, the title of this post is literal. Due to blocked off sidewalks to my “normal” running path, I did turn around and run in circles around my house until my time was up.
In another, the title of this post subtly mirrors what all of us do every day: deal with the viscous cycles of life’s ups and downs.
Without getting too deep in this one post, I’ll simply say that this year has been one of many challenges.
When Scott lost his job three weeks before our wedding day in Orlando, I thought the next year would be the hardest on both of us, as well as our relationship. And it was.
After moving up north, away from family, friends, and everything I knew, this past year and a half has proved to challenge me and us more than ever.
Just like all of you, I have my good days and bad days. But our futures are only ours to change. The only thing you can change about your future it is your perspective. So that’s what I did.
In just ten short minutes, I blocked whatever negativity I am forced to deal with out and just went for it. I appreciated the fresh and freezing air, even though my nose was running uncontrollably. I stopped getting frustrated with snowy sidewalks and used the random snow patches as obstacles I could jump and hurdle over whilst looking like and idiot. I’m pretty sure what neighbors did see me now refer to me as “that crazy runner lady” and I am now proud to hold that title.
And I think the best part of it all was that I didn’t even know how far I ran. It didn’t matter.
Just for fun, I took a look at my Armour39 app stats and saw the following:
(The left screen shot was taken after my final full speed running step and the right two were taken after I was finished with my cool down walk.)
Do you see it? Look at the 11 minute mark. That’s when I turned around and everything changed. That’s when my perspective lightened. That’s when I said a big “screw you” to the challenges and just went for it. I gave it my all and was on a natural high for the rest of the night as a result.
You might be thinking, “it was just a freaking twenty minute run, Heather.” And you’re right. But you’re also wrong. Nothing is just anything. Things are what you make of them. And through this crazy year of ups and downs I have learned that every day is a gift.
When I got home from practice yesterday, Scott and I turned off the television and had actual conversations. We talked about our days and he showed me two videos he stumbled upon earlier.
Got your tissues ready? Okay… I warned you.
Okay, I’m bawling again.
I don’t know if this is all stemming from my run or if it also has to do with a group text that continuously happens between a few friends and I, but I guess my entire purpose of this post is for you to take away two things.
1) You don’t have to keep running in circles. You are the only one who can change your path, and in a sense, your future.
2) You’re not alone. No matter what you are going through, there is someone out there who can relate and knows what that feels like. And things can always get worse. Find your support system and keep them close!
I have a hard time remembering these things myself. So I encourage you (and me) to keep those two points in mind whenever you feel like you might be running in circles just “going through the motions” on a run, at work, in your relationships, and in life. You don’t have to. And you’re missing out on what life could be. What it’s supposed to be.
Well friends, I think I better stop there. Thank you for taking a few minutes to read my running reflections. Maybe now you get why the heck I run so much. Me time. Thinking time. Reflecting time.
I hope you all enjoy the rest of your day with a positive attitude! Because I’m sure we could all use one to bounce off of. See ya tomorrow!
December 9, 2013
*Disclaimer: The following post is sponsored by FitFluential LLC on behalf of Mizuno. Although I was compensated for this review, all thoughts are honest and opinions are my own!
If you frequent the blog, you have probably noticed that I have a slight love affair with fitness apparel… especially shoes. When I got the opportunity to participate in a FitFluential campaign to review the latest and greatest running shoe from Mizuno, you better believe I hopped right on board!
I have seen the brand new Wave Rider 17 pop up on blogs and social media pages everywhere in the healthy living community, and have been anxiously awaiting the arrival of a pair of my own. (FYI: They were just released to the public December 5th!)
Ever since my visit to the running store back in Orlando to get myself a “big girl” pair of running shoes (to train in for long distance runs), Mizuno has for sure been my go-to long distance running brand. For the past two years, I have sworn by my Wave Enigma’s and put them on my feet any time I feel more than five miles coming on.
(You might have even seen them featured under my Amazon Favorites on the right hand sidebar if you’re an observant one!)
While I have never been able to try out the *award winning* Wave Rider 16 sneakers, the main difference in the new model is the weight. They feel unbelievably light and the company took that as well as few other factors into consideration from customer feedback when designing the new version.
• This is a neutral running sneaker, made for long distance runs. Of course, you could throw them on for a quick mile around the neighborhood, but it’s nice to know they would be a good fit for the six to eight or so miles I like to conquer at a time on the weekends.
• It’s made to feel super light. So light, that it only weighs 7.4 ounces!
• There’s an upgraded sock liner, made to provide more comfort than previous Wave Rider versions.
• Lateral forefoot sculpting for smooth touchdown and transition.
• Blown rubber forefront (outsole) with deep flex grooves for optimal flexibility and cushioning.
I received my box of fresh sneaks early this morning and couldn’t wait to test them out right away. I already had plans to take a body sculpting class at the gym, so I threw them on to end my workout for the day with a 5K on the treadmill.
I am kinda bummed I wasn’t able to fit in a longer run before submitting a review, but I plan to fight the cold weather and take them out on a 5+ mile run outside so I can share more thoughts with you later on this week.
For now, I can tell you I already love them. They feel much more supportive than the Wave Sayonaras I reviewed back in the summer, but just as light.
Earlier this afternoon I noticed a comment via Instagram to look out for changes in this model’s toebox. It is widened, and to me felt comfortable enough to wear for long distances without my toes feeling scrunched up. I ordered a size 7.5, where I normally wear a street shoe size of 7. It probably wouldn’t have hurt to go ahead and go up another half a size to feel more room at a size 8.
Overall, I was very happy with the fit of the Wave Rider 17 and didn’t have any issues with rubbing or blisters. The amount of cushioning felt just right in the middle too… not too firm, but supportive enough in the heel (where I like to feel it the most) to push me through a good run.
I love the new sleek design, which to me doesn’t scream “bulky running shoe” like some of my previous running shoes have. Be sure to check back in a week or so after a long distance run, but all in all I give the Wave Rider 17 Running Shoe two enthusiastic thumbs up!
See ya tomorrow bright and early!
December 4, 2013
Happy Hump Day! Today I finally feel back to my normal self and into my groove… for the most part. I am still having the hardest time getting up in the mornings without pressing the snooze button a bagillion times, but (lets be real here) that’s always been a struggle for me.
I have just enough time to pop in for a quick WIAW before needing to work on another project before heading out the the gym. Yup, I said it: gym. After over a week’s hiatus I am finally getting my booty out of my at-home workouts (if any) and easing back into Life Time by taking a lunchtime Fitness Pilates class. Woot!
In true What I Ate Wednesday Fashion, I am linking up with Jenn and covering my entire day of eats yesterday. I woke up on a mission to eat clean, and did pretty darn well until a bible study with friends. You can’t say no to pizza or cookies in that kind of free feeling environment, right?
What I Ate
A warm breakfast was calling to me as soon as we awoke. It’s cold up here and thoughts of things like coffee (an obvious every day intake) and oatmeal make it a little easier to get moving in the mornings.
I made both Scott and I a batch of oatmeal topped in fresh blackberries. I brought out cut up cantaloupe shortly after that we both devoured as well.
That seemed to do the trick and held me over until lunch. Well, one of them. Around 1 p.m. I felt my tummy rumbling and dug through the rest of our Thanksgiving leftovers to see what looked good.
A big bowl of Scott’s Butternut Squash Soup it was!
I took that down to the computer with me and felt content for another few hours, then went right back upstairs for linner. (<- lunch + dinner. I really feel like this should be a well known term by now!)
Going with more leftovers, I pulled out what turkey and pork loin we had left, cut it all up, and put it over a serving of steamed broccoli and cauliflower and shredded cheese.
With just enough of the apple butter sauce left on the pork, the entire bowl was flavorful and satisfying with just a little bit of ground pepper.
About another hour later, I got the itch to go running outside. Okay, fine. The truth is I needed to take Roadie out on a long “you know what” walk and if I am already going to get bundled up, I might as well take him for a run if the weather in bearable. It started drizzling about half way through our three miles, but he didn’t seem to care one bit. He had his tongue out with a smile on his face the entire time… until this photo.
If looks could kill, I might just be in trouble here. Ha!
Immediately following, I hopped in the shower and got ready for the first small group bible study a teammate of mine is hosting! Both Scott and I attended and we have plans to break into groups of guys and girls when more people can attend. It was really great to listen to the word in a new environment and connect with them in a new way, and I really look forward to meeting again next month!
Oh, and there may or may not have been some *UNPICTURED* slices of Jet’s Pizza and cheesy bread sticks for dinner.
I was so excited to eat ooey gooey cheesy pizza that I completely forgot to snap a photo of it. I did, however, manage to capture these bad boys for dessert.
I ended up eating four of them and didn’t feel all that bad about it either. Judge me.
We arrived home around 11 p.m. and to settle everything in I put myself to bed with a hot cup of Ovaltine.
It was a nice little Tuesday if you ask me!
Now I must sign off and get goin’…
Hope you have a great Wednesday!
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