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Christmas List for Runners

3 Dec

Since the holiday season is upon us, I decided to do a Christmas Wish List for Runners – things that your runner friend, sister, husband might like for Christmas this year!  


Under $25
– Add a little sparkle to that special woman in your life this holiday without spending hundreds of dollars!  Sparkly Soul Headbands are a great accessory for any runner looking for a functional, yet flattering headband.   Check out my review on Sparkly Soul headbands.  Headbands cost $15-17 (depending on width). 




Nuun optimal hydration is an easy way to stay hydrated.  The tablets dissolve quickly in a glass of water, taste great, are low in calories, and contain a ton of electrolytes.  It costs $24 for one box (4 tubes=64 tablets), but if you order more than 1 box, each costs $22.  *Free shipping until Dec 9th


– My husband purchased a Road ID bracelet for me when I was pregnant – it was one of the best gifts I every received.  I now wear it on every run I go on.  It contains your vital information (name, who to contact, phone #s) that can be used in case of an emergency while you are out running.  They range between $15.99 (for the slim – pictured below) to $29.99 (for the elite version).

– Running Books / Running Magazines – a few of my favorites include:
     – Run Like a Mother
     – Running Times
     – Born to Run
     – Couple on the Run (haven’t read it yet, but plan to!)


– There’s always room on your Christmas list for some jewlery!  The Run Home is an amazing site for handcrafted sterling and nickel silver running inspired jewelry and ornaments.  Prices range from $18-31 and include the personalization of your item. *Free Shipping on all orders



Under $50

Wearing DryLete Arm Warmers
for the NYC  Marathon

Saucony running apparel offers a wide selection of running shorts, tees, winter gear, and accessories for both men and women. (Some of my apparel is Saucony so if you have any questions, please let me know).  Saucony has a great holiday gift guide on their site with gifts ranging from $25-150. Additionally, feel free to check out Mile-Posts blog – she has done a number of Saucony apparel reviews!  *Use the code “mileposts” to save 15% off your order. (Discount code courtesy of Mile-Posts).  Currently offering Free Shipping (until Dec 16th).


– One of the best gifts to give your runner is a pair of Yurbuds.  If your runner is like me, then they have likely shorted out entirely too many headphones to count due to excess sweat or rain.  Yurbuds have a twist lock technology that lock into place for a secure fit that never fails out and are both sweat and water resistant.  They range in price from $29.99-59.99 (although the most popular model is the Yurbuds Ironman Inspire ($49.99).  




Under $100 
– If you know of a specific race your loved one plans on running in 2012, a great gift is the race entry fee.  Fees can range from $5-10 for a local 5k to upwards of $150 for the larger, more popular marathons (NYC, Boston); however, most entry fees are typically under $100. 


If there is no budget (or if you are doing some holiday shopping for yourself!)
Nordic Trak offers a wide selection of treadmills, ellipticals, incline trainers, and bikes ranging from commercial through elite series.  The website already has many items on sale (some for 1/2 price) and free shipping.  *Use the code “anothermotherrunner” to save an additional 10% off your entire order – valid until Dec 31st.  (Discount code courtesy of Another Mother Runner)




Any other ideas for the holiday wishlist? Let me know in the comments!!

Sparkly Soul Headband Giveaway (CLOSED)

10 Nov

I did a product review on Sparkly Soul last month.  Here it is in case you missed it!!

I would consider myself to be a (fairly) serious runner.  My running shoes, clothes, and accessories need to be functional.  No matter how cute that running skirt is, I’ll never justify wearing it if I’m going to be pulling it down every quarter of a mile (or worried that I’m showing more than I should be!!).  I’ve worn the same brand/model of shoes, socks, and shorts for the last 5 years.  Once I find something I like, I tend to stick with it.  
But that doesn’t mean that I can’t feel or look like a girl when I’m out running.  I admit – I put on mascara, I wear diamond stud earrings, and I color coordinate my outfit (down to matching hair ties and sports bras).  Doing these things do not take away from my running abilities.  


Up until recently, I had yet to find a headband that I was satisfied with.  I need a headband that:
– keeps my hair/bangs out of my face
– is tight enough to stay in place during a long run
– doesn’t give me a headache by the end of a run
– retains it’s elasticity over time


Of course, I would love a headband that did all of the above while also looking cute!  I have spent a ridiculous amount of money on headbands that never measured up to my expectations.  

My pile of failed headbands


And then I found Sparkly Soul.


Sparkly Soul  was created by a marathoner and triathlete who was facing the same frustration as myself and many other female athletes.


Finally, a headband that keeps my hair out of my face, doesn’t give me a headache, doesn’t rip my hair when I take it off, and doesn’t move (it didn’t budge at all on my 22 mile training run or the half-marathon I just raced).  


But, best of all,  Sparkly Soul headbands look AMAZING while being functional.  
Sparkly Soul headbands have 360 degrees of  sparkle.  They come in 10 great colors – so it’s easy to color coordinate with the rest of my running outfit.  And they come in a thick and thin band – I prefer the wider ones because I feel that they keep my shorter hair around my face in place better.

Needless to say, I am hooked – I have worn Sparkly Soul on EVERY single run since the day I tried them almost three months ago.  And I don’t plan on wearing any other brand again!!
 For more information or to purchase a Sparkly Soul headband, please visit: http://sparklysoul.com/




In honor of Veteran’s Day, I will be giving away TWO thin Sparkly Soul headbands – one blue and one red to a nycrunningmama follower!!  Below are the official entry rules!  Good luck to everyone!!

By entering your name and comment below you are agreeing to the Official Rules” of the sweepstakes.

Official Rules – CLOSED!
  • “NO PURCHASE NECESSARY”
  • Must be 18 years of age or older
  • Must be a U.S. resident
  • Giveaway will run from Nov 11, 2011 until Nov 17, 2011.  You must enter by 11:59pm EST on Nov 17, 2011
  • Winner will be chosen Nov 18, 2011
  • Entry procedures – Comment on the form below with when you would wear Sparkly Soul Headbands! Additional entries:
    • Subscribe to  nycrunningmama and  tell me with an additional comment
    • Follow me on twitter (nycrunningmama) and tweet me and tell  me with an additional comment!
    • Follow SparklySoul on twitter and tell me with an additional comment
  • Winner will receive 2x thin Sparkly Soul headbands (valued at $30)
  • The number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning
  • If duplicate entries are received, each duplicate entry will be deleted
  • If there are technical difficulties, the contest will be void and will restart the following week (more information will be posted if this happens)
  • Winner will be chosen randomly on Nov 18, 2011.  The winner will be contacted via email and has 4x days to respond and claim their prize.  If the winner does not receive an email within 4x days please contact me directly!
  • Entrants must submit their name and email address when making a comment in order to contact the winner
  • The winner’s name will be made public to viewers of the blog
  • If winner does not claim the prize, a second name will be chosen at random.  
  • Sponsored by Michele Gonzalez – http://nycrunningmama.blogspot.com/
  • Legal venue – NY state
  • VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW

Sparkly Soul

11 Oct


I would consider myself to be a (fairly) serious runner.  My running shoes, clothes, and accessories need to be functional.  No matter how cute that running skirt is, I’ll never justify wearing it if I’m going to be pulling it down every quarter of a mile (or worried that I’m showing more than I should be!!).  I’ve worn the same brand/model of shoes, socks, and shorts for the last 5 years.  Once I find something I like, I tend to stick with it.  
But that doesn’t mean that I can’t feel or look like a girl when I’m out running.  I admit – I put on mascara, I wear diamond stud earrings, and I color coordinate my outfit (down to matching hair ties and sports bras).  Doing these things do not take away from my running abilities.  


Up until recently, I had yet to find a headband that I was satisfied with.  I need a headband that:
– keeps my hair/bangs out of my face
– is tight enough to stay in place during a long run
– doesn’t give me a headache by the end of a run
– retains it’s elasticity over time


Of course, I would love a headband that did all of the above while also looking cute!  I have spent a ridiculous amount of money on headbands that never measured up to my expectations.  

My pile of failed headbands



And then I found Sparkly Soul.


Sparkly Soul was created by a marathoner and triathlete who was facing the same frustration as myself and many other female athletes.


Finally, a headband that keeps my hair out of my face, doesn’t give me a headache, doesn’t rip my hair when I take it off, and doesn’t move (it didn’t budge at all on my 22 mile training run or the half-marathon I just raced).  


But, best of all,  Sparkly Soul headbands look AMAZING while being functional.  
Sparkly Soul headbands have 360 degrees of  sparkle.  They come in 10 great colors – so it’s easy to color coordinate with the rest of my running outfit.  And they come in a thick and thin band – I prefer the wider ones because I feel that they keep my shorter hair around my face in place better.



Needless to say, I am hooked – I have worn Sparkly Soul on EVERY single run since the day I tried them almost two months ago.  And I don’t plan on wearing any other brand again!!
 For more information or to purchase a Sparkly Soul headband, please visit: http://sparklysoul.com/