Posts Tagged ‘giveaway’

Run or Ride: Win a Gulf Coast Interstate Relay Entry!

This post is sponsored by the Gulf Coast Interstate Relay.

April 4th, 2014 will mark the start of the second ever Gulf Sate Interstate Relay. Last year, it was the first ever “run or ride” overnight relay race that coursed through four states (Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, and Florida) and over 263 miles. Participants form teams and choose to either run or ride (your whole team can only pick one way to race, though), and then spend an entire weekend relay racing from New Orleans all the way to Pensacola Beach.

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3 Reasons Every Runner Should Try Barre + a Skirt Sports Giveaway!

[image via Flickr/StudioBarre]

If I ate a cupcake for every time someone had asked me if I’d ever taken a Barre class over the past year or so, well (if it’s even possible) I’d be REALLY sick of cupcakes by now. What was even more annoying than constantly being questioned about the exercise fad, though, was the fact that I had never given it a go. I had no opinion to offer those who were questioning curiously.

Thanks to my membership at the NYC Reebok Sports Club (courtesy of FitFluential) and my new exercise schedule that makes group ex classes ideal, I no longer have to answer The Barre Question with a “no.” I’ve finally boarded the Barre bandwagon and if you ask me if I’ve ever tried it and what I think of it, I’ll happily throw some thoughts at you. Including the following lists of reasons why Barre is a particularly great exercise for runners.

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3 Ways to Maximize Your Health and a #FitSocial Prize Pack Giveaway!


I’m back!

If you kept  up with me on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter over the weekend, you know I had a crazy good time in Colorado at the #FitSocial Fitness and Health Social Media Conference. While I was there I learned a lot about blogging, ate a lot of good food, and best of all, made some truly lovely new fit-blogging friends. Keep on reading to hear about all of the fun I had and keep your eyes peeled for the top three healthy lifestyle tips I learned while at the conference and my #FitSocial Prize Pack Giveaway at the end of the post.

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Find Fun Ways to Stay Fit with Blood Sweat & Cheers, My Cinema Cycle Review + A Chance to Win an iPad Mini!

This post is sponsored by Blood Sweat & Cheers.

I’m extremely picky about which email newsletters I want to catch up with on a regular basis. Unless they’re extremely fun and offer content that’s useful and intelligent, it drives me crazy to have extra, unnecessary emails that I’ll never read clogging up my inbox. But the ones that I do subscribe to, I really and truly enjoy. Despite my strict inbox standards, I recently welcomed one more newsletter subscription to my super exclusive list. And having been subscribed for several weeks now, I can honestly say that I’m so happy I that did.

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Favorite Food Finds Friday: My New Favorite Healthy Pasta Sauce + a Giveaway!

Once again it is Friday (YAY!), and once again I have a new favorite food to share with you!

This week’s favorite food find comes from Mia’s Kitchen. Mia is an actual person and I met her a few weeks ago at Food Fete. She let me sample several of her all-natural, homemade tomato sauces and then listened to me rant and rave about each of the different flavors and how I just couldn’t wait to include them as toppings on my weekly Friday homemade pizzas.

Mia was thrilled with how abnormally excited I was about her sauce (and just food in general), and to make a long story short, we pretty much became BFF’s after bonding over our love of food, especially that of the Italian variety!

Watch this weeks Food Finds video (above) to learn more about her authentic, flavorful sauces and to find how you can enter to win a jar of your own!

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3 New Ways to ‘Map Your Run’ {Giveaway!}

“What’s the app that you use to track your run workouts?”

Oh, if only I had a nickle for every time someone asked me that question.

Not that I’m annoyed that it gets asked so frequently (especially when I post images like the one above on Instagram), because I’m not. I’m not annoyed at all. Just that I’d have a lot more money than I do now if that were the case.

On Instagram, I’ve answered this FAQ dozens of times, but let this be my official, for the record announcement: The iPhone app that I use to keep track of my running workouts is MapMyRun. Oh my gosh, I sound like some sort of celebrity athlete endorsing a sports drink or something. That is totally not the case here, though. (I am neither sponsored nor endorsed by Map My Run.) I just genuinely love this app because it does exactly what its name says, and it does it well.

You turn it on at the start of your outdoor running workout and it uses your phone’s GPS to track your route and distance. When you record a run it will also track your speed and log your average pace when you’re finished and the results are finalized.

When I first started running I downloaded almost every “run tracking” app I could find and one by one, tried them all out. MapMyRun was the one that stuck for me. The interface is simple and self-explanatory and to my knowledge, its GPS tracking is the most accurate. (Yes, I’ve tested it using my car’s speedometer.)

Even though I knew that the app had features beyond simply tracking your distance, speed, and route, up until recently I had only been using the app for those three basic functions. But over the past few weeks I’ve taken the app’s MVP upgrade out for a few test drives runs, and it’s basically turned my phone into my very own, personal running coach. In particular, there are three specific features that have really helped take my workouts to the next level.

3 New Ways to ‘Map Your Run’ (With MapMyRun’s MVP Upgrade)

1. Pace Coaching: Before you start your run, you can set a goal pace. As you go through your workout, the “coach” will chime in to let you know if you are on, ahead of, or behind your pace. You can also choose how often (every 2,3, 4 minutes etc.) you’d like for her to update you. This feature is especially great for speed training outdoors. If you are training for race and have a goal time you are trying to achieve, you can set the pace coach to the appropriate level to ensure you’re working at the correct threshold.

2. Split Data: At the end of each run, along with your distance, route, and speed stats, the MVP package provides you with information regarding how long it took you to complete each mile of your run. This is especially helpful for negative split workouts where the goal is to achieve a faster time with each mile completed.

3. Route Planning: Planning out your route ensures that you get exactly the kind of workout you’re planning on. Too many times have I skimped on a workout because I didn’t plan my route or think about where or how far I wanted to run. Don’t get me wrong, heading out the door and just “winging it” is great for a leisurely weekend workout. But the new advanced mapping feature is almost a necessity for me now while I’m training for races. You can pick a recommended route by entering the area and distance you would like to run or plan and customize your own route.

Those are just my top three, personal favorite features, but some of the other features that come with the upgrade include:

  • Heart Rate / Power / Cadence Analysis – Improve performance by tracking data and peaks during your workout using your Polar watch, Nike+, Adidas, FitBit, CycleOps, Wahoo, Garmin and other compatible equipment.
  • Advanced Leader board Filters – Compare your stats with the competition and friends
  • Training Plans
  • Live Tracking – Live social media updates about your workout

You can upgrade to the Map My Run MVP Package for $5.99/month or $29.99 for a yearly subscription.

I’m also giving away one MapMyRun MVP Package Upgrade here on! Here’s how you can enter to win:

1. Use MapMyRun to track one of your upcoming workouts.

2. Use your phone to take a screenshot of your run results when your workout is done. (Like the example shown below.)

3. Follow HungryRunner on Instagram.

4. Post your MapMyRun workout recap screenshot as a photo on Instagram with the caption, “I want to win an #MapMyRun MVP Upgrade from @hungryrunner and @mapmyfitness” Be sure to include @HungryRunner in your post so I am notified that you’ve posted it.

5. Bonus Points: Feel free to personalize your post (like I often do, example below) using a photo editor app like Picframe!

This giveaway will be open until Midnight on Tuesday March 5th. I will use a randomizer to choose a winner and announce it here (within this post) and on my Instagram profile on Wednesday, March 6th, so be sure to follow me and MapMyFitness on Instagram and to check back here to find out who won. If the chosen winner does not reply within 48 hours of being notified, a new winner will be chosen.

Which MapMyRun MVP feature do you think would be most helpful or would you be most excited to try?

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