Yesterday: 7.8 miles over hills, 8:28 pace
Today: 7.2 miles, 8:42 pace
This morning I had a very excellent run! One of the reasons it was so excellent is because the temperatures were in the 50s. This is the first time this season I needed a top layer, so I ran in shorts, tank bra and a long-sleeved cotton shirt. For those of you who read my entry about the clothes I run in, you may remember this is my absolute favorite running outfit. Long-sleeved cotton shirts feel so comfy to me. Also, when I feel cool, I can pull the sleeves down over my hands, but when I'm warm I roll the sleeves up. Here's hoping for many more days of similar weather.
Today I'd like to talk about running gear. In the past decade, many companies have started producing a wide range of products for runners outside of the usual clothing and shoes. I am amazed at how much variety there is! From watches to GPS to heart rate monitors to fuel belts to bottles to road ids, there are lots of running related items you can carry with you out the door.
|Nike women's sports watch and HRM|
The iPod Nano. I take an iPod Nano and earbud headphones along with me on the majority of my runs. I listen to a combination of podcasts (mostly running related) and music on training runs. I find the content enjoyable and it helps pass the time. Especially on long runs, it can be a welcome distraction. When I first started running, I recall using a walkman that takes tapes. The iPod is certainly an improvement in size and convenience. This baby is ultra light. I keep it in a case with a clip for my shorts, but which also protects it from the elements. While I use it for the majority of my training, I usually ditch the iPod in races. I think it would prevent me from getting the full experience and detract from the sights and sounds of a race.
And that concludes the gear I run with. I know the list is short, but I don't like carrying things with me when I run. Sometimes I need to bring a house key or energy gel, but otherwise I keep it light and simple. That's just what works for me :)