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  • Michelle Howell

February Finds

It's March which means indoor season is coming to a close and outdoors is coming in hot on the horizon. As some of you may know my indoor season was not as fabulous as I would have liked, but it is what it is, sometime things come together and sometimes they don't. I unfortunately did not get as many races under my belt because of a nagging hip and knee issue so while on the mend I spent most of this past month cross training and being a somewhat normal person? By normal I mean I wasn't running for essentially two weeks, slept in past 6:00 am, actually explored the city a bit, and stayed up late-ish on several occasions. Apart from that I've been inspired to maybe share a bit more of my life with you guys so what better way to do that then with a little round of my favorite finds this past month?

Things to try:

Under Armour Hover Phantom/SE

I got these about a month or so ago and hadn't realized what I was missing out on until recently. These are my current go to shoes. I wear them to the gym, to coach, to grab some coffee, and at work. They're light weight, yet surprisingly supportive, and look like a stylish street shoe. I love the fitted sock feel and how easy they are to slip on and off- great for lazy people like myself who hate tying and untying their shoes laces.

Toffee-Tastic Girl Scout Cookies

It's cookie season guys and gals! As a former Scout I always make sure I donate during this time of year because let me tell you selling cookies on the street corner is not all it's cracked up to be and even though I disliked the majority of my time as a scout I did love being able to take our yearly trips that were fully funded by.. you guessed it cookie sales. This year though I was stopped in my tracks mid donation when I saw this box of beauties. It is the first is I've purchased a box since selling them back in '08!

Despite being able to have some gluten in my diet I only buy non-gluten free things when:

A. Gluten free alternatives suck or aren't available (croissants, kouigh amann, basically any pastry worth the calories)

B. I'm abroad

Girl scout cookies up until now didn't meet those criteria. Goodie Girl makes a very convincing copy cat of the thin mint (my favorite tied with Lemonades) and because being gluten free became a fab diet over the years (thanks dieters!) there are a TON of alternatives on the market today meaning while I like Girl Scout cookies I've never really felt compelled to get them. The Toffee-Tastic though is a game changer- like the Goodie Girl cookies you really can't tell it's GF and being a toffee lover it's definitely up my ally. You can be sure that I'll be coming back next year for these.

Outdoor Voices FreeForm Bralette

My favorite OV fabric launched a whole studio collection this past month and I am in love with it! Peachy soft to the touch and cozy enough you'll want to wear it all the time, the FreeForm Bralette is up there on my all-time favorite active wear list. I played it safe with snagging the conifer bralette and leggings, but the more people I see wearing the seasonal punchy colors the more I'm tempted to splurge on a second set for spring

Goji Berries

While it's still cold outside I've been in spring mode in the kitchen meaning smoothie bowls are once again a main staple of my diet. They're simple to make, tasty, and pack a punch nutritionally, but the toppings are what set an amazing bowl apart from a good one. Lately my go to topping are these tangy sweet berries-chewy with a bit of a crunch I love adding them right on top of my smoothies. I snagged this batch from Terrasoul Superfoods via Amazon.

Bonus: They're also a great add-in for oatmeal and re-hydrate well

Aztec Secret Indian Healing Clay

So I've actually had this for a few months, but hadn't been using it regularly until recently. Stressed out about not running, I've been trying to find ways to relax a bit and treating myself to a little at home "spa" definitely helps. I love how I can feel it working on my skin while wearing it and how silky smooth it is to the touch afterwards. 10/10 agree with the Holy grail hype around this product.

To Listen to:

Bindge Mode: Harry Potter

If your not a fan of Harry Potter, I don't know if we can be friends. If you haven't listened to the Binge Mode Harry Potter series, you can't call yourself a true fan. Over the course of the past year I've loved every second of the host's deep dive into the HP universe and frankly I'm better sad it's over. However, they're returning with a Game of Thrones pod so I guess I can't be that upset.

To Read:

Good to Go: What the Athlete in All of Us Can Learn from the Strange Science of Recovery

Christie Aschwanden

I like running, science, and recovery so clearly I'm enjoying this light read during my metro commutes. Aschwanden discusses how the idea of recovery has changed over the course of time and breaks down her thoughts on what modalities do and don't work.