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

Accessories:

Injinji | Performance Toesock/Micro $12

Feetures! | Originial No Show w/ Tab $10.99

iFitness | Hydration Belt $36.95 + add on bottles $12.95 each

Nike | Feather Light Women’s Visor $18

Another important part of training is fuel– but I don’t think that would be the best gift.

I’ll post a more in-depth piece on running shoes because they are extremely important.

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