Monday, December 9, 2013
I was crafting this post when I received an email from a co-worker who knew I was a runner. She is shopping for a gift for a runner friend of hers and wanted some advice. It was at that moment that I realized I needed to finish this post since the holidays are already upon us! Here are a few fabulous ideas of things I'd like to find under my tree or in my stocking...
Fit Series Headphones. This is a perfect gift for the active woman in your life. Koss’ female designers teamed-up with Gold Medalist Dara Torres to create the world’s first headphones designed specifically for women, by women. They come in Fit Clips (as seen to the left) and Fit Buds (no over the ear piece).
I was lucky enough to receive these from KOSS as part of my Fitfluential Ambassadorship and I've been wearing these headphones all week while working out and am in LOVE with them. They come in a bunch of different colors including coral, mint, blue, lime and purple. In addition to the fun colors they are comfortable (they come with 3 different cushion sizes), sweat resistant, don't fall out and, best of all, the sound quality is AMAZING! Find them at Wal-Mart, Best Buy, Walgreens, Kmart or Sears.
For those who are looking to buy some clothes for that special runner girl in your life look no further. Swirlgear is an all-woman, local (to me, at least) company that I found via social media a few months ago. I own the Pink Running Hoodie and the Pink Cap Sleeve T-shirt. I wore the T-shirt during the hot summer months while training for a couple different half marathons and was amazed at how cool it kept me. I wore the hoodie during the half marathon last month. The temperature dropped pretty rapidly in the days before the race and I was worried about what I had planned on wearing. Well, the hoodie kept me warm while we were waiting to start and kept me cool (and mostly dry) while I was running. I sweat heavily so I was also worried that I'd get cold during the race as the hoodie wicked away my sweat. It wasn't until the last 1-2 miles that I actually started feeling cold so I consider that a major victory. You can purchase Swirlgear online and if you use code 936 during check out you'll get free ground shipping on your purchase!
Another product that I absolutely love and rarely (if ever) run without is a Bondi Band. As I said, I sweat pretty heavily and I hate having sweat roll into my eyes so back when I started getting active I read a lot of blog posts about these bands. I decided to try them out and found it to be the perfect solution to my sweaty problem. I like them because the band is wide enough that I can use it to cover my ears/keep me warm on cool days or tuck it behind my ears on the hot days. The bands have a backing that helps them stay put so it doesn't move around while I'm running. You can buy these bands online or at some local running stores. They now come in fleece headbands and I'm thinking I need to add that to my collection for these cold, midwestern winter runs!
I keep drooling over the Erica Sara Designs website but haven't added anything to my collection yet. Maybe Santa will read this post and put some in my stocking! I love the 13.1 necklace or the Say It Do It bracelet but I think all of the designs are gorgeous!
I think any or all of these items would inspire and encourage you to log a few miles or hit the gym. What's on your wish list?
Friday, December 6, 2013
The other day I ended up taking my car to the shop because the check engine light was flashing. I'd packed a couple of things to take with me and I was certainly glad that I did. What I hoped would only be an hour or so of work ended up being more than three hours. I know that had I been sitting there without a snack I would have either gotten something out of the vending machine or tried to eat nothing until I got home at which point I would eat everything.
This has become my routine. Whenever I leave the house I think about how long I will be gone and where I'll be going. Depending on the amount of time I might just take water. Yes, water can be a snack because sometimes dehydration will fool us into think we're hungry. If I know I'll be out awhile I'll usually take water and a snack. Generally, my snack will be an apple because they are one of the more durable fruits that I can toss in my bag. If I know I'll be out for a significant amount of time I'll either pack a couple of snacks, including some protein.
How do you deal with being out and about and realizing that you're hungry? Do you pack a healthy snack before you leave the house?