Spartan Cruise Contest! {plus a free race entry giveaway}

Hey, welcome back from a nice, long Labor Day weekend!  Hopefully you all got some R&R and are ready for the work week.  Sadly, I don’t have many pictures from this weekend, which means that I must have been too caught up in the moments to remember.  That’s a good thing, right?

Anyway, today I have some updates from my good friends at Spartan!!  You know I’m a huge proponent of these races, and I know many of you are as well, so whenever I’m asked to spread some Spartan news and offer a giveaway for you guys, I leap at the chance!


For the first time ever, Spartan is doing a Spartan cruise to the Bahamas!  A Spartan Sprint will then take place on this private island in the Bahamas.  Umm…sun, sand, and fitness?  Can it get any better?  Being surrounded by like-minded, crazy people who like to put their bodies through complete torture and dirt, for 3 days? Where can I sign up?


I also have a link for you guys to sign up for this Spartan cruise!!  By clicking on the picture below, you will be taken to the website where you can sign up for the giveaway.

Spartan Race Giveaway

Second piece of news from Spartan…They are holding their World Championship in Killington, Vermont on September 20th, 2014.  If you think you can handle it, I strongly encourage you to sign up, especially if you live near by!  It’s sounding like it’s going to be a great event, super fun, inspirational, and unforgettable.

World-Championship-A-FrameDon’t think you’re quite ready for that yet?  Need some practice?  Because I have another giveaway for a free race entry code to any one Spartan Race in the continental US.  And this one is just for Blondes Have More Run readers, so get your entries in! Your chances are high!  Enter in the Rafflecopter below…The giveaway ends Friday, September 5th at 12am.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Have a great Tuesday lovelies!


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Five Things Friday

Happy Friday everyone!  I’m going to start doing a “Five Things Friday” post, where I will share five of my favorite things from the week.  It could be a favorite meal, exercise, moment, an article I read, and so on.

Alright, let’s get down to it!

1. New Dishes!

I got some awesome new dishes from Marshalls this week.  Marshall’s for those of you who don’t know, is like a TJ Maxx, and they have some really neat stuff in their homeware and kitchenware sections.  Like…this inspirational coffee mug




And these new bowls for oatmeal…


photo-582.  Lorna Jane Inspirational Tanks

image_7I am loving this new tank that I got at BlogFest from Lorna Jane. I’m a big believer in the strength of will power and mind over matter in fitness.

And the best part about Lorna Jane clothes…

image_9The little heart stitched on the inside of all of her garments.  Adorable!

3. Beautiful Summer Sunsets


4. New Teas!

I got this new CocoCaramel Sea Salt tea from Teavana last weekend.  I only got 2 ounces, and now I wish I would have gotten more. It’s so good!  It’s naturally a little sweet too, so no sweetener needed!  Unless you’re like my sister and prefer a little tea with your sugar.


Elyse came over to watch a movie one night this week and brought these cute glasses and tea bags too.  This is a Jasmine Green Tea & Ginger flavored Hari Tea.

photo-575. If I Stay

I finished this book about ten minutes into my flight home from California last week and was so sad that I had nothing left to read for the rest of my trip home. It took me a week to read the whole book, which is very unusual for me!  Usually I take about 3 weeks to a month to finish a book…and that’s if I finish it!  Many times I’ve just lost interest and never finished a book I’m reading.

if i stay

Photo Credit: Barnes and Nobles

Seeing the preview for the movie is what really pushed me to read this book.  Now that it’s done, I have to go see the movie!  Anyone else read the book or see the movie yet?? Thoughts?

In case you missed it..

Under Armour Armour39 Heart Rate Monitor Review

WIAW – First Day of School Edition

New Recipe! Kale and Squash Sauté!

“Schwinn: Pimp My Playlist” <–great post on finding new music for workouts, with a free playlist!

Have a great Labor Day weekend everyone :)

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Armour39 Heart Rate Monitor Review

While at BlogFest and Idea World Fitness Convention, I was lucky enough to receive a heart rate monitor, the Armour39, from Under Armour!

Let me first explain my past use of heart rate monitors.  Originally, I had the Polar FT4, which comes with a watch to display all the information.  I liked it. It never malfunctioned on me.  I don’t think I ever had any problems with it at all actually.  For how much I paid for it, it worked really well!  However, I started getting in a habit of constantly checking my heart rate and how many calories I had burned so far during my workout. All the information was right there on my wrist! It was just so accessible.

At first, this was really new and cool to me, and it made me push harder!  After a while though, I almost want to say it discouraged me in a way.  I was disappointed if I couldn’t push as hard or burn as many calories as I had before. In reality, I could have just been having an off-day or maybe my body was not fully recovered from the workout the day before…maybe I didn’t get enough sleep the night before, or eat a big enough breakfast to sustain me through my workout.

Point being, having all that information so accessible during my workouts was throwing me off, discouraging me and therefore causing me to perform worse.  So I have since stopped wearing my heart rate monitor so that I can get back in touch with my body.  I’ve re-learned to sense how hard I’m working, how much I’m exerting myself, how out of breath I am, etc.

I still miss that aspect of seeing how hard I worked at the end of my workout.  Enter the Armour39!

photo-56Armour39 connects with an app right on your phone.  You don’t have to be in the app for it to keep recording, so you can just start your workout in the app, leave the app and never look at it until the end of your workout!  That’s what I do, at least!  I find it keeps my focus in my workouts and on my intensity.  And then I get to just check it at the end.

(Sidenote:  If you are the type of person that likes having the watch to show your stats, there is a watch available that is sold separately)

This is a screen shot of my workout summary from a 4 mile run I did on Monday.

IMG_9782Something else I just discovered about this app that I love…it connects with any Map My Fitness app.  When I run I use Map My Run to track my mileage, so the two apps sync up and talk to me through my workout, letting me know my mileage and how close I am to my Willpower goal.


By now you’re probably wondering…what is your “willpower?”  So I took this directly from Under Armour’s site…

WILLpower™ is based on an algorithm that combines how long you workout, what you did, profile info like gender and weight, and key heart rate measures to give you a single score. Set your target every day and go after it.”

This is another feature that separates the Armour39 from other heartrate monitors. It’s a great tool to use to compare your workouts.  So far, I really really like it.  It’s fun to use.  I’m having a lot of fun with the WILLpower targets, yet it’s not psyching me out too much.

You can read more about the Armour39 here.

Disclosure:  I received a free Armour39 heart rate monitor.  All thoughts and opinions within this post are my own.

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