Favorite maternity workout clothes

Even though my running has come to a screeching halt during pregnancy, I am still trying to get out and active every day. Early on in my pregnancy when I looking at other blogs to see what women were wearing during pregnancy + working out all I found were ladies who were several sizes smaller than me. While I’m not quite plus size, I am usually a size 10-12. So hopefully this will help anyone who isn’t a size 4 (no shame at all to those who are smaller! Yall are rocking it. I just want to put my experience out there and hopefully help other women who are a different body type)

My trusty Oiselle long rogas are literally the first thing I change into when I get home from work and I live in them during the weekends. I own five pairs and four of them are size 12 and one of them is a size 14. They are still fit great (though the 12s are almost snug, they are still comfortable!) I never found any true maternity athletic shorts that I liked so I’m hoping my rogas can hold out for another 7 weeks.

This maternity tank from Amazon. Loved it so much I ordered a second the day after one came in the mail.

My ProCompression socks! Swollen feet really started to affect me this week and I have been wearing my ProCompression socks nightly around the house. Thankfully I had five pairs from marathon training, but I’m thinking of buying one or two more pairs (the puppy love design and the marathon navys) to add to my rotation.

For my daily walks and on the weekends when I am about and about more, I always wear my Hoka One One Clifton 5s. So much support and they are wide enough that my swollen feet still fit comfortably.

For work, I usually wear some black Crocs sandals I snagged on a whim one day when looking for shoes. I sized up but they are still getting a little snug – this Kentucky heat and humidity is not doing me any favors.

What are some of your maternity workout apparel must-haves?

My favorite Patagonia pieces

As I’ve gotten older, I’ve realized how important it is to buy quality clothing. I am willing to turn over more money for pieces that are going to stand the test of time (fashion wise and in quality) and that look and feel great.

Patagonia is one of my favorite brands and while they can be a little pricey, I 100% think they are worth it. I’ve listed some of my favorites below!

Patagonia Women’s Re-Tool Snap-T Fleece Pullover
I received this as a Christmas gift from my parents and it is my new favorite! It is a slim fit so I would suggest getting a size up, but it so comfy and soft! I have the shadow blue and I’m seriously considering buying the smokey violet or vjosa green — such fun colors for spring.

Lightweight Synchilla Snap-T Fleece Pullover
This was my first Patagonia pullover and I still wear it weekly. Two years later and it still looks the same as the day I bought it! While this exact color combo isn’t online, they still have lots of great choices to pick from and even have some with patterns. I’m wearing a medium in this one and it fits great.
Awkward picture, but this me and my husband interviewing the KY High School XC runners up coach at the state meet last fall. 

Patagonia Lightweight Merino Performance Crew Socks.
Retro Pile Fleece Vest <– I’ve tried this on in the store so many times, but I haven’t broken down and bought it yet. Definitely on my list!
Retrio Backpack — I actually used this backpack in college! Totally not what is was meant for but it definitely lasted the abuse I gave it over the years. I got rid of it, but it was a great little pack!

Favorites from marathon training

So instead of my usual Friday Favorites post, I thought I would post something a little different instead — favorite from marathon training!

This post is NOT sponsored. Just sharing some products I love that have gotten m through training for my first marathon.

I am in the home stretch of marathon training! Since I have lasted through almost 16 weeks of training, I thought I would share some of my favorite things with you all!

Brooks Glycerin 15
These shoes have been my saving grace during all of my runs since January.  They have so much support and I got them properly fitted (a half size up from what I normally wear) and my toes have been singing praises. I recommend Brooks shoes to any runner.

KT Tape
My knees have been a big point of caution for me during this training cycle. To be honest, I was a little skeptical about using KT Tape. I absolutely did not think it would help me — and I was so wrong!

My NordicTrack Commercial 1750 treadmill
Basically, the first three months of training were almost solely on my treadmill. I even ran a half marathon and one 14-miler on my treadmill during training.

ProCompression Socks
After seeing ProCompression socks all over Instagram (#keepittight) and finding a coupon code on Facebook, I decided to buy some and see what they were all about.

So when I found a discount to get FIVE pairs for the price of two you best believe I ran to my computer to buy some.

Gu Chews
While in the past I’ve typically stuck with strawberry-only Gu — this year I changed it up and started taking the cran-razz flavor. It’s definitely a new favorite. After my race, I am thinking about trying some new nutrition (honey stinger waffles, bonk bars, huma gel, etc)

FitBit Blaze
While at first, I was only going to use this watch for day-to-day wear, it’s kind of become my go-to running watch. I reviewed it early on but I love it more every day.

What are some of your running-related favorites? Let me know in the comments below!

Workout gear for Spring

We are less than one month away from the first day of Spring! I thought it would be fun to roundup some of my favorite running and workout gear for Spring! Some of these products I already own and some are in my cart waiting for me to check out 😉

Brooks Ghost Racerback. I love the fun colors on this tank and the fabric is so light and cool.

Oiselle Flyte Tank. This material is the best!

Nike Miller Running Top. I have this in blue and it’s so breathable. I usually don’t like running in short sleeves, but this one is a winner!

I really want these spandos shorts. Longer than the mini, they look perfect for someone with bigger legs (like me) plus they come in such a cute print!

Team 3/4 Tights. I basically want everything from Oiselle.
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ProCompression over-the-calf socks. These are so bright and the colors remind me of Easter!

These are the shoes (Brooks Glycerin 15) I am currently wearing while training for my first marathon. I love how much support they have.

I love these Balega socks. I’ve been running in them since my high school cross country days and they are my favorite “low cut” sock.

Asics color block bra.
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The best running belts for storing all your stuff. 

KT Tape! They have some fun colors, so at least you can look cute while being all wrapped up.

My review of the Fitbit Blaze

This post is NOT sponsored. Just my opinions on a product I enjoy.

So if you’ve been following my blog for a while, you know I’ve been debating for months between the Apple Watch and the Fitbit Blaze.

Well on Black Friday Kohl’s was having a sweet sale on the Fitbit Blaze, so I bit the bullet and bought one! My driving force behind buying this watch vs. the Apple Watch was the price range. I snagged the Fitbit Blaze for $150 and even an older model Apple Watch will run you about $250. The newer Apple Watches cost about $400! That’s crazy.
So far, I have been very impressed with the Blaze. It was easy to setup, easy to use and I like that I can see the screen (versus the smaller screen on the other Fitbit activity trackers). It tracks everything I need and it gives reminders throughout the day if I need to move more.

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I can also read text messages and take phone calls from the watch. It’s nice to be able to see if someone texts me, but I didn’t purchase the watch for that feature, it’s just an added bonus!

If you’ve been thinking about an activity tracker or have been debating between the Blaz and the Apple Watch, I highly recommend the Fitbit Blaze!

Friday Favorites v.48

It’s birthday month! I am someone who loves birthdays, so birthday month is a big deal to me! Plus Ryan and I take our yearly trip to STL in May. Go Cards!

This week was my first full work week in more than two weeks, so it felt super long — but also super productive! This time of year is super busy with my job, but I love feeling accomplished after a long day at work.

Before the weekend can begin let’s talk Friday Favorites and get through another work day.

1. I get to meet one of my best friend’s baby! My very first best friend had her first child a little more than a month and I get to meet him for the first time tomorrow. I am so excited for some baby snuggles and quality time with my friend.

2. This drink looks like perfect addition to any outside party! Sparkly and refreshing! Raspberry Lemonade Fizz recipe.

3. Is there really such a thing as too many shoes?! Even with running shoes, I like to have several pairs to rotate (plus I like to match my outfits) Currently eyeing these bad boys.

4. This was from @pbfingers insta story several days ago. These snack balls look delicious. Check out her blog if you haven’t already. 

5. Breaking 2. (which has a neat hashtag emoji on Twitter) The world attempt at breaking 2 hours in the marathon is taking place tomorrow morning in Italy (or roughly 10:45 p.m. Friday where I’m at in Kentucky)

Runner’s World has an entire page on their site dedicated to all the info you need to know for the sub-2 attempt. It’s pretty interesting stuff. Check it out here.

6. 2016 Road Race Trends. I love looking at all the nuts and bolts of running. Like how in 2016, there were 16,957,100 finishers of 30,400 running events in the U.S. So neat! How many did you finish?

7. YES YES YES. I am in love with these sandals from Draper James + Jack Rogers.

8. I love afternoons with Murphy. He still sucks at fetch, so I usually just end up chasing him around the yard while he holds a ball in his mouth. #dogmom