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Good morning and welcome to winter in northern VA.  We are on our 3rd snow day here (as in school's cancelled) and I am trying to make the best of it.  I did a long yoga practice (as my IT band is raging today and needed to stretch badly), ran errands this morning (before the so-called icy rain is supposed to arrive) and put the boys to work with homework and vacuuming.  Now to update the Blog and get some research done on the Ragnar race.  I hope to get in our times (we are not fast!) and figure the whole rotation out. I really need the help of someone who has done this before (preferably a former captain) so that I can have us well-prepared. Hit me up if you can help!

For Christmas I asked for (and recieved!) lots of cool running gear.  I have yet to use the three types of lights I got.  The Nathan Headlamp is on sale at Rei.  I did take it out of the box and charge it (as it does not come charged but is a rechargable device simlar to my Garmin Vivofit watch).  I put it on and checked out the various light options it gives you. I think I am really going to like having the ability to wave my hand in front of it to change the setting (or turn off).  I wore a headlamp (just your basic one from LLBean) for our Christmas Light run (see pic below) with my running group and it was a hassle trying to turn on and off and make sure the setting was right each time.  It is not totally neccessary but will be a nice luxury.

The Nathan Handheld Running light that I received is also rechargable (but came with a charge).  It has different light level options as well as a strobing red light on the rear of it so people behind you can see you.  It even has a button with an alarm on it in case you fall and need help!  (I'm praying I won't need this option, but glad to know it's there if needed!)
My sister-in-law bought me these cool shoe lights that attach to your laces.  I haven't taken them out of the box for a spin yet but one of my running friends has them and says they are good for the close range visibility right near your feet.  So with all three of those lights - I will have full visibility!  FULLY LIT BABY!   I'll be sure to report on it after doing our first trail night run on January 31st. 
We are participating in the NO BUTS NIGHT RUN.  Stay tuned for pics in a later post!

I also received two new dresses one from Prana and the other from TitleNine.  Love them both! (Both are on SALE now.)
The Nadia dress is super cute and comfy and you can dress it up or down. I wore it to church with tights and boots.

The Improv Tunic Sweater is SUPER warm. I wore it shopping with a thin turtle neck and tights underneath on a really cold day and didn't even need a coat over it.  Just a scarf and hat and was good to go!  I also wore to work and got so many compliments. It is so warm and comfy!
Both Prana and TitleNine are two of my favorite sites for clothing and they are both having big sales on everything now.
HAPPY WINTER RUNNING AND SHOPPING!

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