Once again Nike seems to be leading the pack when it comes to fashion forward shoe designs. They are even taking it one step further with shoe customization, allowing you to choose the color of everything from the shoelaces to the speckles in the midsole. I'm loving these colorful kicks right now...
GET GOING! It's tough to keep up with your new years resolution fitness goals as the months go on but let's keep at it. Sometimes all I need is a new sports bra to keep me motivated and I love the gorgeous print and unique details of this one by Lorna Jane. Last week I felt a few little twinges in my legs and knew it was time for a new pair of running shoes. Make sure you are keeping track of your miles and remember, running shoes need to be replaced every 300-500 miles.
Here is my annual top ten list of gifts for runners. For even more ideas don't forget to take a look at my Fit Favorites Shop. Lots of great gift ideas for that runner in your life!
1. Running ornaments:
My friend and I designed these ceramic ornaments that we are selling on our Etsy website so of course I think they are great but any runner would love a running specific ornament! Great for stocking stuffers and we are also donating 10% of all ornament sales to a local Crisis Nursery.
2. Stay hydrated:
It's so important for athletes to stay hydrated during the day even when not working out. Do it in style with one of these beautiful hand painted textile collection water bottles from S'well.
I've worn a lot of different brands of workout capris over the years and probably own more than my fair share but I just love the seasonal versatility of them. Out of all the pairs I currently have, I find myself reaching for my Zella 'Live In' Reversible Capris first. With winter coming up I'll be grabbing a pair of the 'Live In' Reversible leggings as well.
They are not only comfortable but they wear well and look great. You can't go wrong with them and I'll tell you a little secret...order one size smaller than you would normally. Not because they run big (as your regular size will fit great too) but the smaller size just hugs and smoothes everything out. Trust me, they are like the Spanx of capris and you will love them even more if you have a post-baby body like me that will never be the same. However, whatever you decide regarding size, you will LOVE them!
I've been dreading writing this post but I know Clare would want me to be strong and continue on with my blog. Unfortunately my beautiful friend lost her long battle with cancer on August 1st. I will miss her so incredibly much but am also thankful she is no longer in pain. Thank you to everyone who contributed to her fund as her parents are forever grateful that her last months of life were as comfortable as they could have been.
Clare & I
Her family asked me to update her blog and you can read the touching post here. I miss and love you my sweet friend. xoxo
We all know working out with a group helps with accountability but I think the biggest benefit is a harder workout. More often than not when I ride/run/swim with others I go farther and/or faster than I otherwise would on my own. That means a group workout = more calories burned & fitness gained. I'll take that!
Below is a great cycling workout to do with a group of about 3-5 riders. The time will fly by as you catch up with your friends but you'll also get in a tough workout too!
I mentioned in my post "Changing How I Eat" that I would share some of the healthy recipes that I've been using. The first one I wanted to share in 2014 is a delicious quinoa, chicken and kale soup.
I knew this week was going to be a tough one for us cooking-wise so I wanted to find something that was easy to cook and would also last a few days for lunches. I found this recipe from Cooking Classy and since we had most of the ingredients I thought I'd give it a try. It turned out great, was very healthy and best of all so easy to make. I hadn't cooked with my crock pot in a while but thank goodness for a slow cooker! The only thing I left out was the lemon juice simply because we didn't have a lemon on hand.
Here is the recipe again - I highly recommend it. Enjoy!
1) Transition Bag: It will carry all of your triathlete's gear and then some. This is a lifesaver when packing for a triathlon and comes complete with helmet pocket and waterproof compartment. The blueseventy Transition Bag is the top of the line and probably the most popular bag out there but if you want something a bit more affordable, the TYR SPORT Transition Backpack does a great job too.
2) Injury Prevention: Anyone who runs will likely experience an injury at some point. The book, Anatomy for Runners
is a must have reference for any runner as a guide for injury prevention, rehab and improving your running bio-mechanics. Recommended by many elite runners, this one is definitely on my list this year!
3) Massage: The Grid Revolutionary Foam Roller (available here or here) is way better than your typical foam roller, it features a three dimensional surface to help break up those sore knots. It also comes in a travel-friendly size (available here or here) that you can fit into your transition bag or suitcase. Every triathlete should have one of these to help combat injuries.
4) Smart Training: First Time Triathlon or Triathlon Trainer iPhone Apps- Whether they are training for their first sprint triathlon or are training for an Olympic Distance, these iPhone apps can help. The number one ranked training Apps in the iTunes App store, they have helped countless athletes reach their goals. Disclaimer: These were designed by me so of course I think they are great! (Learn how to gift an App to someone here.)
5) Tri-Bling: Congratulate your triathlete on an amazing accomplishment with a dog tag style triathlon necklace hand stamped with the 3 distances of each discipline.
6) Biking Shorts: You can never have enough biking shorts- especially a comfortable pair. Being a triathlete myself, I can tell you that we spend a lot of time training and log many hours on the bike so its important to have well padded shorts. Pearl Izumi makes great shorts and the Elite In-R-Cool Short for men and the Symphony Short for women come highly recommended.
7) Chain Cleaner: Keep that motor moving smoothly with the Finish Line Bicycle Chain Cleaner. Not your typical gift but your triathlete will wonder why they never had one before! This easy to use tool will save them time, greasy hands and money.
8) Pretty Prints: Why not gift your triathlete with an elegant gold foil endurance print that they can frame and put up in their house to help motivate them. Available in my new Etsy store!
9) Functional Fitness: Functional strength training is an important part of any successful triathletes training and the TRX Suspension Trainer is the most popular tool to help them build strength, power and flexibility. Best of all its so easy to use and portable so whether you are a newbie or an experienced triathlete it can help you bring your training to the next level.
10) Race Ready: These are the latest and greatest race day helpers - skip the long lines to have someone write your race number on your body with these professional looking numbers. The TriTats Pro Tattoo are easily applied the night before with the box containing 200 numbers for countless events that are both USAT and ITU compliant.