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Valentine’s Weekend Festivities

13 Feb

The weekend was way to short, but I had a great time celebrating Valentine’s Day with Matt. Friday night I got into CT and we pretty much just relaxed. We exchanged small gifts. I got Matt a box of Valentine’s Russell Stover Chocolates and he got me a box of Reese’s Valentine’s chocolates (chocolate and peanut butter is my favorite combination).

Saturday we went to see the Vow.

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I wanted to go see a romantic movie this weekend. I wasn’t expecting much going into this movie, but I was actually surprised how much I liked it. It was incredibly sweet and not totally predictable, which I liked. Matt joked that he had never heard so much crying in a theater. Parts of it were sad but I would definitely recommend it.

After the movie we went for our couples massage! I think I enjoyed the experience a little more than the massage. It wasn’t the typical swedish or deep tissue massage I’m used to. The masseuse stretched my limbs a lot during the massage and it involved some shaking. Some parts were actually a little uncomfortable. I was kind of looking forward to just lying there, but this massage included a lot of movement. I did some searching online and I think we got a thai or shiatsu massage. After the massage we were offered a glass of wine some chocolates. We were able to sit down and just enjoy that. I did feel relaxed afterward and it was great sharing the experience with Matt, but I doubt I would go back to that spa again. I’m going to stick with relaxing massages.

I couldn't resist this picture, too cute.

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For dinner we went to this small pizza place that had amazing fresh bread and the pie we got was fantastic. We grabbed a bottle of wine for home and ended up watching a movie on NetFlix. I have wanted to watch An Affair to Remember for a long time, so we ended up watching that. I love old movies and this one is definitely a classic.

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Sunday I got caught up on Gossip Girl and I’m super frustrated with this season. I’ve been watching the show since the beginning. I love the fashion, but I think I really watch for the Chuck and Blair storyline. Now it’s just getting a little ridiculous, I hate that Chuck’s been chasing Blair for so long. I hope the show develops his character by himself without Blair for a while.

So that sums up my romantic little weekend with the boy.

Did anyone else see any good movies this weekend?

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Super Bowl Champs! Plus A Glimpse of Warm Weather

6 Feb

First and foremost, the Giants are the Super Bowl Champions!!

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It was a nerve wracking game, but I loved every minute of it. No matter who you were rooting for, this was a great game. Of course I’m happy that my favorite team one :)

I started a lifting routine last week and I am so incredibly sore.  I guess I really am using muscles that I don’t normally engage with my runs or my morning body weight training routines. It’s a good feeling and I’m definitely going to keep this up.

Speaking of running, I bought new running sneakers this weekend. It’s been about a year and 500 miles since my last pair and it was definitely time for an upgrade. My knees and feet were starting to bother me and I think it was from overuse.

I went to City Sports after doing a lot of research on different shoes. I wanted to be sure I was buying a good shoe for my foot type and running style. I ended up buying the Nike LunarEclipse + 2. It’s a stability shoe, but also has a nice cushy feel. I tried them out on the treadmill yesterday and loved them.

I have the Nike + kit for my Ipod so I’m able to track my runs very easily with the + shoes. I did hear that if you have the chip for the shoes that you can buy a separate running pouch so you don’t need to buy Nike shoes. I did try on a few other brands, but these were by far my favorite.

A Glimpse of Warm Weather

Last week there were a few days of unseasonably warm weather, one day it was up almost to 60. I also got my first major swim issue of the Victoria’s Secret catalog.

All of this had me dreaming of warmer weather, beaches and bathing suits. Here are a few trends I’ve noticed for swim suits this year:

Swim Trends 2012

Swim Trends 2012 by the5kfashionista featuring bikini bathing suits

L Space bikini swimwear, $134, Bikini swimwear, $50, Bikini bathing suit, $46, Violet Lake bandeau swimwear, $85, Violet Lake bikini bathing suit, $85, Sequin bathing suit, £10, H m swimwear, £9.99, H M bikini bathing suit, £7.99

Many of the swim trends are mimicking what we are seeing in day to day style. Last year color blocking and playing with bright colors was big and that is evident in many of the swimsuits this year. Animal prints are also staying in style but taking on new colors with everything from zebra, leopard to snake skin patterns. Large pieces of hardware are also making a big statement, adding a little bit of swim jewelry to bikinis and one-pieces. This may not be the most swim friendly option, but would look great while sun bathing.

Bathing suits are also taking on a bit of femininity with ruffles and fringe. There are also a variety of swimsuits in soft pastel colors. The last trend that is holding strong is sparkle. Swimsuits will be glittering with sequins and other types of sparkle, again this is a good option if you plan on just laying on the beach.

For those of you headed on vacation or getting ready for spring break, these are some great options for pool side attire.

This winter has really flown by and didn’t seem like winter at all. There wasn’t much snow and it was a lot warmer than usual. Although I really enjoy the winter, with the crisp air and fun winter activities, the days are getting longer and I’m anxious for the first signs of spring. The official start is just about a month away.

What’s your favorite part of the start of spring?

I love that the days are getting longer and we are slowly getting more sunlight. It also means I can start going for runs after work again!

First Lifting Day

2 Feb

Yesterday I had my first lifting day following my fitness program. I had originally planned on doing the arms portion of my lifting routine on Tuesday, but I was still a little intimidated and there were a lot of people at the gym so I backed off. Yesterday I decided to just go for it and I completed the whole routine.

I ran a 5k on the treadmill at a pretty fast pace. I was definitely looking to get some speed in yesterday. I followed this up with a half mile walk to cool down. Then I went straight to the machines, this is what my workout consisted of:

Pushups
Assisted Pullups
Bicep Curls
Tricep Pushdowns
Shoulder Presses
Lat Pulldowns
Crunches
Obliques

I did 3 sets of easy weights and did my reps according to the plan. At first I was thinking it was really easy and almost started to up my weights, but by the time I got to the lat pulldowns I was exhausted.

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I may not have been bench pressing, but I still felt pretty bad ass. I think next week when I do these again I may keep the same weights to get used to it. Friday I plan to do the leg portion so I’ll be using all new equipment for that and I’m definitely looking forward to it.

This morning I did this full body “Booty Shaping” workout. I keep track of all my scores so it was nice to see improvements from the last time I did this workout months ago. I was doing more pushups and v-ups. Seeing progress is always motivating.

Random Stuff

This week has been crazy, so I didn’t get to mention the awesome weekend I had. Matt and I drove to Long Island and we met up with a bunch of my friends from college. It was an amazing time. I always get so excited when I get to see my girls.

Now I’m off to my last class of the week tonight. I’m still trying to get used to my new schedule. My classes are on different nights and I’m working out on different days, I’m feeling a little out of whack. I’m thinking I should be all up to speed next week.

Alsooo, I realized I haven’t done a fashion post in a while so this weekend I’ll have a new post up. Here’s a hint, it will be a sunny tropical theme :)

 

 

Personalized Fitness Program

27 Jan

So I mentioned that last weekend I did a fitness assessment. This is a free program offered by my college’s fitness center so I definitely wanted to take advantage of it.

I met with the trainer again yesterday and she wrote up a whole fitness program for me based on some goals I told her about. I mentioned that I was thinking about doing a half marathon and also that I wanted to include weight training in the program. I also wanted to learn more weight training exercises.

To start out I did a brief 8 minute cardio warm-up on the elliptical. Then we went over the running portion of the plan. The whole plan will run about 12-16 weeks. I would be running about 4 – 5 times a week and weight training 2 – 3. I would get one main rest day a week. The running includes some easy runs, intervals and race pace workouts. Every week there is one long run and this distance gets progressively longer. Here’s a photo of the plan.

I’m definitely looking forward to trying this out. I don’t think I will start it right away just because of time constraints with school, but I’m thinking of starting it once the weather warms up/ the days get longer and I can do some outdoor runs. I’m thinking I can start this up in March or April. That means I would be looking at a race in June or July.

The second portion of our meeting went over some lifting exercises.

I’ve mentioned before that I tend to stick to the circuit Nautilus type weight machines. The meeting was great because the trainer taught me some great free weight exercises and how to use the large lifting gym equipment that I’ve always been nervous to try out.

I used this pulley thing that I had never used before, totally over my fear of this now.

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Now that I know how to use this equipment I will definitely be making my way to this portion of the gym. I want to start incorporating more of these workouts into my daily routine even before I start the actual program.

She mentioned that I could focus on lighter weights since I’m not looking to gain a lot of muscle mass. Even with all the body weight training I do I was surprised how tough some of the arm workouts were just using light weights. I’m excited to get stronger and see how that will help me with my running.

I love that my school has this sort of program. I even checked my local gym and they provided a fitness assessment for about $15. I would definitely recommend checking your local gym to see what programs they offer. I’m always looking for neat freebie workout classes, events or promotions. This was definitely a great perk for being affiliated with my grad school.

Even if your gym doesn’t offer this type of program I would say to ask someone that works at your gym to go over how to use some of the more daunting equipment. I never learned to use some of the equipment and got stuck in a routine, but I’m so glad to have some more exercises that I add to my workouts.

This morning I did this upper body workout that my favorite online trainer Zuzana posted. My legs are super sore today so I’m excited to take some time off this weekend.

Have you ever tried a free workout activity?

Other than trying this fitness assessment, I’ve done a free boxing and yoga workshop and both were a lot of fun.

Feeling Pretty Sick

18 Jan

I’ve been feeling really congested and achy since Saturday and I went out Sunday night with one of my roommates and her friends, which was probably a bad idea. I had a couple of drinks which I’m sure did not help my body recover.

Since I’ve been under the weather, fashion and working out have been the last things on my mind. This has been my wardrobe since this weekend:

Sick Day

NIKE velour hoodie, $40, Long sleeve tee, $13, Waffle Knit Blanket, £49, Abercrombie Fitch yoga activewear, $24, H&M slipper shoes, £7.99

I’ve been wearing yoga pants, sweats, my fuzzy slippers and I’ve been wrapped up in blankets.

I called out of work yesterday and mostly relaxed. I did try to get in some quick cardio/ strength training in yesterday for about 12 minutes, but that was the extent of my  major activity. I’m not the best at resting I always feel like I need to be doing something, but I think I did a pretty good job of taking it easy yesterday. I cleaned my room, did some laundry and stayed in bed and read. Now I’m about half way through the Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. Even though I watched the movie, the book has so much more detail and I can’t put it down.

I made it into work today with the help of vitamin C, echinacea tea, sudafed and a nasal spray. I was a foggy mess but I made it through. I brought my clothes for the gym and ended up running a couple of miles and I’m actually feeling a little better. Who knew the gym was a cure-all?

My first day of classes start tomorrow, so I’m hoping I’m feeling a lot better by then. I’m going to take it easy tonight and head to bed early. Being sick is awful.

Here’s hoping the rest of the week improves!

Do you workout when you don’t feel well or do you stick to getting rest?

Ways to Stay Active in the Winter

10 Jan

I can’t believe I start my last semester of grad school in one week. I’m excited that I’ll be finishing school and moving on with the next phase of my life. I know I have time to start looking for a new job, but I’m excited for all the new opportunities and adventures I’ll get to experience this year. Although I do enjoy my current job, it’s an entry level position and I’m already getting the itch to move on to something more challenging.

Last night I skipped my usual after work run and decided to go home and do some cleaning and laundry. I finally have all my Christmas cleaned up and put away. This morning I did a short 12 minute workout from BodyRock.tv called Turn Me On Fitness. At the gym today I did my 40 minute interval workout on the treadmill followed by this abs and arms workout (click on the picture to enlarge).

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I think I may have over worked myself today the arms and abs workout was brutal. I made up for it by enjoying  this delicious blueberry shake when I got home.

Very Berry Smoothie Ingredients:

1/2 cup frozen blueberries

5 whole frozen strawberries

1/2 cup almond milk

1/2 cup vanilla bean greek yogurt

1 scoop vanilla protein powder

1 Tbsp flaxseed oil

1 Tbsp ground flaxseed

That’s it! I just blended it together and it was the perfect amount for my cold cup.

Ways to Stay Active in the Winter

What I love about winter are all the activities that are typically pretty cold weather specific. In the summer it’s very easy to get out and be active, during the cold months a little extra motivation is needed to go out into the cold, but it can be just as fun. I tend to take my rest days on the weekends so instead I like to try to get out and be active. These are some great cold weather activities to enjoy until spring comes back around.

Snowboarding/ Skiing

This is a more expensive option, but not only is snowboarding fun, but it’s also a great workout. Recreational snowboarding can burn 250 to 630 calories per hour for a 110-200 lb adult, so a day or half day at the slopes burns some major calories while also having fun. This is still on my to-do list this year, it’s just a matter of setting a time to go.

Ice Skating

Many towns have indoor and outdoor rinks where you can rent skates for a reasonable fee. This is also a great date idea in the winter. I’m trying to convince Matt to go next weekend, I’ve never gone so it should be an interesting experience.

Sledding

In high school me and my friends went sledding all the time in the winter. I even went a a few times with my friends in college. Sledding makes you feel like a kid again and is a very inexpensive way to enjoy the winter and the snow.

Snowshoeing

If you like hiking in the summer, you should try it’s winter counterpart. This is a great way to check out trails in a new way. There are parks and other locations that rent snowshoes if you don’t want to purchase them.

Going for a Walk

This is one of  my go-tos. Matt and I tend to go on a lot of walks around the city. We will grab a hot cocoa and just take in the sites around Cambridge and Boston, or do some window shopping around Newbury. I always make sure to layer-up and this is another activity that’s free and great to do with a friend.

What are your favorite cold weather activities?

I enjoy snowboarding even though I’m still new at it and not that good, but this winter has been a lot warmer than usual and we’ve been lacking in snow. There was a dusting this morning! I’m hoping for a little more snow so I can get out and enjoy it and luckily there’s more snow in the forecast this week! I am excited to try out ice skating at some point, possibly next weekend.

Cold Weather Base Layers

6 Jan

This morning I did a quick 7 minute workout. After work I decided to do an interval treadmill workout for about 3.1 miles. I ran two other times this week and did longer 5 mile runs to keep up my endurance, but today I just wanted to get in a quick and tough interval workout. This is the workout I did.

I basically just went back and forth between the two paces and did each speed for 2 minutes until I hit 3.1 miles. I ended up dropping the incline to 0% about half way through. It was tough and I was pretty sweaty after, but I’m glad I pushed my self. I was able to complete this in about 24:40.

I saw this image yesterday on FitSugar’s Facebook page and thought it was funny and so true.

Whenever I’m on the treadmill I try to either outrun the person next to me in time or go faster than them. I think it’s a good bit of internal motivation.

After the run I ran through some of my usual ab exercises. I also have a new favorite ab exercise using a stability workout ball.

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Directions for this exercise and some other stability ball ab exercises can be found on Good House Keeping. These exercises are killer and after just a few my abs are burning. I do a variation where I tuck in on the side working the obliques as well.

Cold Weather Base Layers

Anyone that runs or exercises outdoors in the winter know the importance of a quality, warm, moisture-wicking base-layer. A base layer will help to keep sweat away from your body, which wards off any extra chill.

I’ve been searching for more base-layers that I can use with my day to day clothes. My parents bought me these silk long johns from L.L. Bean last Christmas and they have been my saving grace on my cold walks to work. When I think of long johns I always think of the bulky uncomfortable things my grandmother used to buy me and my brother Christian when we were in elementary school. Now however, there are a bunch of companies that make cold weather base layers that are thin, neutral, and comfortable, like my L.L. Beans.

I actually purchased a new pair yesterday with a gift card I got from Christmas for J.C. Penny. The brand is called Cuddl Duds and I was able to buy a long sleeve top and bottom on sale for $34 (plus shipping) which is half the regular price.

Similar to the pair I bought


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I was also considering using some sports base layers for day to day use. Some perks for the sport base-layers are many are focused on compression, so you won’t get the bulk underneath your clothes. A number of sporting company’s provide these types of base layers like Hot Chili’s and Under Armour.

Yes my blog is focused on fashion, but I’m all about comfort. I think it’s very possible to be warm and fashionable. What I like about base layers is that they generally come in pretty neutral colors. It’s very easy to slip them on underneath a sweater for some added warmth without them being noticed. I also prefer those with moisture wicking properties. There’s nothing worse than walking around and working up a little bit of a sweat just to have the cold cotton clinging against your body. Just thinking about it gives me the chills.

Prior to city living I never really considered layering for the winter the way I do now. I rely heavily on public transportation or walking so I’m constantly outdoors for extended periods of time. I’m glad that there are now non-bulky and neutral options to stay warm so I’m not walking around like the kid in the Christmas Story.

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What steps do you take to stay warm in the winter?

Holidays and New Year’s Resolutions

3 Jan

I’ve been on a bit of a blogging hiatus after being home for the holidays, but I am officially back!

This past week and a half has really been amazing. I was able to stay at my parent’s house. I love sleeping in my old bed, hanging out with my family and seeing my dog.

My dog Sammy hopped in bed with me the first night I was home

Most of the Christmas cookies were already made when I got home so Matt and I made a batch of Gingerbread Men on our own and they came out really good despite the fact that I accidentally spilled more flour in them than the recipe required.

I also got to make delicious tamales with my family.

All the fixings for our tamales

This is one of my favorite holiday traditions my mom brought with her from Costa Rica. Making tamales is a lot of work. Unfortunately my mom burned her hand on the stove Christmas night so I ended up doing a lot of the tamale preparation for the first time. I cooked the pork and kneaded the masa together. My brother Christian was also home from his college in California, so we worked together to make the tamales.

I was also able to see some of my best friends from college.

Girl's night at Sara's house

We got together at my friend Sara’s house and she put together a nice spread of appetizers and we brought some wine. It was great to see everyone. Since I’ve been in school in Boston it’s been a lot harder to see my friends so I love when we are able to get together. We all caught up and talked about all the new things going on in our lives. It’s also great to hear that my friends are all doing so well for themselves. I’m really proud of all of them.

Friday night Matt’s parents put together a masquerade party.

Me and Matt all dressed up for the masquerade

It was fun to dress up and wear masks for the night. That dress should look familiar, I liked it so much after featuring it in my post that I bought it. It was my first masquerade party and it was nice to see that so many people dressed up.

For New Year’s Eve I went out with Matt and some of his friends.

Some of the group outside on New Year's Eve

All the ladies on New Year's Eve

Last year we stayed in for New Year’s Eve so it was nice to get out and celebrate with friends.

I also got in five runs outdoors, it was nice to be able to still stay active with all the festivities. Today I was back to my regular eating and exercise schedule, which was nice. I got in a 4.5 mile run on the treadmill at a steady pace and it felt good.

Resolutions

After that whirlwind of a holiday, I’m back in Boston and back to work. Since I’ve been able to settle down I started really thinking of some resolutions and goals I want to set for myself for 2012.

1. Continue to be assertive in all aspects of my life

In 2011 I really started to speak out more at work in regards to my ideas and issues I have noticed. People always see me as the nice guy, which I’m ok with, but sometimes people take that as weakness. I’ve had to become more assertive so people don’t try to walk all over me. I think assertiveness is necessary to not only create boundaries, but to also get your thoughts and feelings out. I want to be assertive not just at work, but with all my personal interactions. This is something I’m constantly working on and is a a resolution I am renewing this year.

2. Save more money

I’m ok at saving, but I would like to get better at it. I want to be more aware of my spending habits, so I can enjoy the things I really love and cut out the frivolous things. I’m also realizing that I’m getting older and there are things that I will start to want/ need in the not-so-distant future, like a car and a home, so I have decided to put more money into savings this year.

3. Running one road race a month

Come this spring I would like to run about one road race a month. I know this won’t always be possible, but this is something I do really enjoy so I would like to be able to take part in more road races this year. I’m also considering some longer races. I still don’t see a marathon in the cards for me, but instead of completely ignoring the idea of possibly doing a half marathon I might actually consider doing one this year… we’ll see.

These are my resolutions for the new year, what are yours?

Keeping Up Your Workout Routine During the Holidays

22 Dec

I’m packed and ready to start my vacation for the holidays! Today I took a rest day. My body is super sore from working out pretty hard Monday through Wednesday, so I ended up waking up and doing a little yoga and stretching. Yoga is such a great way to unwind.

Today definitely dragged at work, probably because I was so excited to travel home, but it’s over and vacation has officially begun.

I love the holidays and as fun as they can be, it can also a stressful time that’s cruel to the waistline. I will definitely be enjoying all the food, baked treats and eggnog this year, but I will also make sure that I’m keeping up with my workouts.

I typically run about 2 to 3 times a week and do early morning cardio/ body weight training about 3 to 4 times a week. It’s important for me not to let this go by the wayside, so I’m going to stay active. Here are a few tips to keep up a workout routine during the holidays.

1. Pack Your Fitness Gear

Workout clothes were the first thing in my suitcase, they also took up a lot more room than expected

If you are going away for the holidays be sure to pack a sensible amount of workout clothes. I took some vacation time from work so I will be home for about 10 days. I packed six workout outfits and my sneakers. I know luggage space is valuable, but the only way you will actually workout is to have your gear ready. On top of workout clothes I brought a running jacket, winter head band, interval timer and my notebook where I log my workouts.

2. Schedule Workouts in Advance

No real reason for this pic except the puppy is adorable and looks like he's doing yoga.

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I know the next week will be pretty busy so I have already picked days that I know I will be able to fit in a workout. I will be opting for morning runs and exercises to start my day, leaving the rest of the day open to relax or enjoy holiday activities. Pick a time of day that works best for you and stick to it. Put out your clothes in advance or keep them in a spot that is easily accessible for when you are ready to exercise.

3. Don’t Overdo It With the Food

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I’m all for enjoying holiday food, but I also know it’s very easy to overdo it. Try not to stuff yourself and stick to your regular servings. I’m a big advocate of enjoying things in moderation. If you are considering going for another plate wait about 15 minutes to see if you are actually hungry. It takes time for food to digest and after waiting you may realize you aren’t that hungry after all.

3. Stick to What You Know

My go-to exercises are pushups and crunches, they are easy and no equipment is needed.

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This may not be the best time to try out a new exercise routine. I will be sticking to my old running routes and some of my go-to exercises. I also have some old exercise DVD’s at home that are also good substitutes in case the weather is too bad out for a run. Though I love getting a good workout in, I don’t really want to be extra sore during the holidays and this can happen if you start to work different muscles with new routines.

4. Have Fun With Family & Friends

Some of my best runs have been with my friends and Matt.

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Friends and family are home for the holidays so this is a great time to invite them to workout with you. Invite someone on a run or to the gym with you. Do a DVD workout together. The holidays are really about enjoying time with your loved ones, so why not include them in something you enjoy. One year my dad brought me to his gym with a guest past and I loved it. We did a spinning class (which I had never done before and really liked) and the next time I was able to try out some of the cardio equipment which was really advanced compared to my gym (TVs on every machine). I also loved that we were able to spend time together doing something we both enjoy.

This will be my last post until after Christmas so I hope everyone has a fun and safe holiday! Merry Christmas everyone. From the weather reports they are saying CT may have a white Christmas this year, I’m keeping my fingers crossed ;)

What will you be doing to stay active during the holidays?

I will be getting in a couple of runs and may try out some old DVDs.

11 Christmas Gifts for Runners and Fitness Enthusiasts

19 Dec

I can’t believe Christmas is just 6 days away. I can’t wait to go home and visit my family and see my friends. I’m going to start my packing tonight and streamline what I’m bringing home so I don’t stuff my suitcase. My exercise clothes and sneakers tend to take up the most space and sometimes I don’t even use all of it, so I’m only going to bring a few items, and if anything I can do laundry at home instead of over packing.

This morning I got in a pretty good workout. At the gym today I did the interval workout I made a few weeks ago. I really like this workout and love that it really adds some good speed and pushes me. I slightly modified the last interval so I didn’t slow down as much at the end and kep up a quicker pace, I definitely think I might be sore tomorrow.

Christmas Gifts for Runners and Fitness Enthusiasts a.k.a. My Wish List

I’ve been running since high school and most of my running apparel and gear are items I bought or was gifted back then. Needless to say a lot of it has seen better days. There are plenty of gift buying lists out there so I figured I would make one for runners and fitness enthusiasts. These are mostly things that are on my wish list now and that any runner or person living an active life style can get some use out of.

1. Gym Bag

This Nike Sami 3.0 Large Club Bag ($65) would be a great gift for your favorite gym rat. It’s large and has three separated compartments to sort your shoes, clothes, wallet and keys. Not to mention this bag has a great modern design and is nice to look at. This bag also comes in all black. This is a great gift if you don’t know the person’s clothing size.

2. Compression Pants

Every runner should own a good pair of compression pants for running in colder temps and you definitely can’t have too many pairs. These Coldgear Colorblock compression leggings by Under Armour ($59.99) are a great pair to not only wick away moisture but will also keep runners warm and comfortable.

3.  Wrist Wallet

One of the biggest questions a runner has to deal with on their way out for a run is, where can I put my keys? Not all shorts have a running pocket. This Sprigs Banjees Wrist Wallet ($15) is a great alternative to tying your key in your shoe. This little guy leaves room to bring an ID and some cash and wick moisture away while you are running.

4. Skiing / Snowboarding Lift Tickets

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If you know someone that snowboards, a great Christmas gift is a pair of lift tickets to a local mountain (prices vary). This is a great way to get out and enjoy some time with them or let them enjoy a day on the slopes with a friend.

5. Running Shorts

Like the compression pants, a runner can’t have too many pairs of good running shorts. The Nike Pacer line of running shorts ($32) comes in a variety of colors, so you can find the perfect color combination for your favorite runner.

6. Race Bib Holder

For anyone that has ever run a road race, there is the dilemma of where to place your collection of running bibs. This Race Bib Hanger from Etsy ($26) is a perfect way to display race bibs with pride.

Another gift idea for displaying race bibs is the BibFolio ($39.99), basically runners can place their bibs in the pre-made binders.

7. Reflective Running Top

For those late night or early morning runners a reflective top is a must have. This Brooks Women’s Nightlife top ($54.99) is great for city running and to stay in sight when you have cars driving by during your run.

8. Base Layer

A base layer is another great gift for someone who skis or snowboards. This mid weight base layer from L.L. Bean ($34.95) incorporates Polartec technology to keep you warm and dry on the slopes. Thumb holes also help to keep the sleeves down to keep them from riding up mid run.

9. Running Gloves

A good pair of running gloves is another essential for cold weather runners. This Nike Women’s Elite Storm – FIT Running Glove ($30) will protect against the elements including wind and rain.

10. Tech Long Sleeve or Short Sleeve Top

Tech shirts keep you dry during your run and both long sleeve and short sleeve versions are great gifts for anyone that exercises. I’m currently working on boosting my collection and getting away from cotton that tends to weigh my workout down. This tech shirt from Lululemon ($68) is perfect for cold weather runs. This shirt is engineered to reduce chafing, has thumb holes to keep the sleeves in place, is moisture wicking and has a great mid hip length.

11. GPS Sport Watch

This is another must have splurge gift for the runner in your life. GPS running devices are a great way to keep track of distances and running pace. If I didn’t already have my Nike+ for my Nano I would totally put this Nike+ SportWatch GPS powered by TOM TOM ($199.99) on my Christmas list. You can use this watch indoors and out. Other options are Garmin Sport Watches and the new Motorola MOTOACTV.

So, that’s the roundup of some great Christmas gifts for runners.

Are there any other great gifts for fitness lovers? What’s your favorite item from the list?