Gear from a double
I feel like I’m repeating myself but since I’m wading through my email and repeatedly get the “where’s that from? what brand is that?” emails, I’ll go over all my stuff from the weekend. If I’m a broken record, just turn me off. or throw me out the window.
Y’all probably know since I’ve said it a 100 times but for both races, I wore 26.2 Apparel shirt and shorts.
I actually planned to wear the pink in NYC but forgot at 4:30am when I was getting dressed for Savannah.
The one thing I’ve noticed is that the 26.2 Apparel is a closer to the body, more feminine fit than say, Nike Tempo shorts and shirt. I personally like the slightly snugger fit, but if you prefer baggy, go with the Tempos. or a size up.
(I’m not completely sure but the code RUNSKINNY might still work for 30% off and free shipping)
In both races, I wore BIC Bands headbands:
(Besides the sparkles, these two are my favorite that I own)
I love Sandy, the owner; I love that she started making the bands out of her house as a way to fundraise for charity and I love that since then she has stayed true to that and donates to charity from the sale of every band.
Also, in both races I wore a SPIbelt:
I don’t usually wear a belt and prefer not to, but it’s nice if I’m bringing my phone to find Jaymo after the race. This is the one I have. During NYC, I had my phone, 2 GU’s, credit card, metrocard, hotel key and some cash in there.
In New York I wore a pair of Lululemon compression socks that I bought on clearance at a Lulu outlet in Washington for $9. This is one of only 2 clearance Lulu items that I own. (I looked online and couldn’t find them)
I also wore a pair of Nike arm warmers in NYC that I bought at last year’s expo; it turned out to be way too hot for these, but the great thing about arm warmers is that you can easily roll them down which I did at mile 2.
You can get them here for about $22. I’ve never had any issue with them falling down or slipping, but I would buy a smaller size so they’re nice and tight on your arms. and then you look like you have bulging muscles.
For shoes I wore my new Mizuno Wave Rider 14’s and honestly, not a fan. So glad I bought 3 pairs…
Mizuno changed the shoe from the 13 and it sounds like no one really liked the changes so the 15′s went back to normal, as far as I understand it. The shoes rubbed on my ankle – the only thing that hurt throughout the 2 marathons! I’m going to try to take a knife and shave the side down. <– That doesn’t even sound like it’s going to work.
Ever since I got serious about having “good” running gear (shoes specifically) I have only run in 1 brand of socks: Drymax. I don’t run in anything else. I bought my first 6 pairs through Amazon: two years and about 4,000 miles later, I still haven’t worn out a single pair. Some look pretty hard but no holes.
As part of my prize for being the first female at the Paso Robles Marathon, I received 6 pairs of Drymax socks – so excited about this. Bob from Drymax was nice enough to send me even a few more pairs to try out:
In between races I wore a pair of Aspaeris compression shorts under my clothes and they worked great – my hips and thighs weren’t sore at all and the shorts were super comfortable.
I liked that I could wear these under normal black pants and not look like I was wearing long johns or have that awkward indentation mark where they’re cutting into your leg fat. not cute.
I bought a pair of Tory Burch Reva flats at Nordstrom Rack on super sale; (I saw another girl on the plane ride home last night wearing them too, hope she didn’t pay anywhere near full price) these shoes are like ballet slippers, really comfortable and great for walking around it.
The only thing is that I had to wear socks with them or else I’d get a blister. But besides my running shoes, I didn’t even pack another pair of shoes.
I only brought 2 pair of comfy pants with me: a pair of Forever 21 stretch jeans and a pair of black stretch pants from Target.
I think these are similar to the jeans; I bought mine for $10.50 and I don’t think they flare quite as much, but these things are really comfortable and affordable.
These are the pants from Target – just be aware they stretch out, I would have bought a smaller size had I known.
Since we were traveling like circus folk all weekend, I didn’t even bring a purse, just my carryon bag which is really a Coach diaper bag. sexy, I know.
I bought this bag in college as a book bag and it’s done right by me all these years. It was a BIG purchase at the time, but it has almost no wear on it and I’ve gone Mike Tyson on this thing and beat it up.
The great thing about having it in NYC was that I could throw my water bottle in there, any purchases we made, an extra jacket, etc and still have lots of room. And then when it got heavy, I made Jaymo carry it.
If you have any more questions from the weekend, ask in the comments or email me firstname.lastname@example.org and I’ll do a Y A/I A post.