{Black Friday-Running Gifts}


Need a gift for a runner? Any runner would love these ten things!
1. Pro Compression Socks-One of my favorite brands to run in. ($50-usually can find coupon codes online for 30-40% off)
2. Randies by Oiselle-These look so fun! ($48)
3. Stainless Steele Water Bottle-Great way to encourage and remind you to drink enough water. ($18)
4. Sweaty Bands-My go to running headbands ($18)
5. GU-My only fueling strategy for long runs (Box of 8/$11.60 or Box of 24/$31.50-again look for deals on certain sites)
6. Running iPhone Case-So cute, love! ($25)
7. Garmin 220-Seriously want! Why doesn’t Ryan read this blog. ($250)
8. Brooks Winter Running Jacket-Best way to get winter runs in is have the right clothes. You get what you pay for. ($150)
9. Yak Traks-A must for winter running in the midwest. ($30-40)
10. Nuun-Best way to rehydrate on runs. ($20 for 4 pack)

Happy Running and Shopping!

{Friday Fab 5}

{#1-Loving these not sneaks, not stilettos shoes}
Ever since spraining the ankle, I’ve been forced to wear more flats. When flats look like these they are not so bad. Plus I got points towards more shoes at DSW-win-win!

{#2-It’s Turkey Trot Season}

I had to get a festive Sweaty Band to wear at one or more of the turkey trots I’m running this month.

{#3-State #14 is this weekend!}

We are off to Kansas this weekend! Bring on highs near 60 degrees. You know you live in Wisconsin if this makes you excited!

{#4-NYC Memories}

I saw this in Women’s Running Magazine this month and found it so fitting from my recent trip there. One of the best ways to see NYC is in your sneaks! Click sneaks to read about my 8-9 miles NYC run all over.

{#5-Veterans Day}

A special vet in my life!

Don’t forget to thank a service member and their families this weekend in advance of this important day. I’m so grateful for all they’ve given and done for each of us. How different our world would be without their bravery, selflessness, and sacrifice. Thank you veterans!

Happy Weekend!

{Friday Fab 5}

{#1-GU Chomps}
Last week on my long run I brought these along to try because I knew I wouldn’t need much fuel for the run. If I didn’t like them, then I’d survive. I liked them and they did their job of providing energy to my muscles to keep powering my run. If you feel like you need to chew something in order to feel energy, then the GU Chomps would work well for you. I am so used to the GU gels that chewing while running felt like extra work. I find sometimes it is the little things that annoy me when running most, so I try to avoid them at all costs. They were tasty, handy, and effective for those interested.


{#2-Sweaty Bands}
In honor of Memorial Day, my favorite headband company was offering 20% off last week. I took advantage of this deal knowing hoping summer running is upon us. These bands hold hair back, stay in place, and are super cute.


{#3-State Track}
Last weekend was state track at UW-L and several runners from our high school ran. It was fun to watch them perform and think about how far they’ve come since being in middle school track and cross country. Watching high school races always reminds me of how and why I fell in love with the sport of running in the first place. Such amazing memories!


{#4-More Trees}
As I mentioned last week, I love trees. This is my favorite tree-yes, you read that right! I used to run, walk,and sit by this tree in college often. I first saw it at a high school cross country meet and keep coming back to it.


Yesterday was my last day as a teacher at the school I’ve been teaching at for the past six years. I got a job at a new school starting in the fall. Even though I am looking forward to the opportunities at the new job, I never anticipated how hard it would be to leave my old job. I made some great friends and memories while teaching and coaching there. Lets just say there were some tears. Ok, quite a few. I pretty much skipped my run last night to cry, talk to my husband about the change, and cry some more. I know running would have made me feel better, but even I don’t always follow the advice I give. I’m going to miss everyone so much!


Happy Weekend!