I'm back with another edition of five things I love. These are some of my favorite essentials that are making summer running a little more enjoyable and little more motivating.
Compete Training Journal
I've recently started another round of marathon training (I'm going for a sub 4:00 for my third marathon this October!) and began using this journal to track my progress. The book was created by pro runners Lauren Fleshman and Roisin McGettigan-Dumas and includes tips on how to set goals, train with intention and set smart race strategies. It also has pages to log your runs/workouts and a bunch of useful material on how to look at competition and racing in a good, healthy way. As someone who is detail-oriented, I've been loving this because it gives me space to track my training and improvement all in one place. It'll be something fun to look at down the road.
I use Tailwind during some of my longer runs. It's so easy to use—just mix it with water to meet your calorie, hydration and electrolyte needs. It dissolves easily into my water bottle and the taste is mild (just a hint of flavor that's easy on the stomach). It meets all nutrition needs so I can carry less (no need for energy chews or extra food). I buy the stick packs because I like trying all the different flavors and I can easily pack another stick if I need to bring more fuel on my run.
PROBAR Bolt Energy Chews
If I don't bring Tailwind on my long runs, I'll likely bring a pack of these organic energy chews. They're loaded with electrolytes, B vitamins and complex carbs for sustained energy. They have great flavors and options that have caffeine. I use these during road races because I don't carry water with me. The only annoying thing is that they can get a little sticky and hard to chew while you're racing but the taste makes up for it. Fun fact: PROBAR is a local Salt Lake City company and I used to work for the design studio that did their packaging!
Patagonia Duckbill Trucker Hat
It's pretty gross how much I wear this hat. I take it with me on every hot summer run and it's accompanied me through my last two races. On most of my runs, you'll find me with a trucker hat on my head and I've found that this is the best one at keeping my head cool while shading me from the heat. It's light, breathable and can pack small and still retain its shape. I love everything about it. Mine is often caked in a layer of sweat but it's so easy to rinse and dries quickly. Patagonia just released some new colors so I might need to get another one (even though I already own two)!
Stance Run Socks
I've built up a collection of Stance's run socks and they're the best. They're made with breathable materials and lightweight cushioning and come in the best patterns. There's a variety of styles—tab, crew or calf. I like the tab socks for road running and the crew for trail running.