Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Play Hooky and Ski!

Lift lines, crowded runs, hiked-up hotel rates, struggling to find a place to sit at lunch, traffic delays (especially if you're an I-70 regular in Colorado). If you've skied your favorite resort or explored a new one over the weekend (and who hasn't?), you know these are part of what comes with skiing on Saturday and Sunday when everyone seemingly is off work. You've learned to accept it, but even the best of the weekend warriors want to ski at least once in the middle of the week when everyone else is at work.

If you needed an excuse for taking those mid-week runs--and holidays don't count--here's one: the third annual National Play Hooky & Ski Week. Running from Monday, March 3 to Friday, March 7, Play Hooky & Ski Week is your chance to ski when your buddies are still at work--unless you convince them to come too--and find corduroy at noon and make fresh tracks in the late afternoon because the crowds are thinner and less likely to hunt down every last powder stash on the mountain. I already snuck out once this season--so what if it was yesterday--and next week can't come soon enough.

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

And the Fit-Kit Goes To...

After being up in the mountains skiing for a week, it's rough getting back into the daily grind. It's even worse when the Olympics--and your favorite winter events like skiing--are airing and you become as obsessed, or more, with watching the two weeks worth of winter sports as you get with the summer edition (skiing is my winter swimming). Add in work and what feels like a lot of catching up, and well, announcing the winner of the Fit-Kit was honestly the last thing on my mind.

But enough whining about why I'm so late in hitting the publish button on this announcement. You'd think it'd be easy with a contest at hand, yet it took me all day (and a skipped workout) to wrap things up. Thanks for your patience!

Without further ado, the winner of the Core Power Fit-Kit is...


Random picker selected your name from the bunch to be the Fit-Kit recipient! To claim your prize, please message with your mailing address so I can have the Fit-Kit sent to you. Oh and I was warned to tell the winner to allow up to four weeks for delivery. Hope you don't mind waiting for this bag full of goodies--it's worth it though!

Congratulations, Poppy K., and thanks to everyone who shared a comment, followed Fit-Ink on social media and entered to win! Seriously, I wish I had more than one of these to giveaway so there could be more Fit-Ink fans walking around with these Fit-Kits.

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Top 10 Workout Songs of February 2014

Credit: e-magic at flickr
Who isn't complaining about the wrath of old man winter this year? It's been bone-chilling cold. It's been snowy and icy, making me think I up and moved to Alaska or Canada's Northwest Territory. Sure, those snowy conditions work for skiing, but good luck if you're trying to train for Boston or just grab a break from the indoor workout. get the bike off the trainer in the living room (I'm convinced mine's shacking up there until at least May).

If there were ever a month where I could use a new workout playlist, this would be it. I have yet to find a decent Colorado Springs radio station--yes, I'm sorely missing WTMX and WXRT in Chicago for helping to fill out my playlist--and my regular playlist is about the most overused bunch of songs ever. What I need is Run Hundred's latest top 10 list of workout songs. Exactly what I need to power me through that next sweat session.

Here's the full list according to votes placed at Run Hundred, the web's most popular workout music blog.

Monday, February 3, 2014

Core Power Fit-Kit Giveaway

Sometimes we need a little help with our New Year's resolutions. Take me: the girl who said she'd add more to Fit-Ink in 2014 (sorry about 2013 being so void of content). It's already February and I'm no where near my content goals--and this post, which I had wanted to share more than two weeks ago, is finally going live now. There's the proof that we can all have slip-ups whether they occur in a productivity goal, a weight loss resolution or a fitness plan. According to, almost half of us have infrequent success in achieving our New Year's resolutions. Not good if those goals are to lose weight or stay fit and healthy, two resolutions that crack the top 10.

If your New Year's resolution is a fit one, Core Power, the real-milk based sports recovery drink that was recently named the "Official Protein Drink of the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games," wants to help keep you on track. They assembled a Fit-Kit full of tools you can use before, during and after your workouts. We're talking a gym bag, a yoga mat, a stability ball, a workout towel, a spill-proof water bottle, and plenty of Core Power to recharge the body after exercise. What's even better is that we're giving away one of these Fit-Kits courtesy of Core Power!


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