Friday Five: 5 (Random) Things I’m Loving

It’s a free-for-all in the DC Trifecta Friday Five world so I decided to randomly share 5 things I’m digging. Here we go!

  1. Garmin Fenix 3


This thing is such an unnecessary beauty. The color, the features, everything but the price calls out to me. I’ve got a few Instagram buddies who torture me with wrist pics. Gah!

It’s got a ton of features–too many to name here but you could see them here–BUT, it doesn’t have a heart rate monitor, so for those who are into that, or who think “How can it be that expensive and not have it!”, there’s a good reason to not get it, lol! (Unfortunately, that’s not a good enough reason for me to not want it, ja!)

My watch is barely a year old, does exactly what it needs to do, and I really have zero reason to spend a car payment on the fenix so for now, I’ll just be watching from afar.

2. Expos!

I know a lot of people aren’t into expos and sometimes I just want to get my bib and get out, but lately I’ve been digging them. Maybe it’s the shopper in me.

RnR Arizona’s expo was pretty awesome if I say so myself. They had a ton of booths, they were–in my opinion–organized so crowds weren’t horrendous, and if you did want to get out, there was a HUGE exit sign letting people know where to go.

Anyway, I checked out the Garmin booth where I checked out the aforementioned watch. It was cool to see it in person! I swung by the ProCompression booth to visit friends. We registered for next year’s race at a suuuper discount and snagged free shirts


And then I spent money at the Lululemon booth–I thought it was super cool how they had special edition clothing for our state


I even snagged a coupon for later. Which takes me to…

3. Lululemon

I got these Lulu pants a while ago (in Vancouver actually!) and am so in love with them. I was eating dinner with some MRTT friends when I accidentally spilled my cup of water on myself (typical Helly style) and everyone was amazed at how I simply swiped the drops away from my pants! So when I got the coupon at the expo, I went to my local Lululemon store and treated myself to the crop version! ❤


4. Local Running Shoe Stores

I’ve usually gone to my nearby RoadRunner Sports for shoes but lately I haven’t been digging the customer service. So, when it came time to buy back-to-running shoes, I hit up my local shoe store, Cadence Running Co., where I know the owner. He’s an Ironman athlete and I trust him and his employees completely.

It’s a small store and when I walked in, I was the only one. It was pretty cool to be the only one being helped and getting all the attention.


They determined I didn’t need all the support I was getting in my last shoes and recommended I go neutral. I walked out with these bad boys.


Since I’m coming back from injury and starting with low mileage, I was told this would be the perfect time to try out Newtons (because I was little nervous, curious, but nervous). So far though, they feel great!!!

5. Staying Home

I’ve been loving staying at home. It feels good to know I made the right decision taking a break from my job and enjoying my time with my kids. My husband continues to travel and I knew if I had continued working, I would’ve been in super stress out mode 24/7.

You can barely see it, but my son is swinging at a bubble, lol!

You can barely see it, but my son is swinging at a bubble, lol!

Thanks again DC Trifecta ladies–Mar, Cynthia, and Courtney–for hosting Friday Five!

–What are some things you’re loving lately?


30 responses

  1. I would be really interested to know how you like your Newtons. I have a colleague who swears by them but he is the only person I know who wears them. I don’t even know if they are available here in France !

  2. I have not seen that new Garmin. I have the Garmin 10 and it is so simple so I don’t thk I need all the bells and whistles. How cool you saw a Lululemon stand at an expo. I don’t think I have ever saw one at an expo. I love going to expos to see all the cool products but I spend way too much when I’m there.

  3. That is so cool that Lululemon had a booth at the expo! I love that they had race specific gear AND gave you a coupon. I sure hope they come to a race expo near me 🙂 I’m loving my Lululemon Toasty Tech tights. I tried them out for the first time today and they are crazy warm with tons of pockets. Hope you enjoy the Newtons! My husband used to run in them and really liked them.

  4. I love this post. And I love you.

    And, I too am a Lululemon convert. I used to think it was all overpriced crap until I splurged on some leggings. Now I’m a believer.

  5. How did I miss this?!?! Ah. Okay so I’m so happy that you are able to stay home with your kids. Love that. And I’ll be checking out those pants right after I publish this comment. I have such a love/hate relationship with Lulu! I’ve heard so many great things about Newtons. I think people either love them or hate them. I’m glad they’re working out for you!

    • I’ve heard the same about both Lulu and Newtons. I think with like most things, you can find items way overpriced at Lulu but then you can get some good quality items too. As far as the Newtons, I’m nervous. I like them but I think because they are *so* different, it makes me hard to fully commit. They feel great and I feel good, I’m just over thinking it like always 🙂

  6. OMG, I am the same exact way about the Fenix…totally in love. I’m considering selling mine to get money to put towards it. But it’s totally dual function. It’s a watch you can wear ALL of the time, not just running, so totally worth the price? yea? no? Shoot, just trying to justify the hefty price tag 😉