GEAR: Product Round-Up for an Annotated Spring

Here in Minnesota, where I (currently) live, we definitely had an annotated spring this year. Our winter lasted until well into April, with a record-breaking snowfall that dumped over a foot of sloppy, wet, and heavy snow onto a populace that was already downright depressed from an already endless winter, and who, quite frankly, kind of lost their mental shit when we woke up on April 16th to over 18 inches of the cold stuff.

But looking outside now, you wouldn't believe that winter had been our reality less than thirty days ago. The trees are budding, the birds are chirping, and everyone in Minnesota is happy once more. Amazing what can happen in a month when you don't give up faith. As Hal Borland wrote, "no winter lasts forever, no spring skips its turn."

With the warmer weather, I've found a newfound motivation for all sorts of things. I'm waking up earlier as the sun rises sooner and lights up my room with ease at around 6:30 am. I'm getting motivated to work on longstanding projects, like my manuscript with the help of a new laptop that I L-O-V-E. I find myself full of ideas and inspiration, and am working on launching a podcast (more on that later.) And apart from this afternoon, which might have been the first overcast day we've had in awhile, my boyfriend and I spend our weekends biking around the twin cities to breweries and walking around the lakes in our sunglasses and spring sneakers. Overall, life is just that much sweeter.

Spring is one of the shortest and sweetest months. So fleeting and pretty, a time when everything, from the short blades of grass to the wispy tulips on the boulevards are both fierce and fragile.  Right now, I am craving long walks to take in all this newfound greenery, and time in the morning to write, uninterrupted. In addition to my new walking and writing habits, I am getting back into running. Despite being both aerobically out of shape and physically less strong than I was this time last year, I am looking forward to starting up my running practice once more as a way to connect more deeply with myself and my surroundings. I recently bought the book "Mindful Running" by Minnesota writer Mackenzie L. Havey and am looking forward to digging in and adopting some of her practices to make my runs a time to ponder, rather than a time to slog through another workout.

So without further ado, here's a product roundup of the gear that will get you moving, grooving, and vibing on your goals if like me you are also going to try and spend the next three months walking, running, and writing as much as you physically can.  

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Clockwise From Left: 
1. Finisterre Mullion Sweater, 75 Pounds from finisterre.com

2.  Fitbit Ionic Fitness Watch, $300. fitbit.com

3. Fitbit Flyer Wireless Headphones, $100. fitbit.com

4. Asics Gel-Kayana 24 in Slate Blue/Cantaloupe, $160. asics.com

5. Heathered Grey 25oz Canteen, $35. corkcicle.com

6. Microsoft Surface Pro in Aqua, $999. microsoft.com

7. New Balance Luxe 247 Flight Jacket in Olive, $250. newbalance.com

8. Blue Yeti USB Podcasting Microphone in Platinum, $120. bluedesigns.com

9. Asics Gel-Kayana 24 Sneakers in Black, $160. asics.com

10. Beats Headphones in Matte Gold, $299. bestbuy.com

11.  Mindful Running by Mackenzie L. Havey (paperback), $5. barnesandnoble.com

12.  S'well 64oz Teakwood Roamer, $75. swellbottle.com