Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Half Marathon Must Haves

Wow, it's been a while bloggy friends.

I'm going to attempt to use this space a bit more to share tips and info about my running.

Last sunday {8/31} I ran my second 1/2 marathon, the Rock-n-Roll Virginia Beach.

I have been training for the last 14 weeks and along the way I picked up a lot of good tips I thought might be valuable for others starting to train of 13.1 miles of fun!

I am going to start out with a post of what I used for my race. In the future I will share more in detail about many of the items show below.

1. Shoes: Saucony Kinvara 5 I love these shoes! I bought them about halfway though my training and instantly fell in love.  They are light weight and have a 4mm offset, which is similar to the Nike Frees I was running in before. {I loved those too, but I think I love these just a bit more}  If you have never been fitted for a running shoe before I highly suggest you do it.  Find a running/athletic store in your area and get fitted! If you are running in the wrong shoes your body will soon hate you!

2. Running top: Target no longer has this exact top, but here is a similar one.  I love the tops with the built in bra, and since I have tiny boobies I don't have to worry about my girls bouncing around.

3. Shorts: Champion shorts I buy these at the Navy Exchange, but I linked to them via their website.  Right now it looks like you can save 40% if you order 2 pairs, so 40% of $50 is $30 for two pairs, a great deal!

4. Socks: I like thin cotton socks. These are by Hanes. Nothing fancy, Less than $10 for a pack of 8.

5. Running pack: The running belt above is by Marika, I can't find it online. I bought it at Marshall's or TJMaxx for about $10. I use it to hold my iphone while I run so I can listen to music and get my mile splits via the Map my Run app. I also use the side pockets to hold my Clif Bloks.

6. Fuel: Clif Bloks, I am not a fan of gels, so these bloks are my go to. I like the Citrus flavor.

7. Sunscreen: for my body I use the Target brand sport spray in SPF 30. For my face I use Supergoop! Anti Aging City Sunscreen Serum SPF 30

8. Knee tape: KT Tape, this stuff is AH-MAZ-ING. I have had issues with IT band {outer knee} for years, when it started to act up I bought some KTTape and never looked back! It is kind of hard for me to explain what it does so you should just read about it here. They have video tutorials for tons of injuries, I love love love this tape and their online team is super amazing and can answer questions if you tag them on IG or Tweet them @kttape. 

9. Sunglasses: These are prescription from Firmoo. Running in the blazing sun requires sunglasses.  

I'll soon be sharing the running plan I used to train for 13.1 miles of fun! 


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