Running Schizo

Good morning, everyone! Wow. You’d think that with all the “time off” I’ve had in the past three weeks that I’d have posted more often.

Yeah, hence the quotations.

Yes, three weeks is a nice, long time. However, three weeks with two major holidays during two of the three weeks and a weekend trip to Florida kills the “three weeks” notion dead.

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year!

Wah. Wah. Wah. I know.

It HAS been nice to run in the middle of the {freezing cold} day.

Holy brrrrrrrrrr!!! Batman.

Holy brrrrrrrrrr!!! Batman.

Necessary items these past few weeks: What The Fluff (reversible) vest, Sugoi long brushed running tights, Run Swiftly Long Sleeve, In Stride jacket, Saucony cold weather running mittens, and Run Brisk headband.

Average temperature on my runs of late: 27 degrees (feels like 17). I. Am. Freezing. when I start and just fine by the end. Even had to strip my gloves a few times.

Then, off to FL where I almost died from the humidity.

Note to self: get smaller tank tops & never let my MIL take photos of me. She's, like, a foot shorter and we all know how bottom-up photos look. Eeeek.

Note to self: get smaller tank tops & never let my MIL take photos of me. She’s, like, a foot shorter and we all know how bottom-up photos look. Eeeek.

Necessary items: Run: Turnaround shorts, Scoop Me tank top (which I now see is a size too big…), iTunes for motivation, and Oakley Urgency shades. My hair didn’t like it so much either (see: all family pictures taken after we got off the plane).

Dead.

Dead.

Yet another reason why I will never move to Florida: You can’t run there without dying. I don’t know how you FL runners do it.

It’s tough for bodies to go from running in freezing cold to extreme heat & humidity. A couple of precautions:

  1. Warm up. Let your body adjust accordingly before you get into your workout.
  2. Hydrate. Both cold & heat dehydrate you in their own special way.
  3. Dress accordingly. Longer post on winter dressing to come but it’s important to layer up or strip down, depending on where you are. Example: no black crops in the sun.

You snow birds must be experts at this. Btw, back in NYC and it’s 50°. Yahooo!

Have you ever gone from one climate to the other and run successfully? What are your tricks? Did you travel this holiday season? Are you as bummed out about school starting as I am? Tell me all about it.

Now go out and run.

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Gift Guide 2012: The Lady Runner

I’m a big fan of holding out til holidays to ask for big ticket items. Then again, I love a stocking stuffer, too.

Ok, I just like presents.

Correction: I like nicely wrapped presents.

And I LOVE Christmastime. It’s my favorite time of year. Everything is prettier in lights, we always get a REAL Christmas tree, gift-giving is almost as fun as gift-getting, and I love getting Christmas cards in the mail. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE.

Speaking of gift-giving, some of you might be wondering what to get the lady runner/athlete in your life. Here are a list of my favorite things. Click on the image to go to the website.

Note: Do not attempt to buy workout stuff for someone who doesn’t already workout or who has not expressed a desire to own workout stuff. This could be extremely insulting and ruin your holidays. Trust me.

1. Garmin Forerunner 10: $129.99

It’s got all the basics for half the cost: pace, time, distance, personal bests. It’s great if you don’t need/want all the stats. And it’s pretty and small!

2. I am in love with my Saucony Kinvara 3s: $100.00

Hello, gorgeous! They’re a great lightweight shoe for those of us with higher arches and, again, SO PRETTY!

3. Race Bib Coasters: $22.00

What a creative way to commemorate a great run! What will those geniuses over at Etsy think of next?!

4. Sugoi Women’s MidZero Tight: $55.95

AKA my favorite winter running tight EVER. Seriously, these are cozy and they breathe. I don’t know how they did that, but they did.

5. lululemon What the Fluff Vest: $158.00

I’m a HUGE fan of a running vest. My arms get freakishly warm in the winter. This one is especially warm and, duh, pretty to boot!

6. Erica Sara Designs Love Note: $78-98

Write your friend/running buddy/wife/daughter a note to take with her on her runs. Erica will engrave it for you (in your handwriting) and put it on a beautiful charm. A good luck charm for the lady runner in your life.

7. Oiselle Indigo Melange Arm Warmers$32.00

The perfect way to stay warm but have options. And they’re so on-trend!

8. Cross-training Gift Cards: The sky’s the limit!

   

It’s cold out there and sometimes even the most dedicated runners want to head indoors! Plus, it’s a great way to stay in good physical health. These are my favorite places to sweat in NYC, in case you are my Secret Santa 😉

There are so many other fabulous gifts out there, if you run into a problem and need a woman’s advice, feel free to holler at me. I love to shop. If all else fails, a day at the spa is always in order.

Get going, everyone! Only a few more hours til Cyber Monday is over.

Now go out and run!

Holiday Gift Ideas For the Men

Yesterday was all about the lady athletes. Today is all about the male athlete in your life. If your guy is anything like mine, he is impossible to shop for. If I hear, “I don’t really need anything” from him one more time, I might just put actual coal in his stocking just to prove my point that you have to give people ideas if you expect Christmas presents.

I am not a mind-reader. Even Santa Claus gets a list.

I am, however, pretty good at just guessing at cool things he might like. Here are a few that I’m considering.

Image courtesy of lululemon athletica

JB has said these are the best long-sleeved running shirts he’s every owned. He rarely wears more than this during the winter (well, until February) and wears them well into May. Oh, lululmeon, what would we do without you?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Image courtesy of Manduka

If your man is a sweaty yogi, this towel is a must. I’m a sweaty girl yogi and I cannot practice without it. My mat is like a Slip ‘n Slide otherwise.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Image courtesy of Oakley

Awesome shades that look cool and are totally functional.

 

 

 

 

 

Image courtesy of Brooks Running

If your man would like to get into trail running this winter, these are the perfect shoes for a neutral runner.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Image courtesy of Under Armour

My aunt bought these hats for us a few Christmases ago and we found them to be cozy and warm, even on the coldest NYC winter runs.

 

 

 

 

 

Image courtesy of Etsy

House decor isn’t usually top on the list for men I know, but we have this rack and it’s a cool way to display his (and your!) accomplishments.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Image courtesy of P90X

Does your man hate the gym? These workouts are awesome. I’m a fan. And they’re totally manly, too.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Image courtesy of Sugoi

JB loves these running tights.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Image courtesy of Apple

Guys love gadgets. The iPod Shuffle is tiny and light–great for runners! No need to carry around your clunky iPhone or Blackberry on a run, these little gems are only $49!

 

 

 

 

 

Image courtesy of Garmin

This Garmin does everything your man might need it to do and he can download all of his stats onto the computer to obsess about after each and every workout.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Phew! Now all you have to do is click, buy and wrap them. Do that and then…

…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)!