2014 was a great year of running for me. So far, I have completed 4 5k’s and a marathon. I’m not sure how many miles I logged over the course of the year but I do know that it was way more than ever before. I will finish up the year running every day until New Year’s Day. Today happens to be day 21 of the #RWRunStreak and I am still going strong. Over the course of the year, I have tried different things to improve my running and I wanted to share of few of them with you.
My running bra has to be my most favorite purchase of the year. It is awesome! Prior to purchasing the Glory Bra from Athleta, I never had a good supportive bra. I found what I was looking for in this bra – no bounce, no chafe and it fits perfectly.
I came across Huma Chia Energy Gels one day when I was shopping at Fleet Feet. They came highly recommended for people with sensitive stomachs. I am one of those people as I have ulcerative colitis. I purchased the Strawberry Gels and want to share the list of ingedients. Strawberry Puree, Evaporated Cane Juice, Filtered Water, Brown Rice Syrup, Ground Chia Seeds, Sea Salt and Citric Acid. As you can see from the list, it is short and there are no artificial ingredients. My feeling is the longer the list, the more junk there is in the product. I have used these gels about 15-30 minutes prior to a run and I am convinced they make me run faster.
As I have written in previous blogs, I run in ASICS GT-2000 shoes. I continue to love my ASICS but found that I needed to go up a half size. After the marathon, two toenails on my right foot were in bad shape. To avoid further damage to these toes and any damage to my other toenails, Fleet Feet recommended going up a half size and lacing my shoes in a way that your foot stays back in the shoe. ASICS continues to be my go to shoe for the snug fit, the cushion and the overall feel.
I am a member of two running groups on Facebook. The other members of the #RWRunStreak and the Marine Corps Marathon & 10k Facebook pages have been very supportive of my running goals and accomplishments. These complete strangers are a source of encouragement and have provided a wealth of information on many different topics. I would highly recommend joining a group to share your goals and accomplishments.
I would love to hear about a few of your favorite things from your running journey.
Here’s to a new year filled with great running adventures, good health and many laughs!