Happy Friday friends! Oh finally.
My half marathon is in 16 days… so soon! I ended up doing my 10km (6.2 miles) run last night rather than this morning. I checked the weather forecast and I didn’t want to chance running in the dark and the rain… because that’s just not fun at 5am on a Friday morning. Yay for adjusting the plan :)
Overall, training has been going really well… here’s hoping I’m not jinxing myself. Other than two long rainy runs and some weird stomach pain I have been feeling great. At the beginning of my training, I struggled finding the right gear for my runs. Anyone else hate running belts?! I literally felt like I had a tire around my waist. Of course every runner has their own preferences, but after a bit of trial and error I have all my gear under control for my half.
Here’s what I have been using:
1. Garmin Forerunner 10: A solid running watch. It tracks time, distance, splits and calories. I am happy I bought this watch but I have had a little trouble with it. Example: it sometimes takes this little guy 10+ minutes to “find my location” for me to even begin my run. Annoying. [I have yet to email Garmin but they
told me Tweeted at me to do so] I also sometimes forget to charge it… oops… so it died mid-run over the weekend.
2. Mizuno Wave Riders: I absolutely love these shoes — worth every single penny. They are light, pretty and oh so comfortable. I was running in the Nike Pegasus (in the above picture) before but I am totally a Mizuno convert. Hey Mizuno, hear that?! Feel free to send me shoes and clothes :)
3. Reflective Snap Bands: I have actually been running in the dark. I didn’t know if I would stay consistent with this but I have! It was kind of creepy at first but I am now really comfortable with my route and it’s super relaxing. I wear two of these reflective snap bands (one on my arm, one on my leg) for my dark-morning-runs praying cars will see me. But let’s be real. There are like 0.5 cars out at 5am…
4. Arm Water Bottle: So clearly the tire-belt was not happening. I tried out this arm water bottle and was instantly sold. It does not affect my stride and it provides just enough water without weighing me down. It’s only holds about seven ounces so if you are a guzzler then know where you can fill it up. This works for me because I guzzle when I get back home.
5. Spi Belt: Not only is it pink but it is super handy. It’s basically a cute fanny pack. I carry my key, iPhone (for my tunes) and Kleenex… yes my nose is very drippy on chilly mornings… in the belt. I strap it right under sports-bra level and it does the trick. I may or may not have worn this as a “purse” to the grocery store…
I arguably look like a gladiator going out to battle with all this stuff all over me. But I don’t even notice it all anymore; isn’t that the objective?!
Now the one thing I did not mention that I know many distance runners might scold me about is fuel. I have yet to experiment with gels, food, bars etc. and yes I know my half is about two weeks away. But if it aint broke don’t fix it right? I have not felt hungry, I’ve felt tired but not “I’m going to fall over from muscle fatigue” and I really just can’t imagine eating while running.
But… since this weekend I will be running my farthest distance everrrr I am going to stash a few dates in my belt just in case.
Hope you guys have a fabulous day and fun weekend… don’t forget to cross your fingers that Sunday is rain-free for my long one :)
Questions of the day…
What gear do you run with?
Thoughts on fuel for half-marathons?
What’s up for this weekend?!