Favorite Things Friday! Vol: 2 (cold weather gear!!)

HAPPY FRIDAY!!!!!  This week was another short week and (to me at least) has FLOWN by.  I’ve been slacking a bit with the blog posts and for that I apologize.  There really isn’t an excuse, I’ve just forgotten to update!  Not excusable, but, c’est la vie!

So, on this FRIGID Friday – I want to list some of my FAVORITE gear for cold weather running!!  In the winter runners need to take extra care when picking clothes to run in.  Layers are a MUST, and you need to be conscious of frostbite on your fingers and toes!

  1.  Oiselle Jogging Tights: These things are simply amazing.  When the weather outside is frightful, you can bet your ass I’m in these tights (ful)! (har har – bad attempt at humor) My favorite feature with these tights are the compression.  Most of the compression tights that I have are pretty decent when it comes to keeping everything in one place, but they aren’t warm… at all.  The Jogging Tights by Oiselle keep my body warm – and keep my circulation up.  Also, they’re super cute.  When I’m looking for warmth and durability, “cute” isn’t usually something that I care about.  However, as a person who understands that looking a hot mess is not yet socially acceptable, I appreciate cuteness where I can get it. 🙂
  2. Oiselle Powerstretch Running Gloves: Sensing a theme here?  Oiselle has killer gear.  If you haven’t checked them out… DO IT NOW!  These gloves are my favorite gloves for running in the cold.  They are warm with the Polartec® Power Stretch® Pro technology but not too warm causing my hands to sweat and become gross.  Breathable is key with gloves for me. They’re touch screen compatible which is a HUGE plus for me.  I’m always checking my phone on runs; be it to make sure I’m keeping a safe speed, or I’m checking to see if my kiddo needs me – I need to be able to touch my phone without freezing my fingers off. Also, again, like the tights… they’re cute!image3.jpeg
  3. November Project Buff: Pictured above in Blue and below in black.  These gators/buffs are so awesome!  They are simple, stretchy fabric, but they help with wind tremendously!  I’ve been wearing one to walk from my parking garage to work everyday lately as the wind in Baltimore has been brutal! I also appreciate the versatility of the buffs.  I’m able to cover my ears like ear muffs, while keeping my neck warm and safe from windimage2.jpeg
  4. Smartwool PhD® Run Ultra Light Micro Socks: Super soft, super warm, super comfortable.  These socks, like the gloves I mentioned earlier, have a breathable material that keeps perspiration down.  (I’m a sweater – so these products are my savior)  No one appreciates the runner funk – and these socks are a way to avoid that when running in winter.  Also, unless I’m injured (which happens frequently) I prefer (even in below freezing temperatures) to have socks that are at my ankle.  I’ll wear compression socks that go to the knee, but only when necessary.  The Smartwool socks were actually given to me as a Ragnar Ambassador and I fell in love with them instantly.  I went out an bought three more pair.
  5. Running vest:  I have two that I wear frequently, one by Oiselle, and one my Lululemon.  Both companies no longer sell them (sad face) so I have no link to share!  I tend to carry things with me when I run, even when I plan not to.  Having a vest like the Kara Goucher inspired vest below, is a win win.  There are pockets on the sides, and a LARGE pocket in the back on my tush, to hold things.  Also, hood much?  LOVE IT! As I mentioned, I tend to sweat, so vests on top of my long sleeved shirts are perfect when I run to make sure I don’t overheat.  Image may contain: 1 person
  • What are your cold weather gear go-tos?
  • How cold is it where you are right now? (it’s a balmy 11° in Baltimore!)
  • Are you running outside, or are you running on the dreadmill?

Wishing you happy trails!! STAY WARM!! 🙂

Year in Running – 2017!

Good morning and happy Thursday!! I’m linking up with my Oiselle teammate Courtney over at Eat Pray Run DC for a year of running!

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Best race experience: This year was full of excellent race experiences.  If I had to choose, which as part of a “list” I do, I have to go with the Disney World Dopey Challenge .  If you’re not familiar with the Dopey Challenge in Walt Disney World, it’s four races, increasing in distance, over the course of four days.  Day one, we ran a 5k, day two 10k, day three a 1/2, and the fourth day we ran a full marathon.  All of these races are through the Walt Disney World property.  I was able to see the “backstage” areas of Epcot and Magic Kindgom – which as a normal person I would never have been able to see.  Also, having my medal put around my neck after 48.6 total miles by Minnie Mouse was pretty sweet! 🙂

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Best run: This year was full of difficult runs.  One that stands out to me is the North Face Endurance Challenge 10k in Algonkian Regional Park.  I ran this year on Sunday, after running Ragnar Trail Richmond the Friday and Saturday right before.  I had ZERO goals except to finish the race.  When I started out, my legs were warm and ready to go – so I started to run harder than I would normally on a trail.  I ended up with a shiny trail PR for the 10k distance.

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Best new piece of running gear: For this question, we have a tie.  My Oiselle Verrazano Bra and my Reebok Floatride Run shoes.  The Verrazano by Oiselle is the only bra I’ve run in where I felt like the *girls* weren’t going to escape.  Also, this bra doesn’t make me feel like I’m being choked either – which is a HUGE win on long runs.  My floatrides were given to me by Ragnar as part of an ambassador package.  I was a bit skeptical as they were so light I didn’t think they would hold up for me.  The first run I took in the floatrides felt amazing, so I figured I’d train for Marine Corps and see what happened.  I ended up loving these shoes so much that I wore them for the Marine Corps Marathon. First time I’ve run a full with no blisters!

Best running advice you’ve received this year: Your pace, your race.  So many times this year I was more worried about “keeping up” with the runners around me.  This caused me to burn out early and not enjoy the race.  When I ignored everyone else around me (pace wise) and stuck with what was comfortable to me, I had a blast!

Most inspirational runner: Again, we have a tie.  First off, Shalane Flanagan.  HUGE HERO! Watching her WIN the NYC Marathon made me cry.  If you haven’t watched this finish, you need to.  Especially around 2:14 😉  #effyes.  Secondly, Bart Yasso  who is retiring this year.  Bart is an amazing human being who I had the chance to meet.  He is inspiring and keep me on my feet!

Favorite picture from a run or race this year: While Marine Corps wasn’t my favorite race experience, I was thrilled with the pictures that I got.  I love that you can see the majesty of DC behind me – and that I’m smiling! Image may contain: 1 person, smiling, outdoor

Race experience you would repeat in a heartbeat: Marine Corps.  Marine Corps Marathon is a race that I will try to do every year.

If you could sum up your year in a couple of words what would they be? Rough and character building.

Wishing you health and happiness over this holiday season! 

 

Friday Five – 5 brands I’m LOVING right now. – Link up with @Marmaone1, @Yousingedup, & @eatprayrunDC #runbaltimore @charmcityrun

HAPPY FRIDAY!!!  Also, long time no see!!  I apologize for being MIA, but life kinda happened!  So, today I’m going to briefly talk about my top 5 brands right now. 🙂 Considering I’ll be using all 5 (most likely) on my race tomorrow, this shouldn’t be a difficult entry for me to write at all!!  I’m running the Sole of the City 10K tomorrow with roughly 3000 of my closest buddies in (IMO) the greatest city in America, BALTIMORE!!! 🙂 I’m pretty excited.  Second time running. 😉  As per the usual for TODAY though (let me not get too ahead of myself), I’m linking up with my three favorite blogger Ladies, Courtney,  Cynthia and Mar for the Friday Five.

  1. Oiselle. This shouldn’t come as a hug surprise, lol.  As soon as I joined the flock, I was hooked!!! The clothing is absolutely (without a doubt) the most comfortable and versatile I’ve ever come in counter with when it comes to running.  I plan to rock the Verrazano Bra, the Scantron Tank (tagged with novemberproject love – obviously), and because its frowned upon to run around with your tush hanging out, I’m rocking my Roga Short.  Cute yea?? I’m stoked!!
  2. Brooks. After the fiasco with my Marathon “too small shoe” experience, I went to my favorite running store CharmCityRun and got a pair of the most amazing shoes I’ve ever put on my feet!! Brooks Ghost 7.  They feel like I’m running on air!! No squishing my toes (BONUS!!) and no pinching the sides of my feet. I’m really excited for the second official race of 2015 in these bad boys!!  *side bar* my first race of the season, the Kelly Shamrock 5k, running thiese shoes, got me a shiney new 5k PR! w00t!! 😉
  3. Feetures Socks.  HUGE Fan!! As a woman who is prone to every foot/toe injury up to and including blisters, these are LIVESAVERS!!  I’m an advocate for the High Performance, Ultra Light, No show tab. (mouth full much?! WOAH!) *directly from the site* – Our High Perfomance socks hug your feet, prevent blisters and keep feet dry and comfortable all day long.  This statement note only is true, it’s the reason I keep coming back.  I’m cheap… like.. insanely cheap, BUT, I’ll pay $11.99 for ONE pair (cringe) of socks, because they keep my feet from turning to complete trash after a long run.
  4. Acure Dry Shampoo. I received a free sample of this amazing stuff as an Ramblen Ambassador.  I can’t say enough.  It’s perfect for last minute, running out the door, “oh my goodness, my hairs a hot mess!!!”  moments, which I’m not proud to say, I’ve been having more then not recently.  It smells excellent, and makes me hair feel smooth and clean until I can get home and jump in the shower!  When the sample runs out, I WILL be getting more.
  5. Procompression/BioSkin.  I can’t stress enough to compress.  My legs wouldn’t be the way they are today without the epic socks from Procompression and the calf sleeves from BioSkin.  I LIVE in compression, at least three days a week you’ll see my legs in some type of compression due to tightness or injury, or whatever!! I LOVE it!!!

Oh oh!!! Also, the 15th, in addition to being the two year anniversary of Boston, was my 2 year runiversary.  Out of tragedy, I took my first steps to a new life, a new life or running, to freedom.  I wouldn’t change anything (about MY part of that). Are you racing this weekend? What are the brands you live by? Let me know!! Have an epic weekend!! ❤