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Holiday Fit List for the Fitness Enthusiast

What’s on your holiday Fit List this year?

Here are some of my top picks for the fitness enthusiast on your holiday list this year.

*I was given the opportunity to review a Flip Belt by Fit Approach as a part of my affiliation with Fit Approach as a Sweat Pink Ambassador.  

1. Flip Belt

On the Holiday Fit List–Flip Belt

On the Holiday Fit List–Flip Belt

Flip Belt is a cool tubular waistband perfect for carrying all of your essentials while you workout.  This is actually my second Flip Belt and an accessory that I absolutely love for use at the gym or out on a run.  I first discivered the Flip Belt at a Skirt Sports Skirt Chaser 5K in Denver, CO.  This was the perfect accessory to wear later that year at the Marathon Around the Lake (where I qualified for Boston 2013!) The Flip Belt was excellent for carrying my ID and my car key during the race since I had gone to the race on my own as well as plenty of room to carry extra energy gels to keep me fueled during the marathon.  The Flip Belt is great because it is lightweight and you wear it close to your body.  Flip Belt is also great for workouts at the gym.  You can store a couple of bucks for a drink at the end of your workout, your gym card, your iphone and more. I love array of bright colors available! Flip Belt will definitely be a hit for any fitness enthusiast.  I am excited to be able to offer 15 customized coupon codes to share with friends/family/following for 33% off Flip Belt but the deal is this is a one time use code and in order to receive one you need to comment on my blog. Once I have handed out all 15 codes that’s it! So be sure to comment soon if you are interested!

Flip Belt

Flip Belt

2. Under Armour Escape Duffle

The Under Armour Escape Duffle is a great duffle for carting around all of your fitness gear. My favorite feature of this bag is the side laundry nook for storing dirty clothes. This pocket is also great fro a wet suit and towel after a swim or some shoes after a run.  The Escape Duffle also has side mesh pockets which are perfect for storing your keys and phone while you workout. This bag also has a nice water-resistant finish.  The bag comes in Neo Pulse (Pink) or black. I would definitely add this to my holiday Fit list!

Under Armour Escape Duffle

Under Armour Escape Duffle

3. SKIDA Hats

SKIDA hats are one of my favorite things and something that I think every runner should have. SKIDA hats are made in Vermont and come Alpine (lined with fleece) and Nordic unlined).  These hats are my go to for sweaty outdoor winter workouts because they keep your head snug and warm and they are fun and fashionable too (even when you are not running, skiing, skating or whatever you like to do for winter fitness!).  SKIDA even makes kids hats too!

SKIDA Nordic Hat

SKIDA Nordic Hat

4. SKRATCH Labs Exercise Hydration Mix

As an athlete being well hydrated is key. Skratch Labs Hydration Mix is my absolute favorite for keeping my electrolytes in balance when I am training.  Skratch Labs comes in either single serving pouches or a multi-serving pouch.  Flavors include the new Matcha Green Tea+ Lemons (with caffeine) and other yummy flavors such as with pineapples and with raspberries.  Skratch Labs is, “flavored with only real fruit and containing no artificial colors or preservatives.” A perfect stuocking stuffer or list to add to your holiday fit list.

Skratch Labs exercise Hydration Mix

Skratch Labs exercise Hydration Mix

5. Skirt Sports Arm Warmers

Skirt Sports Arm warmers come in the same fabulous colors offered in their running and workout clothes line.  Their arm warmers have a great gripper on the upper arm and run from the top of your bicep to your wrist.  Arm warmers are perfect on cool days because they add additional warmth and are easy to take off when you warm up. Arm warmers can also add a little pop of color to your workout wardrobe!

Skirt Sports Arm Warmers

Skirt Sports Arm Warmers

What is on your Holiday Fit List? Don’t forget to respond in the comments if you are interested in receiving a FLIP Belt 33% off discount code! Happy Holidays!

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Also, don’t miss out! Tomorrow is the last day to enter to win stocking stuffer goodies from my holiday stocking stuffer guide!

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My Year of Running 2014

Organic Runner Mom’s Year of Running 2014

My Year of Running 2014. Organic Runner Mom.

My Year of Running 2014. Organic Runner Mom.

This post is a quick peek at my year of running and was inspired by awesome runblogger Miss Zippy! Head on over to her blog to check out her year of running and to find more inspirational posts in the link up!

  • Best race experience? It is so hard to pick one favorite race experience. This year I added in some new racing fun to include my first trail marathon–Bear Brook Trail Marathon, a dirt road marathon–The Kingdom Marathon and my first Olympic Distance Triathlon–the Lobsterman Triathlon which were such incredible race experiences as well as running the Boston Marathon again. Since I have to pick just one I’ll pick the Bear Brook Trail Marathon in Bear Brook State Park in Allenstown, NH.  This trail marathon is still relatively new with the course being designed by Ultra Runner Ryan Welts.  One of the reasons this was my best race experience of the year is that I went to this race with some of my best running friends and although we did not race together just knowing that they were on the course racing was inspiring.  I had no expectations for a finish time in this race because I had never run a trail marathon before (and the mileage ended up being quite bit more than 26.2).  I treated this race like an adventure with one clear goal to finish with a smile. It was an extremely hot day but I was well prepared with plenty of hydration and fuel and the aid stations along the course were well stocked with goodies.  The energy of the racers was high and the changing terrain along the course was beautiful. I finished the race with a solid time just over 6 hours and a sweaty grin!

    Bear Brook Trail Marathon Finisher.

    Bear Brook Trail Marathon Finisher.

  • Best run? My best run happened over the summer. 3 of my amazing running friends and I tackled a trail run in the gorgeous Pemigewasset Wilderness with scenic views, a little bit of bushwacking and a ton of laughs.  Any run with these strong women is going to be a best run!

    Run Like a Girl! #Likeagirl

    Run Like a Girl! #Likeagirl

  • Best new piece of gear?  My best new piece of gear is my TOM TOM Multisport GPS watch that my husband got for me this summer. I am still figuring out all of the different functions. So far I love the fact that it syncs with my phone so I can immediately upload my workout data right onto my phone.  The Tom Tom Multisport watch has a built in heart rate monitor and the watch can be popped out of the band and mounted on your bike.  The more I use this watch the more I love it!

    Tom Tom Multisport GPS Watch

    Tom Tom Multisport GPS Watch

  • Best piece of running advice you received? Cross Train. since I have added more cross training into my workout regimen I have gotten stronger, my body feels more in balance and I have been able to avoid injury, well mostly . . . but the most recent back injury came after a period where I went back to mostly running. I should have listened to this advice more closely.

    It's time to go for a swim.

    It’s time to go for a swim.

  • Most inspirational runner? Larissa Dannis. She is a NH runner who has worked hard to go from barely a runner to this years winner of the USATF 100K!
  • If you could sum up your year in a couple of words, what would they be? Inspired. Challenging. Reinvigorated. Energized.

I am looking forward to new running adventures and some more triathlons in 2015 (Look out for my 2015 goals post coming soon!). How was your year of running? I’d love to hear about it and then you can hop over to Miss Zippy‘s blog to join in the link up fun to share all about your year in running!

Miss Zippy Year of Running 2014

Miss Zippy Year of Running 2014

What was your favorite running memory from 2014?

Don’t miss my latest Stocking Stuffer Guide.  Click through for stocking stuffer goodie ideas and some great giveaways too . . .

Organic Runner Mom's Stocking Stuffer Guide

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Organic Runner Mom’s Stocking Stuffer Guide 2014

Stocking Stuffers for every adventure! 

Organic Runner Mom's Stocking Stuffer Guide

Organic Runner Mom’s Stocking Stuffer Guide

The holiday cheer is in full swing around here. Our house is decorated with our favorite holiday decorations and the stockings are hung with care. Our giant Christmas tree is covered with our eclectic ornaments lovingly hung by our kids. We are ready to celebrate and the countdown to Christmas is on.  This year I have picked some of my favorite gear and essentials that would make perfect stocking stuffers for any adventure.

1. Bani Bands

Retail Price: $9.99-$12.99

Bani Bands Headbands

Bani Bands Headbands

Bani Bands are the perfect hair accessory to keep those crazy fly aways at bay.  Bani Bands are a soft grip head band which means they don’t slip. The best feature is that they are adjustable which means no more head-aches or bands that are too big and slide of.  Also, this means that my daughter can wear them too. Bani Bands come in a variety of widths, textures and patterns.  You can get Bani Bands made to order for a team or for a fundraiser. Bani Bands is owned by a female veteran and supports cottage industry using only home-sewers to craft the Bani Bands.

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Retail Price: $30 for Over the Calf Compression and $25 for Calf Sleeves/Arm Warmers or Mid-Calf Compression
Crazy Compression

Crazy Compression

You’ve seen me wearing them in marathons and on the trails now it’s time for you to fill your loved ones stocking with Crazy Compression. Crazy Compression are the ultimate compression sock because not only do they offer true graduated compression but they come in amazing colors and cool patterns. When you pass other runners on they road or trails they will smile when they see the wild patterns on the back of your legs as you race away. You can either choose over the calf compression, mid-calf compression or go with a compression sleeve that doubles as an arm warmer.  Crazy Compression is a small company and everything is made in the USA.
3. Momentum Athletic Inspired Jewelry Wrap Bracelets and Foot Notes
Retail Price: $20 and $10
Momentum Jewelry Wrap Bracelets and Footnotes. Organic Runner Mom

Momentum Jewelry Wrap Bracelets and Footnotes

Everyone needs a little bling in their life.  And what could be better than bling that motivates.  Momentum Jewelry sent me their awesome Wrap Bracelet an Foot Notes to add a little inspiration into my workouts.  Momentum is a women on business and everything is made in the USA.  They also believe in promoting fitness from an early age so 5% of profits go to Action for Healthy Kids.  In addition to the colorful wrap bracelets and foot notes Momentum also has suede cuffs, headbands, earrings and necklaces.  The wrap bracelets come in a variety of colors and you can pick the motivational saying as well as the shape of the silver charm. The footnotes have one charm for each shoe and you can pick your saying.  Add these to any stocking for an inspirational surprise.
4. Portland Bee Balm
Retail Price: $2.99 per tube
Portland Bee Balm. Organic Runner Mom.

Portland Bee Balm

Portland Bee Balm is a company started in Portland Oregon by Brad and Annika, two people with a love for beekeeping and a desire to support the bees. Brad and Annika believe that the world needs more beekeepers.  They craft two bee balms using sustainable ingredients, ” Our four ingredients come from sustainable and/or local sources: Certified organic coconut and olive oil, Oregon beeswax, and Oregon organic peppermint oil. Their products come packaged with labels made out of non-pulped wood and soy based ink. Brad and Annika know the importance of bees in our food system with “one third of all our crops pollinated by bees” and through the work that they do with Portland Bee Balm  they encourage others to consider keeping bees. Portland Bee Balm comes in unscented and Oregon Mint and will keep your lips smooth all winter long.  Brad and Annika graciously sent me two tubes to try and they have become favorites as the dry winter weather brings on chapped lip season. My daughter says her favorite is the Oregon Mint.
5. Beauty Counter Lip Conditioner Set from Beautycounter by Caitlin
Price: $32
Beautycounter Lip Conditioner Set. Organic Runner Mom.

Beautycounter Lip Conditioner Set

Beautycounter is a cosmetic company that wants you to “know what’s inside” your cosmetics. Founder Gregg, a wife and mom, was concerned when she learned how many personal care products contain ingredients that are known toxins.  She wants to change that and to bring you products that are safe. Beautycounter hopes to establish a new standard in the personal care products industry and has banned the use of more than 1500 ingredients from their products. My friend Caitlin a fellow runner (who joined my one year for Reach the Beach) and mom is now a consultant for Beautycounter. Caitlin knew I would be excited to try Beautycounter and to share their products with you. She sent me Lip Conditioner in peppermint and calendula  to try.  The lip conditioners have the “scent of Calendula Officinalis Flower and Chamomile Oils, and the other with refreshing notes of Peppermint and Rosemary Leaf Oils.”  Containing regenerative and soothing properties I love to apply lip conditioner first thing before I head out the door.  Check out all that Beautycounter by Caitlin has to offer for stocking stuffer goodies for someone you love!
 6. Rad Dog Release N’ Run Leash
Retail Price: $39.95
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Rad Dog Release N’ Run Leash

We all love our four-legged furry companions and if you are like me you love to bring them on a run.  My do Lucy (a crazy cairn terrier) likes to join me for short runs (she has an old knee injury  from squirrel chasing) but I hate bringing along a big bulky leash when I go out with her and sometimes she loves to run free in the woods as we go.  Rad Dog sent me the perfect solution, their Rad Dog Release N’ Run Leash.  This leash is perfect for running with your dog. As soon as you hit the trail and your dog can run free all you need to do is to release the leash and retracts into the collar.  If you need to grab hold of your dog quickly, the leash is already attached and ready to grab.  The collar size is determined by the neck size of your dog and their weight.  The Rad Dog Release N’ Run Leash comes in a variety of colors. We picked orange for Lucy so that she is easily visible in the woods. This stocking stuffer will make any runner and their dog happy as they head out for adventure!

Now don’t delay, Santa is on his way.  Stocking Stuffer Goodies for every runner should be in his sleigh!

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A back injury update.

Injury begone!

Bring on the snow and let this injury disappear!

Bring on the snow and let this injury disappear!

I still have not run since the Turkey Trot that I did while I was visiting my family in Pennsylvania. The race was great but two days later I was at urgent care with my back completely locked up. So now here I am a week an a half later still taking it easy trying to get my body ready to run again. I have to admit that while my body was probably ready for a break I am in desperate need of a run and a good sweat. I do not like having an injury!

Last week my focus was simply on being able to move comfortably again. I spent a lot of time icing and heating my back and have been taking anti-inflammatories to relief the pain an soreness in my SI joint.  On Wednesday I was happy to run into my orthopedic Doctor who I had seen previously when I had Peroneal Tendonitis.  He is a runner to so I always trust his guidance in the office as well as outside.  Upon his recommendation I have made an appointment with PT. I am hoping to get some good advice on how to rehab my back as well as exercises and a plan to get me back to running as soon as possible.

Last week I also enjoyed a 90 minute massage. The massage therapist focused mainly on my lower back and hip areas as well as my quads an hamstrings.  The massage was very helpful in relieving some of the tightness in my back after suffering terrible back spasms while I was in Pennsylvania. The massage was fantastic and I also loved the heated massage table (perhaps one of the best inventions). I may have to schedule another massage soon!

It’s time for a swim. Low impact injury recovery strategy.

Until I am ready to run again I am hoping to reacquaint myself with the pool. I am hoping that my back will not be bothered by the kicking motion.  If it is my coach suggested using a pull buoy.  I guess for now I will be taking it one day at a time.

On the upside I have been having some wonderful family time jam packed full of all that the holiday season brings. Now we are waiting to see if we will get an enormous snowfall when “Winter Storm Damon,” the latest Nor’Easter sweeps through Northern New Hamsphire. Bring on the snow for sledding, snowmen, snow angels, and hopefully for me some cross country skiing!

What is the worst injury you’ve ever have. What was your strategy for recovery?

Be well friends! Wishing you an injury free holiday season.

Be well friends! Wishing you an injury free holiday season.

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Press pause . . . injured runner with SI Joint Dysfunction

Injury Update: SI Joint Dysfunction

Injured Runner Report SI Joint Dysfunction

Injured Runner Report SI Joint Dysfunction

If you read my previous Turkey Trot race recap you know that I am now nursing an injury. What type of injury? Good question, I am not a doctor so I don’t have an exact diagnosis but the guess is SI Joint (Sacroiliac Joint) dysfunction. Hopefully this is an injury that will be short lived if I am a smart runner and don’t get greedy too early and head out for some miles before my body is ready.

What is SI Joint Dysfunction?

Image from the Back Pain Advisor

Image from the Back Pain Advisor

If you are a runner you may be familiar with SI Joint Dysfunction. SI Joint Dysfunction is a common ailment for runners.  According to Medicinenet.com, “SI joints connect the spine to the pelvis. The sacrum and the iliac bones (ileum) are held together by a collection of strong ligaments. There is relatively little motion at the SI joints.” Prior to my back going completely out of whack landing me in the Urgent Care Center near my parents house I had been having mild discomfort in this area of my body. During and after runs I had been experiencing tightness in my right IT band and dull pain in the area of my SI joint.

During my visit to see my family I visited the Chiropractor twice to address this issue. While relieving some of the discomfort through adjustment, muscle stimulation,  and ultrasound my body being accustomed to being out of alignment from running fought against proper positioning. Although I had a blast racing the turkey trot that was enough to push my body into a place of total discomfort and racing was probably not the best plan. Lesson learned!!!!

Runners can be prone to this type of discomfort and injury because running is often done on uneven footing and uneven road surfaces put constant pressure on the SI Joint and surrounding ligaments. Like many runners too I often neglect proper stretching and have additional strain on this area do to tight hamstrings, hip flexors . . . (you get the point . . . I am not very flexible at all!). This injury is also probably due to overtraining without adequate stretching or strengthening of the proper areas.

Now what?  How to work through SI Joint Dysfunction.

*Disclaimer: I am not a medical professional, I have been seen by a Doctor but am not currently under the care of a physician. If you are experiencing similar problems please consult with your doctor.

I have been scouring the web, talking to my Chiropractor, and my coach to figure out my best plan of action for dealing with this problem. So far, here is my road to recovery plan.

  • Rest. No running at least for a little while longer
  • Establish a strengthening plan with my coach
  • Slowly return to exercise. Begin with low impact swimming with a pull buoy
  • Continue taking anti-inflammatory medication as directed
  • Get a massage (can’t wait for this!!!)
  • Foam Roll my It band, hamstrings,etc.
  • Alternate Ice and heat
  • Visit the chiropractor again
  • Should this problem persist I am going to schedule a visit with the Orthopedic Specialist at the Alpine Clinic for further evaluation.

I have learned my lesson from a previous injury so am going to be a smart runner this time and address the problem directly and not avoid it.  Thankfully I have plenty to keep me busy right now and I have been able to put all of my excess energy from no running to good with major house cleaning projects and holiday planning and playing with my kids.

Have you ever dealt with SI Joint Dysfunction? What was your plan for recovery?

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Seven Summits Therapy and Fitness Turkey Trot and an injury

Running and Turkey Trotting in Pennsylvania

This year our family headed south for Thanksgiving . I did manage to squeeze in a little bit of running while we were on the Main Line.  In between visits to the Please Touch Museum, the Penn Museum and fun with family I snuck out for a run on the Radnor Trail. The Radnor Trail was formerly part of the The Philadelphia and Western Railroad and now makes a great running trail. It was the perfect day for a run. The temperature was almost 70 degrees. I did a nice 5 mile run with 1 minute pick-ups in preparation for my Turkey Trot 5K.  It felt good to work hard and to sweat a lot. The trail was packed with people walking their dogs, runners, and kids on bicycles. I soaked up the gift of warm sunshine and sweat in anticipation of no more warm days once New Hampshire winter gets into full swing!

70 Degrees in November? It's definitely the right weather for Skirt Sports!

70 Degrees in November? It’s definitely the right weather for Skirt Sports!

The day after my run I went to visit my Mom’s chiropractor to get some kinks worked out. I have been running so hard this fall that my body has been feeling out of balance. I have been having an issue with my SI joint (Sacroiliac joint) which has been causing my back to lock up on occasion.  I had two appointments with my chiropractor which included some adjustments, some ultrasound, and muscle stim. After leaving my second appointment I was feeling pretty good, much looser and more balanced. When I woke up on the morning of the turkey trot I was stiff and a bit sore but attributed it to my chiropractic visits.

Look! Organic Runner Dad joined me for the Turkey Trot!

Look! Organic Runner Dad joined me for the Turkey Trot!

Organic Runner Dad had decided to join me for the Turkey Trot so we loaded ourselves into the car for some 5K fun.  This was his first 5K in a long time and he was determined to beat me! We had had some fun heckling and teasing the night before and telling Organic Runner Dad that it was ok if he didn’t beat me. We got to the start of of the Seven Summits Therapy and Fitness Turkey Trot and picked up our race numbers. It was 32 degrees and there was snow on the ground, a stark contrast to the unseasonably warm weather a few days before.  After we picked up our numbers we headed out for a warm up which loosened up my hips and I was feeling pretty good!

Time to Turkey Trot!

The starting line was festive with about 550 runners at the starting line. The race was well organized with race bibs with timing chips, a nice race t-shirt, music at the starting line and plenty of post-race food. Finally the race started and we were off. Organic Runner Dad immediately moved ahead of me, just out of reach. I worked hard to settle into a comfortable but quick pace. I always find that the first mile in a 5K is always so tough because you get that crazy adrenaline rush as you move off the starting line. Sprint-distance races are definitely not my strong suit.  I am never quite sure how to pace a 5K.

The race course primarily followed a bike path and then had a brief section on black top with a turnaround. Once I finally settled into a rhythm it felt good to push the pace and I kept reminding myself that it was only a 5K.  As we closed in on the finish line I spied Organic Runner Dad just ahead of me and worked to drop my splits through the finish line. I felt strong crossing the line, although I still felt like I had gas in the tank and I wasn’t able to catch Organic Runner Dad. Despite all of that I am pleased with my finish time of 22:44. Organic Runner Dad finished in 22:22 so I wasn’t that far behind! My finish time was good enough for 2nd in my age group out of 32! Not too bad considering I haven’t run a 5K in awhile. This will give me a good baseline to work from. Overall I had a blast racing the Turkey Trot especially because Organic Runner Dad came out and raced with me!

My Finish Time at the Seven Summits Turkey Trot

My Finish Time at the Seven Summits Turkey Trot

After the race we cooled down and then headed home to get ready for some delicious Thanksgiving turkey and everything that goes with it. Unfortunately as the day wore on my SI joint started to have issues again with tightness settling in right in my lower back.  The next day would bring trouble for me and my back and landed me in the Urgent Care Clinic that night. Now I am injured and have to figure out how to rehab so I can get back to running again.  Stay tuned for more details about what is going on with my back . . .

Holiday Gift Guides

Holiday Gift Guides

Until then be sure not to miss Organic Runner Mom’s Holiday Gift Guides Part One and Part two for amazing gift ideas and some fun giveaways to brighten up your holiday!

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Organic Runner Mom’s Holiday Gift Guide 2014 Part II

Holiday Gift Guide 2014

Organic Runner Mom's Holiday Gift Guide Part II

Organic Runner Mom’s Holiday Gift Guide Part II

Welcome to the second installment of this years holiday gift guide.  Here are some more selections of my favorite things that would make the runner, triathlete, fitness nut or adventurer happy this holiday season. Don’t forget to check out part one of my Holiday Gift Guide.

Organic Runner Mom's Holiday Gift Guide Part 2

Organic Runner Mom’s Holiday Gift Guide Part 2

Holiday Gift Guide Picks for any endurance sports nut or fitness enthusiast!

*Disclaimer: These items were shipped to me by review by HumanX Gear, Janji, Clever Training and Dude Girl for review. All opinions expressed are my own.

1.  Dude Girl

Founder of Dude Girl, Kim McElhinney, was inspired to start her company by the spirit of her Grandmother, Dorothy Dodge McElhinney. Dorothy Dodge McElhinney had a ” love for horses, and her raw talent for taming and riding them, earned her a job wrangling and breaking saddle horses, and soon she had twenty of her own” (SOURCE). Kim spent much of her childhood on her Grandmother’s ranch and was inspired by her Grandmother’s journey on horseback to be with her husband in California. Her Grandmother, ” lead a good ol’ fashioned pack trip all the way over the Continental Divide to The Pinto Ranch that she had recently purchased in Southern California. One of the four cowgirls on the trip, and one of Grandma’s closest friends, Doreen Foote, wrote the story of their two-month journey in a book called Dude Girl.”

Dude Girl has several different styles of soft, slim fitting t-shirts to wear after your run or ride or when you are out with the girls.  These t-shirts have a vintage feel with distressed edging.  I love the colors and the different designs.  The three styles are “Giddy-Up, Bike Love, and Chickatee.” Obviously my favorite is the “Chickatee” which has little yellow chicken footprints across the back of the tee.

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2. Clever Training I am a Clever Training Ambassador and first found out about Clever Training last year at the Boston Marathon. Clever training generously sent me a great TYR swim suit for training. It is perfect for all of the pool swimming I will be doing this winter to get in shape for my Triathlon season this summer. Clever Training is a specialty retailer of athletic gear featuring everything from running shoes to GPS watches, to swim caps.  If you are looking for something for the athletic nut in your household this holiday season this is the perfect place to look. Clever Training has also provided a Garmin Forerunner 10 GPS Watch for me to Giveaway. This would be the perfect surprise stocking stuffer!

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3. HUMANX Gear

If you are looking to do some conditioning over the winter HumanX Gear has two great options for jump ropes that would be the perfect addition to your fitness gear collection. The first is the Jump & Stretch Rope. You can use this rope to train for agility, for stretching, and for jumping.  The second is the Beaded X2 Speed Rope which will help with agility and speed when jumping. You can add or remove beads as needed to change the weight.

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4. JANJI

Run For Another. Janji was started by Co-founders Mike and Dave, two collegiate runners who saw the need to give back to, “fund solutions and raise awareness for the global water crisis” (SOURCE).

I was sent the Women’s Giraffe Long-Sleeve Kenya Shirt to try out. This shirt is a blend of polyester and cotton and wicks-moisture away. This shirt is so soft and comfy it is perfect for wearing on a run or as a warm-up t-shirt.  The sale of this t-shirt gives clean water to one person in Kenya for one year. Proceeds support, “Water.org, an organization that has pioneered innovative, community-driven, market-based solutions that help people gain access to safe water and sanitation.”   I was also sent a women’s runing headband which provides one person in Tanzania with 6 months of clean water. Janji has many different styles of t-shirts, running tights and shorts for both men and women with proceeds from each sale going to help water.org.  Now you can enter to win a $25.00 Gift Certificate by Janji so you can “Run for Another!”

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Thanks for checking out my second installment of Organic Runner Mom’s Holiday Gift Guide. Don’t miss part one and my first round of giveaways including Hoka One One Conquests,

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prAna Early Winter Collection is Here and a discount too!

prAna. Clothing for people who live life fully, play long, and travel well.

Organic Runner Mom's Review of the prAna #earlywintercollection

Organic Runner Mom’s Review of the prAna #earlywintercollection

*Disclaimer: I was provided with this outfit from prAna and Fit Approach through my role as a Sweat Pink Ambassador.  This review and opinions are 100% my own.

I was invited by Fit Approach to share pieces of the Early Winter Collection with you. Since my workout clothes are overflowing  my closet and I actually wear “REAL” clothes sometimes (no really?!?!). I decided to try some pieces from the prAna Early Winter Lifestyle collection. I chose the Kirsten Tunic Sweater in Gravel and the Kara Jean in Herringbone for some comfy styles to throw on after a long run to keep me cozy and stylish.

prAna

prAna

prAna. The company and their mission.

Prana was started 22 years ago in 1992, by Beaver Theodosakis and his wife Pam in their garage in Carlsbad, California.  Their company has grown in size but has worked hard to maintain a small footprint. Their mission is to have a small impact on the environment. They also helped pioneer Fair Trade Certified Apparel. Prana is breath, life, vitality of the spirit and is woven into the fabric of their designs.

prAna. Renewable materials.

prAna. Renewable materials.

prAna Winter Collections

The Kirsten Tunic Sweater in Gravel

The Kirsten Tunic Sweater. prAna #earlywintercollection

The Kirsten Tunic Sweater. prAna #earlywintercollection

This sweater is so cozy, a blend of wool and acrylic with a hood.  There are toggles at the neck and the sweater is a gorgeous ombre stripe. I love this sweater because I can wear it with leggings or legging jeans. It is perfect to pull on over my running tights too. The prAna Kirsten Tunic sweater is also great in place of  a jacket on a milder day.  This will definitely become one of my favorite pieces to wear this winter in New Hampshire as the mercury begins to drop.

The Kara Jean in Herringbone

The Kara Jean. prAna #earlywintercollection

The Kara Jean. prAna #earlywintercollection

I have to tell you that this is one of my most favorite pairs of pants that I have ever owned. I am tall (5’9″) with a very long inseam so buying pants is often very difficult for me. I often end up with pants that are at that awkward, “I can see your ankles length.”  These skinny jeans can be worn long or can be cuffed for a more casual look. The Kara Jean is the perfect length and are made of soft stretch denim which can be worn when going on a hiking adventure and then out for a nice evening with your friends.  I love the herringbone print (because if you know me you know I love prints and patterns).  The Kara Jean also comes in several other colors which I am sure may soon be filling my closet!

A Special Discount Code for your HOLIDAY Shopping!

Now that I’ve shared my favorite new prAna items for the Early Winter Collection it is time for you to add some of yours to your holiday wishlist! From now until November 30th I have a special code from prAna for 15% off of your entire order (one-time purchase).  All you need to do is to head over to the prAna website HERE and enter my SPECIAL Discount CODE: pspf14orm 

PRANA Winter Collection

PRANA Winter Collection

Happy adventuring. Get out there and “live life fully, play long, and travel well.” (prAna)

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Organic Runner Mom’s Holiday Gift Guide 2014

Organic Runner Mom’s Holiday Gift Guide–Part 1

Organic Runner Mom's Holiday Gift GuideIt’s that time of year again and time to spread the holiday joy and cheer! Organic Runner Mom’s Annual Holiday Gift Guide kicks off with some of my favorite running gear and running apparel picks to keep you toasty, active, and happy through the winter months as you log your miles training for your big goal races. This year I am excited to share some of my favorite brands with you along with some amazing giveaways too!

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Organic Runner Mom's Holiday Gift Guide Part 1

Organic Runner Mom’s Holiday Gift Guide Part 1

1.  HOKA One One Kailua Trail Shoe

Retail Price: $130.00

Earlier this fall I finally decided to try Hoka One One Running Shoes to see what the buzz was all about.  The endurance running community has embraced Hoka One One running shoes.  Hoka One One’s have “performance midsole geometries that feature higher volume, softer density, and greater rebounding foam than standard running shoes. (SOURCE).” I first spied Hoka One One shoes when I was pacing one of my best running friends to the finish of her first 100 miler and was curious about this new running shoe that was the talk of the ultrarunning race circuit.

I was generously sent a pair of Hoka One One Kailua Trail Shoes for review by the Backbone Media PR agency for my review.  I was sent a size eight in grey/light blue/white. I typically wear a size nine in running shoes but have found that a size smaller in Hokas is perfect and improves overall stability for me since I have a ridiculously narrow foot. Going a size smaller still allowed for plenty of room in the toe box.  The Kailua Trail Shoe is lightweight and provides a thicker midsole with more cushioning than your traditional trail shoe. All Hoka One Ones come with a fantastic Ortholite insole. The extra cushioning and support in the Kailua comes from the signature meta rocker which according to their website, “Supports a runners form, and encourages a continuous Positive Gait Speed roll from heel-strike to toe-off.”  Now that is definitely something I could use on the trails.

The feel of the Hoka One One Kailua Trail Shoe is definitely different at first as these shoes are on the opposite end of the spectrum from minimalist shoes.  However this is one of the more minimal shoes in the Hoka One One Line so it is a great shoe to start with if you are new to Hokas.  I have started running in the Kailuas on shorter trail runs to ease my way into the feeling of them. This shoe comes with speed laces and regular laces. So far I love the speed laces and they allow me to really crank the shoes tight on my narrow foot but it is nice to have other lace options.  These shoes also have great tread on the soles which offers substantial traction when running on wet slippery trails.

So far my experience with Hoka One Ones has been great! This would be a great gift for your favorite runner.  You can also enter to win your very own pair of Hoka One One Conquests (a road shoe) to see what the buzz is all about.  Please enter this cool holiday giveaway and share it with your best running friend!

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2.  Armpocket Xtreme i-30 and Armpocket Racer

Retail Prices: $39.95 and $24.95

Armpocket offers armbands for all of your adventuring needs so that you can easily bring along your phone and other important essential such as a key, credit cards, your ID, cash, or emergency energy gels.  The Armpocket has many features that make it a standout over other products.  Armpockets are:

  • water resistantsweat-proof
  • machine washable
  • Eco-friendly–Made from PET recycled fibers
  • have a touch control window to allow you to easily control your smartphone
  • have an adjustable strap and when you order yours you can choose what size strap
  • come in an array of fun colors
  • lightweight
  • made to fit a variety of phone styles and sizes

 I would highly recommend this product for it ease of use in carrying your phone for any number of crazy adventures; trail running, mountain biking, cross-country skiing . . . to name a few.  I love how easily adjustable the strap is. It fits my skinny arms and I love the comfort of the Armpocket. I also love the variety of styles that are available.  This is a great gift for the music loving athlete in your family. You can also enter to win an Armpocket Extreme i-30 by entering my giveaway.  Don’t forget to share the holiday cheer!

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3.  Ensō Muscle Roller from EvoFit

Retail Price: $69.00

This is absolutely one of my favorite active recovery tools that every athlete should have in their “toolkit.” I first learned about the  Ensō Muscle Roller last year and since then it is my go to roller for sore muscles after a long run or long training ride. I used my ensō roller regularly when I was training for the Boston Marathon last year. The ensō roller is like magic! According to the EvoFitForLife Website the, “ensō roller provides you with both deep-tissue and low-impact massage in order to meet your fitness needs. Unlike any other product, with ensō you can configure the disc layout to attack trigger points and to effectively engage in Self Myofacial Release (SMFR).”  YES! That is what I am talking about!  I love the ensō because:

  • it is easily customizable because you can move the signature discs to a configuration that suits your needs.
  • it can be purchased in a smaller travel size.
  • the ensō works into those harder to release areas.
  • this roller will make your foam rollers seem wimpy!

 This is a definite must have on any athletes holiday wishlist! You can also enter to win one here! Please share the holiday joy!

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4. Skirt Sports Charmer Long Sleeve

Retail Price: $68.00

It wouldn’t be an Organic Runner Mom holiday gift guide without one of my most loved Skirt Sports items (FYI I am now an Ambassador! Woohoo!). Skirt Sports has come out with some really awesome new products in their apparel line this year.  They have expanded their selection of tops and of course continue to carry their signature colorful prints which I absolutely adore. This includes the Charmer Long Sleeve which comes in either Shadow Heather or Fearless Purple/Snake Charmer Print.  I chose the Snake Charmer print to share because I love brightening up those long winter days with bright colorful patterns. This running shirt has a v-neck and the purple fabric is a mesh which helps with breathability. I love that this running top also includes thumbholes because you can still keep your hands cozy even if you need to ditch your mittens.  This shirt is bold, comfortable and warm and will be perfect as you train fearlessly for all of your big goals in the New Year! Please check out the Charmer Long Sleeve Skirt Sports Top and enter to win one too!

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Stayed tuned for PART 2 of Organic Runner Mom’s Holiday Gift Guide and more awesome holiday giveaways coming later this week!

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Happy Hug a Runner Day! November 20th

It’s Time to G.O.H.A.R.D. It’s Globally Organized Hug a Runner Day!

HUG a RUNNER Day!

HUG a RUNNER Day!

Today is Hug a Runner Day! It’s time to celebrate you and all of your running friends as well as your loved ones who support your running! Make sure that you hug them all (I will be sure not to miss a single one as I am a hugger anyways!). Hug a Runner is organized by Run the Edge which offers running tips  and more from Tim Catalano and Adam Goucher (Kara Goucher’s husband!). This year in celebration of runners everywhere, Run the Edge has created an awesome Hug a Runner Virtual Race either a 5K, 10K or a half marathon.

Hug  a Runner Day Virtual Race

Hug a Runner Day Virtual Race

All of the proceeds from the Hug a Runner Virtual Race go to their Charity Partner Girls on the Run. I knew immediately that I wanted to join the virtual race because when I first found my passion for running I was actually a Girls on the Run Coach. I know how important and positive sports have been for me in my life.  Working with the girls in Girls on the Run was a way to give them a positive peer group to run, have fun with and  to feel empowerment. Girls on the Run gives girls in 3rd-8th grade a place to learn a lifelong sport while building healthy friendships and self-confidence.

Girls On The Run

Girls On The Run

I have chosen to run the 10K distance for my “virtual race” and am hoping to do it with one of my running friends so that we can celebrate our run together and share a nice sweaty hug at the end! I hope you will join me in running this virtual race! All you have to do is sign up HERE!

And now to get you excited about Hug a Runner Day, a little video from Run the Edge . . .

Happy Hug a Runner Day  and don’t forget to check out my current giveaway for Pierre’s Spicy Nut Butter!

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LINK LOVE:

5 Reasons to HUG a Runner from Janice at Fitness Cheerleader

HUG a Runner Day (my post from last year)

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