Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Fashionable Fitness Wear from Albion Fit {and a Giveaway}

Michelle Rittler of Taste As You Go in Albion Fit's 26.2 Jacket in Black - Photo by Taste As You Go

I've been doing a lot of thinking in the weeks approaching my 33rd birthday, and I've come to a very real conclusion -- I was in much better shape three years ago. I had run my first half marathon six months earlier and had it in my head that I was going to train for and run a full marathon within the year. My motivation to workout was at an all-time high, and I felt great.


Fast-forward to today... I'd still consider myself an active individual, but my running workouts aren't tied to a training program. I lace up my running shoes when I need to blow off stream or when I'm suffering from writer's block (something that happens more frequently now that I'm freelancing). My previous running goals had to do with building up mileage and endurance, while my current goals have to do with maintaining my sanity and mental health.

Albion Fit Logo - Courtesy of Albion Fit

I'm not sure which scenario is the better one, but I'm grateful that running is part of my life. It balances me and is a great way for me to keep in shape, even if I don't do it on a regular basis. It was the recognition of just how important running is to me that inspired me to partner with Albion Fit, a Utah-based company dedicated to manufacturing beautiful, comfortable, and high-performance fitness and swimwear for the fashion and health-conscious female.

I realize that straying away from my usual focus on food-related topics is a risky move, but it's the right move. Not only because it allows me to share another side of me with you, but also because I know that so many of you are fellow runners or individuals intent upon maintaining a healthy lifestyle. So much so that you might appreciate this break from the norm.

Albion Fit 26.2 Jacket in Black - Image Courtesy of Albion Fit

I was given the opportunity to choose an item from Albion Fit's selection of workout clothing to wear on one of my runs. I'm a huge fan of layering, so I picked their 26.2 Jacket in Black because I knew I'd wear it while exercising and while lounging around the house.

Michelle Rittler of Taste As You Go in Albion Fit's 26.2 Jacket in Black - Photo by Taste As You Go

Michelle Rittler of Taste As You Go in Albion Fit's 26.2 Jacket in Black - Photo by Taste As You Go

When I tried on the jacket, one of the first things I noticed was how well it fit. I have a petite frame, so I appreciated that the jacket didn't hang off my body in an unflattering way. The jacket actually accentuated all the right places without making me feel too constricted. Plus, the length was perfect.

Michelle Rittler of Taste As You Go in Albion Fit's 26.2 Jacket in Black - Photo by Taste As You Go

And how cute is the hood?

Hood Detail on Albion Fit's 26.2 Jacket in Black - Photo by Taste As You Go

Bird Design Detail on Albion Fit's 26.2 Jacket in Black - Photo by Taste As You Go

The distinctive bird design on the front and matching detail on the hood set the 26.2 Jacket apart from similar black workout tops you might find out there. So unique! But I think the best part about this jacket is how fashion and function are incorporated into its design. Despite the lean fit, the two side pockets provide ample room for anything you might want to carry while running or working out and there's an added pocket on the sleeve, perfect for storing your keys or some cash if you'd prefer to travel light.

I know I'm definitely going to get a lot of use out of my 26.2 Jacket, and I'm so grateful to Albion Fit for giving me the opportunity to try out their merchandise and to host this giveaway.

Are you ready for the details?

Albion Fit 26.2 Jacket Giveaway

One (1) lucky Taste As You Go reader will win a 26.2 Jacket (valued at $98) of their very own in a color of their choice! You can choose from black, coral, teal, or white.

How to Enter:

  1. Visit Albion Fit and then leave a comment on this blog post telling me which item you'd like to add to your workout gear collection. This step is required.

  2. For a bonus entry, pin a product photo from the Albion fit website onto one of your Pinterest boards and leave an additional comment on this blog post. Be sure to include the pin URL in your comment.

A winner will be chosen at random. Entries must be received by 12 noon on Wednesday, May 15, 2013. US residents only.

To be eligible, entries must include an email address so I have a way of notifying you should be you chosen as the winner. The winner will have 48 hours to claim their prize once notified. If you fail to claim your prize within that time frame, then another winner will be chosen.

Special Promotion for Taste As You Go Readers

For a limited time, you can take advantage of a special Albion Fit promotion organized just Taste As You Go readers. Use the discount code "tasteasyougo15" at checkout to save $15 on a purchase of $50 or more. This offer is valid through May 22, 2013.

Good luck, everyone! I can't wait to see which Albion Fit items you like the most!

Taste As You Go Disclaimer: I was provided an Albion Fit 26.2 Jacket at no cost to me. Albion Fit will be providing the prize for this giveaway and will be shipping the prize directly to the winner. I did not accept monetary compensation for this post. All opinions expressed are my own.

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