Feb 4, 2010

Running Essentials

Count down time is here and Surf City is officially on Sunday!
It is supposed to rain tomorrow and part of Saturday, but is supposed to clear up Saturday night. I hope the weather forecast stays this way and that the rain does disappear. Otherwise I am going to look really funny with a rain poncho. :P

Today I knocked out 9 miles in an hour an half, which brings me down to about a 10 minute mile, which is a huge accomplishment for me. My past two half marathons I have run a 15 minute mile, so this was a big jump! Let's hope I can maintain this. 

Thanks for all of your encouragement by the way on my running, it helps me stay motivated! If any of you need motivation, you know where to come!

My running buddy is running at about a 13 minute mile, so hopefully we will be in sync. But...do you think if I jog ahead it will hurt her feelings? I feel bad but want to do my best, you know?

By the way, if you ever want to read about some blogger runners with crazy minute miles, and not to mention great hearts {that beats any minute mile in my book}, I would head over here:


I think that increasing your minute mile is fantastic, but everyone has their own pace and I respect that. I think anyone who at least gives running an great effort is amazing! I definitely never thought I would get into running, now that I have I never want to turn back! I'm hooked. I also love a good race that gives to a cause, Miss Banana is great at running for races with a cause. Check it out at her blog.

So this post shares what essentials I will have with me on Sunday, what I think  a runner must have on her marathon day, or even when you want to go for a jog -

1. At Disneyland Expo I scored this amazing spibelt, it stays perfectly on my waist while holding my cell phone, money if I need it, chap stick, and my camera all in one! It doesn't shift around when I am running, which is a huge success for me. I've definitely dealt with moving fanny packs and not so much fun while you are trying to run. Not at all.
 
2. The only type of running pants that seem to work for me are ones like these, not a specific brand name but black workout capris that are slimming and don't move around while I run. Running for me is about security, I don't like wobbly bits, if you know what I mean, lol.
   
3. I know I already kinda mentioned this with with the spibelt, but I have to have my phone and ipodtouch while I am jogging. Especially my cell so I can occasionally take a break and text updates to BK, friends, and the fam! Am I the only one that does this? BK thinks I am silly and that I should leave my cell in the car, I however like to stay motivated via my cell messages! :) Yep, this is actually my exact phone - don't like it but thought I would display it. I want a crackberry super bad, just stating the facts.
  
 
4. A cute, simple, and comfy tank top, preferably blue!! Like the ocean, duh!
 
5. Now for the food, I love Quaker chocolate chip bars before the race {not the healthiest but the yummiest with a bit of protein} and a banana

6. Ever heard of moleskin? If you are new to running, this will be your salvation, salvation from blisters that is. I used to use bandaids but now I know better - moleskin is amazing, go and buy some at your CVS Pharmacy!! It basically is soft material that has a sticky side and feels very comfy and stays on your foot to prevent problem areas, aka blisters that hurt like h***! Be sure to bring some more to replace it during a race if you run fast though.
7. Some comfy and running related socks, may seem silly but they really help cushion your feet and your feet really need some TLC when you are running...
8. A trusted and economical water bottle, I like the current metal bottles. Now - don't bring it to the start line because then you are stuck with it. Keep it in your car for a nice taste of water afterwords.

9. I saved the best well, for almost last, my new ocean dreamer blue/turquoise shoes!! Asics, of course, the only brand name that I truly love because they feel light as air while they are on you and they look fashionable too!

10. Now it's time to reward yourself after the race...hmm, maybe some avocado egg rolls or a panini sandwich? Or both?! ;) Two of my personal favorites. :)
 
  
Yep, both pics are taken by moi. The first one is a past yummy sandwich from my panini maker = food bliss! Second, BJ's extraordinaire. For you Ali, my love!

 So I'm off to Surf City and I will be sure to let my Ocean Dreamers know how I do.

What is a must have for you when you run??

I love that I get to run by the ocean, that is motivation enough for me!! Happy Friday and have a fantastic weekend. 

Oh, and if you ever need advice on running, ask away. I may not be a pro but I am learning and love sharing stories and tips!

XOXO,

57 comments :

  1. Good luck honey! You'll do great!

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  2. I do want to get more into running (Seriously, you're really encouraging me to), so your list of things to have is really useful.

    Good luck for sunday!!

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  3. Good luck!!! :)
    And yay on the SIGG bottles. :) Love them so much I could literally collect them. But won't. ;)

    have an amazing day girl.

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  4. YAY! Good luck Sierra! I cannot wait to hear how it goes!!!

    Let's see...my running must-haves??? Definitely any sort of "gu" or shot blocks for the energy. I also am a fan of the pouch that you can clip to your running shorts/pants, but rests on the inside of your clothing. And this is probably TMI, but when running in the summer, my friends and I all swear by body glide!

    You're going to be awesome! Congrats on bringing down your time!

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  5. this is a great list! thanks for sharing. i can't wait to hear how your race goes! the only thing not on your list was an ipod or some sort of music! i would die without that. :) thanks for all the tips and GOOD LUCK! (p.s. a 10 minute mile is awesome! esp. a jump from a 15 min mile! you go girl)

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  6. Good luck hon, you're going to do awesome!

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  7. haha I can hear you now when I read your blog!! yay!! :)

    Thanks for sharing all that! I love it when you post about running because it ALWAYS keeps me motivated! :)

    One must have for me while racing are these lemon chew bursts. When you feel like youre slowing down you pop one in your mouth and it bursts with lemon energy. lol it sounds weird but its awesome!


    Good Luck this weekend!! I know you'll do great!XO

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  8. I love that you run by the ocean! If only I could have an amazing view to run to:P

    xx

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  9. Congratulations on the 10 minute mile...good luck!

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  10. I am constantly so impressed at your running adventures! GOOD LUCK!!

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  11. Good luck, dear! You will not only be amazing...but you will LOOK amazing while you're doing it :)

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  12. 10 min pace from 15? lady, that is AWESOME!!! great job! you're going to kick that race right in the bum, i know it!

    thanks for the shout out. you flatter me so...i'm actually not that fast. i am just now getting back to my regular 10 min pace.

    happy friday and have fun running this weekend!

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  13. You have no idea I how jealous I am. Stupid bum knees. Kick some arse lady!!

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  14. Yay for running!
    When I take really long runs, I like to power up midway with Gu!

    Good luck at your race!

    xoxox,
    CC

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  15. Ahh, good luck! Sounds like you'll do amazing :) And thanks for recommending some shoes for running, I've been looking for a decent pair for a while!

    Make sure to tell us how it went! :)

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  16. GOOD LUCK!!! I'll be cheering for you all the way in Louisiana! I know you will do great and you will get your PR!! :0) I love the Asics by the way...pretty color! I'm a Saucony girl myself! :0)

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  17. Catching up with your blog my dear! I have to thank you, first, for all the sweet words and comments you have left on my blog lately, especially the day I wrote about my confusion! It really made me smile. Good luck on the running, you'll do great!! I love all the ocean things you mention, it's cute how much you like it. My favorite color is turquoise, so I totally loved those shoes!!
    Now I have to go and read the rest of your posts. Hugs!!!

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  18. It is hard to read your post because I got stuck on, "I ran 9 miles..."

    Ugh!!! You are awesome!!!

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  19. I LOVE those water bottles you featured! So cute!

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  20. This is such fabulous advice! Thanks for sharing all of your "must have's" I am doing this Disney Princess Half Marathon next month. I found a cute fany {sp} pack for my cell phone which I can't be with out! I am still on the hunt for the perfect shoes which I know I should totally alreay have by now!

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  21. Good for you..what fun and I know you will do just fine. xoxo

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  22. Well CLEARLY my favorite essential is #10, but I love 'em all! Those sneakers are so pretty. Maybe I should get some with you next weekend?!

    Have a GREAT marathon lover, you're gonna do great!

    And please, do NOT slow down for your friend. It's all about you! Dooo it. :)

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  23. Definitely my music to rock out too!!

    Bright Bold and Beautiful weekend wishes sent your way ~~~

    xoxo

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  24. We have the same phone!

    Those shoes are adorable, love 'em!

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  25. Hey sweetie! Thanks for stopping in - I was just thinking of you actually and posting about what I finally bought over at Ruche w/your gift certificate - come take a peek when you get a chance...

    Also, love all the running gear you showed, I'm not marathon material (well not yet anyway) but I did just add yoga to my 5x /week powerwalks....and yes we MUST have those yummy rewards for all our hard work :>

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  26. woohooo!! GOOD LUCK!! You'll kick butt!! ;) Happy Friday!!

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  27. Ah such perfect tips! GOOD LUCK!!! I say leave your friend behind; she'll understand you wanting to do your best time.
    I'm a horrible runner (track for three years was enough for me), but I swim so I know the feeling you have! Unfortunately I cant carry my phone in the pool with me, ha

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  28. good luck with your race and thanks for the tips. although i'm walking in my half marathons some of these are great that i hadn't even thought of yet.

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  29. Good luck!!!!!!!!!! I know you'll be amazing. What cute running stuff. I've been really bad about running :( I need to get back into it. I love all the running stuff. So cute! Have an amazing weekend! :)

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  30. yay!! i'm so excited for you :) you are going to totally rock it!! Oh and i love all your running gear. thanks for the shout out..you are such an encouragement to me! Oh and i think as long as you talk to your running buddy before and just agree to run at the pace that feels good then it should be okay. I totally want to start running for causes too. Good luck i will be praying for you!

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  31. Thank you! You're so sweet! I was a runner in high school and hope one day to get back into it- you have some great choices here! Enjoy your weekend! xxe

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  32. Congrats!!! Way to go. This post totally pumped up my drive to workout!!!

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  33. Joshley and the Charles is really sweet. I've read her for a while. She's all into her running.
    I wish I was doing it with y'all...maybe one day! I'm proud of you, Sierra.

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  34. Oh the best of luck honey, thanks for all the really fab tips too.
    xoxo

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  35. Good Luck!

    I love all the tips!

    You'll do amazing, I'm sure.

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  36. Good luck and loove it. Very encouraging. :)
    xo. emilyy.

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  37. Yeah! It is here! It sounds like you have been training hard! I did the Vegas Marathon about 5 years back & the one thing I can tell you is to run ahead. Yeah maybe your running partner might get her feelings hurt a little but maybe if you talk about it ahead of tinme it will help. I ran with a girl & she actually ended up getting sick & having to stop at all the port-a-potties. I seriously think running with her added a good 20+ minutes to my time but I just didn't want to hurt her feelings...I always wonder what I could have gotten without her. I wasn't pounding out 10 minute minles though! That is awesome! I finished in 4:50 but I know I could have made it in 4:30 if I had just kept going ...so do what YOU can do...GO, run, fly! Best wishes & I can't wait to read about how it went!

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  38. Hi! Just discovered your blog:) Good luck on everything:)

    xx

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  39. You amaze me!!! Wow!!

    1st- run ahead. It shouldn't hurt her feelings... you're both working hard and doing your best and it's cool you can "run together" for support, but I think she'd understand.

    2nd- those oceany shoes. Wow!!! So you! Love 'em to pieces!

    3rd- Did I mention you amaze me?? So proud of you for working so hard at this!! Run like the wind sweet girl.. straight into the ocean :)

    4th- No running for me. Too many knee surgeries and awful asthma- a bad combination. So since I don't get to do it, I am extra amazed at people who can run... run a few extra miles for me, will ya??

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  40. I can't wait to read about the race. My race is in April!!!

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  41. Oooh good luck! I'm sure you'll do great. Molskin is good but theres this soothing gel pad things that are even better! I've broken in many a stiff pair of shoes with them.
    -indigo

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  42. Great job sweetie! I love your gears... and those water bottles are so cute.

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  43. Good luck darling! I'm sure you will do great...

    Much love: Evi

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  44. well done on all the running! im awful at it! get bored after 5 mins! LOL xoxox

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  45. Good luck sweetie. I would love to get back into running. It was my passion a long long time ago. I was a 4 yr. varsity cross-country and track runner in H.S. I have tons of metals. I was top 3 on our team for 4 yrs. I ran 10k races in college and was on the Rowing team one year at CSUS. We won the WestCoast Championships. I used to run 10 miles a day in addition to rowing 6 hrs. a day. I was extreme!!!

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  46. Woah good luck, lovely!! I used to run a lot but I stopped cuz I am lazy :)

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  47. Best wishes! Hope you have loads of fun!

    xo
    Sophie

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  48. Good luck with the race!

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  49. Good luck!! Hope it went well for you! I am going to take up running soon (I begrude paying money to use the gym) so I may well ask you for some advice!! x

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  50. Oh, I can't wait to see how it went! I hope you ran the race at your own pace, your friend should understand and it will encourage her in the future.

    I love moleskin, used to use it all the time in my hiking and backpacking days. Lovin' those shoes and comfy socks are the best.

    I'll be waiting for the next post……

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  51. Love your training regimen. I will surely follow suit...should I ever become a runner :) I'd actually love that.

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  52. I cannot wait to hear how it goes!!!
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  53. wow, i'm totally impressed. i think i'd pass out after one mile!

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  54. Great post darling, I'm proud of you.

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