The following post is sponsored by FitFluential LLC on behalf of Reebok.

The running joke with my friends that’s not really a joke (because it’s true) is that if you see me out wearing non-workout clothes just go ahead and assume it’s a special occasion. Since I work a lot from home, and workout often, I spend the majority of my time in clothes suitable for both running 10 miles or binge watching Netflix.

The only issue I really had with that uniform is what type of shoes to wear with it. I’d often wear flip-flops out since I didn’t want to wear my running shoes, but my old lady feet are starting to need a bit more support then what the typical $5 pair of sandals provides. Solution: Reebok Skyscape.

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First of all, the color was made for me. I’m convinced Reebok secretly took pictures of my hair and matched the shoe color to my pink streak.

I’ve worn them around for walks outside and out shopping and they will not be coming off my feet unless I’m going out for a run. They are SO comfortable I was actually surprised by how much I liked them. They are extremely lightweight but are so ‘plain’ compared to the shoes I’ve been running in I wasn’t anticipating how good they’d actually feel – even after walking a few miles in them. The team that designed these shoes obviously knew what they were doing to make everyday shoes so functional. Some of the Skyscape features:

  • Foam material in the upper for softness and flexibility
  • Low-cut design for added mobility
  • Seamless construction for minimized rub and irritation
  • Unique architecture designed to support the foot and provide all-day comfort
  • Minimal rubber accents only where needed for traction
  • Skyspring technology – features a unique design architecture designed to help
  • 5.0 ounces

Another huge, huge, huge perk: MACHINE WASHABLE! {For best results remove insole and wash insole in delicate, cold-water cycle with soap or detergent. Let insole and shoe air dry. Make sure to keep away from heat or direct sunlight. Recommended to remove laces prior to washing.}

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Check out these adorable outfits you could rock the Skyscapes with (great inspiration for fashion challenged people like myself.) The skycapes can be purchased online or in store (including some Kohl’s!)

“So lightweight and comfortable, you’ll forget you have them on.”

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Do you have a go-to pair of walking shoes, or just wear the same one’s you run in? I try to be careful of how many miles I put on my $$$ running shoes so I’m definitely going to be wearing these for most of my walking and when I’m out running errands.

Workout Wrap UpApril 11

I’m so over this ‘Fitness Friday’ layout. Once the term ends, and I hopefully survive my Nashville marathon, I’m planning on doing a blog overhaul. It will coincide with the 2 year anniversary of my blog so I think a face life would be appropriate and well-timed.

Most of my running this week has been solid. I finished my longest training run Saturday and ran a few slow 5k’s with a friend to help recover (and remind myself that running shouldn’t always be about pace time or mileage!)
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I haven’t done quite as much strength training as normal but this is my highest mileage week before the marathon so I’m happy I fit in any. I swung by my favorite running store, Running Wild, on Wednesday between classes to use my reward points and grab a few things for race day. Picking out the fuel your going to be running your marathon in makes it feel very, very real! I ended up talking tri’s with them for a while (still eyeballing the half Ironman in GA this September) and left feeling pumped about all my upcoming race plans.2014-04-09 17.13.41The next day I had the shittest run of the week. Funny how it times out that way. It felt 10x hotter than it actually was out, my legs were still a bit tired and sore from the hilly 21 miles on Saturday, and I struggled to make it to 5 miles. Just Tuesday I ran 6 miles and it felt like I was floating on air. Hey, it happens. I ended up going  home, putting my compression socks on, stuffing my face (seriously eating my normal lunch, and half of dinner, before noon) and taking an hour nap. 2014-04-10 08.25.54-2Things that didn’t suck this week.

This guy.
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Playing around with this protein ice cream recipe I found. I’m trying to reign in unnecessary food purchases so I’ve been looking for a way to make Arctic Zero myself. I compared the ingredients in AZ to the recipe I found and they were almost identical. My first go at it came out more like frozen yogurt than ice cream, but I’m just going to have to keep making it every night until I get it right ;) That whole bowl is about …. 170 calories. 2014-04-08 17.20.26The lovely people at Gnu Foods sent me some of their newest Fiber Love Bar flavors to try. I tried their bars out a few months ago and loved them and these new one’s didn’t disappoint. Since they are high in fiber they keep me feeling full longer than almost any other bar I’ve tried, and they are only 150 calories so they are one of my favorite mid-afternoon “I’m starving and I won’t make it to dinner” snacks.
2014-04-07 16.05.15My lunches this week have been uhhhhmazing. This soup recipe I tried (I added a Tablespoon of cinnamon in the end to mine) went so well with GF Swiss grilled cheese (with a bit of honey drizzled on the cheese.)
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Finally, Mom disapproves of my marathon outfit idea.

2014-04-07 12.32.59I have a 5k race tomorrow with a friend (her first race!) and a 14-16 mile run on Sunday. I’m hoping taking today off will help my legs feel a bit more refreshed for the weekend.

What are you doing this weekend?
Have you ever worn anything fun to a race? Like a costume, or a shirt with your name on it? 

P.S. If you entered my giveaway for the Virtual Earth Day run check the post out to see if you are my winner!

My nerves are starting to kick into overdrive now that my second marathon is only 17 days away!

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On top of usual pre-race jitters this is also the first race I’ve done out-of-town. There are quite a few new variables I need to plan for that I haven’t had to think about before! They fall into two main categories that I’m hoping to share some of my ideas/plans with you and get your advice on today; money & race prep.

Money

Ahh such an evil little thing. While my Dad is going with me I’ll be taking care of the hotel/gas costs. I haven’t really traveled since Chicago last December but I have a jam-packed travel agenda for the next 8 months and I need to be extremely careful with budgeting for it all.  Nashville is about 7 hours from Pensacola (900 miles round trip) so I’m figuring $130 for gas. I have a hotel booked for three nights, Thursday-Saturday, but I’m thinking about dropping it down to two nights and leaving after the race Saturday.

We will arrive in Nashville around 2 p.m. on Thursday to spend the rest of that day and Friday sightseeing. Saturday is race day, and I’m sure I’ll be virtually useless after the race so to help save $150 would I be insane to hop in a car for 7 hours post-marathon? Dad would be doing most of the driving, and I anticipate leaving the race around noon and getting on the road around 2 p.m. The thought of being able to sleep in my own bed the night of the marathon is fantastic, but I don’t want to hate my life the rest of that day in the car either.

Race Prep

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As I ran yesterday I started thinking about all the things I do in the days leading up to a big race, the morning of the race, and immediately after. Dad and I are already planning to bring most of our food for the trip to save $$ and make sure we can eat healthy on the road. I’m going to have to think of what I can bring that’s heavy on the carbs, and part of my usual diet. I’m sure we will go out to eat at least once while we are there so if you have any favorite spots in Nashville let me know. I’m going to pick up a bag of ice while we are out Friday to have in the tub at the hotel for me post-race, and I’m definitely bringing my trigger point kit and foam roller!

I’m glad I’m going with Dad since he’s a 4x (maybe 5x?) marathoner himself so I’m sure he will notice that I’m forgetting to pack something. I found a few lists online that go over the basics of what to pack but I feel like there are logistical considerations I’m not thinking about that some of you seasoned out-of-town racers may be able to help me out with!

Has anyone run a race out-of-town before? What are your tips/advice?
Should I make it a 2 night stay or 3?