5 last-minute gifts under $20 for the new runner in your life

Elite Mini Muscle Roller – $12.99

I personally swear by my muscle roller now. At first, I thought it was just runner folklore, but it has really saved my life. I had such bad calf cramps that my foot would go numb for most of the run. Since I’ve started rolling beforehand, I’ve had ZERO numbness! It’s also great post-run to avoid knots and aches.

LED Safety Light 2-Pack – $12.49

Now that it’s winter and it gets dark at basically noon every day (sorry, I’m a little bitter), most runners will end up running in the dark at least a few times a week. These clip-on lights are great to keep them visible to cars (and other people) during runs.

The Complete Runner’s Day-By-Day Log 2018 Calendar – $14.99 (on sale for $10.39)

When training for fitness or for a race, staying accountable to yourself is one of the best motivators. I find that when I’m logging my runs and training, I’m the most successful and consistent about running. It’s especially nice to look back and see how far I’ve come in a short amount of time.

Road ID Sprint Shoe ID & the Silicone ID Bracelet – $19.99 each

We often don’t want to think about the bad things that could happen, but runners must be prepared for the worst, especially if they run alone. If a runner faints or gets hurt, the RoadID can help identify him or her and allow their loved ones to be notified of their whereabouts. Be safe, not sorry!




BONDIBAND Fab $5 Collection – $5 Each

These days, I don’t run without one of my BONDIBANDs. It keeps the sweat out of my eyes and from running down my face. It also keeps my ears warm during the colder temps. I bought one years ago that I swore by, but I recently ordered two customized bands — one with the Run. Travel. Dream. logo and another that reminds me that I’m “stronger than yesterday.” Great product!



Week 15/16 Recap: Roller sticks rock!

After taking a planned week off (week 15) for the holiday, I’m back at it! A 3.6-mile short run yesterday afternoon with my running buddy. It felt good to be back out there. I had a little IT band pain, but no numbness or cramps thanks to good stretching beforehand. I had to use Strava on my phone to track the run because I left my Garmin home by accident.


7.11 miles in the bank! My longest run since starting in August. My poor watch froze at the end from the cold weather but we got it done. My running buddy is the real MVP for running those 7 while pushing a stroller up several hills! I stretched a ton and used my rolling pin beforehand (rather than after the run) and again no pain or numbness. That’s the key it seems!



Week 15: OFF

Week 16: 10.71 miles ran

4 days til next 5K

53 days til FIRST 10K

93 days til Half-Marathon –> I’m running for St. Jude, please support me!

New goodies, the eclipse and 1.75 miles

Today marked the start of week 2. Kiddo was my running buddy today (…for part of it, anyway. He took off and did his first mile in 6-7 minutes before slowing down with me. Yea, way to shame the old lady, bud. I am happy for him though.)

For week 2, the training plan says to increase to 1.75 miles. My first 1/2 mile felt difficult and I was a little winded. Granted, I was running laps on a 400m track at that point. I’m thinking the boredom was more to blame than my endurance level. At that point, I took off on the trails for the rest of the run: me, kiddo and Sheila.


No, Sheila is not the running girlfriend I usually blog about. It’s the silly name I’ve given to this figure-8 ankle brace I’ve been rocking, since she’ll clearly be with me for a while. Between Sheila and the recent injection, I’m happy to log another run without numbness or pain. The first mile I paced at 12:39 min/mile. The last 3/4 of a mile was much slower, at a 14:26 min/mile pace.


We got back home in time to (indirectly) watch the eclipse. Kiddo made a makeshift eclipse viewer thanks to his Google searching. You can actually see the sun’s reflection with it!


Lastly, I’m enjoying my two newest goodies: my new Elite Massage roller stick for only $9.99 that arrived super fast with free one-day Prime delivery (I used the heck out of it yesterday so I could run without stiffness today), and my new JVC HAETX30A Extreme Fitness Headphones with pivot-motion fit (I don’t really know what that means, but they didn’t threaten to fall out of my ears like my old ones, and I didn’t hear the slapping noise).


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