Thursday, April 16, 2015

HOKA ONE ONE Clifton Running Shoe Review

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I am super excited to tell you guys about the amazing HOKA ONE ONE Clifton shoes I had the pleasure of reviewing for Runner's World Magazine...

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The HOKA ONE ONE Clifton running shoes were voted Runner's World Editors pick for 2015...



First thing I thought about the HOKA shoes when I saw them a couple years ago at a race, was OMG those are the strangest running shoes I have ever seen. There is no way they could be comfortable to run in. I noticed how bulky and heavy looking they were on peoples feet, but I thought to each his own, right? Fast forward to this past year I started noticing them more and more out on the course. I knew at that point there must be something about these shoes that made them desirable. So I did a little researching on the computer and this is why the HOKA ONE ONE shoes have become so popular...

HOKA ONE ONE TECHNOLOGY
From www.hokaoneone.com

Since 2010, HOKA ONE ONE® has been on a quest to bring ground breaking and elevated benefits to all runners. HOKA ONE ONE engineers unique performance midsole geometries that feature higher volume, softer density, and greater rebounding foam than standard running shoes.

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That def explains why the bottoms of these shoes look different...

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So the question was how do they feel on your feet when running?

The first time I ran in the HOKA ONE ONE Cliftons was at the Crescent City Classic 10k a couple weekends ago. I know I probably shouldn't have worn them the first time in a race, however I was blogging for the race and wasn't "racing" so it would be ok...

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They took a little while to get used to at first. I felt like I was having to work a little more at picking my feet up. I think that was due to knowing there was more of a cushion under my feet than I was used to. By about mile 4 I started getting used to them and realizing that I needed to run exactly how I would in my previous running shoes and it became a lot easier on my legs. They were surprisingly not heavy at all. Trust me when I say looks are very deceiving, they are super light.

I have taken them for a couple more runs and have fallen in love with them. I have had virtually know hip problems at all. I suffer with ITBS in my left hip and it usually gets pretty sore after any run over 5 miles and I havent had that problem since running in the HOKAS. I have the Biggest Loser half marathon this Sunday, so I will def update on how it feels after running 13.1 miles. Stay Tuned on that!

I also tried them out in the gym. I normally wouldnt wear my running shoes at the gym, but I was doing exercises on the elliptical that mimic running so I wore them to check it out...

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Again they were super comfy and my feet were not tired after the workout. SCORE!

Confession time: My super awesome Fat to Fit Radio Show cohost Cindy Lane Ross has been a HOKA fan for quite sometime now.

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She suffers from Planters Fascittis and since changing over to the HOKAS she has had no flares up at all. We have been talking about them for a while on the radio show and I have admittedly cracked a couple jokes about her running in them. Well the jokes on me, these shoes are amazingly comfortable. My feet are not nearly as tired after a run as they were in some of my previous shoes. The impact on my hip so far has been next to nothing.

The Fat to Fit Radio Show cohost are def fans of the HOKA ONE ONE running shoes...

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If you are looking for a great running shoe with lots of cushion under your feet, the HOKA ONE ONE Clifton shoe is for you.

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If you suffer from an impact pain/injury, you should def try out one of the many HOKA ONE ONE shoes. They have a ton of shoes for you to choose from online, just find the one that's right for you.

You can find them at www.hokaoneone.com and on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and even Pinterest. They also have a You Tube channel that has some great videos featuring their awesome shoe line.

Also make sure you check out Runner's World Magazine online. It has been one of my favorite magazines for years.

Disclaimer: I was given a pair of HOKA ONE ONE Clifton running shoes from Runner's World Magazine on behalf of HOKA ONE ONE and compensated in exchange for my honest review. As always all opinions are my own. 





Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Traditions Triathlon Relay Recap

This past Saturday my kids and I headed to Biloxi MS for the 5th annual Traditions Tri. This race is held at the gorgeous Tradition Village and put on by the Run-N-Tri Company.

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Oh and its also organized by my friend and fellow +CCC10k blogger Lisa McCombs of Tri Our Adventure. Go check out her blog, you will LOVE it and she is also an amazing Tri Coach if your looking for someone to take you to the next level. Lisa is your girl...

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So when we get to Biloxi it was raining, however I wasn't too worried about it because I was about to get into Traditions Lake and swim 1/3 of a mile for my relay team. So getting wet was not a big deal to me. I also was there to meet up with my relay team whom I had only met our cyclist, John, a couple times and had never met our runner, Nicole. We were put together by Lisa, so I was super excited to meet them. I met up with Nicole at the registration tent.

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LOVED her! I go to quite a few events during the year where I meet new people. There are those few people you meet that you instantly have a connection with and Nicole was one of those people. She is a mom of 4 and a speedy runner. We talked a lot about her transition into the tri world next year and I can tell she is going to be one of those people that is going to kill it. Look out you guys, shes coming...

The race started at 8 am, so I knew I needed to get ready with my wetsuit on and get to the swim start. John's wife, Shental was there to hang out with me before the start. She is such an amazing motivator...

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It was almost time for us to line up and hit the water. They had decided this year to do a self seeded swim start. They had "corrals" based on your own estimated swim time so you just lined up behind that time.

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I had never swam in Tradition Lake so I decided I would line up in the 10-12 minutes group. It was a 615 yd (1/3 mile) swim. I knew I could easily swim that in under 10 at the pool, but this was my first open water swim of the season, so I played safe with my time. (Sorry so blurry) They were letting one person in at a time, it was a great way to enter a swim start.

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Finally it was my turn to hit the water and the temp was great. I could have prob swam without the wetsuit and really wish I would have. I ended up having to unzip it halfway through the swim because I couldn't breathe very well. YIKES! Not to self if the wetsuit feels too tight, ditch it, LOL!

After what felt like a pretty decent swim, I emerged out of the water pretty happy...

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and headed to the bike transition...

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They have it set up that you come out of the water in the same place you enter the water, so you run about 150 meters to the bike transition. Since I was on a relay team and was just swimming, my part was done. It was now Johns turn to ride the 17 hilly miles around Traditions Village...

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John is an amazing athlete. He is just fearless and it is so inspiring.

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John had a great ride even after he realized he lost his back brakes, he still stayed on track and kept going. #boommmmm. He the passed the timing chip to Nicole who was ready to run her 3 mile course to the finish...

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She was running really strong. Apparently the course goes off into a trail for a minute. Be prepared for that if you decide to the race next year.

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She brought our team home with a really strong finish...

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I loved doing the relay option of races. Not only is it a great way to experience a part of the race, but also a great way to hang out with new and old friends,

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Loved having my kiddos there with me to cheer me on. Unfortunately my husband had to work so we flew solo. But they were great race support...

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After the race was over we headed to the finish line party and WHOA it was amazing. They had food from Newks, including awesome sandwiches...

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and an amazing salad...

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They also had Southern pecan beer and Michelob Ultra, OH and the most amazing Frozen Pink Lemonade Pie from Murphy's that was to die for...

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After the awards were given out which were a super cute coffee cup painted by the W.J.Quarles Elementary School kids...

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Super cute! They had a ton of raffle prizes. Each athlete got 1 raffle ticket in their packet and then you could buy more at the finish line. They were giving away running shoes, race entries, goggles, tshirts, sunglasses, fuel packs, and even a brand new tri bike. CRAZY! All of the proceeds went to the Ansley's Angels charity, which matches athletes with a child that would not be able to participate in the event without the help of their group of angels.

They actually started the @ccc10k race last weekend in New Orleans...

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Of course I didn't win anything in the raffle :( However Nicole managed to snag her a Battleship 12k  entry from yours truly :)

Overall the Traditions Tri is a must do race next year. I am actually thinking about doing the entire thing myself. It was just an overall FUN day even in the rain.

IF you want to check out the Traditions Tri you can find them at www.traditionstri.com. And like them on FB for updates about next years race.

Do you have a favorite small race or tri?

This was my own personal review, no compensation was given. As always all opinions are my own!

Monday, April 13, 2015

The Biggest Loser Winner...

And we have a winner. Im super excited to see all of you downtown next Sunday. Have a great week...

I was given an entry into The Biggest Loser RunWalk in Mobile AL and one to give away no other compensation was given. As always all opinions are my own.

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Biggest Loser RUN/WALK Half marathon/5k giveaway...


I am super excited that The Biggest Loser Run/Walk decided to come back to Mobile AL this year on April 19th. We don't have a lot of long distance races here, so I really wanted this race to come back this year to the Gulf Coast. They have a half marathon and 5k distance. Remember that you can run or walk this half marathon or 5k, so everyone can participate. The course is amazing and runs through the beautiful downtown Oakleigh district of Mobile. There is only about a week left to REGISTER, so if your going to get in on the Biggest Loser action you need to sign up now. Your registration includes the following...

I love the medal and the free race photos, SCORE!

They always bring a great group of past contestants to hang out with all of the runners. Last year I was lucky enough to get a chance to hang out with Francy and Jeff from season 14.

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They were so nice and I loved actually hearing their story from them instead of what you hear from the TV show. They were at the finish line congratulating everyone and keeping the party going.

So this years special guests are...


I am super excited to meet them and you should be too. Not only do you get to hang out with former contestants they also put on a great finish line festival and a super fun kids run.


The Kids Fit Foundation is a national non-profit organization created to serve communities with the charitable mission to fund and provide fitness programs for at risk youth and their families.

SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO, I hope you are just as excited as I am about this premier half marathon/5k race coming next weekend. 

The great news is that the awesome people over at The Biggest Loser wants one of you to run/walk the race on them, so enter below for your chance to hang out with Dan, Jackie, Gina, J.J., and of course me on April 19th, I promise you will have a great time.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

This giveaway will run from Wednesday, 4/7/15 till midnight on Sunday, 4/12/15. I will pick a winner via Rafflecopter on Monday 4/13/15 and contact the winner via email/social media. Good Luck!

Disclaimer: I was given a free entry into The Biggest Loser Run/Walk half marathon and one entry to give away, no other compensation was received. As always all opinions are mine.

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Crescent City Classic 10k 2015 Race Recap...

CCC10k RACE DAY,  YAYYYYYYYYYYYYY!

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This is the fourth year (3rd year medaled) that I have ran the Crescent City Classic 10k in New Orleans with 17,000 + of my closest friends. Why does everyone love this race? I'm not sure, but I might be able to show you why. Crescent City Classic 10k recap...

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One of the things I love about the ccc10k is that it is a point to point race. So it starts by the Superdome at the Hyatt and ends at City Park. The only down side to a point to point race is that you have to decide to park at the start or at the finish. Either way you are riding a bus. LOL! We had decided that we would get up early and get ready to go and take our car to the finish and ride the buses back to the start. Because we were meeting the other bloggers at the start line at 7am for pictures, we needed to get the car to the finish line as soon as the buses started rolling at 5:30am. YES 5:30 AM! AHHHHHHHHH! It was a super early wake up for an 8 o'clock start time. LOL! Luckily we were lucky enough to have a VIP parking pass so we were able to park close and get right on a bus back to the start. However there were plenty of parking spots that were not VIP that were close too. So the key is getting there early. While we were on the very dark and quiet school bus there was this very sweet woman that got on the bus by herself and was so excited about the race. She was trying to get the party started. After getting off the bus, we found her to thank her for waking us up and getting us in the New Orleans mode. She was a teacher and loved people. The people of New Orleans are amazing...

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We headed to Champions Square at the Superdome. This is kind of the hub for the runners. They had Community Coffee, Smoothie King, and lots and lots of bathrooms set up for people to use. After finding our way out of Champions Square we headed to the start line to meet up with the famous George Melichar.

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We also met up with the some of the other bloggers for a quick picture at the start line.

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Jason, Joe, Gina, Fred, Heather, Allyson, me, George, Lisa, and the CCC10k race owner  Richard Thomas.

The elite and seeded runners started to line up for the race. This is the start of 17,000 runners about to go under that START line.

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The Crescent City Classic attracts elite runners from around the world. It is really cool to see all of the professional athletes warming up at the start line. The athletes in the picture finished 3rd overall female (32:51 5:18/M) and 7th overall male (29:57 4:50/M) Crazy fast!

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At 7:45 they had a soft start for the group Ainsley's Angel Team Chris.

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At 7:55 they had the Boy Scouts and the Military band come out and play the National Anthem. And then one of my favorite race announcers whom also happens to be the Gulf Coast Half Series race director got the crowd pumped up and the race started.

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At 8 a.m. they were off...

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Before the race George and I had decided in order to give you guys the full race experience we would stop and take a lot of pictures along the course. So Jennifer and Tiffany ran ahead.

So with out further ado, the Classic course...

We decided that starting the race after the nun and the Pope was only fitting because after all it was Easter weekend.

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Oh yeah and in true New Orleans fashion, of course the CCC10k was also having a costume contest during the race...HEEHEE!!!

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The race started on Poydras St where right off out the gate there were these awesome people handing out jello shots.

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YESSSS! remember this is New Orleans...

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Then we took a left by Harrahs Casino on to Decatur St where you hit Mile 1 right in the heart of the French Quarter.

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Then we headed toward every ones favorite New Orleans landmark, Cafe Du Monde. We may or may not have stolen someones beignets, shhhhh!

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We had to help out this lost Storm Trooper (another costume contest entry)

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After running through the French Quarters you head towards the French Market and take a left on Esplanade Ave for the last 4 miles.

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Esplanade Ave is a gorgeous tree lined street with some amazing New Orleans style homes.

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I mentioned before that there were over 17,000 runners in the race. A lot of people race the ccc10k but for the most its a race to have a lot of fun with friends. These ladies were just off to the sidelines cheering other runners on while they were taking a break.

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This guys was giving people power ups...

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And of course Summertime Santa was giving people shots of margarita out of his water ski. (Normal right? Only in Nola!)

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Then there was this Saints Fireman, He was fully suited, oxygen tank and all. I must say watching him run with full gear was very inspiring.

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We also stopped and had a little Jager and a beer with this wild group of firefighters...

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And played in the bubbles with this group...

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Then we partook in a little Easter Saturday Mimosa...

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By this point we had had made it all the way down to City Park and took a left to run the last mile in the park. Kudos to the firefighters and police that helped make the course safe for us.

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After a short run in the park you head towards the front of City Park and around the New Orleans Museum of Art Building and head towards the finish line...

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CCC10k Finish line does not have a finishers chute, so when you are done you walk and around and collect your finisher medal.

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Then make your way to the finish line party entrance. You can enter the party with your race number or by purchasing a ticket at the booth close to the entrance.

Inside the finish line party, Winn Dixie was passing out fruit...

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And Michelob Ultra was keeping the ice cold beer flowing...

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They also had a kids area and tons of bathrooms...

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We had a blast hanging out at the party

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You could also check out all of the sponsor and team charity booths, like the NOTC New Orleans Track Club...

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You could hang out and party all morning with the Johnny Sketch & the Dirty Notes. (Picture cred: @ccc10k)


All together CCC10k raised $500,000 to donate to 15 different New Orleans Charities. Its amazing what this group does for New Orleans.

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Loved meeting up with the other bloggers at the finish line. The CCC10k is all about friendship and fun. 

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Joe, Fred, me, Jenn, Heather, George, Allyson, Gina, Jason, and Nicole

And last but not least I had a blast with 2 of my best friends in the Big Easy...

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I would love for all of you to come and run the Crescent City Classic next year with us. I promise you it will be an experience you will not forget. To all of you out there that PR'd at the Classic, great job. And to those of you who just had a blast and enjoyed the Nola experience, I hope you had a blast. Until next year...

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As a 2015 Official CCC10k blogger, I was given a free entry, VIP parking, and finish line VIP passes and no other compensation. All opinion of course are my own.