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Friday Fives: Stocking Stuffers For The Runner In Your Life

It’s that time of year again! Stressing over making sure you have a little something to give to your friends, family, coworkers, etc. It can be tough! But worry not my friends, you’re friendly neighborhood runner is here to give you some stocking stuffer ideas for the runner in your life. 🙂

1. Their Favorite On The Run Fuel 

I’m always up for trying new things, so personally I don’t mind getting something that’s not my favorite or that I’ve never tried before, but if your runner is a little bit more picky you might have to ask if you don’t already know. But some really popular brands are GU, Jelly Belly Sport’s Beans, and Honey Stinger.

Anyway, I know I never mind getting on the run fuel! It’s something that I could always use, and it’s relatively inexpensive to buy one or two gels, or waffles, or whatever, and you can usually find them at any local sporting good’s store.

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Honey Stinger waffles are my personal favorite. 🙂

2. Gloves 

If there’s one piece of running gear that I could consistently use more of, it would probably be cheap, throwaway gloves. Now, there are some fancier gloves out there; touch screen gloves, wind resistant gloves, moisture wicking gloves, etc. And those are all super neat! But honestly I’d rather receive a pair of gloves I could ditch at the starting line of a Turkey Trot, Santa Shuffle, or a Hangover Half Marathon (don’t let me lie to you, the only holiday themed running event I’ve ever done was a “run with Santa 5k” in my town haha. But I’d like to participate in others eventually. 😉 ). Also, I have a bad habit of blowing my nose into my hand (and I know I’m not the only runner who does this!!) and I don’t think I’d want to do that into a pair of $40 gloves haha.

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3. Custom Race Bib Ornament 

Did your runner crush a new PR, finish a big goal race, or just has a race bib that they particularly like? I think these race bib ornaments are super neat and a great way to remember a big race!! Also, shout out to my family and friends who might be reading this, looking for gift ideas for me. I think these are super duper neat and I don’t have one hahahaha. 😉 😉 😉

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Goneforarun.com actually has a bunch of cool custom race bib stuff, I just think the ornaments are particularly neat. 🙂

4. Runner Nation Coffee Mug

Fact; runners love coffee. Also fact; I’m not entirely sure how true that first “fact” is hahaha. 😉 But for real though, in my experience, a lot of runners do enjoy a nice cup of coffee. Especially on a day when they have to wake up particularly early or before a long run when a little bit of caffeine is definitely appreciated. And here’s another “fact” for ya, coffee tastes better when it’s in a neat mug. 😉

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5. A StrideBox Gift Subscription

Now a-days there’s a subscription box for everyone and everything, right? Well running is no exception!! StrideBox is a subscription box that comes full of lots of fun goodies for before, during, and after a run!!

So I’m not gonna lie, I was always a bit hesitant about subscription boxes because I was worried that after a few months the products that come in the box would get kinda lame after a while, but that hasn’t been my experience with StrideBox! It always comes full of all sorts of neat stuff to try! And good news!! If you use the code RunningRebel10, which is good until 12/24/17, you can get 10% off of a 3 or 6 month gift subscription for the runner in your life! Or for yourself, because you deserve a gift too, and I swear the day StrideBox comes in the mail is basically like Christmas morning. 😉

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Again, you can use the code RunningRebel10 to get 10% off of a 3 or 6 month gift subscription!! 🙂 Good until 12/14/17.

So there you have it! Some nifty gift ideas for the runner in your life! Or at least I think they are. Fellow runners, what are some gift ideas that you’d like to receive or give during this holiday season? 🙂

 

 

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Friday Fives: Things I’m Super Into Right Now

1. Zensah FeatherWeight Compression Leg Sleeves

Ok so not gonna lie, I’ve only worn these things a few times now, but I already love them! Zensah sure wasn’t kidding, they really are feather light! They also provide a good amount of compression without feeling too tight or uncomfortable like other pairs of compression socks (this is my first pair of sleeves haha) have made me feel. Oh and the bra is pretty nice too. 🙂

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2. Sleepy Time Tea

This stuff is a life saver! I am very bad at falling asleep, and I’ve experimented with a few things over the years, but this stuff works the best for me! The herbs in this tea calm me down, make me relax, and help me fall asleep a little bit faster. 🙂


3. Steel Panther 

Oh my gosh I’m so in love with this band! Haha Luke have just been recently getting into them, but we saw them play before Stone Sour on Tuesday and it was amazing! Seriously, go check them out. They are fucking great.

4. Bob’s Burgers 

Luke and I recently started using Hulu because Netfilx alone just wasn’t cutting it hahaha (we don’t have cable). So yeah, I’ve been watching a lot of Bob’s Burgers since we started using it and it’s been great. I don’t care what anyone says, this show is great and I’ve been very much enjoying watching an episode while drinking my coffee every morning. 😉

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5. Oatmeal

Oatmeal used to be one of my all time favorite foods. Like, it was one of my go to foods and I could eat it for every meal of the day. But then I kinda fell off of the healthy eating bandwagon for a while, but now that I’m getting back into it I’m really loving oatmeal again. Right now my favorite it oatmeal topped with bananas and walnuts. Yum! So good!! 🙂

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Fall Is Almost Here, Two Short Runs, An Injury Update, Compression Gear, and Another Furry Friend

First and foremost, #ThrowbackThursday anyone? 😉 Ah man, throwback Thursday never ceases to amuse me. I just think it’s fun to take a look back at past life experiences, no matter how small or seemingly insignificant they might be.

So, since fall is almost here and I’m so super duper excited about that, I went perusing through the camera roll on my phone this morning looking for the photos of my jack-o-lanterns from last year, because they were pretty darn spiffy if you ask me!!

 

 

 

I was so super excited about how the 13.1 pumpkin turned out! I was kinda worried about it because I thought it was going to be hard to tell what it was, but once it was lit up it looked pretty good! And look at all the hair I used to have!! Haha not gonna lie, looking back I kinda regret cutting it all off. But it was sooo much nicer not having to deal with all of that hot hair over the summer. But anyways, now I’ve got to figure out what I want to do with this years pumpkins! Haha obviously I’ve still got some time, but I take this stuff very seriously! 😉 We’re starting to get close to my favorite time of year and I’m so super stoked!!

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TRUE!!!!!

So now that we’re into the middle of September we’re starting to experience a bit of fall like weather in the morning/evening. The highs in the afternoon have been in the 80’s though so that still kinda sucks, but we’ll get to the colder weather eventually. 🙂 But anyways, the nice weather in the morning is really really really making me miss running. Fall running is the best running (except once winter rolls around, then I’ll spend all season telling you that winter running is the best 😉 ) and right now I definitely feel like I’m missing out!!

I have managed to do two very short runs this week. 2 miles on Monday and 2 more miles on Wednesday. That’s definitely not the kind of running I should be doing considering that I’m supposed to be training for my 3rd half marathon, but at the moment it’s the only kind of running I can do. And it’s still totally better than not running at all!!

 

 

 

Unfortunately the 4 miles that I’ve run this week were not pain free miles. During both runs my knee started to ache a bit during the second mile and on Wednesday I felt it a little bit in my shin as well. That was no bueno…but it’s still not as bad as it was last month and I like to think it’s finally starting to get better. Healing this whole situation has definitely been a slow process, but I’m glad that it seems to be getting better without the help of a doctor. Because I really didn’t want to have to go see one haha.

So I think I’ve mentioned before that I’ve been taking R.I.C.E. (rest, ice, compression, elevation) very seriously in order to get this thing taken care of. Obviously the rest has come in the form of not running, but I’ve also been trying to take it easy and walk a little less if it starts bothering me. I was icing it for a while but that doesn’t seem to be doing anything for it anymore. And honestly I’m pretty sure icing is really only effective for the first like, 48 hours or something like that after you’ve been injured (I’m not entirely sure about that though, so don’t quote me on it. 😉 ). So that brings me to compression and elevation. As far as elevation goes, I’ve just been propping my leg up with a pillow in the evening whenever i’m sitting down watching TV, but my compression game has definitely been VERY strong!

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I’m sporting a very old compression sock and a very new compression knee sleeve in this photo.

So Luke’s just as determined to get me healthy again as quickly as possible so he’s been making me experiment with some new gear haha. First he got me the knee sleeve pictured above. Oh boy does that thing work! I didn’t realize that my knee was actually hurting while I was walking until I started wearing this thing around haha (this right here is why I have to be super careful when it comes to injures. I have a ridiculous pain tolerance and sometimes I don’t notice that anythings going on until after it goes away and I start feeling normal again…). And after wearing it for about a week I was able to do my two short runs this week, which was obviously a huge improvement over not being able to run at all. 🙂 So because I had quite a bit of success with the knee brace, Luke thought hey, if a little bit of compression worked, why not go with EVEN MORE compression. So he came home with a pair of full on compression tights for me the other day haha. I kinda wish he hadn’t spent so much money on me for this stuff, compression gear (especially these tights, holy shit) isn’t cheap…but I mean, they are some super spiffy looking tights. 🙂

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I’ve only worn them once, so at this point there’s really no telling if they made a difference, but they’re still super spiffy. 🙂

So all of that actually came about because I had ordered myself a new pair of Zensah compression calf sleeves (like I said, my compression socks are really old, and I’ve had to cut the toes off of both pairs that I have because they make my toes uncomfortable, so I figured sleeves were the way to go. 😉 ) and a sports bra at some point last week, I think? The only problem with that is that Zensah’s warehouse is located in southern Florida so they had to close up shop and evacuate because of hurricane Irma, so I guess they’re not entirely sure when they’ll be able to ship out anything. And like, obviously that’s totally understandable and I don’t mind waiting, but Luke is not a patient person and apparently that applies to me as well, and that’s how I ended up with even more compression gear hahahahaha.

 

 

So like, I know compression gear is one of those things that some people absolutely swear by and other people just think is a placebo kinda thing, but it’s always seemed to work for me so I’m just gonna roll with it! 🙂

Whew, alrighty then! Last on my agenda of this to talk about today is our newest furry friend! Everyone, meet Alfred!

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So kind of on a whim I guess, Luke decided that our other ferret, Bruce, needed a friend. So he went and got him one last night. Hahaha if you haven’t noticed, once Luke sets his mind on something he just goes and does it. And that’s how we ended up with another ferret. It’s really funny because everyone thinks all of the animals were my idea (because I’m the huge animal lover who was raised on a farm), but aside from the cats and Lily, Luke’s the one who went out and got the rest of them haha. I mean, I’m not complaining though. 😉

At first we were both a little wary about introducing them to each other. Luckily we have two ferret cages so if it didn’t go well we could have kept them separate, but it looks like that’s not going to be a problem. They pretty much liked each other right off the bat and are already becoming fast friends. So I guess Luke was right, getting Bruce a friend was a good idea. And I mean, what good is Bruce Wayne without Alfred Pennyworth? 😉

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Okey dokey then! That’s all I’ve got to talk about for today! I’ve been doing a terrible job at keeping up with everyone lately, so what’s going on with you? Are you excited about fall? Any up coming races, spiffy new gear, new furry friends,new PR’s, or are you sidelined with an injury as well?

Anyways, I hope everyone has a happy Friday eve, a great Friday tomorrow, and an even better weekend!

~Ashley

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July 15th, 2017

So yesterday when Luke came home from work he surprised me with a new pair of Nike Pegasus 34’s for an anniversary gift! Haha that jerk does this to me all the time! He acts like these things are no big deal and that he doesn’t plan on doing anything for them (which is fine by me, I’m not big on celebrating this kinda things anyway.), but then he always does something like this haha. He said he also wanted to go out to dinner, but he got home later than he would have liked and that probably wouldn’t have worked out well. But now he’s promising to take me out on Monday. I told him I didn’t care either way, but whatever. 😉 Seriously though, he’s the best!! 🙂 🙂 🙂

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Ok but for real though, I’m super excited to add a third pair of running shoes into my rotation. Although I have a feeling it’s going to drop back down to two before too long. I have a feeling on of the pairs of my Nike Free’s is nearing the end of their running life. But anyway, about 2 years ago I had a pair of Pegasus 30’s and I absolutely adored them! But once I retired them I never ended up with another pair of the Pegasus. Mostly because from what I understand, Nike likes to stop the production of certain models of shoes for a few years or something like that. I guess that helps bump up their sales once they resume production and sales of those models of shoes. But also because it seems to be hard to find shoes in my size. I wear a size 9 for regular everyday shoes, and a size 10 for my running shoes, but I swear every time I go to a sporting goods store they only have 7’s and 8’s. Which is weird. At least I think it is…I thought 9’s and 10’s were pretty common sizes for women, but whatever. Haha Luke said he had to go to several different stores yesterday to find my size, but he knew how badly I wanted another pair of Pegasus so he hunted them down for me. Like I said, he’s the best!

So I didn’t plan on doubling yesterday, but obviously I needed to take my new shoes out for a spin! So I did! 🙂 They felt just as good on my feet as my last pair of Pegasus did. Obviously they are a little bit bigger and heavier than the Nike Free’s that I usually wear, but I think it’s good for me to add a different model of shoes into my rotation. That’s supposed to be good for working the muscles and ligaments in your ankles and feet a little bit differently and that’s definitely a good thing. 🙂

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So aside from my new shoes being awesome, this run kinda sucked. It was crazy hot/humid (which is my absolute least favorite) and for whatever reason Strava decided not to record my run. Ugh, that was kinda frustrating…I miss my Garmin…But oh well, at least the sunset/clouds/sky was pretty.

 

 

Anyways, I stayed up a little later than usual last night (I went to bed around 12:30 am, instead of my usual 10:30-11 pm), with the intention of sleeping in just a little bit this morning. Finn didn’t exactly let that happen though. He woke me up at 5 am because he needed to go outside. Then he woke me up again around 5:45 because he needed back in. Then around 6:30 my neighbor let his dog out and he was barking, so Finn started barking, so I let him back out, but about half an hour later he needed back in. So at that point I gave up and just got up, even though I really wanted to sleep for another hour, but at that point it just wasn’t going to happen…

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So I got up, had my coffee, and then spent a lot of time procrastinating getting a run in. Not gonna lie, right now I’m kinda liking the idea of doing a run streak and so far I’ve run for 3 day’s straight. Haha I know that’s not much, but you gotta start somewhere, right? Well at this point I’m not really going to call it a streak just yet, but at this point that is the goal, so to keep that going I needed to run at least a mile today. But I really, really wasn’t feeling the whole running thing this morning. But that was definitely more of a mental thing than a physical one.

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Literally me this morning…

But luckily for my little, baby “streak”, I finally got off my ass and got a mile done. Haha obviously it’s not much, but now I’m just that much closer to actually being able to call this thing a streak. 🙂

Anyway, I think they whole mental block with running is because of anxiety. I keep thinking I’m having breathing/asthma problems, but I’m like 90% sure it’s just my anxiety acting up. Especially since it’s been pretty bad lately… I don’t think I’ve really talked much about my anxiety issues on here. Maybe eventually I’ll do into detail about it, but I had to go through a whole thing with a cardiologist a few years ago (because my GP had heard a murmur in my heart at one point), but long story short, turns out it was all just anxiety and my heart is fine. And I mean, I pretty much already knew I had some kind of anxiety disorder. They tend to run in my family actually, and my grandma, mom, both of my sisters, and a few of my cousins all have it in some way shape or form. But I guess it’s nice to actually have a doctor tell you that’s what it is, and that you’re not dying or crazy or whatever.

Honestly I probably need medicated, but that’s not going to happen anytime soon. I hate going to the doctor, I hate hospitals, doctors offices, dentists, and all that stuff (probably because of the anxiety haha). Seriously, every time I go to any kind of doctor’s office my blood pressure tends to be a bit high. Isn’t anxiety great?! (That’s super duper sarcasm by the way 😉 ). I also probably need to back off on the caffeine, but that’s also not going to happen anytime soon. 😉 Luckily staying active in general, but especially running and yoga seem to help. 🙂

Anyway, I suppose that’s all I have for today.

I hope you have a great rest of the weekend!

~Ashley

Home, Sweet Home!

I’ve actually been home for a few days now haha! On Wednesday my brother drove me home to Kansas, then back to Illinois. And then yesterday my mom, dad, and brother stopped here on their way to Colorado.

Basically what I’m saying is I’ve been kinda busy!

Between helping my dad get things cleaned up at the house in Illinois, traveling back to Kansas and getting the house back in order and taking care of all my responsibilities that had kinda put on the back burner while I was gone, then entertaining my family while they were here at my house, I haven’t had a lot of time to blog or keep up with my other social media accounts. It’s all good though, I think a little break from social media can be a good thing every once in a while. 😉

So anyway, I didn’t get a lot of running done this week. Like I said, I’ve been kinda busy. Plus on Thursday I think I might have been suffering from heat exhaustion. I ran 2 miles in the morning, then spent 2 hours in bed because standing up made me dizzy. I guess all that hard work in the sun really did me in. And then running kinda hard definitely didn’t help. So ever since then I’ve been trying to stay cool and hydrated. And I actually feel a lot better today!

But then yesterday I had another unfortunate foot incident. Remember last September when my toe got really fucked up after some drunken shenanigans? And now it looks like I’m going to lose the toenail on that toe again? Yeah well yesterday while trying to put Dean up because my dogs don’t get along with my parents’ dog, I ran into a framed poster we have hanging in the hallway and it ended up falling on my foot. The same foot that’s having toe issues. Fun times. It bruised and swelled up almost immediately, but after icing it off and on for a few hours yesterday it actually doesn’t hurt too much today. I’m still going to rest it though. More foot issues are the absolute last thing I need right now…

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My new bruise and you can kinda see how weird my toenail is right now. It’s kinda separating from the nail bed, so I think its coming off again.

On the bright side of things, Luke and I kinda went on a little shopping spree yesterday before my parents and brother got here, and we both ended up getting some neat things. 🙂 First we went to Dick’s, where I got two new Nike sports bras that I definitely needed! They say that your bras shouldn’t celebrate a birthday (meaning that you’re supposed to replace them every year), but I’ve been wearing my favorite sports bra for at least 3 years now. Oops. And they were on sale which was a huge bonus!! I also got a tube of Nuun so that I don’t end up feeling like crap after being in the heat again (at least hopefully) and another tank top, because one cannot have too many tank tops. 😉

Then we went to Hottopic because we’re both apparently still 17 haha. Actually, Luke just wanted a new earring and I wanted some more Green Day t-shirts because I’m running dangerously low (and by that I mean I only had 3 before our Hottopic trip 😉 ). Unfortunate for me, they had ONE freaking Green Day shirt in my size, so of course I got it. Luke got the earring he wanted and since body jewelry was buy one get one for $5 I got a new set of nose rings. I’ve been wearing the same nose ring for 7 years now, so I suppose it was time for a change haha. Plus one of them in the pack I got was purple, and I thought that was super spiffy!! 🙂

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Not the best photo ever, but yay purple nose ring! 🙂

And to finish off my little shopping spree, I ordered a little over $50 worth of Honey Stinger stuff last night! In all fairness, I wanted to get free shipping!! Plus with half marathon training coming up, I figured three boxes of waffles (along with a few other things) was a good idea. I got a box each of two of my favorite flavors; ginger snap and chocolate. Along with a box of the new gluten free mint chocolate waffles. I’m not gluten intolerant or anything, I just really wanted to try that flavor! Eventually I’m going to try the vanilla chocolate as well! 🙂

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Also, if you fuel with Honey Stinger like I do, you might want to take advantage of their Memorial Day sale! Everything on their site is 25% off when you use the code FREEDOM at checkout. 👍🏻😄

 

So yeah, I’ve definitely been a busy bee but aside from a few little incidents, I’d say life is pretty great right now! I guess now that it’s almost June, I need to start getting prepared for our trip to Florida with Luke’s family. That’s the first week of July so it’s coming up pretty quickly! But I guess I’ll talk more about that later. I’m done droning on about random things for now.

 

I hope you have a great Saturday!

~Ashley

Friday Fives: Running Gear Wishlist

Ah running gear. It’s one of my all time favorite things. From technical materials, GPS watches that can calculate your VO2 max, feather-light shoes, headphones that are absolutely guaranteed not to fall out of your ears, compression garments, and t-shirts with sarcastic sayings; I love it all! Now if only it weren’t all so darn expensive…

Haha I’ll admit it, I can go a little bit overboard when it comes to gear. But come on, I absolutely need 3 more pairs of running shorts. You can never have too many pairs of running shorts! Oh and while we’re at it, I could definitely use 5 more pairs of brightly colored compression socks. I want to be able to mix and match them. Ooooh and look at this tank top! I know I already have 8 million of them shoved into my closet, but this one is purple! And race shirts totally count as gear right? Yeah, so I’m going to need to run ALL of the races in order to obtain ALL of the t-shirts.

All right, all right. That may have been a little bit of an over-exaggeration. But there have been a few times when I went shopping specifically for “real” clothes, and came back with more running gear. 😉

That being said, there are a few things out there that super spiffy, I totally want, and a few of them are even functional!!

1. FlipBelt

I seriously need one of these!! Or at least something similar, because I can never find running gear with sufficient pockets!!! Seriously, every pair of running shorts/tights I have has one itsy bitsy pocket that I can barely fit a gel packet in, or they just completely lack pockets, which is no bueno. I want to be able to carry my phone, fuel, house key, chapstick, and other essentials without having to resort to shoving them in interesting place likes my socks. I’ve seriously gotten back from a run with scratches all over my shins because I kept a packet of Honey Stinger chews in my compression sock. It wasn’t pretty…

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2. Zensa Compression ankle/calf sleeves

I for real want these so bad!! Ever pair of compression socks I’ve ever worn has made my toes fall asleep or just super uncomfortable. I’ve thought about getting just the calf sleeves, but sometimes me heels get sore and compression socks tend to help, so I’ve resorted to cutting the toes off of my regular compression socks. That way my calves/heels are still getting some compression but my toes aren’t uncomfortable. The only problem with that is that now the parts that I cut bunch up whenever I put shoes on and it’s super annoying. These would totally solve all of my issues.

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3. World’s Okayest Runner Tank

I need this because reasons. 😉

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4. Oiselle Black Widow Sports Bra

I literally only want this bra because I think it looks nifty! And I kinda really need some new sports bras haha. I’ve had one of mine for going on 3 years now and that’s just waaaay too long to have any kind of bra, really.

 

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5. Nike Free Run

Because no one can have too many pairs of running shoes, right? Plus Nike Free’s are my preferred running shoe, and this particular pair is pretty badass! 

Do you have your eye on any awesome running gear? 
 

Friday Fives: Gear I Won’t Run Without 

1. Road ID

I actually already have a post dedicated to Road ID, you can find that here. 🙂 But I had to mention it because I literally wont leave my front door without it. It’s not like I’m super paranoid that something is going to happen to me while I’m running or anything like that. But I like to know that if for whatever reason I can’t speak for myself, I have some very useful information right on my wrist.

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2. Moisture Wicking Socks

I’m not all that picky when it comes to running socks. My one and only condition when it comes to socks is that they absolutely MUST be moisture wicking.

I forgot to change into moist wicking socks one time before a run. I only mad that mistake once, but I’ll never make it again! My feet were hot, moist and just felt gross during that whole run. I also got some pretty gnarly blisters! That was no fun… Ever since that day I check my feet at least 3-4 times before I start my runs haha. Maybe that’s a little bit obsessive, but at least my feet are happy.

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3. Some Kind Of Hat 

Ok, this one is kind of sort of a lie, as I used to never wear any kind of had unless it was cold outside and I needed to keep my ears warm. But I’ve been wearing a hat more and more, and at this point I’d rather run with one than without one, as they are usually quite handy! They help keep my hair out of my face, keeps the sun out of my eyes and shades my face whenever it’s really hot and sunny (and I’ve found that just getting a little shade on my face makes warm weather running marginally better), and if it’s raining I don’t have to constantly be blinking or wiping water out of my eyes, which can get super annoying after a while.

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4. A Good Sports Bra 

Oh man, I love me a good Nike sports bra! They’re what I’ve been wearing since I started running and I don’t often stray from them. They provide me enough support to keep me comfortable, and they have enough of a compression element to keep the girl strapped down and prevent them from doing too much bouncing.

I have worn a few Victoria Secret sports bras like the one pictured below. They are super pretty. usually pretty comfortable, and they make my cleavage look great haha. Plus I really like how easy they are to take off with the zipper in the front. But surprisingly enough they allow for waaay too much bouncing for my taste. Plus I always chafe under my arm pits when I wear them for too long. So I only tend to wear them on shorter, easier runs, and then stick with my Nike sports bras whenever I can. 🙂

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5. My Phone 

Technically an IPhone 6 isn’t really a piece of running gear. But I always take it with me, even if I don’t plan on listening to music. I’d rather have it and not need it than need it and not have it, because you never know. Some kind of situation could come up where I need to make a phone call, and it would really suck to not be able to do that.

Plus I never have to worry about getting lost! Haha I never have before, but it’s nice to know that if I somehow do, google maps will be there to guide me home. 😀

Is there any kind of gear that you wont run without?