Honey Stinger was kind enough to send me some samples. They sent me more than enough to try and give some away! Honey Stinger Waffles are may favorite race fuel. While running 13.1 miles I tend to need more than just a boost. I get HUNGRY! I need something in my stomach. The waffles are perfect because they are easy to eat, easy to carry and fill me up just enough. I have never tried any other Honey Stinger products however. Well, I now have no excuse! They sent three kinds of gels, Organic Vanilla, Organic Fruit Smoothie, and Organic Acai Pomegranate as well as two flavors of bars, Dark Chocolate Mocha Cherry Pro and Blueberry Buzz. those bars sound so yummy I am tempted to eat them now! If you would like to try these great products out all you have to do is enter below. One random person will be named the winner next Saturday. Everyone gets one free entry and you can earn more. I don't have any long runs planed so I will be saving the gels for a few weeks but I will try the bars soon and let you know what I think of them soon! 

Yesterday was Cardio Power and Resistance and today was Cardio Recovery. When I woke up yesterday I was sore all over so I know this program is doing something for me. I really did not want to do anything but I forced myself and of course I am glad I did. I really like Cardio Power and Resistance. Lots of running in place, high knees, log jumps, power jumps and of course some resistance with things like push-ups and tricep dips. The good news is I didn't feel like I was dying. My knee was a little sore from Monday and Tuesday's workouts so I used KT Tape on it for a little extra support. It felt great an and I had very little soreness today. Today's Insanity workout was Cardio Recovery and was a nice easy workout. At least compared to the other three workouts it is nice and easy! There were many moves I recognized from yoga incorporated with squats, lunges and planks. My legs are very sore from this week and I am glad I own The Stick to workout the knots in my calves. As far as the workouts, the are challenging. Even though the last two were easier than the first two there were still a few things I could not complete. I just push through and do as much as I can though and know I am getting better every day. I realized that four days in a row is longer than I have followed a DVD program before so no reason to break my streak now! 
First of all, I had no intention of reviewing these. Someone in my online running group posted about a free sample that was available and I ordered them. I received an email today saying they were on their way and when I checked the mall this afternoon there they were! The email said they were great warmed up in the microwave so I popped the Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough in for 30 seconds. That may have been a bit to long. The bar kind of expanded and I had to use a fork to get it off the plate. But it was so good! It was like a piece of cake. It was the perfect afternoon treat. The one I ate today has 21 grams of protein and 190 calories. Usually these kinds of things don't keep me full. This bar kept me felling satisfied all afternoon. I am ordering more of them now. I start back to school next week and these will be perfect for me to eat in-between my morning class and afternoon class when I don't have time to come home to eat but need a meal on the go. They will be a much better option than the fast food offered on campus. Go ahead and check out their website and Facebook page.  
*These bars were part of a public free sample offer. They were not provided for the purpose of this review. 

Once again a very challenging workout. The warm up was pretty long, about 15 minutes. I was not expecting that. So warm-up, stretch, workout, stretch. Total the workout is about 45 minutes. What I like about these videos is they show the people doing the workouts getting tired and they put up prompts saying to take a break if you need to. Most of the time when I start a video workout program I get frustrated that I cannot do as many reps or go for as long as they trainer. Insanity is a difficult workout. The point of me doing it is to get into better shape and hopefully by the end I will be able to make it through an entire workout. There are about 8 sets of exercises that this DVD goes through. After about 3 I was exhausted. I did take breaks where I needed to and modified where I felt it was best for me. I also skipped some of the last set. Two exercises I modified were power squats and push-ups. No way I could do the power squats so I just did regular squats. I have very little upper body strength so push-ups are very difficult for me. I did them on my knees then when that got hard I did them agents a wall. And today, I am so sore! Yes, I modified and skipped some, but I worked hard and I can feel it! That is what needs to be taken away from any program. If you give YOUR 100% you will improve. The people in the video were all going at different speeds and some were taking breaks as well. Maybe you can do more than me, maybe less, but if you do everything that you can, that is all that matters.   
I had a very long and trying day today so I didn't get around to starting the fit test until around 8:30 tonight. I just finished. My face is bright red, I cant believe how much I am sweating and I feel like puking. If you don't know, for the fit test you do eight exercises, each for one minute with a break between each one. Maybe it was the long day or the fact that I am just out of shape but I got winded during the warm up. It also didn't help that there is a lot of jumping in this program and I have downstairs neighbors that I worry about bothering so I think I could have done a few more of some of the exercises. So my numbers for the first fit test:
Switch Kicks: 74
Power Jacks: 33
Power Knees: 62
Power Jumps: 27
Globe Jumps: 6
Suicide Jumps: 9
Push-up Jacks: 10
Low Plank Oblique: 17

This morning I also weighed myself and took measurements. 
Weight: 187.6
Neck: 12.75
Waist: 33
hips: 43.5
Arms: 13.75
Thighs: 26

I also took "before"  photos but I am not going to share those just yet. I think putting my weight out there for the world to see is enough for one day. :)
This is just a quick shout out to Muffins to Marathons, Fit 4 Life Race Series and Jim Parker. Jim held a little contest to give away $50 to charity. I won so I get to chose the charity. Hopefully I will be signing up with Give Kids the World to run the Princess Half marathon in February so this $50 is a great unofficial start to my fundraising efforts. Check out their programs and virtual races and challenges at their websites.http://www.muffinstomarathons.com/index.php
Tomorrow morning I will begin the 63 day program Insanity. This is something I have been wanting to try for a while and the timing just feels right. Along with my start back into running which I hope I will be doing in the next few weeks, I am going to be posting my progress with Insanity here. What convinced me to take the leap to try it is seeing people I know and people on fitness forums having success with the program. It is always nice to see people who are not being paid share their stories. BeachBody has a great following so I am excited to begin this program. Tomorrow morning will be my first fit test. I know this program will be a challenge, but that is what I am looking for. I will post tomorrow about my first day. I plan on being honest and open about my weight, measurements, how I am eating and how the workouts are going for me. I want to use this blog to show how an average person does with the program. Tomorrow I will be sharing my measurements and I will be uploading before and after pictures every two weeks. If you would like to check out Insanity or other BeachBody you can at their website. http://www.beachbody.com/

*Note:I am not receiving anything from BeachBody for my review of Insanity. The program was purchased by me for the purpose of exercise. All reviews are my own opinions of the product. 
I'm sorry for being behind on posting. Part of my excuse is I haven't actually been running due to my knee injury. The good news is I am in PT for it and should be back to running in the next week or two. 

Now for the fun stuff! I have already contacted the winner of the SPIbelt and it is on it's way to her. Congratulations to Linda Holzer! I hope you enjoy your belt as much as I do mine. I can fit a ton of stuff in it when I go running and hiking. It easily fits my fuel, keys, ID, and phone. 

And once again thank you to SPIbelt for providing the prize. Living in Texas I love that SPIbelt is a Texas company and their products are made in the U.S.A.! I encourage everyone to check out their website, Facebook page and Twitter feed. 



    My name is Amanda, I am a runner and a full time student. I started this blog to share my experiences training for and running races as well as coordinating virtual races. I hope to use my blog and races to inspire others to get out there and run. In March 2013 I started my first "virtual" 5K and plan to host many more in the coming months. I want this to be a fun, safe place to share and inspire. The name of my blog was inspired by the fact that even when I am out running alone, I know I am not on my own. I have my online running buddies, husband, family and friends with me at all times. 


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