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My Favorite New Running Products

For Christmas this year I received quite a few running-related items. Compression socks, touchscreen running gloves, arm sleeves, a RoadID gift card, headphones, a pullover… the list goes on and on and while some items I have yet to try (my arm sleeves are will be perfect for the Goofy races), others have become new favorites.

I’m not one to obsess over name brand running gear. I have some higher quality tights because I live in them over the winter but I generally layer up my upper body with underarmour, old race shirts, and one of my two (now three) winter running jackets that I’ve had for years.

So you can guess that I was pretty excited when I received the what the fluff pullover from lululemon for Christmas. Not only did it look incredibly warm, but I also received it in a bright yellow that is perfect for running in the dark mornings!

I got this present early and couldn’t help but wear it on my last 20 mile run. I was incredibly impressed by how warm the jacket kept me and how easily it moved. I was a little concerned that the fluff would be annoying or feel heavy but it didn’t at all and the thumb holes were a nice touch ;). Since then, I’ve worn this jacket many times including on sub-20 degree mornings and felt pretty invincible to the cold. It’s the perfect jacket for cold winter running!

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While the jacket is pricey, knowing what I know now, it’s definitely something I would buy for myself and I’m sure I’ll get a lot of good use out of it!

The other awesome gift that I received and have been using is new headphones. I’m pretty old school about my headphones, ear buds won’t stay in my ears and I much prefer something that clips over my ear and doesn’t move too much. Considering that only one side of the set I had been using worked, I was definitely in need of some new ones.

I used to buy my headphones at Walgreens/CVS/Walmart but they’ve all started carrying mainly ear buds so I was struggling to find the kind that I wanted. My mom listened to my complaining and then went out and bought me a set of polk headphones.

The headphones are awesome. They came with a bunch of different ear covers (including sherpa for the cold!) and a travelling case and work with iPods and iPhones (a big problem I was having with my cheaper sets). My only problem is that the band that goes around my neck does not like to be there at the same time as my ear band so for now I have to choose one or the other (this will not be a problem once it warms up though!). I see myself getting a lot of use out of these headphones and I bet they will last a LOT longer than my previous sets (thanks Mom :)).

Do you have any new favorite running products? What about must-have running products?




A Busy Saturday

Yesterday was extremely busy but in a good way, I was a little productive, had a little fun, and relaxed- everything you’d want in a Saturday!

During the early afternoon, I ran errands. My first stop was a local running store to pick up shoe inserts. I found a pair that will hopefully pad my heels more, support my arches, and help with “shock absorption”, I’ll let you know how they work out!

I also stopped by lululemon and spent waayy too much money on running clothes (granted, I did need new stuff). What can I say? I wanted everything!

I ended up getting the cool racerback extra long, the back on track tank, and a pair of the turbo run shorts.

After shopping, Ian and I were hungry, so we stepped into a nearby diner for some food.

The Salt & Pepper Diner didn’t have many options of vegetarian fare for lunch, so I ordered a veggie wrap with sweet potato fries. I was extremely hungry by this point so I ate up, but the wrap was seriously lacking vegetables. The sweet potato fries were pretty good though.

After lunch we went grocery shopping, did laundry (I told you we were productive!), and then headed home to get ready for dinner.

Unfortunately, by this time my heel was starting to really hurt. I’m not sure if yoga upset it or walking (I wore my running shoes with my new inserts so I don’t think it ws my shoes) but I had to lay on the couch and ice it for a bit. I’ve decided to just swim and take a cycling class (as long as that doesn’t hurt my foot) today and skip the short run I was also planning.

A month or two ago, Ian went to P.F. Changs with one of his friends and was given a red envelope with an “unknown coupon” inside to be redeemed at his next visit to the restaurant. Well, he realized yesterday that the coupon was going to expire today so even though we had pan-asian on Friday night, we decided to take advantage of the coupon and went to P.F. Changs last night.

I wanted to celebrate being out on a Saturday with no long run to wake up for in the morning (and I was frustrated with my foot), so I ordered one of their cocktails, the Dark & Spicy.

It tasted really good but was really weak. If I’m going to splurge on a mixed drink rather than wine, I want it to have some alcohol in it!

We also split a bowl of egg drop soup. Note, the following picture indicates the size of a bowl at P.F. Changs, if you order one, plan on bringing at least two meals-worth home!

Crazy right?? But… it was the same price as two tiny cups. Pretty good deal right?

For my main, I ordered the shanghai shrimp with garlic sauce.

It was okay, I ate about half and plan on mixing the rest into my more flavorful Joy Yee leftovers. I must say though, I love that P.F. Changs has brown rice!

Ian ordered the SIngapore Noodles and was disappointed as well! I guess you can’t always expect great food (or maybe we ordered the wrong thing??), but we should have just stayed in or gone somewhere else.

To make up for our lackluster dinner (and because we were in the area), we stopped at Pinkberry for dessert.

I ordered a small peanut butter with dark chocolate crisps, banana, and granola. It was AMAZING! It was so good that I ate it slowly and savored every bite :)

We ended our night by watching the movie Hugo. I liked it but fell asleep and missed the last quarter of the movie, darn! From what I did see, if you like fantasy, Harry Potter-esque stories, you’ll like Hugo ;).
I woke up early to eat before going for a swim and then to a spinning class.

Alright, I need to go get ready, have a great Sunday!