Update! Fitbit Bling + New Accessories

I absolutely love my Fitbit Flex! I’ve had it since February and I wear it daily. The only complaint I have is how easily it can come off if I snag it just right. I’ve had a few close encounters where I almost lost it. Talk about panic mode! The first time my Flex accidentally caught the strap of my handbag. The second time it caught the grocery bag as I slipped the bag on my forearm. Clearly, I thought I was “Incredible Hulkette” carrying 50 bags out of the grocery store sans buggy. The third time, I thought I lost it in Wal-mart. I furiously drove back to see if it were in the path of my grocery list. As I was getting out of my car, to my surprise, it was on the side of my seat. *Praise Break and thank you, Jesus!* because this is a $100+ investment. I looked online to see if I could find something that could fix this issue.

FitbitblingI Googled “Fitbit fastener and clasp” and came up with quite a few options. Amazon and eBay had a variety. Of course I went with colorful! :)

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fitbling2 Here’s a closer look of the fasteners and clasps. So excited that I found these! There were so many fun colors to choose from. Just slide the fastener on the band and it will snug your band like a watch fastener. The clasp is interchangeable too! I love my free gift from the company! I sent half of them to my sister to have a little bling fun! You can find the clasps and/or fastener accessories here, and here, and also here—or you can Google and see what you can find.

And BTW…

Tory Burch for Fitbit has launched!

You can find the new Tory Burch Fitbit collection here. I think I have enough bands (4) for now, but here are a few of the accessories that I like:

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Fitbit also has some new, cool features:

  • Run stats, route maps, and music controls. Yesssss…to MobileRun tracking!
  • Exercise logging and workout calendar.
  • New tracking feature with barcode scanner, calorie coaching, meal shortcuts, and expanded food database.

 

The new features have already rolled out to Apple users. Don’t worry Android users, our update is coming soon. Remember the saying, “first is the worst, second is the best”? Well that’s how I feel about Android being tardy to the party. At least Fitbit gets more time to work out the kinks with the new features so when it gets to us…it will be running smoothly!

 

 I have not been compensated for this post. All opinions are my own.

 

 

Running, Redemption, & New Beginnings

Being a runner, you may face personal challenges on the journey…and sometimes lose focus. I love to hear how running has turned someone’s pain into triumph or challenges into victories. The other day I heard someone say they were disappointed that they had to walk during a race. They were legit upset with themselves—not to mention this race was super hilly. I said to myself, “I’ll walk a hill in a minute (i.e., without hesitation).” Some of those hills can be brutal! Just sayin’.  It’s easy to get down on ourselves. All it takes is one word or one negative thought. “I didn’t feel strong today”, “My pace wasn’t fast enough”, “I suck at this”…the list goes on. I’m guilty of it myself.

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My husband is a part of the “Care-free Running Club”. He doesn’t wear a GPS sportswatch, he doesn’t care about his pace…he just runs. He reminds me often that running should be a care-free experience. Whether or not our long run met our expectations or whether or not we pushed hard enough—running is still a gift! For non-competitive runners (like myself), our competitive nature sometimes gets us all in our feelings and we start losing focus of what’s important. Running is freely given to almost everyone. Unfortunately, there are others who can’t experience that freedom. It makes you appreciate the gift much more. So if you’re having one of “those” days where it’s just not coming together…pull it back and say…”IT’S OKAY…I’m here!”

Need a little Fitspiration or Runspiration?

I came across a video about a homeless man who is preparing to run in the San Francisco Marathon. You read right…Homeless! Ronnie Goodman turned his life around through art and running. Watch his awesome film testimony!

The road to recovery and redemption.

We’ve heard many times that words have power. During a few of my recent training runs I started fixing the words that came out of my mouth. In other words, I started speaking words of life (even when I felt like I wanted to pass out or wanted to talk negatively, etc). The energy was different and it just worked! I felt much better after I was done. I felt victorious. I felt strong. We have to tell ourselves that we CAN, even when our mind and/or present circumstances says we can’t. We should never give up. I think Ronnie is a great testament of that!

Ronnie will be running with great purpose for a non-profit in the San Francisco Marathon, giving back to those who helped him. You can help him too. Visit http://www.thesfmarathon.com/runwithronnie/ #RunWithRonnie. To learn more about the Hospitality House visit here.

Wishing you God’s best, Mr. Goodman! You are a true inspiration!

 

“My running goes hand in hand with who I am. It makes everything feel at peace. I really don’t want too much. I just wanna get up and stay healthy and just enjoy this moment right here. Every runner wants that.” —Ronnie Goodman

Galatians 5:1

 

 

 

Princesses…Grab Your Tiaras!

disney12Princesses are you ready? The runDisney Princess Half Marathon weekend opens tomorrow, Tuesday, July 15, 2014 at Noon EST! The weekend will include: the Princess Half Marathon, the Enchanted 10K, the Glass Slipper Challenge, the Royal Family 5K, and Kids Races. And men, don’t feel left out…you can be a princess for a day too!

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The Princess was my very first runDisney event ever! SO MUCH FUN! This time last year I remember being so anxious and excited about registering. I literally set 5 different alarms (starting at 9:30 a.m. cst time) and had out every device to make sure I got my spot in the 2014 Princess Half Marathon weekend! The races will sell out FAST, so don’t sleep. Even if you think you have time to wait to register, more than likely you don’t. It’s better to be prepared than to miss out. Good Luck!

To register for the Princess weekend, visit here and click “register” when registration opens.

In the meantime, here is my recap (3 parts) of my Princess Half Marathon weekend experience! Two words…A BLAST!

 

Pacebands

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I found out about Pacebands from fellow blogger and runDisney fanatic, BamagirlRUNS, and I knew I had to have one! I’ll admit, I’ve seen Pacebands before but never stopped long enough to see what they were or how they worked. Since I am training for my first marathon and preparing for my 5th half, I figured I should invest in one.

So what’s a Paceband? It’s basically a silicone band for runners of all levels: 5K, 10K (coming soon), half and full marathon. They must be pretty sweet because I’m now the proud of owner of three Pacebands (for different levels in my training)! I have the green (half marathon), blue (marathon), and pink (marathon) band (I won in a giveaway)…thank you, BamagirlRUNS! Even if you haven’t reached your goal pace or you may be aiming for a PR/time goal for a half marathon…Pacebands are a great way to help you get there! I love the fact that the splits are raised and easy to read. They are inexpensive and you don’t have to worry about charging your band or its battery life…it just sits comfortably around your wrist. As you can tell based on my color choices, they are customizable (color, distance, pace, and time).

Yes, I’ve been dubbed gadget girl by my running buds and even been told that I have “cute run trinkets”, but everything I purchase serves a purpose. We live in a technology driven world and I love my GPS sports watch, but I’ll have to admit—Pacebands are pretty innovative. They are a lot easier to use than having a pace wristband generator where you create it, print it, and tape it to your wrist…and it’s a lot easier than writing your splits on your arm. Yes, some runners do this!

My goal for my first marathon is to finish upright! However, there’s nothing wrong with a challenge. I share things that I believe in because I want you to experience the awesomeness too! If you would like to learn more about Pacebands or order one for yourself, visit here!