December 14, 2017

Thrifty Thursday: Budget Update and New (Thrift) Running Clothes

It's been a while since I've written a Thrifty Thursday post!

Jerry and I are still following our budget plan, and it feels really easy now. We've gotten so used to it that it's not even on my mind much. It feels very automatic.

Last month, we weren't able to pay ANY extra onto the credit card. In other circumstances, I would not be happy with the fact that we couldn't pay anything extra--but the reason for it wasn't due to frivolous spending.

We had to pay $600 onto Eli's orthodontic treatment (starting in January, the payments will only be $130 per month, thank God). I also got 90% of the kids' Christmas shopping done last month! I was done shopping before Thanksgiving, which is the first time I've ever gotten done before the week of Christmas.

We didn't go overboard for Christmas this year, but I had been warning the kids of that all year. Last Christmas, they each got a very expensive gift (Noah got a MacBook and Eli got an iPhone). This year is simple and practical, but I'm really excited about it.

I can't wait to write about it, but I will have to until after Christmas (I just don't want my kids to find out yet). The best part is that Christmas is paid for already--every other year, we would wind up charging a ton of stuff to the credit card, and then paying for it for a long time. By staying within our budget, we will not acquire any debt for Christmas, and that's awesome.

So, last month wasn't great for debt repayment, but I expected that because of Christmas. This month will definitely make up for it, though. (There are five paydays this month! Always a nice bonus.) We've kept our extra spending to a bare minimum. There is always something that we need that we don't plan for (this month, Jerry needed new tires for his car), but barring anything else happening, we should be able to make a nice payment onto the credit card at the end of the month.

We'll also be saving a lot of money on co-pays from now on. I only have two more physical therapy sessions. I had my last appointment with the spine center. I reduced my therapy sessions to once a month (I don't feel the need to go as frequently anymore, so that's a good thing). And I'm well established with my psychiatrist, so I only need to see him every 3-4 months. I'm not even sure what I'll do with myself now that I don't have appointments all the time! Haha. (Run. The correct answer is "run", Katie.)

Speaking of running, I went to Salvation Army a few days ago to hopefully get a couple of sweatshirts; and while I didn't find any sweatshirts, I did find some nice running clothes. I didn't necessarily need running clothes, but now that I'm basically a new runner again, I thought some new (to me) things might motivate me.

I really did need a fleece, or something extra warm, to wear on top of another layer. I found this one, and it's very warm and cozy. I like the color, too. It was marked at $5, but it was half off, so I only paid $2.50.


I got a pair of Nike running pants that are super warm, and they're big enough to wear over my running tights. I'm super excited about these, because running in the cold is so unappealing lately; and I didn't have any pants to wear as a top layer, so these are perfect. I only paid $3 for them!


I also got the black and white top that I'm wearing--it's very thin fabric but surprisingly warm. The fabric feels like a pair of tights--I've never had a shirt like this before. I spent forever trying to figure out the brand by searching phrases online, and then when I was putting the shirt away, I noticed that it says "Climawear" on the sleeve. Hahaha! This design isn't on their site, but this is the closest I can find. I only paid $1.50 for it, and I love it.

And a few others:

This FILA half-zip is great for spring weather. It's light weight and the sides are mesh. Nothing special, but I like the look of it and it's comfy! $3.


This orange-ish color jacket is actually my favorite, and it happens to be a fairly cheap brand--Xersion, which I believe is exclusive to JCPenney. This is a little heavier than the FILA one, but still a good top for spring. $2.


This gray one below is definitely too big, so it looks a little boxy, but it's very comfortable and a high-quality, thick fabric. I like that I can wear the collar high on my neck, but it lays pretty flat when I unsnap it. The brand is MPG Sports, which I'd never heard of. I looked it up online, and apparently this brand is pretty expensive (I always like to look up my thrift clothes to see if I got a good deal!). From the other run jackets on their site, it looks like it was $98.00 new--and I paid $3.50, so I'd say it was an awesome deal.


Now that I have the new fleece and the warm top-layer running pants, I have zero excuses not to brave the cold and run outside! ;) We had a big snow storm yesterday. I really miss having a treadmill! I can go to the Rec center to run on the indoor track if I can get there during certain hours, but the track is SO BORING. At least on a treadmill, I can watch Netflix or something.

So, without the treadmill, my options are to run outside on the snow and ice; or to run on the indoor track. It's hard to get motivated to do either of those! I'm hoping the snow and ice melt quickly. The temp is supposed to be 34 on Saturday, so hopefully that will be warm enough to melt the snow.

One last thing for Thrifty Thursday... just a funny story. Yesterday, Jerry and I went to Hobby Lobby to get the last few things we needed for the boys' Christmas gifts. Hobby Lobby has online coupons for 40% off any regular priced item, so I always look it up while I'm standing in line and then use the code when I check out.

We thought all of the items we bought were on sale, so we didn't use the coupon. When we got out to the car, however, we noticed there were two items that were actually the regular price. One of them was $16, and the other was $10. So, it wasn't a piddly amount of money to get back if we'd used the coupon.

You can only use one coupon per customer per day, but since there were two of us, we could each buy one item with a coupon in separate transactions. We brought the two regular priced items back inside with our receipt. We planned to basically just "return" them and then re-buy them with the coupons. Makes sense, and simple enough, right?

Well, when I told the cashier what we were doing, she said she had to ask her manager. I thought that was odd, because I was literally just going to return something and then buy it again with a coupon. But, she asked the manager, and then came back to say that we weren't allowed to use the coupon, because it must be used at the time of purchase. Jerry and I looked at each other, thinking "What in the world--?" The cashier (a young girl, probably 20 years old) didn't seem to think there was anything odd about it.

I said, "Okay... then I'd like to return these, please." She said, "Sure!" and started the return transaction. Jerry and I kept looking at each other, humored by the situation; then Jerry said, "Okay, I guess I'll go get the same items off the shelves then." And the cashier again acted like that was perfectly normal.

She finished the return, and there was one person in line behind me. So, I got behind that person in line as Jerry came back to the front, holding the exact same items we'd just returned. We each had the coupons on our phones, and we purchased the items using the coupons. THE SAME ITEMS WE JUST RETURNED. With the same cashier.

Meanwhile, the manager picked up the returned items and walked away to put them back on the shelves. We left the store dumbfounded, but laughing about the whole situation!


December 13, 2017

Weight Loss Wednesday: Alcohol and Weight Loss

I have been at a total loss for words lately. I've drafted three posts over the last few days, but they were really just babbling about nothing. I'm hoping that today's will actually be worth posting ;)

I know I've written a little about this before, but this topic has actually been affecting me quite a bit this year as I'm learning more and more about myself and my body.

As you probably know, when I was losing the weight in 2009-2010, I drank a glass of wine just about every single day. I looked forward to having a glass of wine and a sweet of some sort (usually chocolate) every evening. And I lost weight for 52 weeks in a row.

I always measured out my wine, and I'd usually have 4-8 ounces, depending on how many Points/calories I wanted to spend. A 5-ounce glass has roughly 100 calories, so I wasn't consuming many calories from wine. And it worked out fine!

Early this year, when I stopped trying to count calories, I just tried to focus on not binge eating or eating for emotional reasons. Mostly, I was focused on my mental health, and my weight followed suit. For the first time ever, I dropped back down to my goal weight without counting calories.

I also wasn't drinking (much). I went about eight weeks without any alcohol during the summer, but even before that, I only had a handful of drinks over a several month period.

I suspected that limiting or eliminating alcohol played a role in my not binge eating, but I wasn't sure. Over the last month or so, I've really started to pay attention to my alcohol consumption and how it affects me (physically and mentally).

There have been several occasions where I've had alcohol recently, mainly because I've been getting together with friends frequently. I know I don't have to drink when I'm with friends, but it's hard not to. I got together with friends many times over the summer, and I was totally fine always volunteering to be the designated driver.

But then the "special occasions" got more frequent, and I've noticed that the alcohol really does affect my weight and mood in a lot of ways.

Delicious blackberry cider in Portland

To name a few ways that alcohol has affected me this year:

1) I get lazy. It doesn't matter if I have one drink or five the night before, I feel super lazy the next day, and sometimes even two days later. I was so excited about getting back to running, but over the last couple of weeks, I've found it very hard to get the energy to do it. Last week, I only ran twice, and I had planned to run three times. Three times is not too much to ask!

2) It makes me not care so much about doing what is best for me. Again, running is a good example. It's not just that I don't have the energy to run, it's that I don't care if I run or not.

3) I am hungry all the time. And not just "mental hunger" (appetite); legitimate hunger, where my stomach growls and feels like an empty pit. Because of this, I've been eating more than usual; and therefore, my weight is up. Last week, I was at 136, and this week, 136.4. In that way, alcohol does make me gain weight; the only reason I was able to lose weight before, in 2009-2010, was because I was measuring and counting the calories in the drinks. Now that I eat when I'm hungry, and the alcohol makes me hungry, I'm eating more. Result: weight gain.

4) Alcohol causes me a ton of anxiety. I might feel relaxed for a short time after having a drink, but then hours later, I am filled with generalized anxiety. And since I tend to eat when I'm anxious, it has been hard not to eat for emotional reasons. This wasn't an issue at all when I wasn't drinking for weeks (or months) at a time.

5) It makes my moods shift kind of drastically; and for someone with bipolar, that's a bad thing. The goal is to keep my mood stable, and alcohol makes that impossible.

So, it's kind of hard accepting the fact that I really need to abstain from drinking altogether, but I know it's what I need to do. I'm not even going to think too far ahead, because the thought of not enjoying margaritas (my very fave) is just sad. (I'm not saying I will never ever have a drink again--because that's highly unlikely--but I'd like to avoid it as much as I can.)

Good-bye margaritas. It's been real.

Right now, I'll just concentrate on the moment. When I wasn't drinking at all for a while, it was because I really hated the (almost) immediate physical effects on me: swollen hands (literally within 4-5 sips of a glass of wine, my hands feel warm and puffy); racing heartbeat; an uncomfortable hot/cold feeling (I can't tell whether I feel hot or cold, and it's really annoying); and insomnia. I don't sleep well at ALL if I've had even a single drink the night before.

Drinks with Caitlin a few weeks ago

My mental health is the most important task to me right now, and if that means not drinking when all my friends are, then I accept that. I have a Winers meeting (the wine club that Renee and I started in 2009) on Saturday, and it's the most fun one we do all year: Christmas! We bring a bottle of wine and an appetizer or dessert to share with everyone, and we have a white elephant gift exchange.

It's going to be so hard to be the only one not having wine at a "Winers" meeting! I've done it before, though, so I know I can handle it. I just wish I didn't like wine so much, haha ;)  Mostly, I just don't want anyone to think I'm being self-righteous or that I'm judging people for drinking. The reality is, I wish I could enjoy it with them! But my body has other ideas, so I just have to do what is best for me.

Out with friends at a brewery in Seattle, and drinking boring water. But I felt good!

When I was abstaining most of the time this year, I replaced a nightly glass of wine with a can of La Croix or flavored Perrier. I looked forward to that as much as I did my wine! I never used to buy it, because it's very expensive; but I justified the cost by not buying alcohol, so it ended up saving me money in the long run.

In the late summer, however, I decided to stop spending my "allowance" money on the water. It seemed like a waste of money to me. But I think that the water and snack routine every night helped me quite a bit. Like I said, I looked forward to it. So, I bought some La Croix today, and I'm going to go back to having one every night.

Sometimes I will have tart red cherry juice in a wine glass--it looks like a very deep red wine and the tartness tastes tannic. I can almost envision that it's actually wine ;)

Anyway, I'm very curious about any of you that may want to share... does alcohol affect your weight, either directly (the immediate calories) or indirectly (like eating for emotional reasons)? Does it affect your mood or emotions like it does for me? Make you unmotivated? I can't be the only one (at least I hope not) so I'd love to hear some other experiences.

I haven't written a Thrifty Thursday post in a while, so I am going to make sure to do that tomorrow!


December 8, 2017

Family Friday: Christmas Photos with Santa

Jerry loves Christmas. Like, he REALLY loves Christmas. He's basically Clark Griswold. The music, the movies, the decorations, the shopping, the baking, etc. His favorite time of year.

And I am basically the opposite. I'm the Grinch. I think Christmas is stressful, expensive, materialistic, and commercialized. 

This year, I decided I'm going to embrace all the Christmas stuff that Jerry gets so excited about. On Wednesday, I told him that I was going to take him on a surprise date. Or maybe "outing" would be a better word, because the kids came too. They knew what we were doing, but Jerry did not. 

We drove a very long way (with construction traffic, it took an hour and 20 minutes!) to get to Somerset Collection (a high-end mall). And we got our pictures taken with Santa!

(The kids have never believed in Santa so this was their first time getting pictures with him. The idea of "Santa" makes me sad--I've just never understood how you explain to your kids why Santa gives some kids a ton of gifts, while others don't get any.)

We had driven so far to this particular mall because they have a very elaborate Christmas setup. And their prices were actually cheaper than any other mall I looked at! It was $30 for six poses, and the photos are given to you on a flash drive at the end of the session (with a release to print or use the pics however you'd like). 

The session was super fun! Santa and the photographer (and the elves) were awesome ;)







When we picked up the flash drive, we were given 6 tokens to "spend" in the mall. There was a list of seven stores, and you could go into those stores, hand them a token and they'd give you a little gift. So cool! I used one at Godiva (of course! Haha, they gave me a full-size Godiva bar). The kids and Jerry got small Lego sets at the Lego store. And the kids got chocolate from Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory. They had more stores, but we were into chocolate and Legos, apparently!

The kids had so much fun that they already asked if we could go again next year. And I think the photos made me a little less Grinchier this year ;)

The plan after that was to go out to dinner in Downtown Wyandotte, where the Christmas decorations are really pretty. Then go home and watch Christmas Vacation with eggnog and cookies. (I was clearly trying to make this as sickeningly Christmasy as possible, hahaha). The photos and the drive took so much time that we weren't able to do the movie, so we did that last night instead. It was great! Hanging out with the kids gets more and more fun each year, as they get older.




My sister is going to be running Ragnar Chicago May 18-19. She is putting together a team, and has a few spots to fill; and while I'm not going to be doing it, she asked me if I would throw the idea on my blog and see if any of YOU would like to do it. My sister is super fun and outgoing, and I can guarantee you'd have a great time!

If you're interested, send me an email telling Jeanie a little about yourself--why you want to run a Ragnar, have you run one before, what's your average running pace, etc. Her team isn't going to be competitive, so you don't need to be running six-minute miles, but they need to make sure that they meet the time cutoff, which is why they need to know your pace.

I'm not making any decisions, but I'll pass the emails along to Jeanie, and she will get in touch with you if she thinks you'll work out for their team. They're just looking for someone fun who wants to have a good time and meet new friends!

Jeanie has written a guest post on my blog, so if you want to read it to get to "know" her a little, you can find it here.

You can send the email to: Katie (at) runsforcookies (dot) com.


December 7, 2017

Handmade with Love: Readers share their handmade crafts


As you may know from reading my blog, I happen to LOVE crafts--I love making them myself, but I especially love seeing what others have made. The creativity that people have is so inspiring! 

I asked my readers if anyone would like to share a link to their Etsy shop, so we can 'oooh' and 'ahhh' over all the pretty things, and maybe purchase a few Christmas gifts. 

You can click on the photos or the shop names to head to their Etsy stores. Several shop owners even created a special code for you! (Thank you so much, by the way, for being so generous!)




Gracie Lou Printables - "My shop is named after my little girl, Gracie. My shop is purely digital downloads. I’m a fan of pretty florals with an inspirational message... so that’s mostly what I offer!"

Runs for Cookies Reader Discount: Code “Runsforcookies” for $1.00 off




Details & Scribbles - "I have always been a little artsy and over the last three years have really gotten into hand lettering and calligraphy. A few months ago I open my Etsy shop and it is slow going but hoping after the first of the year I can get a website up. I want to do more with wedding calligraphy and hand lettered prints. My Instagram shows more of what I can do for custom work but I do have some things in my Etsy shop."




Do Good Decor - "By day, I’m a harried (albeit enthusiast) Mom, foster-Mom, & SPED teacher, but by night I’m a hot-glue-wielding bohemian with a passion for making original, high quality home decor and accessories. DoGoodDecor is a small shop with a big cause! It keeps me balanced and helps me support children in foster care by giving a portion of its profits to charities that aide these amazing kids!"

Runs for Cookies Reader Discount: I’m thrilled to offer a 10% off discount code to all of your fans: COOKIE10




Eleventh Avenue Crafts - "I make handmade crafts with love. Currently, we have adorable onesies (some with leg warmers for an additional fee); Manly Aprons, our BIGGEST seller; personalized dog leashes in multiple colors; personalized Christmas stockings (felt and plush); and Christmas sacks. If you need a size or style that I don't have, please send me a message. I love to do custom orders."

Runs for Cookies Reader Discount: I am offering a 20% discount for Runs for Cookies readers from 12/8/17 through 01/31/18.




Green Artist Designs - "My shop is called Green Artist Designs. My Etsy shop is new, and I haven't had a sale yet. I make rustic wood burned signs. My work is inspired by nature. I love using wood as my canvas."




H&H Jewelry Designs - "My Mom and I started the business together in 2005. H&H was the first initial of both of our last names, Hertel and Hodny. We started on Rubylane and then found Etsy. After my Mom unexpectedly passed away in 2012, I took over running the business solo but never changed the name. I make anything that sparkles, using mainly Swarovski Crystals, Murano Glass Beads, Lampwork Glass and Swarovski Pearls. I have a traditional and feminine style to my jewelry!"

Runs for Cookies Reader Discount: Get 15% off with coupon code RUNSFORCOOKIES  (this code is entered into a box during checkout). Valid 12/8 through 12/31.




Maple & Ruby - "Comfortable and practical children's clothing, inspired by nature and the beauty of imagination. Handmade in Canada, frequently using organic and Oeko-Tex 100 certified materials. Women's line coming soon, but for now I have super comfy undies for women as well!"

Runs for Cookies Reader Discount: Discount: 15% off for readers until Dec 31st. Use code RUNSFORCOOKIES




Mitten Made by LBB - "I have an Etsy shop that I just opened back in September! Most of my big ticket items are made to order, and some of the rest are ready to ship."




Morning Clover - "Morning Clover was inspired as a creative outlet because I am a lover of local and handmade items. When I was little, I remember spending hours hunting for four leaf clovers and finding them. A four leaf clover can be thought of by each individual leaf--the first leaf symbolizes faith, the second leaf is for hope, the third leaf is for love, and the fourth leaf is for luck. Morning Clover is about starting your day off with luck while embracing each of the leaf meanings to have the freshest and luckiest day possible. I make stud earrings and makeup bags and currently ship to USA and Canada."

Runs for Cookies Reader Discount: I would love to offer your readers 25% off with the code runsforcookies




Paper Planes & Mud Pies - "My shop, Paper Planes & Mud Pies is comprised of block printed art prints. A block print is a form of printmaking that consists of hand carving a block (in this case a soft rubber), inking the block, and then transferring the print to paper or fabric. A lot of my work features Southwestern motifs, including cacti and mountains."

Runs for Cookies Reader Discount: I'll be offering a special discount code to Runs For Cookies readers: take 15% off all orders over $20 through December 15th, 2017. Use code: RFC15OFF.




Dreamy Meadows - "I love to knit and be crafty--lately, I've been on an infinity scarf kick!"

Runs for Cookies Reader Discount: The link to the shop includes a coupon code for 10% off any of my items.




Sara Sews Stuff - "I have a sewing business. I make mostly children's items such as mermaid tail blankets, tooth fairy pillows, and marble mazes (a fidget toy where there is a marble sewn between two pieces of fleece and you manipulate the marble through a maze pattern.)  My business is only about a year old so my Etsy store is still small. I have more for sale on my Facebook page."

Runs for Cookies Reader Discount Code: Use coupon code COOKIES10 for 10% off any order of $50 or more valid 12/7 thru 12/16.




Sewing with Scraps - "I love old quilts and repurposing items. Currently I am selling felted wool scarves and Christmas stockings made from old wool sweaters that are washed and "felted" then cut apart and re-sewn into new items.  (Scarves are great for Michigan winters!). Also, I have an assortment of Christmas stockings made from old quilts that have become too worn and tattered for use as blankets. I use the salvageable areas and sew into stockings. I can't stand the thought of these old beauties being thrown away."

Runs for Cookies Reader Discount: With any purchase of 2 or more items, you can receive 20% off your purchase with code "COOKIES".




Thousands of Treasures -  "I've always been interested in fun embellished denim jackets and cozy scarves. Seeing the price tags on some of them was discouraging, so I decided to try making some of my own and my Etsy shop was born."

Runs for Cookies Discount Code: Readers can enter coupon code RUNS4COOKIES for a 20% discount.




Timber By Marc - My guy and I have a woodworking business which we have on Etsy (mostly small things like picture frames) but he uses exotic woods (responsibly retrieved) which makes some of the stuff pretty special! He also uses hand tools which increases the quality and makes each one of a kind. Marc also has a stream on Twitch so people can watch him work in his shop!




Twelve Mile Creek - "My husband made this run medal and bib holder for me about a couple of years ago. It’s one of my prized possessions because it was his own idea to make for me. Afterward, he began an Etsy shop called TwelveMileCreek named after the creek behind our home. He’s the creative genius, and I check the orders and send them out."

Runs for Cookies Reader Discount: I’d love to offer your followers a 10% discount when they mention “Runs for Cookies” in their Etsy orders from now until May 15, 2017.



Thanks so much to all of you who shared your handmade goods with us! 


December 6, 2017

Feeling "off"

I never intended to take such a long break from blogging! After writing that post about my favorite running things, I just couldn't even look at my computer for days. That post took me two full days to write! Definitely the most work I've ever put into a post. But it was fun to write, and I love having it all in one place now. Easy for referencing later.

Anyway, I haven't been feeling my usual self for the past week or so. (And by "usual", I mean the medicated bipolar me who I've been for the last nine months.) I definitely don't think I'm hypomanic, but I don't think I'm depressed, either. My mood isn't terrible, but not really good.


I actually left the house with mismatched shoes one day! Hahaha

I've been sleeping a lot compared to how I was sleeping before, but I wake up feeling totally unrested and tired. I have zero motivation to do anything. I've been keeping up with housework; but it's been nine days since I went for a run, when I ran with Caitlin a week ago Monday. I really enjoyed that run, and I was excited to run again. But I just haven't had the energy or the drive to do it.

Caitlin and I realized this was our first actual run together. We've run
several of the same races, but never actually run side-by-side. It was fun!

My appetite has changed, to where I feel like I'm just ravenous all day long. It's not even "mental hunger"--I literally feel physical symptoms of hunger much more often. And because of that, I've been eating a lot more than usual. This morning, when I did my Wednesday Weigh-in, my weight was at 136--not exactly panic-worthy, but still 2 pounds more than the weight range I've maintained for months on end.

I hope it's just temporary. Maybe all this doesn't even mean anything--I've been very hyperaware of my moods since my diagnosis, and I don't know that I would have thought twice about these symptoms prior. I really need to start keeping a mood journal again. It's just hard to remember to do it when I'm feeling really good.

I've decided that starting today, I'm going to at least fake the motivation to be my best me (which is why I'm writing this post--I really didn't want to write today). I'm going to try my best to stick to my blogging schedule, and I'm committing to run three times before next Wednesday. I'm also going to start working on a fun project...

I decided on a new project yesterday. After writing about my Snow White Halloween costume from childhood (I think I was five or six when my mom sewed the costume), my cousin Jeanie contacted me to say that she read my post and that she still has the costume! It was handed down through my family, and she has two girls who played dress-up with it when they were little.

1987-Katie

She gave my mom the dress to give me, and when I saw it yesterday, I had the idea to replicate the costume for me to wear next Halloween. I searched online for the original 1986 pattern that my mom used, and I found someone selling it online for $5 (the new, uncut pattern). So, I bought it, and I'm excited for it to arrive!



I'm going to try to find the same fabrics that my mom used, and make a replica of the costume. It's kind of crazy how different dress sizes are now. When looking at the measurements on the back of the costume, I think I need to make a size 14! My measurements are roughly 36-26-36, which is a medium in the pattern size--and a medium is size 14-16.

I know sizes have definitely changed for vanity purposes, but I think I'm a pretty average-sized person (about a modern size 6 dress). I don't even think the pattern comes in a size larger than the medium, though, so if I was any bigger, I would be out of luck. I had a hard time finding a medium--most of the ones I found were size small.

It should definitely keep me busy for a while, and I think it will be a really fun project to work on. I've been very into sewing lately. Usually, I just mend or alter clothes, but I'd like to find other things to work on. I have a bolster pillow that I want to make a cover for, so I can do that as well.

Tonight, I'm taking Jerry on a surprise date. I know he's going to LOVE IT, and I'm super excited to see his expression when he sees what we're doing. I will write about it, but not until afterward. Once in a while, he actually reads my blog, so I don't want to ruin the surprise! ;)


December 5, 2017

RECIPE: 2-Minute Chewy Oat Bar (with just 4 ingredients!)

I'm never sure what to call this. It's more of an "oat patty", but that just doesn't sound very appealing. This basically makes a chewy oatmeal patty (we'll call it a bar) that you can top with pretty much anything! My favorite is honey and banana. (See more photos below the recipe for other ideas)



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2-Minute Chewy Oat Bar

Ingredients:

1/2 cup old-fashioned oats
1 egg white (or 2 Tbsp. liquid egg whites, like Egg Beaters)
1/4 tsp. cinnamon
2 tsp. honey (optional, but the honey makes this divine!)

Directions:

In a small bowl, combine the oats, egg whites, and cinnamon. Stir well.

In another bowl (preferably a larger bowl with a flat bottom of about 4 inches or so), spray the bottom and sides with cooking spray. (Alternatively, you could grease it with coconut oil, or other oil. Just make sure you use something to prevent it from sticking.)

In the prepared bowl, spread the oat mixture across the bottom of the bowl, and press down hard. You're basically forming a "crust", so you want to make sure it's packed together across the bottom of the bowl.

Cover the bowl with plastic wrap, and leave a small corner open to vent the steam.

Microwave on high power for 90 seconds. Carefully remove the bar from the bowl, using a utensil to slide between the oat bar and the bowl. It will be in one piece--an "oat patty".

Drizzle with honey, and eat as-is, or top it however you'd like: peanut butter, banana, jam, Nutella, walnuts, sliced fruit, or anything else you can come up with.


The recipe as written--just the honey (it's delicious!)

Topped with Dark Chocolate Dreams peanut butter

Topped with honey + PB2 (powdered peanut butter) stirred together

I've even used this as a pizza crust! Omit the cinnamon and use garlic salt,
then add pizza sauce and cheese and bake for a few minutes.


December 1, 2017

Calling All Readers with an Etsy Shop...

One of my long-time readers emailed me recently about her Etsy shop, and it reminded me of a post I did a long time ago (yikes--it's been five years!). I had asked my readers who sold handmade items to send me a brief description of their shop, as well as a photo, and I shared all of them in a blog post. (Here is a link to that post, if you're curious)

I love handmade items, and with Christmas right around the corner, it's the perfect time to showcase them! I also really appreciate my loyal blog readers, so this is a little way to give back to those with crafty talent.

So, if you have an Etsy shop (or you sell handmade items through your own site) and would like to have a little free advertising here on my blog, you can do so like this:

Send me an email at Katie (at) runsforcookies (dot) com with the following:

   Please use the email subject "Etsy" so that I will make sure to see it (I get a lot of email, and things get lost sometimes).

   The name and a brief description of your shop (one paragraph, about 3-5 sentences). I may have to edit this down, depending on how many people participate.

   A link to your shop (obviously).

   1-4 photos of items in your shop. If you send more than one, I'm going to collage them into a single photo for space. Please don't send me photos that are already in a collage--just 1-4 separate photos.

   This isn't mandatory, but it would be really cool if you could offer a discount code or something to Runs for Cookies readers! If you choose to do that, then I need the details for that as well.

And that's it! I'm sorry this is such short notice, but I didn't even think of this idea until today. I'd like to have it up ASAP (because Christmas is literally this month!) so the deadline is next Wednesday, December 6th, at 10 pm EST. It would be nice to get the post up by Friday, the 8th, so I'll see what I can do.

I always thought it would be so fun to have an Etsy shop! I love making crafts. But my problem is that I get bored with making the same things more than once or twice. And when I'm doing it for money, I feel so much pressure to make sure it's perfect that I don't even enjoy making it! So, I just stick to doing crafts for fun. Here are a few of my favorite projects I've done...

This aviator hat for Luke! SO CUTE


I made these felted wine bottle carriers for Renee and I when we started our Wine Club

When losing the weight, I cut up all of my too-big jeans and made this quilt

I used to make lots of white elephant gifts--this was a "fornicating deer" beer koozie


A race shirt quilt top that I made out of... you guessed it! Race shirts.

This last one has a sweet story attached to it. Here is what I wrote in my blog about it on the day of the race:
"Last night, I told the kids they had to go to bed at 9:15 because we had to get up early for the race this morning. I told them to lay out their running clothes before bed, and as Eli was looking for a shirt, he said the sweetest thing: "I want to make a shirt that says, 'Runs for Cookies is my mom'."

I thought that was so cute! But it was 9:15, and there was no way we had time to make a shirt. So I told him that we'd do it for the next race. I was in bed by 9:30, knowing I was going to get up at 5:30 (and by "in bed", I mean scrolling Twitter on my phone). I started feeling bad about Eli wanting to make the shirt, so I got out of bed, and pulled all my fabric and sewing supplies out of my closet, determined to make Eli a shirt.

I used the shirt that he had laid out for the race, and then decided to cut out the letters and iron them on. It was tedious and I really wanted to go to bed, but an hour later, I had his shirt:


This morning, when I showed Eli his shirt, he was really surprised and excited--it was totally worth staying up to make it for him!"

Eli is still the sweet kid that he was the night he asked about making this shirt.


Okay, so please send me an email if you'd like to include your shop! Depending on how many I receive, I may not post all of them. I'll see how it goes!


November 30, 2017

My Favorite Running Things: Clothes, Accessories, Music, Books, Movies, Gift Ideas, and more!

I have written in several different places about running gear for different seasons, but I've been asked this question a lot lately--and I realized I don't have it all in one place. What are my favorite running things? I'm questioned frequently about my favorite running clothes, shoes, podcasts, music, etc.

This is an all-in-one post about my favorite running gear. The type of clothes to wear during each season, in the rain, etc. Tips for saving money on running gear. Checklists for the seasons. Gift ideas for runners, including my favorite books and movies.


(Note: If the products I suggest are available on Amazon, then I am going to include the link to that product. I'm an Amazon Affiliate, which means if you purchase a product through my link, I get a small commission. I don't ever link to items I don't actually recommend! But I put a ton of work into this post, so I'd be thrilled if you use the links if it's something you are planning to buy anyway. Thanks!)

That said, I am not affiliated with any of these companies or products. You'll see that I'm obsessed with Under Armour (and a few other things), but I am not affiliated with them in any way, and I don't get commission from any of these companies.

To skip to particular sections on this page, you can find what you're looking for here:

Winter Running Checklist
Summer Running Checklist
Running in the Rain
Underwear (panties, sports bras)
Tops/Jackets (tanks, shirts, jackets)
Bottoms (tights, capris)
Socks and Shoes
Traction (to keep from sliding on ice or snow)
To Stay Warm (gloves, hats, headbands, etc)
For Your Safety (items that will help keep you safe)
Other Items (carrying belt, hydration, visor, chafing, watch)
Gift Ideas for Runners
   -My Favorite Running Books
   -My Favorite Running Movies
Tips for Saving Money on Gear
My Running Playlist
My Favorite Podcasts



  Winter Checklist  

Underwear
Sports Bra
Running Tights
Slightly Loose Running Pants (to layer on top, if it's necessary)
Long-Sleeved Tech Shirt
Jacket or a Second Warm, Long-Sleeve Tech Shirt (to layer)
Gloves
Beanie or Ear Warmer Headband
Socks
Shoes
Traction for Shoes
Aquaphor
Sunglasses (the glare from snow can be blinding)
Hydration (Backpack, Waist Pack, or Handheld)
Fuel (see this post about fueling)
Watch or App to Track Distance/Time


  Summer Checklist  

Underwear
Sports Bra
Running Shorts, Capris, or Tights (personal preference)
Moisture Wicking Tank, Tee, or Long-Sleeved Shirt
Hat or Visor
Socks
Shoes
Aquaphor
Sunblock
Sunglasses
Hydration (Backpack, Waist Pack, or Handheld)
Fuel (see this post about fueling)
Watch or App to Track Distance/Time


  Fall/Spring Checklist  

A combination of all of the above, depending on the weather!


  To Include for Running in the Rain  

Hat or Visor
Ziploc Bags
   -phone
   -extra pair of socks
Rain Jacket




Underwear





Balanced Tech Seamless Bikini Panties - These fit well, and they don't ride up while you're running. They're made of a nylon/spandex blend, so they wick moisture as well. I don't even think they're bad looking! Mostly, I like that they cover my butt--digging out wedgies is very difficult to while running ;)





Champion Freedom Seamless Racerback Sports Bra - This is what I wear--about 90% of the sports bras I have are these Champion ones. They are very simple, comfortable sports bras! They're inexpensive and come in a wide variety of colors.

I love that they're seamless! I used to get chafing from the sports bras I had, and I realized it was because of the edge seams. When I switched to these, I had zero problems as far as chafing goes. (Keep in mind, I have small boobs. I wear a 36B--just barely a B, actually. I don't need a ton of support.)




Enell Maximum Control Wire-Free Sports Bra - As I said, I have very small boobs. But for those of you who need more support, my sister recommends this bra by Enell. It's expensive, but my sister has amazing boobs, and she swears by this bra. The bras aren't very pretty to look at, but they will hold your boobies in place like a straightjacket!




Tops/Jackets



Under Armour ColdGear Authentics Mock - This shirt is my very very favorite. It covers my neck, but not uncomfortably so (it's not bulky). It's warm enough that I can wear it without another layer until it hits about 25 degrees F.




Under Armour ColdGear Authentics Crew - This is the same shirt as above, only it's a crew neck instead of the mock turtleneck. If you don't like your neck being covered, this is great.





Under Armour ColdGear Women's Half-Zip - Jerry bought me this (in black) for Christmas, and it makes a great second layer to the above shirts! When it's really cold outside (or kind of cold but windy), I'll top those shirts with this half-zip. I would order a size up in this shirt, because it's best for layering.




Under Armour Women's Tech Victory Tank - These are my favorite tops to run in! They are your basic ribbed tank top, but in a tech fabric to wick away sweat. They have a huge variety of colors, and they aren't ridiculously expensive (UA is always a little pricey compared to several other brands, but these are about $20--not horrible).





Light Weight Water Resistant Jacket - I have a couple of jackets that are no longer sold, but this one looks very similar to my favorite (and it's the same brand). Having a water resistant jacket is so nice when you're running in the rain! It helps protect against wind, too, and the jackets are light enough to run comfortably (not feeling bogged down).


Bottoms




Under Armour ColdGear Authentic - These are your average running tights, made with the same fabric as the Authentic tops. An all-around good pair of tights to run in cold weather!





Under Armour Women's HeatGear Capri - I have a few different models of HeatGear capris, but I bought them so long ago that the model is no longer available--so, I can't link to the exact ones that I have, but these are close. These are your basic capris for hot weather. I love the fabric, because it can't really hold any sweat! It doesn't feel wet, even when you're sweating buckets. And as I mentioned, I really love compression fit running clothes--they hold everything in tight, including my loose skin, and make it comfortable to run.




Under Armour ColdGear Compression Leggings - These are my very favorite pair of compression leggings for cold weather! They are compression fit, so they are meant to be tight. The snug fit makes them great for layering, too--if it's super cold, you can wear them underneath another layer. I especially loved these when I had loose skin; compression clothing helps to hold the skin tight against your body, which is much more comfortable than loose clothing.

Under Armour ColdGear Authentics Mock (bought for $1 at a yard sale!);
Under Armour ColdGear Compression Leggings (bought in 2010, still in
GREAT condition!); and Balega socks (see below)




Socks/Shoes 



Balega Hidden Comfort Athletic Running Socks - I received my first pair of Balega socks when I attended the Runner's World Heartbreak Hill Half & Festival. Balega gave us bloggers a free pair (so generous!) and I was completely sold.

I absolutely LOVE Balega socks! They are very soft and squishy without being too bulky, and they cover the back of my ankles well so I don't get blisters. They don't have a toe seam, which makes them even more comfortable. I can't say enough good things about these socks! Balega was smart to give us a pair, because I ended up buying about 10 more, hahaha.




Brooks Ghost 10 - When it comes to shoes, I ALWAYS recommend that people go to a running store and get properly fitted for running shoes. These are the shoes I prefer. However, I happen to supinate (the opposite of pronate) and these shoes help correct that. So, I include these because people are always curious what shoes I run in. But I think everybody should get fitted for the shoes that will work best for them.




Traction (for ice/snow in the winter)

This is a tough category, because I'm honestly not crazy about the options we are given when it comes to running on snow and ice. The two main ones are screws that you add to your shoes and a cover that you put on the bottom of your shoes (I've detailed them both below). They each have pros and cons.




IceSpikes - These are crazy expensive for what you get, but they do work well on ice. They are basically screws that go into the bottoms of your shoes, and they act as spikes to grip the ice when you run. They are different from regular screws from the hardware store, so I wouldn't try to substitute.

Unlike YakTrax (below), these can be used on dry ground as well--so if you come across patches of dry ground among all the ice and snow, you don't have to worry about running on it. The drawback to these (other than the cost) is that they don't work very well in snow, especially deep snow. If the snow is very packed down, these are great. But if the snow is fluffy, then I would use the YakTrax.




YakTrax - This is basically a cover that has metal coils on it for the bottom of your shoe . They are removable, so you don't have to use a second pair of shoes (like you would for the IceSpikes). These work very well in deep snow! They aren't very good for ice or packed snow, however, and you cannot use them on dry ground. So, the course where you're running should be completely covered with snow in order to use these.

Between the YakTrax and IceSpikes, I would honestly rather just run on the treadmill or indoor track. But if I *had* to choose between the two, I think I would get the YakTrax. Running in lots of snow can actually be fun! The ice, not so much.


To Stay Warm





TrailHeads Ponytail Headband (ear warmer) - For semi-cold runs where I don't want to wear a full hat, but I know I need to cover my ears, I like to use a fleece headband. I love that this has a flap for your ponytail! I obviously could just put my ponytail up higher, but the idea is fun--also, if it should happen to slide back on my head, the ponytail will keep it from falling off (I've lost a few headbands that way, actually!)





Cheap Knit Gloves (this isn't a brand, but an item) - I have tried several brands and types of running gloves, but I always go back to my tried-and-true dollar store knit gloves. At around $1 per pair, I buy at least a dozen pairs each year (my kids wear them and lose them, too).

These are also great at races, when your hands are freezing at the beginning of the race, but you want to ditch the gloves a couple of miles in. You don't have to feel so bad about throwing out a pair of $1 gloves. This pack that I linked to is $16 for a pack of 12 (different colors), and it's Prime!





Unisex Cuffed Knit Winter Hat - I have tried several nice (read: expensive) running hats, and honestly, I prefer these plain old knit hats. They're only $7, they come in a TON of different colors, they keep your head very warm, they stay on well, and they're comfy!

My first "back to running" run this year, cozy in a cheap knit hat




For Your Safety




Nathan's Reflective Vest - In the winter, it gets dark so early that if you want to run in the evening, it's usually dark outside. I bought a Nathan's reflective vest in 2010 when I ran my first Ragnar Relay. I still have it and use it when I am running in the early morning or at night. It makes you very visible!




Black Diamond Sprinter Headlamp - After borrowing a headlamp during the Ragnar Relay Florida Keys, and hating how terribly it fit me (you can even see me adjusting it in the From Fat to Finish Line documentary), I decided I needed to get my own. A good one.

I spent hours reading through reviews, and I finally settled on this Black Diamond Sprinter. It's very expensive compared to other headlamps, but in my opinion, it is completely worth it. If you run in the dark fairly frequently, this is a great investment!

I don't run in the dark very often, but I do walk Joey at night. Having my hands free for the leash is great! The light is SUPER bright and you can see pretty far ahead with it.

Haha! Here is a picture of my headlamp ;)
Also, my Nathan's reflective vest.




Pepper Spray - I carry this with me because you never know what you may come across! Not only do we have to beware of people, but I've been bitten on three separate occasions by dogs that weren't leashed or supervised. The pepper spray is a small enough little canister to carry around--hopefully I'll never need to use it, but it's nice to have.


Other Necessities/Luxuries




FlipBelt by Level Terrain - If I had to choose just one item that I swear every runner needs (other than shoes), it's this belt! I've tried several brands and models of pouches and belts for running, and none of them even come close to this. I like this because it lies flat all the way around and the fabric is thick, so it doesn't bounce and stretch up and down as you run.

It fits a ton of stuff--car keys, iPhone, Gu/ShotBloks, pepper spray, etc. All at the same time! I like to take pictures when I run, and by keeping my iPhone in the front part of the belt, I can whip out the phone very quickly when I need to. If you are a runner, you need this belt!





Camelbak Hydration Pack - I honestly never thought I'd like wearing a hydration pack, because it looked unnecessarily uncomfortable. But Camelbak sent me their (now discontinued) Camelbak Marathoner pack, and I LOVED it. It's my favorite way to carry water (along with everything else I may need--there are lots of pockets!). Here is the review I wrote about the Marathoner model.





Hydraform Handheld Ergo-Lite water bottle by Amphipod. When I do short runs during the summer, and don't need nearly as much water as the Camelbak holds, I prefer to carry a handheld bottle. I bought this particular bottle from Amphipod, and I'm very happy with it. It holds 10.5 ounces (also available in 16 oz), which is great for a short run (or if you have places to refill). It fits very comfortable in my palm, it's not heavy, and there is even a little pocket that you can fit something small (a key or a Gu).




Aquaphor - This is a Godsend if you happen to be a chafer. I used to chafe in all sorts of spots when I went for a run, but after discovering Aquaphor, I was chafe-free. This stuff is great! The texture is similar to Vaseline; but Vaseline is 100% petrolatum, while Aquaphor is only about 40%. It's also made up of things like mineral oil, lanolin, glycerin, etc.

So, Aquaphor is definitely preferable to Vaseline. But I digress. I rub Aquaphor on spots that are likely to chafe, and it effectively prevents chafing. I also use it to rub on the skin that will be exposed to extreme cold or wind while running. And it's fantastic for to prevent or heal chapped lips. It's a great product!




Under Armour Fly Fast Visor - I was never much of a hat person, so I never really expected that I would find such great uses for a visor--until I became a runner. I always have my hair pulled back when I run, and when I use a visor, I can even pile it on top of my head (as opposed to a hat).

The visor keeps the sun out of my face without my having to wear sunglasses (I hate wearing sunglasses while running!). But the BEST use for a visor (or hat) is to keep rain out of your face when you're running in the rain. You don't even realize how big of a difference it makes until you try it! Jerry bought me this visor before I ran my first half-marathon, and I love it.






Garmin Forerunner 630 - To be clear, I have the Forerunner 620, but that has now been replaced by a newer model (the 630). I don't even have to tell you how much I love my Garmin. In fact, I'm pretty sure my legs will refuse to run if the Garmin isn't on my wrist. I've had a Garmin (different models) since 2007, when I was (supposed to start) training for the 2008 Indy Mini.

The things this little watch can do are amazing. If you are at all serious about running and wanting to get faster or run farther--or just meet running goals in general--then some sort of tracking device is crucial. There are tons of different ones out there, but I am partial to the Garmin Forerunner.



Gift Ideas for Runners

In addition to anything that I posted above, here are some gift ideas for runners. As a runner myself, I can say that I would love to have any of these things!

1) A race registration. Perhaps the runner you're hoping to get a gift for has been running for as long as you can remember, and they have everything there is to have related to running. You can never go wrong with a race registration!

I would make a handmade "coupon" to give them, saying that it's good for one race registration of his/her choice. Unless you know someone really well, I wouldn't recommend just choosing a race and registering that person without talking about it first, however.

2) A subscription to Runner's World magazine. When I first started running, this magazine was SO helpful. I learned all sorts of running terms that I'd never heard before, read inspiring stories that kept me motivated, and got lots of tips for training. I was a huge fan of this magazine long before I was featured in the April 2014 issue ;)



3) A book about running. Here are some of my favorites:


"Ultramarathon Man: Confessions of an All-Night Runner" by Dean Karnazes
"My Life on the Run: The Wit, Wisdom, and Insights of a Road Racing Icon" by Bart Yasso
"Hansons Marathon Method" by Luke Humphrey, with Keith & Kevin Hanson
"80/20 Running: Run Stronger and Race Faster by Training Slower" by Matt Fitzgerald
"Born to Run" by Christopher McDougall  (I've actually not read this; but I'm probably the only runner in history who hasn't read and loved it. I tried to, but I probably need to give it another chance.)
"Honey, Do You Need A Ride? Confessions of a Fat Runner" by Jennifer Graham
"Finding Ultra: Rejecting Middle Age, Becoming One of the World's Fittest Men, and Discovering Myself" by Rich Roll
"Running For My Life: One Lost Boy's Journey from the Killing Fields of Sudan to the Olympic Games" by Lopez Lomong  (This book is AMAZING--a must read!)


4. A movie about running. Some favorites:


"McFarland, USA"
"Prefontaine"
"Saint Ralph" (Very funny--love this movie!!)
"4 Minute Mile"
"From Fat to Finish Line" (Sorry, I had to plug this!)

5) Hire someone to turn the runner's race shirts into a quilt. This is something you would either have to ask about beforehand, or give a "coupon" for, because you could risk making some really angry if you cut up his/her shirts! It's also very expensive because of the labor involved, but it's such a special gift.

I cut up my shirts and made a quilt top out of them. My sister-in-law and her mom did the quilting for me, and it turned out to be AMAZING! A lot of runners have more race shirts than they know what to do with, and putting them into a quilt is an awesome way to preserve those memories. Sarah, a reader of mine, takes orders for handmade quilts. You can check out her blog and pricing here.



To Save Money on Running Gear

   Buy gently used items. A lot of people get gung-ho about fitness or running and buy all sorts of things to get started; but then discover they don't enjoy it and they sell their stuff. I've had luck with E-bay, garage sales, and even the clearance rack of TJ Maxx. I've found several nice items at Salvation Army, too! I would say about half of my Under Armour clothing came from Salvation Army or a garage sale.

   Even when you pay a lot for something up front, it may last you a very long time, making the cost worth it. For example, I am extremely loyal to my Under Armour clothing, but I haven't had to throw away a SINGLE piece of clothing from them. I still wear the same winter running tights that I bought in 2010! They were roughly $50 at the time, but they've lasted me 7 years and counting. Totally worth it.

   Only buy what you need. If you're planning to run just three days per week, do you really need five pairs of tights and eight different tops? Yes, it's fun to have lots of options when you dress, but you could probably get by with just two bottoms and two tops!

   If you can only afford to splurge on one thing, make that thing your running shoes. Shoes are not the item to cheap out on! It's super important to get fitted for the running shoes that are best for your feet. They'll be expensive, but they will last a long time and help prevent injury. They're important!

   Try out some cheaper brands for clothing and see if you like them. I happen to have a few bottoms from Walmart (I tried to find them to link to them, but I bought them several years ago and they aren't sold anymore). They certainly aren't the quality of my Under Armour bottoms, but I happen to really like them for certain types of runs. I think they were about $12. I also have several tanks from a local chain called Meijer. Those, too, were discontinued, but I like those as much as I do my UA tanks! If UA, or the other brand names, are out of your price range, it doesn't hurt to try cheaper brands.

Here is a good example... on the left, I'm wearing Under Armour capris and UA tank; on the right, I'm wearing capris and a tank from Walmart (Danskin Now brand).


From the looks of them, you can't tell the difference! But there is definitely a difference in quality and fabric, so beware of that. I definitely prefer the UA, but I still like the Danskin Now ones.



My Running Playlist

I will warn you, I can guarantee with 95% certainty that you will not want to download this playlist. Hahaha! I am stuck in the 1990's when it comes to music. I can't help it! It brings me back to my high school days and makes me feel young. (There are a couple of new(ish) songs, but most are old.) But lots of people ask me for my favorite running songs, so I figure I'd compile a short list. These aren't necessarily "running" songs, but they are songs that I listen to when I run... if that makes sense ;)

Audioslave - Doesn't Remind Me
DJ Khaled - All I Do Is Win
Buckcherry - Crazy Bitch
Judah & The Lion - Take It All Back 2.0
Vance Joy - Riptide
twenty one pilots - House of Gold
American Authors - Best Day of My Life
Maroon 5 - This Love
LMFAO - Sexy and I Know It
Billy Joel - Piano Man
Thirty Seconds to Mars - Kings and Queens
D-12/Eminem - When the Music Stops
My Chemical Romance - I'm Not Okay (I Promise)
Smash Mouth - All Star
Panic! At the Disco - I Write Sins Not Tragedies
Disturbed - Down With The Sickness
Toadies - Possum Kingdom
Awolnation - Not Your Fault
Jason Mraz - I'm Yours
Robin Thicke - Blurred Lines
Milky Chance - Stolen Dance
Mary J. Bleige - Blow Your Mind
TLC - No Scrubs
Salt-N-Peppa - Shoop
Kottonmouth Kings - Bump
Treble Charger - American Psycho
U2 - Beautiful Day
Taio Cruz - Dynamite
Fall Out Boy - Dance, Dance
Godsmack - Awake
Green Day - Welcome to Paradise
OMC - How Bizarre
The Killers - Mr. Brightside
Foster the People - Pumped Up Kicks
Shinedown - Sound of Madness
Billie Holiday - Them There Eyes
Bush - Machinehead
The All-American Rejects - Move Along
LP - Into The Wild
Busta Rhymes - Turn It Up
Pitbull -
   -Give Me Everything
   -Time of Our Lives
Our Lady Peace -
   -Starseed
   -Happiness & The Fish
   -Clumsy
   -Somewhere Out There
Eminem -
   -Rabbit Run
   -Rap God
   -Berzerk
   -Superman
   -Shake That
   -The Way I Am
DMX -
   -X Gon' Give It to Ya
   -Party Up (Up In Here)
Cee Lo Green -
   -Bright Lights Bigger City
   -Fuck You
Nirvana -
   -Smells Like Teen Spirit
   -Come As You Are
Imagine Dragons -
   -On Top Of The World
   -Believer
   -Radioactive
Jimmy Eat World -
   -Work
   -The Middle
Blink 182 -
   -Dammit
   -Feeling This
   -I Miss You
   -Down
   -What's My Age Again?
   -All The Small Things
   -Mutt
   -After Midnight
   -Stay Together For The Kids
Alanis Morisette -
   -All I Really Want
   -Not The Doctor
My Chemical Romance -
   -Famous Last Words
   -Helena



My Favorite Podcasts

These are my favorite podcasts to listen to when I run. These aren't necessarily about running (I used to listen to a lot of those); they are just podcasts that keep me interested so that I hopefully forget that I'm running.


This American Life
Serial Killers
The Hilarious World of Depression
The Moth
Half Size Me
Bipolar Style
Another Mother Runner
This Is Actually Happening  *This one is my current favorite!
The Bipolar Family



And there you have it, Friends. The longest post EVER about running. But I am glad to have all of my favorites compiled into one place! If you have favorite running "stuff", feel free to share in the comments :)

My very favorite post race food? A huge basket of Cajun Tots from McMenamins, of course!