My Favorite Things

Watch out, Oprah! This is My Favorite Things, Jessica’s Edition.

Just thought I’d share some of the things I’m loving lately. Mostly running stuff…and food stuff. Both completely awesome.

Honestly, I was nervous about trying this, because I’m pretty much a Jif Peanut Butter kind of girl. But this is really good. I think next time I will get their peanut butter. It doesn’t require all the stirring that most natural peanut butters require. It’s good with no added garbage in it, so I’m sold.

Whole Wheat Tortillas
Homemade whole wheat tortillas from The Lean Green Bean
These are quite possibly the best tortillas I’ve ever had, and very simple to make. Make them today. You will never eat a store-bought tortilla again. I’ve been using them to make wraps for simple dinners when it’s just too hot to cook.

ProCompression Socks
So this is no surprise to anyone who knows me well. These socks are just the greatest. They can be worn before, during, or after workouts to help speed recovery by improving vascular flow to the legs.  So basically they can be worn all day.  And as fashionable as they are, I’m sure you would.  Through July, you can save 40% off all products and receive free shipping by entering the code JULY at checkout.

Running Shoe
Brooks Adrenaline.  Honestly, I love everything about Brooks.  I love that they just deal with running.  I am currently trying out a different shoe (not Brooks), and although they are great shoes, I will be going back.  I’ve worn these shoes for at least the past 10 years and never have any complaints.  Of course, the best thing is to go to a specialty store and be analyzed to find the right running shoe for you.  It’s one of the most important keys to keeping your body happy and uninjured. Happy, uninjured feet = more running.  

The Stick
It may look like a torture device, but using this after a run will work out all those muscles.  It’s basically like a deep tissue massage. Who doesn’t like that?

Post Long Run Recovery Fuel
Chocolate milk! After any hard workout, science shows that chocolate milk has the perfect ratio of carbs to protein to aid in recovery.  After really long runs, it’s important to refuel within 30 minutes to begin the recovery process.  Usually my stomach isn’t ready for any food, but chocolate milk goes down easily.  It’s surprisingly refreshing and gets me recovering so that I can be ready for my next workout.

So there you have it!  Unfortunately for you all, I am not Oprah, and you will not be receiving each one of my favorites.  Unless, of course, you click on the links and purchase them yourself.

Workout for today- strength training with the Runner’s World Iron Strength Workout.  Yesterday, I pulled out my Running Binder (go ahead, laugh.  My family does.)  I pulled out a marathon training plan that I found and going to start training again, just in case I decide to run the Indianapolis Marathon in October.  Still praying a little about that one, but need to get training regardless. Today is cross-training and tomorrow is speed work.  Good stuff.

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