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New fun running accessory

2 Aug

Since I’ve been running with my iPhone (which doubles as an iPod), I thought it might be time to find a better way to take it along with me while running.  I had been holding it in my hand and since I live in Florida and it’s hot outside, my hands would quickly become sweaty and I could feel the phone slipping.  This always made me nervous. I kept having visions of dropping the phone and the screen shattering into a million pieces.  I finally took some initiative, went online and found an awesome solution.

I purchased an arm band.  Sounds simple, but this one is great!  This arm band comes with a clip, a case, a screen protector, and a wipe cloth for your screen–all for $21.70 plus shipping!  The Marware SportShell Convertible Arm Ban ford iPhone 3G/3Gs works well because I have the arms of Olive Oyl (think Popeye) and usually have a pretty tough time using arm bands comfortably (especially while running).  This arm band stays on tight during my runs and doesn’t slip.  The clip is used to insert the phone into the arm band and is removable, but I tend to just leave it on so I can easily slip it into the armband without too much fuss (and you could also use it to clip on to a waist band) .

Marware SportShell Convertible Arm Band for iPhone 3G/3Gs

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Self-Tanorexic

14 Jul

Ok. So I admit it. I’m becoming self-tanorexic! I’ve been looking for an affordable, easy to use,  non-orange self-tanner that didn’t stink or leave me looking streaky. I don’t think this is too much to ask for from a self-tanner, do you?

For the past 3 weeks, I have been using Neutrogena’s build-a-tan. It goes on as a lotion, smell’s decent (although my husband thought it reminded him of laundry detergent), and as long as you rub it all in, won’t leave you streaky! Since I started using it, I have noticed my skin is golden and glowing. I began using it every day and now have gone to every other day as to not tip the tan to orange scale. The best part about this product, its $9 and has a convenient pump!

Let’s face it, everyone looks better tan.  This self tanner allows me to look tan without the risks (e.g. skin cancer) or long lasting effects (e.g. WRINKLES). Many reviews on the internet have indicated this tanner is not top notch. I find this interesting because I think it’s pretty good. I’m excited to discover what else is out there! Any recommendations?

Tip: I found that exfoliating in the shower before application REALLY helped minimize streaking.

New Gear

13 Jul

I truly from the bottom of my heart believe that when you have new workout gear you are more motivated to work out. My theory, while not scientifically sound, gives me a fun excuse to shop! Since I’ve started running daily (training for my first 5k), I’ve noticed my old college t shirts and shorts I’ve had since high school are no longer cutting it. Even though I desperately needed new threads, I was picky in my search for new running gear. Check out some of my new favorite purchases.

Champion Double Dry Shorts, $20 Sports Authority

These shorts are great for running and what’s better is the price. I bought 2 pairs on sale at Sports Authority for $15 each (normally $20). These were the cheapest running shorts compared to equivalent competitor running shorts. Biggest bang for the buck!

Nike Dedication Long Top, $28 store.nike.com

I love tops that are long! I’m 5’7″ and have a longer torso. I just hate it more than anything when I take off running and have to continuously pull down my top so my midriff isn’t exposed to the neighborhood. Long workout tops are awesome! I also purchased a top with a small pocket in the back. These may have been around for a while but they were new to me! Now when I’m running I lock my door and throw the key in the pocket (a step up from the bushes!).

Nike Women’s Air Zoom Vomero+ 4 Running Shoe, $99 Finish Line

Something about the LIVESTRONG sneakers draws me in like a mosquito to those snappy blue things. I love them! I previously owned a pair I had purchased from Nordstrom that were pink and white. They were the first sneaker that I ever got complimented on (and really, who compliments sneakers).

Champion Compression Sports Bra, $30 Champion

I’m super picky about my sports bras. My sister is a big fan of sports bras with cups in them, me not so much. For high impact workouts like running, I prefer a compression sports bra.

New Balance Headband, $4 New Balance

This is my secret workout weapon. I know it’s kind of 80’s of me to be sporting a workout headband but I have to admit, I’m a bit of a sweater. This sweat headband truly protects my hair from becoming a very sweaty mess.

Have you picked up any new gear lately? Please share!