6'0 Tall wife to Muscle Man, mother of 3, full time career woman, with an addiction to running wherever her size 10's will take her.

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

A few of my FAVORITE things

My first official day of Marathon training for Eugene was on 1/11 with my first Fleet Feet group run HERE. These last few months I have developed some FAVORITE things that have kept me moving and motivated. I have shared many of these things over the past few months but I wanted to post it ALL in one place.

INSPIRATION:
Lift Your Sole Jewelry HERE is quickly becoming my favorite. I will share more tomorrow, but this cuff I wear daily reminding me of the reason I run.

HEAD WEAR:
I will either wear my Brooks Hat, Nike visor or a Bondiband (HERE). I will have all 3 options in my bag on long run and race day because what I wear is weather dependent. I am on the HUNT for a new hat and visor, suggestions welcome.


JACKET:
I have 3 favorite jackets Golite HERE, Patagonia and Brooks. A great running jacket for me will keep out the rain, have well-placed pockets and not make me too hot.


TOPS:
My all-time favorite bras are made by Nike and sold at Sports Authority and many many other store. I buy them on sale for $19 or less, I even found one at ross for $10. AWESOME!
Brooks E-Z T's are the best running T-shirts. Long waisted and high quality. I have washed my 3 T's over and over and they look new. Plus there are some NEW and fun styles. Check it out HERE. I have raced many times in my bright orange "Happy Running" Brooks shirt.
Sugoi HERE tank. I can't find this tank on the website?? But I am thinking this may be my race day top, well the pink one :) It is long waisted, a great fabric, tight, girly and comfortable.
BOTTOMS:
Sugoi Piston tights HERE are the BEST!!!! I have worn these tights for every long run this training cycle. Yes I may look a little like Cat Woman, but wow are these tights AMAZING! They hug my knees and the compression makes for a quick recovery. It might be a bit hot on race day to wear these?? But I might have to, these have become my running security blanket. There are piston shorts HERE... Hmmmmm???

Brooks Epiphany shorts HERE, I have 4 pairs of these and wear them for runs shorter than 7 miles because I worry about my thighs rubbing. The fun colors and smart design make these a favorite!

GADGETS:
Garmin 305, yes is it huge and a brick, but the large screen and big buttons are ideal for training. I LOVE that I can run anywhere any know my distance and pace. This is a MUST HAVE for runners!!
Ipod Shuffle, yes I have the 1st generation...LOL!! But this tiny Ipod clips on to my shirtm shorts, etc and hold enough songs for 4++ hours of entertainments. I have dropped it many times with not problem :) I wear one ear bud for safety, I still have not found ear buds that I love??
GEAR:
Golite Hydroclutch HERE handheld water bottle. I have been training with a handheld this entire cycle and plan to have 2 bottles on race day. It is not too heavy and holds Gu's, Chomps etc. GREAT way to avoid the busy water stops and not slow down.



Salt Stick Caps HERE, I take one before I run and every hour or so on a long run. LOVE THEM!! I believe that salt balance helps with cramping. I have the stick holder but have not used it because I don't need more STUFF when I run.
Body Glide is a necessity for my thighs, arms and feet. I lather up to avoid the inevitable chaffing and rubbing from miles of Mama movement ;)
  • There you have it.. What will I wear on race day?? Very good question. Wish I knew. I am waiting for a few things to arrive in the mail. Then I will be letting my WONDERFUL Bloggy pack members help me decide.

What are a few of your favorite things? Any products I should try?? Let me know..

HAPPY WEDNESDAY!!

38 comments:

Marlene said...

FIRST! Happy Hump Day!

Lisa said...

I love how organized and prepared you are! I have that same shuffle and love it! It's so light and easy to use! The inspiration cuff is beautiful and I love the saying! My husband got me a nikefit hat for Christmas and I love it. Aside from the big swoosh, it's perfect!

Have a great day!

Amy said...

Have you tried the Skullcandy earbuds? They have 3 different size rubber caps and are more comfortable than the IPOD ones.

Velma said...

Love it - my new best friend is my foam roller :)

Marlene said...

We definitely share some faves!

I agree, Garmin 205/305 is THE best. The newed 405 ay be smaller/sleeker, but I like the large display and buttons!

Thanks for the salt stick link... I think I will try these!

Can't wait to see your race day options. I need to start thinking too but need a new summer running wardrobe BADLY!

Kim said...

Oh no! You're going to make me want to spend money!! ;)

TNTcoach Ken said...

Wow, that's the biggest IPod that I've ever seen! It must get really heavy? Maybe that's why you so speedy now.........

TMB @ RACING WITH BABES said...

Obviously, running skirts! Also, I have a couple nikefit visors. I love them. Also, NikeFit tanks are great too. They are longer too.

Aneta said...

i like ur favourite things!!!!
ur posts make me smile!
happy wednesday!

Aimee (I Tri To Be Me) said...

You have some great favorite things! I have a 1/2 marathon on Sunday and I still have no idea what I'm going to wear. Like you, it all depends on the weather.

Some of my fav. things are: garmin 305, ipod shuffle, nike women's visor, bondiband, and my nathan handheld water bottle.

Robyn said...

We have so many favorite things in common! I have that shuffle, just got the garmin, love body glide. I want to check out those shorts though.

Denise said...

no favorite socks?? mine are balega.

moving4life.com said...

I'm with you on the earbuds. Have you tried yurbuds? I bought a pair at the RnR Dallas expo and fell in love. I'm going to buy a couple more pairs next time I see them at an expo (I'm cheap and avoid shipping). You might try them. I wear the same shorts as you, but I'm going to venture out for some compression shorts to wear underneath. I get major chub-rub on my thighs! :D

ShutUpandRun said...

THanks for this. I love seeing what other runners like! I might have to try those salt sticks. Especially if they help with cramping. Do you do a sports drink with those?

teacherwoman said...

Those are some great gadgets and clothes! Thanks for sharing!

C.G. the Foodie said...

Thanks for the Garmin recommendation. I keep wanting to buy one and am glad the earlier models are worthy of keeping around :o)

Nicole Joy said...

Ooh lots of fun stuff!

Lacey Nicole said...

YES! i have the ipod shuffle first generation too. i had one and it broke, so then i specifically had to get a refurbished one so i could get teh same postage stamp sized :) i mean it would be nice to make playlists and scroll through songs, but gosh i love teh size of that little guy : )

nrmrvrk said...

Your iPod picture is a second generation iPod Shuffle. The first generation were longer and rectangular, shaped like a large stick of gum. They had a lanyard instead of a clip. I have one somewhere, they're pretty lame. The 2nd gen that you have are the good ones.

Have you use the Ultimate Direction hand bottles? I've never used Golite bottles and I wonder if you have used both and had any comparative opinions.

Christy said...

Hi! I found you through another blog! What a great resource of training tips for a new runner! I look forward to following!

Alison said...

Mel, I love these earbuds, they are slightly offset so sit in my ear more comfortably than any others I have tried http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000OKFD3K/ref=oss_product

Thank you for your advice on the ifitness running pouch, how long is the pouch? My Epipen is 6 inches long and 1 1/2 inches in diameter.

onelittletrigirl said...

I have those same Brooks shorts! I always use body glide on my thighs and have never had a problem in any shorts since I started doing that!

Erica said...

cute stuff! Have you tried yurbuds yet? I have heard that you take a picture of your ear and the make the earbuds to fit in them! Might be worth a shot...and I think you should rock the cat women look!

Stephanie said...

I also love my Golite water bottle...some friends of mine have the fuel belt, and I just don't think I could run with something jiggling around my waist...the Golite water bottle is perfect. I plan to run with it in my first half this weekend.
I love under armour cold gear wear for running in the winter. I stayed really warm, but also didn't sweat!
I plan on posting what I am going to wear for my first half last this week!

April said...

Love it! Great gear! I need to get one of those Brooks E-Z t's. So cute!I love the bracelet too!!
Happy Wednesday Mel!!

shellyrm aka jogging stroller mama said...

I love those tights! I get so used to wearing mine during the cooler months and then really dis-like having to stop wearing them once it warms up (which it has done quickly this spring!).

You are going to look awesome crushing your marathon!

misszippy said...

Sounds like some nice stuff...it's so great when you find clothing/gear that works for you. I have a pair of Brooks running shorts that I love b/c of the pockets--they're kind of to the rear side, but on both sides. So lots of room for gu on long runs and races.

Robin said...

Hey Mel!
The Armpocket to hold all your 'stuff'! :-) Did you see my product review last Saturday? Thought of you while posting... knowing you're assembling your gear for the BIG DAY.

http://www.runningcirclesaroundtheturtles.com/2010/04/product-review-armpocket-for-people-on.html

Check it out - 3 sizes. (Very) water resistant. Environmentally friendly. May do the trick. Giveaway coming up later this month. :-)

HUGS from Orlando!
Turtle Runner

Cynthia O'H said...

I always pack a bag full of options on race day - and I've often changed at the last minute. Don't you love Mother Nature?

Fair Weather Runner said...

ohhh i love all the running gear! it's a good time. thanks for sharing, i love those brooks shirts!!

MCM Mama said...

Great stuff!

I love my garmin too. I've never had any desire to upgrade to the smaller ones.

Almost all of my hats and shirts were race shwag LOL, so I've got pretty much every brand. I finally found a longer pair of shorts that I can run major miles in 'cause I've some serious mama thighs.

Good luck figuring out your outfit. I haven't even thought about mine yet...

akjenniekt said...

I like your new page scenery :-).

I am so glad that I got a Garmin- it really opens up where I can run without worrying about finding out the distances.

You've got a lot of great running gear :-)

Michelle said...

Great list!

The only visor/hat (so far) I have found that fits my big melon is HeadSweats.

IzzyBubbles said...

I LOVE those brooks shorts, I literally can't run in any other kind of shorts anymore. Not even those cute Nike shorts that everyone else in the world seems to own.

Lately I'm completely addicted to Under Armour heat gear shirts...they're soft like cotton but oh so lightweight and dry in a flash. So comfy that I could just wear them all the time and not just for running. I'm also a big fan of Under Armour's sports bras becuase they're the only thing I've found that doesn't make me look flat as a pancake.

Sarah said...

Love, love, love the Brooks t-shirt and the Nike bras. They are my favorites!

Have you tried any of the loose fitting Under Armour shirts? (I hate the tight ones, but the loose ones are usually for sale at Sports Authority and are really comfortable!)

Have fun at the book signing!

Alison B., "Runbuggy" said...

Love the gear you posted! I definitely want to check out the Brooks EZ T's. I'm getting ready to start training for the NYC marathon and need to liven-up my running gear for some inspiration. Thanks!

Suzy said...

Great list of favorites. Do you use the salt stick caps alone or do you still take a gel?

Sylvia said...

I've never seen the salt sticks.. but I'm a new runner and may have to see what these are all about! I've just started running recently and can't wait to see what they are all about. Thanks for some tips on great must haves.

-Sylvia
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