In honor of the upcoming Newport Marathon, here are the latest things I’m loving during this training cycle:
Oiselle’s Scantron Tank and Distance Shorts
A fun reward for dedicated training? New running duds from Oiselle (pronounced “wah-ZELL”–it’s French for “bird”).
I love my Oiselle Distance Shorts in this bright, light green color (“Fresh Green”) for spring. I’ve extolled the virtues of these shorts before, but they truly are perfect shorts for marathons and long runs. They are one of the best training partners a gal could ask for: they don’t ride up, they don’t chafe, they’re super light, they dry in a flash, and they have three pockets (including a huuuge back pocket that can fit several gels and could probably fit even a teacup poodle if one was so inclined).
I also really like my new Oisellle Scantron Tank. It’s light and stretchy, fitted but not clingy. It skims my midsection instead of hugging my mama belly, which I greatly appreciate. And it has a subtle pattern in the fabric–like those multiple choice testing forms from college–hence the name. I love the blue color I purchased, but really want to get it in Fresh Green, too.
The ladies at Oiselle (it’s woman-owned and -run, which is also super cool) have running apparel design figured out. They make functional and stylish running clothes that I love to wear.
I love this song. I heard it for the first time a couple of weeks ago and downloaded it from iTunes almost immediately. Since then, I think I’ve listened to it a hundred times. Okay, not that many times, but a lot. This song is going to receive strategic placement on my race playlist.
My new Mizuno Wave Inspire 10s
I didn’t think I could find the perfect pair of stability running shoes: something that would keep me from over-pronating but was still light. I love my Mizuno Wave Elixirs, but Mizuno discontinued them and, moreover, they just simply aren’t enough shoe for me to use day in and day out or on long runs.
My workhorse shoes before finding the new Inspires were Brooks Adrenaline GTS 13s, but I’ve never been in love with them; they’re too heavy and bulky. Enter the Inspire 10, redesigned last year to have slightly less motion control than the 9 (which I had tried, and which didn’t work for me). Love! They are light and still manage to keep my flat feet from rolling in. I use them pretty much every day now, so I’m going to kiss my Adrenalines goodbye.
Oh–and my cat loves them, too.
The Blow Pro Perfect Hair Wrap and Shower Cap
I recently found this sweet little package on a Costco run and bought it on a whim. I have extremely thick hair that takes forever to dry and I take showers all the time (slight exaggeration) due to running. I figured it was worth a try at only $9.99. And it totally works!
The microfiber towel turban is very absorbent and my hair blow-dries in a snap after pre-drying with the towel. I also like the terrycloth-lined shower cap, although not as much as the towel. I don’t have as much use for the cap but when I’ve used it it has kept my hair from frizzing. I liked this product so much that I bought a set for my daughter.
She feels like a movie star when she wears the turban.
I just learned about Songza, a free music app that suggests certain playlists for the time of day or your current mood or activity. Of course it has several workout playlists (although, weirdly, no running playlist), but what’s funny are the other, less-typical playlists. Songza’s suggestions when I accessed it around 12:25 a.m.:
The “Bedtime” playlist is expected, and the different kinds of parties are clever, but “Getting High”? Ha!
Also, the top listing for playlists to suit one’s current activity:
Good to know I can count on Songza to connect me with the perfect playlist for when I decide to quit my job and become a stripper.
Funny playlists aside, the music on Songza is newer-to-me than most on Pandora or iTunes Radio, which I appreciate. I’ve run with Songza and enjoy the new music it offers because if prevents boredom on those days when I feel I’ve run the same route a million times. I also like the app because there aren’t any audio ads, which annoy me on Pandora (for which I don’t pay a subscription fee).
Hellooooo… Why did nobody tell me that watermelon-flavored Nuun is the bomb-diggity? Normally I find watermelon-flavored anything unsavory–real watermelon excepted–but Nuun nailed the flavor here and it is my new favorite flavor (Cherry Limeade and grape run a close second and third, respectively).
Spirit of the Marathon (2007)
Do you run? Do you run marathons or want to? Have you seen this movie?
I watched Spirit of the Marathon last year when I was planning to run the Chicago Marathon (where the documentary is set) and I was thoroughly inspired. I ended up dropping out of Chicago due to injury but ended up training for (and running) the New York City Marathon and watched it again. And again. And again. This training cycle, I’ve already watched it once, and I know I will watch it at least one more time before Newport.
I love the stories of the runners in this documentary–from the novices (the student and the single mother) to the vets (the guy trying to qualify for Boston and the man in his 70s) to the pros (Daniel Njenga and Deena Kastor). Despite repeated viewings, it never bores me and it always inspires me. Every time I watch it, my heart beats rapidly as I root for Deena Kastor to maintain her lead to win the race even though I already know the outcome.
I recently viewed Spirit of The Marathon II (2013) and, while it’s inspirational, it’s not as special to me as the first in the series. Spirit of the Marathon (2007) will always be my go-to for pre-race inspiration.
Hmm. I think I’ll go watch it again right now.
What are you loving right now?
[Note: All opinions about these products are my own. I am not compensated in any way for saying positive things about these products. I really, truly love them–with no strings attached.]