A few weeks ago my mom mentioned that she wanted to start running a little more. I suggested she sign up for the Baltimore 5k (same day as Baltimore Marathon) and I offered to make her a training plan. For her birthday gift, I put together a “Runner’s Starter Kit”.
I included in the kit:
- a Dri-fit T-shirt from Target
-arm band for I-phone
-Runners World magazine
-small Vaseline for possible chafing issues 🙂
Here are some other ideas that could be good for a similar gift but I either knew my mom didn’t need them or could not find them in time:
–watch/heart rate monitor
-book about starting to run, or about strength training for runners
-gift card to a place where the person would like to buy running gear/accessories (like Running Warehouse!)
In marathon training news, I seriously feel like I have been training for this race forever (which isn’t a bad thing…) 5 more weeks to go.
Here’s how last week looked:
Sunday 9/1: 5 miles easy, core work (average pace 9:10)
Monday 9/2: Speed work (average pace 7:57)
Tuesday 9/3: AM- 9 miles easy (average pace 9:19), PM- strength/abs
Wednesday 9/4: 6 miles race pace, core work (average pace 8:14)— *this is not really my expected “race pace” but a pace that was challenging but manageable
Thursday 9/5: rest (finally! it had been awhile)
Friday 9/6: 5.9 miles easy with strides, core work (average pace 8:57)
Saturday 9/7: 11.1 miles (average pace 9:07)
Total miles: 41.81
I was pretty excited that the weather started to get cooler this week, and by Friday I was able to wear my hair in a pony tail without it balling up into a huge knot:
I tried to wear it in a braid on Saturday, but that was a fail. All summer the only way I had a chance of keeping it manageable was by tying it into some sort of bun, which I don’t like doing because they tend to fall out. The weekend weather was ok but still pretty warm/humid.
Any other ideas for a “Runner’s Starter Kit”?
I’ll be back at some point with a race recap for the Run to Remember 5k!