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Favorite Running Shoes

Friday Favorites: Running Shoes

Shoes!  I love shoes … Not Choos, Running Shoes :)

The right running shoe can make or break your workout, not to mention help you avoid persistent injuries.  Everyone has their own shoe needs, and I highly suggest speaking with your local shoe store before purchasing your running shoes … but to help simplify your search, here are my favorites shoes for each workout! 

And as you can see, I am equal opportunity on the brand side :) 


Asics Gel Pursue

These are my go to for Daily workouts.  They are Neutral, supportive and just easy to wear.  I have zero complaints about them and especially love the stretchy laces that never come untied!  I tend not to wear them for speed workouts because I grab for a lighter shoe when I want to feel fast, but I am positive that these would also be great for light speedwork.   Screen Shot 2014-11-14 at 9.55.37 AM

New Balance Fresh Foam Zante

These super light weight shoes are my latest love.  I was able to get my hands on the NYC version and I love everything about them.  Running wise, I want to wear them all the time but I am working my way up to that.  For now I love them for short distances, hill work and all things cross training. 

New Balance Fresh Foam Zante

…looking to dress up your sneakers? My New Balance Zantes are currently accessorized with Shwings!

Mizuno Wave Rider 17:

Speed Work – I feel that they have a super solid base without being too stiff.  They feel light on my feet and yet very sturdy.  I think these are the perfect shoe for me when I am transitioning back into speed work.  I am not as light on my feet as I once was, and a minimal lightweight shoe just isnt enough for me.  These Mizunos are the perfect happy medium.  

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Hoka Cliftons 9:

I use these for long runs at faster paces, and medium length runs – anything 60 Minutes and over.  I am a long time Hoka lover, and feel that they are a life saver for runners who do high mileage.  They are fantastically cushioned, supportive and also very light.  

I have also recommended these to a few runners who struggle with Planter Facitis and they have loved them! 

Hoka Cliftons

Brooks Ghost 7:

These are my go to long run shoe, especially when I know that I will be taking a slower pace.  They are the heaviest of the bunch, but also are the most supportive.  


PS…do your feetsies needing a little more cushion for the pushin? Mine are. I’ve added Dr. Scholls Active Series for Women. 



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Mamalete Monday: Cecilia of MommiesRun

Happy Mamalete Monday all! Meet Cecilia of MommiesRun


1. In one of your latest posts, you blogged about running the Tennessee Ragner Race. What was your favorite part of the race. Will you ever be down for doing another relay?

It was an experience. It was so much fun. I was in a van with two of my best friends, one of their husbands, and then 2 other women in our run group who i had never met. It was instant bond. Such a beautiful experience. I was the first runner, and our van got lost, but I had no idea. They finally caught up to me at mile 6 (my leg was 8 miles), but it was so much fun. I can’t wait to do it again. The second leg was up a mountain- and it sucks- just watching my friend watch up this mountain I just thought, “Wow, you are amazing”. 


2. What’s your ideal run? Are the twins or any of your dogs with you?!

My girls just started getting interested in it. We went the other weekend for a one mile run and they loved it. Honestly, I love my running partners. I love getting out there with them. They are both moms so we can talk about being moms, our weeks, and kids. Getting out there with them, not worrying about them or pace, is absolutely ideal for me. 


3. In one of your recent posts, you mention the juggling act. What advice do you have to other mom “jugglers”?

Admit to yourself you can’t do it all. Especially these days, there’s so much pressure to be a super mom. And sometimes you can’t fit it all in and something has to give. So don’t put the pressure on yourself! I am so lucky to have a supportive husband- he stayed home with our girls until kindergarden. My parents and in-laws are helpful too. Its just a matter of prioritizing whats most important in your day. And sometimes we have to make tough decisions. 

4. Music when you run? Favorite running 3 jams?!

So, I am kind of at this weird point- when I run alone, I normally would. But I have gotten so used to long to my long runs with friends where I don’t listen to music.  I didn’t have it for Ragnar. Yesterday I went for a long run and honestly had to turn my music off. It was a distracting me! It used to be a time for me to plug-in and disconnect. But now, I’m realizing its nice to listen to everything around you. 


5. How has maintaining a healthy lifestyle impacted you as a mom? 

Yes. It has made me more aware of things I need to provide for my own family. We need to get better about eating. It helps me instill in the girls that exercising is important for our well being. When I am running on our treadmill and they come in and see me they often start to exercise too. Like last night, when I came home from work, they were doing yoga on their iPad. They’re seriously better at yoga than me! Gotta love technology these days. 

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Ps. i Have to know- what kind of dogs do you have?

1. Golden Retriever- she’s the baby. She’s basically like our kid.

2. Jack Russel Terrier- 13

3. Border Collie-10

I just love following Cecilia on instagram and watching her Hero’s run streak … she amazes me with the ability to balance life and squeeze in the run.  After interviewing her, I love her even more … that motivation to run day after day has obviously influenced her girls to model her healthy lifestyle, and that what its all about right?! Motivate, influence and have fun while doing it!  Great work #Mamalete :) 

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Mamalete Monday – featuring Allie of VitaTrain4Life

Happy Monday All.  This week the Mamalete spotlight is on Allie Burdick, mother of twins, fitness instructor, blogger at VitaTrain4Life and Oiselle Volee team member. Meet Allie!


 What is your favorite race to compete in- event? distance? location?

Thats a really good question! I’ve changed so much in the past years doing triathlons, duathlons and getting away from just running. Mostly its because of time. Training for marathons takes so long so it became harder to train for longer distances. I think in recent years my favorite event is a local duathlon, The Ten Penny Ale Duathlon in Glastonbury . I love it because there’s no swimming. BUT its a really competitive course. Its USA Triathlon sanctioned so you can qualify to go to Nationals. This past year i won it and the prize was a sword! 


 In honor of marathon season- any pre/post race rituals? 

they are pretty boring BUT 1. Checking the weather. 2. Making sure I have the food to eat. 3. I wake up 90 minutes prior so that I have time to relax and get rid of the pre race jitters

Post race i definitely like to have a beer and get a big cheeseburger!

A mother of TWINS, a nationally ranked duathlete, fitness instructor, AND a blogger, how do you do it all? What is your best piece of advise for moms trying to incorporate a training regime into their schedule? 

 1. ask for help

2. use resources to make time for just for you.

ask for help. you truly cannot do it alone. i don’t know how people raise their kids away from family because I rely on my family so much. My dad and my step mom close by. That is a HUGE factor. Just recently it was election day and i had no idea the kids didn’t have school and I had two articles due. Luckily my aunt took them for a part of day. 

 Also get over the guilt of daycare and spending time on yourself. Why wouldn’t you spend an hour or 90 minutes on something that makes you healthy?! I go through the waves of guilt. But I always remember that bringing them to a new place is good for them. It challenges them. 


 In your blog, VitaTrain2Life,  you mention how being athletic was always a major part of your life. Have you carried this into being a mom of twins? Do they do sports as well? 

Yeah definitely! My husband is active as well. He was a basketball player most of his life. We belong to 2 different gyms and have a community at each of those gyms so our twins are use to going to the gym with mommy and daddy. Because of that they are so used to doing yoga for kids or even Zumba for kids. They don’t even realize they are exercising because its just fun for them. Right now they are doing gymnastics and soccer. They are absolutely loving gymnastics. They did track this past spring- proud mommy moment. In general, we let them get a little take of everything to see what sticks.  


  It seems like your training plan is pretty intense. How do you fuel your body so that you (and your training) don’t need to slow down?

 I eat a lot and I plan ahead. everyone tells me how important that is. I carry pre packed snacks in my bag- i have them for the kids anyway. Chia bars, bags of nuts, Picky bars, and when I’m home, I eat a lot of fish, some meat (but not very much) and a ton of fruits and veggies. I dont limit myself. When i go out to dinner i have 2-5 glasses of wine, cake at birthday parties, unless, of course,  I have an upcoming.  I’m not a big believer in excluding anything. I don’t like to take anything out of the equation unless its for health restrictions. I work hard and my body needs to replace the nutrients.  

Allie and I first met at Reach the Beach, like a moth to a flame I was instantly enamored by this fellow twin mom, lover of all things fitness and inspiringly fast lady.  I love her outlook on life and fitness … and couldn’t agree more that the number one rule of being a Mamalete is ask for help! – Gia

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