Monday, June 10, 2013

Running Things

Recently I've been acquiring new and exciting running things. Because this is a running blog, I'm going to write about them!

new kicks - Saucony Kinvara 4 in blue/orange/white (aka nemo stripes in the big blue)

For those who have been following my running since the beginning, you'll know that I trained for my first half marathon in vibram fivefingers. Every single training run was in those shoes. The minimalist thing was my jam.

And then the foot pain set in. Less than a week before the half. I ran the half, in pain. And then ended up with a broken 3rd metatarsal.

womp womp
Since that experience, I haven't ran in my fivefingers. But the minimalist shoe craze really appealed to me. I knew I ran fast and strong in shoes that complemented my actual feet - not ones with pounds of cushioning. But I did need some. Enter Nike Free's -- my go to running shoe for the next two years.

But when it was time to pack up this to head to chicago this summer, I was ready for a shoe change. About to embark on marathon training, heard awesome things about the kinvara. and I was sold.

Went to the local running store, tried them on, ran on the treadmill. done and done.

These shoes are serving me very well. fast miles. long miles. they do it all. and i'm in love.

hydration belt

used this sucker on sunday for the long run and other than some short chaffing due the belt pressing my tag against my back, all was wonderful.

I was reading the may april runner's world (yes the one with shalane/kara on the cover), and in an article on "bad habits to break" one was running with a water bottle in hand.

I have a nathan quickdraw handheld water bottle, and I think its time for it an I to break up. When I carried it during my half in April there were times when i considered tossing it to the side of the road. It was heavy, I was tired, and I just didnt like it any more.

My first swig of water from one of the flasks resulted in lemon-lime nuun all over my face though. whoops. apparently you dont really need to squeeze them.

The runner's world article cited the imbalance it creates, and I can vouch for that too. So Nathan Trail Mix Hydration Belt, nice to meet you. Welcome to all my long runs.


Hello my name is Lauren, and I used to be a hardcore shot block/sports beans addict.

And again, half marathon #3 -- I didn't really feel like chewing.

So I'm resorting to gu. And I trusted my fellow future chicago marathon-er friend, in her vanilla gu/pudding recommendation.

And she was right.

I took my first gu during last weekend's 8-miler, and it definitely fueled some negative splits. Didn't taste bad, no stomach issues. I will take it.

Vanilla gu, also welcome to my long runs.

(also I bought like exorbitant amounts at REI's anniversary sale.)

Oakley Twentysix.2 Sunnies

I am in love with these sunglasses. I have taken to wearing these ALL THE TIME, even though I bought them for running, and I should thus only wear them for running.

But they are pretty awesome. I do wear them running, and they stay on my head, don't push into the side of my head in headache inducing ways, and are in general awesome and comfortable.


Believe I am Training Journal

After the epic fail of a 1 minute PR at half mary #3, I figured it was about time to get serious. And I'm running my first full. And everyone is BQ'ing. And while I know BQ is probably out of reach for Boston 2014, it's still something I'd like to do. Boston is still a race I'd love to run. So let's get real serious about running. Let's track runs not just for distance, pace, elevation, but also for how I feel overall. Let's find that mental game.

So I turned to the believe i am training journal. because lauren fleshman and ro mcgettigan seem to know what they're doing.


  1. Hello fellow MI runner! Spirit II is playing in Ann Arbor, so if you're local, you can get in on it for the Wednesday's showing.

    I used to be a shot blok/sports bean addict too but chewing can be *so hard* when you're tired. Glad I'm not the only one that feels this way! :)

  2. WHoops, just realized you are not a MI runner any more! Well, even still, click the link on my blog to find a location near you that is playing it. :)

    1. Haha yes! a temporary chicago runner for the summer, but i'm sure it's playing somewhere around here! I'll have to check it out! :)

  3. Ooh--the runglasses are super cute! I approve!

    I'm a big minimalist shoe fan, too. I did just buy a pair of Newtons, though, so I want to learn how to run in those lest I waste my $175 on unworn shoes.

    I am very interested to how you acclimate to running with the belt. I think it would drive me crazy! Also: highly recommend the chocolate outrage Gu. Tastes like brownie batter. YUM!