Win-It Wednesday OOFOS Black Glitter Winner

Happy Win-It Wednesday, Friends! I want to take this opportunity to thank the generous folks at OOFOS for their unwavering support in my endeavors and providing today’s amazing giveaway prize…thank you, thank you, THANK YOU!!!

I’m excited to announce the lucky winner of the Black Glitter OOlala Luxe Sandals is…

Congratulations to Patty!

I will email you for shipping details, Patty.

Thank you to all who entered. If you did not win but are looking for the ultimate in support and sport recovery relief, you can treat your feet…pop on over to OOFOS website right away so you can feel the OO too!

This FIT BFF is here to tell you, OOFOS is one of the best ways I know to put our Best Foot Forward!

Win-It Wednesday OOFOS Did it Again!

Hey Friends, you’ve traveled alongside my adventures, milestones and recovery, and so has OOFOS! They’ve been there, literally supporting me every step of the way; here’s just a peek…

Wow, did it feel great to peel off my running shoes and socks and slide right into my OOahh slide sandals after every race…OOFOS’ OOfoam recovery technology is the BOMB!

Whether I was out for a bike ride, walk, hike or a marathon…the relief of my OOlala sandals were always right there waiting for me!

Through every season, I was so grateful to recover in extraordinary comfort…these OOriginal sport sandals made all the difference. I felt the OO again and again!

When Old Man Winter came, both the OOcloogs and OOmgs really helped me through some long days of work and play!

Just two weeks ago I was still snowshoeing here in Minnesota! And as OOFOS has continued to follow along my journey, they’ve made amazing strides to expand their line of support. They recently released some amazing boots that actually fit within my snowshoes! More news on those later this fall!!!

It’s been so incredible to include OOFOS as part of my Flat Carla pics…here you see what all is needed for one of my races, and those fantastic Project Pink sandals were ready for me at the finish. This particular race was Donna’s in Jacksonville to end breast cancer. How fitting that the OOFOS Project Pink line contributes $10 for each pair sold for breast cancer research.

Just the other day I stopped by OOFOS website to spot their latest release…their OOlala Luxe Black Glitter!

The minute I saw them, I was hooked! My friends at OOFOS generously provided me with a pair to test and recommend. I can’t tell you how excited I am when a pair shows up in the mail. I am addicted to that new smell. What’s more, I can’t get enough of how extraordinary that brand new support feels.

But what I’m most excited about with this new sandal are the many dressed-up possibilities! They’ve really stepped up their game, because this new sandal will allow me to take support even further into my lifestyle. Remember that Flat Carla above? Well, I’ve been thinking about my son’s upcoming outdoor wedding on the beautiful prairies and bluffs of Wisconsin wondering how I will survive the night in my dreaded  dress shoes, so here’s a Flat Carla of a different kind…

Problem solved! Seriously, OOFOS has been instrumental in fixing so many of my issues, and they can help you too! OOFOS has generously provided an additional pair of these exquisite sandals for a reader giveaway on this Win-It Wednesday!

To enter, simply leave a comment below stating which size you hope to win between now and Tuesday, May 8th, midnight central time.

Giveaway open to US residents only. Randomly selected winner will be announced here on Win-It Wednesday, May 9th. Good luck!

Of Closure and Gratitude

It’s been well over a month since I traveled to Jacksonville to participate in the Donna Marathon Weekend’s half marathon. I’ve meant to blog about it for weeks, but I think it has taken me until now to understand its significance.

If you read this post a while back, you know this event has become far more important to me this year than when I participated in 2016. Though I walked it back then too, I was in the thick of my marathon and half marathon addiciton…I was seriously running out of control! The proof is in the bling I earned throughout that year…

Oh how I loved my running, it was an obsession that seemed to come out of nowhere…it was a total escape from life’s crazy, and the endorphins were a reward second to none. So much so, that when I found I needed that lumpectomy, I calmly rescheduled it so I could run a half marathon in California. And when I finally faced the music to have the lump removed, I was running another half only days post-op.

Yeah, that was a tough run for me. When I look back at this pic, I’m right back in that moment with the weight of all the feels. I know now, it was the running that kept my mind north of the worry and fear.

But, it’s also clear to me now, I was’t exactly running toward anything…I was running away from things. That girl had a LOT going on.

The running continued nearly every day until later that year when this dumb thing happened…

I awoke the meniscal beast, and though I eeked out another marathon and one more half that year, that was the end of that. Though the meniscus has quieted down, runner’s knee, osteoarthritis and my sports med doc have made it quite clear. I’m finished.

So there I was in Jacksonville, wondering what in the world I was doing. I picked up my race packet and enjoyed the expo with my friend Julie, because I kind of knew it might be my last.

Although we had walked plenty of training miles and planned to walk every last step of those 13.1 miles, I secretly feared my body wouldn’t be able to cut it.

So I gave my regards to Jeff Galloway one more time, just in case!

Before I left for Jacksonville, I checked in with my friends at OOFOS (my beloved recovery footwear company). Mind you, their footwear has supported my body throughout my injury and eased a TON of my pain since. It just so happens they have a Project Pink line…the same amazing comfort, but as part of their charitable giving effort, $10 from every Project Pink Collection shoe purchased goes to breast cancer research! Check out OOFOS’ fantastic Project Pink line here.

Well they generously sent me a pair for the occasion, so what else would I have worn to the pink carpet Expo?

Same amazing comfort/support, extraordinary cause near and dear to my heart! And I’ll just tell you right now, I couldn’t have recovered from this half later without them!

I was really rusty at setting out my flat Carla the night before. I barely remembered how and hoped I hadn’t forgotten anything important.

It had been well over a year since my last event, Friends. Past disappointment, the threat of pain…it was a crazy-loud loop running through my head I could not silence. Where did that even come from? I thought I was over all that. But there it was, and I barely slept that night.

I tried to reason with myself…I was only walking; but I was walking 13.1 miles on a bum knee. Ugh. Well, there was only one thing to do, so I put my best foot forward…just ask Elvis!

And the moment we crossed the start line, I remembered what I love about Donna’s event.

It’s not about the race or my pace. It’s about something so much bigger, and Julie and I were reminded of that with every neighborhood corner we turned…

Those homeowners embrace this race for the important cause it is. And to keep it light…

Though I felt I might lose my emotions multiple times along in gratitude for my own breast surgury scare results, these people kept reminding me to laugh and enjoy the journey.

 

My knee was getting angrier and angrier, and I hate to tell you how many times I thought about quitting. The emotion was raw as it became clearer and clearer with every mile, the race days I loved were drawing to a close. What if all the running was just a temporary vehicle to ease me through a tough time?

A deep, comforting feeling washed over me like the waves of Jax Beach…a gentle yet unmistakable clarity. What a gift to be there, to be able to take that winter walk with a great friend on a beautiful, sunny day in Florida. A day that’s not promised to any of us. A day I was grateful to be alive.

That medal is a symbol of closure I will treasure forever.

 

 

 

Win-It Wednesday New Year’s Edition

Happy New Year, Friends! I was truly inspired by each of your giveaway entry comments…your goals and intentions for 2018 motivate me to move forward with similar aspirations. It’s time to announce the lucky winners for today’s New Year’s Win-It Wednesday!

I want to take this opportunity to thank each of our generous contributors; many thanks to our friends at:

Aurorae Yoga

OOFOS

Rollga

 

Our lucky winners are…

Aurorae Yoga mat, tote & beach towel: Tina 

OOFOS choice of one pair recovery footwear: Julie 

Black & Gold Mix Rollga Warrior foam roller: Missy

Congratulations, Winners! I will email each of you for contact information. Many thanks to all who entered.

Now let’s all get with it, to put in the strong work and focus it will take to achieve our goals and intentions for 2018…putting out Best Foot Forward!

Carla’s Favorite Things…OOFOS!

Friends, it’s that time of year…the chase is on for the perfect gift! Although I’m not Oprah, I thought I’d take the opportunity to showcase some of my favorite things this week, in case you are at a loss for some great ideas.

I became acquainted with OOFOS recovery footwear in 2015, when I was actively preparing for my first half and full marathons. My feet were exhausted after those long training runs and when I slipped on my original OOlala Sandals, it felt as if I wasn’t even touching the ground…like I was walking on clouds!

I love sharing with people my testimonial about fininshing my first marathon (Honolulu-exactly 2 years ago today). Immediately after crossing that finish line I peeled the shoes and socks off my weary feet and slid into those sandals. My feet experienced prompt relief…so much so, I was able to comfortably walk another mile back to our beach condo. I quite literally felt the OO!

As the months passed, I completed many races, each time relieved to know my OOFOS were waiting for me at the finish line…

It’s just a relief you can’t fully experience until you replace pain with comfort…

 

Those were all races I completed in warmer climates throughout the winter/spring. So when things warmed up here in the midwest, I kept running!

 

Yeah, I ran until I couldn’t anymore…curse that knee injury! Very soon after that the dreaded runner’s knee settled in too. And ever since that, osteoarthritis has become my constant companion. What a pain!

But here’s the cool part, Friends. I realized each time I wore any of my OOFOS footwear, the pain was significantly diminished! This resulted in a decreased need for pain meds…how cool is that?!?

I’ve continued to experience pain off and on for over a year. I dread tasks that require me to be on my feet for hours on end, so imagine my excitement when OOFOS generously mailed me this care package…OOcloogs and OOmgs!

I put them to the test immediately! I’ve been repping Fitbit products at Best Buy this holiday season and a day of retail in “support” dress shoes nearly killed me! These arrived just in time…that first shift I switched to the OOmgs, I completely understood the name.

 

It was seriously an entire day of me thinking OMG, how did they do this! Not only did my feet, ankles, knees and legs not hurt at the end of that shift, but I was ready for more! Those OOmgs are a total game changer for the remainder of the holiday retail season and beyond…not. even. kidding!!!

As for the OOcloogs, I’ve had a snazzy pair of their Luxe clogs in the past. But OOFOS just keeps wowing me with new products…how fun are these new Geo OOcloogs?!?

 

I can’t thank OOFOS enough for continuing to meet my ever-changing needs! Their perfectly engineered, shock absorbing technology and attention to fashion will keep me coming back again and again, Friends! Whether you are looking for fitness recovery or relief from injury, arthritis, or plantar fasciitis, do your feet a favor and stop over at the OOFOS website!

One more way to pur our Best Foot Forward!

Win-It Wednesday OOFOS Sandals

Happy Win-It Wednesday, fellow FIT BFFs! Yesterday I reviewed a wonderful pair of OOFOS OOlala Sandals here, in case you missed it.

As promised, OOFOS has partnered with FIT BFFs by generously providing some OOlove for us this week…how awesome is that?!?

Three lucky winners will each win a pair of OOFOS OOlala Sandals, OOriginal Sandals or Sport Sandals of their choice; that means both men and women can get in on the giveaway action!

 

To read more about this amazing footwear, to select style/color/size you hope to win, or to order your own because you simply can’t wait to see if you won, stop by the OOFOS website here.

To enter, simply leave a comment below stating which sandal style, color and size (men’s or women’s whole sizes only) you hope to win between now and Tuesday, March 21st, midnight central time.

You may enter only once on the blog, but can earn one extra entry for doing each of the following:

  • LIKE the FIT BFFs Facebook page if you are new to the page
  • LIKE the Win-It Wednesday post on the FIT BFFs Facebook page
  • COMMENT on the Win-It Wednesday post
  • SHARE the Win-It Wednesday post

Giveaway open to US residents only. Randomly selected winners will be announced here on Win-It Wednesday, March 22nd. Good luck!

OOFOS OOlala Sandal Review

Friends, I couldn’t be more excited about sharing with you something that arrived in my mail recently.

My friends at OOFOS provided me with a pair of their amazing recovery technology for feet in one of their amazing new colors! Although it may seem ironic these arrived while snow still blankets much of Minnesota, I couldn’t be happier to have them here right now! Why? Because I am breaking them in at the indoor pool, dreaming of warmer weather.

I already know what magic OOFOS footwear performs on my feet and legs. I am no stranger to the much-needed comfort they provide post marathons and half marathons. Here are some fun post-race pics from some recent events…

 

 

OOFOS footwear looks like an ordinary flip flop or slide or clog, but the instant you slip a pair on, you know you are dealing with something entirely different. That’s because OOFOS designs their footwear to enable a more natural motion, to absorb shock with every step, to cradle your arches. And that’s great news because after a long run, bike ride or strength/weight training session, I yearn to eleviate the stress placed on my feet, knees and back.

This new pair of OOlala sandals is working overtime for me. I’ve been dealing with issues resulting from injury…a temperamental meniscus and patellofemoral pain syndrome in my left knee and some angry arthritis in both for several months. Even though it’s not quite time for these outside…

they’ve been providing some pretty impressive relief from all three issues as I wear them around the house. I may have recommended my sports med doc start writing an RX for these for his other patients lol!

Friends, I’m pretty much addicted to this company’s footwear and I know you’ll love them too. But don’t take my word for it, stop by their website and check them out for yourself; your feet earned it! While you’re there, you’ll notice all their classics as well as some scrumptious new colors too!

Readers, if you’ve followed my blog for a while, you know how generous OOFOS is, so I recommend you all stop back tomorrow for an exciting little somethin’ somthin’…wink, wink!