Mizuno debuts the latest Wave Rider 20

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This post is brought to you by Mizuno.

Mizuno is the third largest shoe company in the U.S. and they just released the 20th edition of the Wave Rider. I was invited as a paid influencer to try them out over the weekend and get a deeper look inside what this Japanese-based company is all about.

My good friend Jessica of Love You More Too hosted this exclusive Mizuno event at Dick’s Sporting Goods in Allen. Myself and a few other bloggers were invited to this special event and I can’t wait to share all the deets.

You can catch the behind the scenes by watching my Facebook Live. Warning, it was my first one ever. How did I do?

Running is how I got into fitness blogging and I remember spending many mornings on Katy Trail logging in those miles. I quickly learned the importance of getting the proper shoes for the right workout. Running is definitely one of them. I learned the hard way from knee, foot, and ankle injuries.

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What made this event so special was that each blogger was able to bring a guest and we all received a pair of the Mizuno Wave Rider 20. The boyfriend was STOKED to try his first pair of Mizuno’s for the first time and he loved the color. They go with everything, he said. After two decades of continuous refinements and iterations, this is considered the softest, smoothest, and most responsive version yet. After I slipped these babies on, I noticed how light they were and the stability you get from standing in the shoe.

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We were all able to take these bad boys for a spin with an in-store scavenger hunt. Let’s just say I got in some of my steps that morning zipping around the store looking for items. Alas! I did not win.

CJ Brown, the Mizuno Rep, walked us through the history and we had a quick Q&A about the new Wave Rider.

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The new Wave Rider 20 offers the right blend of soft cushioning and a smooth heel-to-toe transition with the “Wave” feel runners love. What makes this edition different from previous versions, is it also includes cloudwave® technology.  According to Mizuno, “the shoe provides soft cushioning underfoot while acting as a spring at the same time. The curve in the cloudwave is longer and gentler to convert more of the runner’s heel impact into forward motion.”

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The boyfriend loves his new Mizunos in grey.

For running, I love the springy lightness, stability in the shoe (so I’m less likely to roll my ankles), and how comfortable they are. They do run a little small, so I recommend going up a half size. I love that Mizuno’s shoes are becoming more fashion forward. The are more colors to choose from and the design is more aesthetically pleasing. Fun fact, the inspiration for the design of the shoe came from a study on how the wings of insects have evolved over time to become lighter and stronger. According to CJ, you can get 400-500 miles out of these shoes depending on how often and how hard you train. The shoes are available at Dick’s Sporting Goods and retail for $119.

Some fun facts we learned about runners:

  • 89 percent of runners wave say they wave at other runners
  • Male runners are more likely to wave than female runners
  • Runners in their 40+ years of age are the largest demographic to wave
  • Texas is the friendliest state in terms of wavers
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Left to right: Chandler of The H is For, Jessica of Love You More Too, and Brittany of Fit x Brit.

Nothing like spending your morning with friends and fellow bloggers. I knew almost all these girls and it made for a fun and intimate event, goofing off and laughing.

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So excited we all having matching shoes. That means more future workout dates and #twinning. Check out the his and hers shot below. Love!mizuno-dallas-deepfriedfit20

Special shout out to Jessica for hosting such a fun party. She’s an amazing blogger and shares great fitness, food, and lifestyle blogs covering North Dallas.

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Photo booths are my favorite, so I hope you get a giggle out of our silliness. I’m bananas for bananas.

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Have you ever tried Mizuno or a Wave Rider 20 shoe? Drop any questions in the comments below!

This post and experience recap is brought to you by Mizuno.

Sablon Chocolate Lounge in West Village

sablon-chocolate-lounge-dallas4Sablon Chocolate Lounge is a sugary dream come true. The cozy lounge took over the corner space that was previously Pinkberry in West Village months ago and I can’t believe I just got around to trying it out.

I’m personally not a huge sweets person, but my boyfriend is a sugar monster. I surprised him with a visit here on his birthday after making him take a leisurely 12 mile bike ride with me. Trust me, you’re going to want to feel like you #earnedit when you stop in here. He said it was the best waffle he’s ever had. Then we passed out shortly after from a sugar coma. Best nap ever.

Sablon is a cute lounge and they offer a variety of confections. From frozen frappis, hot chocolate, coffees, crepes, belgium waffles, fondues, truffles, and even savory dishes.

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I loved their frappis. They come in these delicious chocolate dipped glasses. My only problem was not being able to eat the dang chocolate. Like what heck…. Gnawing on glass isn’t classy apparently.sablon-chocolate-lounge-dallas2

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This would totally be a perfect place for a Valentine’s Day or to answer a sugar craving. If you want to indulge, this is the place to do it.

After my first visit, I went back a few weeks later for a media tasting. I didn’t realize how the variety of chocolate options. Just for drinks, you can choose coffees, hot chocolates, chocotails, alcoholic-based drinks, and more. I ordered the Belgium Chili Hot Chocolate. I love that it comes in a warming mug. SO cute. It was the perfect drink for me. It wasn’t overly sweet and there was a late-reaction subtle kick. I almost wanted more chili. I can’t wait for it to get cooler. I’d definitely stop in for some hot chocoalte.

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I love that Sablon is so thoughtful with their presentation. It’s dessert art. The star of the show has to to go the Igloo Waffles. It’s a scoop of vanilla and chocolate ice cream on two sugary Belgium waffles. The texture of the waffle is slightly crunchy with the sugar coating. Just so much going on in each bite.

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They also offer classic chocolate fondues with fruit, but as a savory person, I appreciated the options for salty and savory. You can also find paninis and other lunch sandwiches there.

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Keep this spot on your list. With the colder season coming soon, it’s a perfect spot on a chilly day, after a dinner date, or to get your chocolate fix.

Have you been to Sablon yet? What is your favorite chocolate indulgence?

16 November Fitness and Food Events

Sharing this month’s November food and fitness events! Another great month full of fitness, drinks, and puppies it seems. Will continue to update this list throughout the  month!

10/31 Rooftop Yoga + Costume Party
Yoga Underground invites you to yoga flow IN COSTUME to DJ Souljah on Monday at the DEC on Dragon at 630pm. This is a 21+ event and tickets are $20. Get yoga, bites, and halloween cocktails from Stoli Vodka.

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11/02 Bandier x Pure Barre PH host charity series
Pure Barre Preston Hollow and Bandier are teaming up for a charitable series this month. They are offering a donation class every Wednesday at 11:45am at Bandier in Highland Park with 100% of the proceeds to go to the American Diabetes Association. This is a donation based class.

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11/02 Grit Fitness Flexin Flow @ The Bomb Factory
Join GRIT Fitness in partnership with Techweek for a morning Flexin’ Flow (yoga workout) energized with live beats by DJ Lucio and healthy post-class sips and bites. GRIT Fitness founder, Brittani (Brit) Rettig, will lead the class along with her dream team of instructors! Come ready to flow, dance and network with Dallas’ brightest entrepreneurs and tech enthusiasts. The event is free and begings at 7am at The Bomb Factory. Yoga will be followed by a networking party with healthy sips and bites. FREE tickets are available at http://techweek.com/dallas-tickets/
#TechweekDFW

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11/03 Silent Disco Yoga + West Village Pop Up @ 630pm
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oin Dallas Fitness Ambassadors as they celebrate their one year anniversary with a silent disco yoga event. Slip on noise cancelling headphones, rock out to an awesome Yoga Sculpt class with MJ. The event will also host special pop ups from West Village businesses including Simply Fit Meals, Lorna Jane, Soul Cycle and more. There will also be prizes! Tickets are $15. Grab them now!

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11/03 Texas Whiskey Showdown Hosted by Rye51
Make your vote really count at RYE 51. Texas whiskies Herman Marshall, TX Whiskey, and Balcones will be competing for “Best Tasting Texas Whiskey”. Come network and learn more about Lucchese Bootmaker, a 130 year-old premier boot brand.

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11/04 Hops for Hounds at Community Beer Co.
Come enjoy great beer for a great cause! Community Beer Co. will be pouring their incredible beer to help benefit local animal rescue group DFW FurGotten Friends. You can enjoy guilt-free beer by knowing each pint sold will benefit a dog in need. Tickets are $20 which gets you three beers and lots of four-legged friends.
There will be food trucks, games and raffle prizes available throughout the night. Dogs will be on-site for adoption, and your dogs are more than welcome to come support their friends in need!
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11/04 Cedars Backyard Grand Opening
The Cedars Backyard, Dallas’ First Container Ship Bar is now open! The Grand Opening will be held next Friday, November 4 starting at 5:30pm. Live music will play from 5:30-7:30. Day 1 $1 drinks will be available all night to guests to celebrate. And owners will have a 40 oz Beer Smash (instead of champagne) to toast the new container.

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11/05 Ultimate Cocktail Experience at Klyde Warren Park (sponsored)
The “Ultimate Cocktail Experience”, previously known as the Fantasy Bar Draft, began in 2012 to raise money for Trigger’s Toys; a charity providing access to medical care facilities, financial assistance, and core childhood experiences that may otherwise be lost through the treatment process. This year bar concepts will revolve around cultural experiences. Each bar will represent a continent, featuring drinks and aesthetics from the following regions: Africa, Asia, Europe, North America, & South America
Join us for this incredible evening with the best bartenders in Dallas doing their thing.
Link to purchase tickets: http://www.prekindle.com/promo/id/24545708307178771

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11/08 VITAL Charity Ride – Ride for Free
Vital Fitness Studio is putting a spin on giving by hosting special charity rides with the Wilkinson Center on November 8th and 10th at 6:30 p.m. and Young Texas Against Cancer on November 16th at 6:30 p.m. and 19th at 11 a.m. You ride for FREE and VITAL will donate $20 for every bike filled. Registration is required. Reserve your bike at vitalfitnessstudio.com.vialcharityride

11/12 FREE Football and Donuts Workout @ D1 Dallas
You’re invited to celebrate Deep Fried Fit’s 3 year anniversary with an all-levels football workout followed by donuts! No experience required, just a fun workout to mix it up and ends with DONUTS! There will be a trunk show (and possible special appearance of@donutjudge.me) drinks, food, prizes and lots of fun. Plus, it gives me a chance to meet some of you! Make sure to RSVP and bring yo fransssss. It’s FREE.

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11/12 East Dallas Love Fest with Evolve and Super Yoga Palace
Evolve Love in Action and Super Yoga Palace are hosting a  pop up benefitting a child or adult in need. Enjoy great music, snacks and libations from Lounge Here, and shopping from evolve’s debut women’s line and it’s brand new men’s line. Twenty percent of all sales will go to support Mosaic Family Services.

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11/13 VITAL Fitness V3 Class at Bandier
On November 13th, VITAL Fitness Studio will be teaching their V3 class here at Highland Park Village. at 10am. V3 is a mix of strength, HIIT, and yoga. There will be vendors, and shopping. Bring a mat, shoes, and be ready to sweat.

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11/19 Royal Blue celebrates Local Market
Join Royal Blue Grocery Saturday November the 19th for a day packed full of festivities from local vendors! Starting at 7am Royal Blue Grocery will be participating in Highland Park Village’s Local Market. Find Stumptown coffee, fresh breakfast tacos & local juices and pastries available to purchase and enjoy as you walk around the Local Market.

RBG will be grilling out for lunch from 11am to 5pm with 44 Farms. Featuring 100% ground beef hotdogs, hamburgers & cheesburgers served with your choice of potato chips. Loca Linda Wines will be offering complimentary samples of their lines of Jolle Folle & Loca Linda wines. Stop by and pick up Jolle Folle swag and taste these delicious and affordable quality wines.

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11/16 Bullies & Brews & Texas Ale Project
Join No Bully Left Behind at Texas Ale Project on Wednesday, Nov. 16th to raise awareness and donations to celebrate North Texas Beer Week with Bully Breeds and local brews. Enjoy craft beer, brew bites, treats for your pups and live music from 6-9pm. Stay tuned for more details! Tickets (all proceeds benefit NBLB) include 1 free beer: $25 online and $30 at the door. Donations are greatly appreciated.14691056_1286894574683426_4385456863741649441_n

11/19 Eastside Taco Bike Ride
Eastside Bike Ride is teaming up with Local Hub to collect food to donate to The Stewpot in downtown Dallas. The Local Hub’s Cranksgiving event is on Sunday and invites you to donate food the day before. Bring non-perishable items. Ride rain or shine and meet up at The Lot at 10:30 and kickstands go up at 11:00. After we drop off the food, we’ll run into downtown and partake in tacos at Wild Salsa. The ride will be mostly on Santa Fe Trail and is right at 7 miles to tacos.
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11/19 9Round Preston Free Workout Day
Offering a FREE day of workouts to all of our Friends & Family throughout the DFW! Workouts are a half hour, and there are no class times. Bring a friend and be ready to sweat!
Memberships will be offered at a DISCOUNTED rate all day long! Come in and have the BEST 30 Minutes of your day!
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If you’re looking for more events, here are some great round ups in North Dallas and Fort Worth?

Which event is calling your name? If you think I missed some key events, let me know!

Fitness Studio Review: Social Mechanics

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If I were to describe Social Mechanics, it’s one of those places that looks like only Olympians train and there’s no room for feeble ole me. But that’s just outside perception and couldn’t be further from the truth. Social Mechanics has one of the most welcoming communities I’ve ever experienced. And I’ve been to a ton of studios and gyms all over Dallas. Here’s my review of this gym that claims a spot on Lower Greenville.

My Experience: I used my StudioHop membership to check out this gym for the first time months ago. I was in desperate need of a butt kicking workout and wasn’t in the mood to do it myself. It’s not a crossfit gym. They dub themselves a functional fitness gym, which means The welcome I received was more than just “Hello! Welcome to so-so gym!” I was also greeted by other members, complete strangers actually, and instantly felt included in a group that all seem to know each other. I was so taken aback and thought surely, it’s a fluke. The workout itself is a really great strength workout and I love coming back.

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The Space: Social Mechanics is a garage style gym located on Lower Greenville, next to Remedy and HG Sply Co. It seems random, but it’s not. All three are owned by the same owner and there’s an awesome philosophy about why. Sweat at Social Mechanics, fuel up at HG Sply Co. and treat yourself at Remedy. That’s a life I can get behind. The space is one long rectangular room with a large garage door that’s always up during the workouts. Pretty open space with a few rigs set up on one side, bars and weights on the other.

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The Class: Most of the workouts are some sort of interval or circuit workout. Almost every class I’ve taken starts with a short run around the block and some sort of dynamic warm up. This is how I prefer to warm up and love that they incorporate it that here. It’s so crucial for the workout that’s ahead. There’s a good mix of men and women and they are all killing it. I don’t lift heavy, but I was able to keep up at my own pace and push myself.

The workouts are designed for you to go at your own pace and at a weight that’s challenging. They mix in body weight exercises with weights. You’ll get a chance to use barbells, bosu balls, row machines, and more. Not once did I feel like I was being judged. It made the experience so much more invigorating. I left feeling like a million bucks.

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Photo Credit: Nike

The Instructor: I’ve only ever had Brittany or Cristin and they are both excellent. They make you do work! They are knowledgable and really break down movements for you. I also appreciate their attention to my form. When you are doing squats or deadlifts, it’s a move that you can easily mess up, and I appreciated being taught how to do them properly. They are essentially teaching you the basic movements that you can build on.

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Favorite: I LOVE their community. It’s just so warm and welcoming and I experienced it every single time I went. During the workouts, people are cheering you on or telling you good job and you can’t help to do the same for someone else. I don’t go frequently, but every time I came back, it almost like I never left. I also love the workouts. They truly push you to your limits and challenge in all sorts of ways.

Feedback: Don’t really have any feedback other than that I’m not a fan of the reusable water bottles. So I definitely only bring my own.

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Difficulty Level: Moderate. It’s definitely challenging cardio wise, but it’s doable. There are moves that are an active recovery, but man was my heart rate through the roof. The strength part for me was my favorite. The cardio was a reminder that I need to run more. Ha!

social-mechanics-dallas-1FYI/Costs/Parking: There isn’t a designated parking lot for Social Mechanics, but there are parking lots all around. I’d park behind Crisp Salad or Raggin Crab. That seems to be the easiest. Bring your water bottle and sweat towel. Also, a membership at Social Mechanics also includes a discount for HG Sply Co. and Remedy.

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The Takeaway: Social Mechanics is  great place to visit if you crave more total body strength workouts. I wish more fitness communities worked harder to create a culture of support and encouragement. I always leave feeling refreshed, positive, and tired to the bone.

Have you ever been to Social Mechanics? What was your experience?

Dallas Bike Date with Local Hub Bicycle Co

localhubbc-dallasbiketour-deepfriedfit11October has been a jam packed month. It also included the boyfriend’s birthday. I’m not great about buying gifts, but I love sharing new experiences. I think they are so much more memorable and valuable. One of our favorite memories was riding through Central Park in NYC on bikes, and it inspired me to recreate that here in Dallas at Local Hub Bicycle Co. in Deep Ellum.

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While we don’t have a Central Park, we do have some trails that lend themselves for great bike outings. I learned about the Local Hub Bicycle Company when I won the Downtown Dallas Inc Live Like a Local Contest and thought this would make for a fun date.

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I also listed this as one of my DARTable Date ideas, so it just worked out perfectly. Bike rentals go for $10 and hour or $35 for a whole day and you get helmet and lock too. They also host weekly group bike events.

Since Danny and I both have really flexible schedules, we chose a Wednesday morning to spent the day together. The weather was also perfect.

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We got our bikes compliments of Local Hub and had two choices. We could get on the Strain Trail and head toward Trinity Groves or hop on the Sante Fe Trail and ride to White Rock. We opted to see the lake and rode he 4.5 miles toward White Rock.

The Santa Fe trail does go through East Dallas (my hood!) and for the first part is sort of sketchy. But after about ten minutes, it hits Lakewood and the trail becomes quite peaceful and beautiful before it connects with White Rock. I’d recommend only going during the day with at least one other person. And I definitely wouldn’t walk this trail.

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For a leisurely bike ride, it took us about 20 minutes to get to the White Rock and then another 15-20 to ride toward Winfrey Point. We stopped at the dock and just enjoyed the day!

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We’re also big nerds and don’t mind a little Pokemon hunting.

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He made us stop to catch something. Repeat 20x.

Deep Ellum is quite beautiful during the day and after a 12 mile bike ride, we went to Pecan Lodge. See…there’s a method to my madness. Middle of the day, there were no lines and we shared a 3-meat plate. We chose brisket, pork rib and sausage with bacon mac n cheese. UGH. So good. Next time, we’ll most likely hit up the new Emporium Pies that just opened next door to Pecan Lodge.

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This totally put us in a food coma, but worth it! Super fun day and I hope more people are up for exploring Dallas and doing something a little different. If you decide to use this date idea or make it a group outting, wear SPF (not much coverage), some snacks, and your sunnies. Tons of food choices in Deep Ellum for lunch afterward to make the ride worth it. Fall is almost here and the weather will be prime for more bike rides.

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When was the last time you rode a bike?!

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