Two months ago I got my first runnerbox and it had some pretty great stuff in it. I loved the waterpak cleaner and I'm still holding out for my hair to get a little longer so I can use the beer shampoo. As good as the last one was, this one is much more relevant to my interests. From Strawberry Banana Super Drinks to some sport tape- almost everything in this box could be of immediate use!
Udderly Smooth body cream: Chafing happens, the struggle is real and now I have pocket packs of lotion to help me out. This is obviously a win.
IPS (intelligent protein snack): I got BBQ Egg White Ch(ips). I'm not a fan of the flavor, but I am a huge fan of chips, so I immediately went online and discovered that they have Aged White Chedder as a flavor. I need those in my life as soon as possible.
E-hydrate Gel: Like I said earlier, gel's are not generally my thing, but the strawberry lemonade flavor has my interest piqued, so I may give it a try as I delve into marathon training. I also got Mocha flavor.
E-hydrate drink mix: I love using drink mixes. I normally use Nuun, but the flavors on these look delicious (Red berry and Lemon lime especially) and I'll be busting them out this week. I also got grape and orange.
Pocketfuel: All natural gel. I got Chocolate Espresso as a flavor and while this is not my normal cup of tea, I do have a few friend who LOVE that flavor in other gels, so I will probably pass it along.
Run Gum: zero calorie, sugar free gum that is designed to give you a boost. I'm not much of a gum chewer, but my running partner is, so I'll be handing these his way to see what he thinks.
Go Tape: I tape everything. ankles, achilles, knees, wrist, fascia. I'm a mess of long standing injuries and my arthritis flares at the worst time, so tape is basically my best friend when I run. I've tried Rock Tape and KT Tape and I'm really excited to give Go Tape a try to see how it stacks up.
That's the box for this month! I can't wait to try it all out and see what works for me.
So I signed up for a marathon. Which means I now must train for said marathon and that, my friends, is kind of terrifying. I'm signing up for Fleet Feet's program this summer so that I have people to run with, but I still need to figure out the nuts and bolts of when and where I'll be doing my short runs, and even some of my long runs. Plus I need to work around some races that I'm already registered for. I spent a few hours the other day scouring the internet. Am I a beginner? It is my first marathon, but I run a lot. I'm not fast, but I get there. A novice maybe? Maybe.... but what does that even mean, really, and why does one program have the novice running 3 days a week and another one say 4? Does it matter if I run 26 miles before the race, or will 20-23 miles suffice? Why are there so many programs out there??? The obvious answer is that we are all different, so the training we need to be successful with long distance running is going to be different for everyone. Figuring out what is right for me is where I got stuck... and then I realized something. I just needed to pick one that looked right and adjust as needed. Stop worrying about how many weeks the program was and find one that looked right at the end and work my way back from there. The task was still daunting... until....
I've been toying with the idea of running a marathon since last summer when I ran/hiked 17 or so miles up Cascade Canyon in the Grand Tetons. Prior to that I had considered 13.1 my limit, but the next day, when I felt alright and was able to just get on with my day I started to reconsider. Suddenly the number 26.2 didn't seem all that far fetched. So I set about finding the perfect marathon to go for. I have a lot requirements- affordable, within driving distance, relatively flat, great scenery so I don't get bored, large field so I don't get left on my own, and a relatively generous pace requirement (because I'm slow). I looked at a lot of races and finally set on Marine Corps Marathon and I took a leap of faith and entered lottery. I told myself that I'd leave it up to chance, if I got in, great. If not, well I'd wait until another race came along. Then I didn't get in and I found myself way more disappointed then anticipated. I wanted to do this race, so instead of just shrugging it off I went and found a better way to run- I joined a charity team.
Finding a charity team that I wanted to run for was almost as difficult as picking the race. There are a lot of charities that offer bibs for Marine Corps, each has a different fundraising goal, and each does a lot of good work. A lot of the groups I've heard of, Team Sempre Fi, Team RWB, St. Jude and Red Cross. The question was which group did I want to run for and support? I looked at almost every partner and finally settled on one that I felt the biggest connection with. For various reasons Team Running Strong kept calling back to it's page and eventually I threw my hat in the ring and joined their team.
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