My 2014 #HolidayRunList + ProCompression Discount

I can’t believe it’s already time to start making those Christmas lists, but here it is! As a runner and CrossFit fanatic, my family knows you can never go wrong with getting me workout gear for my birthday or Christmas. And even though I’m currently 28 weeks pregnant, that doesn’t mean I don’t still want workout gear, right??

As part of my Sweat Pink Ambassadorship, I was asked to put together my Holiday Run List with ProCompression and my favorites for 2014.

1.) BOB Jogging Stroller
Baby A&W is going to be on the go as soon as she/he arrives. I walk the dogs everyday, and I don’t really see that stopping with our new arrival. Plus I’ll be getting back in half marathon training once I’m able to to prepare for whatever race I sign up as my comeback race!

This stroller would be great for walks on the sidewalk or in the park and my short training runs.

This stroller would be great for walks on the sidewalk or in the park and my short training runs.

2.) UnderArmor No-Show Running Socks
I’m hard on my running socks, but after buying one 6-pack of these socks from the UnderArmor Outlet a couple of months ago, I’m in love with these. You can’t have too many running socks, I say!

3.) Nike Epic Running Capris
I love running in capris (unless it’s frigid, then you’ll see me in long winter pants), and the few that I’ve been comfortable wearing all the time are Nike running capris. They stay in place and feel like second skin. And now they’re coming in fun colors, rather than just black!

4.) New Running Shows
Who couldn’t use a new pair of running shoes?? Even if you just got a new pair, you still need a second (or third) pair to trade back and forth, right? Right now I’m loving my Mizuno Wave Rider 18s and my Saucony Ride 6s. If you’re not sure what you would wear, ask for a gift card to your local running store so you can pick out the pair that’s right for you!

New running shoes--because you can never have too many workout shoes, right??

New running shoes–because you can never have too many workout shoes, right??

5.) ProCompression Calf Sleeves
I was sent a pair of ProCompression Calf Sleeves as part of my Sweat Pink Ambassadorship and I was excited to try them! And now, I’m excited to add them to my list! I had already recommended the calf sleeves to my sister, who has been battling shin splints since she started running, but I had only worn ProCompression’s Marathon Socks. While these felt tighter than the Marathon Socks (thus making it much harder to put on), they stayed in place for my runs and felt great.

And here’s the best part–now you can try them! From now until Dec. 15, you can take 40% off at checkout when you purchase ProCompression Marathon Socks or Calf Sleeves! Use discount code “PINK2” at checkout. You could rock the purple sleeves (like my sister), or the conservative black (like me).

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If you put all these items together, you’d be unstoppable in 2015!

Remember: Use discount code “PINK2through Dec. 15 to get 40% off ProCompression Marathon Socks or Calf Sleeves–great gifts for the runner(s) in your life and yourself!

Your turn: What is one thing that’s on your Christmas list?

**Disclaimer: I received this product free of charge as part of my Sweat Pink Ambassadorship and was not compensated for my time. All thoughts and opinions are my own. 

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Running: Good for What Ails You

After my rough Tuesday, I decided I needed a mental break from what’s been the norm lately.

I decided that I needed a day off from CrossFit because I was starting to get competitive with the other girls in my box, wanting to lift the high weights and finish the same amount of rounds as they do (even though they’ve been doing CF longer than me). That isn’t the right mindset to have in CrossFit. You’re supposed to compete with yourself–push yourself to new limits, but don’t hurt yourself.

I haven’t gone for a run in a while because I wanted to rest my knee from that pounding and hope my plantar fasciitis is on the road to healing. Quite frankly, I hadn’t really missed running…up until Tuesday night.

So Wednesday morning I laced up my new Saucony shoes (that were purchased almost a month ago and still in their box), grabbed my running belt, and hit the road. My goal was to just run. I’ve been running/walking the mile to and mile back from Man O’War CrossFit daily, but I hoped to go further than just a mile.

No music. No running partners. Just the sound of my feet hitting the blacktop and my breathing as I struggled against the thick, humid air.

Aren't my new Saucony Rides badass looking? Finally, running shoes for my "special feet" that look cool! Thanks, Saucony!

Aren’t my new Saucony Rides badass looking? Finally, running shoes for my “special feet” that look cool! Thanks, Saucony! (PS Man, my legs look tan in this photo! w00t!)

It wasn’t a fast run, and I did walk a couple of times, but it was a run. And it was what I needed mentally and physically.

3.60 miles in 34:19 of free, pure therapy, without the prescription.

And you know what? My head was clearer. I had a game plan for the rest of the day, and I felt confident I’d follow through this time. I went to Panera later that morning and spent three hours there busting out interview transcriptions, re-wrote my article I lost on Tuesday, and wrote a second article.

I came home feeling so much better about myself and reigniting my confidence in my writing. I just hope it’s something that’ll continue.

Oh, and guess what. After spending an extra long time stretching, and then rolling a frozen water bottle under my right foot, I’m happy to report my knee feels great and my heel is no worse for wear! Though I’m still going to take it easy getting back into running.

Your turn: What do you do to clear your mind? What reinvigorates you mentally and physically?