High Five Friday

High Five Friday December 2 2016 | happyfitmama.com

Happy High Five Friday!

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1 ) Lit  up brighter than a Christmas tree in my Saucony Reflex jacket and tights. FYI – today is the last day to enter my giveaway for ANY item from Saucony.com!

2 ) Rainy, chilly days call for soup.

3 ) Happy, muddy, chilly and hungry. No better way to kick off a Sunday than 9 miles on the trails. Originally I was supposed to meet two friends and then two new to me people also. My two friends had to bow out last minute but the two new to me peeps could go. I went to the trail head in the dark and ended up meeting one of the new to me peeps and one guy that no one knew was coming. And his dog. The two guys (and the dog) were totally cool so it worked out. But it was hilarious that I ran with two complete strangers that I met in the dark!

4 ) Superhero Muffins from Run Fast Eat Slow. Make them. Now.

5 ) After living in my town for 10 years, I’m still finding new things. Like this pedestrian tunnel. I had no clue it existed!

5 Things

1 ) Feeling Super Vulnerable as a Yoga Teacher – I love this honest post from Kayla. Do you think a yoga teacher needs to do all the “cool” yoga poses? I don’t. In fact, the majority of my yoga teachers never even show their yoga “skills” off in class. They are too busy teaching and adjusting while walking around the room during class. That’s what I think a good teacher does.

2 ) Record-Breaking Black Friday Sales to Benefit the Planet – Did you see how much money Patagonia made from their sales last Friday? Ten million dollars. The cool part? It’s going all to directly to grassroots nonprofits working on the frontlines to protect our air, water and soil for future generations. That definitely deserves a high five!

3 ) Where Were You 5 Years Ago? – So many times we are told not too look back at where you came from. I don’t think so. You have to look back to see, hopefully, how far you’ve come. This post from Laura nails it. I think I might need to do this for a future blog post.

4 ) How a Triathlon Helped America Ferrera Deft Her Inner Critic – I think we all have a inner voice that can be a tad too negative. I know I do! The easiest way to shut that negative Nelly up? Flip it and reverse it with the power of your inner Beyonce!

5 ) What’s Your Crutch? – Do you have a crutch that you lean on in tough times? I do. I usually go silent. I’m the worst at talking about my feelings. I like to keep things close to sort out things a little before I let it out. Love this post from Erin about crutches and why they aren’t so bad if you know how to handle it.

What would you like to High 5 today?

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6 Favorite Workouts for Runners

Need running inspiration? Here's 6 favorite workouts for runners by runners. | happyfitmama.com

It’s another edition of Monthly Workouts for Runners BY Runners. Here’s the previous month’s workouts if you missed them:

Stuck Inside Workouts for Runners

Two-a-Day Workouts for Runners

Upper Body Workouts for Runners

Injury Prevention Exercises for Runners

Hill Workouts for Runners

Speed Workouts for Runners

Core Workouts for Runners

Dynamic Warm Up for Runners

Yoga & Stretching for Runners

This month the focus is on our Favorite Workouts for Runners.

Runners are unique. We all have our favorite workouts. Some may like a speed workout. Some may love a tempo. Some may love a good progression run.

For me, if I could combine a run with a strength workout, it would be the best case scenario. Of course, with time constraints, it doesn’t always happen that way. Since I’m always short on time, my favorite workout would include a little strength and a little running (OK, maybe more running than a little would be ideal!).

This strength and running combo uses 6 exercises, done for 60 seconds each. You can do one round and call it good or do up to three more for a full body workout in less than 20 minutes.

Follow that up with running for 30-60 minutes for a well rounded favorite workout kind of day for me!

My favorite workouts for runners combine strength building moves with some time running. Check out this easy and quick workout for runners. | happyfitmama.com

And here are even more favorite workouts from 5 of my running friends.

Pin away so you have a stash of workouts on hand whenever you need it.

Allie shares her workout to shave 10 minutes off your half marathon time.

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Sarah shares her Go-To strength moves.

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Nellie shares her favorite workout when NOT running.

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Carly shares her favorite strength workout for anyone.

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Laura shares her favorite progression run for half and full marathon runners.

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Linking up with Wild Workout Wednesday and the Coaches’ Corner.

What’s your favorite workout?

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Best Gifts for Fitness Lovers

The best gifts for fitness lovers plus a Saucony giveaway! | happyfitmama.com

It’s that time of year again. Time for gift guides and pondering what to get that hard to by fitness lover in your life. But really, it’s not that hard to buy for a someone who loves fitness. Give us anything fitness related and we are happy!

If you are like me, you avoided the stores on Black Friday. And really, why would you want to physically go in a store when you can get the same deal online now? Forget Cyber Monday, there’s Cyber Weekend!

If you are prepared, you probably started shopping already. Or if you are really, really  good, you may be done. But if you are like me, you haven’t even started. Procrastination is my middle name.

Every year, I’ve put together a gift guide of my favorite fitness gear. These are all things I love and use regularly. If it’s on the list, I use it and I want to spread the word about how marvelous it is.

Happy shopping for your gift recipients and of course, yourself. :)

1 ) Saucony Reflex Gear – If you run in the early morning, evening or in low visibility conditions, the Reflex line is for you. I love how it lights up like a Christmas tree when headlights hit you but looks casual and cool in regular light. I have the jacket, tights and the Zealot ISO 2 Reflex Saucony Shoes.Even if you don’t run in low light, the jacket looks cool and is perfect the perfect wind/water repellent jacket.

2 ) Saucony Peregrine Trail Shoes – This year my love for trails has blossomed. I’m definitely not a pro when it comes to the trails but I have found a pair of shoes that I love to wear in the dirt and mud. The Peregrine from Saucony is the best ( a close second is the Saucony Xodus). It hugs slippery rocks. It plows through mud. It cushions in all the right places. You guys know that I have mega feet issues and the Peregrine gives me no problems.

3 ) Saucony Run Mitt – For the past two years, these mittens have saved me on so many runs. My hands are always cold. I’ve never been officially diagnosed with Raynaud’s, but I’ve got all the symptoms. It’s downright painful when my hands get really cold. Not so with these mittens. In fact, there were runs where I had to stick half of my hand out of the mitt because they were hot. That has never happened before. They have been sold out since 2015 so don’t hesitate – buy these now before they are gone again!

4 ) Garmin Forerunner 230/235 – So this is the only item that I haven’t personally tried out. Last week my GPS watch died on me so I was in a panic to find a new one. I couldn’t justify the $$ for a Garmin Fenix (even though Ron kept telling me to get it every time I brought it up). Based on the recommendations of tons of runners, I went with the Garmin 230. It should be arriving today! I debated heavily between the 230 and 235. I decided against getting the 235 because I have never used the HR capability on any other GPS watch I’ve owned for the past 7 years. Maybe I’ll change my mind at some point, but right now it wasn’t a worth an extra $70 for me.

5 ) Panasonic Wings Wireless Headphones – Look at me – I’ve ditched the wires! Owning a pair of wireless headphones was never really on my radar. I don’t run with music (outside at least) so being connected by wires never really bothered me. Until I was sent the Panasonic Wings Wireless Headphones. They are perfect for my indoor workouts. Before, I always had to have my phone on me while listening to music or podcasts during my basement workouts. If I didn’t have my Saucony Bullet shorts or capris, my phone usually ended up being stuck in my sports bra. Not the best set up. Now I can walk around, jump around and be completely free from my phone while I lift weights and do plyometrics. Life changer!

The best gifts for Fitness Lovers plus and awesome Saucony giveaway! | happyfitmama.com

6 ) Run Fast. Eat Slow. – This cookbook has every recipe a runner could ask for. Not only are they easy to make but taste delicious. On top of that, every recipe is full of nutrients a runner needs pre, during, and post run. Even if you don’t run, you’ll enjoy the tasty recipes.

7 ) Moji Foot Massager – I received this amazing foot massager from Rise.Run.Retreat this year. My feet have never been so happy after a run. Especially because I leave it in the freezer so it does dual treatment of rolling and icing my foot at the same time.

8 ) Manduka Yoga Mat – I have had numerous yoga mats through the years and Manduka makes the best. No doubt about it. It stays in place and more importantly, so do I.

9 ) Kuhl Lea Pullover – I had major pullover envy when I spotted numerous attendees at Rise.Run.Retreat sporting this cute shirt. So much so that I went home and purchased my own. I had the dress version of it so why not get the pullover? It’s co cute, comfortable and perfect for pulling on after a yoga class or running errands throughout the day.

10 ) Namaste Workout Sweatshirt – If you are on Instagram, love yoga and running, then you need to follow Ann. She’s not only a serious runner but a yoga instructor and has a Ph.D in English Lit. Wicked fast and wicked smart! She also has an online shop full of Runners Love Yoga gear. This sweatshirt is super soft and cozy, perfect for after a class or run.

GIVEAWAY!!

Since I love everything from Saucony, and I think you would too, how would you like to win an item of your choice from their website? You can choose an item that I listed above or something entirely else. It’s up to you!

To enter, let me know in the comments which item from Saucony you would like if you won. That’s it! Super simple!

Giveaway ends Friday, December 2, 2016 @ 10 p.m. I’ll pick a winner with Random.org and will contact them by email.

Good luck!

Disclaimer: Some of these items were sent for me to review and others I have purchased with my own money. All opinions are my own. Affiliate links are a part of this post.

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