I envy people with well-organized homes: Once I've parceled out my energy for mothering, meal preparation, laundry, work, running, and the occasional socializing, I don't have much left over for organizing or decorating. So digital photos rarely get printed out and framed; the kids' toys are a hodgepodge jumble of Legos, Zoobles, Magic Markers, and Groovy Girl accessories; our few silver candlesticks or vases are the color of the bottom of my kids' feet after they shoot baskets barefoot in the street.
But one task I'm dedicated to: swapping out my winter clothes for summer ones, even if it only means moving my few colorful cotton skirts in front of the charcoal grey and black one or stashing sweaters into an under-bed box. This switcharoo allows me to feel like a wannabe-organizer--and gives me the sense I have new clothes, even when they are just the same tanks and capris from last year.
A few wool items, though, stay front and center in my drawers year round: Icebreaker merino wool workout wear. "Wool workout wear?" you might be saying to yourself, as you swelter in summertime heat and humidity. To which I reply, "Yes, WOOL workout wear!" The fiber that's been around since early animal domestication functions better than any 21st-century, human-made fabric: Wool insulates in the cold weather yet miraculously keeps you cool in hot temps. Even wet, it retains its weather-regulating properties. (Trust me: I live in the Pacific Northwest, so I know from running in the rain!)
Icebreaker gets its merino wool from sheep in the mountains of New Zealand; it's deliciously soft and not scratchy. On a recent epic run--climbing 4,000 vertical feet in about seven (7!) miles--Dimity layered an Icebreaker Aero Short-Sleeve Crewe under a long-sleeve Icebreaker top. I wore an Aero Crewe solo on a San Francisco run that started and ended in warm sun, but looped through several miles of fog. In both scenarios, we ran in thermoregulated comfort.
Thanks to today's giveaway, three of you will experience the wonders of wool: We're giving away an Icebreaker Aero Short-Sleeve Crewe to three lucky ladies. To enter, tell us what weather conditions you are facing your runs these days. Are you baking in a heat wave? Soggy from storms? Goose-bumped due to gym A/C on high? Click the Comments link under this post on our website to share what weather you've been running in lately, and you'll be entered to win one of three Icebreaker Aero Short-Sleeve Crewe tops.
[Some fine print for this fine prize.] This sweepstakes is open to those over 18 and residents of United States and Canada. It begins on 7/9/14 and ends on 7/14/14; the winners will be announced on 7/19/14. One entry per person. The value of each prize is $59.99. The number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning. Void where prohibited by law.