Happy National Running Day! In honor of today’s holiday, I thought it would be fun to share some of my running faves. From shoes and fashion, to pre-run eats and motivational mantras, check this out before you lace up your your next run!
Prior to my latest pair of running shoes, I was a diehard Saucony fan. I believe my last 4 pairs of running shoes were Saucony. It’snot to say that I have gone completely to the other side, but after my curiosity about Brooks got the best of me, I finally caved and gave them a try. And, survey says…I really, really love my Brooks Ravennas. They are super lightweight, very comfortable and the perfect fit for my mild pronating, stability-needing feet.
Does anyone else think there’s just something super fun about running in a skirt? Maybe you runner guys don’t, but I sure do! I far prefer running in one of my adorable running skirts, like this hot pink number, than any of the running shorts I have. It swings with my movements, doesn’t ride up and simply adds a little spring to my step. This was the “outfit” I rocked during the NYC Marathon. Love, love, loved it!
My go-to pre-run snack or meal, pretty much anytime of day, includes just 3 ingredients—whole-grain toast (or English muffin), almond butter (or PB) and a banana. I eat this about 1 hour before lacing up, and it has never left me down. If I’m tackling a longer run, I eat this and re-fuel as needed, but for an every day, mid-distance run, the balance of carbohydrates, protein and fat in my nut butter-banana sandwich does the trick.
On the Run Eats and Drinks
By trial and error, I discovered that the best long-run fuel for me is plain ole’ water and strawberry Clif Shot Blocks. This is the formula that fueled me through my marathon training routine and much of the race. On race day, I also ate a few half bananas toward the end of the race. For water, I use this Camelbak hydration pack rather than staging water everywhere and/or planning my runs around every gas station and supermarket in town. I can’t deny that I was skeptical about how comfortable it would be, but after completing one very well-hydrated run with it, I was hooked. Too bad I wasn’t able to use it during the marathon and had to learn to drink on the run the hard way. The hard way = sloshing water in my face AND up my nose at the first hydration stop. Ha! :)
I’ve completed an array of races in my history including countless 5 and 10Ks, 2 halfs and 2 sprint triathlons, but nothing compares to the New York Marathon. It was my first marathon and a once-in-a-lifetime experience that tested me in more ways than I ever could have imagined. In a word, incredible. Check out my race recap, here.
Nothing quickens my pulse and gives me a burst of energy than hearing one of my all-time fave songs on a run. Yes, I am one of those people that relies on a very well-orchestrated playlist while running. I probably have a few too many favorites to count, so I have narrowed it down to my top 3.
Titanium- David Guetta and Sia
Empire State of Mind- Jay-Z and Alicia Keys
Can’t say it any better than this…
And there’s the small sampling of my fave running things. If you are a runner, I hope you got out today to celebrate this wonderful sport! I clocked an early AM 6 miler! :)
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How did you celebrate National Running Day today? What are some of your favorite running things?
In case you missed my other running-related posts, check them out!