June 7 marks the date of Global Running Day, a worldwide initiative to get people out and running. Just for the love of it.
Obviously, I convinced the guys that they wanted to go for a quick mile with me this morning (I had done five yesterday and we only had a few minutes between rainstorms to get it done).
And so we celebrated with 1.25 family miles. Yay us!
In honor of the big day, I’m going to share some of my running favorites
Favorite running shoes:
Right now, I am rotating between three pairs of shoes:
The Adidas Supernova ST, Mizuno Wave Inspire 12 and Brooks Adrenaline GTS 17 (Rock ‘n’ Roll edition). They are all stability shoes (and I wear my Superfeet Berry inserts in all three of them), but I like to mix it up, and have had great success with all three of them. The Boost cushion in the Supernova ST has been great for my longer runs when my right glute gives me issues, and the Adrenalines are always just fun to wear. My Inspires are my workhorses – I’ve been wearing variations of them religiously for five years and think they will always hold a special place in my heart.
Favorite running gear:
There are several pieces of gear I can’t be without.
- Garmin Forerunner 735 – it’s a multi sport watch (read: triathlon), with built in heart rate monitor, capable of timing my intervals. I love it to the moon and back. It was a bit of a splurge but very worth it for me.
- ArmPocket Mega i40 – Carrying my phone is a non-negotiable, both for safety and for music. My ArmPocket is incredibly comfortable and holds my device, cards and cash, and even a gel packet. It doesn’t chafe or slip and it’s easy to clean in the washing machine or dishwasher when needed.
- AfterShokz Sportz Titanium – I won a pair of these bone conduction headphones on a BibRave Twitter chat, and they have replaced my regular ear buds on the run. Not only are they comfortable, but they allow me to hear my music or podcast without blocking out ambient noise.
- Goodr Sunglasses – I bought a pair of these on a whim and have been in love. For only $25, I have a pair of lightweight, durable, polarized glasses that don’t slip or fog. They are also great for cycling and beach days.
Favorite race distance:
I’m still holding at 10K, but the half marathon is creeping up on it. I’ve taken a little bit of the pressure off myself as far as pace is concerned, and somehow, it’s allowing me to enjoy the 13.1 distance more.
Favorite medal of the year:
So far, I would have to say my Publix Savannah Women’s Half Marathon medal.
I had a really hard time at this event in 2016, eventually dropping from the half marathon to the 5K due to injury. In 2017, I desperately needed to finish the entire distance. And, with the company of some lovely friends, I did!
Favorite Race Experience of 2017 So Far:
The DONNA Marathon Relay. Hands down. While I wish I had been feeling better, and now have a better plan for doing it next year (as far as cheering on and meeting up with teammates), I couldn’t get over how amazing this local favorite was. I am actually considering stepping up for the half marathon in 2018.
Things I Wouldn’t Have Attempted Without Running:
I have talked about how running has really boosted my self-confidence and given me the courage to try new things.
This year, I’ve gone to a barre class,
attempted an aerial class,
and took on my first sprint triathlon.
Without running, I would never have had the faith in myself to overcome my fears and doubts and try any of this.
Most Anticipated Race of 2017:
The Space Coast Half Marathon. This will be my fifth year of this half marathon. It also means I will complete the Intergalactic Challenge (five years, five half marathon, seven medals).
I have loved this race, but I’m also looking forward to trying something new and opening a spot on my calendar (especially over Thanksgiving weekend). It’s going to be hard to say no to the next series (The Next Generation), but there are other races to be run.
Future Running Goals:
I really want to run a race in every state. It can be anything from a 5K to a relay – just so long as there are 50 of them. As of right now, I have four: Florida, Georgia, Pennsylvania and Virginia. I struggle because there are so many great races in the Florida/Georgia area (and Florida is HUGE), but I will get there.
How did you celebrate Global Running Day?
What are some things you love most about running? Share whatever you like!
(There are no affiliate links in this post. Links are provided for reader’s reference. Some of the items and race entries mentioned above were gifted to me at an earlier date, but they are all products I love and use regularly. As always, all opinions are my own.)