I have a lot of random thoughts going through my head lately and decided to share some of the things that I am currently LOVING!!
– Third Trimester – Today officially marks the start of the 3rd trimester. Knowing that I am in the home stretch is a wonderful feeling. I will do a pregnancy update next Wednesday as well as a 2nd trimester running update soon!! One of the books that I utilized SO frequently during pregnancy #1 (and again this time around) is the Runner’s World Guide to Running & Pregnancy. My favorite quote from the book:
When I reached the 20-mile mark in my first marathon, a man on the sidelines yelled, “Congratulations! You’re halfway there.” I knew instinctively what he meant: The hardest part, the real test of my strength, lay ahead in those last 6.2 miles. And he was right. So goes it with the last trimester of pregnancy…Running typically becomes less and less enjoyable as the weeks pass.
– Cooler Temperatures – I don’t know about you, but last week’s heat and humidity came a little too soon for me. I am fully expecting days like that in August but was not ready for them in June!! The last few days have been blissful – A/C off and windows open in the house, long sleeve running shirts in the AM, and sweaters for early morning/late night walks with my son. Perfect.
– Nike Fast Pace Women’s Tank Top – I was given a gift card to Foot Locker a few months ago and decided to stock up on some summer running clothes that I could wear as pregnancy progressed. My favorite is the Nike Fast Pace Women’s Tank Top. I ordered a size larger than I usually wear and found that it isn’t too big on my upper body (which is the problem I usually run into when I go one size larger). The midsection is meant to be loose which is perfect because it has plenty of room for my belly. And it’s long – longer than most of my other running tops – so my belly is completely covered. This is going to be my go-to tank top for the remainder of pregnancy.
– Sparkly Soul Headband’s New Colors – My favorite running gear company, Sparkly Soul Inc, just added EIGHT new colors to their inventory – Charcoal, Kaleidoscope Pink, Mint Green, Rose Pink, Teal, White, Pink Satin, and Red, White & Blue!! The colors are available in both the thin and wide headbands and can be purchased online or at any of their retail locations. And check back soon for an awesome giveaway hosted by Sparkly Soul!! =)
My son’s new-found love of the stroller – I haven’t run with the BOB since early fall. Once my son took his first steps at 8 months old, he had no desire to go for walks or runs in the stroller – even for just a few miles. He wanted to be on his own. I don’t even take the stroller anywhere these days because he wants to walk – and chasing after him and pushing a stroller is pointless. However, the last few weeks, he has actually wanted to go in the stroller – we’ve gone on a few walks and he’s been completely happy! Since I decided to shut off the alarm and sleep in this morning, I am going to attempt a stroller run with my son!! Fingers crossed =)
Healthy Bites – Lindsay, one of my blogger friends and fellow FitFluential Ambassadors, is a certified Nutrition Manager and Fitness Consultant and her husband James is a professional triathlete (who I had the privilege of watching race in March!). They started Healthy Bites as a way to provide healthy snacks and fuel options for all people.
All are made with mostly all-natural, gluten-free and organic ingredients. The mission is to offer the most minimally processed bites proving to people that eating healthy can taste really good while still being really good for you.
I had been planning to order some for months and finally did a few weeks ago. I ordered 3 dozen (one dozen each of Coconut Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough, Cookie Dough, and Cranberry Apple Crunch) and within a few days, had finished them all!! I enjoyed having one or two after my morning run and/or later in the day when I was starting to get a sweet tooth for a snack. But the best part was how much my son (and my niece!) LOVED them. To them – it’s a treat – they don’t know that the bites are actually really healthy for them! Win-Win in my book!
What things are you loving right now??