I have gotten some great suggestions from other runners on all kinds of stuff, so I am going to share with you a few things that I am really enjoying lately. :) None of these products are things that I was sent or asked to promote and I am not sponsored by any of the companies mentioned (except for Brooks!). These are all things I buy and use just because I like them.
Peanut Butter & Co peanut butters! Peanut butter is my probably my favorite food, and Peanut Butter & Co is the best! Dark Chocolate Dreams and White Chocolate Wonderful are both amazing (and there are quite a few other flavors), but my very, very favorite is Cinnamon Raisin Swirl...
I put a spoonful in my hot cereal every morning and a spoonful or two in my mouth as a treat sometimes. So so yummy. They have a sandwich shop in NYC and the next time we go home I want to go! (My birthday is on Sunday. Anyone struggling with gift ideas can just send me a jar!!) Just kidding. Sort of. :)
Some other things I am really enjoying to eat lately is bananas, eggs, berries, avocados, green tea, spaghetti squash, brown rice, sweet potatoes, tilapia, grapes (we finally have them again in our grocery store for a decent price!), Glutino's multigrain bread, cantaloupe and honeydew.
Mission Athlete care -I started using Mission Athlete Care products back in the fall, and I am a huge fan now. I use the 5 Hour Anti-Chafe stick for all my long runs and races and it works better for me than any similar product. After the Tallahassee Marathon I had zero chafing, blisters, or any of the usual post-marathon battle scars. I also really love their sunblock stick and the Lip Balmers (especially Pomegranate).
Hammer Vegan Protein -
I don't eat a lot of nutrition bars or products like that, but I do like a good recovery drink with some carbs and protein, and since I can't have any type of dairy (casein or whey either), my options are limited. I have been using this new product from Hammer and I really like it!
Mega Food Vitamins - I never used to take vitamins, but since I have been training hard and some food allergies and sensitivities, my doctor recommended some supplements. I like Mega Food supplements because they are made from farm fresh whole foods, which makes them more easily processed by the body.
If you need an iron supplement, their Blood Builder is a great product (and very gentle on the stomach).
Active Bands! I know there are tons of different headbands out there, but I love Active Bands. The family that makes them rocks and I wear them daily to train and when I race.
My Grid Roller! I have tried lots of different rollers and tools, and the Grid Roller by Trigger Point is the one I can't go without. Using it regularly once or twice a day really keeps my leg muscles happy.
I don't have a lot of time to watch TV, and when I do I almost always fall asleep within minutes. I am not capable of watching a movie all the way through without snoozing right now. But I LOVE me some Modern Family. Dang this show is funny. I haven't loved a sitcom in a long time, but this show is my favorite and always makes me laugh and laugh and laugh.
My other show right now is Mad Men! Somehow I had never seen an episode of this before a month or two ago. I was desperate for something to help pass the hours on the treadmill and started watching season 1. Oh boy did I get hooked. I watched all five seasons online (all on the treadmill) and now can't wait for the Season 6 Premier on April 7 (if I can stay awake... which is doubtful).
and last but not least... some quotes! I always love quotes. :)
“If your dreams do not scare you, they are not big enough.” - Ellen Johnson Sirleaf
"In response to those who say to stop dreaming and face reality, I say keep dreaming and make reality." ~Kristian Kan
"If we all did the things we are capable of doing, we would literally astound ourselves." ~Thomas Alva Edison
"Don't let anyone steal your dream. It's your dream, not theirs." ~Dan Zadra
"There is no telling how many miles you will have to run while chasing a dream." ~Author Unknown
Congrats to everyone who raced this weekend! And shout out to Janet (my friend in NY) who ran a 4:22 marathon in Washington D.C.!!! Awesome!!
What are some of your favorite things? Favorite food? Gear you can't live without? TV show? Quote? Hope your Monday was good. More soon. :)