AMPLA Fly Your Run

HOLD THE PHONE, I’ve been running.  I know, I know.  How long have I been talking about getting my butt in gear?  Well, I’m doing it.  I’ve been running 3-4 times a week most of the summer.  I’m still only doing two miles each run and I’m having a really hard time getting past that.  I don’t know if it’s the heat, fear, or what.  Last spring, I ran a half marathon with barely any training, and the little running I was doing was just once a week!

You’d think since I’m keeping my distance the same, my speed would be improving.  Unfortunately, that’s not either.  But… I keep running!  For my excuses, I’m going to use the heat and a massive hill at the beginning of my run.  No, not to make excuses or anything, but I do think those factors play a role.  I run as early as I possibly can (accounting for William) and pretty much the first mile of my run is uphill with a giant hill right at the beginning.  It’s hard.  Though it is amazing on the mile run (mostly) downhill on the way back.

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While I’m frustrated my speed is not improving, I think my distance would / could improve if I just went for it.  It’d be nice if I had a running partner to push me.  (Any takers??)  At least I’m running consistently again; that feels good to me.

Recently I had the chance to try out a brand new running shoe – AMPLA.  New gear always makes running / working out more fun, so I was excited to give these guys a go.  My initial thought is that they are VERY springy!  They feel good to run in and have some distinct characteristics about them.  Ampla has quickly become a trailblazer of “firsts” both in design and business strategy.

Design
  • Full length carbon fibre Forcepower plate that guides foot strike and releases stored energy at toe-off
  • Actively uses a runner’s natural force during foot strike
  • Lightweight cushioning and a seam free Diamond mesh with micro-suede upper
Direct to Consumer Business Model
  • First premium shoe to implement a 100% direct to consumer model
  • No added marketing or sales commissions padding the price
  • Free returns within 30 days, no questions asked

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You can watch this video to learn more about these Ampla Fly Carbon Fiber Plated Shoes.  It features Harvard trained sports scientist, Dr. Marcus Elliot who talks about giving runners a mechanical advantage and getting some free energy based on the design of the shoe.  (Hey, I’ll always take free energy while running!)  The feel of them remind me of Newton’s, how the heel is elevated because of the toe box causing them to feel springy.  On me, these shoes come up a little higher than my other running shoes in the back.  It’s not a big deal, I just wear higher socks.

For additional reading material, check out how Sports Illustrated highlighted Ampla in their latest issue.  Read HERE.  The article discusses how these shoes can help correct running gait.

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stop not running right // appropriate motto to support Ampla’s philosophy

What’s your favorite brand of running shoes?  Have you tried Ampla before?

*Disclaimer: I was provided this pair of running shoes free of charge in exchange of my honest review.  No compensation was provided. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

ASICS Gel Fit Sana Fashionable & Versatile Shoes

You guys know I like jumping.  I like seeing how much height I can get.  I like trying to touch my toes in the air.  I like the freedom of being up.  And I’m not gonna lie… I love jumping pictures.  I think they look awesome.  Check me out:

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It only took about a million tries to get that one shot.  And for some reason, for the life of me, I just could not get my legs perfectly straight.  I’ll keep working.  Gotta keep working.  Practice makes [almost] perfect.  Not that I want to be perfect, just better.  Anyway, the reason for all this jumping stemmed from trying to get some cool pictures for my sweet new kicks.  So after we got this rad shot, I saw you couldn’t even see the darn shoes.  Whoops.  Still made for a sweet picture.  But now, the shoes:

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These ASICS Gel-Fit Sana shoes are the bombdotcom.  Seriously.  Since I’ve been on winter break, I’ve worn them almost every day.  I love how versatile they are.  They go great with a casual outfit and are incredibly comfortable for all day wear.

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There are six different color options that these shoes come in, but I chose the black and white because I wanted something that would literally match any and every outfit.  The color combinations all look awesome though. They’re bright and eye-catchy.  The options are: Concord Grape / White, Purple Magic/ White / Nectarine, Petal Pink / White / Fuchsia, Hot Pink / White / Grape,  Navy / White / Hot Pink, or Black / White / Coral.  You can see all the different color combinations HERE or check out the hashtag #FITwithASICS on Instagram.  FitFluential ambassadors have done a fabulous job showcasing the shoe.

Not only are the shoes incredibly fashionable, but they’re also great for working out.  They’re light and flexible with a customized fit. The Gel-Fit Sana adapts and supports your foot with the inner lining from the heel to the forefoot, while providing a barefoot-like sensation.  Fits like a glove!

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I had these shoes out in my house when my dad came over yesterday.  He instantly noticed them, picked one up, and exclaimed, “Wow! These are really light! They’re like nothing!”   True story.  They’re literally weightless on your feet.

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Another cool factor?  They’re just $80!  (And ASICS has free shipping on all orders!)  That’s totally reasonable for a shoe that you can wear around town or in the fitness world.

I’m off to enjoy my last few days of winter break.  And work on my jumps.

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What are you on working on these days?  Which color combo would you choose?

This post is sponsored by FitFluential on behalf of ASICS.

Stylish Reebok Skyscape Shoes

The following post is sponsored by FitFluential LLC on behalf of Reebok.

Check out my shoes, y’all.

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Pretty fashionable, huh?  Wearing sneaks with everyday outfits is totally the new thing and Reebok has got a fabulous new pair. They’re the stylish Reebok Skscape Shoes.  I’m all about them because they’re super comfortable, add a great pop of color, and can fancy up any old outfit whether itz skinny jeans, leggings, skirts, dresses, or even a belly bump!

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Their official hashtag is #StyleNeverStops and I just adore it. What I take it to mean is that any woman, any time, no matter what can and should feel stylish.  What is stylish?  Is it just about the clothes?  No.  Itz about being confident in your own skin.  Itz about being happy with who you are, from the inside out.  Am I reading too far into a shoe company’s latest campaign?  Maybe yes, but maybe not.  The fact of the matter is that we should all embrace ourselves, and one another, for who we truly are.  We don’t need to change, we don’t need to try to be someone we’re not.  We are who we are and that’s a beautiful thing.  Being true to yourself is most stylish in my book!

That’s not to say Reebok Skyscape shoes aren’t pretty sweet…

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Because they are!  You can just see the pillowy softness; just imagine what they feel like!  Here are some of the sweet features:

  • Foam material in the upper for softness and flexibility
  • Low-cut design for added mobility
  • Seamless construction for minimized rub and irritation
  • Unique architecture designed to support the foot and provide all-day comfort
  • Minimal rubber accents only where needed for traction
  • Skyspring technology – features a unique design architecture designed to help support the foot and provide all day comfort
  • Lightweight – only 5.0 ounces

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As an elementary teacher and as a 35-week pregnant lady, I have got to be comfortable on my feet as I’m on them all day long.  These shoes are rocking my world.  When I’ve been wearing them with my skinny jeans, I’ve been wearing them with socks because you can’t tell. However, once the weather [finally] warms up enough, I’m going to try the look with a skirt or dress and no socks.  At first I was worried about stinky feet and shoes, but the Reebok Skyscapes are machine washable! Itz best to remove the sole and laces and wash on gentle, and then just air dry. Stinky shoes be gone!

Reebok Skyscapes can be purchased online HERE, or in stores at a Reebok FitHub or Outlet. (Check locations HERE.) Select locations of Kohls also carry them.

They come in three colors: pink (my favorite), purple, and black.  They’re sure to match any outfit, but you may find yourself planning your outfits around the Skyscapes instead of the other way around.  Or maybe that’s just me…

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Reebok Skyscape – so lightweight and comfortable, you’ll forget you have them on!

What does #StyleNeverStops mean to you? What color Skyscapes would you get?