App Review: Road ID

Does your significant other worry when you are on a training run? Do your friends check in with you about workouts? Are you a little uneasy about training alone?

The Road ID app provides a simple and easy way to give friends and family peace of mind. My mom usually worries when I go for a run alone, but thanks to Road ID I am able to send her a link to track me during the whole run! All athletes (runners, cyclists, hikers, walkers, etc.) should use the Road ID app when they go out for a workout. Log on to the app, choose how long you expect your workout to last, and personalize your message. I use something pretty simple: “Going for a run”

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Road ID uses eCrumbs (electronic breadcrumbs) to track you on your run. Pick loved ones and they are sent a text with a link to a map for tracking. You can also set up a stationary alert that notifies your contacts if you stop moving for five minutes.

My dad, mom, and step-dad receive a text with a link to track me on my workout. Below shows you the summary screen that you click as you get started. During the run (or bike ride, hike, walk, etc.) you can quickly add 5 minutes if you think it will take longer than you originally predicted.

Road ID screen shot to start eCrumb screen

At the end of the workout, you “stop eCrumb” and you’re done! Unfortunately the app does not notify your contacts that you have finished training, but they can go into the link and see that you are done. My dad uses this when he goes out on long rides and it really is helpful, especially if you are wondering when someone will be returning home. The app has been in Beta testing lately so it is not perfect but it’s definitely a good solution and compliment to the Road ID I wear when I am running. You never know what could happen and  it is always good to be safe.

Do you take any safety precautions when you train? Try out the Road ID app and let me know what you think!

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Lean In – Chapter 11

Chapter 11: Working Together Towards Equality

To wrap up my series on Lean In, I am going to share my favorite quote from the final chapter:

All of us – men and women alike – have to understand and acknowledge how stereotypes and biases cloud our beliefs and perpetuate the status quo. Instead of ignoring our differences, we need to accept and transcend them”  – Sheryl Sandberg, Lean In, p. 159.

A different perspective on life and the workplace is my biggest takeaway from the book. I appreciated the stories and anecdotes from each chapter that improved my critical lens of the world and forced me to rethink how I support women and men in work and home life. Sandberg summarizes that women should join with men as well as other women to work together and help women rise to leadership positions. She states “Women don’t often receive female support but can really help each other by working together.” I am making a commitment to support my colleagues, women and men, in their personal and professional endeavors.

"We need to be grateful for what we have but dissatisfied with the status quo"

Together let’s make the workplace better for everyone. I hope you will add Lean In by Sheryl Sandberg to your bookshelf and let me know your thoughts. Thanks for following the series.

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Victoria’s Secret Sport VoxBox

Last month I received an amazing VoxBox from Influenster and Victoria’s Secret. The VoxBox included leggings and a sports bra for me to test as well as 25% off coupons to share with friends. I was really excited to try this VS Sport Line because I’m always looking for more running gear!

Victoria's Secret Vox Box

The Knockout Leggings are comfortable – they fit true to size and are a unique color (not your typical black).

The Incredible sports bra is nice because it can be purchased by bra size instead of small, medium, and large. In my experience it fits true to size, but unfortunately the shoulder straps are not adjustable. I have tiny shoulders and almost always need adjustable straps. I will probably not wear this on a run because it falls down my shoulders.

I first tested out the leggings while running a yard sale. They also fit true to size (I’m a medium) and didn’t fall down while I was walking around.

VS Sport Leggings at yard sale

They worked great and were comfortable for the light walking during the yard sale. I definitely plan to try them on a run when it gets colder outside. Now the down side…after a few hours I realized that the seam was coming undone.Leggings seam rip

I am disappointed that the seam on a brand new pair of leggings would get messed up. Especially when I was not even wearing these on moderate or high activity like a run. I cut the string off and hope to not have any more issues, but am definitely hesitant about the quality now that I ran into these issues my first time wearing the pants.

Do you own any Victoria’s Secret Sport gear? What did you think? I will definitely consider purchasing some next time I need workout gear. Thanks Influenster for sending me the VS Sport VoxBox to test!

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Disclaimer: I received these products complimentary from Influenster for testing purposes.

Lean In – Chapter 10

Chapter 10: Let’s Start Talking About It

Sometimes I wonder what it would be like to go through life - Sheryl SandbergSandberg addresses gender bias in the workplace in Chapter 10, similar to the topic covered in her TEDTalk. She stated that although gender is not openly acknowledged or talked about in our day-to-day lives, it is usually lurking below the surface. Sandberg encourages all of us, men and women, to talk about it. “We need to talk and listen and debate and refute and instruct and learn and evolve.” I appreciated the advice and issues raised in this chapter because I have witnessed differences between men and women in the workplace before and I am sure you have too (whether you have noticed it or not).

“Most people would agree that gender bias exists… in others. We, however, would never be swayed by such superficial and unenlightened opinions. Except we are. Our preconceived notions about masculinity and femininity influence how we interact with and evaluate colleagues in the workplace.” – Sheryl Sandberg

What are you doing to eliminate gender bias? Are you aware of it? Take a moment everyday to be cautious of how your preconceived notions influence how you evaluate your colleagues. Are women required to “fit in” to workplace norms built around masculinity? (Sandberg references a deep-sea fishing trip at one company). Are women given equal space at the table? Does this include the opportunity to speak up and credit for their ideas? Ken Chenault, CEO of American Express, acknowledges that men and women are more likely to interrupt a woman and give credit to a man for an idea first proposed by a woman. Are successful women at your workplace labeled as not well-liked by peers? Maybe that is because success and likeability are negatively correlated for women (as found in the Heidi/Howard case study). Sandberg suggests always asking yourself if the successful female is paying a gender-based penalty.

Opportunities and access for women have improved tremendously, but there is still progress to be made in all areas of society, including the workplace. That’s why Sandberg’s writing on this topic is an important addition to ongoing dialogue.
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