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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.


Sarah shares her Go-To strength moves.


Nellie shares her favorite workout when NOT running.


Carly shares her favorite strength workout for anyone.


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


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

What’s your favorite workout?

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.


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.






When the lights go out

when the lights go out | happyfitmama.com
I had hoped to have a great gift guide post up for you guys today but as luck would have it, our power went out at about 6:30 Sunday night.

If I was a well prepared blogger, I would have had the post completely ready prior to Sunday night and set to go live at 1:00 a.m. like my posts usually do.

But I’m not that type of blogger. I’m more of the night before bang it out time of blogger.

So instead of a gift guide, you are getting a rambling post about what my weekend entailed and what’s swirling in my brain right now.

That’s what happens when the lights go out.

You guys, if I could, I’d run strictly trails. Saturday morning, I met up with 2 new friends to run some sunrise miles on a local trail. The 90 minutes flew by as we chatted the whole time. I was a tad bit worried that I was going to do something stupid like seriously roll an ankle because of the darkness or the leave and root covered trails.

I’m happy to report that I did nothing to injure myself. Woohooo! Although my legs are wicked sore which is funny because there was hardly any climbing.

Trail running When the lights go out | happyfitmama.com
I just love running on dirt, single track and among the trees. It’s just too fun!

The subject of ultra’s came up since one of the friends I was with is doing a 50 miler in May. There was one time I said I’d never do an ultra, but now I’m kind of rethinking that. Never say never right?

Let’s face it, road marathons (training and the actual races) haven’t been the nicest to me. I feel so much better running on dirt than pavement. And the trail scene is so much laid back than a road race. Maybe I would do better?

Isn’t it funny that while running, it seemed totally logical and sane to run a 50 miler. But then I got home and was thinking – what the what?!?! I’m not sure I’d jump to a 50 miler but maybe a 50k first?

Later Saturday morning the kids and I met friends for a hike up Blue Job Mountain. It’s a quick hike that the kids love and has a great view from the summit.

Hiking | happyfitmama.com

Cooper likes to show off his best side in pics.

The weather was simply marvelous. Karin and I kept exclaiming – It’s crazy that it’s November 19th and we don’t have jackets on!

Sunday morning I slept in till 7 a.m. Something that is completely unheard of for me. Even my kids did! I had hoped to run before yoga class but that wasn’t going to happen.

I’m so glad I went to yoga because Elizabeth based the class on everything headstand. I still like the comfort of the wall behind me but I’m amazed at how easy it is to float up now compared to a year ago. So fun!

Remember that run I wanted to get in?

It didn’t happen until much later in the day because I got wrapped up in moving furniture and cleaning out closets and rooms as soon as I got home.

Running | happyfitmama.com
It was the perfect rainy and windy day to do just that. Plus I feel so much better when I get rid of crap that’s cluttering the house.

How does that happen? Oh yeah. I have two kids who like to keep everything.

So my GPS watch died on me. I’m waiting to hear back from Timex on what can be done about it but in the meantime I’m thinking about other options. Give me some feedback – What watch should I get? I’m a fan of Garmin so I’m leaning towards that direction. I’d love to get the rose gold Fenix because Allie and Sue make it looks so damn pretty but I can’t justify the cost. Unless it seriously drops for Black Friday.

Help me out – What GPS do you recommend?

Now I’m laying in bed, with a headlamp on writing this post on my phone.

And I just looked out the window.

It’s snowing!!!!

Fingers crossed the power is back on in the morning.

Edited to add: Hallelujah it is!

How was your weekend?