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Friday Favorites: Winter Running Accessories

Runner its Cold Outside!  You have the warm tops and bottoms, but do you have winter running accessories?  They will make all the difference and keep you warm and toasty during youe winter runs!  Check out my favorite Winter Running Accessories …

1. lululemon athletica: totally toasty ear warmer- Heat escapes through the head, so if you want to stay warm keep the head and ears toasty. I love breaking this piece out during my super cold run. The fleece against my ears is soft and cuddly. 

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2. Lole: Love 2 Beanie: What’s not to love? When the cold sets in, the new fleece fabric is just the ticket for all your outdoor activities. Perfect to wear it alone or as a second layer! This beanie is quick drying, anti-bacterial, has a hold for the pony-tail (thats right ladies, no awkward bumps), and comes in fun colors. 

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3. Sweaty Betty: Reversible Expedition Neckgaitor: Because sometimes, well most of the time, turtlenecks feel suffocating. This new Expedition Neckgator is fully reversible with rouched side seams and a drawcord on the neck for a secure, customized fit. Crafted in soft, insulating fabric that is sweat-wicking and quick-drying to keep you warm and comfortable during winter workouts.

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4. New Balance: LED Magneto Safety Light: The cold weather also means its gets darker earlier and stays darker longer. But don’t let that stop you from running. These stay put magnets can be worn anywhere and greatly improve visibility and safety- no matter how dark it is! 

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5. lululemon athletica: brisk run gloves: These run gloves were designed as an essential base layer to help warm our chilly hands. Touchscreen-friendly fingertips let us dial a friend so we don’t have to talk to ourselves on the long walk home.

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Happy Friday readers! 

 

Favorite Running Shoes

Friday Favorites: Running Shoes

Shoes!  I love shoes … Not Choos, Running Shoes :)

The right running shoe can make or break your workout, not to mention help you avoid persistent injuries.  Everyone has their own shoe needs, and I highly suggest speaking with your local shoe store before purchasing your running shoes … but to help simplify your search, here are my favorites shoes for each workout! 

And as you can see, I am equal opportunity on the brand side :) 

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Asics Gel Pursue

These are my go to for Daily workouts.  They are Neutral, supportive and just easy to wear.  I have zero complaints about them and especially love the stretchy laces that never come untied!  I tend not to wear them for speed workouts because I grab for a lighter shoe when I want to feel fast, but I am positive that these would also be great for light speedwork.  Screen Shot 2014-11-14 at 9.55.37 AM

New Balance Fresh Foam Zante

These super light weight shoes are my latest love.  I was able to get my hands on the NYC version and I love everything about them.  Running wise, I want to wear them all the time but I am working my way up to that.  For now I love them for short distances, hill work and all things cross training. 

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…looking to dress up your sneakers? My New Balance Zantes are currently accessorized with Shwings!

Mizuno Wave Rider 17:

Speed Work – I feel that they have a super solid base without being too stiff.  They feel light on my feet and yet very sturdy.  I think these are the perfect shoe for me when I am transitioning back into speed work.  I am not as light on my feet as I once was, and a minimal lightweight shoe just isnt enough for me.  These Mizunos are the perfect happy medium.  

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Hoka Cliftons 9:

I use these for long runs at faster paces, and medium length runs – anything 60 Minutes and over.  I am a long time Hoka lover, and feel that they are a life saver for runners who do high mileage.  They are fantastically cushioned, supportive and also very light.  

I have also recommended these to a few runners who struggle with Planter Facitis and they have loved them! 

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Brooks Ghost 7:

These are my go to long run shoe, especially when I know that I will be taking a slower pace.  They are the heaviest of the bunch, but also are the most supportive.  

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PS…do your feetsies needing a little more cushion for the pushin? Mine are. I’ve added Dr. Scholls Active Series for Women. 

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Mamalete Monday: Cecilia of MommiesRun

Happy Mamalete Monday all! Meet Cecilia of MommiesRun

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1. In one of your latest posts, you blogged about running the Tennessee Ragner Race. What was your favorite part of the race. Will you ever be down for doing another relay?

It was an experience. It was so much fun. I was in a van with two of my best friends, one of their husbands, and then 2 other women in our run group who i had never met. It was instant bond. Such a beautiful experience. I was the first runner, and our van got lost, but I had no idea. They finally caught up to me at mile 6 (my leg was 8 miles), but it was so much fun. I can’t wait to do it again. The second leg was up a mountain- and it sucks- just watching my friend watch up this mountain I just thought, “Wow, you are amazing”. 

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2. What’s your ideal run? Are the twins or any of your dogs with you?!

My girls just started getting interested in it. We went the other weekend for a one mile run and they loved it. Honestly, I love my running partners. I love getting out there with them. They are both moms so we can talk about being moms, our weeks, and kids. Getting out there with them, not worrying about them or pace, is absolutely ideal for me. 

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3. In one of your recent posts, you mention the juggling act. What advice do you have to other mom “jugglers”?

Admit to yourself you can’t do it all. Especially these days, there’s so much pressure to be a super mom. And sometimes you can’t fit it all in and something has to give. So don’t put the pressure on yourself! I am so lucky to have a supportive husband- he stayed home with our girls until kindergarden. My parents and in-laws are helpful too. Its just a matter of prioritizing whats most important in your day. And sometimes we have to make tough decisions. 

4. Music when you run? Favorite running 3 jams?!

So, I am kind of at this weird point- when I run alone, I normally would. But I have gotten so used to long to my long runs with friends where I don’t listen to music.  I didn’t have it for Ragnar. Yesterday I went for a long run and honestly had to turn my music off. It was a distracting me! It used to be a time for me to plug-in and disconnect. But now, I’m realizing its nice to listen to everything around you. 

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5. How has maintaining a healthy lifestyle impacted you as a mom? 

Yes. It has made me more aware of things I need to provide for my own family. We need to get better about eating. It helps me instill in the girls that exercising is important for our well being. When I am running on our treadmill and they come in and see me they often start to exercise too. Like last night, when I came home from work, they were doing yoga on their iPad. They’re seriously better at yoga than me! Gotta love technology these days. 

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Ps. i Have to know- what kind of dogs do you have?

1. Golden Retriever- she’s the baby. She’s basically like our kid.

2. Jack Russel Terrier- 13

3. Border Collie-10

I just love following Cecilia on instagram and watching her Hero’s run streak … she amazes me with the ability to balance life and squeeze in the run.  After interviewing her, I love her even more … that motivation to run day after day has obviously influenced her girls to model her healthy lifestyle, and that what its all about right?! Motivate, influence and have fun while doing it!  Great work #Mamalete :) 

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