I haven’t done one of these “favorites” lists in awhile. I absolutely love it when other people do these types of posts. There are so many millions of products to try, books to read, recipes to cook and movies to watch that I always miss some of the good stuff. By seeing what other people are trying, watching, reading and cooking, I get new ideas.
On that note – why don’t you join me? Do a post of 5 things you are enjoying right now. Tag 5 people to do the same.
1. Vitalsox Compression Socks.
My left calf has been tight and sore. I find these socks help both with feeling less sore while running and with recovery. When I roll my calf on the foam roller, it seriously feels like there is a a foreign object in there like a baseball. My PT thinks that my calf pain is a “growing pain.” Because my left side has been so checked out for awhile, I’m now using those muscles more and they are reacting. Last week she dry-needled the hell out of that calf muscle. I yelped like a little girl (wait, I am a little girl), but I have to say it made all of the difference. Anyway, the socks help.
2. Real Medleys Quaker Oatmeal Cups
I do make my own oatmeal most of the time. I add in all sorts of stuff like brown sugar, raisins, bananas and nut butters. Every once in awhile I like to be lazy and just add hot water and a scoop of almond butter to one of these pre-made cups. There is not a lot of crap in the ingredients and you get some good carbs and protein. It’s the perfect post workout snack or breakfast. They go for about $1.50 each.
3. Yankz Laces
Ken gave these to me as a stocking stuffer at Christmas. Looks complicated, but it’s not. These laces are especially for triathletes to help make their transition #2 times quicker because you don’t have to tie shoes. Ken knows my transition times suck the big one. I finally put these laces in my shoes and I am loving them. They make it easy to slip the shoes on and off, but the biggest bonus is once you have them set at the right amount of tightness, you never have to adjust unless you want to. For some reason I always have a hard time getting my shoes just right. I’d say these are for triathletes and runners alike! They go for $8 and come in tons of colors. The ones I have are the pink Susan G. Komen laces.
4. Pork Chalupa Recipe
Who said you can’t use the crockpot in the summer time? I use mine all year round. I love this recipe because it makes a ton of food and is so easy even if you are cooking illiterate. Also – very inexpensive to make.
5. Phil Keoghan “The Ride” movie
I am a huge fan of documentaries or films based on true stories. I’m not really sure what Phil’s claim to fame is outside of the Amazing Race, but I really enjoyed this documentary. Phil rides over 100 miles per day for a total of 3,500 miles from L.A. to New York to benefit Multiple Sclerosis. He also did this to commemorate turning 40 and still being strong.
My favorite part is when he rides over the Rocky Mountains in what appears to be early spring when it ridiculously cold and windy. By the time he reached Ohio or so, he was spent and had to use every ounce of willpower and body strength to keep going. These type of dig deep, don’t give up stories are my favorites. I found it really motivating. The movie is 90 minutes long and is playing on the EXTRAHD television channel.
What are you loving right now?
Ever try any of my above favorites?
Blog about 5 things – anything from running gear to nutrition items to recipes to books that you are loving right now then tag 5 others to do the same. Let me know when it’s up!