Arm Warmers! Fun Trend!

If you’re like me, you’re pretty picky about your running apparel. You’ve seen it in my reviews, and you’ve probably seen my pictures…my running gear is pretty specific; if something doesn’t fit my routine, I’m pretty unlikely to try it out.

This is problematic in winter and this unusually cool spring weather. Why? You might ask? Well…my preferred running gear is a tank top and running tights. It doesn’t vary a lot from that. I can’t stand short sleeve shirts that pull funny and feel uncomfortable and running in long sleeves is a huge adjustment to me. If I’m distracted by what I’m wearing, the rest of my run suffers. Comfort is key!

However…I hate feeling cold. I’ve written about it before and anyone who has run with me outside can attest to it; I’m a huge cold weather wimp. Blame it on whatever you’d like, if I’m cold, you’ll hear about it (to further this point, my favorite piece of office equipment is my space heater…it sits next to my hands year round!).

This causes an issue, so I was pretty excited when I had the opportunity to review Gone For A Run’s Gazelle Runner Arm Sleeves through their ambassador program.

arm sleeves

They’re fun…pink, and well, they promote one of my favorite things about finishing a run…the fact that a nice glass of wine can follow it!

But, I was still a little apprehensive. I mean,  Sure, they’re cute. They fit my attempt to look like a seasoned runner…but, they had to be functional. Any sliding or uncomfortable pinching and I was ready to be done with them. So, I decided to give them a go on a quick 3 miler.

The verdict? To start, I kept them on the whole run…and have worn them multiple times since! Below, see me smiling after completing a 6 miler in them.

Run Now Wine Later

At no point during any of my runs have they rolled, slid out of place or caused any discomfort. Available in multiple sizes (with arm widths listed on the site), these do exactly what they’re meant to – provide warmth with comfort. Also, easy to wash and available for just 25.99, I believe they’re worth the investment. Even if you’re not sure about it – I know I wasn’t – I’d encourage you to check them out, along with any other Gone for a Run products, today! Come race day – especially during a cool spring morning – I can pretty much guarantee you’ll thank me!

 

As a note – I was given this product for free. However, I don’t advocate a product if I don’t believe in it…you know me better than that! These opinions are my own and were not purchased, or otherwise encouraged!

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De-Stress the Race Packing Process

Here’s the thing. When you travel for races, which I enjoy doing, one of the most stressful aspects of the process is packing properly. Even though I’ve never gone somewhere that essentials would be impossible to pick up or find on the road, there’s a certain comfort to using things you’ve broken in. As a runner, you develop attachments to race-day essentials that keep you performing at your peak.

The problem? Most gym bags are designed to be just what the name implies – simple carriers for gym-day essentials. This is fine, but, they just aren’t meant to handle real travel needs of runners.

I was about to face this dilemma head on for my last away-from-home race, the Rock n’Roll Half Marathon in D.C. Luckily, my new Apera Performance Duffle arrived the day we were about to leave. I couldn’t wait to give it a try.

Here it is, in all it’s glory:

Apera Bag 1

What you can’t tell from the picture, is that this bag is designed with performance in mind. It’s filled with pockets to separate dirty and clean clothes and even came with a wet bag to keep everything even more separate.

One of my biggest (and most pleasant surprises) came when I finished packing – which ended up being for the weekend, not just for the race: SPACE!

Apera Bag 2

That’s right, just using the center compartment, I could have easily packed double what I needed. I don’t think I’ve ever packed for a weekend without needing help squeezing a suitcase lid or duffle bag opening shut to get the zipper to zip. That, my friends is convenience.

One more feature I loved? (I’m limiting it to one because I could keep going for awhile), the side compartments. You’ll see them in this next photo, but, I was able to put a pair of shoes on each side, totally separate from the clothes that I would rather not have smelling like said shoes.

Apera Bag 3

You can learn more about the Performance Duffel here, but I have nothing but positives to share. By creating bags with antimicrobial properties, Apera has upped the playing field as far as athletic travel gear is concerned. I’ve become a believer for sure.

Interested in winning your own Apera Bag? Check out this contest…simply send a photo and description of why your current bag stinks and you’ll be put in the running for a brand new one!

Or, if you’re interested in a 40% discount, go to the site today: www.Aperabags.com. All BLUE bags (including the Performance Duffel I reviewed above) are currently 40% off! It doesn’t get much better than that.

Again, I want to reiterate the stress that this bag has removed from my pre-race packing routine. It has quickly become a necessity that I am grateful to have. If you’re interested in upping your travel routine, start with Apera.

Note: As always, I like to make it clear when I was given a product at no charge for review. This is simply for transparency. As a reader, you know that if I don’t stand behind a product, I don’t review it. This is no different! Enjoy!

Grilled Avocados

Call it an avocado kick. But, lately I’ve been pretty obsessed with them (but you already know this). Packed full of nutrients and healthy fats, they’re a staple of many healthy diets. So, I decided to try something new again.

It’s been gorgeous outside here. After a crazy long, cold winter, we’ve been putting the grill to good use and spending our evenings outside. It’s a glorious thing! So, I decided to combine my newly found love of avocados with the grill. The result was amazing and about as easy as it gets! Seriously…Amazing.

Grilled Avocados

Grilled Avocados

Ingredients:

  • 1 ripe avocado
  • 1 tsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 TB lime juice
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup fresh salsa
  • 1/4 cup shredded monterrey jack cheese

Directions:

  • Peel, pit and halve the avocado.
  • combine the olive oil and lime juice, spread over the surface area of each half.
  • Sprinkle salt all over the surface of each half.
  • Pop each piece on the grill face down for approximately 5 minutes on high. I waited until I saw grill marks.
  • Flip the pieces of avocado, fill each hole with salsa and top with cheese.
  • Close the grill cover and grill for another 5 minutes (approximately).

Enjoy hot off the grill! Suggested serving: could sprinkle tortilla chips over the top for crunch, but not necessary!