So, I wanted to do a quick post this morning before the busy weekend hits so I decided to be really creative, try something no one has ever done before. A Friday Favorites post!! This will unfortunately not be a regular Friday occurence as I kind of feel I'm cheating on my blog and going behind it's extremely disorganized back. It just doesn't feel right... This week's (the only week's) Favorites are going to include some my favorite running things as sometimes this blog is about running......
These are the Brooks Launch! This is quite possibly the world's perfect shoe for me. I'm going to refrain from saying how many pairs of these shoes I actually own as there are children in the world with NO shoes and I just feel guilty! I've been wearing them for about a year and half. I do rotate through some other shoes such as Mizuno Waveriders, Nike Frees, Kinvaras but when it comes down to it, these are by FAR my favorite. I don't wear racing flats just keep a newer pair in the rotation for races. The pair I wore for Boston has about 50 miles on them including the 26.43 miles I put on them during the race. I have not yet removed my shoe chip and it will be removed as I replace it with my shoe chip for Grandma's! I'm stupidly superstitious and this particular pair of shoes will get me a PR in June and then be retired to the training pile (or perhaps bronzed and hung over the mantle)!
I am currently loving these Saucony shorts. They are soft and thin and the top folds over well. I have 2 pairs but green and black (because green and black obviously matches yellow and purple shoes) and I'm practically wearing them for every indoor run. They may even replace my standby Nike Tempos. For a race, the only shorts I think I've worn in the last couple of years are the Groovy Run Shorts from Lululemon. I LOVE Lulu. Seriously, I spent more time at Lulu in Boston than at the Expo....These shorts are awesome race day shorts they have a great pocket in the back which I NEED. I rarely train with gels but I will take 5 of them in a marathon (YES 5) and I need somewhere to put at least a couple. Great SUPER comfortable material!
I learned the hard way that I HAVE to wear a tank for a marathon. I can throw on arm sleeves if I need but I literally have SCARS underneath the back of my arms from sweating in the Twin Cities Marathon and wearing a stupid shirt with sleeves. My favorite-Lululemon and Underarmour.
I always wear a visor. My favorite Underarmour one smells like a dirty dishrag right now but I still wear it. Something has got to at least slow the sweat from burning holes in my retinas as I run. When my hair was short I tried the bandana thing but I don't really pull off the biker look too well:)
Me before my first ever half marathon! I really hate this picture but it makes me think of how much I loved that day! This was truly the most glorious running day of my life. No real time goal, no watch, but pure ECSTASY crossing the finish line! I wish I could just bottle the feeling I had that day! Yeah-bad ass bandana girl!!
My running partner-the Garmin 405CX.
My husband bought this for me when I was training for my first marathon. I like the velcro wristband and love looking back over my workouts that automatically download to Garmin Connect. I have the HRM that came with it but I've never trained with it. I am becoming VERY interested in HR training these days. I need a good book-suggestions please!!
My winter running jacket!
Like I said I sweat a lot. This Brooks vapor dry half zip is what I wear even in below zero temps and just layer underneath. I probably look like a big grape but then again I sometimes wear a dental mask running down the road so this is the least of my concerns!
Powerbar Vanilla (NOT chocolate) is the ONLY one I can swallow. It is runnier than Gu and I can just pour it down my throat. Absolutely disgusting but they work. I have tried EVERYTHING on the market from jelly beans, fruit snacks, candy, Shot Blox. Nope, Powerbar vanilla gels are what I'm stuck with come race day!
So, these are just a FEW of my favorites! What are some of yours?
OK- I need to throw a couple of shoutouts out there quick!!! There are many more I'm rooting for this weekend but quickly want to throw out these two!
AJH is running a half this weekend and I'm praying her heel cooperates for her! I know she'll do just awesome and have a blast doing it!!!
AM at Running, Tri-ing and Living is also running a HM this weekend. This woman is simply amazing to me! I've followed her for a LONG time and have drawn an ENORMOUS amount of inspiration from her attitude, work ethic, and of course speed:) I think she's going to have a fantastic race which will be followed by several more fantastic races until she knocks out every goal on her side bar! No doubt!
Good luck girls! Can't wait to hear about it!
In closing I will leave you a picture of my daughter this morning. It is spirit week, yesterday she prodded to school in my prom dress and today as a Green Ram Cowboy! Have a great weekend Y'all!!!