I’ve been thinking about running A LOT.
I ran twice during the month of February, both adventures while I was in Las Vegas, taking in the warmth and sunshine and mostly the lack of snow.
Winter has been BRUTAL here and early on I made a promise to Nick that I wouldn’t run outside unless the temperature was over 30 degrees and that running space wasn’t icy or extremely dangerous. I’m pretty sure the only days that this has happened in Scotia since I first made the statement in January were while I was westward.
On top of normal winterness of CDNY, it has seemed extra windy and doubly snowy this time around, making the idea of winter running completely laughable. I see a group of running bad-asses in their neon orange and yellow tops, making their way through the roads of the park I work in and I am baffled at their ability to log miles during the past several weeks.
Then again, every time I have thought “I could go for a short run now” weather-wise has been in the middle of the work day and therefore not conducive to actual “lace up and go” time. And every time I’ve seen said bad-asses has been in the middle of the work day, so maybe I should cut myself some slack.
The other night I laid in bed unable to sleep and reread my half marathon recap. Again. A few nights later when I couldn’t sleep I went through my entire #THS13point1 Weekly Training Recaps from start to finish.
I’m just starting to think about 2015 race plans, though most of my internet running friends are already in the depth of training for their big races.
The idea of a 50 mile trail relay has been floating around the office, which would be a completely knew experience considering I’ve done “trail running” one half of a time if you count my getting lost on a short cut through wooded parts and still keeping myself at jog when trying to find my way back to a neighborhood.
At the end of last year I was toying with the idea of a marathon and was sold on the idea of running another half. Right now all I care about is starting to log outdoor miles consistently again. I know I will be chasing down a new 5K PR after last year’s record yet disappointing finish.
I also know that instead of rereading thousands of words I wrote before and after training last year, I could be holding plank for thousands of seconds to become a better runner. There’s a list of intentions I’ve set for myself for the month of March to set myself up to be a stronger runner, and core work is, as always, on the list.
Another activity to get myself set for spring running is organize and prep my gear. As I cleaned out my running drawer and storage areas, I put items I never wear for any number of excuses in a donate pile and only kept the pieces I really love. There’s no use holding on to something that makes me feel uncomfortable when on a run. Plus, now I’ve made a bit of room for me to restock on my favorite running gear.
1. BAMR Bands. I have a handful of headbands I like to wear, but BAMR Bands are my favorite headbands for running, without a doubt. I’ve never had a problem with them staying on my head no matter how long I’m running, or how sweaty I get. These bands have great patterns – including sparkle! – and do a great job of keeping my hair and sweat out of my eyes as I’m logging miles. Made by a member of the HLB Community, Katie Heddleston of Healthy Heddleston, BAMR bands supports Every Mother Counts with every purchase made!
2. Prescription sunglasses for cheap, from Zenni. Are you familiar with Zenni Optical? It’s one of the handful of websites I now know about that sell prescription eye glasses for REASONABLE PRICES. So reasonable, that I didn’t think twice about ordering a pair of sunglasses when my prescription got updated. Because I bought them during a BOG2 deal, Including shipping they cost me less than $10 total, which means I’m not afraid to lose them, break them, or decide I need better ones when the time comes. I have ordered glasses from this site NUMEROUS times now, and hbave been really happy with the experience. I recommend the service in real life on the regular, especially for prescription sunglasses!
3. GymBoss Interval Timer. I love this little gadget for keeping track of run:walk intervals, timing circuit workouts, and adding timed sprints to my runs. I’ve had my Gymboss for years and the products available have really upgraded since I first bought mine. There are SO many colors and a MAX option, now! I also use my timer for non-fitness stuff, too – like setting focused task sessions at the office or rewarding myself with a break after 90 minutes of writing.
4. C9 by Champion Performance Tee. This is the classic short sleeved performance top sold at Target, which means I can often find them on clearance as the seasons and fitness trend colors and necklines change. I have a lot of race and event performance t-shirts, but I like to purchase these when I can find them at a good price in a BRIGHT color. Since I do a lot of road running, I can never have enough neon running gear.
5. Cambelbak Water Packs. I bought my Cambelbak used through a friend and then purchased a new mouth piece set from EMS online. This water pack system was a great tool to have when half marathon training last summer. I know there are lots of different sizes available and I’m really happy with mine, which I believe is an older version of the HydroBak. It holds just enough water for long runs and the pocket comes in handy for holding fuel.
6. Spark Energy Drink Mix. Yup, I’m on that bandwagon. I’ve been ordering these pouches to use before workouts [and after late bar trips] for the past several months from several of my friends who are reps. There are a BUNCH of HLB members out there who are selling this stuff along with other Advocare products if you are interested in learning more. I’m digging the Pink Lemonade, Pomegrante, and Fruit Punch flavors best so far, but I still have several more to try!
7. Mizuno Wave Riders. I’m toying with the idea of buying myself new ones right now, because I mean – LOOK AT THEM: Mizuno Wave Rider 18’s. The 17’s have been so good to me, and they are nearing the end of their safe and healthy mileage, for sure. And I love the minty color scheme for certain! Though… then I start thinking about braining out and trying other Mizuno’s… if I’m going for looks 100%, I dig the style of the white Wave Sayonara 2s, but I know better than to choose a running shoe based on looks alone. No matter what I decide, when it comes to new running shoes, I think I’ll set some fitness goals to reach in the next several weeks to EARN those new running shoes.
8. EMS Women’s Fast Mountain Lightweight Coolmax and Wool QuarterSocks. These are my favorite socks for running and honestly, for just wearing around the house, too. They are comfortable and thick without being over poweringly warm. I like that they cover my ankles and they fit my foot nicely. I end up buying a few pairs just about every time I shop at EMS. [Though I do want to notes that Feetures are another favorite running sock that I plan to buy more of ASAP! I wore them for my half marathon and didn’t have any blisters post race!]
9. Lands’ End Women’s Polartec Aircore 100 EZ Touch Gloves. I bought a few pairs when certain patterns were marked down on clearance and they are terrific for when I am running. The touch screen finger tips make iPod and phone usage easy and when my hands get too warm and I want to remove them, I clip them together and attach them to my SpiBelt. No need to hold them as I jog or keep room for them in a pocket or in the belt itself. I’ve noticed that these gloves often go on sale for $5 a pair, so be sure to check out L:andsEnd.com if you are interested!
What are your running gear favorites? What items do you take on EVERY long run? What do you swear by?