8 Reasons to Run the NYC Marathon

This post is sponsored by FitFluential LLC on behalf of New York Road Runners.

I’ve yet to run the New York City Marathon. In 2013 I got to experience it firsthand, though. I cheered on every single runner and felt the immense energy and spirit that electrifies the entire city on Marathon Day. I may have never run the race before, but I can still tell you that it’s a truly extraordinary experience. Last year I was only a spectator, but I know for a fact that statement is true, which is why I can’t even begin to imagine what it feels like to finish.

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How to Motivate Yourself to Run in the Cold


I’ll be one hundred percent honest, this week I used the “it’s too cold to run” excuse every single day. Well, except for today; even though it was kind of still too cold to be doing anything but watching Netflix in bed with 20 blankets.

Usually the cold temperatures really don’t bother me that badly. If you have the right gear, running in winter weather can be comfortable. But for some reason this week I just couldn’t get around that whine-y voice in my head that kept reminding me how much warmer and cozier it was inside.

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Intermediate Half Marathon Training Program

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This coming Monday will mark 10 weeks until the Scranton Half Marathon on April 6th. That means Monday will also mark the start of my half marathon training.

This will be my 4th half marathon, but my first one in almost a year. My last half marathon race was the More/Fitness Magazine Half last spring. It’s been quite a while since I’ve signed up to tackle 13.1 miles, so I’m pretty darn excited!

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Armour39 Fitness and Heart Rate Monitor Review

This post is sponsored by FitFluential on behalf of Under Armour.

It’s official. I have become the ultimate exercise gear junkie. From sneakers and apparel to headphones and heart rate monitors, I’m a little bit obsessed with trying out the latest and greatest.

Most recently, I’ve been putting the new Armour39 Fitness and Heart Rate Monitor to the test. According to Under Armour, other heart rate monitors compile results by taking an average of your heart rate data, but the Armour39 monitor tracks every heart beat while you’re working out to give you more accurate results and with your WILLpower number, a sense of how hard you really worked.

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High Intensity Interval Treadmill Workout


Let’s talk about running on the treadmill.

It’s not a very fun thing to do. You feel like a hamster, you have to stare at one thing (usually the time ticking away on the clock) for the entire time, and a pace that might feel somewhat moderate while outdoors sometimes feels like an enormous struggle.

Up until last week I had the pleasure of going several months without having run on a treadmill. But when that polar vortex came along, it really threw my running routine off; To the point where I hadn’t run in almost four days because it was just too damn cold outside.

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Hungry Running Recap: The Importance of Rest Days


Happy New Year, Hungry Readers!

Can you believe my first run in 2014 didn’t happen until four days into the year? I can’t! My last workout before today’s was on December 31st, and since I was traveling for the New Year’s holiday I wasn’t able to get a run in on the first. As sad as that made me, it actually ended up being for the best because a) I’ve been running a lot since September and b) I had been feeling a little bit sick, so it was definitely time for a short break.

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