Holiday Gift Ideas for Active People

I am writing this post on my own free will; however, when one of the companies I was going to write about asked about sharing information of their product I asked if they would host a giveaway. Hey, I was planning this post anyhow so why not  make it sweeter? In addition, some items may be linked to other sponsored posts but I am only doing so because I LOVE the product(s) and want to share. I am receiving no compensation in any way, shape, or form for this post.

It is that time of year again - the time when you are thinking about gifts and if your house is anything like mine, dear hubby is asking me a zillion times what I want. How about peace on Earth? That would be cool! But that is hard to package and put under a tree and sometimes loved ones want to do a bit more so here is my gift of 10 ideas that I feel will be great as holiday gifts!
  • Apera Bag: I have been using my Apera Bag since the beginning of the year and I am still head over heels in love with it. I have not ever used it as the traditional gym bag but instead, I use it as my everyday purse and travel bag. I love the side pockets and that I can put a drink in them or other items. And the smaller pockets are ideal for my phone, keys, charger, etc. I can't imagine life without this bag! Imagine how great it would be as an official gym bag! The perfect gift for someone you love.
  • GPS Running Watch: I have running apps on my phone but for some, that just won't work. Such as dear hubby. He would smile from ear to ear to receive a GPS running watch to track his miles and time on his runs. In all reality, I can't say I would complain if I got one too since the app takes up so much battery power on my phone and I can't use it for runs longer than 20 miles...and sometimes not even the 20 miles if I am going slower. Hmmm.....Santa, are you listening?
  • Polar Loop: I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE my Polar Loop even though I did take it off for awhile during training when I was getting too focused on the numbers. I know there are tons of activity monitors out there so pick what works best for your loved one. I love getting the goal fireworks and yes, you should splurge and get the additional heart rate monitor. My only complaints are I can't hook it up with my older version phone and I can't seem to set my own personal activity goal. It goes my age, weight, gender and in all reality, that is fine! I mainly use it to ensure I actually REST on my rest days. 
  • Running Clothes: It goes without saying that a streak running would have a passion for running clothes and my closet and drawers support clearly demonstrate that. Thing is, buying clothes for someone may be a bit tricky unless you really know what they love. I can buy running clothes for dear hubby, no problem. Bright colors please! But for me, his safest bet would be to just get me a gift certificate to Running Skirts and let me go from there or have darling daughter look with him online to pick out my color loves. The sizing there is a bit different though so they may just walk away confused.
  • Running Shoes: Once again, when you run every day you go through shoes like crazy but I am pickier than anything about my shoes. First, they must be Saucony but not any Saucony will do. They must be the models I run in. This makes it easier for you to do your detective work and look at what your running love loves to run in and go get those! But here, on Maui, getting the shoes I love on island is near impossible. So why not make your gift give more? When you purchase running shoes from Kindrunner you will receive a shipping label to send back old shoes, at no cost to you, to be given a once-over fix-me-up and be donated to someone really in need of shoes. Still unsure of what shoes to buy? Give a Kindrunner gift certificate
  • Log Book: I am a firm believer in logging your workouts and sometimes, my food intake too. It is a great way to ensure I am getting my proper fill of freggies and water. Just recently I was feeling a bit down that dear hubby doesn't log his workouts and with his ongoing knee/leg issues I think a log would come of real value. You can look back on your training and perhaps find that aha moment to prevent further injuries. If you want to give the gift of logging fitness and nutrition, fitbook is great!
  • Protein Powder: I end most of my workouts with a cup of protein powder and since I am dairy free, I am picky. I LOVE the VegaSport Performance Protein and it does taste just fine mixed solely with water especially the chocolate. However, please think about what your loved one would like and meet their needs and desires, not mine. Dear hubby does just fine with whey protein and don't ever get him chocolate!
  • Gels: For your endurance loving friends and family gels or blocks make perfect stocking stuffers. Personally, I am loving the Huma gels as they are all natural and perfect for me. Dear hubby goes for Clif Shot Bloks. It seems I may be the pickier one in our household as my loves require going online. Thank goodness for dear hubby I can easily stop in a store to restock his fuel if needs be.
  • ShowerPill Athletic Body Wipes: I found out about these things years ago and let me tell you, they are still AWESOME after a race. I thought I was out of them and discovered one way down in a drawer, my running top drawer by the way. It was the perfect wipe for after the Maui Marathon and in all reality, this is just when you want one of these. Post race. Okay, if you are running your training run and going straight to running errands, they will work then too. You can read my initial review of this product HERE but that coupon code is no longer valid. The good news is I can give you a new one today! These make great stocking stuffers so go ahead and use the coupon code runner10 by December 31, 2014 for 10% off. The coupon code is good on their website and at Amazon.
To make things even sweeter for you, remember me saying I asked a company if they would do a giveaway? It was ShowerPill and they agreed to give a box of ShowerPill Athletic Wipes to TWO of my readers.  Now that is something to be thankful about! I am going to keep this short and sweet so they will have time to get your information so you can receive your wipes by Christmas.

Two winners will be randomly selected on December 3rd. If I do not hear back from the within 48 hours, another winner will be selected. Product will be delivered directly from ShowerPill. Giveaway void where prohibited by law. Good luck!

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Daily Gratitude: I am thankful to be able to offer this giveaway.
Daily Affirmation: I am blessed!


Motivation Monday

"Do you know that in a race all runners run, but only one receives the prize? 
So run that you may obtain it."
~ 1 Corinthians 9:24

But remember, your prize isn't necessarily winning 1st place. The prize can be so much more. The joy of doing your best, of running for a higher purpose, of not giving up, and so forth. Often I feel the greatest prizes are the ones you least expect and go to the most ordinary of people. I do not run to get 1st place. I run to set a great example that I would be proud my daughter follows. I run to inspire others to get out there and try. I run for Toby. I run for me, my spirit, and God.

Have a beautiful Monday!

Daily Gratitude: I am thankful for my life.
Daily Affirmation: My priorities are coming clear.


Friday Favorites: Oats & Peanut Butter

It's Aloha Friday and I want to share two of my favorites with you!

Coach's Steel Cut Oats AND Earth Balance Coconut Peanut Spread

I eat this at least five days a week for breakfast and can't imagine eating any other kind of oats again. I like that it is 100% oats and can be purchased in a large resealable bag from our local Costco. It saves me a bit of money and that is quite important when you are feeding a family with two runners and a growing girl! And yes, darling daughter LOVES these oats too.

I keep the preparation really simple and you can read more about my perfect bowl of oats but not every day is the same. Today, it will just be oats and all natural coconut peanut spread. This peanut butter rocks the boat so I had to tell you about it. Seriously, you should try this stuff from Earth Balance. It is vegan and non-GMO and I keep a bottle at work by my desk...for my daily oats of course! To be completely honest, the price tag on this is a bit high...or at least at the local grocery store on Maui but it is worth it and I only use a bit with my oatmeal. Yum, yum, yum!

Stay tuned for more Friday Favorites and I promise you, they won't all be food!!

Daily Gratitude: I am thankful for nutritional and yummy food.
Daily Affirmation: I fuel my body well.


Book Review: Unstoppable - Running the Race you were Born to Win

I truly do love to read and wish I had so much more time to do so. I like a variety of books but if you combine running with faith, I am instantly sucked in!

Today I am reviewing the book Unstoppable: Running the Race you were Born to Win by Christine Caine. First, let me say, this book was a gift to me from my wonderful buddy, Toby, and his mom. When I read this on the back cover tears started flowing, "But many times in our race, we're burdened and intimidated by life's challenges along the way. The task seems too tough, the path too perilous, the race too rigorous."

These words fell into my hands weeks after the Maui Marathon and about the time I was feeling burdened and driven to change my race day goals for the Honolulu Marathon. Talk about perfect timing!

Now I said I love books about running and faith and even though this book talks about "running your race" many, many times it is a metaphor for running your race in life not running per se. But the lessons for life and running are there on every page, leaping out to me, reminding me, and teaching me to not give up, to push forward, to take the next baton in my relay, and to do so joyfully.

The book contains real life stories of those involved in A21. I had never heard of A21 before this book so let me tell you, their goal is to prevent human trafficking, protect those who have been trafficked and to provide necessary support to them, to prosecute traffickers and strengthen the legal response, and to form partnerships to provide a comprehensive front against trafficking.

But even though A21 forms the basis of the stories, and the tales can be quite sad, the book overall is uplifting with verses that really penetrate deep into the meaning of our life and our race. It promotes teamwork and doing your best without fearing tasks that seem too big. It provides suggestions on what to do when you are feeling challenged, when your passion is dwindling, when you feel downtrodden and frankly exhausted. These are all normal human responses and you will discover how and why these represent areas of personal growth.

I absolutely LOVED this book and feel it is one I will read again and give to darling daughter to read when she is older. I am so thankful for the batons handed to me - including this book that was handed to me by my buddy's mom. I feel it has already begun to change my life as my eyes continue to open to see things that others may over look, to reach out when others may walk away, and to stand in the rain if it means someone else's day is brightened.

Daily Gratitude: I am thankful for God's unconditional love.
Daily Affirmation: I am running my race with perseverance.