Running Gadgets

So the Mill Race Marathon is less than a month away (eep!) and we are super excited to be a part of it!

Buzzfeed posted a list of 21 cool gadgets that every runner should have…and some of these would be PERFECT for Mill Race Marathon day! Just remember to practice running with them before the race…nothing new on race day!

Some of my favorites are below…check out the full list HERE.

1. Pacebands

“Knowing what your splits should be is really important if you’re trying to run a certain time — especially for longer distances. These bracelets, available in a wide range of distances and goal times, save you the trouble of memorizing every split or trying to do the math on the fly.”

SB: They have pacebands for every length of race…seems quite handy!

3. Yaktrax

“Don’t let winter limit you to a treadmill for three months! But don’t fall on your ass either! Yaktrax attach themselves to your running shoes to give you some much-needed grip on icy or snowy roads and trails.”

SB: Obviously not needed for this year’s Mill Race Marathon, but if you are planning on signing up for a spring race these would be great for training this winter…especially since it’s supposedly going to be another harsh one.

4. A multipurpose ID bracelet

A multipurpose ID bracelet

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“It’s usually a pretty good idea to run with some form of ID on you in case disaster strikes. While there are simpler ways to do it, this ID bracelet is made of paracord stringing, and can be used as a tourniquet or rope in case of an emergency. It can also double as a replacement shoelace in case of a much less serious emergency.”

SB: Always run with some form of ID. These allow you the freedom to leave your driver’s license at home.

7. Ion


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“While most running shoes and a lot of jackets have reflective strips on them, you can never be too visable to cars while running when it’s dark out. This Canadian company offers reflective strips in a variety of designs that you can iron onto almost any piece of clothing. They do customized designs too!”

SB: These would be great for those early morning/late dusk runs that have to happen to avoid humidity!

8. Knuckle lights

“If you want to go a step beyond reflectors to be seen (and help yourself see), these LED knuckle lights will do the trick. Plus, you’ll probably feel a little bit like Iron Man.”

SB: See previous comment.

9. Foam roller

Foam roller

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“Rolling against this big foam log after a run hurts so good. It’s less portable than The Stick, but it can hit different muscles to prevent injury and soreness.”

SB: If you’ve never used a foam roller before…GET ONE NOW!!!!! These are super wonderful after a run.

13. Shirts that reveal a hidden message when you sweat

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“These cool shirts by Viewsport are meant to get gross and sweaty, as they reveal a secret, usually inspirational message when they get wet.”


14. Body Glide

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“Chafing is one of the worst things that can happen to a runner. So don’t let it happen.”

SB: PREACH IT! When I first started running, I thought chafing was a myth. I also hadn’t at the time run more than 3 miles. Then I ran 8. that last mile…BURNNNNED! Body Glide is your friend.

15. Cool Towel

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After you get these towels wet and snap them a couple times, they become cool, which is exactly what you need after a long hot run. They unfortunately don’t get icy cold, but they offer a little easy and portable relief.

SB: Never used one of these, but I wouldn’t be opposed to it!



17. Shower Wipes

Shower Wipes

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When you’ve got to squeeze a run into the middle of the afternoon, these portable wipes can help make it so you’re not grody for the second half of the day.

SB: a must for all the work-out things!

18. The FlipBelt

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The FlipBelt is an easy way to store your keys, iPod, or pretty much anything else you’d need to bring along on a run.

SB: I don’t specifically use this brand, but I do prefer running with a belt rather than an armband. a) weird tan lines. b) uneven biceps. c.) chaffing

20. Shwings

Will these actually help your run in any way? Probably not, but just look at ‘em! If Hermes and The Flash can run fast with winged boots, you should too!

SB: These are just sweet!

21. Drinking glasses

“After a tough run, you deserve it, and why not enjoy a drink out of a glass that lets everyone know what’s up? What is a beer or two but a little bit of extra carbo loading anyway?”

SB: Yes, the glasses are cool, but what’s even better is the PARTY that is happening AFTER the Mill Race Marathon in downtown Columbus! We will have more details as we get closer, but runner or not, you should probably be there :).

Happy training!

Sara Beth

Our First Look at Peter Pan Live!



Remember when we learned after the success/bomb of The Sound of Music Live! that we’d be getting Peter Pan Live?




And Girls star Allison Williams would be tackling the role?



Typically, the role of Peter Pan in the musical goes to a female.



That’s Mary Martin up there.



And that’s Cathy Rigby.



And Chris Colfer from Glee.




But look at Allison Williams as Peter! Amazing transformation!






Goodbye Girls! Check Out Allison Williams' Transformation Into Peter Pan


Now, I am getting super excited for this! You can catch Peter Pan Live! on NBC on December 4!



Brangelina Wedding FTW

So Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie got married last weekend (August 23rd- which is a fantastic time of year to get married may I add :) ). This past weekend photos were released of the Bride and Groom and Family and are in People and Hello! Magazine.

Angelina Jolie may not be my absolute fave actress, but I do love a fantastic celeb wedding dress! To my surprise, it wasn’t the dress that got me blogging….it was the veil.

To incorporate the Pitt-Jolie kiddos into the ceremony, not only were they members of the bridal party, but Angelina had designers take her kiddo’s drawings and sew them into her veil!

You can check it out below…I love it! I’m also a sucker for personal details in weddings.

Bieber Behind Bars…. again.

Justin Bieber has had another run-in with the law.

The singer, 20, was arrested on Aug. 29 in his native Canada, officials said today.

According to the Ontario Provincial Police, Bieber allegedly collided with a minivan while driving an all terrain vehicle. He was charged with dangerous driving and assault.

“Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez’ peaceful retreat in Stratford this weekend was unfortunately disrupted by the unwelcome presence of the paparazzi. This has regrettably resulted in charges of dangerous driving and assault,” Bieber’s lawyer, Brian H. Greenspan, told ABC News in a statement. “Mr. Bieber and Ms. Gomez have fully cooperated in the police investigation. We are hopeful that this matter will be quickly resolved.”

The authorities added that Bieber was released shortly thereafter and is scheduled to appear at the Ontario Court of Justice in Stratford on Sept. 29.

That same day, the singer was photographed riding on an ATV with his off-again, on-again girlfriend, Selena Gomez.


Brad & Angie Finally Tie the Knot!


In a secret service in France over last weekend. the couple of nine years wed.

The couples’ eldest sons, Maddox and Pax reportedly walked Jolie down the aisle while Shiloh and Knox were ring bearers and Zahara and Vivienne threw petals during the ceremony.



AP reports Jolie and Pitt wed in Chateau Miraval, in advance of the nondenominational civil ceremony.

They obtained a marriage license from a Californian judge, who also presided over the wedding.

My Muffin Conundrum


OK- Here is my issue.

Monday Night I made some AMAZING Chocolate Chip Banana Nut Bread Muffins.

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mmmmmmmmm…….. #foodporn.


If you would like the recipe…. I used this one from Rachel Ray and instead of using a loaf pan I made muffins…cuts on cooking time (20-25mins) AND easier to eat! Wahoo!


There’s just one problem.

I like to enjoy these with some butter. (that’s not the problem, but maybe it is….)


But I can never decide how I should slice the muffin!


Should I go down the middle and enjoy both the muffin bottom and muffin top in each side?  With the downside being the ratio of butter to muffin always varying with each bite?

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OR…. Should I slice the muffin top off, enjoy my equal butter to muffin ratio, but know that half of my muffin will be more amazing than the other? 2014-08-27 10.16.42

Because we all know muffin tops taste better than muffin bottoms…. thanks Elaine!


What do you think? How do you slice your muffin when you want to enjoy it with butter?

Meanwhile- I will have the 30 Rock “Muffin Top” Song stuck in my head for the rest of the day.

Have a great one!