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5 things….in my Gym Bag

I have seen a lot of really cute posts over the past few weeks especially about ‘five things.’  This week I decided to play along!  I am at the gym a few times a week, and I do outside workouts a few times as well.  For all my workouts I pretty much have the same essentials!
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1. Running shoes – Feet are unique.  One of the few brands that actually work with my feet are New Balance.  I have been running/working out in this style for the last 14 months and they have been great! And of course I am sporting my Sweat Pink shoelaces 🙂
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2. Heart Rate Monitor – I have been a faithful HRM wearer since 2004! Wow, that is 10 years 🙂
This is the one I have now.  I have been through a few over the years but I really do like the Polar ones.
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3. Energy Bits – These little tablets have made workouts and runs so much better!  I am still amazed at how they give me so much energy, keep me alert, focused and on track.  Since I started using bits back in January, I can see a huge difference when I forget to take them or if I run out.  Thankfully this little tin is a convenient way to grab what I need and have my energy source ready for me to use.
If you have never tried bits, or would like to place an order, you can go to http://www.energybits.com/ and use code RUNCHOCOLATE for 25% off any order! (Ps, a giveaway is coming soon…so stay tuned)
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4. Injijni – A few years ago I tried the Vibram 5 finger shoes for a bit.  Although they are not a shoe I wear often, they did lead me to my all-time FAVORITE sock! They might look a little strange, but to me they are so comfy and since I began wearing them back in 2010, I have not had ANY blisters!  That is coming from the girl who had them ALL the time, even from small races!
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5.  Headbands – Since I discovered cloth headbands a few years ago there has hardly not been a day that I did not have one at at some point!  I LOVE headbands!  I have a few brands that work well with my head and the different activities I do.  From work, to the gym, to running around town to dressing up, I am a headband girl!
My fav brands are Bondi Band, BAMR Bands, Sparkly soul Inc, and MyBand headbands.
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A mix of my headbands and hair ties…I know I have more than are probably scattered around my house 😉
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A few of my FAV Bondi Bands!

There you have it!
What are 5 of your favorite things in your gym bag?
Do we have any of the same items?

Esther
-Chocolate Runner Girl-

October running recap…

This year overall has not been stellar for me with running and racing.  I managed to squeeze in a few races early in the year. Then I had some knee pain and back issues. I found a wonderful and affordable chiropractor in April and I started to see improvement with my pain. Over the summer I focused more on strength training with body pump and stretching to get rid of the pain. In September I was starting to feel much better, and started slowly running again. Then my hip began to have pain! UGH I was so frustrated. I had started training for a few 5/10ks and another half marathon and I really wanted to get back into running again. It is a good stress reliever for me, and I know it helps to keep me healthy!

During October I was on running restriction, but I had already signed up for a virtual 5k race through Joggermom. This race was one I really wanted to complete since I was in honor of breast cancer awareness month. It was very close to my heart as two of my dear friends have been bravely fighting this year. Sadly one of them passed away on October 20th. I was allowed to walk, and walk I did! It took me pretty much the entire month, but I finished the 26.2 (plus a little) on the 31st. It really made my heart happy that I was able to walk in honor and memory of such brave women!

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Needless to say I am a bit nervous for the remaining training time before my next half. I know that Dec 22 is going to be here really fast. It may not be a stellar race, so I have changed my goal to just finishing! I doubt I will PR, but that is ok. Finishing the race and staying healthy are more important to me!!

And I finally got some new shoes in my favorite color!!  They are super comfy and pretty! So win-win!

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