Happy holiday season! I wanted to share some of my favorite fitness finds with you for anyone you’re shopping for who’s into fitness…even if that’s just yourself.
Madewell Transport Tote: I’ve eyed this bag at Madewell approximately a million times until spotting it on Brittany’s shoulder at the RW Half weekend. It’s a great size, and its lack of structure makes it really light. I’ve used gym bags in the past, but I walk a mile to work (each way, uphill, in the snow) and I don’t like carrying more than I need to, so I prefer bags that are big enough to throw gym clothes in while still looking professional. Longchamps are also good for this. I’d imagine Neverfulls are, too, but considering you can’t swing a cat in NYC without hitting a woman with a Neverfull these days, the Madewell tote is a great alternative.)
New Balance 1400s: To call my relationship with these shoes an obsession would really be to put it mildly. I have a closet full of other sneakers, but I reach for these almost everyday. I only wear other shoes if I’m doing a run longer than 10 miles. They’re lightweight but still have some cushioning.
Lululemon Run Pace Setter Skirt: I’ve run three marathons in this skirt with zero chafing issues. Enough said, right? It also has a thick waistband, so it’s incredibly flattering.
New Balance Heathered Tee: I’ve worn this for the last two marathons, and I like that it doesn’t quite look like a tech tee but it definitely is.
Sparkly Soul Headbands: I wear these for every fitness-related activity I do, and I don’t even want to count how many I have at this point. While expos are the best place to get them because they usually offer deals, you can order them online if you don’t have an expo in your immediate future. (If you’re in NYC, many fitness studios, such as Uplift and Flywheel, sell them in the studio if you need a last-minute gift.)
Goody Ouchless Elastics: I have really thick, slippery hair. Those cute little elastics that look like bracelets don’t do a damn thing for me. I’ve been using these elastics for years, and when I get stuck without an elastic and need to borrow one, I always secretly hope they’ll lend me one of these so I don’t end up with all of my hair in my face.
Lorna Jane Tights: Sometimes I work out during the work day, and then go back to work a sweaty, sexy mess. I don’t always change back into real clothes, so I try to wear bottoms I can layer with normal tops. Lorna Jane’s are usually the closest to looking like real pants.
Erica Sara Race Bling: My necklace with all of my marathon times on it is seriously one of my most prized posessions. I worked hard to earn each and every one of those charms.
I wanted to share something some of my blog buddies and I have partnered on. Kath, Tina, Julie, Anne, Janae, Meghann, Caitlin, Emily, Gina and Monica and I worked with Teespring, a crowdfunded custom apparel company, to create a campaign to benefit a charity. We’re selling the below T-shirts and donating all proceeds (about $7/shirt) to LEAP, a nonprofit that works with incarcerated women to prepare them for employment outside of prison, either through employment or self-employment. Their program’s approach includes entrepreneurship training, financial literacy, employability, life skills and post-release follow-up and assistance.
You can buy one of the shirts here if you’re interested. I think the shirts run a bit small, so I’d probably size up if I were you.
The NYJL has a similar partnership working with the Women’s Prison Association, so I’m passionate about anything that gives women skills they may be lacking to help them better their own lives. Speaking of the NYJL, we are hosting a holiday shopping event this weekend, and its proceeds fund programs such as that.
Finally! My buddy Leanne at Uplift emailed me about a really fun challenge they’re launching in January.
AND she gave me a discount code to share with y’all. If you purchase before 12/15 (before the price goes up), the code STRENGTHENUPLIFT2014 will get you 10% off.
What fitness finds can you not live without? What’s on your Christmas list? Tell me about any other great shop-for-a-good-cause sales that you’ve seen.