Category Archives: athletic gear

2nd Auction for a Cure

It’s Officially Auction Time!!!

5 years ago I decided to do something that I didn’t know would change my life- I joined Team in Training and ran my first marathon in San Francisco in support of The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and quickly learned that through TNT, we can make a difference.

Everyone knows I run a lot of races but none mean as much to me as the races I run with TNT.

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society is doing more than any other nonprofit to advance cutting edge research and cures, is funding more than 300 different cancer research projects, and gave $237 million last year to help patients afford their treatments. And NONE of that would be possible without the efforts of Team in Training participants all across the country.

I’m back with Team in Training for my 8th season and 35th half marathon, Rock n’ Roll Nashville. This season, I have pledged to raise $2000 for the cause and train six days a week from now until the race in order to help find a cure for leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s disease and myeloma. Continue reading

The Happiest Feet

Disclaimer: I received this product to review as part of being a BibRave Pro.
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I am- and have been for a very, very long time- a flip flop gal. Other than running shoes, I really can’t stand wearing socks and/or closed toed shoes! I counted all my flip flops for the sake of this post and have 13 pairs- 14 now with my Oofos recovery sandals. When the opportunity with BibRave came along to check out these sweet new flips, I jumped at the chance and must say my feet are so much happier for it!  Oofos are powered by a proprietary foam, called OOfoam, that delivers recovery and cushioning benefits that rejuvenate your feet so they feel happy and free.

Having recovered from that stress fracture in the ball of my foot earlier this year and starting my running routine up again, the first thing I noticed when I tried on my Oofos was how much pressure they alleviated from that part of my foot. As you can see in the photo above, the sandals curve up at the forefoot and, as I learned during my injury, that type of structure is exactly what I need to give the ball of my foot a break. There are sneakers out there that accomplish this too, called “rockers”, but given my issue with closed toed shoes, Oofos sandals are truly the perfect cure for our hard working, tired feet- no socks required.

Run done, Oofos on!

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Title Nine FitFest (and Giveaway!)

If you live here in the Bay Area, you are probably already familiar with Title Nine– a women’s athletic apparel and casual clothing store that makes and specializes in high quality sports bras, tops, bottoms, skirts, skorts, capris, and everything else in between.  I’ve been a fan of Title Nine for a few years now and have always loved their swimwear but have never tried any of their workout clothing so when they invited me to attend a special “FitFest” event and get professionally fitted by a T9 Bravangelist for a brand new sports bra, I happily RSVPed!*

As every female athlete knows (or should know!), the most important foundation for any workout is a bra designed specifically for your unique body type, size and activity. The bra experts at Title Nine are making it easier and a lot more fun to find the perfect bra by hosting a series of “FitFest” events during the summer here in the Bay Area to help every athlete find her perfect bra for a more comfortable and healthier workout.

To find out more about Title Nine’s upcoming FitFests and how you can enter for a chance to win a FREE bra from the good people at Title Nine, keep reading… Continue reading

Compression Suggestion (and Giveaway!)

As runners, we know compression wear is a “thing” and I’ve experimented running in compression capris as well as compression socks and found that I really prefer knee-high compression socks because the compression capris felt like I was stuffing a 20 pound sausage into a 10 pound casing. Freedom on the quads yet compression support on the calves, feet, and ankles really works for me on my longer distance runs. I can truly feel a difference in my recovery with a compression sock- my legs feel better quicker and aren’t as sore as they are without the socks- and when you’re marathon training, that’s a very good thing.

The benefits of donning compression while running are debatable, as this Active.com article explains, but wearing compression socks DOES increase circulation and blood flow, therefore reducing swelling and speeding up post-run recovery- basically, compression socks act as a portable ice bath for your hard working legs.  (Plus, some runners claim compression socks improve endurance thereby making you faster and I need all the help I can get so, hey, why not?)

Following is a review of my 3 favorite brands of compression socks- PRO Compression, Zensah, and CEP Compression– plus, thanks to the kind folks at CEP, a giveaway for your very own pair of the EXACT SAME compression socks Meb Keflezighi wore when he won the Boston Marathon! Keep reading to find out how to enter to win…

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What Meb Gave Me

Okay so I really just hunted Meb Keflezighi down in order to get that picture and it was really the kind people at Sony that sent me their Meb Keflezighi Series Walkman to try out but I like to think Meb had something to do with it as he is awesome and this Walkman has quickly become one of my favorite devices to go running with!

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Technical Difficulties

If you can relate to the above picture, then you know what kind of “technical difficulties” I’m referring to: running clothes. They are EVERYWHERE and it’s becoming quite an issue for me, my closet, and my dresser drawers. I have so much technical gear that I broke 2 drawers right off my dresser trying to shove it all in!

I was stuck home with sick kids yesterday so I did some laundry and went ahead and laid out ALL of my work out clothing on the bed and counted- I’m up to 78 technical shirts and 25 bottoms. And that doesn’t even take into account all the shoes, socks, bras, jackets, hats and headbands I’ve been collecting over the past 6 years.

“Hello, my name is Laura and I’m an addict.” Anyone else care to join me at AAA? (Athletic Apparel Anonymous)  Continue reading

Gifts Ideas for Any This Runner

I’ve been good! I swear!!!

Yes, it’s that time of year again and I am positive that you have been suffering through the holiday email and snail mail barrage just like me: SHOP, BUY, SHOP, BUY!!! I don’t do and will never do Black Friday, I’m an Internet junkie so I try to get most of my Christmas gifts online in order to save myself the hassle of the people and lines at the brick and mortars, but that means that I have to start now if I want to insure availability and prompt arrival… so I have…

As you can see, I started writing this post with a “giving” bent but decided to write, instead, about the “getting”, especially since my blog is all about me all the time and Hubby claims to actually read my blog now (I am SUCH a helpful wife like that!). I like the stuff I like and the only one who really knows what I like is ME, you know? The items I want for Christmas have to do with- you’re never gonna believe it- running and cooking!

And here’s my Christmas Wish List… Continue reading