So here are a few of the things I love the most.
The Brooks Adrenaline GTS 11 is the best shoe for me. Bar none. I love these things!
I've had at least 15 pairs of Adrenalines over the years, and I can only remember one version of it that hasn't been great for me.
Love love love them.
You can snag a pair at Boulder Running Company. If you over pronate moderately like I do, that is.
I have been quite blessed to be able to "test run" a Nike SportWatch GPS unit. I love it!
I've learned that a hydration pack to carry water is completely necessary. Particularly for someone like me who over heats easily. I've carried mine on any run over 10 miles or so. Mine is the Nathan Speed 4 R Hydration Belt. It rocks.
I can carry a few gels, my car keys, my cell phone, and my ipod all in the back pocket. (Though all of those items are not usually with me at the same time!) I've been experimenting with my water-to-hydration drink ratio all summer, and so far 3 bottles of water to one bottle of hydration drink is my best formula. Particularly with 2 gels, 1/2 every 45 minutes. It feels heavy at first, but once you get going it becomes less noticeable. I can get the velcro quite tight across my hips which minimizes bounce.
Speaking of Gels, I've tried lots. So far, chocolate GU is my favorite. Its sweet and has caffeine, which works for me.
Luckily for me, I'm also a fan of PowerGels. I hear this is the brand that will be handed out at the aid stations along the course of the New York City Marathon. My favorite flavor so far is Kona Punch. Least favorite is Chocolate, incidentally. I found it to be bitter and odd tasting. Couldn't even finish it! PowerGel is much runnier, which I like. I think its easier to take that way, mid run. I've also tried ClifShot and HammerGel. HammerGel is my least favorite. It has the least amount of sugar, which could be seen as an advantage, but I just did not love it.
For my training schedule, I chose one of Hal Higdon's plans. So far, its been a good fit for me. With 6 weeks to go, I only have one very long run left. This past Friday was 19 miles. 19 miles seemed like a totally unachievable, completely impossible distance for me 3 months ago. Though it was tough, it is so good to be able to say I can run that far. I think that is the most rewarding part of all this...making the impossible happen.
And just because I can't resist, I thought I'd give up my secret weapon:
P.S. Another big thanks goes out to you lovely people who have sponsored miles! So far, the last five of my race miles are sponsored, which is AMAZING. Would you help me get all 26? You can sponsor a mile by clicking the PayPal donate button at the top right.