Wish List

The nice thing about running is that you don’t need much to get started. A pair of shoes and some comfy clothes are all you really need. And for the most part, that’s all I’ve had. I did invest in a water bottle with a pouch for my stuff, Mom got me a fuel belt with even more pockets, and I always have my Sansa clip with me. I’ve picked up a few shirts (mostly from races) and some new shorts (they were on sale, I couldn’t resist), but that’s kinda it. Now, I’m also going to try out triathlons, and I’ll need a few more things for that, but again, not a ton. A bike, a helmet, a swimsuit, some goggles, and you can make a go of it.

But there are lots of things that I could have and, I’ll be honest, there are some of them that I really want.

Running Watch

Right now, I have a simple digital watch that has a stopwatch function. It technically also has a single lap feature, but I don’t entirely understand it (the instructions weren’t very clear). The downside is the stopwatch function only goes up to 60 minutes, which is slightly less than helpful for my longer races. I bought it on clearance for $3.24, so I wasn’t expecting a whole lot, and it has met those expectations wonderfully. I really just wanted to be able to keep track of my running times and distances a little more accurately. So I track the time with my stopwatch function, and I map my runs out on dailymile.com. I’ve also tried using different apps for my phone that track your running, like mapmyrun and runtastic. It works, but it’s a lot of little steps. And as we all know by now, I’m lazy. I want one-stop-shopping. So I’ve been eye-balling a Garmin.

The most important thing is that it is green. I don't want it to feel left out.

One option is the Garmin 405. From Garmin’s website:
Loaded with serious training features, Forerunner 405 continuously monitors your time, distance, pace, calories and heart rate (when paired with heart rate monitor). Each run is stored in memory so you can review and analyze the data to see how you’ve improved. You even can download recorded courses to compete against previous workouts or race a Virtual Partner®. Customize Forerunner’s data screens for instant feedback while you train.

So, it keeps track of all the stuff that I want, some others that I hadn’t really thought about yet, and it will automatically transfer all this information directly to my computer for me? Excellent! The downsides: it is only for running, and my laziness is a bit costly. This particular model sells for $220.  That green coloring must be really expensive.

If I want something less expensive, soleus has recently gotten in on the gps market:

At $99, it’s by far the cheapest, and I would still be doing the data entry myself. Which I have gotten very good at, by the way.

But wait! What about the swimming and biking? If I want to track that too, I’ll need something more like the 310XT:

Quite a bit more powerful, not nearly as pretty. Superficial, I know. Sue me.

About the 310XT:
Finally, a GPS-enabled training device that isn’t afraid of the water. The rugged Forerunner 310XT is the triathlete’s indispensable training tool — a GPS-enabled trainer that is water-resistant to 164 ft (50 m), tracks data in multiple sport modes and sends it wirelessly to your computer. This multisport device has up to 20 hours of battery life, tracks distance, pace and heart rate¹ on land, and goes from wrist to bike in seconds.

Or, if I really wanted to go all out, I’d get the 910XT at $450.

Sleek and sexy. The LBD of the gps-watch world.

Ultimately, it’s going to come down to how much Hubby lets me spend.  Anybody know a good sugar daddy?
(Dear Garmin, you’re welcome for the mini-commercial.)

New Sunglasses

Here’s another tidbit that I really shouldn’t admit to. I am hell on sunglasses. I usually have 2-3 pairs floating around because they will all end up lost or broken at some point in their lives with me. Thus, I generally don’t buy nice things. Right now, my primary pair are my ‘Hollywood’ glasses. I am totally a rock star when I wear these.

Cheap and gaudy. Just my style.

As awesome as these are, they are just no match for the humidity that my face produces while running. If there’s not a nice breeze coming through, instead of feeling glamorous, I feel like Stevie Wonder (not that Stevie isn’t glamorous). I have also somewhat recently found out that having polarized sunglasses really does make a difference. I had a pair of sport-style sunglasses that were polarized, and they were fantastic. It was kinda hard to go back to the Hollywood’s after they met an unfortunate end under my foot. Don’t ask, I don’t like to talk about it.

New Shoes

Back in May, just before Capital City, I bought a new pair of shoes. They are Asics Gel-Enduro 6’s. They were great shoes and I wore the hell out of them for almost all my running. They were replaced with the Gel-Enduro 7, which wasn’t quite as great. Don’t get me wrong, they got the job done. I just never quite loved them like I loved the 6’s. Now it’s getting to be time for a new pair. And this time, I would like something a little more flashy. Cause that’s how I roll (see Hollywood above).

With Nike and Reebok, you can do a lot of customization now, i.e. I can make them as green as I want, which will always be a bonus for me. But I really have liked the Asics, and they do have some green models. And it would probably be a good idea to have a couple pairs of shoes in rotation so that I’m not always beating down the same pair.  Not entirely sure that line of reasoning is going to convince the Hubby, but we’ll see.

Compression Socks

It used to be compression stockings were only for old people with circulation problems. Times have changed, and athletes the world over are jumping on the bandwagon of compression gear. There’s been a lot of talk about how it helps with performance, as well as recovery. Funny thing is, there’s not a lot of solid research to back up these claims. A lot of it seems to be speculation and reasoning. For example, compression socks help to insulate the muscles of your legs, and warm tissue has better blood circulation, which means better oxygenation to the tissues, which means better performance and shorter recovery periods. It is a logical train of thought, and may be correct, but the studies just aren’t backing it up scientifically. That being said, everyone that I have talked to that uses them swears by them. Can’t live without them. This has been backed up by the other blogs that I stalk follow. And I am still occasionally battling super tight calf muscles and am happy to take any advantage I can get.  And most importantly of all….

That's right...

Unfortunately, these are another costly item at around $60, though I have seen them on sale here and there.  Cute, but sadly not going to be on the top of the priority list.


Running Apparel

Dressing for a run or workout of any sort should not only be functional, but also a personal statement. The sort of statement that says “I love Green.” (no judging). There are so many options! Shorts, pants, skirts, headbands, socks, arm sleeves, and most of these in any color you want (although mostly in pink, if you’re in to that sort of thing.)  Not gonna lie, I really want to try out a running skirt, or skort, or whatever. Something that prevents my inner thighs from starting a fire and is super cute.  Functional and fashionable.

No forest fires here. Safety first, people.

Wireless Headphones

I am not a big fan of wires. Anyone that is as hard on things as I am doesn’t need extra pieces to break or lose.  The wires for my headphones are always in my way.  I can’t tell you how many earbuds I’ve lost, or how many times I’ve yanked them out of my ears, or even better, managed to throw my clip to the ground.  Sadly, I have a major obstacle to becoming free of wires. Namely, my sansa clip is not bluetooth enabled.  No sansa product is. And this makes me very sad because I very much love my sansa. It takes a beating like no other piece of equipment I own.  I hate to replace it, but the wires are making me crazy.  My other options are very limited. There aren’t that many bluetooth enabled mp3 players out there. I looked, and I wasn’t very impressed. Until I found this:

Where have you been all my life?

All in one mp3 player. 4GB for $80, and no wires!  This may be the most genius thing I have ever seen. I must have it.

Whew! That’s a lot of money I’m looking to spend, and I haven’t gotten to the triathlon end of things. Man, can I pick expensive hobbies!

Anything else you think I should look into?

Ambushed

Ambushed by the common cold.
Ambushed by 900 pounds of stupid.
Ambushed by a bum knee.
Ambushed by my own ambition.
And finally, ambushed by my husband.

It’s no secret that I am sorely lacking in the consistency department. It doesn’t take much to derail me. I will spend a ridiculously long time planning, and not as much time doing. Right about the time I finally got it together, my world imploded.

First I was struck down by “the funk.” It had been going around, I’d been ducking and weaving trying desperately to avoid it, but it would not be denied.  On and off sore throat (which I am a total baby about), lots of restless nights, a decent handicap in the breathing department, and a stunted reaction time.  I blame that last one for my next unfortunate event.

Anyone that doesn’t know what “900 pounds of stupid” meant probably doesn’t deal with horses much.  A spooky horse with a tendency to dance around if not happy, and my depleted faculties = nearly broken foot.  And a lot of colorful cursing.  Even though this blog tends to stay on the G/PG side of the scale, I am a great lover of the F-bomb.   Nothing is quite as expressive as a well timed F-er.  And on this night it was used frequently and with great vigor.  Fortunately my foot was only “nearly” broken, and not “broken” broken.  That would have been all sorts of bad.  Although that knowledge didn’t make it hurt any less, or any easier to run on.

Not my first choice of tattoo. Just too plain.

It took a good 2 weeks before my toe stopped hurting enough to workout for any length of time, and even then the workouts weren’t much (read: not nearly enough to keep on track).  It’s also gotten colder.  Not as cold as normal for Ohio, but still below freezing more days than not (or at least really close to freezing).  Which has not made my knee very happy.  I was concerned about this being a problem, tendonitis in my knee is usual a problem in the cold weather.  So just as I got my toe back on the program, my knee bailed. This time, not quite enough to totally derail me, but enough to make it very discouraging to see that even though I was doing something, it was  not as much as I wanted/needed to be doing.

And that is my own fault for taking too big a bite. To go from running 2-3 times a week to suddenly trying to do 2 workouts a day, 6 days a week is beyond excessive.  Sometimes my ambition is too big even for me. It just wasn’t realistic. I needed to be easing into more, not jumping in head first.

And finally, about a week ago now, as the Hubby and I were getting ready for bed, I mentioned that I needed to try to get a workout in the next day. And the Hubby looked over and says “I’m glad that you mentioned that….What time are you getting up tomorrow?”

Busted.

In my weeks of apathy and laziness thinly blamed on illness and injury, I had not been getting up when I needed to.  So since then, we have slowly been working the alarm clock back to a time suitable for working out in the morning.  I’ve been getting some workouts in during lunchtime at work, but sometimes it’s just not enough time to get done the time/distance that I’m trying for.

So this week is back to the (newly edited) plan.  I’ve taken too much time off to just jump right back in to where I should be.  I’ve mostly kept up with the running portion, but for the tri training, I’m going to have to mostly start over.  And that, boys and girls, is why you start early. So you have time to learn and adjust.

Game back on.