Today’s post is going to be sort of a mental to-do list for this weekend! I can’t believe it’s already here…I signed up in June, put in hundreds of miles, and two pairs of shoes, and now it’s go-time! Preparing for a marathon not only takes the 16-18 week training schedule, but also mental prep, improving your overall running, and perfecting your race-day habits and attire! I finally started this blog in May, after I realized how much I had fallen in love with running after I PR’d at the Little Rock Half Marathon in March, then a month later I signed up for a marathon, thinking in the back of my head that I may or may not even actually go thru with it because 26.2 is unattainable. In the past 6 months since signing up, I’ve accomplished so much, reached times I thought were impossible, and even the past year I’ve run more than I ever thought I would! Since March, I have…
-ran 7 5Ks
-PR’d my 5K time
-2 official half marathons, PR’ing both times
-4 more unofficial half marathon’s during marathon training
-unofficially PR’d my half marathon time AGAIN
-ran a 20 miler, the farthest I have ever ran in my life!
I think marathon training takes MORE than just the set training schedule, it also takes the months beforehand to get ready for marathon training, and preparing your body to push itself! This was just the first year where I’ve felt like I was running seriously, and I can’t wait to see what 2014 holds!! There’s ALWAYS room for improvement, and I’m anxious to push myself harder, run faster, and hit my next goal of a 1:50 half marathon! Picking out when that half marathon will be is the tough part…the next few months are BUSY! But, I’ve got my eye on the Mississippi River Half Marathon, Feb 8!
Getting ready for a nice event takes a long time, but getting ready for a big race, takes a village! Here is my to-do list, in no particular order, for making sure I am fully prepared for Saturday’s marathon! (Lord willing, if you happen to google weather conditions for Little Rock and Memphis, you’ll catch why I’m stressing)
1. Go to the store a few days prior and pick up plenty of Shot Bloks and PowerBar Energy Blasts, buy a few extra just in case. Also buy a couple Gatorades to drink the night before and after the race. Lay out your water bottle as well.
2. Go ahead and buy breakfast for race day as well…Clif Bar, toast w/ peanut butter, and a banana. (Or whatever your traditional pre-race meal is!)
3. Make a pile of the running accessories you will need for the race, i.e. headphones, phone armband, headband, ear warmer, fuel carrier, Garmin.
4. Make sure you know where your charger/cord is for your Garmin so you aren’t rushing around the night before trying to charge it. Also, you might double check you know where your phone charger is too, if that’s how you will be listening to music during your race, you don’t want to forget to pack that!
5. Decide how you will carry your fuel. I’m trying to decide between my SPI Belt or my Banjees wrist band.
6. Wash outfits, and lay out options, go ahead and pick out your first pick outfit, and maybe a second pick in case the weather changes last minute. Remember, LAYERS and dress as if it’s 20* warmer. You might throw in an emergency rain jacket too, just in case!
7. Make sure the socks you want to wear are clean, and BOTH are there. I’m often scrambling to locate both feet the morning of!
8. Decide if you will need “throwaway” layers for the start of the race, and decide what those layers will be.
9. Locate Ibuprofen, Imodium, and anything else you use on race day.
10. Go ahead and put your safety pins ON your bib! (if you already have your packet)
11. Make sure you have your timing chip SECURELY attached to your shoe. Or at least put it in your pile. (if you already have your packet)
12. Go drink a glass of water. You want to hydrate not just the night before, but the days leading up to the race.
13. Pick out some clothes to take to put on after the race. Your body will cool down as soon as you stop running, and you will get cold, fast!
14. Look at the map of the course, and plan out where your support system will be. Or, make sure whoever is meeting you at the finish line knows where the finish line is, and how to get to it. Also, check out the parking situation if possible.
15. If you wear contacts, lay out an extra pair. Put these in your gear check bag or have your bag man, aka husband, support team, fans, put them in one of their bags. God forbid you pull up to the race and your contact falls out!
16. Be mentally prepared to run without music. Devices fail, and you don’t want to be devastated when your iPhone freezes up and won’t play Spotify.
17. Decide what you will eat for dinner the night before, and two nights before the race. Your biggest carb load meal should be two nights before. Also, this is the night you need to sleep the best!
18. Buy hand warmers to go in your gloves if you think you’ll need them. If you’re anything like me, a little hint of warmth goes a long way!
19. Figure out the race’s runner tracking system, if they have one. That way, the people who came with you will have a better idea of when to expect you to cross that finish line!
20. Foam roll! Enough said.
21. Make sure you know where and when the expo is. Most major races won’t allow someone else to pick up your packet. Plus, the expo is a great way to get pumped up for the race and really get excited! There are always lots of great vendors!
22. Be sure and thank everyone who’s been supporting you throughout your training. They probably don’t realize how much it’s really appreciated.
23. Write your favorite quote or mantra on your hand. This is a great way to motivate yourself when you’re in those lonely miles!
24. Pack extra hair ties. Of course the morning of, the last one you brought will snap right as you’re tying your ponytail. Be prepared!
25. Sunscreen. Your face will be what’s exposed the most, and people don’t realize that they can get sunburned any time of year.
26. Important- some form of ID. Usually this information can be found on your bib, but if you have a way to carry your driver’s license, or if you have a Road ID, that’s even better! My husband recently surprised me with the cutest pink one, and I can’t wait to wear it! I blurred out his phone number, for obvious reasons
27. Be sure and take a comfortable pair of shoes for after the race. There’s no telling how far you’ll have to walk, and if your feet are happy, you will be happy!
28. Bobby pins. ESPECIALLY if headbands don’t stay on your head very well! Bobby pins are a great way to ensure a tight grip!
29. If you’re staying at a hotel, it might be a good idea to pack a few freezer size plastic baggies in case you need to ice after the race. The hotel might just have those flimsy trash bags.
30. Sunglasses. Even if you don’t run in them, you might want them for when you’re walking around after the race, or if you do some sight seeing afterwards!
31. Body Glide. You will be thankful.
32. Camera. HELLO!!
What would you add to the list? I might mention it on my next blog post!
If you have a spare second, please please send good vibes to Little Rock and Memphis, and pray that this ice storm ends up not being as bad as they are predicting!
Love you guys!!
Be sure and become a follower of Sweet Miles on Pinterest, if you haven’t yet! Lots of goodies and great ideas for Christmas!
Hey hey!! Hope your Thanksgiving holiday was as wonderful and much needed as mine was! I can’t wait to hear all about your week! I can’t even express how nice it was to spend a few extra days with friends and family, and not be rushed by the usual short weekend time frame. It was refreshing, rejuvenating, fun, special, and we are now officially in the Christmas spirit! If you follow me on Instagram, you can catch up on all my happenings.
But in a nutshell…
We shopped at 2 AM…
and we played a lot of Taboo with my brother and sister-in-law.
We also learned how hard it was to describe “toilet” without using any related words. But that’s a whole other post in and of itself.
Thanksgiving morning, I ran in the Franklin, TN Turkey Trot 5K/Fun Run! Two of my bests also came and ran, and it made it all the more fun to see my sweet friends at one of my most favorite activities! Adam, the loyal husband and bag-man that he is, endured the 20 degree weather to hold our stuff, cheer us on, and capture the event as thoroughly as possible via one too many iphone pics. Ashleigh and Lauren are a hoot, and both rocked it at the race. This was actually Lauren’s FIRST 5K EVER!!! I’m so proud of that girl, AND, I quote…”I actually enjoyed it and want to do it again!” WHAT!!! You mean running can be FUN?!! Hows abouts that?! Maybe I’m rubbing off on her! See, running blog, you are doing good things!
Franklin, TN Turkey Trot 5K Race Recap – Thanksgiving Day 2013
Here’s how it all went down!
We woke up bright and early, after a long and late drive the night before. Don’t worry, it was only about 20 degrees, so I was sure to layer everything I owned, and I was still cold. The course was around our local mall, with awards and snacks at D1 Sports and benefitted GraceWorks Ministries, a Christian nonprofit in Franklin that helps people in need meet their basic needs of life. You can read more about GraceWorks HERE.
This was the third year for the Turkey Trot in Franklin, and I was amazed at how much it has grown! I couldn’t believe there were 1,000+ runners! I know someone said they thought closer to 3,000, which is incredible! The race was organized, had a well manned water station at the halfway point, and there were plenty of treats and refreshments post-run! I always appreciate a race that doesn’t feel like it was just thrown together!
Lauren and Ashleigh and I decided not to stay together, since we knew all of our paces would vary too much. So, I started up front, and the girls stayed back in the crowd. Mile 1 had a pretty decent downhill right at the start, then all flat, so everyone shot out like rockets. I hate when races are deceiving like that! Had the race been mostly flat I would have been fine at that pace, but Miles 2 and 3 had some “hills,” and I knew I wasn’t trying to get a best time anyways. Who even knew that Cool Springs had hills, because I sure didn’t. Any not even really hills, more like long, slow inclines. I could definitely tell I hadn’t been training to race a 5K, so I was struggling a little bit! Mile 3 was pretty much flat, but holy moly it was COLD! Seriously, colder than a witches titty in a brass bra. Yep, I just wrote the t word on my blog.
Mile 1- 7:54
Mile 2- 8:23
Mile 3: 8:21
Finish time: 25:29 chip time, 7th out of 84 girls in my age division. Not my best, but not too bad either, considering I wasn’t trying for a PR and I didn’t want to kill myself a week before the marathon! I felt great the whole time, and knew I could have pushed harder, but I also didn’t want to strain or pull anything , God forbid! I need to remember to be happier with my times, and remember how far I’ve come since last year! I never would have thought I’d be able to race 5K’s in the 7′s and 8′s in the first place!! If I can work my way up, anyone can!
I heard Adam yell for me right before I crossed the finish line, always the sweetest sound. Love him so much.
After all 3 of us finished the race, we ran down to D1, took our celebratory pictures, checked our times, and chowed down on Kind Bars, bagels, and rehydrated.
Of course I had Adam snap a picture of me in front of my favorite sock company’s sign…no surprise there! And they’re based in my hometown, so come on, you know I’ll always be loyal to local companies!
I had never tried a KIND Bar before, but it’s official: I’m in love. Can I buy these in bulk somewhere?? So good! We may have grabbed a handful on our way out of the complex. Ok ok, we did.
I think one reason I loved these is because I could pronounce everything that’s in them! They’re so simple, but still healthy and packed with protein and fiber. I checked out their website, (obsessed with that as well, but I work with websites all day so what do you expect) and I was amazed at how awesome of a company KIND is! I love everything they stand for, and they even pick one project a month to support by donating $10,000! You can shop all of their products HERE.
Straight from their website, since they can say things better than I can:
Sign me up, Kind. You’re on my new favorites list.
I’ll leave you with this quote that’s on their site as well…
“Three things in human life are important: the first is to be kind; the second is to be kind; and the third is to be kind.”
Shameless plug: Dear KIND, us southerners would LOVE your product, and bringing a KIND Brand Ambassador to Little Rock would be amazing, and worth your while! Do the KIND thing, and put Arkansas on your radar.
T minus 5 days until the St. Jude Memphis Marathon! Commence freak out mode.
Have you ever had a KIND bar? Did you run a turkey trot? How was your Thanksgiving holiday? Tell me about it!
Hey fraaaands! Happy almost Turkey Day!!
Sorry for my absence the past few days, I’ve had a plethora of real world responsibilities to attend to. But no worries, I am back! Before I catch you up on this past weekend’s long run, I wanted to talk about personal mantras real quick! I received this text yesterday from one of my best friends, and it made me laugh and smile all at the same time…
So then I got to thinking, what DO I tell myself to keep going? How do I keep myself mentally engaged and positive during a run? If you read my previous post about listening to music on long runs, then you’ve already mastered my number one tip. But, here are a few more things I like to think about and some mantras I like to always remember!
1. Start out POSITIVE! If you start a long run thinking, “this is really going to suck!” Then, odds are, it will suck. If you start out your run thinking, “I can do this, I am prepared, strong, and will get through this!” Then, odds are, you will have a fantastic run. Your body has a funny way of picking up on what your mind is telling it. Mind over body! Or Mind over Bladder as my husband likes to tell me on road trips.
2. Know clearly what your goal is, and find something or someway to reward yourself. If you think that you’re running for something, and there is a light at the end of the tunnel, it’s not so bad.
3. Chunk your run. I am very goal oriented, so when I run, I’m constantly thinking, “ok, a 5K is JUST running hard for 25 minutes, then you’re done!”, “a 10K, that’s just two 5K’s, you got this!”, “a half marathon, that’s just a 10 miler with a 5K at the end”, “16 miles, that’s just a half marathon, plus a 5K”, etc. Breaking up how long the distance is really helps you conquer it in smaller pieces and is less intimidating. That way, you’re constantly meeting goals and achieving satisfaction.
4. Tell someone how far you’re running. Or tell several people. Or start a running blog about it. Either way, when you tell someone what your goal is and how far you ARE going to run, you’re less likely to poop out on yourself. You sure don’t want to go back them and they say, “so how did your 18 miler go?!” and you say “well, I only actually did 10…” Whomp, whomp. Use other people to encourage you, and hold you accountable. It will feel good to be able to tell them that you did meet your goal, and they will be proud of you as well!
5. Bake a batch of brownies and cookies and holiday treats, leave them at home, and go run. No brownies until you finish that run. Oh, that’s just me?
6. Listen to music. Obvs. Reference: here.
7. Think about something different at each mile. I like to zone out sometimes and think about fun memories from college, or back when my husband and I had just started dating. Anything to take your mind off the pounding of the pavement will do you good! You might even find yourself smiling or laughing during your run. Just don’t think about anything too funny, running while laughing is tough! And you will look ridiculous.
8. Recite motivational quotes in your head. One of my favorites is,
“The temptation to quit will be greatest just before you are about to succeed.”
I love that. And how true is that?! It helps me remember to keep going, push through, and don’t quit because you’re almost there!
If you need more inspiration, check out Sweet Miles on Pinterest!
9. Be in the present. Just focus on the current mile. Don’t think about the miles up ahead, or the miles you may have already flopped, just focus on THIS MILE. Set a time goal, and do it. Then, do it again for the next mile. You’ll be surprised how fast your run will go by when you feel like you’re mentally checking a list off, mile by mile by mile.
10. People watch. If you’re running in a public place, you will have plenty of time to people watch and distract yourself. If you’re running a loop, sometimes I keep a mental track of where I pass people, and see if I pass them at the same place the next time.
11. Remember how awesome you felt after a previous long run or race. Remember that you ARE capable. Remember all the hard work you’ve put into it. Remember how far you’ve come. And if it’s your first time, it only gets easier, and you only get more and more in shape with each run. Rome wasn’t built in a day
What would you add to the list?
Just don’t quit, ok? Don’t do it. Don’t you dare.
The Final Prep - Let the Taper Begin! My last 17.5 before the big day!
Here’s how it went down:
I PR’d my half marathon time with a 1:57:20, 8:57/mile pace. (unofficial, since it wasn’t a race). Here’s the milage break down…
Miles 1-4: 8:48, 8:49, 8:53, 8:53
Miles 5-8: 8:57, 8:55, 9:00, 8:57
Miles 9-13.1: 9:01, 9:11, 8:56, 9:11, 8:56, :53
Plus 4.5 at the gym on the treadmill
17.6 total miles
I’ll admit it. I was a total baby after the half marathon mark and decided I was sick of freezing my butt off and having my face wind burned so I went to the gym to finish things off. I know, can’t do that on race day. My gym is literally not even a mile from the lake, so I didn’t waste much time driving over real quick and hopping on the treadmill. I immediately noticed how much softer it was running on the treadmill versus running on the pavement! WOW!
Not going to lie, those 4.5 on the treadmill were painful. I felt GREAT for the first 13.1, but then something happened and my feet and knees and ankles just decided they weren’t having it. I still managed some decent splits, but I wasn’t really keeping track. I blame part of this pain on my new shoes, and still breaking them in. Hopefully they’re broken in enough by next week!
I’m feeling super excited about race day, but also NERVOUS. Thank goodness for my pre-race Imodium trick, ain’t nobody got time for a nervous tummy before a marathon! Or mid marathon. There will be no time spent on a porta-potty, I can assure you that. Ha, ass-ure. Ok, I’m 13 at heart.
I have a 5K tomorrow morning, then will probably do 8-10 on Saturday, and then it’s all R & R until Dec. 7!
Bring. It. On.
Have a fabulous Thanksgiving everyone! Remember what you are thankful for, and hug your family a little tighter! We are BLESSED!
What are you especially thankful for this year? Are you currently tapering for anything? What do you do to handle pre-marathon jitters?
Happy Friday! How has your week been? Mine has flown by, and today my husband and I realized this is our last weekend before 4 weekends filled with holiday happenings and family time! The Ingles are about to be busssyyy! Bring. It. On. I’ve received several email from fellow running bloggers who are interested in being feature, and I can’t wait to schedule them all. Thanks for your interest!
Today’s feature is Patty Rivas who’s the voice behind the blog, Reach Your Peak.
She is a NASM certified personal trainer, and blogs about her fitness journey, and tips for nutrition and training. I’ve really enjoyed reading through her blog, and was surprised how much I learned! I think you will enjoy her blog as well, so when you leave here be sure and check it out! I sent her a list of questions to answer, and am excited to share them with you!
1. Tell us a little about yourself.
Hi everyone! My name is Patty and I write about health, fitness, and running over on my blog (reach-yourpeak.com). I’m a certified personal trainer and avid runner. I just ran the NYC Marathon with my mom, and we actually ran it together in 2011 as well. This year, we got a 33 minute PR! I’m located in New Jersey, but was actually born in Paraguay (South America). My family goes back to visit every 2-3 years, and we are going this summer in order to stop in Rio for the World Cup
2. What inspired you to start your blog?
I started my blog when my mom and I started running together in 2010, after I graduated college. I wanted to get back into running and exercising, and liked writing about my experience. In 2010, I also became a certified personal trainer, and wanted to share my knowledge with others who are passionate about healthy living.
3. What is your favorite distance?
I have been running since middle school cross country. I ran XC in high school as well, though I didn’t love it…not like I do now. Now I wish I could go back in time and actually try and see what I could have done! My favorite distance is 5K. It’s short and sweet but still very challenging. I’m forever chasing that 5K PR in every race.
4. Tell us about your favorite race experience so far. Was it a PR you worked hard for? Was it a run you did with a friend?
My favorite race experience has to be this year’s New York City Marathon. My mom and I trained more than we ever have because we wanted to finish strong. The entire day was perfect, and we smiled the whole way. We felt strong and finished strong. We also ran this race in 2011, but I had a horrible race. I had stomach issues and had to walk most of the last 6 miles, and didn’t even enjoy crossing the finish. So this year, we came back with a vengeance!
5. What is your favorite aspect of running? Is it the health benefits? How it makes you feel? Accomplishing your goals?
I would say accomplishing my goals. My goals are what get me through training. Whenever I don’t want to go for a run, I think of how I want to PR in a certain distance. I love being competitive with myself, and getting a PR in any race is such a great feeling, and makes all that hard training worth it.
6. Do you have any races coming up? What are your goals for those races?
Nothing serious. Over Thanksgiving weekend I will be running a 1 mile race with my mom and dad. My dad runs occasionally but can’t do longer distances because of back pain, so when he can run a race we both have to run with him and make it a family thing. My goal is to break my PR (obviously) of 7:07 in a road mile, but considering I haven’t ran since NYC, I doubt that will happen! I’m also running a 5K in December but also am not expecting a PR…though that doesn’t mean I won’t try my hardest
7. What would you say to runners who are just starting out? Or who may be intimidated by a certain distance?
I would say take it one day at a time. Don’t compare yourself to other runners. It can be easy to fall into that trap, but try not to. You are on your own journey. It doesn’t matter how slow you think you are, you’re out there training, and that’s what you should focus on. If you’re intimidated by a certain distance, take your training week by week, and don’t look ahead in a training plan and think, “OMG there’s no way I could do that!” Same thing in a race, just take it mile by mile. Focus on the mile you’re in.
8. What are a few of your favorite running accessories? Do you prefer specific brands?
Hmm…I have to say spandex shorts! I like that they stay put during long runs and I’m not constantly picking at them. If you can, invest in a good pair, like Lululemon. I also like SPIbelts because you it’s an easy way to carry small items on a run. If you will be doing longer runs and sweat a lot like me, then you need to get BodyGlide so you can avoid chafing!
9. When did you start running?
I started running seriously again in 2010, after I graduated college. My mom started then too, and actually started with a couch-to-5k plan. We ran our first 5K in May 2010 and have ran ever race (except maybe 1-2) since then together!
10. What are you most proud of in terms of running so far?
I am the most proud of my recent marathon. I’m really proud of my mom for running it with me as well, and she feels no pain! She finished in better shape than I did both times we ran a marathon. I’m proud of this year’s race because I was able to finish strong, and have mental strength in the last few miles when I really wanted to walk. It felt amazing to cross that finish line with my mom.
11. Do you have a personal mantra you like to recite during tough races or runs?
“Your legs are strong.” I think of that when I’m going up hills or trying to speed up. I also like to think of my favorite elite runners like Kara Goucher and Shalane Flanagan, and pretend I am them.
12. If you could pick any race in the country to run, which race would it be? What’s on your running bucket list?
Oh man, there are so many I would like to do! I’d love to run in the Paris Marathon. I’d also like to run the Honolulu Marathon (for obvious reasons), and Big Sur Marathon because it’s so scenic. Oh, and I’d love to qualify for Boston one day, but that is a loooong time away!
13. What is one lesson that running has taught you?
That you need to rely on mental strength just as much as physical strength. When the going gets tough, you need to have the mental strength to keep going, despite wanting to stop. I have really worked on that this year, as I am always doubtful of myself. But I look back at past workouts and how many miles I have ran in order to have confidence in myself. Always be confident!!
Do you have any questions for Patty? Do you have a favorite blogger you think might want to be featured? Are you racing this weekend? Do you have your holiday plans all in line?
Well folks, I’m off to get a good night’s sleep before tomorrow’s 16, maaaaybe 18. We’ll seeAdam has got an early morning full of opening day for duck season here in Arkansas, so I think Miss. Truckee and I might take advantage of the extra space in the bed and sleep in a bit! I’m getting more and more paranoid about getting sick before my race, so I’m trying my best to make sure I get as much rest as possible!
But before you go, be sure and follow Patty, below are all the ways you can keep up with her!
Happy Wednesday! Halfway there.
I’ve been asked this question a few times…”so what do you think about if you run by yourself for 20 miles??”
The answer is simple.
And I listen to music, so that helps!
Before I started this marathon training shindig, I thought FOR SURE, WITHOUT A DOUBT, I would want someone to accompany me for these LONG runs, or at least split them up and maybe run half with one person and half with another. But the more and more I run by myself, the more I enjoy it. It’s “me” time, and it’s time to clear my head, think about whatever I want to think about, focus on my time and pace, and just be in the moment. Yes, social runs are always fun. Running with a running partner is always a blast, and can be very beneficial. But when it comes to an actual training run, I think I like to fly solo.
A lot of thoughts cross my mind while I’m running for two-three hours straight.
Of course I don’t really think that…
Running With Music – Marathon Playlist Ideas for Nov-Dec 2013
For my last half I made a Spotify playlist that would play for about the total time I would be running. I think I had enough songs to last 1 hour and 57 minutes. I wanted to have a better mental idea of where I was in terms of finishing, so I’d know if I heard a song twice, I was getting close to 2 hours and would need to start bookin’ it! It worked perfectly, and I finished my half in 1:58:13, while listening to the first song on my playlist, again. Picking out songs I wanted to listen to and was excited to listen helped immensely. Usually on fun runs I just put on Pandora and go with it, but for a long race when you want to be in the zone the whole time and not get distracted or annoyed with your music player, I think making a custom playlist is perfect!
I’ve slowly been adding songs to the same playlist now as my milage has increased, and even though now I’ve heard some of these songs tons of times, the songs that come up that played during my half marathon actually make me go faster! They bring back encouragement and happy memories from that successful half where I was over the moon to get in under two hours. They say music can bring back memories and make you think of where you were when you last heard that song, and for my marathon, I want to make sure my playlist has the songs on it that are empowering.
I put together a list of a FEW of my favorite songs from my playlist. My playlist is now approximately 4 hours and 20 minutes long, and I’ll probably add a few to round it out to 4 hours and 30 minutes. I would LOVE to finish my first marathon around that time, so my playlist will serve as my subconscious time keeper. This list is alphabetical, shortened, and I only picked one song from each artist, but this will give you an idea of what I’ve been listening to when I run. Don’t judge the randomness, I either run with the entire playlist on shuffle or I put them in a certain order (placing extra motivational songs around my tough miles). Adam thinks I’m crazy for being able to run to a few of these, but it’s all about what gets you moving, and for me, certain songs help me tune out and run on auto-pilot so the miles fly by faster!
Hopefully you like a few of these! Everyone’s “playlist” is always so different, but I assure you that making one that YOU want to listen will make your run that much more enjoyable. *Disclaimer: running with earbuds in is always a risk, and it’s always safer to run without any distractions, especially if you’re running on the road. I run mostly on paths and trails, in daylight, and always am very aware of my surroundings.*
If you follow me on Instagram then you saw that my new Ravennas finally came in!! Opening up a box of brand new shoes is the sweetest sound to a runner. My feet instantly felt better. Truckee was excited I got new shoes so that she could have my old pair. She’s going to run so fast now!
Adam texted me that last night while I was out picking up dinner and I about lost it. We are those people.
Do you listen to music while you run? Do you have a favorite song right now? What is your go-to running shoe?
I’ve got a review on Sprigs Banjees coming up soon, hopefully tomorrow! Have a wonderful day! And don’t forget, if you are interested in being featured or know someone who is, send them here!