Things I Love

I don’t have a lot of extra money floating around, so when I spend my money I would like for it to mean something.  Here are a few of the things I love and, more important, companies that are worth my dollar:

ASICS GEL-Cumulus: I bought model number 17 last year; if I remember correctly, my first pair was model number 7, purchased in 2005.  These shoes have yet to fail me and, so far, neither has ASICS because they keep improving on them and producing them! The most recent model is no exception; the cushioning is superb, but not too heavy, and the toe box is wider than the last version, which I love.


GARMIN: I will always remember my first Garmin; so big, clunky, took up half my arm and I was thrilled to have it! I will not go for long without one, even though I do mix in some Garmin-free days every once in awhile.  It changed running for me in so many ways.  I am currently using a Forerunner 220; I also have a Forerunner 10.




OISELLE – (pronounced WA-zell): A women’s running apparel company with a GREAT back story; they hit the market in 2007, and have been growing steadily each year. They made news by signing (then pregnant) elite runner Lauren Fleshman to get their “sisterhood” going places and more recently signed elite runner Kara Goucher; in other words, these folks know what female runners want to wear.  My favorite product is their Distance short…Oiselle once held a contest to see how many jelly beans would fit in the three pockets of the shorts – over 600. Incredible!








PICKY BARS:  Okay, just go to their website because it is awesome.  This is not your average bar – these are made specifically for folks who are active and don’t have time to mess around with their nutrition.  Gluten- and dairy-free, balanced macronutrients (25% fat, 60% carbohydrate, 15% protein) and they TASTE SO GOOD! Although we finally have a store in my area that carries them (Go! Running), I am a member of the Picky Club, so I never have to worry; they are delivered to me automatically every month.

  • Hi Tara,
    I’m sending you a review query by email, but I have a question related to one of your favorite things–the Asics GEL Cumulus shoe. I’m not a runner, but I do a lot of walking with my dog. I own a pair of Asics, and like the shoe, but it’s a cheaper model, with not much cushioning in the front half. Would you recommend the Cumulus for walking? The shoe I like best just now is the New Balance 990. Tell me what you think, and thanks.

    • Barry, I like the GEL-Cumulus because it’s got some really good cushioning but not so much that I can’t feel my feet anymore – ha! 🙂 The GEL-Nimbus has even more cushioning but, as a runner, it’s just a little too heavy for me. I’m no expert, and I highly recommend that folks visit their local shoe shop (preferably an independent one) and ask for some recommendations based on your personal preferences and needs. Thanks so much for stopping by!

      • Tara–
        Thank you. The Asics shoe I’ve got is the “Enduro.”
        I get it–cumulo-nimbus–Someone at Asics must be into meteorology. In looking over the titles of the books you’ve reviewed, I have some doubts about querying you about mine. But nothing ventured, nothing gained, so I’ll send it along right now.