Favorite Workout Gear

I’m always curious to see what other people like to work out with.. don’t you?

So here’s my favorite things to get moving and stay healthy :)

I don’t know what I would do without my Garmin Forerunner 305. I use it running (obviously) and on my bike rides, and every other workout too! It’s the bomb. You can sign up with Garmin Connect and see all your workouts, elevation gain, speeds, heart rates.. and so much more. For an example : HERE is a bike ride I did awhile ago, with all the info, pretty cool hu?

 

Brooks adrenaline sneakers. I’ve learned this season that I need better support in my running sneakers… and these offer just that!

Prescription sunglasses.. I’ve been living in the dark since these things. I hate wearing contacts when I run or ride, so these things are like a God’s gift really. Rudy Project makes great stuff, nice and light, fits perfect and now they’re my everyday sunglasses too!

Ohh the foam roller. It’s a love-hate relationship. I never knew what it felt like until this past season when I went to Pysical Therapy for knee pain, turns out I had a tight hip flexor and really tight IT band. In came the foam roller to ease the pain and get me back on the bike.. Gosh I love that thing.

How do I fuel? Take a look. [yes it takes up almost a whole shelf in our pantry!] It’s part of the food pyramid in this house.

For cycling I got a new helmet, shoes and cleats this season and they were totally worth it! My Giro helmet is amazing- the vents are huge and fits awesome- no hot spots. The speedplay pedals are great, enough float and easy enough to clip in and out. And the shoes fit great.. stylish too ;) I was hesitant about buying them all online- but it’s so much easier and a little cheaper.

As for clothing..

I’m a big fan of these Lululemon shorts; why?- because they don’t ride up! They’re worth the extra $$ They’re really breathable, and not wicked short either. You get what you pay for!

Tops are these guys from Target- just basic T’s. They fit the bill- not too tight- long enough so it doesn’t ride up when you’re running all over the place and the sleeves are just the right length. Great for layering too. Oh and they’re cheap enough to get in a bunch of colors too!

what’s your favorite workout stuff? there’s so much more out there!

Three Amigo’s

Pre ride breakfast..

Time to gear up for another summit ride with three amigo’s; JB, PW and one of his students @ QT2. I was hesitant about riding with them.. I mean c-mon- three guys and me? But I kept up pretty good. They only had to stop for me twice. 54 miles later we made it home & my legs were toast! Here’s the Garmin profile of the summit ride up to Wachusett (the 3rd time in 2 months!). I haven’t been on a ride that long since mid-summer before my knee issues, so it was nice to be out there for a long-ish one! I forgot about my Hammer Perpetuem –> (the best part about long rides!) I should have made a serving of that- then they definitely wouldn’t have dropped me ;)

After the ride I went to pick up my new camera @ Best Buy. I finally decided to get a “REAL” camera, instead of using my phone for everything. I’ve always wanted to get a nice one for all my photo’s. The camera on phone is great, but not awesome.

So here it is:

time to play with it.. and I guess I’ll have to read the manual. (we all know I hate reading directions!) There’s so much to learn! I can’t wait to take it out :)

so..

Training plan for the Hyannis Half Marathon started this past monday, and it’s going GREAT so far :)

  • Monday- run 25 min
  • Tuesday- bike 2 hours
  • Wednesday- run 25 min
  • Thursday- OFF
  • Friday- run 28 with Courtney, & core work
  • Saturday- bike 3.5 hours
  • Sunday (tomorrow)- run 29 min

Hope the weather stays just like this for more biking and a lot more running outside!