Friday, May 10, 2013

We Are Loving Right Now - Volume 5 (The Run For Your Life Edition)

As I'm sure all of you know, Jen and I ran the 5K in the Pittsburgh Marathon last weekend. I decided to do this round up of stuff that are my running & workout essentials. 

1 - Penny Black by Further Seems Forever * This band was my absolute favorite and broke up in 2006.  I just recently discovered they reunited with the original group and released this album in late 2012.  It does not disappoint!
2 - Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner * This stuff is seriously invincible.  If you are like me and can't stand to be without makeup even when you are dripping with sweat on the treadmill, this is the eyeliner for you.  I've slept in it before, too and woke up looking as if I just applied it. Amazeballs.
3 - Under Armour Shatter Duffel Bag * The price is a little steep, but for practicality, I was more than willing to pay.  The strap is comfortable, it comes complete with a plastic lined toiletry pouch, a removable drawstring sack labeled "Stinky Stuff" for your shoes, and a heat resistant pocket for your flat iron!
4 - Nike Free Run Shoes * Choose between 3.0, 4.0 and 5.0.  The lower the number, the more flexible the sole.  I prefer the 3.0.
5 - The Body Shop Vitamin E Face Mist * Such a refreshing blast of hydration if you aren't showering before leaving the gym. 
6 - Urbanears Bagis Earphones * These are so comfortable!  They actually stay in my ears when running and have awesome bass to keep your pace kicking.
7 - Broken Arrow Sweaty Band * These headbands are designed to stay put on your noggin and not pop-off mid run.  The best part?  They come in a gazillion different patters (you can even get it customized!)
8 - Nike Icon 2-in-1 Mesh Shorts * BY FAR my most absolutely favorite running shorts.  They don't ride up in undesirable places, they keep you cool and they keep you covered. Plus, they come in tons of awesome color combinations!  (I have 4 pairs!)

Jen definitely put me to shame as far as time is concerned, but I'm still proud of myself for doing it and finishing without being picked up by the lagger collection golf cart and dumped at the finish line. So yay for me!  My friend, Cailtin, from work, joined us. The three of us, plus some family celebrated by binging on breakfast afterwards.  Item #1 checked off of our new year's resolution list! 

Being at the starting line was definitely the most exhilerating.  Jen has a funny story about my false start (which consisted of me yelping, jumping up in the air and taking off running while everyone stood still.)  I was a little anxious... 

I'm glad I did it.  I did learn, however, that I just do not enjoy distance running.  I like going fast.. and I can't do that if I have to pace myself.  I'd rather go all-out for a short period of time and then collapse.  I wonder what that says about my psyche?  Interesting.

Anyone else running any 5Ks or marathons this summer?  We'd love to hear about it!


  1. Glad you clarified each one...for a moment, thought the ear phones was a pretty jump! Your mom is still older than me :)

  2. Thanks for the gear tips. I'm currently training for a half marathon and I know what you mean about the distance. I'm up to 11 miles and it gets old after a while. For me, good music keeps me going.


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