Join me in running.  Whatever your goal, just make one and we'll work towards them together.

For more insight into why I run, check out this post:  why I run.

Upcoming Races 2011:

March 12, 2011:  Irish for a Day Run, Minneapolis MN

September 18th, 2011:  Fox Cities Marathon, Appleton WI

More 5k's, 10k's and half marathons to be determined!

Check out my training:

Map my Run

Favorite Gear/Clothing:

Shoes:  Asics Gel Nimbus series
Started with #9, now running with #12


                 I really like my Nike Filament Running Capris.
                 They not only fit well but they also do NOT ride
                up if you know what I mean and they're flattering.

For socks I love my Smartwool running socks.
They are very cushy and very comfortable.
I also really like my Under Armour socks, but
they are pretty thin.

And as far as shorts, I'm a Nike Tempo lover.
They are super comfy, roomy, and long enough
in between the legs, no chafing or discomfort.

Sports Bras:  I like moving comfort and nike
T-shirts:  I like nike, champion, target...almost anything works here.
Long Sleeve tops:  I love 3/4 zip tops almost anytime even when not running, but i love my nike ones especially the ones with thumb holes.

As far as other gear goes:

I used to run with a Nathan waist pack for hydration and holding my keys/phone/etc. but for Christmas I received the Camelbak Annadel pak which I am super excited to try out on my long runs for marathon training.  I've heard lots of great things and I'm excited to be able to store things and wear it lightly on my back.  Plus it seems as if it will be easier to drink out of.

I also always leave the house with these for short and longer runs:
  • inhaler and spacer
  • i-phone for pandora listening/headphones
  • visor, not a hat, just a visor...I like it better:)
  • keys
  • polar f11 heart rate monitor...I'd love a Garmin 205/305 but it's hard to part with the $$
By the way you don't need any of this to get started running, well except for shoes and some sort of clothing:) When I started I just wore what I had but as soon as I started running more and further the difference in material really made running more comfortable. Plus running gear usually lasts a long time.  As far as shoes go, I would highly recommend going and being fitted for the shoe for you.  I can't stress this enough.  Great stores to try for fittings:
  • Running Room (various locations)
  • Tc Running (Eden Prairie)
  • Marathon Sports (Minneapolis)

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