I’m a Fitmark brand ambassador

ambassador-2.pngSo I have been chosen to be a brand ambassador for ‘Fitmark’ – a company that create sports bags that embody both fitness and fashion. Their bags are so versatile and durable and can be used from the gym to the office to the plane, to trekking adventures, you name it they make it AND their stuff lasts. I mean how many gym bags or yoga bags etc have you gone through that have called it a day due to thread wear, suprize rips and holes???

Well not with Fitmark bags, they are built to last and pride themselves on filling the void that exists between fashionable, high performance athletes and their bags. Whether at the gym or on the town, their exclusive global bag and luggage brand fills this void.

Their mission statement:  “With a Fitmark bag, you’ve joined an elite group of athletes who believe that looking and feeling good transcends all else. A group that lives in the place where fashion and fitness intersect. A group at the top of their game. Our mission is your mission: looking great, feeling vibrant, and fulfilling your highest potential”

And so my ambassador jouney continues what wonderful opportunities I have been blessed with. So what does this mean??? Well I will have a published article on the Fitmark website monthly and will have my blogs featured…Hooray!!! I get to promote this wonderful company and more importantly FITMARK’S mission is far more encompassing…

As an ambassador I join a group of athletes across the globe coming together to promote health, fitness, style, and success. Our ultimate goal is to educate and to engage within a brand that cares and respects your values. Promoting fitness, health and leading a fulfilling healthy life and reaching your goals are what my entries will be about. Its not just about bags its about a lifestyle choice.


Follow me online and join the Fitmark revolution!!

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And check out my first article…


Stay happy stay healthy stay fit:)


Energy bread recipe

So I love to bake and try all kinds of new recipes and what I love even more is finding new ways to fuel that deviate from the regular energy bars, chocolate milk etc. And also I am a huge advocate of homemade…well just about everything.

So I came up with a wonderful new energy bread that I have put to the test as a post run/workout recovery eat. A friend of mine had been swimming and running the day we tried it out and loved it and said it refueled him quick and efficiently. So here it is give it a try.

I call it; Arán álainn……..which is prounced ‘arghh-on-all-in. Happy eating everyone. And for anyone interested, in Gaeilge it means ‘lovely bread’.xxx


1 and 1/2 cups wholeweat flour

1 cup rolled oats

1 cup wheatgerm

1/4 cup flaxseed

1 tsp baking powder

1 tsp baking soda,

pinch of salt

2 ripe bananas

2 eggs

1/2 cup apple sauce

1/2 tbsp canola oil/melted non fat butter

1/4 cup brown sugar

1/4 cup tropicana 50 orange juice

Handful of raisins and chopped dried apricots

Non fat Milk – As much non fat milk as it takes to make your mixture wet and sticky, it will vary depending on what type of oats you use etc, so just add it slowly, mix it and slowly pour in again until you have achieved a wet mix.

So very quick instructions;

  1. Add all dry ingredients in a bowl, mix for a few seconds until all dry ingredients are blended.
  2. Then add eggs, orange juice and mashed up bananas. Next begin pouring in milk gradually until you have  wet mixture.
  3. Lastly add raisins and apricots. Spray a loaf tin, preheat oven to 350 F, pour mixture into oaf tin, band loaf tin with mixture on counter to ensure even coverage.
  4. Bake for 1 hour or until tooth pick comes out clean.
  5. Then eat and enjoy. Perfect for breakfast, after workout, healthy treat in the evening, kids, grown ups young old, everyone…..


Approx 115 calories per slice.

Choosing a race that suits you

So here are some tips and insights into choosing a race that is right for you, and also finding out whats important to take into considerations.

So location is always important, where do you want to race, destination race somewhere close by, another country etc. Logistics are required for nearly any race even if its in your hometown, ease of getting there, access etc. So once you decide where you might like to race, the next thing is What.

What race do you want to do….with so many different types out there it is good to narrow down to a certain type, do you want to run a half marathon, full, 10 km, shorter than that, triatlon, duathlon, mud run etc you get the picture. So once you decide on a type of race, you can head to the computer and look up all the races in your desired location. Also notice boards at starbucks and jamba juice and places sometimes have local race notice pinned up so check there too.Some websites that are good are http://www.halfmarathons.net and www.marathons.ahotu.com

You must choose a distance or race that suits you and that is within your goal range, so take into account how far away your race is, how much time you are currently alotting for training, your work load, family load and any other factors that affect how much time and effort and dedication you can put in.

Next how much can you afford, racing is a very lucritive idustry these days, and can end up being expensive so heres a few tips for the thrifty.

Signing up early to get early bird specials is a good technique. Smaller races tend to be less expensive so look local races in desired areas.

Also google discount codes for certain races, alot of times there are some 10 or 15 percent off etc http://www.retailmenot.com is a good website for this. Check into if you refer a friend etc discounts. Also some races if you volunteer at some of their races then you get a free entry, its fun your helping other runners and learning along the way, plus a free race entry-done and done.

check out http://www.coastaltrailruns.com/ if your in the SF bay area, there just one group of great people. I am sure however everywhere has something similar.

Another thing thats important after deciding on what distance and kind of race, where and budget is your goals and what you want to get out of the race.

Do you want to PR, is swag important to you, are big crowds intimidating, do you like to run/race alone or with a group and if so what groups are out there or online to aid you in achieving your goals.

Then train and head to you race. Gear and all that is another entirely different blog altogether, I hope these helped and feel free to add any more in the comment section.

Happy running


So heres a brief recap of sfm 2013, whats a year as an ambassador, what great people, experiences and what a race day. The expo was great meeting all my fellow ambassadors and revelling in the excitement that was 25,000 other people preparing to run SFM. It was just wonderful.

As for the race, I didn’t get a PR but it is a hilly course so I was happy with 4;26. The weather was amazing, the bridge, beautiful and somehow it seemed less crowded than last year, maybe its cuz I was running faster.

I met a very global group out on the course, some kiwis, a few germans, a french woman, a fellow Irish man, whom you may have seen on your run, he was MARATHON MAN. He was in full superman foam attire he must have been roasting inside that suit. Well done.

The course itself was beautiful as usual and the only way to see the city in my opinion sunny skies all the way to the finish. Thanks to all the volunteers the unsung heros of the day and all the extra security that SFM and SF city put out to keep us safe in the wake of Boston. And also it was so great to see so my Boston supporters and runners out there, this weekend, there were all over the place.

The supporters were, as always, the best and it was great to see Lark out on her wee bike following the course. I saw you a few times, thanks for the cheers ad supports.

And thanks to all the ambassadors I meeted and greeted over the weekend and out on the course and well done.

It was the perfect finish to a wonderful whirlwind year of ambassadorship with SFM, thanks to everyone who made it so wonderful. I hope to do it all over again next July and see everyone soon again.