Every year as the holidays approach, readers start asking for a list of my favorite things. This year I haven’t found a ton of NEW run things that I love but I do have a few favorites.
My favorite lifestyle tees this year are the Whooha Gear, Regret Nothing tee ($24) & the Tough Chik, I Run Because tee ($22), which is actually on my wish list! Both of these are inexpensive items that deliver a message. The bold, neon orange Regret Nothing tee is one of my absolute favorites that I wear constantly (and you can still use the INSPIRE discount code for 10% off). However the “Run Because” tee holds a special spot in my heart. Shannon from Tough Chik sent out a poll asking ladies for the reason as to why they run. All of the quotes in the heart of that tee are from MY friends, YOUR friends, and random Tough Chiks everywhere. We may not all run for the same reason but we will run united as Tough Chiks FOREVER!
My favorite running items this year? The Asics Emma Racerback ($34) & the Athleta Relay Capris. My “Emma” is always dirty. As soon as it comes upstairs from the wash, I pull it for a treadmill run. The butter soft, lightweight fabric makes this baby the BEST shirt I own for a hot, sweaty workout. They have three colors, I only own the Energy Print but would definitely buy more
if I didn’t feel guilty cuz my workout wardrobe is larger than what most people own for “everyday wear”. My go to “bottoms” are always the Athleta Relay Capri pants ($69). You can say what you want about how costly the Athleta items are but these capris stand the test of time. I only add one pair of capri’s to my “collection” every year and well, I’m still wearing the original black ones that I bought 4-5 years ago. I’ve since added navy, cobalt blue, asphalt and the new sandstone inkblot ($74) to my closet. They come in tall and standard sizes, fit perfectly, don’t move when I run and they also have a zip pocket in the back that is large enough for my iPhone. I don’t own any other capri pants cuz these are perfect and stylish. Total win!
Something that’s been on my wish list for a LONG time, is a pair of aviator sunglasses. Why? Cuz all the cool kids wear them and well, lots of fast runners in my area do too. Somehow my brain now equates aviator sunglasses with cool people who run fast. Yeah, let’s just go with it. Since it’s no secret that it’s hard to find a pair of sunglasses to fit this oblong, skinny face, I thought I was out of luck …… until I saw that Smith Pivloc was making a “slim” version of their Serpico style. Enter into my world the Smith Pivloc Serpico Slims ($90-$119). According to Aby, it doesn’t matter what sunglasses I wear, I’ll never be cool, or fun and she is NOT amused. Sorry, Aby. Actually, no, I’m not sorry. I will continue to embarrass you for THE.REST.OF.YOUR.LIFE. Love you, babe!
Last but not least, I have to cover the feet. My feet take me EVERYWHERE and for that reason, I don’t wear cheap shoes (or socks!). When I’m not running, or hanging with the kiddos, then I’m probably downtown in the Windy City for the J.O.B. It gets cold downtown fast. And stays cold forever. I need a boot that is comfortable, stylish and can take me thru the snow & ice then directly into the office. My boot of choice for the 2013-2014 winter season is the Keen Bern Baby Bern Boot ($170). Love these bad boys! They are light and comfy, keep my feet warm but also don’t cause my feet/legs to overheat either, which is super important if your day ends up as long as most of mine. I’ve already worn them several times this season and they are the best boots I’ve owned to date. One day last week I put them on at 5am and wasn’t able to take them off til 7pm. Long day but my feet felt great, no rubbing, no fatigue, just happy feet!
You’re next, what are you loving this year? Tell me, I’d love to try something new!
** These Are A Few Of My Favorite Things ** Amanda – TooTallFritz **
I bought a pair of Under Armour Infrared full length tights a week ago Friday, I have worn them solo on 30 degree days, paired with UA Coldgear on a 12 degree morning in the dark(was almost too warm)! Today when it was 31 with 22mph wind, I have always been comfortable! Love THEM! OH and the compression socks you told me to buy are also fantastic for a lady who runs her long run and then jumps in the car for a 3-5hr drive to sit at a football game for four more hours before driving home 3-5hrs. Makes recovery a lot more enjoyable! (Thank you!!)
Yes, Pro Compression socks are awesome for running & recovery. Everyone can use the discount code BLG13 for 40% off, plus free shipping!
Loooove the boots!
I am a HUGE Athleta fan and swear by their Bare to Run Knicker. If you’re ever interested in a shorter pant, these are freaking awesome. I review a pair over in my blog, but the short version is, I love them. I also have the Relay Capri in two colors, and actually prefer the Knicker. 🙂
Those Atheleta capris sound ideal – may have to check those out!
Love the sunglasses! I am looking for a pair and I think I will get a pair like yours.