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Introducing Beamly!


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This isn’t running related but is something I think you might be interested in checking out!

Have you heard of Beamly? I hadn’t until recently but think it’s a really great concept! With a busy household, my husband and I don’t get to watch a ton of TV shows (unless it’s on one of the many children’s channels) but when we do, we like to find a really great series or two to watch. Sometimes, it’s just as much fun to sit and talk about what happened or what we think/wish would happen next on those shows!

With Beamly, you can do just that! It’s a social network for TV where you can go chat with fellow fans and get the latest news and updates on all of your favorite shows!

Two of our favorite shows are Game of Thrones and The Blacklist. (By the way, am I the only one that thinks Red, played by James Spader, could be also be played by John Lithgow??)

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For the next 4 weeks, I’m collaborating with Beamly and will be contributing in some of the rooms. I’ve already set up my profile and would love for you to follow me so we can discuss our favorite shows! (New ones or the old stand-bys like Seinfeld.) You can use it on your computer or download the free app for iPhone, iPad, or Android.

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What are some of your favorite shows to watch? Are there some that we’re missing out on and need to watch?

Hope to see you there!

 

Beamly is THE 24 X 7 social and content network for TV and TV fans. Join me today in TV conversations and get the latest juice and gossip about your favorite shows!

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Zeebox. The opinions and text are all mine.

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Make Every Side Your Good Side – Heidi Klum for New Balance


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Anyone that knows me knows that I’m the type of person that likes to wear running clothes that are cute and do their job too. I like to wear something that makes me feel good about the way I look, even if I’m the only one that sees it because I’m upstairs on the treadmill. There’s just something about feeling good in the clothes that I have on that gives me a mental boost when I’m running. Because of that, I was so excited to receive a piece of clothing from Heidi Klum’s New Balance line to try out!
Recently, New Balance teamed up with Heidi Klum to launch their new Heidi Klum for New Balance collection (HKNB). This collection is one part Heidi and one part New Balance, as you can see in the pictures below:

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What I really liked about this top was that it’s super lightweight and, since it’s mesh, it’s properly ventilated. Perfect for our hot, sticky summers here in the South! I also thought the lavender color (Cosmic Sky) was really pretty too.

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Here’s how the Heidi Klum for New Balance site describes this great top:

Women’s Fitness – HKNB Mesh Singlet

“The cutout in the back is super-hot, but it also has a bit of a tougher, tomboy feel; the combination ends up feeling sexy.” — Heidi Klum Head-turning and heart-pumping, the Heidi Klum for New Balance Mesh Singlet heats up your workout in more than one way. This women’s tank features breezy allover mesh with iridescent trim, plus an unexpected cutout back. Oh, and the cutout lines up perfectly with the HKNB Hottie Bra, so you can feel supported and sexy.

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As a busy mom, I have to sometimes put my running gear on earlier in the day (so I can get a run in as soon as time becomes available) which means I might be out running errands or picking up the kids from school while wearing it. It’s nice to know that I can still feel like I’m dressed cute even when I’m in workout clothes!

If you’d like to see more of her line, you can visit the HKNB site or you can check out my Pinterest board. I pinned a few of the items that I thought would be great to wear when I go run or run errands! 

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When you’re looking for workout/running clothes, do you look for the kinds that work (sweat wicking, comfortable, light weight) and look cute too? Are you like me and own more running clothes and shoes than “normal” clothes? 🙂 It’s great to know that now we don’t have to choose between quality gear and something that looks nice. 

Happy Running!

Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Heidi Klum for New Balance through their partnership with POPSUGAR Select. While I was compensated to write a post about Heidi Klum for New Balance, all opinions are my own.

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Athlete Inpsired Necklace Giveaway!


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Recently, Jenifer from Athlete Inspired was kind enough to offer me one of their great pieces of jewelry. I couldn’t resist the Run Necklace in black!

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These necklaces are:

  • Light weight and comfortable
  • All original design
  • Genuine leather
  • Lead and nickel safe
  • Available in lengths of 16 or 18 inches

I wear mine all of the time and love it! IMG_20131211_200805

To enter for your chance to win, just click this Rafflecopter giveaway link!

By the way, if you’re looking for last minute gifts, Athlete Inspired has a ton of other items to choose from! Be sure to use the coupon code below when you check out! Ironman Wisconsin 2007

Good Luck!!!

• Light weight and comfortable
• All original design
• Genuine leather
• Lead and nickel safe – See more at: http://www.athleteinspired.com/shop/np-r-pk/#sthash.DQMm9Hf4.dpuf

Metal “RUN” cut out pendant on leather necklace.

Available in Pink and Black.

• Light weight and comfortable
• All original design
• Genuine leather
• Lead and nickel safe

– See more at: http://www.athleteinspired.com/shop/np-r-pk/#sthash.DQMm9Hf4.dpuf

Metal “RUN” cut out pendant on leather necklace.

Available in Pink and Black.

• Light weight and comfortable
• All original design
• Genuine leather
• Lead and nickel safe

– See more at: http://www.athleteinspired.com/shop/np-r-pk/#sthash.DQMm9Hf4.dpuf

Metal “RUN” cut out pendant on leather necklace.

Available in Pink and Black.

• Light weight and comfortable
• All original design
• Genuine leather
• Lead and nickel safe

– See more at: http://www.athleteinspired.com/shop/np-r-pk/#sthash.DQMm9Hf4.dpuf

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Purina® Pro Plan®’s MapMyFitness Challenge and Jake’s Story


This post will be a little different than my others because it’s going to discuss a great way that you can get more active (running or walking) with your dogs.

I’ve been given the opportunity to share with you about the Purina® Pro Plan®’s MapMyFitness Challenge and introduce you to our dog Jake.

Purina® ProPlan® has teamed up with MapMyFitness for their Leash On Challenge. The challenge started September 30th and runs through November 13th. Log a walk or run together with your dog each day for 30 consecutive days for the chance to win a year’s supply of Purina® Pro Plan® Dog Food! Also, each time you log a run or walk with your dog, you can also win the daily prize: one of two Purina® Pro Plan® branded Camelbak® water bottles. For more information head to the Purina® Pro Plan® Fitness Group Page and take the 30 Day Leash On Challenge!

Now, I’d like to introduce you to our Great Dog Jake:

On June 19th, 2009, a new member of our family was unexpectedly added. My husband had been doing home health on Monday (the 15th) and noticed a little puppy on the side of a country road. He didn’t stop because the puppy ran and hid when he passed by and he thought that he was probably running back to his mother. On Friday when he drove by, the puppy was in the same spot but this time didn’t run away. He was too weak to move. Jason pulled over to check on him. He was sick and starving. Jason gave him his 2 cereal bars that he had with him and some of his bottled water. He then called me and told me what he had found and I let him know that I’d meet him nearby and get the puppy from him. He told me that he was in bad shape but I wasn’t expecting him to be as bad off as he was. He didn’t have a lot of hair, half of his tail was missing and the rest of it looked partially broken. He had sores on him and was literally skin and bones. I called our vet’s office and let them know I was on my way with him. He only weighed 7lbs and our vet estimated that he was about 8 weeks old. We picked him up the next day and he seemed to already be feeling better even though he still had a long recovery ahead of him. We took him every week for several weeks for shots to help him with the secondary infection from the horrible mange and for dips. At his 4th visit on Thursday, July 9th, he already weighed 15lbs! After several more treatments, he’s completely healthy and as happy as he can possibly be. Jake has come so very far since that day that my husband found him nearly dead by the road. It’s now been over four years and he’s one of the best dogs we’ve ever had. He loves running and staying active with our kids and other dogs.

I’m including some pictures of Jake as he progressed from a sickly puppy to a healthy, happy dog.

This is the day that he came home from his stay at the vet's office.

This is the day that he came home after his stay at the vet’s office. (My apologies about the condition of our porch floor! We were getting ready to have it repainted at the time.)

June 21, 2009 – Enjoying his new bed and toys.

July 11, 2009 – Finally starting to look like a healthy puppy!

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September 15, 2010

Winter 2010 – Enjoying a rare snowy day in South Mississippi.

May 28, 2013 – Waiting patiently on his turn to be petted.

We can’t imagine not having Jake as a part of our family.

Happy Running!

Purina® ProPlan® has partnered with MapMyFitness and created the Purina® ProPlan® Fitness Group Page to get pet owner’s more active with their dogs. Check out the Fitness Group page here and start getting active with your dog today!

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Frog Fuel Review and Giveaway


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Recently, I was contacted by Frog Fuel and they asked me to try their protein gels. I’m always excited to try out something that will be helpful on my runs and this was no disappointment. The consistency of the gel was not nearly as thick as some of the gels that I normally use but it wasn’t super thin either. The taste was not bad at all and easy on my stomach. Since they sent me 3 packs, I gave a pack to my oldest son to try since he’s currently training for a triathlon and has stepped into the world of sports nutrition. He had rave reviews for it as well.

Here’s what Frog Fuel’s site has to say about their product and what makes it different:

FrogFuel™ was developed by US Navy SEALs (Frogmen) to satisfy the need for a top shelf nutritional product that is easily consumed and highly effective.

Unlike many other companies, the founders and owners of Frog Performance and their peers not only use their own products but also live and breathe the lifestyle they preach to others. Even after life as elite operators in Special Operations, the owners of Frog Performance continue their relentless pursuit for perfection. FrogFuel is only the beginning of that quest!

FrogFuel is a protein supplement designed for optimum bioavailability and nutritional value to help YOU achieve unquestionable results. Please read below to understand why FrogFuel is truly a superior performing protein product.

THE SCIENCE OF FROGFUEL

FrogFuel liquid protein starts working immediately at the cellular level to increase strength, prolong endurance, and accelerate recovery.

FrogFuel Is a Patent-Pending Complete Collagen Protein and FDA Qualified Medical Food
The patent pending formula includes enhanced amino acids and taurine for maximum power.  Because of its rapid absorption FrogFuel can be taken before, during, or after a workout and provides the optimum nutrition to exercise for sustained periods at peak performance.

FrogFuel Is ‘Pre-digested’
FrogFuel is pre-digested using papain (a fruit enzyme found in papayas).  Papain breaks down the peptide bonds in the protein allowing for rapid delivery of nearly 100% protein at the cellular level.  Faster absorption means better performance and quicker recovery.

FrogFuel Is a Pure Collagen Protein
Why Collagen?
Collagen is second only to water in terms of volume in the body.
Collagen is found in all of our connective tissues, such as bones, tendons, dermis and ligaments as well as cartilage, teeth and muscles.

Benefits of Collagen: 

  • Improved skin and Muscle Tone
  • Increased joint Flexibility
  • Healthier bones, Arteries, Hair, and Teeth

FrogFuel Has Taurine
A key ingredient in FrogFuel is taurine, which acts quickly to open cells for the protein to enter and rebuild muscles and aid in recovery. Taurine reduces oxidative stress under extreme physical exertion where lactic acid builds up in the muscle.  Contrary to popular marketing campaigns taurine is not an energy enhancer.

FrogFuel Has Enhanced Aminos
Enhanced amount of Cysteine

  • Assists in proper function of immune system
  • Strong antioxidant properties
  • Neutralizes toxins and deactivates free radicals.

Enhanced amount of Histidine

  • Critical for blood hemoglobin
  • Crucial in the production of red and white blood cells

Enhanced amount of Methionine

  • Critical for maintaining hair, skin and nails
  • Increases output of lecithin by liver, helping lower cholesterol

FrogFuel Energized Protein Has Caffeine
Caffeine does improve performance. Caffeine combined with our rapidly absorbed protein provides unparalleled support before and during exercise.

Proteins form the body’s main structural elements and are found in every cell and tissue.  Your body uses proteins to build and repair muscles, bone, connective tissue, skin, and virtually every other body part and tissue.  Protein supplements is a necessity for those who desire to achieve the optimal performance to be one of the elite.

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“Everything you need, nothing you don’t.”

Along with my sample pack, they’ve also offered up a sample tasting pack for one of my readers! This is giveaway will only last a few days so don’t miss your chance to win! 

To enter, just follow the Rafflecopter link here:

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What is your Fuel Level? Click here to see!

Good Luck!!

As required by the FTC: I received this product for a review. I received no monetary compensation.  All opinions expressed are mine and mine alone.

If you would like to sponsor a giveaway on my blog (or you know someone that does) please contact me by sending me an email to gcmjjm03@gmail.com.  I will always disclose whether or not the giveaway is sponsored by someone else or if it is one of my very own.

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Easy Canvas Prints Review and Giveaway


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Recently, Olivia from Easy Canvas Prints contacted me and asked if I’d like to try out their canvas prints by making my own. It was perfect timing because my husband and I had been recently talking about getting some canvas prints done. After some thought, I decided to use the picture that my husband took of me a few months after I had started running, which is the banner picture for this site and also for my Slow is the New Fast Facebook page. Honestly, the hardest part of the the whole process was deciding on a picture! Everything else was very simple and easy to understand. I even received it sooner than they had estimated on the shipping times!

You’ve seen the original at the top of my blog and here’s the finished canvas:

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This is a picture of my finished canvas hanging in our workout room.

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It came with a hanger attached which made it quick and easy to hang on the wall.

Easy Canvas Prints also offered a free 8×10 canvas print ($44.71 value) print to one of my readers! All you have to do is click on the Rafflecopter link below to enter! You can also check them out on Facebook here.

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Good luck!!

As required by the FTC: I received this product for a review. I received no monetary compensation.  All opinions expressed are mine and mine alone.

If you would like to sponsor a giveaway on my blog (or you know someone that does) please contact me by sending me an email to gcmjjm03@gmail.com.  I will always disclose whether or not the giveaway is sponsored by someone else or if it is one of my very own.

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Groovy Baby Action Gear Arm Warmers Review and Giveaway


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Jordan Shrack was the winner of the Groovy Baby arm warmers! Congratulations Jordan! Thanks to everyone that entered! Stay tuned for more giveaways coming up very soon!

It might be summer right now but it won’t be long until those chilly race mornings will be back (I can’t wait!) and we’ll be digging out our trusty arm warmers again.

Down here in the Deep South, we were treated to a few extra cool race day mornings before the summer heat set in and I was able to try out my new custom made arm warmers that Katie sent me from Groovy Baby Action Gear. If you haven’t had a chance to check out her gear yet, you’ve got to go take a look! This girl is creative and I’m convinced she can make anything! She’s also a runner so she knows how things need to fit and feel.

Here’s a what her website says:

Groovy Baby Action Gear offers unique custom running sleeves, arm sleeves, running gloves, costume cuffs, arm bands, and costume sets for women and children. Be a super heroine everyday or give your race costume some extra flair!

Find your super sleeves here with one of a kind custom running sleeves that provide warmth and protection to your arms for everyday runs, races, racing costumes, and obstacle course/mud runs. You’ll feel the power and funk right away as you start your next adventure.

Your custom or ready made running sleeves gloves will leave your hands free and allow the ease and comfort of quick on and off without interrupting your most excellent adventure.

Every pair of running sleeves I offer is either ready made or custom to you at no additional charge! Send me your own (or your children’s) measurements and fabric choices or choose a ready made pair with tons of stretch and lycra goodness.

Add a name to your sleeves so the world knows what name to chant at the finish line!

Team Sleeves available with custom embroidered names and logos, please message me or see the “Upgrade” section of my shop.

I wasn’t exactly sure of what I wanted when we first began discussing a possible design for me but Katie had some ideas and it wasn’t long before she came up with a great one for me! She went with black and hot pink arm warmers with my Slow is the New Fast girl embroidered on the sides. She also included a Slow is the New Fast headband!

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Sporting my Groovy Baby arm warmers at a local 10k race. I was so glad to have them – it was cold that morning!

Katie also wants to give away a pair of custom arm warmers to one of my readers! If you’d like to have a chance to win a pair of your own, click the Rafflecopter link below to get started!

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P.S. – I have my eye on the Wonder Woman gear next!!

Picture courtesy of Groovy Baby Action Gear.

(Picture courtesy of Groovy Baby Action Gear)

Good luck everyone!!

As required by the FTC: I received this product for a review. I received no monetary compensation.  All opinions expressed are mine and mine alone.

If you would like to sponsor a giveaway on my blog (or you know someone that does) please contact me by sending me an email to gcmjjm03@gmail.com.  I will always disclose whether or not the giveaway is sponsored by someone else or if it is one of my very own.

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