|November 29th, 2012||Fitfluential, Reviews|
During my half marathon training, although I had originally planned to do yoga as cross training… I never did it. That being said, I haven’t done a yoga sequence or attended a class in months!
That was until this morning.
I had the Tara Stiles Ultimate Yoga DVD Series sitting in my TV unit for a few weeks now just waiting for the perfect moment to try them out. Yesterday for work I had to take a short plane ride from Philadelphia to Pittsburgh for a meeting, and then a plane back to Philadelphia by way of NYC. The layover wasn’t long at all, but it was frustrating to know that we basically had to pass Philadelphia to get to NYC.
With everything that happened yesterday, I knew I needed the morning to myself. I was able to go to work a bit later than usual this morning, so I popped in the Tara Stiles AM/PM Yoga for Everyone DVD!
The DVD has four different flow options for you to choose from: AM yoga in bed (can’t wait to do this one!), Daily Flow, Energy Flow, and PM yoga in bed. I did the Daily Flow sequence and enjoyed every minute of it. I lit some candles, turned off the lights, and had time to just focus on myself.
Her DVDs are great because they are basically an encyclopedia that embraces every aspect of yoga: movement, strength building, stress reduction, relaxation, and convenience.
Tara designed the program to make yoga accessible and approachable for everyone, while incorporating it into anyone’s schedule. I’ve been a huge fan of Tara Stiles for years now and find her sequences doable for yogis of any level.
I’m pretty sure I’ll be doing the PM yoga in bed tonight!
FTC: I received these DVDs for review through Fitfluential, LLC. No other compensation has been provided.
Talk to Me
- Do you like to do yoga or fitness DVDs at home or do you prefer in-person classes? I know I prefer in-person classes, but DVDs at home give you more flexibility if you had a tight schedule.
- What’s your favorite type of yoga?
- How often do you practice?
|October 22nd, 2012||Events, Fitfluential, Races, Weekend Recap|
The Runner’s World Half Festival technically started on Thursday night for the Fitfluential bloggers, but I couldn’t make it out to Bethlehem until Saturday morning. I’m going to be doing a recap of the Runner’s World festival in three parts, because it’s just way too much amazing-ness to put into one post. First up – Running my first 10K!
Running My First 10K
My alarm went off at 4:45 am and we were out the door by 6:00. I put everything out the night before, so all I really had to do in the morning was to put it in my Nike bag and head out the door.
We arrived around 7:45 which gave us time to park, pick up my bib, and take some pics! I wore my Nike hat, Champion sports bra and top, running skirt c/o Lucy Activewear, compression socks c/o ProCompression, and Nike sneakers. I was ready to go!
The 5K was before the 10K, so I had time to meet up with Tina from Best Body Fitness! Unfortunately, we didn’t get any photos together but she’s so sweet! She wasn’t running on Saturday because she was recovering from an injury, so we watched the 5K runners complete their race.
After the 5K was finished, I introduced myself to the other Fitfluential ladies and everyone was so nice! It was funny, because I felt like I knew them already from reading their blogs. Some of the bloggers I got to meet were Katherine from Neon Blonde Runner, Lynda from Hit The Road Jane, Sylvia from Frolic Through Life, Karen from Health in Real Life, and Lindsey from Itz Lindz. There were so many amazing women there and it was nice to be around people who enjoy healthy living, blogging and running as much as I do!
photo from: A Veteran Runnah
Soon enough, it was time to head to the starting line. I almost forgot I had a race to run, because I was having so much fun hanging out and chatting with everyone! I went into the morning knowing that, because it was my first 10K I probably should just try and finish instead of setting an unrealistic goal. BUT, that’s not like me.
photo from: A Veteran Runnah
I set a “temporary” goal to finish in an hour, but when I saw my time was 11 minutes at the first mile marker, I knew that wouldn’t be a realistic goal. I then decided to just finish the race and try to not take any walking breaks.
Since I don’t have a Garmin watch (yet), I don’t have my splits, but here’s a run down of the miles.
Mile 1: This mile was probably my slowest. My left knee started hurting right away and I knew I should have purchased a knee brace. The crowd was pretty congested during the first miles, so it took some time for me to get in a good pace. We ran through Lehigh University campus and even saw a group of guys outside of a frat house drinking. Oh, the good old days.
Mile 2-3 : I’m not sure if it was mile 2 or 3 but we ran across the Fahy Bridge. I’ve never done bridge work before, but it wasn’t too difficult. The view from the bridge was amazing! I really started enjoying the race at this point, and quickly remembered why I love running so much.
check out those hills!
Mile 4: We ran through downtown Bethlehem, which was HILLY! VERY VERY HILLY. I ‘m not sure how I made it up and down those hills, but I did. This was the worst part of the race.
Mile 5: My only two thoughts: where are the crowds of people cheering and can I make it up this 324320th hill?! We ran over the Fahy bridge again (I think it was during this mile) and I started to get emotional. The view was again amazing, but this time over the bridge we were heading back to the Steal Stacks, the mountains looked gorgeous with red, orange and yellow trees, and I could see the end in sight.
Mile 6.2: The home stretch! All I wanted was to cross that finish line and that was basically my motivation. My legs started to give out, but I couldn’t wait to see all of the crowds and step over the finish line! It was so great to hear fellow bloggers cheer me on at the finish. I was so overwhelmed that I didn’t even look at the clock to see when I finished.
So happy to finish and take this photo. Check out the people in the background
Bryan met me at the finish line and told me when I finished: 1:00:06! Hell yes! I finished basically under 1 hour. Close enough for me. And you know what else… I didn’t take any walking breaks! Crazy! I think that the Pro Compression socks really helped. It was the first time wearing these during a race, and I will definitely be putting these babies on again!
FTC: Registration for this race was provided by Runner’s World and Fitfluential. No other compensation was received.
Talk to Me
- If you ran in the Runner’s World 5K, 10K, and/or half, what were your times?
- What has been your favorite race yet? Why?
- Have you ever met other bloggers? If so when and where?
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|September 14th, 2012||Fitfluential, Friday Favorites|
Good morning, readers. I’m so glad that this week is almost over. The weather has been absolutely beautiful this week and I’m looking forward to this weekend. It’s going to be a busy weekend for me, because I have a work event on Saturday morning and I have to read through some information for my new job for Monday.
I don’t care to talk about work on my blog, which is why I didn’t mention it until now, but today is my last day at my current job. (Technically I’m working at an event on Sat. but today’s my last day in the office). My new job is at a full-service communication agency where I’ll be a PR account manager. I’m really looking forward to starting and learning a lot!
Let’s get started with my Friday Favorites!
I talked about the lesson I learned this past week on my video series on the Fitfluential blog. I’m really enjoying making these weekly recap videos. It puts things into perspective and allows me to get a grasp on what I’ve learned each week.
My cousin posted this photo on Instagram this week. From left (Me, my sister, my cousin). It’s so funny how much we haven’t changed in all of these years. I’m also really digging my sunflower dress.
My going away party. On Thursday night, my amazing friends at work through me a going away happy hour at our favorite spot. There wasn’t just lots of great friends and yummy margaritas… there were so many balloons scattered around the bar, a gorgeous bouquet of flowers, a cookie cake, and a gorgeous necklace and gift card from Charming Charlie. *I know you ladies are probably reading this right now… thank you so much!
On Wednesday night, I had my friends from work over at my house for girls night. We had wine, cheese, grapes, pita chips, hummus, salad, pasta, and Ashley’s famous cake balls. My friend Ashley is an amazing baker! You should go and check out her website, Beachy Cakes! They are absolutely delicious!
These nail polishes were a favorite of mine from this week. The glitter polish on the left is China Glaze “Luxe and Lush” and was borrowed from a friend. The middle is my favorite top coat, Essie “To Dry For.” On the end is Essie “Grow Stronger.” I had fun this week and did a party-nail or whatever you want to call it. In case you don’t know what a party-nail is… it’s when you paint just one finger on each hand a different color than the rest. I painted all of my nails the Essie “Grow Stronger” and then on my ring fingers I painted them with the China Glaze glitter polish. It added a touch of fun for my last week at work.
Talk to Me
What are you favorite things from this week?
Have you tried a party-nail? If so, what color combination is your favorite?
What is your occupation?
|April 29th, 2012||Fitfluential|
You may have noticed if you follow me on Twitter that I’ve been using the hashtag #fitfluential a lot lately.
You also may have noticed that I added the FitFluential button to my side bar.
So you’re probably wondering… what is FitFluential and what is a FitFluential Ambassador?
FitFluential is a “nationwide network of fitness enthusiasts sharing their journey both online and offline through multiple social media platforms.” The website was designed in order to bring together health and wellness brands with ideal market via customized marketing campaigns.
As an Ambassador, I will get to work with many different companies to showcase new products, media campaigns, and more! But, as always I will only choose to work with companies that coincide with the Simply Nicole brand.
FitFluential also has a blog! The main reason why I enjoy reading it so much is because there are many different authors. I like this because it keeps the blog fresh and exciting. I never know what I’m going to read next. I hope to write for the blog in the near future and share those articles with all of you!
My bio will be up on the Ambassador section of the website within the next few weeks, so keep an eye out for that as well.