Fitness Apps to keep you sweating!

What’s going on y’all? I know we all hear about a ton of different fitness apps that are available, and we probably want to download every single one of them (at least, that’s how I am!).  I wanted to give y’all a look into the top apps that I use and really enjoy!

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Runtastic – (free) I love that this app is clean and streamlined.  It looks crisp, and it is simple to use! Also, if you want to upgrade to Pro, it is only $5.  An inexpensive app that does a great job!

Strava – (free) Another running app.  Not only can you use it to track distance, but the app also offers different weekly/monthly challenges that you can take part of. You can also see the athletes who are around you, check their times and distances – great motivation and networking app!

Pact – (free download) This app is so neat! Okay, so you set a goal on the app + enter what you’ll pay other members if you don’t reach the goal.  So for instance you can set a goal to hit the gym 4 days a week, and if you don’t go then $10 is deducted from your account that week.  It really is an awesome app to keep you accountable! I mean, who wants to give away money? However, if you DO meet your goals you earn cash rewards!

Livestrong – (free) Perfect app to track your caloric goal.  This app shows your progress on a chart, plus it has a community forum.  I am a huge advocate for Livestrong because of what their company represents.  This is an app worth checking out for sure!

Fitness Point – (free) Ever get tired of trying to remember all of the workouts that exist to the human race? Well, this app aggregates every workout by muscle group and allows you to build and save your own workout!

Pump Up – (free) This app is extremely similar to Fitness Point, however Pump Up allows you to choose your goal (lose weight, get toned, etc.), fitness level (beginner, intermediate, advanced), duration, and other general factors to generate a workout that best suits you.

First Aid – (free) What if something happens to you or another friend while training? That is exactly why I have this app – just in case and for safety reasons.  Even if you are not working out, this is a smart app to download – free information is at your fingertips.  Head injury, Choking, Strain and Pains, Asthma Attack are just a few of the topics that are available First Aid Topics.

Luminosity – (free) Keep that brain strong! It is great to have a strong, healthy body but do not forget about that brain of yours.  Daily/weekly brain exercises are great to incorporate into your training routine…it’ll keep you sharp and on your toes! Luminosity covers: Memory, Attention, Flexibility, Speed and Problem Solving.  Stay healthy in all aspects of life!

Those are the top few apps that I frequent. Does anyone use these same apps? If not, what are other awesome apps that I should check out? You know what to do, comment down below!

Thanks for reading 🙂

-Elizabeth

 

Toys for Tots 5k

Hey y’all! It has been a while since I have typed up a blog post, but here I am – back and better as ever! I actually have so much to update everyone on, but this post is going to be strictly a review of the  28th Annual Toys for Tots 5k that Johnny Purnell of Purnell Racing put on last weekend.  Here we go….

So the race started at 8:30, I arrived at Bluebonnet Palace (race location) at 8:00, which was plenty of time to pick up my race bib and check-in.  Check-in was located inside of the venue, which was perfect because that Saturday was a bit chilly! I checked in with two lovely volunteers, walked back to the truck to warm up a bit, then headed to the Start Line. On my way to the Start Line, I spotted about 50 runners getting warmed up, I thought it was a pretty nice group! Everyone was extremely friendly and welcoming.  Some seemed to know each other, but again – they made me feel super welcomed, like I was a cousin they hadn’t seen in a while!

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I was also able to talk with Mr. Johnny Purnell about the event, we shook hands, exchanged smiles and I proceeded to the Start Line. He is such a nice gentleman with a big heart! The below picture is of us post-race!

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Once there I met ScottyDog.  Who would’ve ever known that he, too, is also a blogger! He blogs on different races that he participates in.  He was a fun character to talk to!

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One volunteer sang the National Anthem – she has a gorgeous voice by the way! We honored the Colors and once she finished, we were off!

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Before the race, Johnny compared the route to a lollipop, and he nailed it! We ran up one stem, looped around, and came back down the same stem for a total of 5k.  The route was marked with arrows on the asphalt, which helped a ton – being I am horrible at directions, I was ecstatic to also see police and Junior Marines guiding the way.  There were two water stations as well! I didn’t take a drink, but I did see plenty of others stop to take a small drink of water. I think if I wasn’t chewing on gum, then I would’ve totally had to stop for a drink of water.  The course had a couple of nice inclines, just enough to remind your thighs that you are in fact running, but it definitely wasn’t overbearing!

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I completed the race in 28 minutes – I subbed 30, which is always my goal for a 5k! After I ran past the Finish Line (which doubled as the Start Line) – good ol’ Happy Santa Clause was waiting for all of the runners with a smile, bottle of water, and a banana! It was so nice to see Santa Clause – and here I thought he wasn’t real.  🙂

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Oh and as the runners passed the Line, our names and numbers were announced! That was pretty neat! I found my way to Marty (you’ll be seeing his name more often on this blog), and he had a huge hug waiting for me!  Don’t we all love a congratulatory hug after a race? Then as I looked at the Finish Line, I saw Mr. ScottyDog nearing his end! I congratulated him, we took a photo together, then he took one of Marty and I.

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It was a fun time! Again, everyone was so friendly… and ScottyDog was so cheerful! If you are wondering why I am referring to him as ScottyDog, I’ll link his blog down below – make sure you check it out! We talked to ScottyDog and another runner about different runs we were planning on participating in, then about 15 minutes later the Awards Ceremony started.

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I really wasn’t running for a medal, but I received 1st place in my age group! What! I was overly excited – this was the first time I had placed in a run.  Santa Clause, Mrs. Clause, Rudolph and the Young Marines were handing out the medals, that was most definitely a nice touch!

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The best thing about this event was the cause.  This was a run that benefited kids who are not fortunate enough to receive a gift for Christmas.  It was great to be a part of such a great run for a wonderful cause, and it was equally amazing to see other runners come together to run for the same cause! Even though it was a chilly day, the run was a heart-warming oneSo Purnell Racing, thank you for seeing the need and for doing what you do to fill it!

What is your favorite Charity Run to participate in? Are you signed up for any? If you are, leave a comment down below! And if you haven’t registered for a Charity Run – I highly recommend participating! It is extremely humbling.

Here is ScottyDog’s blog address http://scottydogreports.com/

As always, thanks for reading!

-Elizabeth

What’s In My OCR Gym Bag

Happy Monday, everyone 🙂 I completed a mud run/obstacle course this past Saturday with a couple of my closest guy friends.  I thought this would be the perfect opportunity to show y’all what I packed into my gym bag.  If you’re interested – keep on reading!

The mud run/obstacle course that we ran was 4 miles consisting of 35 obstacles.  Talk about a challenge, but it was a total blast! We only walked about half a mile of it.  Mind over matter! I have conquered a muddy obstacle course before, so packing my bag was quick and easy.  I hope after reading this, it’ll be the same way for you.

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(By the way, excuse my messy bed)

Take towels (plural)– you will be muddy, wet and gross.  Do you really want your car to take after its’ owner? Plus, some runs offer changing/shower stations and you will need to dry yourself off!

Take Wet Ones (or some type of antibacterial wipe) – After we completed the course I wiped myself down with a few wipes, then used these as a ‘soap’ in the changing/shower station they provided.  Quick, easy, cheap and gets the job done! Oh, I bought the citrus scent – I smelt SO good! Oh oh, and these also work great for getting the mud out of your ears!

Take Sanitizer – Bath and Body Works has a deal… buy 5 for $5.  I am a huge sanitizer freak.  You don’t NEED this, but it doesn’t hurt to have one on hand.

Take Duct Tape – tape your shoes to your feet, unless you’re wishing for your shoes to be swallowed up by mud pits, etc.

Take Trash Bags – After you change out of your dirty clothes/shoes, you’ll want to stash them somewhere and we DON’T want our nice, expensive gym bags smelling like mud and sewer water, nasty!

Take Deodorant – Use it before your race, smells great and prevents your underarms from chafing AND use this post race, for obvious reasons. 🙂

Take Body Glide – You MAY not need this, but my thighs definitely love me more on the runs where I use Body Glide.

Take Extra Clothes – To change into after your quick bird bath.  I suggest shorts, shirt and flip flops.  Flip flops are easier to slide on than having to put on socks and tennis shoes.  Don’t forget your clean pair of undergarments!

Take a Snack – Cliffbars are my choice bar for any race and/or workout sesh. If you are going to eat something before, eat light and drink plenty of water.

Take a Recovery Drink – for your drive home you’ll need to hydrate your body and replenish.  Nuun Tablets is what I packed – how did you know!

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Do Wear – tight shorts (ladies, trust me).  I find that tight (cycle like shorts) are comfy to run in and obviously cling to your body which helps a bunch when you’re jumping over, climbing over, and crawling under obstacles.

Do Wear – long socks.  These will definitely guard your calves from rope burn if you have to climb or shimmy a rope. They will also protect your legs from any scratches.  This may not be as important to everyone, but I am a fan of wearing dresses so I prefer to have minimal burns/bruises.

Do Wear – your hair up in a bun/ponytail.  This is not the time to be looking hot with luscious curly locks.  If your guy loves you, he’ll love you even more when he knows you can run an obstacle course with him without constantly worrying about your hair.

Do Wear – your natural face, maybe a bit of concealer but ladies leave the mascara, blush and eyeliner in your bag! Maybe apply it when you’re changing if you absolutely need to.  I just do away with it all.  🙂

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Do Wear – a good pair of running/trail shoes.  I know everyone always says not to because you’re going to muddy them all up and have to donate them. I ran in my Brooks Pure Connect, they were super muddy post race.  As soon as I got home I threw everything I wore for the race in the wash, and check these shoes out – no mud!  Wear your good shoes!

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Do Take Friends – People, running a muddy course or ANY race with a group is way more fun than running alone.  I definitely recommend running an obstacle course in a group because (like me) you will need help on a couple of obstacles – that’s where your TEAM comes into play.

Do Color Coordinate – with your team.  There is no better reason than.. because it’s FUN.

Do Take Money – of course.

Don’t forget to take your signed waiver, confirmation email and ID.  Better to be prepared than not!

I hope I didn’t leave anything out! If I did, please comment down below OR if you have any other suggestions, leave me a comment and let me know.  🙂

I hope this helped!

P.S. I hit 100 followers today! Y’all are awesome! Thank you SO much for following my blog! 🙂

-Elizabeth