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Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Step by Step

"Great results cannot be achieved at once; and we must be satisfied to advance in life as we walk/run, step by step."
(shoe on the left started training in, shoe on the right I am finishing training in we'll call them Jack and Jill)

As I looked at my Garmin this morning I just came to see that I have run over 500+miles sense the beginning of this marathon training. What an accomplishment, and all it took was a good pair of running shoes (not really) but they did help.

I have never really splurged on any running apparel until this marathon training. I always settled for a cheap sports bra,shorts, and an old t-shirt to get me through. I maybe spent sixty dollars on some running shoes, but nothing near a hundred, until now.

There are a few things that I believe have made me a better runner.
1. A runny buddy, who teaches me sooo much and I love that I have her lean on for any running advice!

2. A good pair of running shoes, my Women's ASICS GT that I adore. I haven't gotten a single blister from, but I did have to get a second pair after the 13th week of training.

3. My new love for running skirts. I used to think they were so girly and made fun of women who wore them, thought they were trying to be too cute or something. Well I was wrong they are not only cute, they are also soooo comfy!

4. My Garmin Forerunner 301. It's not the new new one, but I think I like it better. It helps me pace myself and push myself, and let's me know how many miles I have run which is a necessity when your on a 20mile run.

5. Hammer Nutrtion I wouldn't take anything else. I use there Heed sports drink for my long runs (mild melon is my fave).The gels are just as good to, to pump me up on a long run. "HAMMER GEL is an easily digested, concentrated source of complex carbohydrates with four amino acids added to enhance performance and prolong energy levels during intense training and competition. HAMMER GEL has a syrup-like consistency that mixes easily with water if so desired. "

6.Protein powder, a must after a long run as well as HOT YOGA!

7. My water bottle, I never used to carry one. Now that I am wiser, I know better and take one on all my runs, this one is my favorite

8. A great plan, never thought I would try and run a 3:30 marathon. When you have the plan it's a little easier, it's not easy just nice and convenient.

9. My wonderful Ipod Nano that gets me through those long runs. There is something about music that gets my butt moving!

10. Last but certainly not least my hubby. He has been so encouraging through all of my training. Doing drop offs, taking us to races, waking up early to make my coffee, and just being my number one fan! I love this man:)


Fit Mommy said...

You go girl. Time to amped up ans excited to race on the 4th of Oct. I will be ready!!

Lance said...

I like your list...well, I'll probably pass on the running skirt...

I'm phyched for you - this is awesome!!

brienne said...

have you tried "shot bloks"? i used to take hammer gels consistently however, the suger in them started upsetting my stomach on long runs. now i use shot bloks (make by the makers of cliff bars) and they are made from all natural ingredients! they come in many flavors and taste o so yummy too!!! :)

Unknown said...

Thank you for your mention of sporteve in downtown Culver City. We are the only women's athletic store in Southern California and believe in running skirts, Luna Moons (Clif's women's version of Shot Bloks), good friends, and an active lifestyle.

Anonymous said...

Those are cute pink Asics.
I hear I'm getting a Garmin for Christmas. I'm excited.

Unknown said...

I love the list!

clc408 said...

I didn't even know there were such things as running skirts! I would like to see a cashew butter. Thanks for the giveaway.

Cecile said...

What do you listen to on your long runs? I am also training for a marathon and am totally sick of my "motivating" musics playlists. Thanks!!

@RanchoVibe said...

On the running shoes, did you know there is a way to lace your shoes in a way to suit the arch of your feet? It's sooo much more comfortable to run/walk in. A lady in the shoe dept of REI Rancho Cucamonga told/showed me when I was looking for hike boots. She laced it to fit my slight arch and it felt soooo much more comfortable. Lace my running shoes this way now. :-)

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the advice! Have you ever tried yoga for runners? I have some knee issues that happened after a few years of running and I really find yoga to help me stretch those leg muscles on my off days.

What are your thoughts on yoga?

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