This week on Jessica and Jill's link-up, the Fit Dish, we're doing something that brought back those flat paper doll memories ... except we're talking workout clothes, sharing photos of our own wardrobe and I'm not a JC Penney's model from the 90's. This post contains affiliate links.
The night before a morning run or race, I lay out my clothes to save a little time after my morning alarm goes off.
Finding the right workout clothes is much harder in the morning (before drinking my coffee) and in the dark! That extra fumbling around increases my chances of waking up baby and/or toddler.
This was my "flat self" all ready to go for Saturday's 90-minute long run:
TANK: adidas Performance Women's Ultimate Tank Top
SHORTS: Under Armour Running Shorts
SPORTS BRA: Marika Tek sports bra from Sam's club. Yes, I bought my sports bra at the same place I buy my groceries. A deal is a deal!
SUNGLASSES: P52 Polarized Super Light Frame Sunglasses - This year I have finally started to wear sunglasses while I run and these are the best! They stay in place and don't make my nose sweat a ton. Downside is that they scratch easily.
WATCH: Garmin Forerunner 405 - My ancient and sometimes malfunctioning running watch bought back in 2011. That baby has been everywhere with me!
TUNES: Apple iPod nano (4th gen) - Another ancient artifact. Amazon informed me that this iPod is discontinued by the manufacturer (along with my watch).
FUEL: GU Energy Gels, Vanilla Bean - I take in one GU right before the run and then another one at 45 minutes in, always with water!
SHOE: Nike Flex Trainer 3 - These cross training shoes are my go-to for running on gravel roads. My Scott running shoes have an open-back design and the rocks that sneak in are really annoying!
Do I absolutely need all of that stuff for a long run? No. But having the "right stuff" does make running long distance more enjoyable! GU gels are much easier to carry around than PB&J sandwiches and listening to music or podcasts on my iPod helps me to ignore the fact that I'm tired.
For me, long runs are 80% mental and 20% physical workouts. Being prepared is one way to be mentally on top of your game before a key workout.
If my mind is in the right place, I can cover the miles - maybe slowly but surely - even if my legs feel like lead. So much of distance running (and life) is controlling your thoughts!
"Running long means drowning out the "I can't do this" voice in my head and pressing on one stride at a time." http://t.co/XX8QJazir2— Amy (@creativeaim87) August 4, 2015
Really, running is one big metaphor living a life of faith. Pushing your body to new limits isn't comfortable - just as living a life for Jesus isn't always comfortable (Matthew 10:22).
We press on because the prize is worth it. In running terms, crossing the finish or completing a workout is worth the (sometimes) temporary physical discomforts.
In the big, eternal picture, pressing through the troubles of this life is worth it because it leads to an eternity spent in God's presence. Now THAT'S worth it!
I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus. PHILIPPIANS 3:14
Wild Hog 1/2 Training Week 4
7/27 M - 4.1 mile run with speed intervals, 35:00. 400 m intervals @ 7:00-7:30/mile with 400m rest @ 8:30-9:00.
7/28 T - Strength training.
7/29 W - Off. Road trip with the little guys and my in-laws!
7/30 H - 4.94 mile tempo run, 40:00 @ 8:06/mile average.
7/31 F - 3 easy-effort miles with double jogging stroller, 31:30 @ 10:30/mile average.
8/1 S - 10.25 mile long run, 1:30 @ 8:47/mile average.
Total Mileage: 22.29 miles
How do you prep the night before morning workouts?
Linking up with the Fit Switch and Jill Conyers. #dishthefit