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My Top Runner Gift Ideas

Has it really been 4 months since I posted to my blog?  SHAME ON ME!

Well, hopefully today’s post will help make up for it.  :)

 

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After a year and a half of running regularly, I thought I’d share some of my favorite “running” items purchased or received as presents from family and friends.  Of course, every runner has a list of gadgets and goodies they’d prefer, but I hope this list will help with that surprise gift this holiday season for someone you love.

GPS watch with HRM  ~ My parents gave me a Garmin Forerunner 210 last year for Christmas and I really like it.  I had been running for several months without a heart rate monitor, but I wanted to target my workout intensity and use an HRM help me get there.  Not only does the GPS tell me how far I’ve run/walked, it monitors my heart rate and provides the pace as well.  When I get home, I charge it through my laptop which then automatically logs my exercise to Garmin Connect.  It even works with MyFitnessPal to share calories burned so that’s one less thing to have to enter manually.  :)

Road ID ~ It’s super important to have emergency contact info on you while on running outside.  I hate to think of anything bad happening to someone, but being prepared is key to safety.  My road ID has my husband’s cell phone number, my blood type, allergy info, etc.  I wear the band on my wrist like a bracelet so it can easily be read if needed.

Hips Sister ~ I wear this product every time I run.  I keep my keys and phone and identification in my hips sister with no worries about them ever being lost or falling out.  A definite two thumbs up!

Event Clips ~ OMIGOSH where do I begin to share how amazing these clips are for your race bibs? No more poking holes in your running shirts and they stay in place!  They’re made in Great Britain, but arrived within one week of purchase.  Awesomeness!

Runner’s Daily Log ~ I’m the type of person who likes to keep track of how I’m feeling after a run.  This may wear off after a few years of running, but for now, I love it.  I can look back and see my accomplishments as well as what worked and didn’t work for me.  I tend to forget so having it written down helps me remember and keeps me motivated.

I <3 To Run Wall Calendar ~ Visualizing my accomplishments is another motivator for me.  My wonderful husband had this large wall calendar dry mounted at Michael’s arts & crafts store and it sits in my office.  I love coloring in each day I run and look forward to a more colorful 2015!  Here’s mine today.

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Runnerbox Subscription ~ Want to know the latest “running” goodies out on the market?  Leave the research to Runnerbox and get a bimonthly box filled with “everything from gels, chews, protein shakes/supplements, nutrition bars, energy boosters, healthy snacks, personal care, and other running accessories!”  As their website says, many products will be brand new to the market while others will be tried and true favorites. Want a discount?  You got it!  Use my Ambassador 10% discount code today:  JTRUNRB!

RedFox Wireless Headphones ~ Wires be gone!  I LOVE my wireless headphone from RedFox!  They stay put and don’t fall out.  No more getting tangled either.  The headphones can be worn different ways for running, biking or lifting weights at the gym.  I especially like that I can put them either on my visor hanging down near my ears or around my neck so I can hear the traffic around me AND my running mix while running outside.  Here they are around my neck with Santa at this year’s Rudolph Dasher 10K.

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Running The Wall ~ More visualization and this is one of most treasured running items.  Every day I walk into my office, I see the reward for all my sweat, tears and joy that running has provided me.  The 45 pounds of weight loss (so far) and all the miles I’ve run (over 500 so far this year alone … that’s A LOT to me!).  Ah, I love seeing this every day.  EVERY. DAY!

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There are so many other cool gift ideas out there to choose from so I hope this list helped narrow it down.

A couple more quick ideas:  magazine subscription to Runner’s World or Women’s Running or a VIP subscription to Fabletics.

I also like to wear “crazy” running pants and get asked all the time where I find them.  So, here are a few links to my favorites:

Juna Lai

Online Legging Store

Running Funky

And don’t forget your stocking stuffers like Gu Gel, Compression Socks/Sleeves, Nuun electrolyte tablets, ProBar Energy Chews (addictive!), Handanas, Hand warmers, Running Stickers and oh yes, Body Glide!   :)

Are there any other suggestions we should add to this list?  PLEASE share in the comments section below so I can add them for my wish list to Santa too.  Thank you!  :)

 

 

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August Awesome Abs Challenge

I’m facilitating this challenge on my Jersey-Texan Facebook page, but am sharing the calendar here too in case you’d like to join in or in the event FB gets quirky.

As with all exercises, please consult a doctor before beginning any program. Also, focus on form and not speed. Have fun and work it! You’re worth it!

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The Jersey-Texan FB page has this calendar and HOW-TO videos posted for reference. YouTube is a great source too. Thanks for joining in!

Just move y’all. =)

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50 by 50

Well, I didn’t make my goal to run/walk/bike 30 miles this past week like I had said I would, but I’ve been feeling really good lately with my exercise regime.  I finally fell under 185lbs after months of remaining stuck there.  I’m not sure if it was my being able to run faster in less time the past week, my adding more strength training to my week, watching my eating habits more carefully or the fact I decided to participate in Heidi and Chris Powell’s Diet Bet.  Whatever the reason, I’m happy to get off the plateau.  Finally!  It was probably a combination of all.    =)

I also decided recently to give myself a new challenge and run 50 races by the time I’m 50.  I’ve got 12 completed so far between “real” races here in Texas and some virtual races where you can run wherever you are.  The virtual races are via US Road Running, Virtual Running and Fit4LifeRaceSeries where you pick the race and pay to receive your bib and medal.  It’s all on the honor system so if you cheat, you’re only doing it to yourself!  I’m really enjoying challenging myself to push harder and go faster.  My ultimate goal is to be a steady 12-13min mile pace.  I know I can do it!  Here is a list of my upcoming races so far for 2014.  I keep track of them using an app called Race Addict.   

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Yesterday, I ran my fastest pace using the 5KForever app.  It’s really helping me with interval training on stepping up my pace.  So far, so good and I’m THRILLED to run further more quickly.  I’m still happy today.  I guess those endorphins really do carry over.  Check out my 5K record pic below!  WOOHOO!

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So, the lesson I’ve learned the past few months of exercising regularly and doing all the right things is that sometimes you need to mix it up to keep losing weight.  Bottom line, NEVER GIVE UP!  =)

I’m super excited for my #50by50 and will keep everyone updated on the latest and greatest here.  You can also follow my progress at my Facebook page Jersey-Texan or via Twitter at @skigarmisch.

Have a great week everyone!

And the Runnerbox winner is …

CONGRATS!

Paul Croteau!    THANK YOU for sharing my Facebook page Jersey-Texan!  You are this month’s lucky winner!

Private message me on my Facebook page with your address so I can send these great goodies from this month’s Runnerbox.

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Thank you to everyone who participated in this month’s contest and shared my Facebook page!  You are all AWESOME!

I will be having another Runnerbox contest in August so stay tuned here at the blog and on FB.  Remember you still get a 10% discount there for following my blog.  Just use the coupon code on my homepage when making Runnerbox purchases.

Have a super day and congrats again to Paul!