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C9 by Champion Fall 2014

Friday Favorites: featuring C9 by Champion leggings

Hi again, Its Carrie!   With this week’s Friday Favorites featuring  C9 by Champion and their affordable leggings.  With stylish silhouettes in great colors/prints and soft, cozy fabrics … these leggings offer the best bang for your buck.

Where did the summer and warm weather go?! Goodbye shorts and hello leggings.  As I rifled through my drawers this morning in search of the perfect pair of leggings I realized that I own an embarrassing number of leggings , yet there are so few that I will actually wear … guess its time for my seasonal legging hunt.

Given my limited budget and apparently short attention span for clothing, I decided that this year I was going to get thrifty. Enter C9 by Champion.  While Gia is galavanting around Scotland I happily attended C9’s latest collection preview.  I am happy to report a collection of amazingness.  I was ready to leave with every single piece … or dash to my nearest Target!

Needless to say, they won the spotlight for Friday Favorites. I’m totally digging C9’s  by Champion affordable leggings. Great prices and fun prints- these leggings offer the best bang for your buck.

1. Leopard Legging: Let me say it on the record. Prints are workout apparel’s new black. Whether tapping it back or finding your OM, these medium high rise leggings give you the comfort and look you need.

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2. Compression Legging: Because every gal needs her “main squeeze”. Available in assorted colors these capris provide the compression you need to help keep the blood flowing.

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3. Yoga Must-Have Capri: From the street to savasanna, what I love about these leggings is found in the details. From the stitching around the calf for added breathability to the chafe resistant seams, these low rise crops are the


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4. Women’s Run Legging: The 360 reflectivity in these run leggings is such a bright idea. Low rise and full length these run tights are ideal to go the distance with you during your winter runs.

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5. Pinstripe Leggings: I saw a sneak peak of winter’s edition of these leggings. These eye catching pants are a great addition to any wardrobe!




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Insider’s Hint: Have a pair you want to go the extra mile?  No worries- to get some more sweat sessions out of your favorite workout pieces, wash them in cold water and no fabric softener. Why no fabric softener you may ask? It clogs the pores of the garment and makes the material less breathable. Tumble dry or hang dry!

C9 by Champion is available exclusively at Target


Mamalete Monday: Meet the Original Mamalete

Hi! It’s Carrie- happy Monday! Earlier this year, Gia introduced the term ‘mamalete’ and even recognized a few gals out there who embody the meaning of mamalete. Well, I think its time we meet these leading ladies. So, without further adieu..

Gia Alvarez- a mother of twins, wife, coach, a philanthropist, and a marathon runner. Gia’s goal is to help parents find balance in their busy lives through family fitness.


How did you kickstart your morning- did you eat breakfast? 

Lately I’m obsessed with papaya. Maybe I’m trying to hang onto summer?!  But usually I have a bowl of sliced almonds, fresh blueberries, ground flax seed topped with coconut milk

How do you get in the zone? When you switch over from mother to runner, something intense happens. Tell me about that moment! 

It’s all about the rhythm for me. It’s rare in my life that I can hear myself breathe, there is just so much toddler commotion all the time.  But when I’m running and I can feel the rhythm of my feet hitting the pavement in conjunction with my breath and it’s a beautiful thing. I switch my mind to thinking solely about the repetition of my stride and slowly my mama mind quiets and my inner runner comes out.

What does the term ‘mamalete’ mean to you?

A mamalete is a mother. And athlete. She inspires her family through the healthy lifestyle goals she creates and achieves.


Mom/runner/coach/blogger. You seem to be the busiest bee ever. What do you do in your spare time? 

Sleep?! I’m only kinda kidding … But lately with all of the different directions life has taken me this year I am resting as much as I can. Even with the kids, it’s so easy to always be on the go … But lately I’m trying to find us all a few quiet moments in the day to relax and recharge.

Do you follow a strict diet? How do you incorporate a healthy lifestyle and food into parenting? 

I do follow a strict diet. With my Crohn’s I really have to … I am for the most part gluten free and a pesceatarian. My Achilles heel are sweets. I have to have something sweet after a meal and I rarely deny myself that. It’s all about balance. For my family I try to teach the kids why foods are healthy for them and hope that they will take those lessons and make good decisions when I’m not around.  We spend time in gardens and grocery stores talking about the different foods and what makes them good or bad for our bodies. My father and grandmother did this for me and as an adult I remember all of it. I firmly believe that healthy habits start young.

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Do the G’s play sports? If so, who chooses? 

They do! They play soccer together. G1 does ballet and G2 plays basketball. They both run and play “race day” with me on a regular basis and they golf with VC. I feel like it’s early to pinpoint what they love but it makes me smile that they love being active!

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What race are you most looking forward to for the remaining 2014 and 2015 season? 

Boston (fingers crossed I get in – I think we find out this week!!) Last year was basically torture to hang out on the sidelines. I want into that race course so badly :)

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Signature finisher’s pose?!

Arms up, spirit fingers and a big huge smile!


Thanks Gia! Stay tuned for next week’s edition!


Run 10 Feed 10 Race Tomorrow in NYC

Im racing tomorrow!!  I use that term lightly, but I am running the Run 10 Feed 10 Race with Women’s Health tomorrow morning.

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Ill be hanging out after at the Women’s Health Magazine Lincoln Tent … so come and see me and chat about your 10k experience,

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We will also be chatting about the best, most unexpected ways to live in the moment in NYC.  This incredible city has so much to offer and we all have our favorites ways to be a New Yorker.  Come share your vision of NYC and how you lives in your moment, using the #InTheMoment and be entered to win a trip for Chicago.

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If you haven’t registered and think that a flat, fast 10k on the WSH with a super amazing post race party sounds like a great way to spend your Sunday here is a code: R10F10PR for $5 off. 

Hope to see you tomorrow!!