Happy Tuesday gang!

I’m just lacing up my shoes for a 6 mile run but wanted to stop in quickly to share a great giveaway and race discount with you guys. Once again the team at Women’s Health is hosting a gorgeous 10k in New York City as part of their Run10 Feed10 race series.


RUN 10 FEED 10 started in 2012 with the hope of raising money and awareness for the dire hunger problem in America. The concept was a simple one. RUN a 10K and FEED 10 hungry people in your hometown.  Now, going into our fourth year, they need your help once again to reach their goal of providing 5 million meals.  When you register, you automatically provide 10 meals to those in need! 

If you’re in the tri-state area this weekend this is a great race to use as a training run or way to break up a long training run. Located along the Hudson River this timed race will include gorgeous views and is always very well organized.


WHEN:  Sunday, September 20, 2015
WHERE:  Pier 84 at Hudson River Park Run
down the West Side Highway
REGISTRATION FEE: $55  (Discount code for readers: R10F10PR)


The money from the registration and fundraising efforts will go to the nearest NYC metropolitan areas. The registration fees include a 2015 limited-edition FEED bag and FEED bracelet as well as pre and post-race activities such as warm-ups, yoga and music.


As part of the fun, the team at Women’s Health has given me one Fit Kit bag to giveaway to a lucky reader.


The RUN10 “Fit Kit” Giveaway Bag includes

· Batiste Dry Shampoo
· Crème of Nature Straight from Eden Oil-Infused Hydrating Shampoo
· Nubian Heritage Mango Butter Hand Cream
· Aveeno Mini Daily Moisturizing Lotion
· Out of Africa Shea Butter Hand Cream
· Crème of Nature Straight from Eden Plant-Derived Repairing Oil
· Geri G Cheek/Eye Duo
· Geri G Ultra Plush Mascara
· Purell Travel Hand Sanitizer
· Goody Slideproof Headband
· Fat Water Berry Concentrate
· Go Raw Zesty Pizza Sprouted Flax Snack
· Go Raw Lemon Pie Sprouted Cookies
· Eden Wild Berry Mix
· Stoneridge Orchards Dark Chocolate Dipped Fruits
· Go Organic Apple Hard Candies
· FIT Mushroom Matrix
· Dave’s Homemade Sweet & Sassy Smokehouse Rub
· Owl’s Brew Tea Crafted Cocktail
· PaperChef Culinary Parchment Cooking Bags
· Koala Bottle Opener
· Blender Bottle Sport Mixer
· Natalie Jill Total Bodyweight Workout DVD
· Domino Magazine Summer 2015 issue
· Mandy Ingber’s Yogalosophy book
· $500 Golden Door Gift Certificate

Want to win? Leave a comment sharing with readers your absolute favorite piece of running gear that you can’t live without whether it’s that Lululemon Tata tamer sports bra or those old school Nike Tempo shorts.

The contest is open to residents in the United States and ends on September 16th at 11:59pm and I will pick a winner using and contact them via email.

Thank you to Women’s Health magazine for providing this great prize! While I was not compensated for this post I love the magazine and believe the race supports a great cause. 


Timex IRONMAN GPS+ Giveaway

As you guys know, I have more than a few miles to run between now and the end of the year. I’m currently signed up for seven races and eyeing a few more. I love Fall running and the energy that races, regardless their size, provide.


Part of me thought that coming back to the United States I would need numerous races to keep me motivated and on track. But, as Jess and my other friends know, these days I am always staying busy whether running, going to yoga, or cross training with Fhitting Room and The Bar Method.  If I want to succeed during these races and finish the year strong and healthy, I have to make sure that each run is the strongest possible.

After a Summer of running for fun, I’ve started tracking each run, ensuring that I hit the paces Jess prescribes for each weeks’ workouts. However, since moving back to the US, my GPS watch has had constant issues finding satellites and holding a charge. After one too many frustrating runs, I swapped to using an activity tracker app on my iPhone. Trying to fumble around and take screen shots of your paces after each 800 repeat is laughable. While it seemed to work well for other types of runs, it drained my phone and forced me to hold my phone during the run which was cumbersome and not good for the phone. As my post workout pictures show, I sweat a lot. The last thing I want to do is ruin an iPhone due to excess moisture and sweat during the dog days of summer runs.

Luckily, my friends at Fitfluential and Timex have helped ensure that my past eight runs were near perfect.  After just a few weeks using the Timex IRONMAN GPS+ I’m already in love and doubt I’ll ever go back to my old methods. I’ve been able to precisely track my paces for each run without having to stress or fumble around. In fact, dare I say, that the Timex IRONMAN GPS+ has made me enjoy running just a bit more?

What makes it so helpful?

  • It’s easy to read, even in the direct sunlight! 
  • The instafix GPS picked up signal within seconds of leaving my house in Brooklyn and even exiting the subway in NYC! 
  • Activation took just a few minutes and once that is done, the portal and system will allow you to do everything from interact with others to email you reminders when your watch battery is low.
  • The texting capability and SOS support allows me to leave my phone at home without running worried. I can text Bo or friends in case of emergency while still enjoying a lightweight run.  
  • When paired with your favorite Bluetooth headphones, it can hold and play over 1000 of your favorite songs due to the 4 GB of storage and bluetooth capabilities. 
  • The easy to read summary screen shows your current pace, average pace and total time all on one screen which makes hitting those paces even easier. 
  • Valued at $399, the watch is currently retailing for $199 which makes it a great deal within the GPS watch arena.


What don’t I love?

  • The screen, though easy to read, isn’t necessarily always easy to use when running due to the touch screen capabilities. 
  • It’s a bit larger than I’m accustomed to wearing but due to the light nature, the size didn’t bother me during the run. 

But, instead of making you take my word for it, I want one of you to have the chance to try this watch for yourself! Thanks to the team at Timex and Fitfluential, I’m able to give one lucky reader a Timex IRONMAN GPS+ of their own, just in time for Fall running season!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

I will announce a winner on September 14th within Monday’s post. If I do not hear from the winner with contact information within 48 hours I will be forced to draw another name. In addition, unfortunately this contest is only open to residents within the United States.

This post is sponsored by FitFluential on behalf of Timex.


Publix Savannah Women’s Half & 5k Giveaway

Happy Monday you guys!  I have a fun giveaway to my favorite grocery store today, so get excited!

As you may have seen on Instagram, Bo and I spent much of the weekend sleeping, cleaning, reading, working out and spending time with friends. We were focused on making sure that we nurtured our bodies as the next few weeks are going to get VERY busy. This relaxing weekend meant that this morning I popped out of bed! It is so nice to start Monday feeling refreshed and renewed.

Our refreshing weekend couldn’t have come at a better time as I started training for my goal half marathon today, the Publix Savannah Women’s Half & 5k. As you know, I’m flying back to Savannah in late March to enjoy a fun race weekend with the other ambassadors (Caitlin, Victoria, Claudia and Julie) as well as some of my friends and family. My aunt and mom are going to walk the half marathon (their FIRST) while Meghann and I are going to run the half together! It’s not too late to join us for the fun in Savannah! You can still sign up for the 5k or half marathon using my discount code, healthyhappierbear.


While I planned on using Run Less, Run Faster again I had some concerns. Their training plan is a 16 -week plan, and I found it confusing to figure out how to start with only 11 weeks. Worried that I’d risk injury from increasing my mileage too quickly, I started to look at other options.  After hearing so many wonderful things about training with Jess from Theodora, Sarah, Christine and others, I decided to give it a go, especially since this is a condensed 11 week training period.

I’ll be sharing my training thoughts with you all on a weekly basis, but in celebration of a new training cycle, I have a fun giveaway to share today!


I know how important nutrition is when training for a race. Therefore, Bo and I have spent the past ten days planning out a healthy plan of attack. During the month of January, we are focused on the 80/20 model. Eighty percent of the week we will be focusing on increasing our intake of fresh, natural foods and protein while reducing the processed foods, sugars and alcohol in our life. The rest of the time we’re able to enjoy all the delicious wine, cheese, bread, chocolate and European cuisine that is easily available to us. Since healthy eating isn’t always inexpensive, Publix wants to make it just a bit easier for one lucky reader.

Giveaway Time: Publix wants to help one lucky reader give their refrigerator or pantry a fresh update by giving away a $50 Publix gift card. (source)


There are two ways to enter:

1) Leave a comment sharing your favorite healthy snack.

2) Share the giveaway on Twitter.

“Publix wants to help you stock your fridge with healthy snacks. Win a $50 giftcard on @healthyhappier blog!”

Giveaway will close Wednesday, January 14th at 11:59pm.