Monday, August 12, 2013

Accomplishing Challenges & the 10x's Fast Workout

The following post is sponsored by Fitfluential LLC on behalf of Puma.

One of the first things I learned when I started running is that spending money on running gear is essential. When I first started running I would set out in old sneaks as well as any old pair of shorts or t-shirts that I could find. I quickly learned that I needed better support from my running shoes and breathable shirts and bottoms.

After a year of being a runner, I have tried many brands and have been narrowing down my favorite fit, style, and labels. Because of my partnership with Fitfluential, I have been given an opportunity to try and review some of Puma's newest running gear.

Based on the videos, you tube review, and instragram photos that I have posted, it is safe to say that I am a big fan of PUMA's running gear. Not only is their gear comfortable, breathable, and functional, they also are intentional about making their packaging sustainable and use materials that promote this lifestyle. I was so impressed by their packaging that I had to vlog about it on YouTube.

PUMA Formlite XT Ultra Fluo Women's Training Shoes
So I was impressed by the PUMA Formlite XT Ultra Fluo Women's Training shoes but I was even more pleased with the light weight feel to these shoes. Sometimes when purchasing new shoes, it takes some time for my feet and legs to get used to the new shoe or the way that the shoe is supporting me when I run. I tried on these shoes and instantly felt that they were a great fit. Not only are they light weight, but they also provide a great deal of support and cushion. I prefer shoes with a lot of cushion and I was so pleased that it barely took me any time at all to break in these bad boys! Puma designed the outsole of these shoes to be lightweight like a feather. The insole is constructed with rubber pods for superior cushion.

At $70, these shoes are an amazing deal if you like cushion, support, and a light weight fit. Check them out here. To see these shoes in action, watch my short video below.

SALE ALERT!!! Right now PUMA is running an amazing promotion! Spend $75 and get $25 off! 

PUMA Performance Bodywear Tech ACTV Long Tights
I had no idea that running in tights would be so comfortable until I tried these performance tights by Puma. Compression makes an enormous difference in my running performance and muscle recovery. Lycra in these tights provide for long-term wear and elasticity. These tights are so thin and lightweight that it feels like you are running in nothing! I was nervous to try these tights in the summer humidity, but they were actually very comfortable.
I have also learned that it is important to stretch and do other exercises in addition to running. Before I got injured I thought that as long as I was running, there was no need to work out in other ways. As with wearing proper clothes and shoes, I quickly learned my lesson with cross training. As I am training for a half marathon, I am running 4-5 times a week but still like to be active on my days off. I do try to make myself take one day completely off a week to allow my body to rest and then do a light work out on day 6. I find that if I take too many days off, it is harder for me to get started.

I like to challenge myself to improve in any way that I can. When I first started running, I could not run a mile. Once I hit that milestone, I set a new goal. I am motivate by goals. I feel the same about workouts. I created this 10x's fast workout because many of these items are very difficult for me to accomplish.
 For example, pushups are very, VERY hard for me. I have made a goal for myself to reach 10 "real" pushups in a row without feeling like I am going to collapse. I will feel so proud once I get there. With the accomplishment of that goal, I also hope to gain upper body strength. By doing the 10x's fast work out, I am challenging myself to meet a goal and not getting bored in the process.

What is your favorite work out?

1 thoughts:

cydnie said...

I'm gonna give it a goal!

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