5 last-minute gifts under $20 for the new runner in your life

Elite Mini Muscle Roller – $12.99

I personally swear by my muscle roller now. At first, I thought it was just runner folklore, but it has really saved my life. I had such bad calf cramps that my foot would go numb for most of the run. Since I’ve started rolling beforehand, I’ve had ZERO numbness! It’s also great post-run to avoid knots and aches.

LED Safety Light 2-Pack – $12.49

Now that it’s winter and it gets dark at basically noon every day (sorry, I’m a little bitter), most runners will end up running in the dark at least a few times a week. These clip-on lights are great to keep them visible to cars (and other people) during runs.

The Complete Runner’s Day-By-Day Log 2018 Calendar – $14.99 (on sale for $10.39)

When training for fitness or for a race, staying accountable to yourself is one of the best motivators. I find that when I’m logging my runs and training, I’m the most successful and consistent about running. It’s especially nice to look back and see how far I’ve come in a short amount of time.

Road ID Sprint Shoe ID & the Silicone ID Bracelet – $19.99 each

We often don’t want to think about the bad things that could happen, but runners must be prepared for the worst, especially if they run alone. If a runner faints or gets hurt, the RoadID can help identify him or her and allow their loved ones to be notified of their whereabouts. Be safe, not sorry!

 

 

 

BONDIBAND Fab $5 Collection – $5 Each

These days, I don’t run without one of my BONDIBANDs. It keeps the sweat out of my eyes and from running down my face. It also keeps my ears warm during the colder temps. I bought one years ago that I swore by, but I recently ordered two customized bands — one with the Run. Travel. Dream. logo and another that reminds me that I’m “stronger than yesterday.” Great product!

 

 

Week 15/16 Recap: Roller sticks rock!

After taking a planned week off (week 15) for the holiday, I’m back at it! A 3.6-mile short run yesterday afternoon with my running buddy. It felt good to be back out there. I had a little IT band pain, but no numbness or cramps thanks to good stretching beforehand. I had to use Strava on my phone to track the run because I left my Garmin home by accident.

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7.11 miles in the bank! My longest run since starting in August. My poor watch froze at the end from the cold weather but we got it done. My running buddy is the real MVP for running those 7 while pushing a stroller up several hills! I stretched a ton and used my rolling pin beforehand (rather than after the run) and again no pain or numbness. That’s the key it seems!

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Week 15: OFF

Week 16: 10.71 miles ran

4 days til next 5K

53 days til FIRST 10K

93 days til Half-Marathon –> I’m running for St. Jude, please support me!

Packing while training… and butterflies!

As much as I travel, I have packing down to a science: an outfit for each day, the accompanying shoes, undies, PJs, toiletries/toothbrush, daily vitamins, curling iron, GO!

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But, packing for a week in Florida while newly training and dieting was a whole other ordeal. Here were the new additions to my packing list:

  1. Low-carb snacks
  2. Running tops/bottoms and sports bras for 4 runs
  3. Cell phone arm band/headphones20170821_162438
  4. Running shoes and running socks
  5. Atkins shakes, protein powders and blender bottles
  6. A week’s worth of supplements
  7. Ankle brace, aka Sheila
  8. The new muscle roller

I have been super lucky not to have major soreness after my runs. I truly believe it’s from the regimen I’ve been following (stretch-run-stretch-soak-protein shake-supplements-muscle roller), so I didn’t want to forget anything. Since I won’t be able to do my long hot soaks though, I ordered the Elemis massage oil to use after my runs on this trip instead.

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And because I love butterflies (I have one tattooed on my left wrist), as soon as we landed in Fort Lauderdale this morning, we visited Butterfly World in Coconut Creek. Here are some of the pics I took today:

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It was SOOO hot and humid! But, it was cool to see all of the different species and colors. Plus, it gave me ideas for my next tattoo in November (when I visit the shop that did my first one in Hawaii).

Today is a rest day as far as running, but not for the squat challenge! I still have 60 squats to do tonight. I’m gonna throw in 30 push ups and 60 sit-ups along with them.

Until tomorrow… I’ll leave you with some pretty butterflies from Butterfly World!