What you need this holiday!


I know how much trouble I have coming up with gifts for the males in my life, and if you’re a non-runner, you probably have trouble coming up with gifts for your runner. I am joining Fairytales & Fitness for  Fridays with Fairytales & Fitness, a link up for healthy liftestyle bloggers, to share five things I’ve been loving lately — and I’m sure your runner will love, too.

Fairytales and Fitness

It was a Nor’Easter, y’all, so I was entitled to my Temper Tantrum (buff) on my hat!

Skirt Sports, Of Course
You knew I had to go there; I’m a Skirt Sports Ambassador. Temper Tantrum is on sale until Dec. 9 — up to 50% on some styles you’ll find here! It got me through almost all of my longer races this year. My code 522CRJ should work for an extra 15% off, but if not, it’ll work on non sale items.

Yoga for Runners Flexibility Toolkit
Running Buddy J turned me on to Yoga for Runners HQ. While I liked the first program, I have to admit that getting in a 45 minute yoga routine isn’t easy. Unless you go to a class, of course, and then somehow an hour seems too short.

The Yoga for Runners Flexibility Toolkit (read about it here) seems just right. Each practice is approximately 15 minute and aimed at:

  • Adductors and groin
  • Ankles
  • Calves
  • Chest and shoulders
  • Full body stretch
  • Glutes
  • Hamstrings and lower back
  • Hip flexors and quads
  • Hip mobility
  • IT band
  • Side body stretch
  • Yin Yoga

I suggest signing up for emails so you know the next time they run a sale.

Keeps me warm but allows in a little air, too

Pony Tail Fleece Lined Hat
I wrote about how much I loved this hat I bought at the Cape Cod expo, and I’m still loving it and definitely want to get more. I was sad that they weren’t on sale on Cyber Monday, but it’s a small company and each hat is hand made so I understand. Find your pony tail hat here.

Grid Vibe
I bought my Triggerpoint Grid Foam Roller at the same expo and it’s gotten a lot of use since then. I wish they had had the Vibe Plus available there. I can’t really justify getting another foam roller so soon, but anything that will massage me I’m on board with. You can buy direct from Triggerpoint hereor from Amazon (Affiliate link) here.

AMR Retreat
This is a big ticket item, to be sure. Maybe your runner has been very, very good this year. There are retreats on both coasts. You’ll learn about nutrition, foam rolling, how to psych yourself up, and more.

You’ll run a race, you’ll eat good food, and you’ll meet a lot of other runners and who knows, maybe even find your new BRF (although I didn’t, people have). Despite a Nor’easter, this was still one of the most fun halfs I have run. Find out more about AMR retreats here.

Which of these gifts would you like?

What are you giving the runner in your life this year?

What gifts would you add to my list?

5 Stocking Stuffers for Runners . . .


. . . that won’t break the bank

It’s a Christmas miracle: I’m on theme today for the  Friday Five 2.0  from Fairytales & Fitness and Rachel @ Running on HappyHave you stuffed those stockings yet? If not, I’ve got some stocking stuffers that won’t break the bank for the runners in your life.

Which just might be you.


Conventional holiday wisdom says never give socks as a gift. Most runners I know would be very appreciative of socks — we never seem to have enough of them.Here are a few of my favorites, but you really ought to know what your runner wants:

I happen to prefer socks with a good cushion — so again, know your runner.

Throwaway Gloves
Go to a dollar store nearby? You’re golden — most runners need throwaway gloves. Yes, we actually do throw them away — but fear not, most races gather up those throwaway items and donate them to charity.

You can also buy knee socks — we cut the toes off to make throwaway arm warmers.

Sweatshirts are good, too, since we’re often standing around in the cold for way too long, but we heat up quickly once we’re on the run.

These are not invest in quality items — when you find something decent that’s really cheap, snag it up for your favorite runner.

Gu, Chews, etc.
Find out your runner’s favorite type of fuel for races. Buy them some and stuff it in that stocking. We’re forever running out of our favorite fuel, too.

Does your runner wear headbands? Take note. We love our headbands to keep the hair out of our eyes (even the runners with short hair).

You can find one of my favorite brands (and an actual favorite color) here (Amazon Affiliate link). I have been wearing Sweaty Bands for years — they really don’t slip! And they’re comfortable and cute.

Gift Cards
Everyone says they hate to give gift cards as a gift, but how many people actually hate to get a gift card? I know I love them! It means someone thought of you, but you get to pick what you really want. A few I wouldn’t mind seeing over the holidays:

And if you’re a real last minute shopper, there’s always e-gift cards!

Talk to me. Leave a comment or answer a question:

What small gifts do you always look forward to?

What small gifts do you always give?

What was the last thing you ate (yes, I’m stuck on random like yesterday!)?

Disclaimer: Some of the links in this post are Amazon Affiliate links; I make a small amount of money (thank you) if you buy from those links. I am a Skirtsports Ambassador, so I have a relationship with Skirtsports, but I make no money if you buy something through my link. And some links are just cool stuff I love and use.

5 Gifts for the Traveling Runner


I may be going off theme today for the  Friday Five 2.0  from Fairytales & Fitness and Rachel @ Running on Happy again — but I hope you’ll bear with me and see if any of these gifts seems right for the runner in your life.

Which just might be you.


Heating Coil
I have had a small heating coil for probably decades. The same one. It comes in handy and it doesn’t take up much room in your luggage.

I don’t like hotel coffee makers, as they usually taste of coffee, and you know I hate coffee. Give me a microwave, and I’m good, but some hotels just don’t have them. Many, in fact.

I always pack my heating coil with me when I travel. You just never know.

Mini Crockpot
This mini crockpot is so versatile. It can cook oatmeal overnight. It can reheat leftovers if you don’t have a microwave. Or warm up some baked goods if, again, you don’t have a microwave.

I have traveled with it by car, train, and plane. Yes, I stuck it in my backpack on our recent trip to NYC. And I used it! No microwave, but I still had my warm chocolate oatmeal muffin and breakfast cookies in the mornings.

Insulated Bag
I have been traveling with this insulated bag back and forth to my parents, and it’s made multiple trips on airplanes with me too. You know I love my food and you know I’m picky about it.

I love the organization — being able to keep some food cold (or hot), some food dry away from the cold or hot items, I can stick in water bottles — it’s a very well thought out design.

Flight 001 Packing Cubes
Traveling on racecations can take a lot of organisation, and I find these packing cubes from Flight oo1 make it easy. There are 2 zippered pockets: one for clean clothes, one for laundry.

I have one that I use for my exercise/race clothes, and the other I use for the rest of my clothes. One for unmentionables (although sometimes they just end up in with the regular clothes). One that allows me to organize my various headphones and chargers.

They have made many trips with me and so far none have needed to be replaced. They have a little handle and I have used them as a gear bag for my support crew, aka Mr. Judy.

Travel Tea Mug
I don’t like coffee. And even if I did, few hotel rooms have actual mugs. I got this particular travel mug from Republic of Tea, for free, along with the purchase of tea. I had two: one did eventually break, after many years of travel.

I can make tea directly in this mug using my heating coil. It’s double walled, so it’s never too hot to hold. It can be used with a tea bag or even loose tea, as essentially it’s a small french press.

Talk to me. Leave a comment or answer a question:

What products make traveling to racecations easier for you?

Is there something that you always pack on a trip?

Are you looking forward to a racecation next year? Where?

5 Gifts for the Runner in Your Life


I may be going off theme today for the  Friday Five 2.0  from Fairytales & Fitness and Rachel @ Running on Happy — actually, this was the theme for the Tuesdays on the Run Linkup — but I hope you’ll bear with me and see if any of these gifts seems right for the runner in your life.

Which just might be you.


A simple device that cures a lot of pains

I have been simply amazed at the difference in my life since I’ve been using my ShinTekk (you can read my review here). And I think that every runner could benefit from one. I don’t care if you suffer with shin splints or not, the purpose behind the ShinTekk is to strengthen your lower legs to prevent injuries.

After months of ankle pain, and now no ankle pain (except a brief ache occasionally after a particularly long run or hard race), I am a believer.

Your runner won’t ask for this, but they need it and it’s worth every cent.

My pink worm travels with me on trips and to races

The Original Worm
The worm is also not a running gadget with a whole lot of buzz surrounding it, but it should be. Since reaching out to the Austin based company and reviewing the worm (you can read my review here), my worm has traveled the country with me and accompanied me to local races.

I love its small footprint!

A place to track runs, races, goals, and more

Believe Training Journal
2017 will be my third year using this journal. Maybe it will be the year I actually don’t have gaps! Sometime during the year I get very busy and don’t write down my workouts, and I always regret it later — I use my past journals to look up how I was running at the same time of year, how I did in races the previous year, what I wore for a race or at a certain temperature, what I ate before a race, when I left for a race . . . the list goes on & on!

Garmin Vivoactive
A GPS watcher, fitness tracker, and more

Garmin Vivoactive HR
I love my Vivoactive (you can read my review here), and I still love it after 1 1/2 years. I love its accuracy, its ease in finding a signal, not having to wear a separate fitness tracker, and the fact that I can swim in it.

The only thing I’m unhappy with is the fact that a year later they came out with a heart rate monitor version. There is absolutely nothing wrong with my Vivoactive, but I almost wish there was.

Sitting isn’t always bad for your health

The FitDesk Exercise Bike
Another pricey gift, but if your runner needs more cross training in their lives and wants to stop sitting too much, this might just be the ticket.

We bought mine last New Year’s — it was on sale — and while there was a slight technical issue at first and it took some back and forth to get it fixed (it’s a very small company), I’ve been happily using my Fitdesk all year long (you can read my review here).

Talk to me. Leave a comment or answer a question:

What is the one runner gift you REALLY want this year?

What company do you wish you could be an ambassador for?

What do you give to your runner friends?