Sunday, October 26, 2014

Back to Work

I'm off to the doctor tomorrow to get checked out for a possible stress fracture, but I figured I'd do a light run today since I took the week off post-half marathon. Crystal hadn't been running for the week, either (she was on her honeymoon!), so we met up and did our usual loop. I'm crossing my fingers that the pain in my leg is just a normal old ache and not a stress fracture so we can keep it going the rest of this week!

Shirt: Nike [similar]
Pants: Yogasmoga [exact]
Shoes: Newton Running [exact]
Sunglasses: Oakley [exact]

As I spent entirely too much money on race merchandise last weekend, I've been wearing it pretty much constantly! This shirt is basically just a customized version of Nike's standard Dri-Fit V-necks, which I've been a big fan of for awhile. I wore these pants during my race last weekend, as well, and they held up very well. They do show sweat, so those of you who are self-conscious about that may want to avoid them. I, however, have no qualms about it...sweat just shows that you're working hard ;)

Also, I've started a second Instagram account, @ripode_runs, which features strictly workout apparel photos. If you're interested in a preview of a day's outfits, check it out! I usually post there earlier in the day!

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Nike Women's Half Marathon San Francisco

It's been a few days, but it's time for my race report from the Nike Women's Half Marathon in San Francisco!

The race itself was a beast compared to previous half marathons I've done. It started in Union Square in downtown SF, then immediately went into some hills. Starting off on uphills was rough! A lot of people around me seemed to burn themselves out quickly using their energy to tackle those early uphills. I knew I wasn't in peak shape, so I opted to walk the uphills from the beginning. 

The worst hill of the race was at mile 10. Man, was it brutal. Even the really good runners I know struggled on it. At one point, I looked around and not a single person in my line of sight was actually running. While I enjoyed the run signage and motivational slogans Nike had scattered around the hill, I would be very happy if they opted to take a different route next year! Even for San Francisco, this was a very hilly course. I would've preferred a route along the Embarcadero.

It was also very crowded. By the end of the race, my GPS said I'd run 14 miles with all my zigzagging around. I can't say I was super pumped about that! I started in the 11:00+ minute mile corral, which meant lots of walkers to dodge for most of the race, so that extra distance could've been avoided if they'd had a separate corral for walkers.

I like to say I'm showing off my best "I'm about to sneeze" face in this one.

The course wasn't terribly scenic, either. I would've been pretty disappointed had I flown in from out of town specifically to run this as it didn't really go by many classic San Francisco sights. It was foggy, which didn't help (there would've been some great Golden Gate Bridge vistas near the finish!), but it would've been nice to see a few more iconic landmarks. Instead, we got routed through the Tenderloin and Western Addition, which aren't exactly the most scenic parts of the city!

Now, onto my favorite parts of the race! The finish area was simply incredible. There were sponsor tents from Whole Foods (free food!), Neutrogena (free, full-size products!), Kaiser (free massages!) and more. The lines were long, but it was worth the wait. There was also a lounge area for runners only that featured personal trainers who would come stretch you out. That was a nice touch! 

And, of course, there's the necklace. Unlike the medals awarded at most other races, this one gives you a necklace from Tiffany & Co. (yes, the one pictured above). At first, I didn't really have strong feelings about this particular feature. But, now that I have it, it's a lot more practical than a medal! I enjoy being able to wear it on a daily basis and use it as a conversation starter! It's a cute necklace, too. 

The course had some incredible entertainment along the way. I was a big fan of the drum group in Golden Gate Park! It was pretty cool to see all these people coming out to perform and cheer for the runners.

Finally, I really love the fact that they give us our race photos for free. I know my photos weren't all great (and they really didn't grab a decent finish shot), but I'd much rather have okay photos from the race for free than good photos (because, let's face it...race photos are never great) that cost a ton. It was a nice added bonus!

So, yes, this was a good race. Was it a race I'd do again? I'm not 100% sure. Between the hills, the crowded course and the $150 entry fee, there are a few things making me lean towards no. But the amenities post-race, necklace and general atmosphere of the race make me think yes. We shall see what next year holds!

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

It's That Time Again

So, after nearly a whole span of half marathon training sans injury, it's looking like it may be about injury time for me again. My right shin has been hurting like crazy after the last few runs I've had. My doctor thinks it's another stress fracture (tibia this time instead of metatarsal), but I haven't done any X rays or anything yet. I'll hold off on that until after this weekend's race is over. I attempted to run 5k with Crystal this morning, but had to stop about two miles in because of my leg pain. I guess I'll be taking the rest of the week off in hopes of making a somewhat decent time in the race Sunday!

Shirt: Nike [similar]
Pants: American Eagle [similar]
Shoes: Newton Running [exact]

I was definitely a bit better prepared for the temperature than I was yesterday! It was a similar morning, mild and humid. I was a little warm by the end of the run, but this shirt is really great at providing some insulation and protection while also wicking sweat well. It's always tricky planning for morning runs (particularly here in San Francisco, when a little bit of breeze makes all the difference between pleasant and frigid!). 

Tomorrow is packet pickup for my half marathon! I'm sure I'll also spend entirely too much money on all their race-branded gear. Stay tuned!

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Getting an Early Start

It's a busy week at work for me, so when Crystal suggested we run in the morning before work, I figured I'd go for it. One of the advantages of having newly short hair means that I take far less time to get ready in the morning, so I didn't even have to get up that much earlier than usual! We also managed to run our entire loop without stopping this morning (usually, one of us has to at some point), which meant we got done with everything much faster than typical.

Shirt: Nike [similar]
Pants: Aerie [similar]
Shoes: Newton Running [exact]

I was a bit overdressed this morning! I thought it would be windy and cold since it was last night, but it ended up being pretty pleasant and humid (which, of course, I didn't realize until after we were already out running). Regardless, this half zip wicks away sweat pretty well, so I didn't feel too terribly overheated. I'll hopefully be dressing a bit better for tomorrow's morning run!

Sunday, October 12, 2014

San Francisco Summer

Happy San Francisco summer! As the rest of the country is pulling out their sweaters and boots, we're sweating and having picnics by the water. For some reason, San Francisco is cold and foggy during everyone else's summer but sunny and warm in September and October. So, my run today was a very sweaty one! It was also a pretty crowded one, since it's Fleet Week and people were already claiming their spots on Marina Green by the time I started running around 10 a.m.!

My run today was, yet again, not a great one. My legs were very tight...I think I need to hit some yoga classes this week. My half marathon is next weekend, so not much time left to get back in gear!

Shirt: Lululemon [similar]
Pants: American Eagle [similar]
Shoes: Newton Running [exact]
Sunglasses: Oakley [exact]

I was pretty pumped to break out this tank top today! It's one of my favorites—perfectly supportive and nice and sweat-wicking. I just cut all my hair off yesterday, so I was a little at a loss for what exactly to do with it now while running. I tried some C9 headbands from Target, but they slid off mid-run. Oh well...I'll figure it out!

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Back to SF

After a few rough days trying to catch up on sleep (my flight back to SF was delayed, meaning I started my week on very little rest!), I'm back to running with Crystal! I can't say I had the best run of my life, but it was very nice having someone else running along with me to keep me accountable. She also was instrumental in getting me to go home and eat healthy food for dinner instead of getting pizza :)

Shirt: Nike [exact]
Pants: Lululemon [similar]
Shoes: Newton Running [exact]

It was pretty chilly outside (for here) tonight, so I got to break out this half zip that I've been wanting to wear! I got it when I was in Utah a few weeks ago at Nike outlet. It has reflective details and is made out of some incredibly soft material. I used to spend way too much money on Lululemon's RULU items because of the material...but I'm pretty sure this is the same stuff and I got it for a third the price of a Lululemon shirt! I highly recommend these half zips. It's taking a lot of willpower for me to avoid buying a bunch more online!

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Wine at the Line

Happy Saturday!

Last night, my little sister got married! It was a beautiful ceremony and, naturally, we all had a bit too much fun celebrating!

My lovely baby sister!

However, I decided I wanted to do a five-mile race today, so I had to power through the pain. This particular race, Wine at the Line, goes through a winery outside Indianapolis and promises a glass of vino at the finish. Normally, that would be very appealing for me! But, after a night of a few too many drinks, it was...a little less attractive. A few years ago, one of my friends told me that she thought running was the best hangover cure. While I can't say I necessarily agree with that, it definitely wasn't as bad as I was expecting!

Long Sleeve T-shirt: C9 [exact]
T-shirt: C9 [exact]
Tights: Under Armour [exact]
Shoes: Newton Running [exact]

After a week of heat and humidity here, a cold front blew through last night and dropped the temperatures down to the 40s. I had only brought along summer running clothes, though, so my mom and I had to make a last minute trip to Target for some extra layers! The pink T-shirt is part of a new line of reflective items at Target. I've been looking for some reflective clothing since it's getting dark earlier, so I didn't mind spending a bit of money on this! I didn't really need another baselayer (I've got tons from living in a ski town for two years!), but I was super grateful for it when the wind picked up at the race! Despite freezing my ass off while waiting for the race to start, my layering ended up being perfect during the race.

Back to San Francisco tomorrow!

Friday, October 3, 2014

Running in the Rain

I haven't had the opportunity to run in the rain in awhile! As much as I love San Francisco weather, rain isn't something that happens too terribly often (at least in the time I've lived there). So, when it was a little drizzly here in Indianapolis the other morning, I was excited about it.

The first few minutes of my rainy run were great! The rain was refreshing and there was a nice breeze. But after the first mile or so, it just felt crazy humid! On my run back (I did an out-and-back loop), the wind was in my face, which meant my sunglasses were covered in raindrops very quickly. Fortunately, it wasn't a super long run, so I was back and out of the rain before too much longer.

This photo kind of encapsulates how I was feeling about running in the rain after about 10 minutes.

Shirt: Under Armour [exact]
Pants: GapFit [similar]
Shoes: Newton Running [exact]
Sunglasses: Oakley [exact]
Headphones: Skullcandy [similar]

The back of this tank top is my favorite part of it! It just looks like a normal tank top in the front, but turn around and it's has a little bit more personality. I wore my highlighter pink pants because a lot of the roads around here lack sidewalks and have super narrow shoulders, which always makes me a little nervous when running on them. I try to run in neighborhoods with less traffic, but there are still a few areas that leave you no choice but to go on main roads! At least with my bright pants, it's a little easier to spot me!

Tonight's my sister's wedding! Can't wait!