Total Fitness in a Kit: FitKit Giveaway

This instagram from Runner’s World Magazine is helping me keep things in perspective during the final week before the TD Beach to Beacon.runner's world motivation

 

Disclosure: FitKit is sponsoring the CabotFit  team by giving  us each a FitKit to try and  one to giveaway.  Cabot is sponsoring my participation in the TD Beach to Beacon 10K Road Race, along with travel and accomodations. I did not receive financial compensation to write this post. Opinions are my own. 

Yesterday was my last training run before the road race. I ran three miles and felt good at this pace which is faster than when I started training for this race only one month ago (more on that later)..work-outdetails

Today I am taking a rest day from running, but I’m trying out a innovative fitness kit called  FitKit. It’s an exercise solution that combines a few simple tools pictured here

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with some online fitness resources. FitKit  allows you to work on upper body, lower body, core, agility, flexiblity and cardio. I am a HUGE believer in a varied exercise routine that includes not only cardio, but also resistance training and functional fitness. (This kit includes ways to work it ALL!)

A growing body of clinical evidence shows that the healthiest bodies are those that reflect the hard work of a varied exercise rountine, including resistance training. Current fitness recommendations from The American College of  Sports Medicine are for adults to  strength train twice a week (three times is optimal).

I use functional fitness to focus on individual goals and demands of running, while keeping training applicable to the everyday stresses of life and running. Functional exercise mimics movement patterns in day-to-day activities and movement patterns in sports. Think of it as, train as you play or work.

If you aren’t sure how to vary your exercise routine, fitkit give you the tools and online resources  to get started by yourself.  As an incentive to give it a try,  I ‘m gving one away. Please enter to win! Contest ends 8/6 2015 at 12:00 am . Must be U.S. resident and at least 18 years old to enter. 

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Feeling Faster: Newton Running Shoes

Putting on my Newton Kismet running shoes makes me want to move!

Newton Kismet Running Shoe; #feelNewtonDisclosure: Newton Running is supporting our 2015 Cabot Fit Team and providing a new pair of running shoes for the race. I was not expected to write this post. I was not financially compensated for my time. Opinions are my own. 

Is it better to be faster than slower? This question reminds me of the AT&T commercials, and  who doesn’t want faster service? But what about running? Should you try to run faster? I’ve already mentioned in previous posts  (here and here) that  I’m jumping on the faster (running)  bandwagon in hopes to set a  PR at the Beach 2 Beacon Road Race in Cape Elizabeth, Maine running with the Cabot Fit Team.

I’m about 4 weeks into my new training and so far I have managed to avoid one of the biggest risks of running faster: injury (knock wood). But I  haven’t avoided ALL the cons of running faster: the work, the sweat, the pain. It’s not fun.

Here’s what’s  helping me push through my slowness ..

1. Faster tempo music. Please stay tuned for an updated playlist!

2. These:Newton Kismet Running Shoe. #feelNewton

Newton Kismet running shoes are making me feel faster. It’s a feeling I can’t explain, but it’s there. Why did I starting running in this shoe after 20+ years in another brand? It was shear serendipity. That’s right,  I never shopped  around for a different shoe. A better shoe. A faster shoe. But when Newton running asked members of the Cabot Fit team,

What’s important to you in a running shoe?

here’s what I told them:

I need a stability shoe, a wide toe box, and I run 25 miles weekly, but I’m trying to cut it back and improve my speed.

I have to say, they nailed it!  I love the support for my significantly pronated gait! These shoes are moderately soft, comfortable, much lighter than my previous trainers, and make me feel energetic. The fit  is perfection;  not too tight but not too loose, and plenty of wiggle room for my piggies.    I logged 14 miles in these my first week and  I have had NO break-in blisters or discomfort of any kind. A terrific transition to a terrific shoe .  Don’t take my word for it, discover for yourself  what they  mean when they say #feelNewton!

What attributes do you look for in a running shoe?

Have you ever worn Newton running shoe?

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