It’s certainly not Christmas, or even my birthday, but I figured if anyone feels like buying me a present, I would at least make it easy for them. These are some running things that I have been eyeballing lately and hopefully sooner, rather than later I can take the plunge on a few of them. These things will make me faster, right?

What are some of your favorite running items?

Go Fast V-Neck Tee $34

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Long Roga Short $39

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Violet Roga Short $44

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Red Compression Socks $54

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ING Orange Shoe Laces $10

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Presto Short $39

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Chaturanga Yoga Knicker $49

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I’ve been trying to post more than once a week, but time is flying! I got back late last night from wonderful weekend in New Hampshire. The husband and I drove up Friday night, arrived around midnight, in bed by 1 and up 7 hours later. I kind of refuse to have my hair cut in New York, it’ s so dang expensive! And because of this, I haven’t had my hair cut since before the wedding. I went to my usual salon and had my good friend Christina cut it for me. We gossiped for a good hour before heading out to my sister in law’s graduation, which was about an hour away.

It was a beautiful day, which made all of the driving a bit easier. After the graduation, we re-grouped back at my sister’s place before heading over to the graduation party! I drank some beer and ate some good food. This also ended up being a late night, but I managed a solid 8 hours of sleep before heading off on a run with my sister.

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Running in NH (or anywhere in New England) is such a nice relief from NYC. My sister has been doing a ton of Crossfit, and is in amazing shape! She’s lost over 50 pounds and she looked like a new woman when I saw her this past weekend. I am so proud of her and I can tell she is so happy! These 5 miles were the highlight of my weekend. We ran on a paved trail through the woods in Hollis, NH and it was beautiful! This was the first time my sister and I actually ran WITH EACH OTHER and it was great! We’ve gone on runs together before, but since Kerri is now a rockstar, she has no problem running fast! I ended the run literally wanting to scream “I love running!”

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Also, I find this soda machine hilarious! So random in the middle of the trail…

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Derek and I celebrated a late mother’s day with our moms on Sunday and brought them out to lunch at the Purple Finch and it was delicious! Thought I had a picture, but apparently I was too hungry to even think about it. I got a portabella and cheese sub with onions and peppers and sweet potato dots, basically a cheesesteak minus the steak. The sweet potato dots came with maple syrup and they were sooooo good! Yum, I wish I had more right now.

After showing off our wedding pictures to both of our families and making and making a pit stop at Target, we were on the road back to NYC around 8:30 last night. 3 trips to unload my car and a beer or 2 later, I was in bed by 1:30 and easily slept until 8 this morning.

It was surely a productive, short, busy, intense weekend, but it was great! I am definitely looking forward to spending my upcoming 3 day weekend relaxing (and running).

I signed up for this a couple weeks ago and the first one is this Wednesday. I’m excited to have a reason to not only run in Prospect Park more often, but also to bust out some speedwork on a more regular basis.

I was able to score some pretty awesome/cheap running clothes from Target yesterday! I hit up the clearance rack and there were so many good options. I bought all 3 of these for less than $30.

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The brighter and more obnoxious, the better.

I’ve also been looking for a good gym bag and I found this at Target as well.

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Before this gets any longer, let me mention that I have some awesome giveaways coming up soon. There will be 2 this week, so keep your eyes peeled!

First, I want to tell you all how much I have been loving my Nike Free TR Fit Winter running shoes! I was mainly looking to buy a new pair of sneakers so that I wouldn’t have to wear my running shoes to the gym all the time while I was cross training. I came upon these and decided they were perfect because they were neutral shoes (which means I could run in them) and they were on sale!

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I’ve had them for 2 months now and I can’t get them off my feet. I haven’t run much in them, maybe 15 miles total, but they are great shoes for the gym, for running, or just for daily wear. They feel so good on my feet. The longest I’ve run in them has been 5 miles, so nothing crazy. I would love to run longer distances in them, but right now is not the time. They are minimal shoes, so they would definitely take some easing into.

Anyway, this is spontaneous, Nike has nothing to do with it, I honestly just wanted to express my love for these shoes and now I know why everyone has them.

I’ve been mentally preparing myself all week for my 2nd half marathon of the week. It will be my 6th one ever and I’m really hoping to make it count. Right now the weather isn’t looking so good for Saturday, but part of me thinks it will be better for the race. It’s currently going to be a high of 56 and a 30% chance of rain. I’m just hoping if it rains, that it will be later in the day. Also, I hope it’s a bit chilly, it will be refreshing after last weekend’s race.

But, what happens if I don’t PR? Yes, I will be upset, but I’m not going to cry or let it ruin my day or my life. I will just take it as a sign that I need to work a little bit harder. And at least I will have another medal 😀 Plus, I am also running the More/Fitness Women’s Half Marathon in 3 weeks, so I will have that. Although, that race doesn’t seem very promising for a PR, it’s 2 loops of Central Park and the hills there are not very nice.

I’m trying so hard to PR right now because I KNOW I have it in me. My body and my mind feel so ready to crush my 2 year old existing PR or 1:58:31.

It’s going to be a crazy month of racing with 2 half marathons in 1 week, followed by a 15K the following week and then another half marathon 2 weeks after that. I’m getting tired just thinking about it all. After that, it’s going to be time to take a bit of a break from long distances and time to focus on strength training. I’m not running any long races until August and by that time I will be in the midst of NYC Marathon training.

I’m off to the gym and the grocery store wearing my new Rock ‘N’ Roll USA Half shirt!

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