I’m not going to the Olympics – not only am I far from able to compete at that level, I also don’t have the money or time, really, to fly to a foreign country. And the crowds! But I am so excited for the 2016 Games and plan to watch as much as possible on TV. I’m also going to geek out a little bit and wear my red, white and blue gear during the Games. Here are some of my favorites to show my support:
Balega’s Proudly American Ultralight No-Show Sock: I have been wear-testing these socks and still love them. Balega is well-known among runners who have branched out to specialty sock brands as high-quality, long-wearing socks that prevent hot spots. These red, white and blue special edition socks are more of the same, only bold and bright in USA team colors. These socks are made from US-sourced threads in Hickory, North Carolina. You can pick up a pair on Amazon- I just found them for $10.99; or on the Balega site for $12.
Mission’s EnduraCool Towel: Mission is a company that makes some base-layer gear and a line of cooling fabric items like headbands, hats, and these amazing towels that cool you down using actual science: “After the EnduraCool towel is wet and snapped, the instant cooling technology is activated to chill the fabric’s surface temperature by up to 30 degrees.” I love that Mission is a sponsor of US Rowing (I was a collegiate rower and thought about using my erg tonight, but decided to write a blog post instead), and they are providing each rower on the US team with an EnduraCool Towel with a US flag print. Watch for it as you cheer for the US Rowing team! Available on Mission’s website along with a headband, packaged together for $19.99. Note they also have a number of MLB and collegiate logo towels.
USATF’s official Team USA gear: You can get the running gear that the members of Team USA are wearing in Rio. Yes, including the bun-huggers and the cap-sleeve crop top. Actually, though, there are a number of tops from the 2008 collection and especially jackets that are made for those now wishing to explore the creation of new tan lines while running, and they’re all on sale right now. For example, the women’s half-zip from the 2008 games is only $40 right now, and the women’s and men’s split-side shorts and “thrower shorts” (translation: longer) from 2008 are only $25 right now. Of course all this gear is Nike, and it all looks pretty cool. Just don’t let the prices for the newer gear throw you off … the men’s “official Team USA Black Distance Singlet,” regularly priced at $250, is on sale for $187.50. Just sort by “Price low to high” to see the best deals. (USATF members get a discount on top of sale prices.)
One Up Sports’ Headbands & Hair Ties: Another “Made In the USA” product with some cute red, white and blue gear are the no-slop headbands, fabric tie-backs (think a manageable bandanna for guys or girls), and ponytail holders are these from One Up Sports. The no-slip headbands (the stars, the red, white and blue stripes, and the tennis one) are $12.00, the fabric tie-backs (like the camo one below) are $, and the regular hair ties (shown here in red/gold chevron and sparkle blue) are $1.90 each. They have a huge variety and a ton more red, white and blue bands, plus some specifically for marathoners and licensed collegiate hair bands.