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NYCM Race Essentials and a Giveaway

Categories: Compression Socks, Fuel Strategy, Giveaways, New York City Marathon, Running Gear

We all know to bring running shoes to a race….and something to wear….maybe the Garmin….or a playlist. But why is it so stressful to pack for a destination race? Honestly I’ve been throwing stuff on a heap all week so I don’t feel like I’m behind the 8-ball. Here are a few of the things you’ll find in my bag bound for NYC:


1. Plane Snacks aka Peanut Butter-Filled Pretzels: When I run a marathon, snacks get less fibrous and a little more salty. I’ve been dragging Trader Joe’s PB Pretzels to destination races since Boston, 2009. You could say it’s a tradition.


2. SOS Rehydrate: I reviewed this here not too long ago. In my electrolyte epiphany last spring, I realized the crappy feeling of death I often experience near the end of hot races is a result of not improper fueling necessarily, but electrolyte imbalance. While it looks like NYC will be on the chilly side (insert happy dance) I’m not taking any chances. This stuff rocks without being overly sweet.


3. GU: The fuel plan is to alternate between Salted Caramel and Caramel Macchiato GU. Because marathons should be fun and these flavors are a party in my mouth. In the final miles I’ll rely on tried and true Honey Stinger Chews as an amuse bouche. I suspect I’ll need all the amusement I can get at that point.

SD Supps

4. SD Supplements: DIM and BCAAs: These two supps were a game changer for me. The Caveman will have them waiting for me at the finish line. I run stronger and recover better with them, I swear. BCAAs help me recover faster by reducing muscle inflammation and soreness. DIM is a hormone balancer. As I’ve aged, I run (and feel) better or worse based on hormonal fluctuations. DIM helps smooth that out and I’ve noticed a huge overall improvement when I take it immediately after exercise.

CEP socks

5. CEP Progressive Run Socks. Last but not least, NYCM will not happen without these. I was invited to test these socks from the CEP Progressive Line by Insoles & Beyond. According to CEP, they’re designed especially for vital muscle groups below the knee, allowing greater energy, enhanced endurance and performance. I can vouch for the fact that they feel pretty darn great on, and my legs feel fresher after long runs. I love the compression aspect: snug where you want them to be and thick and plush in the heel, toe and ball of the foot. Plus the ultra-bright pink was way too cool to pass up. Rest assured I’ll be rocking some CEP compression on the plane ride home too.

WIN IT! One lucky reader will win a $50 store credit toward anything Insoles & Beyond sells. Choose from socks, sleeves, compression wear, insoles, you name it. This giveaway is open to EVERYONE! International friends you’re eligible to win too! Note: Giveaway prize has no cash value and can only be used to buy merchandise.

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Note: I was sent some of these products free of charge for review purposes, others I purchased on my own. All opinions, as always, are my own.


Seeding the Future

Categories: Goals, Marathhons

Just the other day, when I finished my final “pseudo long run” for NYCM, the caveman and I had a convo that went like this:
Me: “That went about as well as it could have.”
C: Once NYCM is done, you’re not running marathons anymore, right?”
Me: Well….nothing domestic appeals to me at the moment…
but if somehow the opportunity to run London or Berlin presented itself, I’d be all over that….”
C: When’s Berlin?

And there it was. The seeds for future epic adventures were planted. I know pulling off a marathon abroad will be no small task. Heck, it’s taken a village getting trained and shipping my glycogen-stoked carcass to NYC this weekend. I know the first step to getting there is getting the Caveman’s support. He didn’t argue with it and I know he filed it away. It may not (make that won’t) happen next year….but I’m going to give these seeds plenty of water and sunshine and who knows? Never say never, right?
How do you get your partner/family to support your plans and goals?

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