New Running Gear

Happy Friday everyone!

I just want to take a minute to thank everyone for their kind words on the 100th post, ya’ll made my day!


I took yesterday off from blogging to spend the day reflecting on the past year, with all of it’s ups and downs, since losing my dad.  Yesterday marked exactly one year since my family lost him to a heart attack, and not a moment goes by that I don’t miss him and think about him.  Time has gone by really fast, and with all that’s happened in the past few years with my dad and Emma, I know how important it is to take a minute and be grateful for life and all of it’s blessings.  So, that’s exactly what I did yesterday- I flipped through tons of photos of my dad, my mom, the girls, Dennis and I, and just felt the love for all of the special people in my life.  🙂


My Dad & Colette at the St Patty’s Day Parade 2009- good times!

Time flies, so take a little time to stop and reflect on what’s important to you.  What a joy and a gift, this crazy journey we call life.  🙂


Let’s switch gears shall we?

On to this morning’s workout: On Wednesday afternoon, I headed out to Sports Authority and picked up something I’ve been meaning to buy for a while now- an armband for my cell phone!  Yay- finally!  No more carrying that giant thing around in my sweaty palms!  🙂


At $29 bucks, it was a little pricier than some of the ones I’ve seen on Amazon, but I knew with Amazon I’d still have to pay for shipping (plus, wait time is no fun), so I figure in the end it was a decent deal.  Also, I knew Yurbuds is a trusted brand that makes quality stuff thanks to reading some recent online reviews.


Yeah, I’m a total dork.

After chomping a coconut cream pie Larabar bright and early this morning, I put in a good stretch and threw on my running shoes.


I was so excited to try out my new armband this morning, as I headed out for a quick and dirty 1 miler.  Just like Monday’s workout, I wanted to run a mile as fast as possible to improve my time.  Well, I guess in all of my excitement, I started waaay too fast, and ended up really winded about halfway through.  I didn’t give up and walk, I kept chugging along (albeit a little slower:) ) and completed 1.01 miles in 10:34 minutes with a 10:30 avg min/mile.  That means this week my overall avg pace went from 12:57(last week) to 11:21(this week)- woot!  I’ll take it!  Of course it’s hard to really say what that number means, because I did cover 5.6 miles last week as opposed to only 5 miles this week, but I’m feeling good about my stamina and speed.  It’s getting easier!  🙂  So for all of you C25K er’s, it does get easier!  I promise!

Oh, and I loved my armband.  It did feel a little weird in the beginning, not having anything in my hand, but I enjoyed the freedom to relax my muscles and feel the breeze… the hot, humid, Houston breeze that is.  😉

Breakfast:  While I didn’t really want anything hot, I settled on quick oats anyway, because well- they’re quick!


I mixed in oats, natural peanut butter, and honey for a sweet and yummy hit of protein.   I also enjoyed a cup of coffee and a small glass of pulp-y OJ.  <— at least I got something cold in there!  Ha!


  • Bought any new, fun running gear lately?
  • Any recommendations on necessary gear?

I’d love to hear your recommendations!

Have a fantastic weekend!  TGIF!!




9 thoughts on “New Running Gear

  1. Great time!
    Completed my 20min run today and with that, mailed off the registration for a ghouls run on the 26th. It will be my 3rd run day of week 8, but a good practice run before family shows up for the turkey trot. After I finish weeek 9, was thinking about trying the rundouble 5k interval training (I’m following their c25k now) to try to better my time. Thoughts?

    I have a drinking problem. 😉 And running makes it worse. So my ‘reward’ to keep going this past week was a amphipod 20oz water bottle. I wanted a colorful Nathan brand one, but my massive double jointed thumb wouldn’t fit in the thumb opening. This one is nice and the hand area on the back of the pouch is padded. Easy to hold and run with.

    I also have a led reflective blue band I wear on my ankle with a dog tag engraved with my emergency info. As a rn and former emt, I tend to be a little more on the cautious side. I’ve attended pedestrian vs car accidents. .. I think I will order additional led bands, it was really nice having some light on my late night run Wed. (Ebay $4)

    • It’s funny you guys are mentioning the ID tags… the armband I bought came with a free coupon code for an id tag. I just have to cover the $5 shipping fee. I wasn’t sure I was going to bother with it, but now I’m convinced I should- so thanks ladies! 🙂

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