A quick post to share a few of my latest finds:
1. Sometimes when I’m bored, I like to browse Etsy- it’s so fun to see how creative and crafty people are, and I like that my purchases support small business owners. I get lots of great ideas and have found many unique, quality products. Most recently I came across a shop called Firedaughter Clothing. The shop owner, Samya (also a mother and marathoner), screenprints cute, catchy phrases onto sporty, sexy, sweat-worthy clothing. Here’s one of my favorites (and no, unfortunately that is not me in the photo, its the lovely owner, Samya):
You can visit Samya’s shop at http://www.etsy.com/shop/FiredaughterClothing
2. I don’t know if my head is too big, too small or what- but in the past headbands have never worked for me. They always pop off my head as soon as I start to run- and even if I’m not running they give me a headache. When I saw a deal on Plum District for Bani Bands , I was hesitant to buy, but after reading all of the good reviews for the product I decided to give them a try- I am so glad I did! I have worn these on several long runs and they don’t budge- not one bit! They have an adjustable elastic band at the back, grippy fabric that stays put and some really fun prints and colors to choose from. I’m not usually a “flashy” dresser, but when I run I like to step out of my comfort zone and wear bright colors- this band in particular goes with so many of my outfits, I’ve only had it a week and have worn it three times:
3. It’s so important to stay hydrated during exercise. Most of the time I drink plain water while I’m running, but if I’m going on a really long run, or if it’s hot outside, I like to drink something with electrolytes ( here is a good article that explains electrolytes, and how much you should be taking in during activity: http://www.active.com/nutrition/Articles/Electrolytes_101.htm. Most sports drinks contain a ton of sugar, or worse yet artificial sweeteners, and are therefore nothing I want to put in my body. During my first half marathon, they were passing out Ultima in addition to water. I had no idea what it was at the time, but I thought it tasted pretty good and it helped to keep me going during the race. When later on I looked it up, I was happy to see that Ultima contains no artificial ingredients or sugar. There are only 10 calories per serving and in addition to electrolytes, it contains vitamins and antioxidants. It is also Gluten free and Vegan friendly. My favorite flavor is Raspberry: I usually purchase Ultima from Vitacost, they have the best prices that I have found- not only on Ultima, but many health and fitness related products. You can also click on the photo above to go directly to the Ultima website.
We will have lots more product recommendations for you in the future, and if you decide to try any of them please let us know what you think!