December 16, 2014

My Ultimate Runner Wish List & Chocolate-Covered Balance Bar Giveaway!

If you've waited until now to find a gift for your favorite runner, then you need help! But you still have five days to order online to get your gifts in time for Christmas. So here's a list to get your think tank thinking and your online ordering fingers typing. Also, scroll to the bottom for a chance to win a chocolate-covered present for your running buddy/significant other/child/sibling/self.

And now for a grand list title.

Runner Wish List 
Ok, not grand at all, but very practical, like some of these gifts.

1. Carbo-Pro For those of us who are nutritionally challenged during long-distance running, this drink powder could be the solution. I would know for sure if I had already tried it, but I haven't. BUT according to the testimonies of runners I trust, this drink works.
CARBO-PRO (3.0 lbs) is a nonsweet (neutral flavor) glucose polymer, derived through a patented process that consists of D-glucose units linked primarly by alpha-1-4 bonds, having a Dextrose Equivalency of less than 16 (high molecular weight). It is a white free flowing powder prepared by hydrolysis of grains (corn/barley/rice). Its highly safe for direct human consumption.
Most important factor here: tasteless, which is what you need to mix in with all the other tastes of running food. Sometimes the only thing you can stand is zero flavor, especially if you've been overloading with gels (guilty!).

2. Salomon Skin Lab Hydro 5 I'm finally ready to admit that my simple little Camelbak 50oz pack isn't the best for ultra running. While it's a-okay for shorter runs, I tend to get chafing from all of the bouncing of the pack on anything longer than 15 miles. Enter the Salomon Skin Lab. It's supposed to fit like a second skin. It's a pricey one, but I'm hoping it would last forever.

3. Itunes Gift Card Yes to music! It's the magic running serum that makes hard work seem easier. Even if you are against it for safety reasons, try it with just a single earbud.

And here's my new favorite love song from my husband (meaning he sent it to me, not that he wrote it) that I could also add to my trail running playlist. Trail running works well with chill songs that end with a bang.

Seriously listen to this song.

And today is our 14th anniversary! I love that dude so much!

4. Suunto Ambit 2 I can't justify buying a new GPS watch yet because my Garmin still technically functions, but I am jealous of the accuracy and long battery life of the Suuntos. This one is going to put you in the hole for at least $200, so save your pennies.

5. Wazzie Wool Baselayer Just going to put it out there that if you click on that link, you will see my picture at the bottom of the page. 

This one. 

Oiselle has been having a ton of holiday sales, so you can probably score free shipping and some percents off. Pretty much this is my shirt crush right now. I want it to always be clean and available, and I am not embarrassed to be seen in it three days in a row.

And for my Birmingham folks, Trak Shak is now carrying Oiselle!! Excited enough for quadruple exclamation points!!!!

6. Sparkly Soul Headband This is a company that I discovered at the Savannah Marathon expo, and I bought a couple of headbands on the spot. The bands are my new favorite because they are 100% stretch instead of having just one part of the headband that is elastic. They stay in place perfect too because of the velvet underside. And rainbow. 

Rainbow sparkly soul -- taming wild, unbrushed hair everywhere.

And they shared a discount code with us for 15% off from 12/16-12/23. Use the code YOMOMMA at checkout on

7. Buff Infinity Scarf My very cool niece was wearing this at our Thanksgiving reunion, and now my one scarf goal in life is to be just like her.

Not my niece, but the Buff scarf in question.

7. Blue Swiftwick Twelve Socks Another Savannah Marathon find, except I didn't buy them that day. Still dreaming about them. My black ones just like this have been my good luck race socks for about four years, and they are still fully functional. These socks are worth the 25 bucks. If I average out my cost per wear, I have paid about a fourth of a cent for each wearing.

Obsessed with this color. 

Free shipping at today!

7. 1Hour Break Still my favorite new sleep aid discovery this year. Using kava kava root as its base, this spray helps lessen anxiety and increase quality sleep.

8. Hal Koerner's Field Guide to Ultrarunning For those times when you just need to nerd out on running. Which is all the time.

And I also want to read this book, less for nerdiness, more for inspiration: The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics.

9. Zion 100 Race Entry You'll probably see this on the 2015 and 2016 list as well. But for real, one day.

Who wouldn't want to run here?

And earn one of these. Best 100 belt buckles in existence.

10. Chocolate-covered anything and everything! This present can come today since it's the blessed combination of my wedding anniversary and National Chocolate-Covered Anything Day. Why do we even need any other holidays?

And to celebrate 14 years of love and 36 years of chocolate eating, I have a Chocolate Mint Cookie Balance Bars Giveaway for you!

First, this is one of my favorite food combos to begin with. Any other Thin Mint fans out there?

Get your carbs and protein on for optimal recovery after a hard workout. These bars give you a healthy version of your Thin Mint fix. And you don't have to wait desperately for a troop to sell them in front of your grocery store. Order a box here

Or you can win a box here!

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  1. I think you summed it up with chocolate covered anything, but if I must pick, probably chocolate covered caramel, or fruit, or mint. Ok, anything it is. :)

    Good holiday list. Many of them are on my list as well!

  2. Dark chocolate bark thins with pumpkin seeds are my new obsession (Costco has the mombo size bag!).

  3. Chocolate covered peanuts and also strawberries. Separately covered. Yum!

  4. Goobers (chocolate covered peanuts)!

  5. Chocolate covered pomegranates!!!

  6. Peppermint bark is good, too! I've run in Zion, but I haven't raced there yet. I'd love to because it's so beautiful!

  7. Chocolate on anything is good. Strawberries, pretzels, bacon, etc....

  8. I like chocolate covered espresso beans!

  9. My all-time favorite chocolate treat is chocolate covered cinnabears. Unfortunately, they're really hard to find. Next up is chocolate and mint. How do these compare with the mint chocolate cliff bars?


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