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My new favorite training buddy #ItrainFor

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of The North Face for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine.

As you know I have been working with Mountain Athletics from The North Face to share the details of their new app and clothing lines.  (Post 1, Post 2)

I wanted to check in with you guys and let you know how much I am loving training with the Mountain Athletics App.  

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Being almost 7 months pregnant, Im feeling the effects of summer on my running.  Its hot outside and I’m feeling more and more tightness across my abdomen when I run.  So my cardio has been a mix of light jogging and power walking.  

Except for this one little race … which I placed 2nd in the stroller division.  Maybe my purple North Face shorts were the lucky charm?! Or maybe it was the strength I’ve built up by using the app?!  Who knows but I’ll take it.  

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I have been trying to keep up with strength … because I know that as long as I keep my strength and fitness level up I will (hopefully) have an easy bounce back post birth.  

The issue there is coming up with the strength routines.  Thankfully, The Mountain Athletics App has been an easy go to for a great mix of cardio – plyometrics and short distance running – and strength – think AMRAP-style workouts- and rest.  The best part being the form cue videos which guide you through an exercise If you aren’t sure how to do a move.  

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(App is free for IOS users and for Droid users the videos can be found on You Tube) Download the Mountain Athletics App

The programs on the app are 6 weeks long, but you can skip workouts if need be.  For instance:

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As much fun as this workout sounds, I can’t do 2 of the 4 exercises during pregnancy so unfortunately I skipped it and moved onto something I can complete.  

I really believe in the accessibility that The North Face is giving fitness.  Being a busy mom, I need things that I can do and start on my own time and that don’t cost an arm and a leg.  With this app you can work out at any time and The North Face has some really great events every two weeks, which are totally free.  I give The North Face 2 thumbs up for supporting the goals of all different types of athletes.    

 

 

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Training for Life with Mountain Athletics

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of The North Face. All opinions are 100% mine.

Life is crazy right now … Twins, Pregnancy, Coaching, Family, summer camps and plans, etc.  Its all keeping me happily on my toes.  

I am clearly super naive because I underestimated exactly how exhausting it is to grow a human and chase 2 four year old around.  I imagine that taking care of an infant while trying to keep up with said four year old will be equally crazy.  That is why when The North Face asked me what  #ITrainFor… my answer is LIFE.  

I’m really trying to keep my fitness alive during this pregnancy and honestly I am proud of myself for what I’ve been able to do. Running and walking have been my primary forms of fitness mostly because I can do it with my crew … 

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However as I get closer to my due date I have been really trying to incorporate more strength into my routine.  

Enter the Mountain Athletics from The North Face App (get it here: Download the Mountain Athletics App its free for IOS) It is a 6-week activity specific strength and conditioning program that’s designed to help with sports like running, skiing, climbing and mountaineering.  My opinion is that it can help you train for really anything you can come up with.  The programs are extensive and a complete, total body workout that will help you build strength while promoting proper form, technique and pace. 

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Key Features:

  • Step by Step instructional videos that promote proper technique
  • Calendar based to help you stay on track
  • Integrated session timer that helps make efficient use of time
  • Badges you can earn during training to keep you motivated
  • The ability to share progress and workouts on real time social channels.

The App gives you a choice to train for Running, General Fitness, Alpine Climb, Climbing, Backcountry or All Mountain Skiing.  

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I choose General Fitness … which is what I felt was the closest to LIFE  🙂 Here are some samples of the workouts 

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I kind of LOVE the workouts.  I find them to be challenging but not super time consuming or intimidating.  My biggest challenge with strength training is always that I’d rather spend my time running.  With this app I feel like I can do a quick strength session without having to compromise too much of my running time.  And WHOA is it effective.  I absolutely feel stronger.  Bring it on LIFE.  

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The only critique that I have of the app is that it doesn’t give modifications.  Obviously I am not able to do everything that it calls for … but I have some knowledge of what I should and shouldn’t be doing during pregnancy.  If you are pregnant or have any kind of injury, I suggest using this app only with some previous knowledge of what modifications should be for you.  

So check it out! 

And if you are in the NYC area come to a group Mountain Athletics workout!  The North Face is holding FREE twice-weekly Mountain Athletic workouts in five cities across the country.

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Each session will be led by two The North Face trainers who will take you through workouts aimed to prepare you to achieve your outdoor goal. Details here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-north-face-mountain-athletics-training-new-york-tuesday-tickets-16041725232 Let me know if you’re going, I am dying to try one.  

And don’t forget that you can win a $500 gift card to The North Face here: The North Face Mountain Athletics Collection Give-Away!

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Active Escapes

This post is sponsored by Hawaiian Tropic.

The word escape brings up so many thoughts in my head.  Sometimes I want to escape a crazy day … sometimes I want to escape with those who make my day crazy.  Most days don’t have the luxury of what I would deem a real escape (read: tropical island + hammock + private beach to run on) but summer around the corner makes me want to create little escapes in our every day lives.  

My escapes are always fitness related.  A run outside in the sunshine soothes my soul. 

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But I don’t have to be solo to escape, which is almost impossible with two (almost three!) children … Escapes can be created with the little ones around me too!

Still being new to the suburbs, our surrounding yards feel like an escape.  There is just something luxurious about eating your breakfast outside after a good scooter ride 🙂 

Scooter ride and breakfast on the front stoop.  In our PJs.

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Gardening. in our PJs – do you see a theme here?  Escapes do not always wait for clothing changes!

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Another escape that means outdoor fitness for all of us is hiking.  The kids love it and so do I.  We are super lucky to have a Nature Preserve minutes from our house that we can walk over to whenever we need our dose of nature. 

Hiking through the local nature center

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When we take the time out to escape our routine we all laugh more and generally look at life as if its one big adventure.  As we should because really … life is a great adventure!  

I have so many more escapes in mind for us this summer.  

  • Taking my books onto the porch for solo reading while the kids are napping
  • Taking my runs outdoors instead of the treadmill at the gym 
  • Collecting seashells on the beach
  • Grilling dinner and enjoying it on the patio
  • Finding Fireflies
  • lying in the grass and watching the sunset
Just to name a few.
 
What little escapes do you have planned for this Summer? 
 
Of course, whatever your escape may be … don’t forget to protect yourself and your skin.  
 
For myself, I’m super picky about how a sunscreen feels and smells on my skin.  I hate sticky and I hate a strong smell of chemicals.  Hawaiian Tropic has a new Sport Line that I highly recommend. 
 
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It comes in a Sport Lotion as well as a Sport Clear Spray … SPF 15 or 30.  I prefer the spray for the ease of it.  
 
However both are silky smooth on your skin, stay on through the sweat of chasing after small children or running on a sunny day … Best Part!  It makes you smell like your on a tropical beach sipping a Pina Colada.  Because like I said … tropical island + hammock + private beach to run on. 
 
I was asked to participate in the #HawaiianTropic #EscapeDay sponsored by Walgreens, although I have been compensated all opinions are my own.  I thank you for your support on these sponsored posts.