My Favorite Things For Running
|"The Stash" A local favorite running trail|
There are times when I'll carry a pack and bring the ipod but that's only during an unusually long run which I almost never do. Even for my last long race I only carried two handhelds and broke out the ipod once for a small four mile section to get my running fiyah back.
Even with being as minimal as I am though its hard to avoid running without stuff so here are some "basics" that I use.
|Running in the Buff|
Gel Iskiate Recipe
• 2 heaping tsp raw sugar mixed with about 4-5oz of water, boiled and reduced on the stove until its a syrup. About 8 minutes. (You may not need to do this if your sugar dissolves in water easily, but my raw sugar is large chunks so I thought it dissolves better this way.)
• 3 1/2 - 4 oz. water (enough to almost fill gel flask)
• 1 Nuun tablet
• Juice of 1 lime
• 1 Tblsp Chia seeds
• Small pinch of salt
Fill the gel flask with the water. Add the Nuun tablet, syrup, lime juice, salt and chia. Shake and refrigerate until race day. I usually do this a couple days ahead of time.
Although I haven't tried it, my husband uses straight up frozen juice concentrate in his gel flasks for his long road rides and mountain biking excursions and he says it works just as well.
|Trail Running Handhelds|
|Nathan Women's Hydration Pack|
|Little free packets of salt|
|Arm Sleeves for Trail Running|
|Favorite Running Bikini|
|Trail Running Skirt - Brooks|
|Funky socks and Merrell Pace Gloves|
I even wore my funky socks when I was going exclusively barefoot for a while. I would cut the feet out and still have my knee highs to wear. And by the way, those are my Merrell Pace Gloves which happen to be my favorite trail running minimal shoe - by default really - since they are my only trail running shoe. Still, they've been a superb shoe so far and I will continue to use and abuse them.
|Zaps Threads Tee|
And Yes. I run in cotton. For me its cooler for the hot, dry summer months especially once I pour a little water over myself. I prefer the performance fabrics in colder weather.
|VANS - My favorite gym shoes|
My Hobby Joggar Sweatshirt - This sweatshirt was given to me by my friends Jason and Shelly Robillard shortly after meeting them for the first time at the New York City Barefoot Run last year. This is the most coveted running related clothing item in my closet since its a reminder of two incredibly inspiring people and some seriously good times. The Robillards are and always will be a permanent part of my barefoot and ultra running family.