I’ve been in New York for three days and I’ve already realized I have a void in my wardrobe. I’m seriously lacking in the rain gear department. I wore a pair of leather boots yesterday and 10 minutes later they were two-toned and soaked. Now, to decide between fun and practical…
Aubin & Wills | Emley hooded coated cotton-blend poncho $175
Hunter | Huntress Green Rain Boots $125
Felix Rey | Rain Rain Go Away Clear Umbrella $65
lululemon | Apres Practice Anorak $158
Muji | Two-Ways Foldable Umbrella $27.50
Tretorn | Arsta Rain Boots $70
Loeffler Randall | LR Rain Bootie $165
Last weekend, I purchased a running skirt. I saw their usage as a flattering cover-up but never thought I would wear one. Until the marathon.
There I was, at mile 14, wondering how many runners in t-shirts saying, “Runs on Plants” I’d seen when I approached a pack of women in running skirts. Their skirts were the pleated lululemon ones.
I knew I had to have one. While they looked super cute, I preferred a smooth fabric rather than the pleat. I chose a Skirt Sport one.
Running in the skirt is great! The shorts underneath are compressing and don’t ride up. The length is perfect. They also have secret pockets on the shorts. I love secret pockets.
I felt fast during this morning’s run and that’s what counts.
Have you run in a skirt?
By this time tomorrow I’ll be in the midst of a 26.2 mile run. In case you were curious what running a marathon looks like, I’m pretty sure this is accurate:
I think I have everything important in order. I’ll be wearing CWX compression capris, lululemon (or UA…) t-shirt, Injinji socks, visor, and Mizunos. My playlist is only 3.2 hrs long but I’ve run out of music that doesn’t annoy me. Repeats will have to be in order because there’s no way I could finish in 3.2 hrs unless, as Maureen and I discussed, I steal an ostrich in Animal Kingdom to ride to the finish. If you see the news story, “Girl Rides Wild Animal to Photo-worthy Marathon Finish,” it’s me.
I’ll tweet the experience if you want to follow along. Curse you past Brenna for signing up for this thing!
40 days until I’m waking up at 3am to run 26.2 miles with 30,000 other crazy people. Training has been going pretty well. I’ve been doing shorter runs around my house and longer ones in more scenic locations. It has definitely helped make the 12+ mile-runs more exciting. I’m injury-free so far (knock on wood!) and have only swallowed two bugs. I’ve never heard other runners talk about this problem, but it happens!
For those who aren’t familiar with race training, there are programs available that detail mileage plans meant to train you in the safest, most efficient way possible. I prefer Hal Higdon one‘s, but like my half training, I can’t bring myself to run more than 3-4 days a week (rarely 4). I follow the long runs religiously but the weekly runs are more variable to how I’m feeling. I ran 18 miles on Sunday and have 20 scheduled for the following week.
A very important part of running over 3 hours is the gear you have with you. Since it’s the holidays, running goods make great gifts for you or a running friend.
Clothing (tried and true):
lululemon | Run Free Tank $52
Nike | Fast Pace Women’s Running Tank Top $25
Nike | Element Half-Zip Women’s Running Top $55
Under Armour | HeatGear Capri Tights $34.99
Brooks | Women’s HVAC Synergy Short $44