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Wednesday, December 9, 2015

It's that time of year...for gifts and a giveaway!

So I'm running these days, but I am still under 15 miles per week because I have to take a day or two off between each run because my ankle is a little sore after every run. I have been very patient and always err on the side of caution, but my patience is running out so I finally went back to my doctor and he recommended a few weeks of physical therapy. I've been to physical therapy twice, and it seems to be helping. I ran five miles yesterday, and my ankle is feeling pretty good today!

I'm hoping my Christmas gift to myself can be a double digit run. So keep your fingers crossed!

Speaking of Christmas gifts, are you ready for some more gift ideas? Because in all my shopping adventures, I have come up with a few more gifts for the runners in your life. And because there are some unfortunate souls who have not yet found the gift of running, I included some things for them as well.

For the Non-Runner in Your Life

Maybe a fitness tracker will put that special someone on the road to running. Just maybe. Either way, the Soleus Go Fitness Watch is a winner.

And because the world seems to be All. Things. Star. Wars. There's this shirt. Or you can go with the Dark Side with this one instead.

And basically just because I saw it over the weekend and fell in love with it, there's this purse.

For the Runner in Your Life 

First, I LOVE my Journal Menu running planner and think any runner on the planet would love one. They are customized and have great information tracking pages, including goal tracking, race planning, body measurements, personal records, nutrition guides, pace charts and more.

Then there's this vest.  I have the same one from two years ago, and it is one of my favorite things to wear in the winter!! It is perfect for cold runs because it keeps my torso warm, but I don't get too hot like I do with a full coat/jacket sometimes. It has the right amount of pockets in all the right places. And it comes in five colors. I promise you or whoever you gift it to will love it!

And everyone loves having their running information at their wrist. So pick up a new Garmin for the one you love. There's something for everyone, whether it's my personal favorite the Forerunner 15 or something a little more high tech like the Garmin 225.

And since it's that time of year when we are all burned out from shopping and need to rest our tired legs, who couldn't use a pair of compression socks or sleeves?!? SLS3 has my favorites and they are offering free holiday shipping. Plus you can get 45% using the code: BLOG45 at checkout!

Also because I love my readers, I am hosting a Rafflecopter giveaway for a pair of SLS3 compression sleeves or socks of your choice! Winner will be announced December 24th. What better way to kick of the Christmas Eve festivities?!?

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

I'm just over here trying to make your Christmas shopping easier...

What better way to kick off the month than with a few perfect gift ideas? I am actually almost finished shopping, which I'm pretty sure is a record for how early I have this much finished. So I figured it is my duty to help you out.

I've picked out three perfect gifts for the runner in your life (or yourself, because it's always nice to treat yourself) and three gifts for pretty much anyone else on your list.

 First there's the Legend Loop Armband.

Here's what the makers of Legend have to say about it: "We believe it's the thinnest, lightest and fastest running armband in the world. Legend Loop Armband is also unlike all others. Thin, light and fully featured, distinctive yet not overpowering; it's the perfect addition to your next run or workout. Not to mention it just fits; whatever size your arms are whilst the armband also secures your smartphone regardless of size or model."

I have always been afraid to strap my phone to my arm. It's annoying enough in the pocket of my tights or jacket, so I figured it would be even worse on my arm. But I actually didn't even notice it was there. And that says a lot since phones are not small these days. I was also afraid my phone might not fit because it seems like EVERYTHING is made to fit iPhones and I'm one of the cool kids who has (and loves) a Samsung. For the record, my phone fit perfectly.

Second, there's this running shirt that I recently added to my running clothes wardrobe. I love it so much, I went back and got it in a second color!
The third thing every runner should have is Smart Wool socks. I LOVE mine. I actually wear them all year because they have different thicknesses and they never ever give me blisters. And in the winter, they keep my toes perfectly warm. I have the exact pair on the right and they are the perfect winter running socks!
The first thing for your "everyone" list is a BOOY (pronounced Booo-eeee). It's a "Tablet Lounge" that adapts to any surface. Mine should be arriving any day, and I can't wait to use it. My girls practically destroy my case every time they borrow my Ipad, so this should make it a little easier for them (and me!) to use my tablet comfortably.
It has a magnetic attachment and comes in two colors of leather, brown and white. It is live on Kickstarter, and there are still early bird units available at $60. After that it goes to $80 and then $100 (MSRP $119).

The next thing anyone would love is a new pair of Chucks. I love mine and have them in two colors to make sure I can wear them with pretty much anything in my closet.
And last but not least, who wouldn't love a Moose Mug? Even if you aren't a National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation fanatic, you can appreciate its awesomeness!
Are there any "must-have's" on your Christmas list this year? Merry December 1st, btw!!!

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