New Balance #FreshFoamZante Review + #RunToAFasterBeat

A few weeks back, I mentioned how I have been running in the Altra Superior 1.5 and it hasn’t been the best fit. Shortly after, New Balance reached out to me with the opportunity to try out the new Fresh Foam Zante shoe. I was WAY excited because I had already been stalking this shoe on IG for AGES, thanks to the accounts of Canadian Olympic marathoners, Eric Gillis and Reid Coolsaet.

The women’s Fresh Foam Zante comes in 3 colourways and the struggle was REAL to choose!  I want all the colours. It turned out that I didn’t need to make the choice anyway, because New Balance can’t keep these badboys on the shelves, so they sent me what they could! I received the grey and pink combo, which I actually loved so much more in person! All the options are bomb. FEAST YOUR EYES:

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First Impression

“Damn this shoe looks goooood.”

Last season, I had a lot of success wit the New Balance Minimus zero drop shoe. The only problem was that I ran holes straight through them in less than two months! The Fresh Foam Zante is a much more substantial shoe, but it’s still very light, all while being a snug but moveable fit (they are a 6mm drop for those who are wondering!). I don’t like to have restrained toes, and the Fresh Foam Zante gives you that snug and safe feeling (do you know what I’m talking about?), without keeping your piggies from getting to the market, if they want to get there, YOU KNOW?

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Sizing

I generally have found the NBs seem to fit a little more snug than other brands. I wear a size 6 or 6.5 in regular life, but I remember wishing I got a 7 in the Minimus’ (I got a 6.5). I got a size 7 in the Fresh Foam Zante, and I probably even could have gone for a size 7.5, as a blister did form on my big toe. In the shoe’s defense– in the place where I developed a blister, there should actually be what people call a “toe nail”  to protect the skin, but I don’t know what those are anymore, so whatever.

The First Run

I threw these on for my Saturday run and I had no issues!  I ran 17k on my first run and it was totally comfortable (I never actually felt the blister, I just saw it later). The Fresh Foam Zante is exactly the in-between type of shoe I have been looking for. I needed something more substantial than Vibrams I’ve worn in the past or the NB Minimus I’ve worn more recently, but I didn’t want a traditional chunky, oversized running shoe. I for sure need to collect all 3 colours. I would 100% be wearing these for the Ottawa Marathon if I were still running! (Surprise, I’m not). Hopefully I can wear them for the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon instead!  I totally recommend these shoes!

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#RunToAFasterBeat

So speaking of racing, I mentioned recently that I had stopped listening to music on my long runs, because carrying my phone is a hassle and I love saving music to fuel a race (not just a run), and give me a power-up on race day after going for a few runs without it!  For my music, I was recently introduced to an app called Spotify. Spotify is different from other music apps because you actually get to SEARCH for music, make your own playlists, etc, and it’s FREE! I made my TYS10K playlist with Spotify and it helped me run through my diaphragm pain and come in only 21 seconds off my PR!

New Balance and Spotify have come together for this awesome contest called #RunToAFasterBeat where they are giving away a trip to a North American music festival plus $1000 in New Balance gear! (YOU COULD GET ALL THE FRESH FOAM ZANTE COLOURS!) All you have to do is visit bit.ly/Fresh_Foam_Zante to create your next playlist! Check my TYS10K playlist out while you’re at it!

Hope you guys are enjoying this GLORIOUS running weather, I’ll be back with an update soon!

 

Danielle

xo

 

 

Disclaimer: I was provided a pair of Fresh Foam Zantes in exchange for my honest review. I did not receive any other compensation and all opinions are my own.

 

 

 

 

 

Goodness me!

HELLLOOO

Contrary to what you might believe, I am alive and surviving the Canadian arctic thus far. Today I walked to work (25 minutes) in the -20 weather (celsius, with wind chill) and I was so prepared that I got SWEATY. Like that kid at school still wearing a snowsuit in April. That is how I measure my winter preparation success. CRUSHING IT.

In other news, I have not run once since the Hamilton Half Marathon. Not once. I planned to take a week off, but one became two, and two became 2 and a half., which will probably become three. #SORRYCOACH. We are so busy trying to rent out our current house, get ready to move into our new one next weekend, plan the wedding, working, etc,

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WEDDING PLANNING SNEAK PEEK

I just haven’t bothered to stretch myself so thin as to go run in blizzards. The good news is I plan to buy a treadmill for our new place, which I will then use to become the next RUN EMZ.  HAHAHAH. I’m hilarious.

No on to my point… a couple weeks ago I had the pleasure of attending an event at Goodness Me! Mississauga with my local blogger besties, Angela and Jess (my personal pace bunny). We had so much fun chatting away, meeting new bloggers and learning more about the Goodness Me! brand.

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Goodness Me! is a local family owned and operated business in Ontario. Currently there are 6 open stores, with 4 additional locations opening soon. So what makes Goodness Me! special?  Janet Jacks, the founder/owner, in addition to her lovely daughter Emily, really demonstrated their deep understanding and passion for health and wellness. They made it clear that they are highly involved in all aspects of the store. They even go so far as to check the label of every product themselves, before it hits the stores.  You will only find the best products on their shelves! The stores also happen to be beautiful and so much fun to shop in!

In store you will find…

  • Organic & natural groceries
  • High quality natural supplements
  • Local natural & dairy products
  • 100% organic produce
  • Healthy lifestyles products, such as juicers, vitamixes and cookware
  • Educational and recipe books
  • Educational classes and courses
  • Bulk foods
  • Resources for all your health questions
  • Goodness eatery & bakery including salad bar, smoothie bar, juice bar, and hot meals. …we got to sample some of the food and it was amazing. TEMPEH CURRY GET AT ME.

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So if you don’t live in Ontario, you’re probably wondering what exactly my point is, and how this is going to benefit you. Well, Goodness Me! has just launched their online store! While you cannot order fresh produce, the online store does offer..

  • Organic & natural groceries
  • High quality natural supplements (A lot of the same stuff you usually only find at your naturopathic doctor)
  • Healthy lifestyles products
  • Educational and recipe books
  • Healthy gourmet recipes
  • Resources for all your health questions
  • Webinars with international and local health experts

If you are interested in checking out the store, Goodness Me! is offering 25% off your purchase with the code “WorkItWearIt.” This code will always get you 20% off, but for now you get that extra 5%! Get up in that! If you lose track of the code you can use the button in my sidebar and get shoppin’. (Shipping is also free for purchases over $59, FYI.)

Happy Shopping!

(it’s good for you).

Danielle

xo

Disclaimer: As a brand ambassador for Goodness Me! I may receive compensation when I promote the Goodness Me! online store. But I really do love it! I never promote things I don’t believe in 🙂

 

 

Smoothies on smoothies (Halloween edition!)

So like I mentioned previously, my office has moved and now I am forced to PLAN my meals in ADVANCE like a normal human. So with this move comes a walk to work that has increased from 3 minutes (literally) to 25 minutes. Should I be complaining? No, because at one point I was commuting 90 minutes each way to work, but I CAN’T HELP IT OKAY?  The point is, I am drinking a lot more smoothies. They are so easy, and I can drink them while I walk, or at my desk when I arrive. I also love them for a post-run meal because my stomach is usually all knotted up, and I have no appetite anyway. I decided to play around with some fall smoothie recipes and I am pretty happy with how they turned out, so I decided to share! It has been a while since I posted any kind of recipe, so why not! In the spirit of Halloween we might get spooky-scary too. Like I’m talking werewolf bar mitzvah.

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Apple Beet Berry Smoothie

This bad boy is for recovery. I decided to enhance the flavour of the Vega Recovery Accelerator in apple-berry flavour, by using some fresh apples and raspberries too! This stuff is amazing and I now swear by it after every hard or long run. It makes a world of difference. No one asked me to say that. Go buy it STAT. Tropical flavour is also my jam. ANYWAY, back to my point… the recipe!

  • 1 cup water
  • 1 scoop Vega Recovery Accelerator in Apple-Berry flavour
  • 1/2 a small apple, peeled and chopped (I know the skin is what has all the fiber, but I am not into the little bits of peel in my smoothie!)
  • 1/2 cup frozen raspberries or 1/2 cup fresh raspberries + a few ice cubes
  • 1 cooked beet. I know what you’re thinking, you’re like “Girl, I am not going through the agony of roasting and peeling beets to put one in a smoothie.” GIRL, I GOT YOU. INSERT COSTCO.
  • Blend and chug. And maybe Halloween-ify.
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You’re welcome.

  • Blend and chug. And maybe Halloween-ify.

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Smoothie #2 is more adorable and almost as tasty.

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So did I crush it orrrr…..?

Frankenstein’s Apple-Cinnamon Green Smoothie

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Boom. Enjoy!

What are your favourite fall smoothies? HIT ME, I NEED IDEAS!

Happy Halloween!!!

Danielle

xo