Friday, January 19, 2018

Friday Favorites

It's FRIYAY! Some weeks tend to drag while others tend to fly... This week was actually the latter... It was probably because last weekend I took a quick road trip to Phoenix with friends, ran the Rock 'N' Roll Arizona Half and then had a ton to catch up on during the shortened week (with MLK Day on Monday) so the days flew by. Thankfully I still had the time to get together a list of some of the things I have been loving lately... Hopefully you may love some of them too!

Parks Project + Mokuyobi Collaboration

I'll be honest, I don't think I ever rocked a fanny pack before, but when I received an email from Parks Project late last week with the collaboration they were doing with Mokuyobi and included a picture of their new fanny pack I told the hubby I "needed" it. The pattern of this new line is UBER CUTE! Apparently the hubby has known about Mokuyobi for a while now, but I am just finding out about their AWESOMENESS now... Better late than never I guess!


lululemon 40|80 Challenge

This was the second year I participated in the lululemon 40|80 Challenge hosted on Strava. For those of you out of the loop, it was a virtual running challenge where runners attempt to hit 40 or 80km (approximately 25 or 50 miles) within a two week time frame. This challenge was actually what got me to sign up and start using Strava last year!

I saw this the morning that I ran the #RnRArizona Half

The info mentions folks who complete the challenge will receive "badges" on their Strava account for the different milestones, but last year lululemon also hooked us up with FREE GEAR (a tee for those who completed the 40km or a tee AND shorts for those who completed the 80km). Since I'm in the middle of marathon "training" (I've got the Phoenix Marathon in February, the Los Angeles Marathon in March and the Boston Marathon in April), I was easily able to hit the 80km {I actually got it done in the first 6 days}. The hubby even signed up for Strava and hit the 80km mark!

1,863 out of the 116,000 participants?! I'll take it! 

So Will I (100 Billion X) by Hillsong UNITED

We've been singing this song at church for a while now, but I heard it for the first time on the radio last week and remembered how much I loved it. I know that I may not push my faith down your throat (or at least I hope that's not how I come across), but hopefully I live it out enough that it is noticeable and encouraging to you. One of my favorite lines in the song is - "if you gave your life to love them so will I" - and it reminds me that ALL people are God's creation and if God was willing to send His son to die for them (and me included), the least I can do is love others in His name.

Brooks Running Canopy Jacket

I ordered this jacket a couple weeks ago when I saw it went on sale (wait, what.... you don't stalk your favorite brands' website?! weird-o!). I thought it would be a great lightweight jacket and boy oh boy was I right. I wore it on a sunrise run last week and it was perfect! (It was about 48* and foggy, which means soggy, and the only thing that got sweaty {in case you were worried about overheating} were my elbow-pits... but those tend to be the first thing that sweat on me and it happens no matter the weather or what I wear.) The reflectiveness of this jacket is AMAZEBALLS, but there are other awesome features if you prefer one of the other colors as well. It's breathable, packable, water and wind resistant, has hidden thumb holes and a headphone anchor in the zipper pull. No detail was too small to be overlooked in this jacket!

LA Landmark Ride

This is the official bike ride at the Skechers Performance Los Angeles Marathon. Cyclists will ride 26 miles on the marathon course, hours before the runners start. Ride through LA's historic neighborhoods, past countless iconic landmarks, with zero cars. It's the ride of a lifetime, a chance to experience a famously auto-centric city cleared of traffic. I think this is such an awesome idea, seeing as the course is already set up. Maybe I've been living under a rock, but I haven't heard of something like this before, but think it is an AMAZING alternative to running the course (if you may be injured, not fully trained or if running just isn't your jam)! And you'll be raising money for life saving cancer research at the same time because each rider must raise a minimum of $300 for City of Hope (one of only 47 comprehensive cancer centers in the US {which is the highest recognition bestowed by the National Cancer Institute}). If you're interested, check it out sooner rather than later because space is limited and who knows when you'll be able to bike this so safely again.


What are you loving lately?


Farrah said...

I'm not much for fanny packs either, but that's such a cute pattern! <3! I've heard great things about Strava but haven't fully checked it out yet, haha. Maybe when I start running forreal?!

Sarah White said...

What an amazing song! Thanks for sharing, Carlee!

Virjinia @ With Purpose and Kindness said...

That fanny pack is cute. I feel like they're kinda making a comeback? I'm not big on fashion so I may be completely off the mark lol. That song from Hillsong took a bit for me to really like. Sometimes I have to direct it a bit to understand and "get" it. Also, I haven't done Strava because I feel like the comparison would make me unhappy so I live in ignorant bliss.