Kicking Her Way Back!!

I am so proud of my friend Gracie Updyke as she is kicking her way back to the fitness world!! Why do I say kicking? Gracie has had her product backed by KICKSTARTER!!

It's women like Gracie that Kickstarter’s funding platform was created in the first place. She has a proven track record and a clear cut business plan.  Backing her company is as simple as pledging the cost of a Gracie’s Gear sports bra or long tank (or both) which you will actually receive if the goal is met. If the goal is not met, money is not collected. It is that simple!

All women should find their "go" and if your "go" means that you need to carry anything on your person (like a phone, chapstick, ipod, etc..) then you need a product like Gracie's Gear!! Click on the Gracie’s Kickstarter project page to find out more.

Here I am in 2011 in my favorite Gracie's Gear long tank Smile

Gracie is SO CLOSE to reaching her $50,000 goal. Less than $12,000 away and ONE WEEK left to go!!

Check out the Kickstarter project HERE

Head over to the Gracie’s Gear website http://www.graciesgearandtraining.com/

Find Gracie’s Gear on Facebook HERE

Please support my friend, and get yourself a great product in the process!! Thank you!! Smile

Be a Kind Runner

Getting involved in running was one of the best things I have ever done. I used to dream of being a runner, but I was morbidly obese and physically unable to run, so my dreams was the only place where I could run. When I began my weight loss and fitness journey in 2008 becoming a "real runner" was high on my list of priorities. I ran my first "unofficial" race in 2010 and I became hooked on running. I trained alone, but I found friends and comaraderie at the races that I participated in. The running community in Tampa Bay is incredibly kind and very supportive. When I turned to blogging in late 2012, I found that many of my fellow bloggers were also runners. They reached out to support me through my running, and other ventures and I finally felt that I wasn't training alone. I was training to be apart of something bigger, something kinder.

There are a lot of people who want to run, but can't. Not because of physical limitations, but because of financial limitations. Running shoes can be expensive. I often donate my old shoes to the Goodwill, but have recently found a new organization that will be receiving my old running shoes: Kindrunner.

Kindrunner PAYS you to be kind! Kindrunner is the only place on the web where runners can trade in their old running shoes for NEW shoes.  Runners receive ‘Kindness Cash Rewards’ for every shoe they send in. In turn, Kindrunner gives those old shoes to their shoe donation partners, including Soles 4 Souls and the More Foundation, to benefit people in need. Their goal is to take shoes that would normally go into landfills or in someone’s closet and re-purpose them, give them to someone who would greatly value them. How awesome is that???

There are other perks to being a Kindrunner as well!

        -Confident Runner Pricing – An option presented upon checkout which rewards those who know exactly what they are looking for. This option waives the Free Return Shipping but offers the shoe at a below retail price. Shipping of product to customer is still free, as is the return shipping of donated shoes for Kindness Cash Rewards Program.

        -Free 3 Way Shipping – Free shipping of your order to you, free shipping of any returns for any reason, free shipping of your donated shoes back to us for re-purposing with Soles 4 Souls or The More Foundation Group.

        -Kindness Cash Rewards Program – This is what turns your old shoes into credit towards new ones or any product on our website. KCR are available to the customer after any footwear purchase (the idea behind this is to replace your old shoes with new ones, and keep the old ones out of the garbage, landfills, or ones closet… thus why it is available after footwear purchase). Upon receipt of their footwear order, customers have the option to place their old shoes into the KindRunner shipping box and place the pre-paid return label on the box for shipment back to us.  Upon receipt of the label, we will scan the bar code and place the KCR onto the customers account for future use.  Each return label (whether it contain one pair or 4 pairs of shoes) is worth $10 KCR per new shoes purchased (5 pairs purchased on that order, you can earn up to $50 KCR) or credits towards future purchase. The KCR can be used to purchase ANYTHING that kindrunner sells and will never expire.

        --Expert Product Reviews – Some of you may have seen some of these on our youtube page, www.youtube.com/kindrunner. Each and every product we carry will come with an expert product review video on the same page that the product is listed on.  These videos are done by individuals who have worked in the running industry for a number of years either as shoe reps, store owners, or expert shoe fitters at one of the oldest running stores in the nation. We bring the knowledge of your neighborhood specialty run shop to the comforts of your own home!

        -Easy 365 returns – A customer has 365 days to return any product, so long as it is in its original packaging and in its original condition.  If you are injured and unable to use the shoe, if your doctor wants you in a different model because of orthotics, no worries… no questions asked!

-Next up is a nice reward for our earliest customers, and I think this is just awesome!  “Free Socks for Life” to our first 500 customers! Each time one of our first 500 customers returns and purchases a new shoe their order will ship with a free pair of socks of their choice from our sock inventory.  As long as this customer continues to run, they will continue to get socks from kindrunner.com! I love socks, but FREE socks I love even more!!

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 I'm proud to be an ambassador for Kindrunner and fully support their mission to get quality running shoes in the hands of everyone who needs them!