The Zero Runner from Octane Fitness

The problem with gambling is that you ALWAYS think you are going to win. I ALWAYS think I will be dealt a blackjack and I ALWAYS think the roulette wheel will land on 9 and I ALWAYS think that I will ‘Win For Life” on scratch offs. I had the same feeling last Thursday when I was entered to win a Zero Runner from Octane Fitness. I just expected to hear my name called as the winner of this glorious fitness machine. When I didn’t hear my name, I was irrationally disappointed and upset.

Let me back up a lot.

Last week, I had the opportunity to attend an event hosted by Octane Fitness featuring their Zero Runner machine. I knew of Octane because I used to use their seated elliptical when I was out of commission many years ago and I was excited to see this machine I had heard of on Runner’s World! At first glance, it looked very similar to an elliptical (though not as large) but it moved differently. When I first walked in, a man was testing the machine (completely unrelated to the event). Before learning any specifics, I immediately noticed the movements replicated real running motion without the user having ever touched the ground. The goal of the Zero Runner is just that: allow the real running motion with all of the natural feels without any impact and stress to the body.

I was completely engrossed during the entire presentation. I wanted and needed to learn more and once I did, I needed this machine (see first paragraph).

We listened to the Executive VP of Octane, Tim Porth, Olympian Carrie Tollefson and brand ambassador, Larry Schmidt (a seasoned Ironman triathlete and ultra-marathoner whose enthusiasm for running and life and love made me want to put him in my pocket, #cuteaggression).


  • The goal of the Zero Runner is to extend your running career by helping users be more efficient, run faster and longer and to remain injury free.
  • There is a hip and knee-joint that allows you to replicate your outdoor stride. You have full range of motion and can run at the same pace.
  • It comes with built-in technology that helps you analyze your gait and there is also a free app with strength and flexibility workouts and explanations of why they are helpful.
  • It is cordless and SILENT. There is no motor.
  • The machine provides quality conditioning even when muscles are fatigued.

My favorite part of the event was when Carrie spoke. She discussed all of her injuries and that if a machine like the Zero Runner existed when she was a professional runner, she truly believes that her career could have been extended. She also noted that the Zero Runner would be great for pregnancy and postpartum recovery. When I hear something that I can relate to, I am hooked. I have been injured and you all know I had a hard time getting back to running after I gave birth. Knowing there is an another option (besides sitting around and sulking about how much running hurts) makes me hopeful for the next time!

I am really impressed with (and sad that I didn’t win) the Zero Runner. Because it retails for $3299 and I have to buy Jennie diapers, I know I won’t be purchasing one anytime soon but I do hope they find their way to my gym in the next few years!

Have you heard of the Zero Runner? Is it something you would like to try? If so, what feature is most attractive?

If you want to learn more about Octane Fitness, check out their website and follow along on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

This post is sponsored by FitFluential LLC on behalf of Octane Fitness.

I Mustache You Some Questions

You may have seen some of these posts going around. No, I was not tagged (not cool enough for that I guess) BUT because it is Friday and I want to have FUN, I am going to participate anyway!

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Four names that people call me, other than my real name:

  1. Ash
  2. Trashley
  3. Some sort of reference to my blog name (Running Bun, Bun, Super Bun)
  4. The Hulk (only my husband, because most times, I do not react to things that don’t go my way like a rational person)

Four jobs I have had (not counting any current jobs):

  1. Waitress
  2. Waitress
  3. Waitress
  4. Waitress

Four movies I’ve watched more than once

  1. Dirty Dancing
  2. Wedding Crashers
  3. Titanic (I saw it 7 times in the theater in 7th grade).
  4. Forrest Gump

Four books I’d recommend

  1. I Like You Just the Way I Am

(sorry no others, I don’t really read)

Four places I have lived 

  1. Point Pleasant, NJ (grew up)
  2. Fremantle, Western Australia (studied abroad)
  3. New York, NY (after college, best. time. ever)
  4. New Providence, NJ (current)

Four places I have been

  1. Hawaii
  2. Australia
  3. Mexico
  4. Honduras

Four places I’d rather be right now

  1. Drinking multiple Pina Coladas at the Ritz in Kapalua, Maui
  2. Australia
  3. Mexico
  4. Home with Jennie

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Four things I don’t eat

  1. Meat/Seafood
  2. Olives
  4. Blue cheese

Four of my favorite foods

  1. Zucchini
  2. Sofrita bowl from Chipotle
  3. Gala Apples
  4. Wine

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Four TV shows that I watch

  1. Scandal
  2. House of Cards
  3. Pretty Little Liars (and yes it scares me)
  4. Homeland

Four things I am looking forward to this year (in the next 12 months)

  1. Going out on NYE in a sparkly dress
  2. Some sort of vacation
  3. A new 13.1 PR
  4. Jennie’s 1st birthday

Four things I’m always saying

  1. To Fizz: Can I have some money?
  2. At work: I hate my job.
  3. To Jennie: I love you.
  4. Always: I’m hungry.

Your turn. Share in the comments!

Have a great weekend!

Dear Jennie (8 Months)

Dear Jennie,

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You are quickly growing from a tiny, floppy infant into a happy little person. You love sitting up and clapping and flashing your FOUR teeth in a giant smile!

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You had so much fun this month…

First Halloween (the parrot was a crowd favorite)!

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First time playing with “blocks”!

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First bagel!

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You also experienced two important milestones: pulling yourself up and (army) crawling! I am so proud (and scared of how fast you can move across the room).

You love petting the dogs, being outside and taking a bath!

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You are so easy to entertain. Your favorite toys are the bag of wipes, the bottle of baby powder and a piece of paper :) You laugh so hard when I blow my nose and when your daddy wears his “Jennie scarf”!

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You are now eating THREE meals each day and so far you like every food we have given you! You still pant like crazy and roll your wrists and ankles out of excitement before each bite. You are growing right on schedule at a healthy 18 pounds!

Luckily, you don’t mind being bundled up and seem to be adapting to the (very) cold weather just fine.

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We cannot wait for the next couple of months! It is going to be so special and fun celebrating the holidays with you!

Love always,