First off, I want to give a “Thank You!” to my friend Crystle Welch for making my blog header. I like to keep the blog looking simple and streamlined, without a bunch of fuss, so she styled it to fit in perfectly. The background is First State Landing Trails, here in Virginia Beach, and the photographer was a friend Maryclare McQuade.
Yesterday did you happen to see this tweet (or one of many of it’s retweets)?
— USATF (@usatf) January 29, 2014
Personally I didn’t have a huge preference on where the Trials would be held but I was anxious to hear when the final qualifying date would be; which is now January 13, 2016. Just to have a set date is exciting, sobering, and absolutely terrifying. I mean, 6:13 minute per mile pace….for 26.2 miles!? oh…my…word. I know I have my work cut out for me. I need to take 4 minutes and 9 seconds off my current PR time.
Monday I came home from my tempo run to find a literally Cute gift. The company Cute sent me a tote bag and it’s completely me. Sarcasm on a brightly colored tote bag?…yes! I bet you thought I was going to say it’s totes-my-goats.
There are things I am sent for writing a blog that I write a thank you note for, then never blog about because really, I don’t adore them. I don’t want to shell out my corner of the internets for not-so-great things. This tote, however, is blog post worthy. Click on the picture for their website.
This would be a good opportunity to share with everyone the little things I throw in my running tote bag, am I right? I like to maintain the idea that I am a low-maintenance runner but after years of running; I’ve got some junk in my tote. None of these were sent to me, I either bought them at our local running store or off Amazon, minus the Sweaty band (that was a gift):
Thermos Water Bottle- My sister in law got me hooked on these type of water bottles. Initially I scoffed at a $20 price tag, why would I spend $20 when I could use the free plastic one I got at a race expo? Because these are better. In the summer when it’s 98 degrees and you park at the trails and run for two hours, you’ll get back in your car and your recovery drink will be ice cold. Plus they are virtually indestructible. Target also sells kids versions, great for the days you are at the ridiculously hot zoo for 5 hours. Worth it. You are not supposed to put hot coffee in it, but I do and I’ve lived so feel free to be reckless.
Sweaty Band- This was a gift from a friend and I wear it probably 75% of my runs and races. The inside is a smooth fabric and I swear it holds. I had been using a Goody version with plastic grippers until I began to I notice a ring of slight hair breakage. I promise you, the Sweaty Bands hold for an entire marathon and won’t damage your hair.
Body Glide- Ever shower after a run and start screaming when the water hits a chaffed area? Use this.
Road ID- Hopefully we will all never need this, good to have anyway. There are free shipping promo codes floating around everywhere.
Biofreeze- A huge help when you can’t sleep or sit still because something is sore. It does smell though so be careful using it before social situations.
Fingerless Gloves- I buy 3-4 pairs of these from Target when they are on sale for 2/$1.00. Why fingerless? Because you can open gels, change the music on your ishuffle easily, and won’t feel a sting of guilt tossing them in a race because they were 50 cents. If you live in the arctic tundra, these may not work for you.
Aquaphor- I use this on my face when there is a strong wind (often in this area) and also to keep hands and feet soft. A little goes a long way.
Roll Recovery- The most expensive piece in my tote but highly recommended. Works much better than any other roller or stick on the market. The first time you use it, you’ll want to cry, that means you needed it. I have never flown with the R8 but I will take it with me when I drive places to use before or after races or runs.
Arm Warmers- Arm warmers make all your short sleeve shirts wearable year round. Plus, if you are like me and sweat if it’s more than 32 degrees out, then you can roll them down for the rest of the run. The Nike ones are thin and smooth while Asics makes a thicker warmer brand. Both are great.
Hope you all liked my suggestions, feel free to add anything you think are great too. Take care and stay warm!