Running Must Haves-April Favorites

Tastes like a PB&J sandwich!

Gels-My Spring Energy

I love this flavor in particular. And just look at those ingredients! (if it’s hard to see, it’s “basmati rice, banana, peanut butter, honey, molasses, orange juice, coconut oil, lecithin, chia seeds, vitamin c, citric acid, sea salt”) I made the switch to natural gels the end of summer 2018 and they have worked so much better for me. As a comparison, here’s the ingredients in the Gu brand gels “Maltodextrin, Water, Fructose, Leucine, Sea Salt, Citric Acid, Natural Flavor, Potassium Citrate, Sodium Citrate, Calcium Carbonate, Valine, Green Tea (Leaf) Extract (Contains Caffeine), Gellan Gum, Isoleucine, Sunflower Oil, Sodium Benzoate (Preservative), PotassiumSorbate (Preservative)”

Shorts-Mesh Over Miles 3”

I’ve always worn the Hotty Hot shorts by LuluLemon, but these have become a new favorite! They are so cute, the perfect length, no chafing, and so comfy. I just wish they had more colors!

Shoes-New Balance Fresh Foam Vongo V3, Hoka One One Ahari 3

I’ve worn New Balance for all three marathons, each with the Foot Chair insole. Last week I bought Ahari, wanting to try a shoe that wouldn’t need an insole. I ran 14 miles in them and so far so good! As training continues we’ll see if they’ll make the cut for the marathon. Otherwise I’ll stick with my New Balance. Side note-when buying Hoka’s I buy a half size smaller than my usual running shoe size.

Hydrate-nuun, Gatorade, liquid I.V.

I’ve been using Nuun and Liquid I.V. for a while now and love both. The next marathon I’m running is providing Gatorade Endurance at the aid stations so I’ve started using that on long runs

Protein shake-Maximum Vibrance greens, chocolate Vega protein powder, and MCT oil

I switch up my protein powders between Cricket protein (this one is the most pricey though, also make sure you buy a flavored one!! I love the chocolate flavor) and Bone Broth Protein (Also, do NOT buy the unflavored one, or the Tumeric one if you care about taste). I’ve tried different types of whey protein but it doesn’t agree with my stomach so I stick to the above.

Recovery-compression socks while sleeping, cryo therapy, roll recovery, foam rolling

            I have another post that talks more about how to ease muscle pain from running if you want to check it out 🙂

Snack-Popcorn and Perfect Bars

            I’ve become to addicted to all three these! The Activated ones are even good for you! I love a good guilt free snack.

I love the kids size Perfect Bar, unless I’m doing higher mileage, in which case the more food the better!

Books-Novels by Kate Morton, 26 marathons

I recently finished my second Kate Morton book called The Secret Keeper which I thought was really good. Her other book I read was The Forbidden Garden, both have nothing to do with running, but are great page turners! I’m currently reading 26 Marathons by Meb Keflezighi and am really liking it. This one is of course all about running. Very informative and inspiring! I also read Men for Mortals in 2017 and that one also has great info on becoming a better runner.

Views-San Diego

At Balboa Park

We’ve been in San Diego for over a week now and I have zero complaints about the run views

View of the Embarcadero!

Anti-Chafe-Blue Steel with tea tree oil

I’m obsessed with anything with tea tree oil! I have sensitive skin and this cream works great for chafing! In this post I talk more about anti-chafe options!

Pre-long run meal-Quinoa Oatmeal

Last year I had oatmeal way too often and got burnt out on it. After not eating it for over four months, I was ready to eat it again. I found this one with quinoa and really like it. I put cacao, stevia or honey, and a banana in it!

Sports bra-Brooks Juno bra, Nike Impact Strappy Bra

Brooks Juno is a bit easier to take off because it has the clasp, it’s very comfortable and I haven’t had any issues with chafing. I like the look of the Nike one better, however it is the WORST to take off. I wore it for my last marathon though and it worked great!

Hydration Pack-Osprey Duro Pack

I have an earlier post where I explain why the Osprey is my favorite hydration vest.

Socks-Zensah and Feetures

For medium to long runs I always wear the Zensah ankle compression sleeve, I also have been wearing their “3D Dotted Running Socks – Comfortable Anti-Blister Sock – Moisture Wicking Athletic Sock for Men and Women” on those runs and have been loving them. Feetures is also a great brand that I wear for shorter runs. However I have worn them during marathons before and I don’t have any complaints.

Nighttime drinks-Drink a cup of tea, followed by Magnesium and Triphala

All three help with digestion. Tumeric helps with inflammation and magnesium helps sore muscles.

Morning drink-Mudwatr

Mudwatr is a great alternative to coffee! So nutrient dense and only 15mg of caffeine. You could also mix it in with your coffee if you’re wanting that morning caffeine jolt. It’s kind of pricey and you can only buy it through their site. To help it last longer, I’ll switch between drinking Mudwatr and tea in the mornings.

Now time to get a start on May! Only one month till my next race 😮

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