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A Small Fitness Update

20 Mar

About two weeks ago I had reached a breaking point. I was frustrated with myself, my body and my eating habits. However, instead of shoving those feelings down with a doughnut, I was mad enough to do something about it.

So, I posted this:

If you feel like it, click through and read the comments. You guys are kind of awesome.

So, I decided to make some small sustainable changes to my life. I started eating a little better, but didn’t go total DIET on my life. For example, when I had a work event at Krispy Kreme I ordered one original doughnut and a coffee, instead of one original and one with cream filling. I also decided to try to do some type of work out every single day.

Here is today’s update:


I’m not where I want to be yet, but I’m on my way.

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Reviewing the Fun Run Box: Another Loser

15 Nov

Last month when I received my first Fun Run Box I was pretty disappointed, but hopeful that this month would be better. Spoiler Alert: it wasn’t.

Before we get into the nitty gritty of this box, let me give you a teensy bit of background:

The Fun Run Box is a running challenge box that is shipped on a monthly basis. For a monthly fee of $35, subscribers will receive a fun box of running challenges and running products. After six months of challenges, you are considered a “finisher” and will receive a long sleeve finisher shirt and a medal. It doesn’t matter if you are a beginner or a seasoned veteran, you can use the month’s challenge cards to push yourself a little further each month.

I decided to treat myself to a box as a birthday gift and the Welcome Box was pretty underwhelming. You can read about it here: The Fun Run Box Welcome Training Kit

Let’s take a look at what I received in my November box. They don’t provide the retail cost for each item, so I did a little digging and found it on my own.

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FuelBelt Reflective Stickers, $5.50
Reflective peel and stick stickers that you can stick on your shoes, socks, clothes or anything to make yourself more visible.

Balega Socks, $12
One pair of second skin fit ultralight socks.

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Honey Stinger Energy Gel, $1
Pirate’s Booty ½ oz pack, $0.75
2 Jimmybar mini bars, $2

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SPIBAND Wrist & Ankle Pocket, $10
Wear the pouch around your wrist or ankle to store small items. This pocket is basically only useful if you need a place to stash money or a credit card.

2 Lip Naturals lip balms, 0.10 oz., $1

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Negative Split November Challenge Card

My Thoughts
My main problem with last month’s box is that I didn’t find it anywhere worth the monthly subscription cost of $35. This month, I feel the same way… but worse. I found basically everything for sale on Amazon and at their full retail prices the entire box added up to $32.25. Typically the beauty of a subscription box is that you are getting items at a HIGHER value, like the FabFitFun box where you pay $40 and get hundreds of dollars of cool stuff.

So, I gave it a try for two months and decided that the Fun Run box was such a total rip off that after I opened the November box I went online and cancelled my subscription.

 

Disclosure: This post is not sponsored by Fun Run Box, I paid for the $35 subscription fee with my own hard-earned money.

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The Baltimore Running Festival 5k

18 Oct

I have quite a past with the Baltimore Running Festival. From impulsively signing up my first postpartum 5k (I Survived My 5k) to training all summer to run the Team Relay with my siblings (The Baltimore Team Relay: I did it!), it is one of those races that I try not to miss each year.

So this year when my sister’s hip injury meant that we couldn’t do our sibling Team Relay again (fingers crossed for next year), I decided to sign up for the 5k. I was in good company too because my brother and his girlfriend also ran the 5k and my other sister ran the half marathon.

To be honest, it wasn’t a great race for me this year. We ended up getting stuck in traffic, parking late and literally running to the start line. According to the website, there were 4,513 people running the 5k and holy guacamole did that make for a crowded course. In order to get to a comfortable pace, I had to dart around groups of walkers, slower runners and random Baltimore pothole obstacles. Considering I started after everyone else already crossed the start line, it’s actually pretty cool that I passed over 1,400 people. It was a fun run though and a great way to get in some exercise on a beautiful day.

The crab medals were pretty spectacular too:

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And my whole family was there to cheer, so that was a bonus!

Hopefully next year we will be able to do the Team Relay again, but if not I’ll absolutely be doing the 5k. Of course, I’ll definitely do a better job at getting to the race on time!

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Reviewing the Fun Run Box: Welcome Training Kit

10 Oct

Facebook ads are just really spooky sometimes. Somehow they honed in on the fact that I like subscription boxes and I like to run… so they started stalking me with ads for the Fun Run Box. I ignored them for a while, but then I finally clicked through to see what it was all about… and that’s how they got me.

The Fun Run Box is a running challenge box that is shipped on a monthly basis. For a monthly fee of $35, subscribers will receive a fun box of running challenges and running products. After six months of challenges, you are considered a “finisher” and will receive a long sleeve finisher shirt and a medal. It doesn’t matter if you are a beginner or a seasoned veteran, you can use the month’s challenge cards to push yourself a little further each month.

Pretty cool spin on the whole surprise subscription box, right?

I like running stuff and frankly could always use some motivation, so I decided to sign up. The first box is a welcome training kit, but then each box after has a different theme with a unique challenge magnet and 4 – 6 running products.

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Here’s what I received in my Welcome Kit box:

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Official Fun Run Box tech training shirt
I hate a tight-fitting running shirt, so I sized up on my subscription and I’m really glad I did. This cute blue running shirt will be great for outdoor runs, or working out on my elliptical.

FuelBelt hand held water bottle
I was really excited for the handheld water bottle, because I’ve never run with one of these before and wanted to try one out.

Fun Run Box cinch sack
Out of the whole box, this is the one item that I really dislike. I knew it was coming though, so at least I expected it. I just don’t really like cinch sacks and don’t use them. This one will go in the donation pile.

Hydration powder and bar
Since I typically keep my runs between 3 – 6 miles, I haven’t previously used any sort of hydration powers or protein-type bars. Two packs of Sqwincher Zero electrolyte replenishment powers and one Bonk Breaker bite protein bar was included in my box. I haven’t tried the powder, but the protein bar tasted awful.

A Magnet
Each month I will receive a different magnet. This month’s magnet says “Train. Challenge. Repeat.” And has Fun Run Box on it.

First Challenge
Ok, here’s the reason for the box. This month’s goal is to make running a habit, so the weeks are broken up into manageable activities to help you do so. According to the schedule, the most important thing about this month’s challenge is to try not to miss any days and if you can’t do the specified workout to try and do at least some of it.

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My Thoughts
My first Run Fun Box was just okay, but that’s kind of what I expected. Before you get into the fun themed boxes you have to start with this one. Sure, it’s kind of basic and boring… but the shirt is nice and so is the water bottle and challenge. Unfortunate, I don’t really feel like I got a $35 value out of the box. So, I’ll try it a couple more months before making up my mind on whether this subscription is a winner or a loser.

 

Disclosure: This post is not sponsored by Fun Run Box, I paid for the $35 subscription fee with my own hard-earned money.

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