Friday Five – Holiday Gifts

It’s Friday so I’m also linking up with  Fairytales and Fitness for the Friday Five linkup! Join in! Don’t forget to link back to your hostess and visit some other bloggers.

My Topic this week is: Holiday Gifts

These are what I’d like for Christmas/Hanukah.  Perhaps these are are on your list as well.

1.Gift card for Running Shoes

2.Sunglasses

If you’re like me, I always either lose them or break them.

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Love Goodr glasses

3.Socks

Yes, I often lose one and only my good ones.

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4.Entry fee to a big race

Yes, these are expensive.

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5.A new GPS Watch

I still use a Garmin 205 LOL

Introducing the Garmin Forerunner 645 and 645 Music. (Photo: Business Wire)Happy Running!  Are any of these on your list? What else would you like?

TOTR: Gifts for the Mother Runner

It’s Tuesday so don’t forget to link up with these wonderful ladies:

Erika @ MCM Mama Runs, Marcia @ Marcia’s Healthy Slice and Patty @ My no-guilt life

My TOTR Topic is in honor of Mother’s Day: Gifts for the Mother Runner

Gift Card for Running Shoes

Sunglasses

If you’re like me, I always either lose them or break them.

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Love Goodr glasses

Socks

Yes, I often lose one and only my good ones.

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Entry fee to a big race

Yes, these are expensive.

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A new GPS Watch

I still use a Garmin 205 LOL

Introducing the Garmin Forerunner 645 and 645 Music. (Photo: Business Wire)

Gift certificate for a pedicure

A necessity in the summertime when we wear sandals all the time

What Is A Pedicure And What Does A Pedicure Feel Like

Happy Running! As Mother Runner, what would like for Mother’s Day?

Friday Five 2.0 – Holiday Gifts

I am linking up with Running on Happy & Fairytales and Fitness for the Friday Five 2.0 linkup!
Join in! Don’t forget to link back to your hostesses and visit some other bloggers.

Today’s Topic is: Holiday Gifts

Here’s what I’d like.  What about you?

 1.   Gift Card for a new pair of running shoes

Does any runner have enough running shoes?

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Nike Vomero 10s – I hate the 11s so need more of these.

  2.   New Socks

I know you all love new socks!!

  3.  A Race Entry (particularly a destination one)

Some place with water views….

  4.  Some winter accessories

 

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  5.  A New GPS Watch

I still have the big clunky Garmin 205 .  What about a newer cool one?


Happy Running? What’s on your gift list this year?

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TOTR: Runner’s Holiday Wish List

Since today is Tuesday, I’m linking up with these wonderful ladies:

Erika @ MCM Mama Runs, Marcia @ Marcia’s Healthy Slice and Patty @ My no-guilt life for

Today’s Topic is: Holiday Gift List:

I got this card from a fellow blogger about 7 years ago and it still applies:

Other things that you can buy me:

  • Socks (Balega is my preference)
  • Fuel (specifically Salted Caramel GU)
  • Gloves (I lose them so usually wear ones from the $1 store)
  • Tops (most of mine have race logos on them)
  • GARMIN (I have an Apple Watch but still wear my 205 for races and its battery life is waning)
  • Treadmill (just in case we have a snowy icy winter)
  • $$$$ so I can sign up for more races

Happy Running! What’s on your list for this year?

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Friday Five: Christmas Gifts

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Every Friday, three DC area bloggers Mar at Mar On the Run, Cynthia at You Signed Up For What?! and Courtney from Eat Pray Run, DC to host the Friday Five linkup.  Anyone can join with their own Friday Five post (yes, it must be a Friday Five!!)  They encourage you to visit other blogs on the linkup, comment, share and engage!

This week, the theme is FREE so I am choosing – My FAVORITE CHRISTMAS GIFTS

  1. I got this card in the mail 5 years ago from a blogger and I am re-posting:

This about sums it up for me.  What about you?

2. I got these SkirtSports pants and capris (and I’ve already worn them)

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both are from SkirtSports

3. I got a hanger for my race medals (and as with most of my gifts, I ordered them myself so of course, I love them.)

It looked like this on the website. I’ll post a pic when I actually put mine up.

4.  Movie Tickets.  I love going to the movies especially when I am on break.

this one is on my “to see” list – already saw Suffragette, Star Wars & Brooklyn

5. Time off from work.

This is the best gift – 11 days off – Woo Hoo! – Running at any time of day!!!!

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70 degrees on my first day off – the warm temps won’t last

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Last year, we ran together during my break. I work and Judy does not so it makes it hard to schedule runs together

Happy Running! What was your favorite gift this year?

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Wednesday Word, Gift Exchanges & Giveaway Winner

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Every Wednesday, the Deb from Deb Runs will be providing a word about which to blog. Kind of like a nice little blog prompt. Posts can be fitness or health related, but don’t have to be, so really anyone can play along. Just be sure to link up with InLinkz on Deb’s main post, and share the love by reading and commenting on other’s participant’s posts.

This week’s Word is JOY.

  • I am healthy enough to do the things I want.
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run 13.1 miles!

play tennis

  • I have a lot of friends whom I care about and who support me.
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some of my tennis friends

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BFF for over 40 years

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teaching friend for over 30 years

  • I am married to a guy whom I love.

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  • My kitties are awesome.

this is my oldest, most lovable & fave – Jerry

  • I have a job so I can pay my bills (& support my running habit LOL)

my desk at work – I work in IT at a law school and support the faculty, students & staff

However, none of what brings JOY are possessions or things that you can buy (except for a PR or new running shoes.  Only kidding!)

and most importantly…

I try to and I hope that I do give joy to others:

spending time with my mentee Amanda and her sons

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helping Kelly run her first 5K (STEM program)

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being a running buddy for the GOTR program

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running for my 11 year old running buddy JA (from the IRUN4 program) – I send him my race shirts and medals

Speaking of giving JOY to others, I love giving gifts. I don’t have a big family and we’ve stopped exchanging gifts among friends so I try to participate in a few gift exchanges.

I did a Chinese grab bag at work and I ‘m doing one with all my tennis friends.

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I got this at work – the tennis party isn’t until 12/27

I also participated in  two blogger Secret Santas.

It was so cool to meet someone new (that is through a new blog) and receive great gifts.

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From Brittney @ Corral B, I got:

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my favorite socks & my favorite race fuel

I bought gifts for Nikki @ Will Run for Pizza but I forgot to take a pic (but they were similar to Kate’s but without the stocking and ShotBloks instead of Stinger waffles

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For the SkirtSports Ambassador Captain Stocking Exchange, I got paired with Kate @ My Alpine Adventures:

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this is what I bought for Kate

And I received these gifts from Helen @H-Monkey Runs:

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Now I have 4 new blogger friends 🙂

  • Finally, congrats to my MealEnders Giveaway winner!

Lindsey McRoberts!!

Happy Running! What brings you JOY? Do you do gift exchanges?

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Five Five: Holiday Wish List

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Every Friday, three DC area bloggers Mar at Mar On the Run, Cynthia at You Signed Up For What?! and Courtney from Eat Pray Run, DC to host the Friday Five linkup.  Anyone can join with their own Friday Five post (yes, it must be a Friday Five!!)  They encourage you to visit other blogs on the linkup, comment, share and engage!

This week’s theme is Holiday Wish List

Here are the top FIVE on my list:

  1. a GPS Watch

 

I have a Garmin 205 which I love but it is 5 years old. (Someone at my last race commented: “I’ve never seen one that big!!”)

2. a Medal Rack

I have a DIY one.  I hang my bibs, awards and medals.  I have so many age group awards that I have most of them in a basket.  I’d like to hang my half marathon medals separately. (Update: my DIY hanger broke 😦 )

3. Running Shoes

Mizuno Wave Rider 19s – aren’t they pretty?

You can never have too many pairs.  I am hard on my shoes and my Hokas are almost worn out.  I do have quite a few pairs of Mizunos but not in this pretty color.

4. Winter Gloves

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I buy ones at the dollar store in case I lose them.  These would be warmer and they also have touch-screen finger pads.

5. a Destination Race

Big Sur next November?

Yes, I do destination races with frequent flyer miles and staying with friends.

But a scenic race in California and staying in a nice hotel…. Woot Woot!

Happy Running! What tops your holiday wish list?

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Runner’s Gift List & Pro Compression Review

Erika @ MCM Mama Runs hosts Tuesdays on the Run with April @ Run the great wide somewhere and Patty @ My no-guilt life!

This week’s topic is: Runner’s Gift List

Here are my 5 recommendations:

  • a Watch

Forerunner 10

Forerunner 220

If you are a runner, you know how important it is to track your distance and pace especially during a race and training for an important race.  I couldn’t survive without one.  I have the Garmin 205 which is rather large and I am not sure how long it will last.  I would love to have a new one, Santa!

  • Running Shoes

Mizunos Wave Rider 18s

Hokas

“I have too many pairs of running shoes,” said no runner ever!  I love my Mizuno Wave Rider 18s that I have in black.  It would be nice to get another pair ..in pink?

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I have heard a lot about Hokas and how supportive they are. I would love to try them….

  • a Running Skirt

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I can’t believe that I ever ran in shorts.  Skirts are so much more comfortable and they look so much better (especially if you don’t have a perfect body.) Those from Runningskirt.com are my favorite.  I love their length and that they have 2 pockets.  I have a few but not enough….

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I don’t have any from SkirtSports but I think I would like them.  They come in cool designs and I have heard that they are comfortable.

  • Running Jewelry

Every girl likes bling! And how nice would a charm with a message or commemorating a race distance be…

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I am wearing one that ❤ Running

  • Socks

Having the right socks are almost as important as the right shoes. The only time I don’t wear compression is when is very hot or with capris. I get blisters so I heard that Feetures are a great low sock to buy.

However, my favorite socks are compression ones from Pro Compression.

I wear their Marathon socks and I love them!!

Here are the key features of these socks:

1. True Graduated Compression
2. Arch support with just the right about of compression
3. Stabilization zone thru the sides to mid foot. Helps provide foot bed comfort.
4. Open toe box so it will not keep your toes too tight.
5. Wide cuff for added comfort.
6. Moisture wicking materials
7. No blisters!

If that’s not enough, here are some more reasons to buy them:

1. Their socks are MADE in the USA
2. They always have a super fun Sock of the Month!  A new sock designs every month with a discount!   Sign up on the home page under: Receive Monthly Specials.  
3. They are one of the few compression socks companies that makes a true graduated compression sock (They work!)
4. They sell direct.  That means bigger discounts and more focus on the customer.  Their goal is to make sure everyone is in the correct sock or sleeve that is best for them!

I have worn other compression socks but after I had serious ankle surgery, I was worried about be able to run again. I bought these socks because they boasted that they help reduce swelling and inflammation while providing critical support to muscles and tendons.

Well, I was able to run with no pain and minimal recovery time.

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first Half Marathon after ankle surgery

However, why I buy really them is that I NEVER HAVE TIRED LEGS! I have not had any calf issues, shin splints, PF, IT band problems, etc.

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during a 15K race

In fact after my last 10 mile race, I continued wearing them and walked around a sculpture garden for 5 hours!! Imagine that!

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Most recently, I PRed in a pair at a 15K race.

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So if you want to buy a pair, enter the code PINK2 at checkout for a 40% discount! (This code is valid thru Dec. 15.)

For more gift ideas, click here.

Happy Running!  What is on your list? Have you worn Pro Compression socks?

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Disclaimer: I received the Pro Compression socks free of charge as part of a Fitfluential/Sweat Pink campaign. All opinions are my own.

Third Annual Secret Santa Sock Swap

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Thanks to 3x A Charm Runner for organizing this.

I was paired with Judy from Confessions of an Empty Nester.  She and her sister have an amazing blog.  She is not a runner but a fantastic cook which I am not.  What we do have in common is that we both like to read, quilt, knit and of course, blog. I am glad to have been introduced to her blog and I hope to try some of her recipes.  (If you need some recipes for Christmas cookies, go there now!)

This is what I bought her:

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I was also paired with Julie from Healthy Wealth and Wise Not but Learning. She is from COLD Minnesota and is just getting back into running. She loves to sew and make jewelry and sounds like a really interesting person.

She sent me the gifts below:

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Julie  really outdid  herself.  I can’t believe that she  made some of the gifts–crocheted the potholder, made the soap & made the paper cutouts.  I have already worn the socks and the gloves and used the coffee mug.

Thanks Julie for the awesome gifts.

Happy Running!  Did you participate in any holiday gift exchanges this year?

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What Do You Want for Christmas?

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I don’t really need anything.  When I need/want something, I usually just buy it.

So here is a wish list for the runner who has almost everything:

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a coffee  mug with the Twas the night before Christmas runner-style

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cookie cutter for runners

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a rack to hold medals

jacket

windbreaker for nighttime running

running beads for the Pandora bracelet

can never have too many pairs of cool compression socks

motivational arm candy

Happy Running! What is on your Christmas list?

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