I’m Having A Party

Hi friends. It’s been a while. I can’t even begin to tell you what’s been keeping me from blogging but the simple answer is: LIFE.

Life /līf/, (noun): Physics class, work, UC “stuff”, marriage (it’s lovely, thank you for asking), pending PhD program, health, family, friends.

Oy. Just…oy.

There are days like this:

Ummm...oops.

When I thank God for this:

Bless you, lululemon. We all need this reminder from time to time.

Anyway, there’s so much going on these days I sometimes forget to shower. And when I do, I also forget to take my shower cap off before I answer the front door.

Good thing my Dry Bar shower cap is cute!

I mean, this sign we saw in Jersey pretty much sums up how my life has been in these past two weeks…and how it will be over the next month or so (or 3 years).

I just...I don't know what this sign is trying to tell me. Only in Jersey.

There is so much craziness happening, I almost forgot to tell you all about my charity Flywheel ride this weekend! You all know how obsessed with Flywheel I am, especially when I can’t run. Stupid UC. I mean, just check out My Workouts and add up my Flywheel visits. Bananas. I love it.

Anyway, you also know about my devotion to the Fisher House Foundation. If you aren’t familiar with them, they are a non-profit organization that builds houses near military hospitals for the families of injured veterans to stay FOR FREE while their soldier is hospitalized and recovering. They are rated a 4-star charity (the highest rating) by Charity Navigator because 98% of the money raised goes to program expenses, not advertising or administration costs. Very cool.

My connection to them started when JB was on his second deployment with the Marines, I was here in NYC looking for a way to support him. I decided to run the Marine Corps Marathon and do it for a military charity. I found Fisher House and was a part of their inaugural Team Fisher House marathon team. I figured if I ever needed them, I had earned my keep. Since them, I’ve run 6 marathons for them and raised over $25,000.

Yay, Fisher House!

This fall, JB and I are running the Marine Corps Marathon for the first time together for Team Fisher House. The very fabulous Aleah Stander, my fellow lululemon Ambassador and friend, and former Marine Steven Little, both Master Flywheel Instructors, have donated their time and talents to this Saturday’s Fly for Fisher House ride at the Upper East Side Flywheel Sports at 3pm. There is a seriously amazing raffle taking place, including the following confirmed items:

Oh, and there will be complimentary fro yo from Soft Serve Fruit & Co. following the ride.

What more do you need?

If you want to take part in the ride, please don’t hesitate! We are hoping for a full house and want anyone and everyone to be there. Visit our event on Facebook (if you’re not on Facebook, email me: runstrongereveryday@gmail.com for instructions on how to sign up).

Hope to see you on a bike this weekend. Come on out and support our troops and meet me! Not like that’s much of a draw, but I’d sure like to meet all of you 🙂 That is, if you’re not ashamed to be seen with me at my sweatiest!

Now go out and run.

Holiday Picks for the Lady Runner/Athlete

It’s no secret that the holidays are bearing down on us. I am always on the hunt for the cool stocking stuffers and little gadgets that make my running life so much easier. Here’s what I came up with for the Lady Runners in your life.

Image courtesy of Erica Sarah Designs

Did your lady finish a marathon, half marathon or triathlon recently? Check out Erica Sarah Design’s Race Bling.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Image courtesy of Sparkly Soul Headbands

Every girl with hair needs a good headband for her runs. Why not sparkle while you run? I love these Sparkly Soul headbands and the colors are so much fun!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Image courtesy of Spiritual Gangster

I wanna be a Spiritual Gangster! These tank tops are just the cutest and so soft. I’d wear it with skinny jeans and flip flops, but I guess to a yoga class for some cross training is just as comfy.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Image courtesy of lululemon athletica

Speaking of yoga, this is absolutely my favorite yoga mat EVER. It’s not cushy or soft, but that’s exactly what I like. When I’m practicing, I want to feel the floor beneath my feet. I balance so much better that way.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Image courtesy of Asics

If you live in a cold, windy climate and your lady runner is an outdoorsy gal, she’ll definitely need a pair of these wind-resistant gloves. The woven ones just don’t compare when you’re out in the below zero temperatures that are bound to plague us from January thru March.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Image courtesy of luluelmon athletica

This is my favorite base-layer running shirt that I have ever owned. I have a hard time not buying more every single time lululemon comes out with a new color, but Paris Pink might my “signature color.” NEED. THIS. TOP.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Image courtesy of SPIBelt

My new favorite race accessory from the Philly Marathon, the SPIBelt. Tiny but flexible, waterproof and light. Bonus: You can pin your race bib to it so you don’t have to ruin your shirt or wonder what to do if you need to strip down a layer mid-race. Awesome!

 

 

 

 

 

Image courtesy of Dogeared

I wear a few choice necklaces when I race. All of them are from Dogeared and are very meaningful to me. I especially love this sentiment, even if I d’y always feel this way.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Image courtesy of Sugoi

Best winter running tights I own.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Image courtesy of Athleta

Anyone who wants to buy these for me would be my bestest friend forever. Cozy, warm, slide ’em on over your shoes post-run if necessary. Perfect.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Image courtesy of Brooks Running

If you really want to WOW her, get her a pair of these Cascadia Trail Running Shoes from Brooks. They’re designed for the tough runs out in nature and ideal for the neutral footed lady runner in your life.

 

 

 

 

 

Now go out and run (just as soon as you finish holiday shopping)!