Things I’m Loving Lately VIII

January 6, 2016

I had every intention of writing a post titled “My Favorite Winter Running Gear,” but as I started composing the post, I felt like I had written a very similar post in the past. So I search my previous posts, and lo-and-behold, almost exactly one year ago I wrote a post called Favorite Winter Running Gear. I figure there’s no reason to write another post that would basically reiterate what I’ve already said.

Although, I would add a couple of items I’ve purchased over the past year that I really do appreciate having for my winter runs.

I love this Lululemon Run and Done Toque. I was first drawn to the fun pattern, but I also really liked how much reflectivity there was on it (all of the circles are reflective). I am always running in the dark, so I try to wear as much reflective gear as possible. It is made from a great lightweight, breathable fabric to wick the sweat and keep me warm and dry.

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I purchased a pair of Craft tights to keep my legs warm because my thin Nike tights just don’t cut it. These Craft tights (similar–I couldn’t find the exact pair I have.) have a fleece lining plus a wind proofing piece of fabric on the outside that covers my thighs and knees.

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When the temperatures dip into the teens and below, I have to wear three layers on my core, which gets to be kind of bulky. I ended up purchasing this Lululemon Down for a Run Pullover. I love it. It was honestly worth every penny. I wear it every time it is below 20*F, which has ended up being many times already this winter.

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The other piece of clothing I cannot live without during our winters here in Alaska are my IceBugs. They are shoes with built-in carbite studs, and they DO NOT slip on the ice. I was able to run 16 miles on Sunday in them with no slips or falls. The roads were literally an ice skating rink, but thanks to the IceBugs I could run at my normal pace. I can’t believe it took me 8 years to get a pair.

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Sorel Out N About Boots

These Sorel boots just came in the mail the other day, and I was really excited when they showed up on my doorstep. I had been eyeing them for a while and had to wait until after Christmas when they came back in stock in my size and this brown color. I wanted a pair of boots I could easily slip on and off for running errands. I have a pair of Sorel Caribou boots, but they are pretty clunky and much warmer than I need for going from the car to the store.

 

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SFH Protein Powder

I posted about this protein powder on Instagram a couple weeks ago. I have tried many, many protein powders before, but nothing comes close to SFH’s protein powder. I don’t need to cover up the flavor of this protein powder in a smoothie. I can simply add it to almond milk, and it tastes great! And I love that there are only 4 ingredients in it.

Roolee Boutique

I recently discovered Roolee Boutique and am completely smitten. Great styles + affordable prices is exactly up my alley. I have purchased this hat and skinny jeans and received these boots and sweater for Christmas.

Believe Training Journal

I first heard about these training journals last year. I didn’t really understand what the craze was all about, but I put one of these Believe Training Journals on my Christmas wish list this year, and Craig was kind enough to get me one.

I’ve used several different training logs in the past, but this one is nice because it is geared towards women athletes. It has a great layout with areas to set goals and motivational quotes throughout.

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Dinner Favorite

I made this Roasted Sweet Potato, Quinoa and Fried Egg Bowl for Craig and I a couple nights ago, and it was awesome. Sometimes it is hard to find healthy recipes Craig likes, but he gobbled this up in no time and requested seconds.

Flannel Sheets

Okay, people, I didn’t know I was missing out that much on flannel sheets! This is the first time I’ve slept on flannel sheets, and I feel like I’ve been living under a rock not knowing what I was missing out on. I purchased these deer print sheets from Target. I love that I almost never have to wear socks to bed now. (I strongly dislike wearing socks to bed, but if my feet are cold, I can’t fall asleep.) I’m pretty excited to crawl under these sheets each night.

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Questions

What is something you are loving lately?

What cold weather item for running do you swear by?

Flannel sheets–yeah or nay?

9 Comments
    1. Flannel sheets sound nice, they would never work when my husband was home, he is hot most nights anyway. My friend in Montana uses fleece sheets, I can only imagine how soft and snuggly warm those are! Because my husband is always hot and I am cold (but I can’t snuggle with him for long because he starts sweating) I found this heated fleece throw at Costco http://www.costco.com/Sunbeam®-Velvet-Plush-Heated-Throw-.product.100013401.html
      and I pre-warm my side of the bed but I shut if off before I fall asleep, although it has a 3 hour shut off timer. It’s perfect for just my side of the bed. Then I got another one for the sofa because I tired of dragging that one up and down stairs!
      I might have to check out the down for a run jacket, I have a Lululemon gift card from this Christmas. I wear all these funny layers that mostly comprise my rejected snowboarding layers.

      1. I start off so cold at night and then become a little heater box (as my husband likes to say), but I am getting almost too hot at night with these flannel sheets. But now Craig loves them so much he doesn’t want me to take them off. Ha!

    1. OH fleece sheets for the win!! I don’t remember where we got ours, they’re a few years old, but they don’t compare to the flannel anymore! The deer are cute though!!

    1. i saw those flannel sheets at target! they’re super cute. i was tempted to get them, but they’d clash with our quilt and we both get too hot most of the time for flannel sheets. they do seem super cozy though!

    1. Ohmigosh, a thousand times yes to the flannel sheets. They’re not very common around here and I’m having a terrible time finding anything to replace my current and falling apart set. I’ll have to check out Target.

      1. Yes, check out Target. They were only a little over $20.

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