PROCompression: 50% Off Select Styles for Spring

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Spring Sale

Springtime means more daylight for running. More running means a greater need to recover. ProCompression socks offer graduated compression promotes efficient circulation and reduces inflammation, allowing your body to recover more quickly after those sweet springtime workouts.

Pro Compression can be worn anytime, even if you like to recover undercover while at work.

Be sure to take advantage of the ProCompression Spring Sale. All trainer lows and select items are 50% off. Use coupon code SPRING and press “APPLY”.  Cannot be combined with any other offer. Keep in mind that free shipping is available to your US address with $20 minimum purchase. All items on this page are eligible.

Men’s Altra Instinct 3.5 Running Shoes Discount

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Is it time for new shoes? Are you current pair starting to look a bit worn out. Well, JackRabbit.com has you covered. They’ve got these Men’s Altra Instinct 3.5 Trail Running Shoes for only $51.73 (regularly $115). Even sweeter, save $15 off your order of $100+ when you use promo code 150FF at checkout.

Please note that shipping starts at $6.99; otherwise shipping is free on orders of $75.

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Go through running shoes quickly? Check out this deal idea!

Altra Instinct Running Shoes $51.73 each
Buy 2 pairs = $103.46
Use the code 150FF
Final Cost $88.46 shipped – just $44.23 each!

Winter Running Gear: Ohuhu LED Flashing Finger Light Gloves AND Flashlight Beanie Hat Only $9.89 For Both

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Look, I know it’s spring and your mind is focused on shorts and t-shirt weather. But here is a steal of a deal on cold weather running gear. Buy now, store it until next winter, and be your own hero.

Finger Light Gloves

Through March 20th, head on over to Amazon.com where you can score these Ohuhu LED Flashing Finger Lighting Gloves  (originally $16.99) AND Ohuhu Flashlight Beanie Hat (originally $16.99) for only $9.89 – simply add both items to your cart and use promo code HX8W62N3 at checkout.

Flashlight Beanie Hat

The Ohuhu LED Flashing Finger Lighting Gloves feature six color patterns to choose from and can display seven different colors – they are designed to fit most everyone including both children and adults and are great to increase outdoor visibility on those dark winter runs. The Ohuhu Flashlight Beanie Hat is perfect to add to your running gear supply. It offers up to 24 hours of light before a battery change is needed.

Good Buys on Men’s & Women’s Mizuno & New Balance Athletic Shoes

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Head over to Bealls Florida where they are offering an extra 25% off all orders AND Free shipping on $75+ purchases when you enter the promo code SHOPUSAGAIN at checkout! OR – score an extra 20% off all orders UNDER the $75 mark with the promo code SHOPATBEALLS. Note that shipping is $4 (if you don’t spend $75).

Check out a few available shoes:

Mizuno Mens Wave Sayanora Athletic Shoes
Only $34 (reg. $100) after the code SHOPATBEALLS (or lower if you spend $75)

New Balance Mens 680 Running Shoes
Only $42 (reg. $75) after the code SHOPATBEALLS (or lower if you spend $75)

New Balance Mens 608v4 Cush Athletic Shoes
Only $42 $61 (reg. $75) after the code SHOPATBEALLS (or lower if you spend $75)

Mizuno Womens Wave Legend Athletic Shoes
Only $40 $35.99 (reg. $75) after the code SHOPATBEALLS (or lower if you spend $75)

New Balance Womens 713 Athletic Shoes
Only $42 (reg. $75) after the code SHOPATBEALLS (or lower if you spend $75)

Chocolate Chocolate Chip Zucchini Muffins {Gluten Free}

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Just last summer, Olympic marathoner Shalane Flanagan and her childhood friend Elyse Kopecky released Run Fast. Eat Slow.; an amazing cookbook full of nourishing recipes highlight ingredients that fuel and replenish. I’ve made many of the recipes from the book and each one was as satisfying and delicious as the last.

One particular recipe that has been quite popular is called Super Hero Muffins. The muffins are made with almond flour, shredded carrots, zucchini, and delicious spices. They make for a quick breakfast or snack that’s filled with tons of “good for you” flavor and leaves out all the empty sugar.

The Change Up

With a busy week ahead and a wicked chocolate craving I had every intention of making Super Hero Muffins and adding some chocolate chips. However, a very key ingredient wasn’t available at my grocer. The spot on the shelf where I grab almond flour on the reg was empty. I briefly contemplated the option to create my own almond flour, but realistically I don’t have a food processor and it just seems like more work than I’m willing to put in. As I scoured the isle for an flour alternative I spotted a new product the grocer was carrying, quinoa flour. I know nothing about quinoa flour but it seemed like a good alternative.

Now that my plan required slight alterations, I decided to go full out on this chocolate craving and picked up some cocoa powder too. I wanted to experiment to see if I could create a delicious treat that satisfied my chocolate addiction and that I didn’t have to feel completely guilty about.

So that’s basically how I ended up with Chocolate Chocolate Chip Zucchini Muffins. Check out the recipe below.

 

Ingredients

2 cups quinoa flour

3/4 cup old fashioned rolled oats (gluten free)

1 cup Nestle Toll House Baking Cocoa

2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt

1/2 cup chocolate chips

3 eggs, beaten

1 cup grated zucchini

6 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted

1/2 cup dark amber maple syrup

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

 

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a 12-cup standard muffin tin with paper muffin cups.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the quinoa flour, oats, cocoa powder, cinnamon, baking soda, and salt.
  3. In a separate bowl, mix together the eggs, zucchini, butter, maple syrup, and vanilla.
  4. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients mixing well until just combined.
  5. Fold in the chocolate chips. The batter will be thick.
  6. Spoon the batter into the muffin cups filling each to the brim. Bake until muffins until a toothpick inserted in the center of a muffin comes out clean. 25 to 35 minutes.

 

The Results

I was pretty pleased with how the muffins turned out. Although I find almond flour quite tasty, the quinoa flour acted a bit more like regular flour in comparison. For example the muffins made with the quinoa flour were slightly lighter and fluffier and less of a nutty taste than muffins made with almond flour.

I’m still working on my family and friends to eat food without refined sugar. One of my kiddos and husband will normally eat one muffin but still would rather have a regular muffin. Oh who am I kidding. They would rather have a cupcake. But for me, I prefer the “NO REFINED SUGAR” option and am kind of pleased that I got this chocolate chip muffins all to myself to eat for breakfast or as my afternoon snack for the entire week.

Speaking of afternoon snacks and cupcakes. I did recently discover that my local grocer, in addition to the quinoa flour also has fresh ground peanut butter. Oh my heavens. You grind the peanut butter right there on the spot. It comes out all warm and gooey and smells amazing. Well I decided to add a tasty dollop (giant scoop) of the peanut butter on top of my muffin. It acted as peanut butter frosting on top of a delicious chocolatey cupcake. It was like heaven I tell you. Pure and simple heaven.

If you decide to make this recipe, I hope you enjoy.

Have you tried the Run Fast. Eat Slow. cookbook? Which recipe is your favorite?

Inspiralized Cookbooks for Less Than $10

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An important aspect for any runner is nutrition. The food you use to fuel up prior to a run is just as important as the food consumed after a hard workout to make sure recovering muscles get what they need. I like to keep things simple so a way that I make sure my body is getting adequate nourishment is by filling up my plate with mostly vegetables. I know, I know, vegetables aren’t always the most appetizing foods. A boring bag of frozen veggies used to be the most common way I incorporated vegetables into my diet. However,  I’ve found one woman that has made veggies interesting.

The Inspiralizer

I’ve been following Ali Maffucci, the Inspiralized Founder, for a while. She uses this spiffy little gadget called  The Inspiralizer to do cool stuff with vegetables like turning zucchini into noodles, sweet potatoes into rice, and much more.

No more boring bags of frozen veggies for me. I’ve been cooking out of the Inspiralized: Turn Vegetables into Healthy, Creative, Satisfying Meals cookbook lately and have enjoyed many of the recipes. It’s been fun trying new ways to incorporate vegetables into meals. My family doesn’t even notice half the time. With Ali’s cookbooks you can expect beautifully easy meals such as
THE BEST CHICKEN ZUCCHINI NOODLE SOUP, EVER!

 

 

Two Cookbooks for less than $19

You can now grab the New York Times best seller, Inspiralized: Turn Vegetables into Healthy, Creative, Satisfying Meals, for just $9.99 (it’s 50% off).

You can also get her second book, Inspiralize Everything: An Apples-to-Zucchini Encyclopedia of Spiralizing, for just $8.87 (it’s 60% off).

Amazon is running this deal for a short period of time so get your copies before it’s too late.

How to Add Variety to Your Spring Racing {Oklahoma City & Tulsa}

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Did you ever play the driving game where you spot clouds that look like other things? Like you think a cloud looks like a horse and the person next to you thinks the same cloud looks like an elephant. While outside on a beautiful spring-like day I found a few bubbly clouds and started looking for ones that looked like animals. I spotted this cloud and to me it looks like a phoenix, rising from the ashes, renewed and regenerated. What do you see?

The phoenix may be the best mythical representation of spring in Oklahoma; when all the dead, crunchy, brown trees and grass begin to regenerate and bloom. In the spirit of reinvention how about trying a race this spring that is outside the standard 5K races. This March consider trying one of these races that offers and uncommon distance or location.

TATUR Snake Run

This unique race will be a six-hour or three-hour timed run taking place on mostly flat, nearly rock and root free, single track trails on the western side of Turkey mountain. The run will start Saturday, March 18th  at 9:00 am, and finish at 3:00 pm. The course will head northwest from the old upper parking lot following some of the trails used in the Turkey and Taturs race including of course the Snake Trail.  You will run 3.75-mile loops. How many laps can you run in three or six hours? It’s up to you.

OKC Dodgers  CommUNITY Run

Join the OKC Dodgers Baseball Foundation and the OKC Police Athletic League on March 25th for the OKC Dodgers CommUNITY Run. The one mile fun run and 5K will start at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark and have a unique finish on the field. A special kids run will take place on the field at the ballpark. This event offers food trucks, kids activities and visits with various non-profits and partners of the run. Following the run, all runners and spectators are encouraged to attend the third annual OKC Dodgers First Look Fan Fest, which will take place inside the ballpark and is free for all attendees.

 

Draper Dirtroads

Close out March with OK Runner on the Draper Lake trails. With a 10K or 10 mile option, this scenic, character-building course is a perfect way to prep for whatever other events you have planned for the spring! And besides, how can you beat at a $5.00 entry fee?

 

 

Presidents’ Day Sales {50% off Hoka Running Shoes, Pro Compression Discounts and more}

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REI 50% off Hoka One One

Need running shoes? Hop on over to REI.com where they are hosting a Winter Clearance Sale with TONS of items marked up to 50% off – no code needed!

As an idea, you can save an additional 50% off these highly rated Hoka One Running Shoes! Prices start at only $59.83 (regularly $120 and up). Choose free in-store pickup if available near you; otherwise, shipping is $5.99 OR free on orders of $50 or more.

Pro Compression – BUY ONE, GET ONE 50% 0FF

Presidents’ Day is a great excuse to rest and recover and what better way than to aid in your recovery than with Pro Compression socks. Head over to procompression.com and use code PRES to receive the discount.

 

Victoria’s Secret 2 Sport Steal

For a limited time get a new fitness outfit from Victoria’s Secret for a steal. Score a $30 sport pant with a full priced sport bra purchase. This discount is valid on Knockout sport pants up to $69.50. Excludes clearance & PINK. Use code TRYSPORT30.

Also, during this limited time, grab a $15 Sport Tank (Org. $24.50). Discount is valid on banded-back tanks only. Excludes clearance & PINK.

Five Ways Running Is Like Online Dating

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I recently spent a girls runcation in Phoenix, Arizona with some of my Oiselle teammates. It was incredibly fun getting the opportunity to enjoy beautiful weather, delicious food, and racing with this group of amazing women. We had a lot of silly and heartfelt conversations. Many of us found ourselves in varied stages of relationships. Some were married, some newly single, some actively dating. Despite the differences there was a commonality of online dating. I mean really, you can’t throw a rock anymore without hitting someone that has tried online dating. And what’s a group of runners to do but compare our online dating experiences to those of the activity we hold near and dear, running.

Here are a few similarities we found:

A Lot Of Work For A Bagel

With online dating, if you make it past the arduous vetting process of messaging, chatting, and phone calls you eventually get to enjoy a meal. Racing is no different. After weeks of dedicating yourself to strenuous training and eventual racing, runners are rewarded with post-race grub that ranges from bananas and bagels to grilled hamburgers. Just like dating, the quality of the food depends on how cheap the race is.

Exaggerations Are To Be Expected

Most runners have experienced the course that was described on the website as “gentle rolling hills”. However, once out on the course it’s painfully obvious that the elevation gain is much more then gentle. Similarly, there’s a reason the term ‘catfish’ exist in online dating. Sometimes a profile picture may be a few [several] years old. Or weight and height are general estimates rather than accurate measurements. Either way, a good old fashioned Google search of potential dates and review of those race elevation maps can go a long way.

Going Out Too Fast Spells Disaster

Look, we’ve all been there. A race starts, adrenaline is pumping, you get caught up in the current of the other runners and find yourself running way faster than you know you should. The same happens with dating when you’re eager and come on way too strong. Pacing yourself can be just as important in racing as it is in dating.

Lube Is Your Friend

Things can quickly get hot and sweaty. There’s no shame in acknowledging that lubrication can make many situations more pleasant.

All The Feels

Somehow, someway racing and online dating can cause you to experience a wide range of feelings. Nervousness, nausea, gastrointestinal distress, butterflies, exhaustion, and exhilaration have been known to occur in a single race… and a single date.

Do you race? Do you date online? What are similarities you’ve noticed between the two?