Wednesday, February 26, 2014

4 THINGS that put more #SPRING in running! [And a GIVEAWAY]

Animal print compression!
I must confess to a little obsession with animal print. What better to bring out the animal racing instinct than a pair of leopard print compression socks?


(Sorry I did not detail my shoes for the picture. Yes, that is real dirt. )

These socks won't be ignored.




Sunshine-filled days! 


Sporting my new, favorite, long-sleeve running top here- purchased for $8.96! And if you can figure out where I got a deal at that price point, don't worry. Your secret is safe with me ;)


Nothing beats a sunny run in my favorite track town, besides topping it off by watching a top-notch track meet! Almost track season...(and daylight savings time)..and I can hardly wait.


New shoes! 
Altra's Lone Peak 1.5 are my current trail faves. Fully cushioned, flexible, great traction.



Zero drop takes a little getting used to if you have never worn it before, but these awesome trail shoes are designed to promote healthier running with a stable, cushioned (but not wedge-like) platform, a roomy toe-box for maximum toe-spread and natural push-off. (They do make some great road shoes as well!)

#RethinkRunning
How restricted is your foot for push-off in a tapered and upturned toebox found in most running shoes?
What happens to your foot muscles when they are held in an unnatural position, day in and day out?
Why do doctors recommend children wear natural, foot-shaped shoes? Shouldn't adults wear them too?
Learn more about Altra here.

Honeystingers! 

Specifically in Dark Chocolate Cherry Mocha Protein Bars

I could live off of these.

Sadly I do not run nearly enough to eat as many as I would like. Very chocolatey, slight hint of coffee, a tiny bit of cherries here and there. Black Forest yumminess for your run.



Giveaway x2 :)
Be sure to enter my Crazy Compression contest!

Two lucky winners will get to choose a pair of compression socks or sleeves from crazycompression.com

Maybe animal print is not your thing, but there are a bunch of really sharp styles besides the ones I have on above! Crazy Compression will even make custom order designs. (You might have to order 15,297 pairs though! I forgot to ask.)

a Rafflecopter giveaway

60 comments:

  1. These socks are awesome!!! I'm loving the pink otc calf future dots! So fun and a great way to brighten things up!!

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  2. A lil birdie told me to keep a sharp eye out for a fresh post. lol

    Colorful and positive post for a Thursday to ring-in the weekend.

    AWESOME socks!!!!!!!!! Especially being over the calf. You asked some great questions of your readers. I cannot begin to answer any of them. I think that my running shoes have moved away to a rehab clinic for being abandoned for so long. lol
    Have a great day.

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    1. I'm thinking you need to get a black and pink floral pair. :)
      Not much longer to wait, C. !

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    2. hahaha!! That would be a sight to see.

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  3. I can see why darkness holds no fear :) Love the top for less than $10!

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    1. Kkkkkk. Yeah. I create my own force-field of neon..
      If you need one, just let me know. It might fit a bit girly, and shipping will probably triple the price, but I'm game! ;D

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  4. One of the best things about marathon training is being able to eat more Honey Stinger stuff! Love the compression! I think I'd go for the pink diamond sleeves.

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    1. Nice choice!
      I like your thinking.. so maybe I can just train for a 100 miler and then earn 4 x the honeystingers? Good to hear from you, Marcia!

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  5. Very stylish Keep running you inspire me

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  6. I love those compression socks and could totally see myself wearing them!
    I'd love for you to stop by and link up to my Fitness Friends link party!
    Carolyn
    http://www.ccmcafeeperspective.com/2014/02/frozen-blood-and-better-swimming.html

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    1. Following now via bloglovin' too!

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    2. Thanks so much for following and also for the invite! I will drop by and check out the link up :)

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  7. I've always wanted to try compression socks... The fun colors will tip me over the edge and force me to try them! :)

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  8. I have been using calf compression sleeves, wonderful help if you suffer from shin splints. Also after a harder training, I have used to wear them on over night for recovering. I really can recommend to try!

    Which socks/sleeves I then would like to have next. Some sparkly colourful of course - Pink Diamonds by Crazycompression looks like my pair ;)

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  9. I like so many of the patterns. The curvy and flower power are really fun! I've been wanting to try compression socks for awhile. I have lots of shin problems.

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  10. I love them all, but if I had to pick just one, I'd pick the Black OTC Future Dots. So cute!!!

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  11. Wow, those are more fun than a frog in a glass of milk!! I am not normally an animal-print gal, but I am crazy about the black leopard print (and they would complete my outfit for my next rock-themed half marathon).

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    1. That's a funny saying! I have never seen a frog in a glass of milk, but my kids would try something like that. Good luck!

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  12. I need those leopard print compression socks! Love them!

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  13. These socks are awesome! I am need some fun ones for a St. Pattys day 10K I am running, so these would be perfect! :)

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  14. I'd love the Blavk OTC Flower ones. So cute!

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  15. My favorite is the Black Mid Calf Future Dots socks

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  16. SO cute!! I'd love to win some, but hate to think how hard it would be to choose just one. :)

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  17. I could use some new geometric sleeves. And, I want to try that Honey Stinger! Yum! I think they sell them at Roadrunner...

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  18. I love the Black OTC socks in Diamond! SO cute!

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  19. Those are rather hypnotic! I like the black sleeve groovy.

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  20. Surely if I keep entering giveaways for compression socks, I'll eventually get some, right? I l like the "pink OTC smoke."

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  21. I'm so glad you love the Lone Peaks. I've had my eye on the black/mint pair for a while, but I'm waiting until I can actually trail run, since this winter is so crazy here! Now I'm even more excited to try them.

    Love the leopard socks!

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    1. Keep your eyes open! I hear Altra is working on a winter Gortex trail shoe.

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  22. why hellllooooo purple leopard.

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  23. Not sure if commenting enters me for the contest ... if so, as tempting as it is, you can take me out of the running and let another luck reader win the leopard print thingies. I've tried Stinger products during a race, but they're a little too sweet for me. But I think they taste great and will use them from time to time after a workout.

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    1. Signing you up for pink and black flowers!
      The bars are a bit sweet, but I like sweet. Unfortunately I eat them for snacks and then have to ration them for training.

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  24. I like Pink Mid Calf Future Dots best, but there are some other great ones too.

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  25. I love the animal print compression! Altra's really are awesome. I had been running in Montrail's when I do trails, but I may need to get the Lone Peaks to carry me through this year :)

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  26. Oh my there are so many to choose from! I love the pink leopard and the hearts!

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  27. ohh i love the black OTC diamond!

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  28. These socks are too cute! Hard to pick a favorite, but I think I would go with one of the pink designs. Been in a pink state of mind lately! :)

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  29. Those socks are crazy! Glad to see you're running on trails more! =)

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  30. So sad to see you not wearing Brooks, but very glad you found something you love. I tried those honey stingers once, and I couldn't get past this weird metallic taste it left in my mouth. Those socks? Yeah, those are ADORABLE!

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  31. The purple animal print are so cute!!

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  32. What a great score on your shirt! Loving those socks too! You had me at dark chocolate, this is for sure going on my list! Have a great week! Carri~A Running bee

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  33. My favorite is the purple OTC stars design. But they're all cute!!

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  34. I just ordered my first pair of Altras! Can't wait to try them!

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  35. Oh, and my favorites are the black ones with the "groovy" print.

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  36. I put my hat in for Stinger sponsorship recently! fingers crossed!

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  37. I love all of the pink ones! :)

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  38. These are awesome! I always run with compression socks but mine are just plain! I'd love to rock some animal print!!

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  39. Cute! I would definitely choose the pink mid calf with circles to match my little green running shoes! :)

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  40. Gorgeous socks but I really love the look of those shoes! I just don't need new trail shoes at the moment but WOW! Love them. Where you run always looks gorgeous and it looks like it's going well as well (judging by your happy face?) so keep it up!

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  41. I love the animal print..those are great! I really might have to try Altra's. One of my biggest issues with shoes is often the toe box.

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  42. I would definitely get the Black OTC Flower socks!

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  43. I'd choose the OTC Black Future Dots socks

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  44. I love your compression , i love it love love.. its really hard to find one here in Philippines.. you are using altra lone peak 1.5 ;) ... i will buy altra provioness ;)

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