randomthoughtrunning

Running 13, 13.1's in 2013 and the thoughts along the way!

I Tried It…

Every once in a while I thought it would be fun to share some of the running, fitness, health “things” I try out…I don’t like to veer too far off from the things that work well for me, but every now and then I am willing to try something new…who knows it might really work for me!

One thing with running so many races is the samples I get at each race, I usually steer clear of them, but I figured with the amount I have paid in race fees, I will collect my freebies!

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Honey Stinger Energy Gel

Recently, I got a Honey Stinger Energy Gel in a race bag and decided to give it a whirl…it was AWFUL. I have running friends who swear by the Stingers, so I was surprised on how much I didn’t like it. I got the Strawberry flavor and just couldn’t stand it. It had a fake honey taste and just couldn’t wash it a way with a gulp of water. As I mentioned, some of my running friends swear by Stingers, but I will stick with my Chocolate GU.

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theclymb.com

I found this website during one of my searches for Kinvara 2’s and am happy I stumbled upon it. theclymb.com has daily offers on all sorts of outdoor equipment, biking, hiking, running, you name it and they will probably have an offer at some point. It is all name brands and the best part is the prices can be reduced up to 70% off! While I have been doing a lot of window shopping, I have not placed my first order…I am in the market for some new sunglasses so I have been keeping a close eye on the offers. Each day there are different deals and there is usually a time limit of a day  You do need to become a “member” to look at items, but its as simple as entering your email and creating a password. If you are someone who loves to buy “gear” The Clymb is a must to add to your online shopping list! Sign up here:https://www.theclymb.com/preview

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My Race Ragz

This one I tried a while ago, but worth sharing. When starting my 13, 13.1 challenge I wanted to create a running tank that I could wear at all of my races. I have tried various t-shirt companies in the past, but I have found many of them expensive and not that great of quality. After doing a little searching, I found myraceragz.com. They were great! I was able to customize my running tank with tons of options. There were lots of stock photos, colors, and text. I had fun making it and was very happy with the way it turned out. When designing the shirt, you are able to move things around and see what it will actually look like on the shirt. My only complaint was the size of the shirt ran big, but it actually worked out as I was able to wear it over my cold weather gear and in the upcoming warmer months, it will be a light breezy tank. If you are looking for a one of a kind race shirt, be sure to check them out!

What should I try next? I am thinking of taking a Zumba class at my gym, yes I have tried Zumba before, but the classes at the JCC (If you don’t know about my love for the “J”, you can find it here) are packed, and while I have no rhythm it might be a fun way to spend an hour and worse case scenario I entertain all the other members while stumbling through the dance moves.

Run On-

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Gearing Up for Spring

Happy Vernal Equinox everyone! While there is still snow on the ground and more to come later this week, I thought the first day of spring would be a great day to share some of my Spring running gear. While I am not putting away my ugly pink hat and long tights just yet, I have had a couple runs where I am starting to wear a few less layers. Here is what I wear to get through the tricky spring months. No matter what you wear, think layers! It will help make any run more enjoyable.

Running Sleeves

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These are a must, I actually have had mine for so long, I can’t remember where I got them but Gypsyrunner.com sells them in tons of different colors and patterns. Of course, I had to get the flames, the more random my outfit the better. Besides looking like I have full sleeve tattoos, these sleeves are perfect for a run that starts out chilly and may warm up quickly. You can just either pull down the sleeves to what feels comfortable or just take them off completely. You can tie them around your waist without being overly bulky like a long sleeve shirt.

Nike Women’s Tech Running Capris
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This is another oldie but goodie, I have had these tights for years and sadly they are starting to show their wear. This is nothing against Nike, they are just that old and I wear them ALL the time in the spring and summer. I love the length as someone with a little bigger leg, chaffing is always a worry, these tights don’t move and are comfortable. I love the length which is just below the knee, I actually were these in the spring AND summer and feel just right temperature wise.  On top of that, they actually look pretty good which is a nice bonus. Since I have bought these, Nike has made changes to improve the capris over the years, I am thinking of adding a new pair to the mix, but still just come back to the originals. Why fix it if it isn’t broken?

PhD Run Ultra Light Micro Sock by Smartwool

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These are my new favorite running socks. My Mom gave them to me as a valentines day gift (nothing says love, like socks) a few weeks ago and they have been my go to ever since. I knew Smartwool for their more “earthy” socks for hiking and skiing, but these socks are ultra light weight and breathe great. I have a weird thing with having my socks come above my shoe, I hate the way it looks on me, so these socks are perfect no-show socks. I am not sure of the price on these socks, but no blisters and keep your feet warm on the chilly mornings, are well worth it!

Kinvara 2’s

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So this isn’t really a piece of “Spring Gear” but I did get another pair of Kinvaras this past weekend at the Saucony outlet. If you haven’t already figured out my love for Saucony, you get to hear it now. I have been running in Sauconys ever since I started taking running seriously and have moved around to different “models” over the years. I have been hooked on the Kinvaras for over a year. They are super light, very breathable, but keep your feet warm and dry. They come in neon green which I love, but sadly this trip to the Saucony store only produced the white and pink version. I know the color of my shoes means nothing…but still I love the bright green. Much like my Nike capris, I need to start buying multiples of things that I really like to run in. I don’t know why companies need to change good things so fast!

Other Spring Gear that you will find in my closet:

Nike Women’s Loose Tri Blend V-Neck T-Shirt

2009 Adidas Boston Marathon Jacket (Light weight breathable jacket, a must for the rainy days)

North Face Visor

Cheapo Sport Sunglasses

Sunscreen (This is a year round must, but with more daylight running hours, its extra important!)

My last piece of spring gear, which isn’t really gear but a program to help you pick your gear each day. The What to Wear Tool from Runners World, is awesome! By simply plugging in a few details, you get suggestions on what to wear for your run. I love this because I tend to overdress, so it really helps me have the right gear on. For the most part, it has not let me down. Check it out: http://www.whattoweartool.com/

Happy Spring, bring on the sunshine!

Run On-

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