I’m in my second week of bootcamp and when I leave my house at about 5:45 am has been pitch black. Today on my way to bootcamp there was a glimmer of light….I know it’s only February but I feel spring in the air, the early morning light is just the start. The temperatures are also increasing, the highs in the 40’s and 50’s through the weekend, leaving me optimistic that I may actually get outside for some of my half marathon training. On a sad note my last day of bootcamp is tomorrow and although I will miss it, I don’t think I could properly train for the half marathon while doing such intense workouts, so I will say goodbye to bootcamp for awhile after tomorrow’s class.
These are two of my training essentials:
My number one training essential especially for running outdoors is my Garmin, it tracks not only distance but also shows my pace and much, much more. I had a little scare yesterday when I went to get my Garmin and I couldn’t find it anywhere. I always leave it either on my nightstand or my dresser and it wasn’t in either place. Now I do have a 2 year old who likes to touch everything, especially electronics like my ipad that she takes all the time if I leave it within her reach. On the verge of panicking that my very expensive Garmin is now lost forever my husband and I searched our room without success. I continued to tear my room and Abby’s room apart after my husbandleft for work and I finally find it under my bed in between a couple of boxes….Thank god!!! My Garmin is my lifeline for outside I running because I can just run without tracking a specific route for mileage, the mileage just shows up right on wrist along with my current pace. I would have been lost without it!
My number two training essential is my ipod Nano. This is especially useful on the treadmill because I get bored so easily and good music can make the boring treadmill workout much more bearable. I do use it when I run outside but I usually keep it very low or one ear bud out for safety reasons. I don’t think blasting music in your ears while running outdoors is safe, you need to be aware of your surroundings to avoid getting hurt.
My third training essential is a training log to monitor my progress. I’m debating whether to use paper versus electronic. Any suggestions?
What training essentials do you use when you run?