Tuesday, September 18, 2012
Running .... or Camping???
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!