I'm in Week Two of the C25K plan, and I've already learned a lot about myself and running. First of all, I do a lot better waking up "early" and running. A couple of days when the weather was really nice I didn't go running until about 11 am, and I didn't feel very good. I got too hot, even though the weather was nice, and I just didn't feel as strong as I do when I get up around 8 am. I also think that when I sleep as late as I want to I feel groggy when I do get up, and that makes running more difficult.
I also have to eat something before I go. Nothing big, but I need to have something in my stomach before I go. I also have to drink a glass of water. While I get the dogs up and going I eat and drink, and then I'm ready for my run!
I also prefer the gravelly shaded trail over the paved open trail. Obviously the shaded trail is nice because it's, well, shaded! I also really like running on the gravel as opposed to on pavement. It's so nice to have both of those options so close to my house. I can walk to both trails, and they're right by each other, so as I get farther into my training and closer to my half I can utilize both trails. If I do both trails it's a total of about 10 miles. That's really great for whenever I actually have the ability to run that much.
Now for my gear. I can't tell you how much I love the C25K app. If you have an iPhone or an iPod Touch and you want to do run, I highly recommend it. I always run with my iPhone and use that app. The makers of that app also have the Bridge to 10K as an app, so I already downloaded it! It's been great to have.
I can't tell you how much I love my running shoes. I wear Brooks Addiction 9 women's running shoes, and they are great. I went to Bloomington Running Company, and while I was nervous about it, I got "custom fitted" for shoes. I was worried that the shoes would end up being really expensive, but they weren't. They were only $100. If you want to run you must get good shoes, and I highly recommend going to a legit running store and getting fitted.
I run with a Camelback Delaney Plus water belt, and I am learning to love it. It's pretty lightweight and breathes well, so I don't have too much added sweat because of it. I am slower with it, by two minutes. However, I have issues with hydration and sweat, so I have to have it. Otherwise I will pass out. And passing out is a whole lot worse than wearing a dorky water belt. So, I've really gotten used to it, and it's comfortable. I'm pretty sure I look ridiculous with it, but I don't care. It's a necessity for me. And Justin found it on sale online, Steep and Cheap I'm pretty sure, for about $20! It retails for about $40.
These compression socks are supposed to get here tomorrow. I'm pretty sure they are a really smart purchase. I got them because some of my other running friends can't live without them, and my husband loves them after cycling. I got these for about $20 a piece too, because Justin gets a discount because of the bike shop! I love getting things for cheaper than retail.
Now I need to get a running visor and some sweatbands. I sweat. A lot. I'm sure I look amazing after I run, what with my cheeks as red as a tomato, sweat running down my entire body, and my awesome camelback strapped to my waist. And I've only gone 2 miles and walked half the time. :) Oh well- genetics! What can I do?
So, it's your turn! What gear do you run with? Anything I should add to my arsenal?