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Tuesday, September 18, 2012
One of the things I like about any new hobby is the gear that goes along with it. As I've started running, I've started to collect a number of items to make running better. Awesome. I love my gear; it makes more feel like the "real deal" as a new runner.
What I don't love, however, is trying to remember all of the gear (a challenge at 4:30 am to be certain!). As I'm walking out of the house before my long group runs, it feels as if I'm preparing all the gear for a camping trip.
To help solve this, I created a master list for running that I store on the Notes section of my iPhone. Here's a snapshot of my list. The list also helps me prepare the night before for my long group runs. I always know where it is, and I can easily add and remove items from it when I no longer need them.
You may be wondering about the item "Map directions on arm." I don't like to get lost - like, I really really really don't like to get lost. So, I study our map the night before and write the route turns on the inside of my left forearm with a Sharpie. My running friends laugh at me, but I've never gotten lost on a run yet!
When I'm not running, I keep all of my gear in a small plastic tub in my closet. The kids have all been warned - "Don't touch mommy's running stuff!!!" Otherwise, it would be used for the times when they play Outdoor Safari or army out in the back yard.
I'm also going to add a new component to it this week - a drawstring backpack. I'll use this to keep everything together on the trips to and from our running group meeting spot. I have an awesome Geico Caveman bag that I think will do the trick just fine!
It's amazing to me that in three months that I've come so far in changing my life through running.
- Three months ago, I could barely walk a full mile without being exhausted. Today, I'm running 8 miles on my long runs and returning home with enough energy to ferry the kids through the Saturday Frenzy - birthday parties, playdates, and their sports.
- Three months ago, I gave up the super-sugary donuts, candy bars, and pizza buffets that I was eating routinely. Today, I've lost 20 pounds and dropped 2 dress sizes from eating healthier and training for a half-marathon.
- Three months ago, I rarely exercised. Today, I look for ways to build my daily schedule around my training plan. I routinely get up at 4:30 am to get together with my running group for distance runs or running hills.
- Three months ago, I didn't consider myself an athlete. Today, I proudly say, "I am a runner."
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In my blog, you'll read about my journey as a runner (I'm currently training for my first half-marathon), as well as reviews of websites, podcasts, and other things I've found helpful along the way.
I can't wait to get started!