I'm not gonna lie, it was kind of nice having the manfriend gone. I could have whatever I wanted for dinner, sleep in the middle of the bed, watch a girly movie, be gone for hours at a time doing whatever random errands I chose, etc. But, I am looking forward to having him back.
A few important things were accomplished this weekend.
1. knocked out a 15 mile training run (1/2 of it was on hills) in 20 degree weather
2. took a 10 min ice cold path after said run (holy bejesus it was cold)
3. swam laps (hello, sprint tri, I will not drown!)
4. experimented with homemade cinnamon toast crunch
5. bought a pair of skinny jeans at Saint Vincent dePaul (2nd hand store) for $5
6. spent about 2 hrs doing cleaning and laundry
I thought it would be fun to share with you the necessary accessories I've been using on my long runs. Saturday was one of our coldest days here in Eugene, OR. It was 18 degrees when I was getting ready to leave the house!
I made the decision to run yesterday instead of risking precipitation this morning. It was nice to have it out of the way. Plus, I could meet up with the runners for our usual Sunday run and coffee afterward.
The gear includes: Smartwool socks (best ever), fruit punch Gatorade (yum), old pair of Brooks Adrenaline (don't want to mud up my newer ones on the trails), Nathan handheld water bottle (love the zipper pouch), Smartwool hat (do you see a trend?), strawberry Clif Shot Bloks, Nike running gloves (could have used mittens this weekend), Native sunglasses (feel like I'm not wearing anything) and the ipod (to forget about the misery I'm putting myself through).
*It should be noted that I forgot to add my Garmin to the photo. Whoops! It definitely plays a vital role in my training!
**If you represent one of the companies above, I'm looking for some items to add to a swag bag giveaway to readers! Email me at laurenjpeters at gmail dot com if you'd like to contribute.
One of the interesting things I realized this weekend is that I freak myself out over these solo trail runs even though I've done these distances time and time again for marathon training. Throw in some hills and dirt and all of a sudden it feels like a new ball game! But ultimately, I shouldn't over think these runs because a positive attitude goes a long way.
What running accessories are most important or helpful to you? My Garmin and the Shot Bloks are the two that play the most crucial role on my long runs.
Are you usually excited for your long runs/tough workouts or nervous/terrified? Even though I know I can accomplish them, I'm almost always nervous.