This weekend I braved the longest run of my training so far: 16 miles. It was nice to know that even after a dismal training week, I still had the oomph to get out there and get the miles in. But let me tell you, it wasn’t a walk in the park…or at least to begin with.
During training for last year’s LA marathon, I learned just how crucial it is for me to properly hydrate and fuel. I’m still not sure if I’m doing it correctly, but what I do know is that anything over 15 miles means I’m slapping on the fuel belt. With Cytomax, water, Sharkies and Gu all packed up, I headed out. But as soon as I started pounding the pavement I realized DAMN, this belt ways a ton! It was then that I realized that I need to train with this belt full of crap, even on short runs, just so my body gets used to the extra weight. As always, the first five miles were the toughest for me, but once my legs and body got going, my pace gradually sped up, even with the sun intensifying.
It was hot. It was sweatier than all hell. And by the time I was done, I was glad it was done. Pace? All under or around 8 min. miles. Good pace. But not sure if I can keep it up for 26.2.
But the one thing this run made me realize is how much STUFF I seemingly “need” for long runs. I used to tell people that the only thing you really need to run is a good pair of shoes, and I still believe this. However, I’ve grown accustom to all of the little things that make long runs a bit easier and yes, I’ll be the first to admit, I love shopping for the latest and greatest running gadget.
So here goes, all of the items I use to prepare and run long, food included:
- Oatmeal with brown sugar and milk – Admit it, it takes like crap without the brown sugar
- Yogi Super Antioxidant Green Tea – It gets me “going” if you know what I’m sayin’
- Garmin 305 – I’m addicted to the stats
- iPod Shuffle and headphones – I wish I was a running purist, but alas, I still need this
- iFitness Belt – For shorter runs. I currently have the one pocket version but would like to try the two pocket
- Nathan Fuel Belt – For longer runs. In pink, but of course
- Cash or credit card – In case of emergency
- Nike DriFit tank – Big in my book as I hate feeling weighed down
- Nike tempo shorts – A classic staple
- Sports Bra – Not the best support, but I like the bright colors from Target
- Nike Vomero 5 running shoes – For the longest time I avoided Nike running shoes, but finally caved when I realized they worked well with my wide feet
- Specialty socks from Fleet Feet Sports – A must that many overlook
- Sharkies – A recommendation from Danica and an easy to digest and yummy fuel source
- Gu – For when you need the caffeine hit, but I have to be careful as they can cause GI problems
- Cytomax – Turning out to work well with me, but still need to determine the best flavor and my limit
- Water – Dur
- Cell phone – For safety and blogging purposes
- RoadID (attached to my shoe) – Looks lame, but extremely important
- Goody’s sports hair ties –The kind with the rubber around it to help hold it in place
- Nike or Goody headbands – To keep the fly-aways down
- Neutrogena Sport sunscreen for the face – Trying to avoid the clogged pore dilemma
- Neutrogena Sport spray sunscreen for the body – Yes, I get two different kinds
And to top it all off, I’m currently on the hunt for running sunglasses to keep the sun damage at bay and more importantly, prevent all the bugs from ending up in my eyes.
Listing this all out makes me feel quite materialistic, but I’m curious, do you require a boatload of stuff before you head out for a long run or is it just me?
Have a great week and happy running!