This post is sponsored by SIX:02. They have ridiculously cute fitness shoes & apparel at great prices! 

What is SIX:02?

SIX:02 IS THE PREMIERE WOMEN’S FITNESS STORE. SIX:02 is a moment in time — “It’s Your Time.” Our name reflects the minutes or hours we encourage each woman to take for herself — to work out and stay fit, and to invest in feeling and being her best. The name is meant to inspire!

  • 6:02 — the time you wake up to go to the gym!
  • 6:02 — the time you leave work to attend your spin class!
  • 6:02 — the mile you aspire to run, or beat!

SIX:02 — a whole new retail experience that goes beyond just shopping. Take pride in your appearance, love your exercise, and strive to achieve your goals. SIX:02 is about more than fitness fashion; it’s about offering today’s active women choices, advice, and inspiration. It’s about a feeling of community and connection, where you come first.

A few weeks ago SIX:02 reached out to me to see if I’d be interested in reviewing some of their products and hosting a giveaway to share their awesomeness with you guys. After scoping out their site I agreed and anxiously awaited my box (specifying only that I love to run!) I was floored when I received a new outfit and MY FIRST PAIR OF BROOKS!

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I buy almost all of my shoes & clothing off online discount sites and the prices at SIX:02 were the same, if not BETTER. Plus, they have WAY more to chose from! I am super picky about the stuff I run in and this new top by adidas has already been worn numerous times. I can’t stand it when shirts ride up on me or cling to me and this top does neither. The pants are a bit bright for my boring style but they are comfy! I can’t stand low or tight waistbands and these are comfortable enough to wear just lounging around the house.
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As for my thoughts on the Brooks … I didn’t love them. I really, really wanted to. I’m so used to my super light mizuno’s that I’ve been running in for the last year that these felt a bit heavy and clunky. I’ve got a lot of trail running in my future preparing for my 50k in February so these will be my go-to shoe for that. IMG_7853So when is my SIX:02 moment? It’s 5:15! It’s 6 days a week when my alarm goes off then and I either jump or crawl out of bed (hey, not every morning goes well) and head out to crush some miles. I have some huge running goals coming up in the next 6 months and they only way I will get there is by making the decision EVERY DAY to take time for myself and do the best I can do.

Now for the best part. Salem and I are giving away one $25 gift certificate to SIX:02 (US Residents only.) You can enter twice, just leave a separate comment on this post letting me know that you

The giveaway will close Thursday night at midnight (CST) so check back on Friday to see if you get to do some free shopping!

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Friday morning I had a gorgeous, but very hot and humid, 7 miler. When I got home I heard on the news that a runner had been shot in the face a few miles away from where I was and at the same time I was out. Scary! Thankfully he is okay but it just reinforces how crazy I am about running safety. I don’t think I even mentioned a few weeks ago that my friend Christina, a feature on this blog occasionally (Mom of the adorable puppy I share photos of!) was hit by a car last month. She was waiting to cross a road, made eye contact with a driver who was stopped, and he decided to try and peel out anyway. He ran straight into her and she flew onto the ground. She didn’t have any broken bones but the leg and arm on the side she hit the ground on were seriously torn up. I will never understand why people like to drive like jerks around runners. 2014-08-22 06.27.41

Saturday morning Travis and I headed out for an easy 8 miler. We were under a heat advisory all weekend so I’ve been hydrating like a boss and not feeling bad if I needed to take any walk  breaks. The 8 miles went pretty well, but I was super nervous about the 14 miles schedule for Sunday at my long run pace (which, contrary to most other marathon training plans, is faster than every day pace.)2014-08-23 07.37.43Saturday afternoon we ran errands and went to Jason’s deli for lunch. I absolutely love that place. I always get their salad bar and come up with a similar concoction; lettuce with red pepper hummus and couscous, plus some of their divine mini-muffins & banana pudding. They also have free ice cream so that happened. As well as two more mini muffins.
2014-08-23 11.20.45Since it was so hot out Travis and I stayed in most of the weekend. We wanted something fun to do so we picked up paint supplies at Michaels. He’s actually a legit artist. Me … not so much. So, I grabbed myself this paint-by-number kit for 8 and up. So much fun!

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While we were there he picked up this adorable Spooky Town figurine for me. I’ve been collecting Spooky Town for years and there was no way I couldn’t add this to my set!2014-08-19 18.59.29Sunday morning we headed out at 6 a.m. for our long run. I went into it thinking I’d allow myself as many breaks as need be and my goal was to try to keep my target pace of 10:30. I was floored that I didn’t need a break until almost mile 10! The weather was better than we thought, and the Hanson method is continually making me do things I think I can’t (and I will give an update on how the plan is going soon.) We only stopped once to run into a gas station for some drinks. I chugged half a coconut water and added the rest (diluted with cold water) to my bottle. About 20 minutes later I realized that was a bad idea. Warm coconut water is disgusting. 
2014-08-24 08.50.47 - CopyWe came home, stuffed our faces, and immediately laid down on the couch. We put on License to Drive (old 80′s movie starring the two Corey’s.) It was cute and the perfect nap-inducing movie!

Then, this happened.

2014-08-24 17.55.44I’m pretty sure it’s usually ordered by two people splitting it (you really can’t tell how gigantic it is in this photo) but …. I ate all of it. So good.

How was your weekend? 
How often do you push yourself past your perceived limits physically? 

This post is sponsored by Blue Diamond Almonds.

After freelancing in the health field for two years I’ve read a lot of exercise and nutrition related articles. In my own quest to lose 50 pounds, fuel myself for optimal running performance, and be a better writer I’ve done quite a bit of research into the field (and I cannot emphasis enough how much I love my job/s!) One type of article I see often involves foods that help you lose weight. Often the lists are made up of extremely low calorie foods that yes, you can fill up on quickly without packing in too many calories, but they don’t pack a lot of staying power so you are often left hungry again and eating more to compensate.

Nuts were something I always limited in my diet because they can pack quite the caloric punch! I love all types of nuts, but didn’t think I needed to eat them regularly since I get a lot of healthy fats from other sources. A few weeks ago Blue Diamond sent me two of their new flavors to try and I don’t think I went a single day over three weeks without having multiple handfuls.

IMG_7815So, the honey roasted vanilla made it about 4 days. Travis loved the honey roasted chipotle so I tried to save those for him (but definitely grabbed a few handfuls for myself!) It’s hard to see in this photo but both flavors had this delicious sweet seasoning all over them. I licked my finger to clean out the jar before I trashed it. #NoShameIMG_7812Aside from the great taste what else are almonds good for?

  • Lower LDL cholesterol and reduce the risk of heart disease
  • Protect against diabetes and cardiovascular disease
  • Improve blood fats
  • Lowers the risk of weight gain
  • Great sources of manganese, copper & riboflavin
  • Loaded with healthy fats

Now, onto that whole appetite suppressant thing. Normally when I snack it’s on something carby and I’m hungry again an hour later. After eating 1/4-1/2 a cup of these a day after a few days I noticed a significant reduction in my snacking the rest of the day, and I just felt satiated. A study discussed on NPR found that people who added 1.5 ounces of almonds to their diet each day reported reduced hunger, and they compensated for the extra calories from nuts by eating less at other times of the day. I didn’t purposefully eat less to compensate, I just wasn’t as snacky as usual.

IMG_7817After I blew through those two cans I ended up polishing off a giant bag of Blue Diamond Smokehouse flavor. To be honest I hadn’t had Blue Diamond often before but I’m a total convert now. Anyone know any good recipes featuring almonds? I bet these would make great salad toppers!

What are your favorite Blue Diamond flavors?
What is your go-to snack?