ASICS EDITOR’S CHALLENGE

If we are connected on Twitter, you know I had some pretty big news on Friday. Asics, the premiere running and athletic company, invited me to run this year’s TCS New York City Marathon as part of their Asics Editor’s Challenge. I, along with a few other bloggers, will be running 26.2 miles alongside some of the most elite runners. Well, maybe not alongside them because they’re much much faster than I am, but I’m proud to be a part of the Asics family and represent them as I run the streets of New York.

ASICS EDITOR'S CHALLENGE

To be clear, even though I just shared the news I did not start training last week. I would not recommend that anyone decide to run a marathon with 45 days to go. I’ve been completing my long runs each week as part of my training plan, but just not sharing on social media. Do you know how hard that is for me? To run 10+ miles each week and not share with you on Twitter, Instagram, or Facebook?

So why am I running again and putting my body through this torture again? Besides the fact that I’m so THRILLED to be a part of the Asics team, I frickin’ love this race, the community of runners that comes from all over the world, and New York City. My city. More importantly, I love the challenge. I love doing something I never in my wildest dreams thought I would do. Even though I’ve been to this rodeo a few times now, the experience is like it’s my first time each and every time. I still get butterflies in my stomach thinking of race day and I still question whether I can do it. But I love proving myself wrong. I love showing myself that I’m stronger than I think.

Strength is found on the other side of discomfort.

My goal this year is not only to finish the race, but to finish it in 4:45 or at the very least under 5:00. That was my goal last year but I missed it be two minutes (insert gnashing of teeth). My other goal, is to to not cry during the race. I seem to always get emotional right around miles 15 and 16 when I spot the spectators on First Avenue. Crying makings breathing very difficult!

How will I accomplish these goals? Asics has hooked me up with Coach Andrew Kastor who trains some of today’s most elite long-distance runners and some amazing gear. I had my first call with Coach Kastor last week. I was worried that he’d think “psssh, this girl is so amateur.” Instead, he was extremely supportive, reassuring, and kind. His training plan has also made me realize how I’ve been over training the last few years. Ladies, running more does not make you a better runner. Run smarter!

Now that I’ve shared the news, I look forward to the coming weeks. I can’t wait to share with you how much I’m getting stronger. I can’t wait to present the amazing Asics products I get to try. And I’m so excited that you’ll be a part of this one-in-a lifetime experience with me.

ASICS EDITOR'S CHALLENGE NYC MARATHON

Meet the Editor’s Challenge Team

Megan of I Run For Wine (me too girl, me too) from Tampa, FL
Chris of Run Run Live from Boston, MA
Megan L. of Run Like A Grl from Brooklyn, NY
Gregg of NYC Sweat from New York, NY

For more on Asics and all their current products like the GEL-Pursue and GEL-Kayano 21, visit their website.

What I’m currently training in: the Asics GEL-LYTE 33

VITAMINS AND SUPPLEMENTS

Vitamins and supplements. Do you take them? They say you should. Our food quality in this country is not what it should be. By the time food reaches our plates it’s been depleted of nutrients through the shipping and processing so many of us are lacking the proper nutrients. As I’ve been getting older, I’ve been on the lookout for good products to help supplement my clean eating and exercise. Here are a few of my favorites.

VitaPerk
My friend Brad is part of team that is launching this cool new product called VitaPerk. VitaPerk is a powdered vitamin supplement you can add to your coffee.
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They come in slim packets similar to Starbucks VIA packets and come in three different varieties: plain, vanilla, and hazelnut. I have to say that my personal favorite is the plain. It’s flavorless and blends right into my coffee. I love that I can take a vitamin without swallowing a pill. I love that I can’t taste it. I may forget to take a multi-vitamin in pill form but I never forget to drink my coffee. It’s so easy.

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PROVIOTIC
ProViotic from Juice Press is the first vegan probiotic in the market. Unlike other probiotics where the good bacteria comes from a human mouth or gut, or soy, ProViotic’s comes from a flower and that which is cultivated in fresh green juice.

This supplement with a clean diet keeps me regular and I suffer from fewer stomach aches. I make sure to take it especially when I’m traveling (which I’m doing now) and expecting to consume different foods.

MEEHAN FORMULATION’S BIO FACTOR ATP
I don’t take this stuff every day. I hate the way it smells, but I suck it up and take it before a long run. It definitely does help sustain my energy and cuts down recovery time. I ran 16 miles yesterday and my legs are 90% back to normal is less than 24 hours.

Sure, it could be due to the fact that my legs are used to the long distance or it may have a placebo effect, but the main point is that it works for me.

NEW CHAPTER FISH OIL
Most of us don’t get nearly the amount of omega-3s as we should. When I was participating in Ariane Hundt’s Slim & Strong program, I learned about all the benefits of fish oil. It’s good for the heart, brain function, eyes, skin, and also helps you lean out.

It’s not a diet pill, but it aids your body in building lean muscle mass which burns fat.

New Chapter’s is one of the purest forms so I highly recommend the extra investment. I also recommend freezing the oil capsules so you don’t get the potential fishy after taste.

I am not a doctor. I just wanted to share what I take and what works for me. Supplements are what they claim to be, supplements. They aid your body in what it’s supposed to do. They don’t actually do it all for you. Scientific data has conflicting reports whether supplements improve health or prevent disease. But again, I know what works for me and if it works for me it’s good enough reason for me. As always, consult with your doctor and do what works for you. We are all different people and unique in how we function.

What about you? Do you take vitamins or supplements? Which ones?

HEALTHY THAI ICED COFFEE

One of my favorite things to order at Thai restaurants is their iced coffee. I love the rich flavor and the creamy texture of Thai iced coffee- it’s like a frappe without all the foam – but I hate drinking my calories. I’d rather have more food! So here’s how to have your coffee and eat drink it too. Make your coffee with coconut water for added hydration, potassium, magnesium, and electrolytes. I’ll be enjoying this healthy Thai iced coffee as we count down the last days of summer. Recipe after the jump.

Healthy Thai Iced Coffee

Healthy Thai Iced Coffee

INGREDIENTS:
1 – Serving of Iced Coffee Concentrate (I used Grady’s)
1 – 10 oz Bottle of Copra Raw Coconut Water
1 – Can of Coconut Milk (I used Thai Kitchen’s)
Agave to taste (I didn’t use any…the coconut water and milk sweetened it enough for me)
Ice

Serves: 2-4

INSTRUCTIONS:
1. Make iced coffee mixture by combining cold iced coffee concentrate and Copra Raw Coconut Water. Follow the instructions for making iced coffee using the concentrate.

2. Add ice to glass. Pour iced coffee mixture. Top with coconut milk.

3. All the coconut milk slowly sink into the coffee. You’ll see an ombré effect. Serve and allow the drinker to stir his/her drink. Enjoy!

Healthy Thai Iced Coffee

Healthy Thai Iced Coffee

Healthy Thai Iced Coffee

If you’d like to find out how to win a week’s supply of Copra Raw Coconut water to try this recipe and more, head on over to my Instagram.

I hope you have a WONDERFUL Friday. Cheers to the weekend, Lean Girls!

RUN 10 FEED 10

I have to admit that when it comes to food, I don’t have a problem with a shortage. My hunger is self-induced because I’m trying to lose weight, detox, or just watching what I am eating. Some don’t have that option and must eat whatever they have. In fact, 49 million Americans are hungry and don’t know where thru next meal with come from. One in six American children don’t know when their next meal will be. Hunger affects a child’s development and hurts their chance at succeeding in life.

I will never know what that’s like and most likely if you’re reading Lean Girls Club you will never know what it’s like either. Our biggest problem will be figuring out not WHEN our next meal will be but rather WHERE our next meal will come from amd WHAT it will be: Whole Foods, a meal concierge service like Blue Apron, or a fancy schmancy restaurant we read about in New York magazine.

This problem of hunger is real. And here at home. In America. Whatever your political stance, hunger is real and it’s one problem that’s solvable. Here’s how you can make a difference with Women’s Health and Feed. All you have to do is run.

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RUN 10 FEED 10. Join Women’s Health and FEED to fight hunger here at home. Sign up to run a 10K And your race entry fee will go to provide 10 meals in your city. How amazing is that? You can either sign up to run an organized 10K race in NYC, Chicago, or San Francisco or you can join one of the many fun runs nationwide. If that doesn’t work, you can host and run on you own race and the money you raise will go to provide meals in your local metropolitan area.

I will be running the RUN 10 FEED 10 race in NYC on September 21. Will you join me? And here’s a special offer for Lean Girls a club readers only: I’m offering a $5 discount on your entry fee, which will still provide 10 meals to your local food bank.

Code: R10F10PR

If that weren’t incentive enough, every registration will include an AWESOME, limited edition FEED bag and a finisher’s FEED bracelet.

RUN 10 FEED 10

RUN 10 FEED 10

Want the FEED bag NOW and can’t wait? Here’s how you can win.

Tweet a link to this post and tag @leangirlsclub on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram for your chance to win this limited edition FEED bag with goodies from Women’s Healthy, Sparkly Soul, Luna Bars, Chia Bars filled with hair ties, water bottles, snacks, a workout DVD, magazine, beauty products, and more. It’s the Lean Girl’s ultimate swag bag.

Offer is only available to US residents. You have until 10 am ESt September 17, 2014 to enter.

So what do you think? Will you join me for this race? Will you make a difference in your community? Let me know!


For more info on RUN 10 FEED 10 and to find a race near you, please visit their website.

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#IWILLWHATIWANT WITH UNDER ARMOUR

Mercedes Benz Fashion Week is underway. I’ve never been one to really care what’s happening in the Tent or on the runway, but I’ve been thrilled with the trend of more and more fitness brands participating in the glories of Fashion Week: Athleta, Oiselle, and now Under Armour. I was invited to celebrate Fashion Week and the announcement of Under Armour’s newest ambassador (find out who below) at the beautiful Hudson Mercantile for a work out with Natalie Uhling, fit styles, and treats. It was a grand ol’ time. Thanks again to Under Amour for dressing me from head to toe.

Under Armour Women: I WILL WHAT I WANT
Sports Bra: UA Eclipse Sports Bra | Leggings: UA Perfect Tight Printed Capri | Socks: UA Neon Liner Socks | Shoes: UA Micro G Renegade Training Shoe

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Under Armour: I WILL WHAT I WANT

Under Armou: I WILL WHAT I WANT

Under Armour Women’s slogan and current campaign is I WILL WHAT I WANT. It’s a positive reinforcement that one WILL achieve whatever she puts her mind to with some hard work. I love the message! I practice this kind of positive thinking in my life daily. I dream it. I say it aloud and pray about it. I have faith that my efforts won’t be wasted. I achieve it. Sometimes the achievement isn’t what I had in mind, but it’s usually something greater than I could have imagined. Always believe in the process and yourself and you WILL see results.

So who is Under Amour Women’s newest I WILL WHAT I WANT ambassador? (More Please)