Tuesday, March 24, 2009

What Do I Wear???

I have never traveled outside of Lincoln to participate in a running event and for the first time I'm headed off to Olathe, KS for Saturday's 1/2 marathon. WOOT! WOOT! In preparation for Saturday's run I checked the weather. Hmmm. 17mph NNW winds. GAH! 43 degrees as the high and 30% chance of precipitation (rain/snow). GAH! I say no to the snow. Rain I don't mind.

Going through my gear, I want to layer to stay warm, yet not too warm. Here are my choices for tops. You can see my Under Armour Leggings below, they are black and my most fav at the moment. I'm thinking I may wear the bright blue on top because it is Under Armour Heat Gear and the lightest weight of the three. The Under Armour Pink and lighter blue are cold gear and as much as I'd like to wear the pink one, I don't want to have to make the choice of "die in pink or run in sports bra". For my outer layer, if it's total chill and I wear the bright blue Under Armour, I can wear two Pearl Izumi outer coats to strip later or strip one and keep the lightest one on - which is the one with the gray stripes. Right now I'm planning on only wear the one with the grey strips as it's my favorite and there are three pockets in the back (it's a cycling coat) that I can put my body glide, lip saver and gel packet.

My Garmin is charged and ready to pace me, I've got my iPod playlist all made up (see below), my RoadID Bracelet and a gel pack. I prefer GU gel packs over the Excel Gel, but I must be out. Shopping trip???

Of course I can't go anywhere without my favorite lip saver and now it's the ever so popular, handy travel size of Body Glide. Oh ya! I can feel the comfort already. ;)

Now, if it's cold I have my head gear and gloves...
And if it's not so cold, I've got my favorite cap to wear...

Last but not least...my running shoes....
and a cowbell for McRib as I near the end and need a little OOMPH!
Ok, now for post-race prep (ride home), I've got ice packs for my kness and ZENSAH compression sleeves for my calves. I know my calves will be screaming in their whiney little voices "rub me, rub me". HA! I'm relaxing and enjoying a little.....
OK, so just a few ibuprofen and Blue Moon for the ride home. CHEERS!

I'm ready to rock this run as I listen to my Olathe 1/2 Marathon playlist I created with iTunes. I am planning on a 9 min/pace and want the song I'm listening too, as I run to the finish line: Amazing Grace by Dropkick Murphy's.

Get the Party Started, P!nk
Faster Kill Pussycat, Oakenfold
Confines of Gravity, PlayRadioPlay!
Spirit In The Sky, Norman Greenbaum
Hell, I Love You, The Doors
Let It Happen, Jimmy Eat World
Miss You Love You, Maroon 5
Viva la Vida, Coldplay
You Were Born For This, Tremolo
Right Round, Flo Rida
Fill My Little World, The Feeling
Release, Timbaland & Justin Timberlake
I Kissed a Girl, Katy Perry
Lose Yourself, Eminem
American Girl, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers
155, +44
Master of Puppets, Metallica
So Glad We Made It, Sheryl Crow
Yellow, Coldplay
When You Put Your Hands On Me, Christina Aguilera
Come On Get Higher, Matt Nathanson
Carcinogen Crush, AFI
I Won't Back Down, Tom Petty
I Play Chicken With the Train, Cowboy Troy
Beautiful Day, U2
Dancing With Myself, Billy Idol
Bleed It Out, Linkin Park
Love Lockdown, Kanye West
Jai Ho, A.R. Rahman
Amazing Grace, Dropkick Murphy's
RUN ON!!!!!


RunToFinish said...

oh boy they are calling for snow on us now..we shall see. Lucky you, you'll be done while I'm still hoping my knees will hold for a nice long run walk pace.

Blyfinn said...

You have beer and bodyglide. What else could you need?

Diana said...

Looks like you're ready! Love the clothes-how do you like the Under Armour brand? I've seen it quite a bit lately, but always stuck with my Nike.
I'll ring a cowbell for ya on the weekend! Go rock and roll this!

Chad in the AZ Desert said...

It looks like you have everything you could possibly need. Enjoy and have a great race!

Chic Runner said...

LOVE the pictures! :) You will look so stylish out there, can't wait to see the pictures. Also how many UA shirts do you have?! I'm jealous!!

Kim said...

You are going to be stylin' in any and (maybe) all of that!

What's with the forecast?? I've also heard the word "icy" being tossed around. Good times!

Marlene said...

You seem prepared! Love it. I also love that hot pink top... but not if it's going to force you to strip down to a sports bra in 30-something-degrees.

Hopefully those winds won't be too bad.

Thanks for the playlist! I'm in need of new tunes...

J said...

Looks like you have everything all set to go! Good luck!

IzzyBubbles said...

Hah - welcome to Kansas!! Where it's windy ALL. THE. TIME. My vote is the lighter weight top and whichever jacket is more windproof - I find that I can get away with wearing a pretty light base layer if I'm wearing my wind-proof jacket, even in the 40 degree weather around these parts.

I've got to get some of that travel-size body glide - that's fantastic! Good luck this weekend, hopefully they're wrong about the weather forecast (also not uncommon around here).

Kita said...

You look ready to go. Enjoy yourself. I look forward to the race report.

Donald said...

No advice on what outfit to wear - I'm a soft Californian, and fashion-blind to boot. You've got the right idea on the post-race cocktail, though. And as long as you've got Metallica on your playlist, you'll be just fine.

Have a great race!

Anonymous said...

Have a great race; you look super prepared!!

Sarah said...

I love that you have beer for the ride home! And a GREAT playlist! Good luck and have fun :)

Jes said...

That is an AWESOME playlist!!!

Good luck, and remember, YOU HAVE BEER AT THE END!!!!!!!!!!!! Every step brings you closer to the BEER!!!!!!

Julie said...

You areso much more prepared than me. I will probably wake up that morning and frantically start pulling out my cold weather running gear as I need to be leaving the house :)


Looks like you have everythig taken care of. Just don't forget to


Michelle said...

I am so very very excited for you girlie!! Your completely ready for this race. Clothes, music, gels, bodyglide, all READY!!!

Good luck my friend and here are some WOOOO's for you!!


P.S. When is your son running a half with you??

Marci said...

Ooo I like all of your choices. I would go pink personally, I hope the wind is not too bad. Good luck this weekend!

Lora said...

Whatever you choose, you've got great options to start with. Best of luck in your half!!!

Toni said...

Looks like you are ready. Good luck and have fun!

joyRuN said...

Oh girl! Your pics got me all excited, & I'm not even going anywhere :)

Blue Moon sounds perfect right about now.