May 20, 2016

Springtime Favorites

It's Friday and a day to share some of my current favorites.  We are linking up with Courtney at
Eat, Pray Run DC, Mar at Mar on the Run and Cynthia at You signed up for what for the Friday Five.

1. It's no secret that reading is a hobby of both of us and running books appeal to us as well as non fiction and fiction.  Recently a new book was written by Amby Burfoot titled First Ladies of Running. Following the beginning of the women's running movement up until 1994 when Oprah Winfrey ran the Marine Corps Marathon, Burfoot covers the pioneers of the sport.  These women made it possible for all of us to participate in a sport that used to think that women would be injured or hurt by running more that a very short sprint race.  My favorite quote of the book came from Katherine Switzer:
"I think the Olympic Marathon was in many ways as important as giving women the vote.  Everyone had come to accept what women could do in the social and intellectual realms, but it took the Olympic Marathon to show the entire world how physical and powerful women could be."

I am not going to spoil the book by giving details but the running profiles and experiences of 22 women are shared by the author after many emails and visits with those profiled..  Burfoot captures the personalities and struggles these women faced at a time when distance running was tabu for women.
2. Springtime in the south brings beautiful weather and multiple activity days are high on my list.  Just yesterday, I spent the early morning running 400's at the track with my group followed by 9 holes of golf.  And that was topped off with a short ride on the boat.  Sunshine definitely keeps us outside.

3. While ice cream is always a staple in my freezer, some new flavors have recently appeared at my grocery store that I am very excited about! Graeters brand is also new to me and it is a superior brand that uses ingredients free of artificial ingredients, colors etc.  If I am going to eat ice cream, it might as well be the good stuff! Unfortunately, I consider a pint container a serving for one!  Anyone else do this?


4. Orange Theory Fitness was on my radar since February when a studio was announced in our town.  They finally opened at the end of April and the workouts are every bit as intense as I was told they would be.  Since I run only three days per week, an option for either an elliptical machine or a stationary bike is available during the cardio session of the workout.  Having rowing machines as part of the workout as well as a weight session gives you a fantastic hour that leaves you pretty sweaty and exhausted.  Once a week is my current attendance and that will change based on my training plan.

5. Maybe this is becoming a broken record, but my favorite summer footwear is Oofos.  My collection has grown and just recently I received a pair of the Oolala's after winning them on Twitter.  This collection/obsession is keeping my feet in good shape due to the great support they give your arches.  Flip flops can cause many foot issues if you wear them frequently and living in North Carolina means sandals and flip flops are my everyday footwear for nine months of the year.  My large collection of flipflops is now ignored since I discovered Oofos.  And if you have not tried Oofos, you are missing out!  My local Fleet Feet carries them and they are also available at many large race expos.


Do you have any springtime favorites to share?  We always love recommendations for races, food, clothing etc.
(Pam)

23 comments:

  1. I'm so glad to hear you are liking that book! It's my book club book for this month! If you write a review, will you link it up with us? June 18.

    I love my Oofos, and I have to keep them out of reach of my new puppy, who wants to chew them!

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    1. Oh the Oofos would be a perfect play toy for a new puppy. I doubt I will write a review of the book, but I was surprised by the Judy's comment below about the book. I guess the stories were interesting enough to me that I did not think about the quality of the writing.

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  2. The lilacs are always a favorite -- so pretty, so aromatic.

    I took that book out of the library. Frankly, I wasn't blown away by the writing and didn't finish it before i had to bring it back to the library. The stories, OTOH -- they were amazing.

    I just love the longer days and someday, running without a jacket on. Although I might've wished I needed a jacket for my race . . .

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    1. I agree that having cooler days for races is preferable. I do think the stories in the book are great, but the quality of the writing was something I overlooked.

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  3. That ice cream flavor looks amazing! I try to jut buy the real single serving cups (or bars) but they don't have the best flavors. I love my Oofos too!

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    1. I can't buy those single serving cups because I would eat several. I figure it is cheaper to be a gluten with the larger containers.

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  4. Since my foot pain i've been wearing a pair of crocs that got passed over to me from my sister who never wore them. I then tossed them in a box cus I didn't think I'd wear them either. I've since pulled them back out and they are like heaven! They aren't the clog ones, they are more like sandals! -M

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    1. I think comfortable shoes are a must for runners. Tom bought Croc flip flops a couple years ago and he loves them. He has EEE width feet and the Oofos did not fit!

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  5. Those Oofos look great - love the blue ones!

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  6. I bought that book a couple weeks before I traveled for Tink, and I loved all the profiles. Without those women, who knows where women's running would be, and maybe no weekends like Nike Women's, Tink, or Princess.

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    1. That's true, I never thought about the female centered races. Those pioneer running women paved the way for all of us.

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  7. That ice cream looks delicious! I'll have to see if we have that around here. I love Oofos too. I haven't tried the Oohlala yet. This may be an excuse to get another pair of Oofos :)

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    1. I like the Oolala model because they are a little dressier. I wear them when we go out and really don't care what people think. They make my feet happy and that counts for something.

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  8. Oh I can't even get started on books, I love them! In fact I just picked up one today from the library that I've been waiting a year for it's release to find out how a series ends:) Nothing better than a great book to pass a spring day.. Well after a morning run of course, LOL

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    1. Yes, there are always at least a dozen books around the house for me to choose from. And recently I discovered how to download a library E book to my I Pad. What a treat to be able to carry just that on vacation and to visit my mom.

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  9. I love my Oofoos, too! I wear them around the house a lot instead of walking barefoot. Total comfort!!

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  10. I love that Katherine Switzer quote. At first I was thinking that it was a bit overblown to compare the two events, but I actually do agree!

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  11. That books sounds awesome and something I'd love to read. I too think that pints of ice cream are only 1-2 servings and not 4 like it reads, haha. Have a good weekend!

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  12. I'm now craving ice cream! 😊 I love my sanuks! They are my favorite summer sandal.

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  13. I'm really dying to try OTF!! It's on my summer bucket list for sure.

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  14. I love the Oofos :)
    How awesome to win a pair!

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  15. Thank you for the book recommendation- I will have to check that one out! And I have never heard of those shoes. All I know is that flip flops are bad for runners, so it would be nice to have a good alternative.

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