I hate not running! Rest days... bleh. I know they are important and I am resting as I am supposed to, but man I am itching to run (and the FINALLY beautiful weather is not helping). Can't wait for Saturday.
I thought it would be fun to do a post on what I will be wearing for the SLC marathon (in THREE DAYS!)
First though, I have a confession to make. I imagine it will make me wildly unpopular with quite a few of you in the female-running-blogging-community (I can't imagine the guys care???) and I am probably making myself an outcast. Forgive me, and give me points for honesty, k??
I don't like running skirts.
It's true, I don't like running skirts. I do not mind them at all on other people (although I have come up on quite a few women in races wearing running skirts that I am pretty sure have NO idea how much back side they are really showing off to the world with the "swish swish"). I do see lots of runners wearing them who look great, but it just is not my style. I don't wear skirts in real life except for church on Sundays, so it just doesn't make sense to me to put on a skirt to go run. I tried one on once and it was comfortable but I just felt goofy and knew I would not be joining the ranks of running skirt wearers. So, I think they are cute on other people and think they are great for other people, I just don't like them for me. (Please don't hate me).
So what do I wear on my lower half when I run? I am a fan of tights, shorts, and capris. I have never worn the super short, "swishy", classic runner shorts... I am all about the spandex. It feels great, it stays put, and it prevents chafing. I have some pretty darn short ones, some slightly longer ones, capris, and full (compression) tights. Which ones I wear depends on the distance, conditions, and my confidence level. :)
For marathon #1 and #2 I wore full length compression tights and my legs felt really good (all things considered) during and after. I trained in compression tights all winter for my long runs, and so I am planning on wearing compression tights for this race... my super awesome SHE Skins tights. These tights ROCK. They are super super thin and have a very "cool" feeling to them. So even when it is very warm, you legs still feel cool in these (they have almost no warmth to them at all). I have other brands of compression gear and no other material I have found feels as good as these. I have a pair of compression shorts I have thought about wearing instead, but right now I am leaning towards the tights. (But I reserve the right to change my mind).
Here is my outfit pic! Right now the weather is predicting clear/sunny skies with a low of about 40 and a high about 60 for the day. Should be PERFECT running weather!!!
Along with my SHE skins tights I will be wearing-
- This awesome Craft Cool headband (most headbands and hats don't stay put on my head/hair. I have lost a hat and a Bondiband on different runs because they wouldn't stay on. This one is super light, feels great and doesn't budge).
- My favorite Tifosi sunglasses
- This new Brooks tank which I can't wait to wear, in my favorite shade of green (the color in this pic stinks... it is a lot brighter). Has to be lucky! And the material feels amazing.
- a sports bra, but you don't really need to see a pic of that :)
- Moeben arm sleeves. LOVE THEM (I wore them in both of my other marathons and the temps were similar and they were perfect). They feel so good on my arms... are warm when you want them to be, are cool when you want them to be and keep the sun off. They stay put (but push down and pull back up easily as desired), don't rub at all AND the pockets are perfect.
- Coach Bob (my Garmin 305).
- My Nathan 22 ounce hand-held water bottle, which will be filled with Hammer Perpetuem. I will also be planning on five Hammer gels... one every five miles.
- My super cool Pace Band that I just got from Races2Remember. I am really excited about this one! They not only make a pace band to tell you the mile splits you will need to hit in order to finish at the time you want, but they also adjust your paces for hills (up and down) and other factors for your specific race course. How awesome is that?
and then of course on my feet I will be sporting
Brooks Ravenna 2's, and my Brooks low-cut tab socks. This pair of Brooks is perfectly broken in with 50 miles on them including my last 20-miler.
Do you notice what is missing? Yeah, as of now I am planning on running without my IPOD again. I may change my mind last minute, but right now I am thinking I would rather run without it.
I dare say I am ready! :)
Remember that today is your last chance to enter my giveaway for "Run! 26.2 Stories of Blisters and Bliss" By Dean Karnazes. I will pick a winner tomorrow!