Fall 5k Race Giveaway

One of the Boston area 5k races that I like to get involved with is the OAKtoberfest 5k, held at the Oak Square YMCA where I teach fitness classes in Brighton. Last year I ran the race with my dad, my cousin Dean, and Tim, and I set my 5k personal record of 24:46.

Oaktoberfest 5k

Oaktoberfest 5k

The year before, I was still the group exercise coordinator at the Y, so I helped work the event (called Oak Scare at the time). I didn’t run, but I helped with registration, announcements, fitness demonstrations, and more.

Oak Scare 5k

Corpbasics at Oak Scare 5k

This year, the race is being held on Sunday, October 19th, and I will definitely be running again in hopes of beating my time last year. I’ve actually formed a Fitness & Feta team, and since right now that team only consists of me and my dad, I would like to extend the invitation to all you local readers to join us! How lame if Team F&F only consists of two people, right?!

The Oak Square Y has been kind enough to offer me four free race entries to give away to four lucky winners. For a chance to win, all you have to do is leave a comment on this post telling me something about running — do you love it? Hate it? Did you used to hate it, but now love it? Are you working on any running goals? For an extra entry into the giveaway, just share this post on social media, and make sure to leave me a second comment telling me you did.

Oaktoberfest 2014

The race is open to walkers, runners, and wheelers. Here’s the agenda for race day:

  • 8:30am: Number pick-up and same day registration
  • 10:00am: Race begins
  • 10:45am: Awards ceremony
  • 11:00am – 1:00pm: Post race party with free food and live music (I am also hearing rumors that The Last Drop could potentially be setting up a beer tent? To be confirmed).

For more details about the race location, course map, and more, check out this link. I’ll announce the four giveaway winners on Friday. Even if you don’t win, I have $5 off coupon codes to share with you then.

Good luck!

Descending Run Ladder and Ab Circuit Workout

Hey guys! Thanks for all the positive feedback you’ve sent my way on yesterday’s post. I’m glad you enjoyed the little chat on a non-deprivation approach to healthy eating. If you missed it, check it out!

Today I’m popping in to share a fun new workout with you.

Descending Run Ladder and Ab Circuit Workout

This workout was inspired by the lovely blogger Nicole of Pumps and Iron, as she posted a similar format a couple of weeks ago. Last week on a day that it was way too nice out to exercise indoors, I took my workout outside to a local track with Nicole’s workout in mind. Since I didn’t want to do back to back days of strength, I opted for an ab circuit instead of a total body bodyweight one.

Track Workout

For the cardio portion of this workout, you start by running one mile. The distance you run will then decrease in a descending ladder style after you do each ab circuit, so in total you run 2.5 miles. Since the running is broken up into shorter distances, really try to push yourself to go as fast as you can, especially during those last .5 and .25 rounds. I found that my splits were pretty constant throughout the entire workout, with the exception of that last surge on the quarter mile.

Track Workout

For the ab circuit, I only did one round of each in between for four total rounds in the entire workout, but you can choose to do 2 or 3 rounds of it in between running if you want to.

Here are your moves:

  • 15 leg drops
  • 15 slow alternating leg drops (flutter kicks)
  • 15 quick alternating leg drops (flutter kicks)
  • 15 hovering scissor cross beats
  • 30 seconds side plank on the right, directly into 10 side plank knee crunches
  • 30 seconds side plank on the left, directly into 10 side plank knee crunches
  • 45 second elbow plank

Track Workout

Don’t mind my dirty knees! That’s what outdoor workouts get you.

I enjoyed taking this one outside, and it was nice to change up my running from my usual route. You could still do this one on a treadmill, another cardio machine of choice (might have to adapt mileage/format a bit), or along your usual route if you measure your mileage.

Let me know if you try it out!

–Let’s chat–
Do you prefer exercising indoors or outdoors? Do you prefer running on trails, the street, a track, or a treadmill? What ab exercises are you loving lately? If you don’t feel like chatting about fitness, tell me about something fun going on this week.

For me, I tried November Project this morning (and survived). I can’t wait to share my experience with you!

New Balance Fresh Foam 980 {Double Sneaker Giveaway}

Get excited, people. I have a super fun giveaway today that should make your Mondays just a bit better.

Say good morning to the newly released Fresh Foam 980 by New Balance.

New Balance Fresh Foam 980s

The Fresh Foams are New Balance’s latest running shoe that launched on February 12. Here’s some more info about the sneaks:

“The Fresh Foam 980 has a lightweight, breathable construction paired with a simple, plush upper to keep feet comfortable and protected. The new style is grounded in bright colors and vivid accents and offers runners a naturally cushioned yet light neutral running shoe. A unique spray paint finish and fresh, eye-catching design provide a lower to the ground running shoe ideal for any workout or wardrobe.”

When these babies came in the mail, I immediately fell in love with the bright colors. When I tried them on, I was impressed with just how SOFT they were. “Fresh foam” is definitely an appropriate name for these shoes because my feet felt cushioned not only underneath toward the bottom of the shoe, but all the way around the sides and top too. My old lady bunion appreciates this, that’s for sure!

New Balance Fresh Foam 980s

Unfortunately, I haven’t been able to run in the Fresh Foams yet because of my sprained ankle, but I have worn them for cardio cross training. They’ve felt great on the elliptical, spin bike, and row machine.

New Balance Fresh Foam 980

I can’t wait until my ankle is fully recovered so I can wear these jogging. How cute are these going to look once it’s finally warm enough to go for a springtime run outside again?

New Balance Fresh Foam 980

This weekend I also wore the Fresh Foams for weight lifting. While they felt fine and definitely still cushioned my feet, I do think I prefer my cross-trainers that have a lower platform for strength workouts.

New Balance Fresh Foam 980

I’m definitely psyched to add the Fresh Foam 980s to my ever-growing sneaker collection. Thank you, New Balance, for the opportunity to review and share your latest and greatest on F&F!

Double Sneaker Giveaway

To celebrate the new product, New Balance has offered to give away two FREE pairs of Fresh Foams (one pair from the men’s collection and one from the women’s).

Fresh Foam 980 Giveaway[Source]

To enter the giveaway, you must leave a comment on this post telling me 1) how many pairs of athletic shoes you own and 2) whether you’d prefer to win a men’s pair or a women’s pair.

For extra entries:

  1. Follow Fitness & Feta on Twitter.
  2. Follow Fitness & Feta on Facebook.
  3. Tweet the following: I want to win a pair of #FreshFoam 980s from @newbalance and @fitnessandfeta! http://wp.me/p1GYjo-3bj

For each extra entry, make sure you leave separate comments on this post to let me know. One comment per extra entry please! This giveaway will be open until Friday 2/28 at 11:59 EST. Winners will be announced on Sunday 3/2 in my Sunday Sweat Talk post. Good luck!

Disclaimer: I was not paid to write this post, but I was provided a free pair of Fresh Foams in exchange for writing this review. As always, all opinions are my own.