Summer Lovin’ + a Small Rant
Hola! Yesterday was a rest day for me, so I don’t have any running news to report. Instead I thought I could share some products and things I’m really loving this summer!
I bought all of these products myself! None of the companies mentioned paid me to promote their products. In fact I’ve left the FitFluential community because I’ve decided I’m just not interested in 99% of the products they make available for review, and I cannot stand the constant harping on about growing your blog and social media numbers to get free products.
Honestly, the best offers I’ve ever received have come directly to me and were not brokered through Fitfluential. Working in the marketing industry, as someone who oversees online influencer campaigns, I can say that none of the better brands I work with would ever go through a third party network. The awesome brands I work with want to create unique campaigns and collaborate directly with the influencers.
I know many of my favorite bloggers are part of the Fitfluential community and that’s cool if that’s your jam – I’ve just recently realized it’s not mine – and I don’t want it to be a part of K-BAR going forward.
(K-BAR = Kristina’s Blog About Running, haha).
Okay, tangent OVER! Sorry about that! On to the faves!
Favorite Training Journal:
I’ve just started using Training Peaks as my online training log and so far I like it a lot! It includes space for all of the normal training metrics like distance and pace, but has a dedicated spot for a workout description and post-activity notes. If you work with a coach this is a really nice option for sharing detailed information.
Training Peaks is great, but there is really something to be said about putting pen to paper. That’s one of the main reasons I’m back to using my Believe training journal!
After my half marathon racing season I stopped using this religiously. I wasn’t following a super regimented training plan and my weekly mileage was low so I didn’t want to waste any space. Now that I’m back to a structured plan I’m happy to be writing in this pretty little book again! My Believe journal is definitely my favorite!
Favorite Thing to Write in My Training Journal With
Okay, this is definitely a made up category, but I did blog the other day about my new Kate Spade pen set and I am LOVING it!
I was going to save “So Well Composed” for a while since it’s my favorite from the set, but I figured … cape diem! Why wait?
It’s really just your typical ball point pen, but I love the purple color and I smile every time I look down and see “so well composed.” It’s the little things, right? 🙂
Favorite Nail Polish
I’ve blogged before about being a total nail polish loyalist. Once I find a color I like I will wear it over and over and over again until I can’t stand the sight of it anymore. Right now the color I’m loving is Blink Pink from Sally Hansen’s fast dry line.
I may have blogged about this color like a month ago? Yep, still LOVING it and wearing it every single day.
Every summer it cracks Adam up when I tell him I’m getting tan because, as he puts it, I’m naturally tan all year long. That may be sort of true, but I still get darker during summer, and have to protect my skin.
Right now I’m loving Neutrogena’s sport face lotion. It’s super lightweight and only has a faint sunscreen-y scent.
Honestly, this stuff still burns when it runs into your eyes during a super sweaty run. I wear a visor when I run which catches most of my sweat, but after a 2+ hour run I’m bound to have some sweat in my eyes and ouch.
The reason I really love this sunscreen though is that it’s perfect for wearing on days that I don’t wear a liquid foundation. It gives me SPF coverage even if I’m just dusting on a little powder and blush.
Favorite Makeup Product
Not that long ago I wrote about refreshing my makeup collection with some drugstore brands. One of the items I picked up was this blush from NYX in the color Silk (MPB05).
It’s a dark peachy color and I think it’s perfect for my skin tone. I don’t know enough about makeup to describe it or tell you why I think it works for me – but I love it!
I apply it with the Real Technique stippling brush which I also love because it’s nice and firm. I don’t actually stipple it on; I use a normal brushing motion.
Favorite Running Product
I am still truly, madly, deeply in love with my Garmin Vívoactive. It does every thing I need it to do: track my runs, track my daily steps, connect with my phone to show me emails and texts… and most importantly it connects with the satellites SO FAST!
My old Garmin FR220 would sometimes take 5 or more minutes to connect to the satellites even though I always started my run in the same exact spot. The Vívoactive never takes more then 2 seconds! LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE it.
Honestly, I didn’t really think I’d care about the way it syncs with my email and text messages, but now whenever I hear my phone buzz I automatically look down at my wrist. This feature comes in handy when you’re in a work meeting and don’t want to be rude and check your phone, but really want to see what that email or text message is about!
Favorite Thing About This Summer
Getting to work from home for a few weeks!
After the awful commute I dealt with through the spring, I am so so so so happy to be working from home during the month of July. It’s such a nice unexpected summer treat.
Adam works from home (and I guess you could say Cecil does too) so it’s really nice to spend extra time with them – I especially love that we can eat lunch together!
Favorite Upcoming Travel Plans
To celebrate the last year of my 20s we’re heading to the Dominican Republic! I blogged about staying at a specific all-inclusive a while ago, but we actually just made a change and booked at Dreams La Romana!
We won’t be heading to the DR until later in August though, so for my actual birthday I think we’re going to do a weekend in the Bahamas.
We are really lucky to live in South Florida where we have so many tropical destinations just a short drive or flight away. It makes multiple travel opportunities during the year such a breeze (and affordable too)!
None of the products in this post were sponsored; I paid for them myself. I have included a few affiliate links throughout the post which just means if you make a purchase through my link I’ll earn a small commission that will be applied to the cost of maintaining this blog. Thank you!
Do you have a favorite sport sunscreen? Any recommendations for a face sunscreen that doesn’t burn your eyes at all?
Favorite summery products?