What I’m loving right now

Well, running obviously, but maybe some of the things that go with (and not so with) running too. Without further ado, here are a few things I think are really cool this late November week:

1. My Oiselle arm warmers–The weather has been just right for arm warmers

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Oiselle knows how to make a good pair of arm warmers

lately, and as an Oiselle ambassador, I have two pairs (one navy, one orange) to go with just about every short-sleeved top I own. What makes these so special? For one, they have a longer sleeve with a thumbhole. For two, they have elastic that really, really works. These babies never slide down like others I have.

2. Whey Cool protein powder–The sock doc turned me onto this particular brand of powder. What sets it apart? It’s made through a low-heat process which means no MSG. Did you know that the vast majority of whey protein powders have MSG in them?  I’ve been making morning shakes with coconut milk, the powder, some kale or spinach, and whatever fruit happens to be nearby. It fills me up and keeps hunger at bay all morning. Now if only I had a Vitamix to make

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Whey Cool protein powder

the shakes. Santa?

3. My Bosu ball– I’m a big believer that as runners, we need to have good balance. Running is, after all, nothing more than balancing on one leg over and over again. While I was injured, working on my balance had to go out the window. Now that I’m back, it’s time to get it in order again. One-leg stances on the Bosu? Yes, thank you. I also add in upper body work, lunges, and other things on the Bosu for an extra little challenge. Now if I could just keep the kids and their friends from treating it like a toy.

4. This book–Unbroken, by Laura Hillenbrand. I know lots of you have already read this, but I finally got around to it thanks to my book club. Holy cow–Louis Zamperini’s will to survive the trials of imprisonment during WWII, along with his heroism, are nothing short of amazing. Anyone else biased like me think that the fact that he was an Olympic runner played a big role in this never-give-up ability?

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What an amazing story

What items are on your list right now?

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  1. I read Unbroken last winter and LOVED it. Such a great integration of history and sports lore. I couldn’t put it down!
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  2. Love those arm warmers! The thumbholes are genius!
    I definitely need to spend some quality time with a bosu ball when I get back to the gym.
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  3. I was reading an article recently and it turns out that runners need to read labels. There are numerous fueling and recovery products that have MSG in them.
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  4. Love that book! How cold does it get before you have to wear the sleeves? Not sure if AZ will get cold enough, maybe by January for my half but maybe not even then? Just wondering…I hate to be cold. :) Jessica

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  5. I love my Bosu ball, but right now on my list of things I can’t live without are a dip station, an Ugi ball, and a sandbag. Well…I’m currently living without them, but they top my Christmas list.
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  6. I love the Bosu!! :)
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  7. A little unknown curious fact about me, I love to collect arm warmers, I dont use them a ton, I just like having them

    If you are hook on Whey, Costco is the cheapiest place to get a good brand
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  8. And I’m off to add the arm warmers to my Christmas list! :) Thank you for the recommendation! :)

    I’ve heard that book is amazing… might have to add that to the Christmas list as well!

    Heck, we should rename this post “things Miss Zippy thinks Santa should bring Colleen”. :)

  9. I am always on the lookout for the labels and what kind of “stuff” they put into foods.

  10. My Brooks Silver Bullet jacket is what I wear al lthe time, both for running and casually. Arm warmers are cool, but we went from summer to winter this year, few days were appropriate.
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  11. I’ve been trying to work on balance, too – I read an exercise in which you use a balance ball to prop your leg while you lift weights, and I actually think it’s really good. You work two areas at once.
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  12. Never knew that about whey powder. MSG! Yuck, great info and I am going to check this out. Thanks! Have a great week!
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  13. I loved Unbroken- completely amazing story. She also wrote Seabiscuit which is an incredible story as well.
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  14. Okay, those arm warmers just went DIRECTLY onto my Christmas list! And never knew about the whey powder thing – yeepers.
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  15. I’m really thinking arm warmers need to be added to my list for Santa!
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  16. See my latest post for my recommend read-read the intro and you’ll realize it’s really that good!

    My fave gear remains my Brooks Pure Flows.

    That’s awesome you use Designs for Health products-I use several of their products and they’re great.

  17. Great info about the MSG.

    I liked, but no loved, Unbroken. I know I’m in the minority on that one.

    I’m loving so much right now. The book, “Those Who Save Us”, my crockpot, mint tea with honey, inspirational cds to listen to in the car.
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  18. I’ve heard good things about that book. I need to look into it!
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  19. love all that you’re lovin’! Whey cool…might have to give it a try!

    I gotta find time to read…seems like when my head hits the pillow, I’m out but I miss lying in bed, reading a nice book :)
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  20. This has reminded me that I haven’t read that yet and I really want to!
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  21. Cool! I was wanting a good book to check ou :)
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  22. I had no idea that most whey powders have MSG in them! gross!
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  23. Nice arm-warmers!

    Thanks for the book-rec, I’m due for another soon!
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  24. I love the longer arm warmers. I need to get my wish list organized!

    I also need a Bosu ball. Now that the final big race for 2011 is in, I seriously need to rework my training and get my over-all health in line. Spring will be here before I know it!
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  25. I think I feel like the last person who hasn’t read that book. I need to get around to it. You would think with all the great things people say about it that I would have.

    I’ve wanted to try arm warmers. I’m afraid they’ll slip.
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  26. I am loving my Tommie Copper Knee Sleeve. They have literally save me from knee pain. I just loaned them to my sis because she was complaining of her knees aching all night.

    I love my OISELLE Start Line Tee I won from Tall Mom on the RUn. It’s a great fit.

  27. Definitely another book I have to put on my list. Blogs have become such a good source of recommended reads.
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  28. I have the oiselle arm warmers too and I love them! They are great! Just wish I had more time to wear them – hopefully in the spring racing season. I also want to read Unbroken but everyone has it out at the library!!
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  29. Loved Unbroken!! A good history lesson also.

  30. I read Unbroken, LOVED IT!

    I didn’t know that about whey protein powder!!! I need to check mine!

    YAY for running!
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  31. Definitely adding those arm warmers to my wish list!

    I really had no idea about MSG and whey protein – gotta start reading the labels!
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  32. I am in the middle of unbroken right now
    I love it!
    buying this for a lot of people for Christmas
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  33. my brooks running wind jacket…..
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  34. Here is the link to my article on MSG and its hidden names. http://sock-doc.com/2011/03/excitotoxins/. You won’t see MSG on the label. You will see words like “hydrolyzed” “caseinates” “autolyzed” and “isolates” which signify MSG was created (not added) during processing. This is why most all brands, especially the cheap Costco types but even Whole Foods Whey Protein, contain MSG.
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  35. I want to read that book. Have you read Matt Long’s book? I really enjoyed that. I am loving that it is Monday night but it is like Thursday night with one more day of work this week.

  36. I am about halfway through Unbroken.
    (I needed a little break when he was taken prisoner. Plus, I’ve always got 2 or 3 books going at once.)
    But so far it’s an incredible book!
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  37. Haha, I don’t live where it’s cold enough to have arm warmers but they looks super cute.

  38. I had no idea that protein powder had MSG. I have been using Vega, which I think is pretty good, but I have to say it doesn’t taste the greatest. Maybe I should try Whey Cool. I have heard Unbroken was really good. I loved Seabiscuit and thought it was very well written so I bet Unbroken would be as well. Thanks for the recommendation!
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  39. My dad owns “Unbroken” and one of these days, I’m going to borrow that book from him and read it. :)
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  40. Don’t you just love the Bosu ball? Such a brilliant piece of work out equipment! :)
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  41. I finally got Unbroken from the library only to have it sit on my nightstand as I just didn’t have time to read it — must try again.

    I’ve seen those Oiselle arm warmers on another blog and thought they were perfect but the site doesn’t sell them anymore. :( — I love the idea of the thumb holes as my hands are always freezing.
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  42. love the bosu ball! use it with my clents (and myself) all the time. anything you can do while standing is made harder and better on that thing!
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  43. Awesome that you read Unbroken! I was amazed reading it, I thought it was one of my favorite books I’ve ever read. Louie Zamperini is amazing.

    And hilarious that your kids play with your bosu ball, haha
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  44. i’m loving coconut milk in my shakes too!! And that book was wonderful! I actually listened to it as an audio book on my longs runs, which totally kept me moving
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  45. WIll have to try that protien powder out. Thanks for sharing on that. Coconut milk. hmmmmmmm. I have never tried out one of those balls, but have been tempted to give it a go. Happy Thanksgiving!
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  46. Glad you gave a good report of Laura Hillenbrand’s book ‘Unbroken’. I ordered it through Amazon UK over a month ago but for some reason it’s not available here until 7th – 9th February!
    Laura’s other book ‘Seabiscuit’ was an incredible story and highly recommended.
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