Review and Giveaway of UA SPEEDFORM® RC

You can learn more about these awesome shoes here: http://www.underarmour.com/shop/us/en/speedform 


I was sent these shoes two weeks ago, and I am loving them. They are great for running or walking. My feet feel like they are walking/running on air! These shoes weigh 6 oz. Seriously... that is so light! The seams are virtually nonexistent... they call it "ultrasonic" but I would not have even known there were seams because the shoes are so smooth. That makes for some comfy piggies indeed! They use a Micro G® cushioning in the heel that rebounds the impact into forward momentum. I am not the best runner, so I love this feature. I can use all the help I can get!!! They have a minimalist appeal as well.  The drop is 6mm. 

I am a huge Under Armour fan. I wear only UA capris for working out and love all of my sweat wicking tops from them.  I worked a campaign with FitFluential a few months ago and got my first pair of UA shoes. I liked them, but now that I have tried these, I realize the importance of the weight of the shoe. I am not sure I could run in heavy shoese again. 

These shoes actually fit my feet. I was a bit nervous at first because my feet are wide, but these shoes fit perfectly. Their inspiration came from spacesuits and they paired that with the material innovation of a bra to create a seamless heel cup.... (yes, a bra!) UA SPEEDFORM® is a new way of making footwear. 

Best of all, my son thinks I look really cool in them :) And let's be honest... if I have his approval, then I must be a really cool mom! Right?

We are very lucky because Under Armour is giving a pair of SPEEDFORM® RC on my blog! Yay! Yes, that means YOU can win a pair too! 

What kind of shoes do you run in? 

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Nokia Icon Review #VZWFF

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

I will be completely honest... I am a droid snob. I was very nervous about trying this new Nokia Lumia Icon phone. I loved the sleek look, and I knew that I was being "boxed" in with my droid. I decided to try it. FitFluential and Verizon recently joined together to review the Galaxy 4. I have been using that phone ever since.  

Now, I have been given the chance to try the Nokia Lumia Icon. The first thing I fell in love with was the phone itself. I love the "cool" (temperature) feel of the phone. And it fits perfectly in my hand. Being left handed, phones are sometimes hard to use. This phone has the on/off button at the exact height of my index finger. (For you righties, it's thumb level)  I bet some of you never even thought about us lefties... Yes it's backwards for us :) But Nokia remembered us!!

I am also loving the photos! It has outstanding image quality, super video with fantastic sound due to the high quality mics. It has 20 MP sensor with Zeiss optics with Optical and Digital Stabilization. You can zoom in after you take the photo and then reframe and you don't lose photo quality! This reframe function gets thumbs up :)

This is a screenshot... so cool
An added feature that I didn't even realize is that there is a button on the side of the phone that allows me to quickly take a picture without having to unlock my phone... amazing! All of the pictures that I missed while I was trying to unlock my phone haunt me... Never Again! 

This phone comes with a full HD display. There are "live tiles" on the home screen. You can personalize them however you need to. Only keep the tiles you want on your home screen. I love the live tiles. Makes the home screen so much more interesting.  It is called "pinning" and someone told me that she pins her airline app with her boarding passes to the home screen when she's traveling - once back home she unpins it. That is the beauty of these live tiles. You only need to pin the ones that you need and use. And the screen itself is called Clearblack. Clearblack is a life saver this time of year leading into summer when it's SOO bright. The other day I was at my son's baseball game and couldn't believe how great the screen was. The sun didn't cause issues for the screen. I could see everything. 

My tiles :) and they change daily!
The Nokia Lumia Icon uses Quad core processing, built-in wireless charging, and sturdy construction. I love that you can just put the phone down on a charging pad, and it charges. So simple! I am hoping to get the JBL PowerUp bluetooth speaker, but it works with any Qi charger.

For all of you (like me) social media crazed people, I figured something really cool out.  Not only can you see all of your accounts in one place, you can update Linkedin, Facebook and Twitter from one spot... pretty cool stuff!

Finally, the super sensitive touch is incredible.  You can use your fingernails... gloves etc... Awesome! 

My only downside is that some apps aren't available yet, but I did learn that there is an app that can help me when I can't find something I am looking for.  It's called "Where's my App" and I LOVE it! It will tell when the app you are looking for is coming out or what app you could use to replace that one. LIFE SAVER! 

Key Apps
6 tags
Pic Stitch
Where's my app (a great app if you can't find your app)

As a former Droid snob, I highly recommend this phone! It's great! You have to be a Verizon customer to use this phone though. I love Verizon and would really have a hard time leaving, so hey, this phone is a keeper! 

My question for you... Have you thought of switching platforms? I am shocked at how easy this change is. There are things I miss, but I think the good outweigh the bad for sure! 

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Color me Rad! Giveaway and race info!

disclosure: I was given 4 registrations for this race and two to giveaway to a reader. All opinions are my own.

Last year, Bryce and I ran the Color Me Rad race with some of our  friends. It was a blast. I am so glad that Bryce's buddy Jackson and his family was able to come with us. It made the day ever better. You can read about it here: http://www.mindysfitnessjourney.com/2013/05/color-us-rad-at-color-me-rad-and.html 
Here we are before the race looking so bright and clean!
Our tips for success:
1. Dress in white! Wear as much white as possible. It will allow you to get as colorful as possible!
2. Get there early and stay late! Make a day of it. It's so much fun to enjoy the music and color before and after the race. Don't be in a hurry!
3. Bring your camera or phone but put it in a plastic baggie.  You will want to take tons of pictures and video. It's a blast.
4. Don't run for time. If you are a runner who only wants to PR, I would skip this race. It's not meant for that. It's a chance to get your mom, dad, kids, and neighbors out to have fun. There are walkers, runners, and even some who skip. It's just fun!
5. Bring a change of clothes and lots of towels. At the end of the race, you will be a mess. You will want to change or put some towels down in your car. The clean up is fun, but be prepared to have blue ear wax and snot... LOL... yep I said it! :)

Getting pumped up to start!
It really was amazing. I hope that they will join us again this year on May 24th. 

We cannot wait til this year's. We will be running this race on May 24th in Tampa. There are many other places where this is run. You can win 2 entries to run this race in your city in the rafflecopter below.

If you don't win, you can save 20% on your registration right now! The code MindysFitnessJourney25
 will get you 25% off! Seriously.... 25% off!!! That is a huge discount!!! Go sign up now!!! :) 
Register here: http://www.colormerad.com/.

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