Friday, May 31, 2019

May Books

I can't believe my goal of reading 17 books in 2017 (ha, I ended up with 88 in 2017 and 77 in 2018!) has morphed into this passion for books. Let's be real, not having cable TV to keep me "entertained" also gives me more free time to dive into a great book or seven ;) {PS One of my goals for 2019 is to read 19 books, let's see how many times over I can do that.}

There were TWENTY-FOUR books in the first four month, so when I add May's SEVEN that brings my total for 2019 to THIRTY-ONE thus far! If you're interested in what I read (or how I'd rate them and whether I'd recommend you giving them a read), make sure to check out my recaps! {January's BooksFebruary's BooksMarch's Books, April Books}

  • Educated by Tara Westover - Wow. Normally I start these recaps with a little spiel about how I don't remember how I found out about this book (which is still the case in this instance, although I'd have to imagine it came to me from all of the best seller lists I've seen), but this one I had to start with a single word. I wasn't sure what this book was about when I grabbed it, but everyone who saw I was reading it shared similar sentiments - 'you will love it'. Although novels are normally full of drama and keep your attention from beginning to end, memoirs tend to grab at my heartstrings and draw me fully into the story. This memoir is written by a daughter of parents who raised their children in a cycle of paranoia, abuse and fear. Even though the family was part of the Mormon faith, this is not a book bashing the religion or even those who are "doomsday prep-ers". This is a book about abuse and how both the abusers and the abused warp reality to survive. Some of the memories will make you shake your head, some will make you want to scream and some will bring tears to your eyes. Tara's story is one filled with terror, violence and, eventually, hope. Reading about Tara's life reminded me of the quote "Be kind. Everyone is fighting a battle you know nothing about.". It takes courage and strength to be able to tell our stories, and I am thankful Tara has been willing to share hers. I would give it a 9 out of 10.

  • Between The World and Me by Ta Nehisi Coates - A few days before the hubby and I left for Joshua Tree I saw a friend mention this book as a "game changer". I figured I'd throw it on my "for later shelf" at the library so I wouldn't forget, but noticed the audio book was available and it was only about 3.5 hours long (which would be perfect for the roadtrip). I scooped it up from the library and we listened to it on the way to and from JTree. Other than hearing it was very impactful I wasn't really sure what it was about. This book is written from the father's perspective to a son. The author is telling/ teaching his son about the ways of American culture and how it is essentially built on violence, terror and the backs of others. Although this book focuses on being black in America, I felt like because it was written as a "letter" from a father to a son, it wasn't as pointed as other books that come out blatantly to say "this is what's wrong with America and this is why you suck". (Don't get me wrong, I absolutely believe that the plight of blacks in America is real, despicable and something that needs to change, but some books turn off their readers because the audience doesn't like to be accused of their wrongdoings. The way this book was written I felt like I was observing an intimate conversation between a dad and his boy and was able to take away some very important knowledge without automatically being on the defense.) The hubby and I both felt as though we walked away with a better understanding of the systematic issues blacks (and other minorities) face. I think that the only thing that could have made this book better would have been to include actionable ideas on how to change the broken machine we are all a part of. I read books like this and know things need to change, but have a hard time seeing how I can help. Maybe in a tiny way being able to suggest others to read this book, question our environment and have honest and open conversations is one of the first (of many) steps I can take. I would give it a 9 out of 10.

  • The Library Book by Susan Orlean - I had seen this book on a few "must read" lists recently so I snagged my spot in line at the library (the wait-list was in the double digits when I joined it) and waited patiently. This was the first book I've read by this author, but I know it won't be my last. This was a story that was part mystery, part history. I really enjoyed it. Although I've lived in Southern California for over 13 years, I've never heard about the Los Angeles Public Library Fire in the late 80s. It burned for over 7 hours, had a heat of over 2000 degrees and damaged over a million books. Talk about a sad day in LA! The story did jump around a bit from chapter to chapter, but I really enjoyed how the book titles at the beginning of each chapter described what could be expected (super clever!). A few of the sections on past employees of the library seemed to drag a little longer than I would have liked, but otherwise I stayed interested and engaged the entire time. Shoot, it even motivated me to look and see if there were any positions available at my local library (AND APPLY TO ONE THAT WAS CURRENTLY OPEN!). I love how the research the author did for this book rekindled a love for physical books (especially in the age of e-readers) and the library as a whole. I fell in love with the library a couple years ago, so this book is right up my alley! I would give it a 9 out of 10.

  • Grit by Angela Duckworth - I had seen some of my friends reading this book so I thought I'd grab it from the library. As with most books, the only thing I really knew about the book was the title (and that friends enjoyed it). The premise of the book is that the "secret" behind achievement is not necessarily talent, but a mix of passion and persistence (which she calls "grit"). The author is a researcher so the book is filled with quite a bit of data and research, but I didn't feel as though it was boring or hard to get through. Some of the points she made weren't rocket science (people who like the task that they are doing tend to do it better than people who don't or hard work and perseverance can overcome a lack of talent), but the book did a great job at putting everything together to see how it relates to success. Angela (and her research) believes that someone's "grit score" has the power to predict who will stick with something and see it through till the end. She believes you can grow your grit either from the inside out (by cultivating interests, practicing, finding a deeper purpose and getting back up when you've been knocked down) or from the outside in (with the help of a supportive environment and culture). I felt as though this book was equal parts informative and motivating - although at times I felt like some of the information could have been streamlined or cut shorter and it would have still made its point. If you don't have the time to read the book, I'd suggest watching Angela's six minute TED talk because it touches on most of the research presented in the book. I would give it a 7 out of 10.

  • Running Outside the Comfort Zone by Susan Lacke - I received an email a few weeks ago from VeloPress (the publisher) about the release of this book. The synopsis seemed intriguing so I reached out to see if I could get a copy to read and review. I hadn't read anything by this author before (she is an endurance columnist), but I'm already looking to see if our library has her debut book because I liked this one so much. Susan felt, like many runners do, that she wasn't a "real" runner. Her hubby reminded her that there are all different kinds of runners and challenged her to determine what kind she wanted to be. She decided to take a year and run races that pushed her limits well outside of her comfort zone (i.e. a nudist 5K, her first ultramarathon, a race where her hubby had to carry her on his back for the entirety of the race, an event that included chasing a wheel of cheese down a steep hill, etc). I loved each and every one of the recaps. Not only was she super relatable and an awesome storyteller, but it may have opened my eyes to a few new races I need to add to my schedule ;). I flew through this book and didn't want it to end. Susan sounds like my type of runner - maybe our paths will cross at some point and we can get in a few miles together! Running ROCKS! I would give it a 9 out of 10.

  • The Orchid Thief by Susan Orlean - After reading The Library Book earlier this month, I thought I would grab one of the author's previous books. I would say that this is written in a very similar fashion as the previous book I read - where it switches between the history of the topic (in this case - plants, flowers and orchids) and the "key characters" (in this case - the actual orchid "thief", John). Although I found this interesting in The Library Book (because I find libraries fascinating), I found it a little boring in this one because I am not a big orchid lover (from the sounds of it, you can't just be an orchid "liker", you are either all in or all out). I would say I found this book pretty dry and slow. I hear it is the story behind the movie Adaptation with Jim Carey, so I'd be interested to watch the film and see if they were able to make it more interesting. Don't get me wrong, I still finished the book, so it wasn't terrible, it just didn't hook me as much as the other one I had read before. The book did remind me how strange the state of Florida and its residents can be! I would give it a 6 out of 10.

  • 26 Marathons by Meb Keflezighi - I received this book through a giveaway I entered from Represent Running. If you remember, I read Meb's previous book, Meb for Mortals, back in October and really enjoyed it so I was stoked to get my hands on this one. As a person and as a runner I really like Meb. He is kind, passionate and generous. This book was a look inside of the 26 marathons he ran during his professional career. Even though he is an elite athlete, the life lessons he learned during running are relatable to not only recreational runners but to non-runners as well. I always enjoy a little "behind the scenes" peak into people's lives, and this was a little of that. I also loved how he continually mentioned the folks around him who helped make him who he was. Yes, of course running is a solo sport, but there are so many people around us who allow us to do it (from our spouses who pick up some of the slack around the house during training and our friends who are willing to move plans to earlier in the day so we can get our much needed sleep before a long run to our tribe who is there to cheer us on and cheer us up, no matter how a run or race goes). I would give it an 8 out of 10.

With that, May has come to a close. My reading may not be going gang-busters like it has in the past, but I hope it never completely stops. If you have any suggestions, let me know! I'm always willing to add them to my library wait list!

PS I created an Amazon list that includes all of the books I've read and would recommend to others. Check it out!

What was the best book you read this year?

Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Donating Shoes -- Soles4Souls

#RunHappy is more than just a mentality, it's physical too! And one way to physically run happy is to make sure to rotate your shoes and "retire" them once they've run their course (yep, pun totally intended ;)). Seeing as I'm getting ready to start my next round of marathon training (let's be real, I always seem to have a race on my calendar, but for the fall I'm adding some "serious goals"), I figured now is as good of a time as any to make the swap.

Yep, I had SEVEN pairs of running shoes that were "dead" and needed to be taken out of rotation!

A good rule of thumb is to retire your running shoes after every 300-500 miles (although this depends on your running style, body weight, and the surface you run on). You may also need new shoes more frequently if you have an uneven gait or log a lot of miles on rugged terrain. Even following this guideline, you should always pay attention to how your shoes look and feel. If they're worn out, then it's time for a new pair (some shoes wear out quicker based on their design). Also, listen to your body. Sometimes those little aches and pains can be because your shoes are starting to break down.

As a Brooks Run Happy Ambassador, I am blessed to receive quite a few pairs
of shoes. These are some of the shoes I have been rocking for the past couple
years. Yep, I am lucky enough to have so many shoes in rotation that some last a
couple years because they don't rack up miles quickly.

Did you know Brooks works with Soles4Souls when shoes are returned back to them (or if employees bring them in)?!


Soles4Souls believes everyone around the world deserves a good pair of shoes. They are a non-profit social enterprise based in Nashville, TN that helps create sustainable jobs and provides relief through the distribution of shoes and clothing around the world. Their mission is to disrupt the cycle of poverty, one pair of gently used shoes at a time.

And they make donating your shoes SUPER simple! Simply go to their website, select the number of shoes you have to donate (either 1-12 or 13+) and they will walk you through the steps (pun totally intended ;)). In most instances, if you aren't near a drop-off location you can ship your shoe and clothing donation for free thanks to Zappos for Good! Shoot, you can even host a shoe drive to collect used shoes from your friends, family and neighbors and make a HUGE impact!


When someone doesn't have shoes, it's not just their feet that suffer. As runners, I'm sure we know that a good pair of shoes can literally change a life... and it is no less true for non-runners! Let's donate shoes to help wear out poverty!


PS You can totally donate money or go on a giving trip as well, but I thought I'd push the shoe donation a little bit because I know as runners we can tend to hoard shoes in our closets and this is an EPIC way to not only open up a little extra room in your shoe rack (for more shoes, of course), but to also do good in the process! FYI: Shoes do NOT have to be running shoes... that just happens to be the majority of the shoes in my closet, but any gently worn shoes/ boots are accepted - so go through your kids' closets, the hubby's man cave, etc and gather the footwear to make a difference!

How many pairs of shoes can your household donate?

Sunday, May 26, 2019

Workout Recap - Week 21

Sunday, May 19th – 8 mile run, Stretched & Foam Rolled

I ran 8 miles while the hubby got in his 5.

Monday, May 20th – 60 minutes on the stationary bike, Stretched & Foam Rolled

Tuesday, May 21st – 4 mile progression run, Stretched & Foam Rolled

Wednesday, May 22nd – 8 mile run

Thursday, May 23rd – 8 mile run, Stretched & Foam Rolled

Friday, May 24th  Rest Day, Stretched & Foam Rolled

Saturday, May 25th – 23 mile run (7 mile beach run and a 16 mile trail run), Stretched & Foam Rolled

And we are back! 51 miles for the week (including a pretty great trail run to preview some of the Black Mountain course I'll be running at the end of June). My hamstring is back to 100% (although, truth be told, I haven't been pushing much speed lately - just working on getting back to healthy). My upper back (between my shoulder blades) has been killing me the last couple weeks (the heating pad and my chiropractor have been my best friends), but I think it's more to do with my fibromyalgia and the weather changes than anything else. Maybe one of these days I'll be pain-free {reminder - the pain I have is NOT due to running, but due to my disorder}... although I highly doubt it with fibro always creepin' in the corner...

How were your workouts this past week?

Sunday, May 19, 2019

Workout Recap - Week 20

Sunday, May 12th – 8 mile trail run with the hubby

Monday, May 13th – 90 minutes on the stationary bike, Stretched & Foam Rolled

Tuesday, May 14th – 4 mile run, Stretched & Foam Rolled

Wednesday, May 15th – 8 mile run, Stretched & Foam Rolled

Realized after I took it that I had the screen on the time and
not my run stats... oops!

Thursday, May 16th – 6 mile run, Stretched & Foam Rolled

Friday, May 17th  Rest Day, Stretched & Foam Rolled

Did a 3 mile walk while catching up on my podcasts

Saturday, May 18th – 10 mile run, Stretched & Foam Rolled

This was a cut-back week for me so I only got in 36 miles, but my body appreciated the lower mileage now that I am back running 5 days a week. I'm happy to report that my hamstring seems to be back to 100%, although my upper back has been angry with me lately - but I believe that is my fibromyalgia and not running related (and will be hitting up my chiropractor on Monday to see if she can help me out a bit). Excited to get into the thick of my next round of ultra training!

How were your workouts this past week?

Friday, May 17, 2019

Friday Favorites

I can't believe it! This weekend we don't have anything planned! It's a Christmas miracle! I doubt we will just be laying at home for the entire time, but it does feel nice to not have places to go or things to do filling our schedule like we've had for the past six or so weeks. Anyway, enough about the weekend, it's time to recap some of the things I'm loving lately.

Charity Miles Feature

I was contacted by Charity Miles a while back to see if they could do a little feature on me for their blog. I was honored to be included and of course signed on for the "interview". The post went live a couple days ago and I wanted to share it in case you haven't had a chance to give it a read. PS If you aren't using Charity Miles yet, you need to be! Honestly, you can get money donated to the charity of your choice on your behalf for something you are doing already (walking, biking, running, hiking, etc) and it costs you nothing! It's a win-win, so download the app already!


Brooks Ambassador Post

And while we are on the subject of blog features, I've gotta share this Brooks blog post. There are 29 of us on the Brooks Ambassador team this year and as a way to introduce us to the world we did a little interview with all of us. Meet the team and get to know the Run Happy Ambassadors HERE.


Giving Back to Girls on the Run

If you were "following" me last year, you may remember that I participated in the Lexus LaceUp race series. I'm not currently registered for any of the races this year, but I am still on their email list and get updates occasionally. One of the recent emails I received mentioned that for the next two weeks,  they will be donating $5 from every LaceUp Orange County and Riverside Reindeer Run registration to Girls on the Run Orange County and Girls on the Run Riverside. If you are thinking about running either of these races, why not register now and have part of your registration fee go to the girls?! You can read my race recap from the Orange County race HERE and the Riverside run HERE.


Run It Forward Challenge

Brooks recently released a challenge on Strava, asking folks to run as many miles as they can between May 15th and June 5th (which is Global Running Day). If you hit 21 miles, you earn a nifty Strava badge, but that's not all. Every 10,000 miles collectively run (up to 2 million miles), Brooks will donate gear to a high school runner in need via their Booster Club program. You know I love to give back whenever possible, and this is a FREE TO YOU way to help out some kids in need - so let's run it forward! All you need to do is "join" the Strava Challenge and track your workouts - EASY PEASY!


Nathan Handhelds

If I am running over 3 miles, I tend to have a handheld of water with me (I usually only switch to a hydration vest if there isn't somewhere for me to refill my handheld - like on the trails - or if I need the storage for things like fuel or additional layers of clothes) - and the only handhelds I use are from Nathan. My two go-to handhelds are the SpeedDraw Plus Insulated Flask and the Speedmax Plus Flask. Anywho, they recently released new colorways and graphics, so I figured it was time to spread the word. PS If you use the code VIBRANT you can score free shipping on the handhelds (and for a limited time, if you spend more than $75 you get a free Hipster waist belt with your order). {FYI - I am not an ambassador for this brand [although I'd definitely be open to it, hint hint, Nathan ;)], nor do I get anything from mentioning them, I just wanted to share the discount code I saw in my email, along with the news of the new snazzy color options.}


PS I happen to know the "model" in this Nathan video so I thought I'd share it as well ;) YAY Andrea!

What are you loving lately?

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Walt Wednesday

Some people do a "Wordless Wednesday" post, where they simply share a photo or image, but I thought I'd make a little series out of my Wednesdays. And since I love alliteration so much, why not go with Walt Wednesdays (obviously everyone can use a little break from the seriousness, scariness and sassiness of life - and what better way to help put a smile on your face than with a cute wiener dog picture, am I right?!)... So, without further ado...


When life gets overwhelming, how do you de-stress?

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

My Fall Plans

I realize we are still weeks away from the official start of summer (yes, I had to look it up... and apparently there is both an astrological start {June 21st} and a meteorological start {June 1st} - thanks Farmers Almanac), but I'm already thinking about the fall. Don't worry, I'm not looking towards autumn because I'm wishing the days away or anything like that (although, truth be told, this May Gray is getting real old, real quick and I may secretly be wishing for summer sunshine to come sooner than later), but because I'm planning my fall race schedule and need to make decisions in the near future.

Yep, in case you were wondering, I write out my training plan with pencil and paper and hang it on the fridge. 

If you are a runner, you may be thinking about your fall plans already as well. You see, most training plans for longer distances (say a half marathon or marathon) range anywhere from 12 to 20 weeks long. That means, if you are planning to race in September, October, November, then you normally have to start getting ready by May, June, July.


Well, here is where I am (literally) running into my dilemma. I'm not sure WHAT I want to tackle this fall. Originally, at the beginning of the year, I had made some goals for 2019 and two of them were specific time goals for my half and full marathon races. (You can check out my 19 Goals for 2019 HERE if you don't remember them.) The first half of the year was focused on ultra training, which means speed and time goals flew out the window. If I want to attempt to hit the time goals I set for myself, then my fall races are where I would need to do it. But the problem is, I don't know if that's necessarily what I want to do anymore. You see, I have really been enjoying the longer distances and taking the pressure off of myself by removing time goals. On the other hand, I love seeing what my body is capable of when I give it my all and push past barriers I once thought were unbreakable. So I'm stuck between choosing trail running or PR attempting.


Currently I have some races on the calendar for the summer and have scoped out some ideas for fall races. I think I have narrowed down my options of different races depending on whether I am sticking with the trails or trying to tackle PRs.

Remaining 2019 Races:

June 1: Fremont Canyon 28.8K
June 2: Rock 'N' Roll San Diego Half Marathon
June 29: Black Mountain 50K
July 27-28: San Francisco Ultra
August 3: Balboa Park 8-Miler
September 8: Hike Mt. Whitney
     *September 21: Dances With Dirt 50K/ 50M (Haven't registered, still deciding distance)
     *October 20: Ventura Marathon (Haven't registered, still deciding)
     *November 9: REVEL Big Bear (Haven't registered, still deciding)
     *November 9: Griffith Park Trail 30K (Haven't registered, still deciding)
November 17: Rock 'N' Roll Las Vegas Half Marathon

My thought is, if I were to stick with the trails, then I'd run Dances With Dirt as a 50-Miler in September and then the 30K in Griffith Park at the beginning of November. If I wanted to attempt PRs in the half and full distances, I'd run Dances With Dirt as a 50K and then shoot for the Ventura Marathon as my marathon PR attempt and REVEL Big Bear as my half marathon PR attempt. {There are always other races, these are just the ones I have checked out.} I've chatted with a running coach friend, throwing around both options and she thinks either is doable... it just depends on what I want to do...


I honestly have been enjoying the trails and longer distances, but in the back of my mind I'm not sure if I'm leaning that way because I'm nervous about putting in the work and then not hitting my time goals. If my heart isn't in the PRs, then I'm totally okay with not going after them, but if it's because I'm worried about the challenge, then I don't think that's a good enough reason not to run after them with everything I've got. Technically, if I'm able to run a half marathon PR of a sub-1:34, I could hit the time-standard qualifying window for the New York City Marathon and hopefully secure a spot for 2020 (that is, if they don't adjust the standards for next year's race). Other than that, the PRs are strictly personal (meaning I wouldn't be using them to get me into another race or better my starting placement in a corral anywhere). So now it's up to me to decide if the personal satisfaction of a faster personal best is worth the time and effort it'll take to chase down.


It'd be so much easier if I could just put up a poll and whatever "the people" decided I did, but I know that if my heart wasn't in whatever way you all voted that it'd lead to a lackluster training cycle with less than amazing results...


Let's be real, I thought writing this blog post would be a little more insightful and I would conclude by knowing what to do and which races to register for, but I am just as confused as I was to start. Maybe it's time to flip a coin... #RunnerProbs


Are there any other races I should consider for my fall schedule?

Sunday, May 12, 2019

Workout Recap - Week 19

Sunday, May 5th – 5.5 mile run with the hubby, Stretched & Foam Rolled

Monday, May 6th – 4 mile run

Tuesday, May 7th – 6 mile run, Stretched & Foam Rolled

Wednesday, May 8th – 8.08 mile run, Stretched & Foam Rolled

Thursday, May 9th – 20 mile run, Stretched & Foam Rolled

Friday, May 10th   10 mile run, Stretched & Foam Rolled

Saturday, May 11th – Rest Day, Stretched & Foam Rolled

I changed around my runs because the hubby and I were supposed to be camping this weekend with friends, but the weather changed our plans (boo to April showers bring more May showers {and thunderstorms}). Moving my runs up made for no mid-week rest days, which led to some super tired legs, but I got all the miles done. Here's to another week.

How were your workouts this past week?

Friday, May 10, 2019

Friday Favorites

Originally we were planning on heading out of town today for another camping adventure, but the weather looks less than stellar for tent camping (the icon for today, tomorrow and Sunday is the cloud with the lightning bolt where we would be heading), so it seems like we may be hanging local - which is okay with me since I've been going, going, going recently. With that said, let's get this list of some of my recent finds up so I can go for my run and get in a little maxin' and relaxin'.

Rumpl National Park Blankets

I've heard great things about Rumpl blankets, but the price tag keeps me from placing an order... But now that they have National Park themed blankets I may have to bite the bullet and order one (or at least put one on my birthday list)... I think my favorites are Joshua Tree, Yosemite and Grand Canyon (a little because we've been to those parks and a little because of the designs). Each blanket in the National Parks series helps support the National Park Foundation, working to keep public lands pristine for future generations. {PS The Original Puffy and Fleece Puffy are vegan, the Down is not.}

Heartwarming Running Articles

I've come across a few happy and heartwarming articles in the running world this past week that I have to share. One is about how a runner ran a half marathon and pet TWO HUNDRED dogs in the process... not only because he loves the pups, but also because he was raising money to send foster kids to summer camp! Also, there was an article about a NINETY NINE YEAR OLD still running and leading a team named "The Old Men of the Mountain" in a 50-mile relay team! Holy guacamole - I don't even know if I will be still breathing at that age, let alone running! And we can't forget about the two badass ladies who were the final two runners to cross the finish line at the Pittsburg Marathon hand-in-hand.

Daddy-O's Creations

My dad retired last year, but that doesn't mean he is just sitting around. In fact, he has projects galore! He's on the board for the local Habitat for Humanity and a few months back started looking on Pinterest for ideas of what to do with the surplus of headboards and flooring the Restore had on hand. He found you could turn them into benches and he's been on a roll! (He then gives them back to the Restore to sell and so patrons can see the ideas and hopefully buy some of the supplies as well.) He also has been making chairs, benches and ladders out of fallen wood. He's pretty awesome - as are his creations! (PS His birthday was Wednesday so today is a perfect time to share some of his masterpieces!)

These are just some of his recent benches he's put together! Aren't they awesome?!

He surprised a friend with a deer for Christmas, made a chair for their front porch out of birch branches, put together a
bird feeder from a lamp base, stain-glass globe and glass doorknob and made a birch ladder for flower pots to hang from.

Parks Project x Nomadix Multi-Use Towels

Okay, so I know I already mentioned a National Parks themed towel in this post, but Parks Project also has these rad ones that are made from RECYCLED WATER BOTTLES that I also have to share! It’s a top of the line yoga towel, it’s your beach towel, it’s your pool towel, and it’s a pack towel when you go camping or travel. They've designed this product to be versatile without sacrificing performance, so you can own less and do more. The two Yosemite towels (one with a moon and one without) and the Joshua Tree one are my top picks! They are the perfect size (30"x72.5"), super absorbent, quick drying, slip resistant, ultra soft, durable, lightweight and pack down small (3.5"x7"). #DearSanta

Recyclable Shoes

Let me start by reminding you that I am a Brooks ambassador. With that said, the hubby works for Adidas (as a designed for their Golf division). He told me about these new running shoes that Adidas has been working on and I'm stoked! I don't know that I would actually wear them (mostly because I love my Brooks Ghost and Levitate shoes), but the idea of what they are doing - making shoes that are completely recyclable which you can return back to them when you are finished and they will grind them up and use them in future shoes - could be a MAJOR game-changer! Less limit plastic waste!

What are you loving lately?