If I say it often enough, spring will come, right? Because I’m not going to be a happy camper when we jump from the 40s straight to the 90s. Just sayin’.
Anyways, right now I’m all about wanting to use some of the new spring products that I’ve gotten, so the weather better cooperate soon. But before I get to that, here are our new spring topics!
- April 3 – Favorite New Product
- April 10 – Spring Race Training Update
- April 17 – Favorite / Least Favorite Thing About Spring Running
- April 24 – Rate Your Month
- May 1 – Best / Worst Race Picture
- May 8 – Run Like a Mother
- May 15 – Favorite Night Before Race Meal
- May 22 – Favorite Memorial Weekend Races
- May 29 – Rate Your Month
OK, so here we go!
(Disclaimer: I’ve gotten some of the below products free or discounted and some below links are affiliate links where I get a commission.)
Skirt Sports has come out with yet another new style of skirt! I reviewed the Go Longer Skirt a month ago and I can’t wait to wear that one as an out and about skirt when the weather changes. But for running and cross training? I’m LOVING the new Lotta Breeze Skirt. It’s a take off of the Lotta Breeze Capri (which I own more than a few of), but it’s even better. The shorties are a half inch longer than the Gym Girl and they are PERFECT. The skirt is just a bit shorter than the Gym Girl, so the shorties peak out. It’s super comfy and will be a wonderful addition to my summer wardrobe when it gets too hot to wear the Happy Girl skirt that is still my #1 Skirt Sports skirt.
Altra has been crazy busy coming out with new shoes. I still need to try the Vali casual shoe, but I recently got my hands on the Solstice. This is a lightweight neutral shoe with a breathable upper, perfect for wearing as the Virginia summer comes rolling in. It’s got the usual zero drop and foot shaped toe box of all of the Altra shoes, so I can’t wait to get in some major miles in them as I start training for Marine Corps Marathon in a few months. But don’t take my word for it, they recently won an award for the Best Budget shoe!
Need some lightweight socks? I got sent a pair of the new Thorlos Experia Prolite to try. They are super lightweight and airy and perfect for summer. I’ve gotten a couple of good treadmill workouts in them, so I can’t wait to try them out on one of the Virginia days when you need to wring out your socks and skirt after a run. (OK, I lie. I do not want one of those kind of days at all, but if I get one, I want these socks.) They are part of a Kickstarter now, so you can sign up to buy your own discounted pairs.
Know what else I’m loving as we head into hot and sunny weather? Beautycounter sunblock. In fact, I love this so much that it was a big part of my decision to become a consultant. I have avoided chemical sunblocks for the most part (I wear them for marathons with zinc sunblock. The combo has kept me burn free through 7 marathons), but I’ve only ever found “ok” sunblocks. Either they go on super heavy and leave me looking like a ghost or I don’t like the smell or I sweat them right off. So far, the Beautycounter sunblock is the best I’ve found. I love the smell and it goes on great. I’ll have to report back on how well it lasts on long runs, but so far it did great when I ran in Texas.
You may notice a theme here. Yes, I’m all kinds of ready for the Virginia heat to come on overnight. The longer this cold weather hangs around, the fewer days of beautiful spring weather we will get. I’m sad when that happens (and it seems more and more frequent), but I’m just preparing mentally for it, so it doesn’t destroy me. But like most things in my life, I’ll be jumping in head first. (Did I mention that after not really racing this year, I ran the 17.75 two weekends ago, a trail race this past weekend – race report soon, and I’m running RNR Raleigh this coming weekend. Yeah, head first is how I operate.)