Uhâ€¦sorry, Iâ€™m a little caught up in the Hunger Games trilogy right now. What I meant to say was, let the training begin, as in half-marathon training.
Yes, Iâ€™m at it again. But this time Iâ€™m determined to be more prepared, better trained and just a tad faster (ran my fastest 5 miles todayâ€¦yay me!). Iâ€™m tired of being a poser runner girl. I want to be the real deal. And while I will NEVER in my life run a sub-4 mile (yes, it is true, I read in a magazine about a kid who can run a mile in under 4 minutesâ€¦what the heck?!), I do want to look a little less like I am loafing through the race.
So for Christmas I asked for some gear. Mostly I didnâ€™t specify anything except â€œworkout gearâ€ but thatâ€™s the great thing about having a best friend who lives with you (that would be my husband, people). He knew from all my talks and research and web surfing, that there were specific things I wanted.
First score from the hubby for Christmas, compression socks:
Sexy, huh? These arenâ€™t your grandmaâ€™s compression socks. Okay, maybe they look like them except they are pink. Iâ€™ve worn them a couple times for running. I donâ€™t know if they help yet or not because my training runs right now are short. And some people wear them just after a run and others during, so Iâ€™m still testing out which works for me. But either way, I look and feel the part in these. Now the shoes are another storyâ€¦.they are pretty tattered and worn (guess that means Iâ€™m using them!). That one was a specific item on my wish list and I didnâ€™t get them. Oh well, thereâ€™s a newer model out I want to try anyway. Good thing I got some Christmas cash to spend!
Second score from the hubby for Christmas, a Garmin GPS watch and heart rate monitor:
Now I really feel like I canâ€™t give up this whole running thing. This was the big kahuna present from the hubby and thereâ€™s no turning back now. The downfall is I do most of my running indoors on a treadmill and this watch didnâ€™t come with a foot pod which tracks indoor running. I checked on the price of the foot pod the other day and it was close to $70! I think Iâ€™ll pass. Soâ€¦I guess Iâ€™ll be doing some outdoor running more often (oh joy, right in the middle of winter, canâ€™t wait).
But let me just tell youâ€¦if you are wanting to run but donâ€™t think you can do it, think again. Thatâ€™s exactly how I felt just a couple years ago. It is possible. In the words of my friend and fellow blogger, we can do hard things. I think she meant something deeper than this whole running business, but itâ€™s a good mantra nonetheless.