Monday, June 13, 2016

10 Summer Essentials for Mother Runners

This giveaway is *CLOSED*
This post is sponsored by Aurorae.  I received a product sample in order to facilitate my review.  All opinions are 100% my own.  This post contains affiliate links. 

Who else is excited that summer is finally here?  Even though we had a pretty calm winter here in New Hampshire, I am looking forward to sun, BBQ's and trips to the ocean not to mention car trips, baseball games and amusement parks.  Even though we have a lot planned I'll still be running especially now that I have a half marathon planned for October 2.

I've compiled a list of my favorite products to get me through the summer months.  I'm even running a giveaway because who doesn't love free stuff?

Headband from Aurorae 

In the summer when I run I sweat. Nope, I don't sparkle or glisten, I sweat.  A ton. The temperature has just started to rise here in New Hampshire so I took this headband out for a test run. It held up to the pressure of the hazy, hot and humid weather. It soaked up my sweat before it rolled in my eyes and stayed in place the whole time. Aurorae is primarily a yoga wear company, but this headband is ideal for runners too.  It comes in 6 different colors.

Fruity Lush Lips from Pink Papaya

Truth time:  I'm addicted to lip balm.  Like I can't live without it.  I'm at the point that I have them stashed all over the house.  It drives my husband crazy because I can never find one when I need one. Recently, a friend recommended that I try Pink Payapa's lip balm called "Fruity Lush Lips."  There are 3 different flavors to choose from (I chose the Passion fruit).  Not only does it keep your lips moist for hours, I never once reapplied it during a recent 10 mile race which is amazing for me because that means it held up for over an hour and a half of running, but the ingredients are all natural and provide anti-oxidants and nutrients.

A Fancy Running Skirt from Sparkle Skirts

One of my very good friends who is a marathoner has always talked about her Sparkle Skirts to me even before I started running.  She not only wears them running but to work as well which is very frugal of her because they are not cheap but they are certainly worth every penny. I myself invested in this Swingstyle Blissful Blue for the summer months. I love the fact that the shorts underneath don't ride up on me AND I love all of the pocket space. I wore it during my first half marathon and I never once felt the bags of fuel in the side pockets. Oh yes, these beauties have many pockets perfect for your keys, fuel and phone. 

This is the softest tank top  I've ever felt!  It's like butter but without all the calories.  Not only is it soft, but it is functional and the flowy fit really lets you move.  I can practice yoga in it one day and the next I can run a few miles in it.  It comes in black, heather grey and navy.
All of the women in my running group started talking about these and because I stand on my feet outside a lot during the summer as part of my job, I knew I had to check them out. They are not the most attractive sandals I've ever worn but they are the most comfortable ones to wear all day. Hell, recently, I was in a situation where I found myself running 3 miles in these bad boys!  My feet felt better than they do in my running shoes. They really do support your tired feet. 

I love that there is a healthy alternative to sugary sports drinks!  Nuun hydration tablets are easy to use. You just drop one into about 17 ounces of water and let it fizz for about 2 minutes then you have a yummy, hydrating drink for your next run or workout. They are low in carbs and come in many different flavors so there is something for everyone. My husband even tells me that they taste good mixed with vodka. 

I purchased these on the recommendation of my marathon running friend (she is full of great information) when I complained of developing blisters on my feet when the weather turned muggy. I was really worried that having each toe separated would be annoying, but I used them during my first 10 miler and I didn't even notice. I didn't develop any blisters during that race either. They are now my go to socks during summer long runs.

I purchased this pack once the spring weather arrived and my weekly long runs got, well, longer. I tried holding a bottle but hated it. I felt like it threw off my arm swings. I found this one on and decided for the price I had to check it out. I've since taken it on many long runs, a 10 mile race and my first half marathon. It's been great and hasn't failed me yet. I like to throw some Nuun hydration tablets in there too as a precaution especially since I'm a salty sweater.

If you don't do this already, do yourself a favor, got to your local dollar store and pick up some Epsom salts for your bath after your weekly long run. It's a cheap yet effective way to rest and relax your tired legs after a good run. You and they deserve it. 

One reason runners develop blisters is because their feet are dry. Dry skin rubbing against your socks and shoes causes friction which leads to blisters. Head to your local drug store to pick up this brand to calm those cracked heals. It makes a works of difference.

*Giveaway Yoga Mat Flip-Flops from Aurorae*  

You didn't think I could stop at 10 did you?  Nope.  Aurorae sent me these super comfy yoga mat flip flops to try out and they are giving away a pair to one lucky reader.  Just enter below!

Why do you want a pair of these flip flops?  They are super comfy for one and stylish to boot.  For my job I spend a lot of time on my feet so those $2 flip flops from Old Navy are killer after 8 hours and as a runner I can't have sore feet.  Sore feet leads to tight hamstrings and angry calf muscles.  Now these flip flops I can wear all day with no pain.  They can get wet, dirty and sweaty but they hold up great.  You need a pair for your collection.  Trust me.
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