Getting ready for spring running? Here is a list of some of my favorite running gear, from shoes to skirts. Plus, looking forward to upcoming races.
It was a big day for my son (M). Two weekends ago, he ran his first 10k race, with my husband pacing him the whole way. It was a joy to see the two of them running together, even though a tiny twinge in my heart reminded me that M’s 8:07 pace meant that I can no longer keep up with him. But it was worth every moment, every mile and every twinge to see the huge smiles on both of their faces as they crossed the finish line.
Without a doubt, that was my favorite running thing in the past couple of weeks, but I do have a few other cool things to share with you.
With the weather starting to warm up (too slowly for some of you, I know…I promise I’m not trying to rub it in!), it’s becoming more important to make sure that I have plenty of water available for hydration. This hydration belt is one I’ve used for a couple of years. It has four bottles, with the option to add more, a place to store my key and phone (in case of emergency) and it comes in a variety of sizes.
Yep, this sounds about right…
In a little over two weeks, the four of us will jump on a plane and head to Boston for the marathon. As some of you may know, we were at the finish line last year to support my husband as he completed his second running of the storied marathon. There will be a different feel to it this year, of course. But the running community is strong and resilient and we will all be there to celebrate running and personal challenges…and we will be there to remember and honor those affected by the events of last year’s event.
Last year at the Boston Marathon expo, I bought my first skirt from Running Skirts and fell in love with their products. A couple of months ago, I bought this cute skirt and have been waiting for the weather to warm up to try it out.
After running in the same shoes for years, I’m switching things up a bit and trying something new. I slipped on this pair of Altra Zero Drop shoes for the first time this week. The first couple of runs were an adjustment, but I have to say that I am falling madly in love.
One of the key features of Altra shoes is the wide toe box, which allows the runner’s toes to splay naturally as they would if walking or running barefoot. After years of wearing a shoe with a smaller toe box, this felt strange at first. Now my feet are thanking me! I’ll be continuing to run in the shoes and increasing my mileage in them, and I’ll be sure to report back.
We are a family that runs together, so my husband will be trying out these Altras after running the Boston Marathon (he didn’t want to make a significant shoe switch pre-race).
My older son has fallen head over heels with his new Altras (yep, they make them for kids, too). He has logged quite a few miles in them already, and some shin pain that he experienced pre-new shoes has disappeared.
Do you have any favorite running gear or stories?
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