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The Weekend With The Tone It Up Tour!

Oh my word, it’s been such a wild but fun weekend. I totally overslept this morning and I’m kind of wishing I had another weekend to recover! Even though I am exhausted, I got to spend the weekend with so many amazing people and I wouldn’t have it any other way.

Saturday

My weekend kicked off with an eight mile run! I have been neglecting my long runs due to many reasons but I was sure to get it in this week. Weirdly enough, I was wide awake by 6AM and so was Jordan so we jumped out of bed and were on the road before the sun was up.

I finished running as the sun was coming up and I was a mess. The humidity has been wild here so it’s basically still summer time running in Texas. After our run, Jordan and I had our Chick Fil A breakfast date and I began to get ready for an Arbonne party my friend was hosting!

It was so great to catch up with friends and learn about cool products. My friend Megan hosted the party and her husband Kyle made so many vegan goodies. I had a tempeh panini that was to die for! I’m sure Jordan would have eaten it without a second thought.

After the party, I ran home to pick up Jordan and we were off to the mall to support Coppelia! She’s a fellow blogger and radio personality who was hosting an event at Macy’s. We caught the end of it but I was so glad to be able to stop by and cheer her on. She’s truly a great person and we love listening to her on the radio!

As if my Saturday wasn’t crazy enough, Jordan and I then went to the movies! We wanted to try out the new reclining theater seats that Cinemark has been advertising but the one close to our house doesn’t have them yet. Since we were in the area for Coppelia’s event, we tried a theater that did have it. However, once we got in our seats, we found out the air wasn’t working. Honestly, it wasn’t too bad and Jordan and I enjoyed the whole movie. We watched the new Kinsman movie and loved it! Thankfully, we received rain checks from the theater so we will come back and enjoy the seats again! They also vibrate a bit during some parts of the movie so Jordan loved that during the actions scenes!

Sunday

I’ve written about Tone It Up on the blog before. I’m not a HUGE follower now since I’ve moved more toward weight lifting and running but I did learn so much about fitness through their program. Tone It Up currently has been on tour across the US and they had a stop in Houston this week. I was chosen to volunteer for a bit and it was a blast!

The event was outside which meant a lot of sunscreen and water. Thankfully, they provided both of those for free. I grabbed both whenever I could and snacks too since there would be a lot of working out!

I helped with registration and welcoming the girls into the festival. It was so fun because I got to see so many beautiful women of many shapes and sizes. I even saw a few that I had connected with online. How cool is that?! The other girls I volunteered with were so fun and so energetic that we all had fun even though we were “working”.

Once check in was done, I was free to explore the festival. The first event was yoga but I skipped that for a massage. It was so nice since my shoulders were sore from the week before. Everyone was so sweet and I made friends in all the lines. I found a few of my Houston friends and we grabbed a quick bite to eat before JIllian Michaels!

Y’all, I know she’s such a badass and will whip you into shape but OH MY GOSH! Even if we weren’t working out in the heat, she still would have killed me. It was so awesome to be front row with her and she even complimented me on my form. I fangirled so hard because she’s so fit and just exudes confidence.

Once her workout was done, I grabbed my fourth bottle of water and waited for the Tone It Up girls. Karena and Katrina lead a workout that definitely had my booty burning. Since it was so hot and the sun was directly above us, I scaled it down. I didn’t want to over do it and I know a few of my friends had already been filling ill due to the heat. It was still a fun and tough workout!

Once all the workouts were complete, we got to enjoy time in the VIP Rose Garden. There were so many snacks like veggie burgers, fruit smoothies, fresh fruit, and peanut butter pretzel bites so I was happy! Kelly James, a freestyle music, played some music while we waited for the meet and green with Karena and Katrina. It was quick but they were incredibly nice through it all. The VIP was an added touch for me since I was able to do it for free because I volunteered earlier in the day.

Overall, I escaped the sunburn and had a great time with all my friends! I got so many goodies and a bunch of memories from the Tone It Up tour and just the weekend in general. I’m glad I stepped out of my comfort zone and just let myself have fun this weekend!

How was your weekend? Is it hot where you live or did you actually get to enjoy fall weather?

The Ups and Downs of My Wireless Headphones

Earlier this year, I wrote a post on whether or not you should run with music. There’s so many different opinions on this topic and depending on the type of workout, I can be in either category.

Ups and Downs of Wireless Headphones

For a good chunk of the year, I’ve been running with the wireless earbuds I was given for Christmas. I was given the Samsung Gear IconX which are cord free and track all sorts of metrics during your workout. Honestly I have a love/hate relationship with these things. Although, lately it’s been hate than love.

Right off the bat, I fell in love with this style of headphone. It was completely cord free and the earbuds fit snugly in your ear. The earbuds operate on touch controls to play your music and start your workout. It connects to your phone via Bluetooth but also has the option to store music on the earbuds themselves. That’s pretty cool right?

Problem #1 – What if you use a streaming service?

I don’t buy and download music on my phone. I haven’t purchased individual songs in YEARS. I’ve always used a streaming service whether that’s been Microsoft’s Groove Music or Spotify. That problem with that is, the battery life on these isn’t so great with streaming. Even if I have playlists downloaded to my phone, it still operates as “streaming” and kill the battery. If you like going on runs longer than 45 minutes, these headphones aren’t for you. By the end of my long runs, I end up playing music straight from my phone. Imagine me running through the neighborhood with music coming from my waist. Awesome, right?

Problem #2 – Touch Controls don’t work with Spotify

I know a lot of people who like to listen to playlists curated by Spotify. Well unless you don’t ever want to skip a song, these headphones don’t like Spotify. I gave these a listen with Spotify and when I tried to use ANY of the music controls, it didn’t work. Not fun.

Problem #3 – The charging case doesn’t hold a charge for long

Maybe it’s just me but when I was given these earbuds, I didn’t think I’d have to charge them multiple times a week. I charge my Fitbit and Garmin once a week. Most smartwatches are pretty similar and hold a charge for a good chunk of time. These earbuds? You can forget about that. I have to charge them every night before I play to go on a run. Say I ran on Tuesday for 30 minutes. You would think I would have enough battery for my run on Wednesday. Especially since the chase doubles as a charger! In this case, I would get 10 minutes into my run and the earbuds shut off. This is extremely frustrating and many other earbud owners have the same issue. There may be a fix but this is my number one frustration.

Overall, I’d have to give these a thumbs down. Unfortunately I REALLY hate corded headphones and I carry my phone in my Flipbelt at my waist so it would be a headache to figure that out. There’s other earbuds out there that are specifically made for runners. However they are a pretty penny so I won’t be running out the door to get those anytime soon. Until then, I’ll be trying to find a work around to get through my runs with these headphones!

Do you have wireless headphones?

The Weekend of Rest

I was so glad when I looked at my training schedule and saw that this past week was a recovery week. Recovery Week meant shorter runs. That also meant my Saturday was pretty relaxing!

Saturday

I started my weekend with a run. It was supposed to be a six mile run but I may have pushed myself a bit too much on Thursday. My legs were still sore on Saturday so I settled for a three mile run.

After my run, I figured I would FINALLY wash my dang car. Y’all it has been a hot minute since my poor car has been washed. Since I was sweaty from my run, I really didn’t have an excuse, haha!

The rest of the morning was pretty boring to be honest. However, it was great! Jordan and I really want to watch the new Kinsman movie that comes out this week. So after breakfast, Jordan and I picked up the first movie from our library’s rental service.

Once lunchtime came around, we figured we should clean up and run some errands.

After we finished our errands, we stopped for some Chinese food. I ate way too much Veggie Fried Rice (like always) but it was so good! I’m working on leaning out this next week so I was definitely eating all the carbs this weekend, haha!

I played around with my cute purse and tumbler I bought on Friday. After dinner, Jordan and I strolled around the mall. I needed a small wristlet or wallet for the Tone It Up tour this week. When I saw this pink purse, I just had to have it!

Sunday

Our Sunday was the usual routine. Church lately has been so amazing. My eyes begin to water when I think of all the volunteer efforts and great things they have done for those affected by the hurricane. They shared that they had prepared around 80,000 hot meals for the community since the Monday after the storm hit. How amazing is that?!

In keeping with eating all the carbs, we stopped for lunch at Mod pizza! Their pizzas are so delicious and I love to try different toppings. We also walked over to Menche’s, the new frozen yogurt place, after lunch for a sweat treat.

Sunday’s are for football and we sure watched a bit! We are big Kansas City Chiefs fans so we really enjoyed the win. It was close but a great game! Jordan and I also caught the Cowboys and Broncos game even with the weather delay. I’ve been a Cowboys fan since I was young (adopted in the Chiefs family when I married Jordan) but I love Von Miller so it’s tough! He’s an Aggie and while he can be pretty eccentric, he’s a smart guy!

While the Cowboys and Broncos game was on weather delay, I did my meal prep for the week. Since I’ll be volunteering for the Tone It Up tour, I want to look toned. My diet will be clean and limited salt as the week goes on. It isn’t restrictive and since it is only for the week, I’m pretty excited for it!

Did you catch any football games this weekend?

Half Marathon Training Recap

I still can’t believe it’s September! There’s Pumpkin flavored everything now. I stopped by Dunkin Donuts for a morning coffee earlier this week and they already had their fall specials. One thing I am looking forward to is cooler weather. This summer has been a bit of a rough one for me in terms of running but it’s going better now.

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RacePace: Houston’s Premiere Running Studio

If you’re part of the fitness community in Houston, you may have heard about RacePace. Simply put, RacePace is a running studio. You’re probably scratching your head and asking yourself, what in the world is a running studio? You’re probably familiar with spin studios like SoulCycle or Flywheel. This is a similar concept for running! You’re in a room full of treadmills and you’re running along side others while listening to music and being coached by an instructor.

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Looking Forward To A New Season Of Running

My light bill is through the roof, my glass is dying, and the “feels like” temperature is consistently in the triple digits, it’s August y’all! I’m going to be a Debbie Downer and just say I’m over it being this hot. Every day, I try to get as much done as possible before the sun comes up. The heat is stifling and it’s just downright nasty out there.

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The Weekend To Recover

Well, it’s been a while since I stopped by! Unfortunately, Jordan’s grandmother passed away last weekend so we were swept up in everything. We spent most of the week in Kansas to pay our respects. His grandmother was a great woman and was well loved by everyone. She welcomed me in as soon as she met me and always took care of Jordan like she was his own child. Mrs. Bonnie Jones will be missed.

Jordan and I arrived back to Houston Thursday night. As soon as we landed, I high tailed it to the gym to get some fresh air. Traveling makes me anxious and this was a rough time so I needed a bit of familiarity to ease my nerves. Continue reading The Weekend To Recover