Yesterday, Ryan and I cashed in on a Groupon deal he’s been holding onto for quite some time. Even though Ryan is not a runner, it’s still important for him to have proper fitting footwear… so we headed over to the local running store and had his gait analyzed and feet fitted for a new shoe! He ended up buying a snazzy lookin’ pair of Brooks, and will be sporting them at the gym for future workouts
I myself have indulged in some new running gear these past few weeks… I mean, a girls gotta stay fueled during all of these long-runs somehow, right?!
Before my first 17 miler, I went out and bought myself a Spibelt so that I could easily tote around a water bottle, as well as some fuel. Talk about a good life decision!
Let’s just say if you’re serious about running and haven’t already bought yourself some type of fuel belt, do yourself a favor and go out and get one!! Not only can I tote around water, fuel, a house key and chapstick (because I’m kind of obsessed…), but it also fits my honker of cellphone (hello Androoooid, I’m talkin about you!).
In fact, during my 12 mile long-run yesterday, I’d say I spent a good 4-5 miles chatting to my momma on speaker phone (is that weird? Whatevs, it was fun to catch up and I loved the company! My mom didn’t even realize I was running until about 15 minutes into the conversation – she actually thought I was driving, haaaa! Beat THAT, exercise-induced asthma!).
So, back to the main reason why I bought the Spibelt: to carry fuel. On my super long runs, I carry around everything from baggies of raisins and pretzels (I am poor and refuse to buy those super expensive Gu-chomp things… so as long as this works for now, I’ll take it… plus, these things are really easy for me to digest while out on the road) to some type of energy tablet thingy I got from the local running store that dissolves into water when you drop it in your water bottle.
I actually have yet to hit a wall on one of my long-runs (maybe that’ll come next weekend during my last 20 miler…aka my last long run before the actual marathon, eek!) and I’m hoping that wall and I never meet. That’s probably one of the things I’m most scared of! For those of you who’ve run marathons, did you ever hit a wall on one of your training runs? What about during the actual marathon? And what does it feel like when you do, in fact, hit “the wall”? And what do you do if it happens…? So many questions!
Anywho, in addition to my new awesomesauce Spibelt… I also splurged on another item…
A brank spankin’ new *pink* Nike running visor! Remember when I said I always, always, *always* wear my blue Nike visor out on runs? Well now I’ve got a new one to add to the rotation!) Hooray!
Oh, and I also dug into a brand new pair of running shoes I’ve been housing in my closet since December…it’s time to break ‘em in for the marathon! These babies will be the ones going the distance!
Again, if you haven’t read my post on shoes pah-lease click here and read up on how important they are! I was sidelined for an entire MONTH due to the wrong type of shoe… I don’t wish something so preventable on anyone!
What are your “must-haves” when going out for a run? For me, it’s some type of visor/hat, sunscreen, Garmin, a solid pair of running shoes, sometimes my IPod, sometimes Happy (depending on the distance), and if it’s a long run… my Spibelt, water, phone and fuel! Have you ever hit “the wall” before?