Monday, September 14, 2015

#BOSUstrong Challenge, Marathon Training Monday {week 4} & Giveaway Winners


#BOSUstrong Challenge

Happy Monday! I am SO pumped to share the newest Sweat Pink Challenge with you. For the next four weeks Sweat Pink is partnering with BOSU to bring you a ton of sweaty good fun.

Have you ever used a BOSU? It is seriously one of my favorite fitness tools. You can make any workout more intense just by adding the challenge of stability that BOSU interjects. You might have seen various exercises using BOSU during my weekly Workout Wednesday posts. I hope you've been able to give it a try :)

In true Sweat Pink fashion we are going to kick off this challenge with a mad lib!

"I'm joining @amanda__maureen & @FitApproach in the #BOSUstrong challenge! #sweatpink #FitFamily @BosuFitness"

5 Things That Make Me #BOSUstrong

Today I am embarking on a 4 week challenge with BOSU and Sweat Pink to prove to the world that I am #BOSUstrong. I will squat, mountain climb, plank, push-up, lunge, burpee and jump my way to a strong and healthy body. And I will encourage Melissa from Melissa Leavitt Fitness and Jenna from Little Green Running Shoes to join me on this fun journey because we are one big, happy #FitFamily.

Being #BOSUstrong is not just about movement, sweat, or even owning a BOSU, it's about being a leader, an inspiration to others, and sharing my own fitness journey with others. The 5 things that make me #BOSUstrong are:
  • My strong body.
  • My ability to find the positive in all situations.
  • My love for running and adventure.
  • My healthy lifestyle.
  • And my desire to help others find health and happiness
So I want to know-- are you #BOSUstrong? Copy and paste the above, fill it in and make it your own. Then tag me in it and share with your friends! Let's all be #BOSUstrong.

The daily prompts are below. You can also follow along here.

Week 1 Instagram Prompts (9/14 - 9/18):

Monday, 9/14: It's #mountainclimbmonday! Show us your favorite way to climb that mountain, whether it be with hiking poles, in plank position or ...? 

Bonus: Y'all know we love to #jumpjoymonday! Show us your BEST jump shot!

Tuesday, 9/15: #tempotuesday we want to see how you're getting your heart rate up today.

Bonus: Show us your favorite tricep workout #triceptuesday

Wednesday, 9/16: Drop down and give us some #burpees! Even better if you an make them #BOSUburpees.

Bonus: #workitwednesday, show us how you're workin' it this Wednesday.

Thursday, 9/17: It's #totalbodythursday. Show us your favorite total body cardio move!

Bonus: Give us a #tbt of the most brutal cardio workout you've ever done.

Friday, 9/18: #FreeFriday. Show us your favorite way to get your cardio on!

Bonus: Put those forearms to work. Show us your BEST cardio move for #forearmfriday. Forearm plank, mountain climbers, dolphin push-ups, forarm plank toe taps.. something else?

Make sure to tag @Bosu_Fitness (or @BosuFitness on Twitter), @FitApproach and @amanda__maureen (of course I want to check out your #BOSUstrong!).

#BOSUstrong #FitFamily #SweatPink #ad

Note: You do not need to own or have access to a BOSU to participate. By participating you will have a chance to win a BOSU and other fun prizes. And please, if you are using a BOSU throughout this challenge, never stand on your BOSU with the dome facing down (images or moves down on the BOSU incorrectly will not count during this challenge).

Disclaimer: This post was sponsored by BOSU but all opinions expressed are my own. I truly appreciate all of the brands that support the Fit Approach (Sweat Pink) community.



Week 4 of Marine Corps Marathon training is done. After how terrible last week was, I decided to take a rest-ish week. I think it helped. Obviously, running long was still difficult and my body was pretty tired afterwards, but overall it was a much better week. 

Monday: Rest Day. Drank a lot of water and did some light stretching.

Tuesday: Beginner Hips & Shoulders Yoga with Grokker. Have you tried Grokker yet? This is my new favorite way to get a home workout in.

Wednesday: Speed Day! 14x1:00 min repeats at 9.0 mph with 1:00 min rest in between. This was probably one of my best speed workouts ever. I approached things slightly different and had a different mindset. It all worked out very well. 

Thursday: Boot Camp with Melissa. I was definitely sore the next day.

Friday: Rest Day. But did a lot of cleaning at the rental properties and was on my feet a lot.

Saturday: Long Run. Significantly better than last week. Ran the first 11-ish miles on the road, the next 7.5 on the trail, then ran back home on the road. My legs felt pretty fresh for the first half {thank you rest days!}, but my biggest nemesis during long runs is eating. Ugh. I still don't have this figured out, and it's not like this is my first long race. I started out eating the fig newtons again, but my stomach just didn't feel well. I ended up switching to my orange slices which were super easy to eat, but not enough calories. So while my stomach stopped hurting, my body was feeling week due to calorie deficit. Towards the end I tried Honey Stinger Chews that Melissa gave me. They seemed to work much better than the fig newtons. No upset tummy! Overall, this run was much better than last week. Total distance was 20 miles. 

Sunday: 3 hour rafting trip {class I -III rapids} on the Potomac River. Does this count as a workout?? Not sure, but it certainly counts as prep for The Grand Canyon rafting adventure! 



Happy Healthy Fit Giveaway Winners!

Thank you to every single one of you who participated in the giveaway. It was a huge success. Congrats to the Happy Healthy Fit giveaway winners!


Natalie M, Vickie H, and Carly-Ann R


"Congrats Happy Healthy Fit giveaway winners @natrunsfar @carlyrigby and Vickie H! #fitnessfashion #fitfam #inspire"

I hope you ladies love your new tank top :) For everyone else-- if you'd like to have your own Happy Healthy Fit tank top, stop by the Unapologetically You Store. Use discount code 'LOVEFIT' to bring the shirt down to $15. The discount code is good through the end of September. 

A special thank you to my fabulous co-hosts Chrissy from Snacking in Sneakers, Lynda from Fitness Mom Wine Country, Jenna from Little Green Running Shoes, and Lora from Lora Hogan


Are You Signed Up for the Newsletter?

We're already halfway through September-- wow. I started drinking pumpkin creamer in my coffee, pumpkin smoothies have been my go-to breakfast, and I just pulled out the autumn decorations {can you tell this is my favorite time of year??}.

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Your turn! Are you participating in the #BOSUstrong challenge?? If so, leave a comment with your IG handle so I can find you and follow along! If you are in the middle of marathon training, what was your best workout this past week? Are you excited for autumn??
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  ♥AK

This post is linked up with Jill for #thefitdish and MCM Mama Runs for #TOTR. Make sure to jump over there and say hi!