Believe it or not, in the five years that I've been blogging (and running!) I've never put together a running gear gift guide for the holidays. But there's a first time for everything, right? And this year I decided that it's time to finally share some of my favorite gear items with y'all — aka, the best gifts for runners of all types! Whether you're a non-runner shopping for the running fanatic in your life or you're a runner yourself on the hunt for the best gear and accessories (for yourself, or a friend or family member!), I promise that each of these items will spark excitement because I've tested each one and use them all on a regular basis (and by regular basis I mean, most of these things I've been using for years).
Cookies, stuffing, pie, and more cookies ... Can we all just agree that holiday recipes are the best kinds of recipes? Honestly, what types of food, aside from maybe pizza, are more enjoyable? And because they're mostly reserved for this special time of year, they're just that much better.
Most runners are no stranger to aches, pains and, unfortunately, full-fledged injuries. Most runners also know that it's hard to determine when something that feels off is a cause for concern, versus when it's simply part of normal fatigue that can be remedied without much fuss.
I had this very problem during my most recent training cycle. One day, all of a sudden, after I stood up from my desk I noticed a strange pain in my right calf. I was confused because there had been no sign of this at any time while I was running.
Since my 2016 NYC Marathon race didn't go as great as I hoped that it would, I'm not quite sure where exactly to start my recap, but I guess the beginning of the day is the most logical. So here I go...
My last running playlist update was at the beginning of the summer, so this one is certainly long overdue. I've added a good amount of songs to my running repertoire since then. Plus, I also want to share my 2016 NYC Marathon Playlist.
Ladies and gents, it's that time during training: the marathon taper ... and I have officially gone bonkers.
Even though this year's NYC Marathon is my second, this is actually my first time experiencing the bumpy, winding, loop-de-looping roller coaster known as the marathon taper madness.
You could call me what some would refer to as an "introvert."
I've always enjoyed my "me time." When I was younger I would plop myself down in the playroom and I could easily entertain myself for hours on end with Barbie, Ken, baby Kelly and their new RV camper, complete with built-in bunk beds and a Barbie barbecue. I was perfectly content exploring my imagination and creating fairytale worlds of my own. I didn't need a say from anyone else.