Favorite Things …… 2013 Edition

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. 

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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!

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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!

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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!

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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!

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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 **

Favorite Things….2012 Edition

Christmas may not be on your mind but it is on the mind of some, myself included.  I’ve been asked to identify a few of my favorite things as a few ladies I know are starting to pen their Christmas lists. 

My current absolute favorite thing is the new GPS Running Watch for Dummies Garmin Forerunner 10.  At $129, I believe that this is the best bang for your buck on the GPS Running Watch market.  I own the green one.  Aby put a pink one on her Christmas list.  This is a simple device that doesn’t create a mountain of data that you don’t have time to study anyhow out of your run.  What you do get is a constant update of your time, pace and distance.  There is also a virtual pacer, which will tell you that you are constantly behind, ahead or on your desired pace.  

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Aurelia & I’s run last night is below.  We both had tired legs and were talking non-stop but damn we were consistent! 

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  • Smallest, most comfortable GPS watch on the market for women.
  • It fits my arm very well and I can actually wear the watch all day long. 
  • Looks somewhat fashionable in a casual sense.
  • Uploads to the Garmin Connect, shows a map of the run, plus mile splits (but I personally can’t get it to connect to Daily Mile).
  • Device records 7 runs before overwriting, so don’t be lazy about uploading or you’ll lose the data if you care
  • Device records “Run Records” for the fastest mile, 5K, 10K, Half, & Full marathon.
  • Auto pause feature which pauses the time/pace/gps when you need to hit the bathroom/stretch then it automatically starts back up when you get moving again.

Second, you know I love the Wrist Saver (starting at $12.95) from Personal Savers.  They are currently running a Facebook Special for the next 3 days and if you buy a Personal Saver product, you get a free (refill) bottle of pepper spray.  Discount Code:  FB-FREE-PEPPER

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Third, Whooha Gear products.  I love the things I own in addition to their message.  I did a recent post and giveaway HERE.  This purple I Run Burnout Hoodie for $40 is on my Christmas list.  I’m hoping that Santa buys me a large using the 10% off coupon code:  TTFWhooha

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Fourth, another wish list item of mine is this pair of Keen – Laken High Boots that I have been stalking “watching”.  At $190, they are a bit outside my budget and probably Santa’s but hey, this is a WISH list, so I can wish!  Plus, with our cold, windy Chicago winters, I think I actually NEED a pair of these or at least that’s what I’ll be telling Santa.  🙂

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If Santa can’t afford the Keen Laken’s above, then my second choice which isn’t that much cheaper would be these Keen Sunriver High Boots at $130.  These cute purple boots (more color options)  also just so happen to match the purple I Run Burnout Hoodie that’s also on my list. 

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Last but not least, I have several new favorites from Brooks Running.  Aby and I have the Nightlife Essential LS 1/2 Zip for $65.  It’s bright, plus very soft and has a great fit.  There are other color options if you’re not into pink.  I wore it for the Hot Chocolate race and I think it helped others pick me out of that massive crowd, see the crappy lit photo below.  🙂

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The Brooks Pure Cadence are another favorite at $120.  I have two pair of these (different colors) but I prefer the bright pink color.  These aren’t my training shoes but I love them for short races!  They are cute, flashy and they are comfortable enough to wear all day long if necessary.  Win, Win!

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Since running makes me happy, I’m of course drown to the Brooks Run Happy campaign.  Therefore, I grabbed one of the EZ T LS Run Happy shirts off the women’s sale section for $23.  They have several color options but I picked the orange.

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Always remember when shopping online to first check the sale, clearance or last chance sections before making a final decision.   You can get a lot of great deals in the sale section and save some serious cash!

Good luck making your wish list!  Remember your blessings and do your best to not get swept up in Holiday Fever.  I personally pledge to limit my holiday spending to fit within my budget.  I pledge to cut back on a few expenses now in order to have a cash Christmas so as not to have extra debt hanging over my head at the start of the new year.  I pledge to remember my local charities/food pantries this holiday season and throughout the year. 

I wish each and every one of you a joy filled, healthy and happy holiday season!

**  Happy Holidays ** Amanda – TooTallFritz **