Tuesday, August 6, 2013

What I Can't Run Without!

I just got in from a great training run- 3 miles around the campus of Shippensburg University. Today I ran with a new gadget- an ipod shuffle (a birthday gift from my awesome bff Kelly)! I know I'm probably a million years behind everyone else but before today I always ran with my phone or an ipod touch- both of which are somewhat bulky and have become increasingly cumbersome to run with. All I had today was this tiny little ipod- it was glorious!

While I was enjoying this newfound feeling of freedom during my run, it got me thinking about all the other things I need/love/have-to-have while running. Here's my list of "musts" for any run:

  • Brooks Adrenaline running shoes- a great stability shoe in fabulous colors.
  • Enell sports bras- a MUST for high impact exercise. They just started selling new colors- my "orchid" one is being delivered this week!
  • Capris- I love the Champion series from Target.
  • Race shirt- it's incredibly motivating wearing previous race shirts to train in.
  • Body Glide- this stuff changed my life. True story.
  • Balega socks- breathable and supportive.
  • Music- favorite songs to run to include "Gold" by Britt Nicole, and "Shut up and let me go" by the Ting Tings.
  • Sweaty Bands- perfect for thick or layered hair and they have HUNDREDS of designs to choose from.
  • Map My Run- the app is the next best thing if you can't afford a fancy GPS watch. It's also great to see how many miles you've logged, calories burned, etc. I ran over 40 miles in July!
  • Shot Bloks- I use these on 5+ mile runs. Favorite flavors are tropical punch and cran-razz. The margarita is kind of gross but has a high salt content which is great for long distances.
  • Awesome running partners- I like to think I have some of the BEST running partners out there- Matthew, Kelly, and Morgan- you all are rock stars! :-)
And finally, the most important thing you need for a run- no matter the distance- is a positive attitude. It's no secret, most people have a love-hate relationship with running. There are days where I feel strong and powerful and unstoppable. Then there are days where I struggle, whine, and claw my way to finish a run. And it's those days that my "running mantras" kick in to high gear. The next time you find yourself struggling with a run, try repeating some of these:
  • I am stronger than this challenge. This challenge is making me stronger.
  • There will come a day when I can no longer do this. Today is not that day.
  • Dead last finish is greater than did not finish which trumps did not start.
  • You don't have to go fast, you just have to go.
That's all for now! Check back this weekend for my review of the inaugural Charles Street 12 (8/10/13).

Tonight's motivation- Disney Half shirt and Princess Half Bondi band.


  1. I've used motivational quote number 1...works for me every time...it's also effective when listening to Power by Kayne West

    1. I'll have to add that song to my playlist! :-)

  2. Amen to Body Glide. Why have I not known about that my whole life?

    My favorite mantra I saw on a sign during the Disney marathon. It is close to your #2 and gave me a serious pick up when I saw it. It said "Someday you will fail. Today is NOT that day." I really needed that :)

    Fav songs to run to... "Fighter" by Christina Agruilera, "Lose Yourself" by Emenem, and "Run this Town" by Rihanna

    1. Body Glide would have SAVED MY LIFE during all those years of June/July baton practices!

      It's amazing what just positive words of encouragement will do- and I LOVE all the spectator signs- don't think I could finish without all the crowd support!

      I'll have to add them to the playlist! :-)