Compression Rocks My Socks Off GIVEAWAY!

Totally nerding out and going to work like this:

Think you know what compression is for? Compression is so much more than just for thrombosis and marathon running! It’s for marathon recovery and training, for long work days, hard workouts, long runs, & looking super fly.


My poor feet and legs can become so swollen from standing on my feet all day at the pharmacy and then add marathon training in…and I usually have some pretty swollen puppies. 

Theses socks were a God send to me. Thanks TIUX!

cool phrase inside sock says, run. jump. go. BUT wear socks unfolded up top. I just wanted to show off the the coolness.

cool phrase inside sock says, run. jump. go. BUT wear socks unfolded up top. I just wanted to show off the the coolness.

So why Tiux vs other leading brands?

The biggest reason for me is affordability. Finally an affordable option. For more info on how they keep costs SO low check out their about page HERE.

As a certified personal trainer do I advocate compression? Yes, in short I do. But not necessarily to build fitness, PR, or race faster but because they are awesome for recovery. There are some rough studies out there on compression socks for athletes and performance, but nothing quite conclusive yet. However, there’s nothing that suggests it’s harmful. 

Benefits may include:

  • Increase in blood flow, increasing circulation throughout the legs aiding in free radical flushing 
  • Decrease lactic acid build up
  • Decrease in swollen feet
  • Quicker recovery 
  • Quicker recovery = quicker return to training hard 

How did I feel personally about them? 

  • I loved the color!
  • Great fit. True to size
  • Not as itchy as other brands 
  • Not too warm (ran in the 60-70*)
  • Plenty of cushion on heel 
  • Compression in all the places 
  • Felt like a total leg massage 

All I kept thinking was I wish this compression went all the way up to my butt! It felt that good! I have worn them  running and at work and I will say I experienced less swelling for sure!!

At the end of the day I feel compression is a totally personal choice. And if you do choose it I strongly recemmend TIUX because you’re saving some moolah. The extra cash could go into another race fee. Yes, please!! If you need further reason to purchase from TIUX you should know they are a giving back company. They give to MAG Mines Advisory  Group. For more info on that click on the photo below. 

They keep things simple with few color choices, no store front buildings, and cutting out the middleman. I’m all for simplicity! Especially if it saves lives, saves a dollar, and gives me better recovery. 

So my good friends at TIUX have graciously offered to give one of my stellar readers a pair. Luck YOU! 

To enter to win:

Enter by following the Facebook Rafflecopter link. Don’t worry, it’s easy and fun!


*Giveaway runs from Tuesday (today!) 25th until Tuesday Sept 1st at midnight.   

*Must be a U.S. or Canada resident

*Enter via Rafflecopter honestly!

*Spread the word!!


Will be selected at random next Wednesday at 12:00 pm and announced on my new Facebook personal trainer page!! Go ahead and ‘like’ Pink Payne Fit to stay in the know!!  
How do you recover from a long work day, hard workout, or run?


blessed and beautiful running.

Disclaimer: I was provided a pair of TIUX compression socks at no charge in exchange for an honest review. No other form of compensation was given. All thoughts, expressions, and opinions are my own. 

#MarathonMonday DREAM BIG + GIVEAWAY

#Irun4Dylan and Flying Feet in Faith

One for my #Irun4 buddy and one for me 🙂

Happy Monday y’all! What better way to kick off Monday and marathon training than with a giveaway?! Yeah I thought you’d agree it’s an awesome idea. When Christine (an amazing mother runner, blogger, and coach) contacted me via Dream Big Runner about her Dream Big Shop I immediately knew I wanted to partner with her! She has a big heart.  I think of the running community as a wonderful group of generous givers. And what better way to be involved than creating running jewelry and giving back?!

For every purchase off her Etsy shop she donates $2 to charity. And her new shop has taken off already donating over $1000!!

The shipping was prompt, price affordable, and the quality high. And they are customizable to almost any design you can think of! I’m thoroughly impressed and can’t wait to put my buddy’s bracelet in the mail. He lives a few states away so our matching bracelets are a sweet way to connect us. If you haven’t heard of #Irun4 it’s basically a community of runners/athletes who run/workout for a child with special needs who themselves can not run. It has been such a heartwarming journey for me personally and I tell you, my buddy is my hero and motivator!

I had the shoe tags designed after my blog and it’s motto…flying feet in faith.

So you want one too? Good news! Christine is generously giving away a bracelet or set of shoe tags to one of my readers.

***To enter to win: like My Dream Big Shop on FACEBOOK and visit My Dream Big Shop on ETSY and comment below with your favorite design through my FACEBOOOK Rafflecopter giveaway HERE

Contest starts today and ends Sunday at midnight! Good LUCK! 🙂

So marathon training….we meet again….

How am I training for this marathon season? Which plan? What book?!

Yes, I do have a new book. But no, I’m not following it’s plan. I’m reading it for marathon training content and extra lessons to be learned. One can always use a little more knowledge. In an effort to test my knowledge, skill, and experience I’ve designed my own plan. This may or may not be the smartest idea when I’m trying to BQ. You’d think I would trust the professionals. But. I am a professional?? ha.

One thing I have been discovering about myself through it all is that my mind is still weak. I have too many thoughts of I can’t. No matter how much I blog and promote self-confidence it is something I still truly, honestly struggle with on a daily basis. I have told myself one too many times during a race that “i can’t. I’m not strong enough. I’ll never be fast enough. There’s no way I’m capable.”


So my biggest goal for this marathon training season is to get out of my head. And deeply,firmly, and passionately BELIEVE that yes, I am capable, MORE than capable in fact. I’m not talking about gaining some sort of alter ego here, rather finally affirming to myself what I claim to believe in  everyone else: YOU are strong and you CAN do this.

mental in progress

mental in progress

I will be going through #MarathonMonday a little differently this time. Last season I logged every week with workout details and I do feel that helped keep myself somewhat accountable, however, I’ve been logging all my workouts in my BELIEVE journal and have really been enjoying my own personal journey. It’s like my little running secret. I intend on claiming my mental toughness to break through some barriers…. let’s do this.

Which design from My BIG Dream shop would you chose? Have you heard of #Irun4? Do you believe you have that mental toughness or is it a struggle for you as well? What are you training for?
blessed and beautiful running.


Making a Difference Link-Up With Miles-to-Go & NUUN GIVEAWAY!!

Miles To Go Y’all!!! I’m way excited once again to be joining Kelly over at Miles-to-Go for her making a difference link-up! Why? Because there’a giveaway here!! But first…

This is a once monthly event held on Wednesdays about giving back through running or anything fitness related. I had so many things to blog about last time, here, when it comes to giving back so I decided to break it down into four parts. I touched on the topics you can expect from me in the upcoming months last post so today I’m going to start with St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital fundraising in honor of the marathon coming up in 10 days!!!!  I had set a personal goal to raise $500.00 and I’m only $75 shy of that.

Why am I so personally passionate about raising funds for St.Jude’s hospital??

  • Children are a precious gift
  • Medical care is outrageously expensive
  • Cancer sucks and it’s unfair that it attacks the lives of anyone, especially little lives
  • It reminds me to appreciate my own child and his health
  • Fund raising for others teaches my son to be grateful for his moving, strong, healthy body and what it means to give back
  • You never know when YOU may need the help someday
  • We can feel helpless in situations like cancer but giving back helps us feel like we have done something.
  • I may not be a doctor and so I can not help those who are ill in that respect, but I can RUN & support those who do have the skills to help heal! We can all play a part in this life to help others. Do what you can, where you are!


St.Jude HERO! This tank is my super hero cape 😉 Be a super hero and give to kids in need!

From the St.Jude’s website:

Every dollar donated to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital counts! Take a look at some of the possibilities that your effort could provide to the kids and families of St. Jude.

Infant Care Supplies for 10 Babies: $50

These supplies help parents and nurses care for babies in treatment and include items like diapers, baby bottles, sippy cups, pacifiers, footies and heel warmers.

Wagon: $70

Wagons can make traveling through the halls of St. Jude easier for parents and more fun for a young child.

Parties to celebrate birthdays, holidays and “coming off chemo”: $75

St. Jude provides parties, decorations, cakes and more to keep spirits high during the holidays and to celebrate special occasions like birthdays and a child’s completion of chemotherapy treatment.

If this isn’t enough to make you want to support St. Jude maybe this will,

And lastly….If that still isn’t enough to encourage you to give I have devised a challenge & GIVEAWAY for you: Since I am running the Country Music Rock n’ Roll Marathon next Saturday, I am offering YOU the chance to guess my finishing marathon time! Whoever comes closest WINS a free tube of NUUN.

NUUN has gotten me through many tough running workouts and helps keep my hydrated without all the chemicals and sugars other drinks offer.


You know you want some!!


The rules are very simple:

*must be a US resident. Sorry my Canadian friends!

*contents runs through April 26, 2015. Last entry must made by 7:00 am. 

  1. Mandatory: Donate just $1 dollar to St. Jude HERE, comment below that you did, and your guess for my projected marathon finishing time to the closest second. (ex: 3:35:00)
  2. Like Flying Feet in Faith on Facebook HERE and share this post.
  3. Follow Flying Feet in Faith on Twitter HERE and tweet about it.

YOU HAVE 10 DAYS TO GUESS AND DONATE! On April 25th I will run 26.2 beautiful miles. I will have my finish time and whoever is closest wins. Simple!

Winner will be announced on the blog the following Monday, but if you like me on Facebook or follow me on Twitter or Instagram you’ll have the sneak peak!!!

Prize will be mailed out as soon as I have the winner’s info that week.

Good luck and a HUGE thank you to all those who have supported, encouraged, and motivated me on this marathon journey. I can honestly say I have never trained so hard for a race as I have this one.

Pass on the St. Jude love!!!

pssst….If giving back is your thing feel free to add your link below to join in on the conversation.

Add your link HERE.

Do you give to charities or help fund raise in the running community? Have you ever raised money for a race or event?  

blessed and beautiful running.


#MarathonMonday + ClifBar GIVEAWAY & Review!!

Happy Monday y’all! How was y’alls weekend?! Mine started out with a fantastic 10 miler race followed by a lazy Sunday. I had every intention of going for an easy run Sunday but my body decided otherwise. Sometimes you have to ignore the plan and listen to your body. In the Advanced Marathon Plan derived from Runner’s World Big Book of Marathon Training it says that you can exchange and “easy” run day for rest or XT. I usually try to exchange it with elliptical workouts but I just wanted to sit around the house post church lunch. So my mileage for last week went way under what I had planned from 46 down to 36…but that’s cool. I had a rockin’ race and a great weekend.  I don’t feel I’ve lost significant fitness or endurance. In fact, I’ve probably allowed my body to rebuild necessary strength during rest. Although something I’ve been struggling with lately is the comparison game. Some people train with 50+ miles weekly…my schedule is different and my life revolves around a family’s schedule. So I do what I can do and I can be proud of that. And so should you! Like Suz says, do it #likea___.  She talks about self-acceptance. I desperately needed to read. Check it out.

So today’s #MarathonMonday is brought to you compliments of ClifBar. There’s a wealth of fueling options and ultimately it boils down to what works for your body. But I have found Clif Bar to be the best option for my long-long runs. I usually just drink my NUUN but for the longer miles I need something foodish.

What’s so great about CLIFBar? Um, well everything! Compared to other gels or chews CLIFBar provides a more organic and natural option.

  • 90-95% Organic — my favorite thing about CLIFBar
  • Easy on the stomach. Digests quickly.
  • Works almost instantly. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve almost bonked until I had one gel or blok. Really a lifesaver during those 20 milers.
  • Great sneaky snack at work. #youmightbearunnerif …
  • Affordable.
  • Portable. With the ShotBloks I usually cut the pack in half and stuff one half in my pockets, but the gels come with a handle to carry when running.  They open easy.
  • Tasty. Wide variety of flavor. My personal favorite is the double espresso. mmmm.
  • Caffeinated option. Some have caffeine and some don’t. Caffeine can affect some tummys unkindly but I’m used to it. Plus if I forgot my coffee this is a great wake-me-up on a run.

From their website:

“Provide quick, chewable, energy to athletes while training and racing. SHOT Bloks come in 33 calorie cubes, making it easy to customize and track caloric and electrolyte intake during long outings and races.”

Now it’s giveaway time! Because I love to share anytime I get free goodies.


winner’s package!

To ENTER either head over to my Facebook page or Rafflecopter HERE…since my WordPress site doesn’t support javascript. boo. You will have the option to like, tweet, comment and all that fun stuff. 🙂


  • Must be a US resident. (sorry my non-USA friends 😦 )
  • Contest starts today 02/16/15 and will run through Sunday, 02/22/15 12:00 midnight.
  • Enter by visiting above links and liking, tweeting, following, commenting.
  • One winner will be selected at random and announced on next Monday’s #MarathonMonday

Good luck!

*Disclaimer: I was given samples of CLIFBar ShotBloks and Gels in exchange for my honest opinion. As always all thoughts are my own. No other personal compensation was provided.

So this week’s mileage line-up:

Monday: 5 easy w/5 strides

Tuesday: 8 miles hills

Wednesday: 5 easy + yoga

Thursday: 8 miles w/6@MP

Friday: rest/xt strength training

Saturday: 18 LSD

Sunday: 4 easy

Total goal miles: 48

Your turn! How do you fuel for long runs? Have you tried ClifBar gels or bloks? How do you feel when you don’t meet said workout or mileage goals?

Blessed and Beautiful Running.


Firecracker 10k Race Report and a Winner!

Personal stats:
50:49 gun time 8:11 min/mile
6th in my age group
35/121 overall

Temps: 62* breezy, mild, humid

Rolling hills, partly shaded, out and back turnaround that was very scenic and beautiful! Enjoyable run.

Timing: Right On Time Productions

Food/beverage: fruit, water

Support: Rotarians at every turn, a few locals

Swag: a tech tee

How I felt:
Didn’t sleep well night before. Legs felt heavy and tired. Did I over hydrate?
My motivation went MIA.
My main goal was to not pass out at the end anyway. I paced myself at moderate effort so I was able to hold steady without huffing and puffing too much. Even effort throughout. I had enough in the tank to pick it up in the last mile.
I treated it like a tempo workout, not a race. And I don’t regret this. Probably could’ve picked it up more but I know my body and heat so I ran on the side of caution. July is for fun. October… I will race, race!
Compared to my 10k two years ago July this was much better. Not my overall fastest time. But still better than passing out.
I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t disappointed though. Running on that out and back and seeing so many women pass me was a bit demotivating. I did manage to pass one Boston shirt wearer and a buggy. So it wasn’t all a loss.
Oh well. You win some. You lose some.

Racing isn’t always about winning. Sometimes it’s learning about how well you can control yourself and enjoying the run.

After the race and a quick shower we headed downtown Brevard to see what the 4th of July festival was all about. We treated ourselves to Rocky’s, a fun old fashioned soda shop. We completed our meal with a huge sunday ice cream. I tend to crave burgers and ice cream after races…

I didn’t count calories today.
As you can see in the pic above with an Italian ice after my burger and ice cream. Don’t judge me.
It my first Rita’s Italian ice. Mango flavor. Oh yes. so good.
Then we just let little D check out all the cool old cars, face painting, bounce houses, and all that fun kiddo stuff.

It’s been a busy but beautiful weekend!

And now for what you’ve been waiting for…the ENERGYBits Winner:

Congrats to:
Jenny from
Turtle Stride
Just shoot me an email with your info and I will forward it to ENERGYBits!

So you! How was your weekend? Any 4th races? What do you crave to eat post race?
blessed & beautiful running