November 1, 2012

Thrift store Thursday and a GIVEAWAY

The taper has given me back some time to live, so I used that time to hit the thrift store trail. I found my son's Halloween costume (new, Target reject from last year, $2.50) and the red balancing disk (used, $1.99).

My son had been asking me all week if he could wrap himself in toilet paper for Halloween, so when I found this costume, I had to get it. I was not a fan of having him leave a trail of toilet paper bits behind him all Halloween night. 

I've never seen one of those red disks before now, but it reminded me of a bosu ball. My plan is to use it for balance moves, like standing on one leg, that will help strengthen the stabilizer muscles in my feet, ankles, and legs. Then the twins will hopefully have less chance of spraining my ankle during my taper.  Bonus: my kids have been "exercising" with it nonstop since I purchased it. 

And even though today is the day to start taking down Halloween decorations, I can't let go just yet. We spent last night as Liz Lemon and Jack Donaghy from 30 Rock.

I need shorter and even poofier hair, but I tried to tease it. I even used hairspray for the first time since our wedding -- twelve years ago. My husband didn't even have to change clothes. He just came home from work, combed his hair back, and talked about Don Geiss all night. 

Before we partied it up, we made mummies for dinner. 

But now to the important part of this post. With this week's crazy weather, I've been thinking about how we all adapt to the weather our regions have to offer. I saw lots of posts during Sandy about "crazy" runners trying to fit in runs with storms bearing down on them. We're obviously not crazy (although some of you are certified maniacs), just dedicated to being ready for our next race or moving forward with fitness and life. If you run, you live. At least that's how I feel.

So as a tribute to those living in much colder climates than me, I'm giving away these Due North everyday traction aids for ice and snow. So you can keep living even when the weather is fighting against you.

From the company:
The versatile Due North® Everyday Traction Aids are ideal for outdoor winter activities that require urban and light-duty casual, dress and athletic footwear. Whether you're shoveling the sidewalk, walking the dog or just running errands, the lightweight yet durable design of these Traction Aids will give you the confidence you need when walking or running on icy and snowy conditions. The webbed sole design allows the Due North® Everyday Traction Aid to adapt to the shape of your shoe, working with almost any style of shoe in your closet, and its low profile fit means it's nearly invisible to the eye. When not in use, the compact design makes them easy to store in small places such as, your coat pocket, handbag, briefcase or the glove box in your car.
If you are interested in purchasing them, you can buy them here.

This giveaway is for a size small/medium that fits women's shoe sizes 5-9 and men's shoe sizes 3-7.

To enter this giveaway: leave a comment telling me what part of the weather where you live makes it hardest to get outside and run. Or maybe you have awesome weather, so you can tell me about that too.

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I'll pick a winner on Monday, November 5th, after my race.