Storm Stella Is Here, But Spring Is Coming, Let’s Spring4Prana!

Winter may be pounding away outside, but Spring is coming and I don’t know about you, but I’m ready for it!  I’m so over this snow and have spent today daydreaming about warmer days.

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What better way to think Spring, than to checkout the new Spring Collection from prAna and to take advantage of 15% off your purchase with code S4P17SMM? I am loving what they have to offer this season and look forward to rocking my new look during outdoor adventures in the warmer months.

These pieces are great for both lounging or running around town in.

The Chetan Capris are definitely going to be a new staple for me.  Seriously, they are one of the most comfortable and durable pair of leggings I’ve worn in a long time.

Aside from the fun and stylish look, the outfit passes the workout test.  I’ve already worn these a few times for my weight training days, but decided to test them out again with some light yoga work.

The entire outfit did not disappoint.  The top was both supportive, but also comfortable and flowy throughout every movement.  No worry of flashing your gymmates!

I’m actually surprised by the Mika Strappy Top and how much I like it.  I’m normally not big on super strappy or open backed tops because they often dig in and cause unsightly bulging, but this wasn’t the case.

The Chetan Capris have many great features as well.  The “raw edge” seaming details are super flattering to your curves and they lay flat so you won’t feel them.  They sit high on the waist (even though they are described as low rise) with an extra thick band of elastic that doesn’t dig in.

They are also great for movement.  Nothing gets exposed as the fabric is stretched and the wide waist band holds everything in place.  As someone with loose skin and a mommy tummy, this was a happy discovery.

And, bonus, there’s a secret pocket!  Perfect for stashing my rings when I’m using kettlebells or the bar.

If you haven’t checked out prAna’s Spring Collection now is the time to take a look and don’t forget you’ll save 15% off your order with code S4P17SMM.   Why not kill those winter blues with a wardrobe refresh?

 

 

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Race Recap: 5K Foam Fest-Batavia, NY 6/7/14

**NOTE:  As of July 17th, 2014 5KFoamFest has declared bankruptcy and is no longer offering races.  

This past weekend,  I ran my first 5KFoamFest Obstacle Race.  Overall, the experience was fun and entertaining, but I wouldn’t consider this to be one of the more challenging obstacle races out there. It’s definitely a great beginner course (unless you are deftly afraid of heights) and provides just enough of challenge for new runners to get a thrill of accomplishment.

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Let me preface by saying that I’ve only completed one other obstacle 5K, the Tough Turtle, a locally funded course.  So, my experience in the realm of obstacle races is fairly limited.  Another factor to consider in our experience is that we opted for a late heat at 1pm.  This meant the course was likely less congested than it could have been earlier in the day.

I think it worked to our advantage though because it meant less of a wait at certain points.  We did have to stop and wait a couple of times during the course, the few that I can remember were for the Aqua Lily Pads, The Cargo Climb, The Death Drop, and Monkey Business.

It’s a little bit of a blur now, but I think our first obstacle was the Aqua Lily Pads.  I actually really enjoyed this one and I was so proud of myself when I almost made it to the end without falling.  It was comical to watch those ahead of us attempt to work their way across.  There weren’t many that fared well (myself included).

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The Chamber of Foam was the next messy obstacle ahead.  I fully embraced it and went face first into the foam filled bouncy house.

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We then jogged/walked onto the next few obstacles which included a crawl through the mud and climbing over a wall.  This was followed by the biggest slip and slide ever!  It wasn’t as slippery as I would have expected though and it was a little more belly flop and stop than slip and slide, but we made due and ran the rest of it.

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The slip and slide was followed by the Trip Wire (no photos) and Mike’s Hard Lemonator (pictured below).

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We also had a few other obstacles that escape my mind.  Like I said, it all blurred together by the end.  All in all we had fun and I would definitely recommend this race if you are looking for a non-serious, fun 5k.  I’m a bit nit picky when it comes to races so I decided to make a list of my pros and cons.

Pros:

  • Great beginner obstacle race.
  • You get a lot of swag!  (race medal, t-shirt, race photos, mike’s hard lemonade, sticker)
  • FUN!  This race is a fun race and you don’t need to feel out-of-place or like you are in an environment with overly competitive people.
  • They provided a bag check.
  • Obstacles are spaced out enough to allow for recovery (great for new runners) and to avoid congestion.
  • Great wash station at the end of the race, the water wasn’t freezing!
  • Changing tents
  • Porta potties
  • Convenient parking.

Cons:

  • They ran out of t-shirt sizes by the time we were ready to pick them up, wish we could have picked them up before the race.
  • The course wasn’t very challenging (if you are looking for a challenge)
  • No finishing photo or finish announcement

If you want to get wet, foamy, and muddy all in one day be sure to hop on over to http://5kfoamfest.com/ and use CODE:FF3412 to save $5 on your registration.