If you didn't think that running could become a nerdy hobby then you're about to become enlightened. In my opinion, a nerd is someone who is an expert on a single discipline, not because they're supposed to but because they love that subject so much. A nerd knows he's a nerd, and he's ok with that.
No? That's ok. It doesn't really matter anyways.
All that to say I'm feeling like a running nerd, and LOVING every minute of it. This morning I donned my new Bondi headband (which I won from Sarah's blog!), my Nathan Shadow Pak (in Royal Blue), and my desperately-needed-new Brooks Adrenaline Running Shoes. Not to mention my Under Armour running tights and long sleeve Cold Gear top.
Needless to say, it was a great run! I love this 40 degree weather, and I can't wait until it's daylight outside at 6am instead of 7am. My Running Dream Come True.
Wanna know what the heck all that running gear jargon is all about? I knew you'd say yes.
The Bondi Headband is something I've had on my wishlist for a year or two. I'm not sure why I couldn't just splurge for this $8 item, but I didn't. It took me winning a giveaway to try out the Bondi. I LOVE it. I don't have to wear a lame sweatband anymore to keep the sweat out of my eyes. Now, I can wear a stylish sweat wicking headband. (Is that a thing? "Stylish" and "sweat" in the same sentence?)
When I visited Fleet Feet recently (my first time getting fitted for running shoes), I saw these slim little waist pouches (I refuse to think of them as fanny packs) that would carry all sorts of running accouterments. I found Nathan's Shadow Pak on Amazon for $15 and I've used it twice this week. It's great--it doesn't bounce when I'm running (that would have been super annoying), it's got a few light reflectors on it, it comes with an ID card tucked in the side (ya know, should anything happen to me), and it holds my phone and my ipod. Not too shabby.
And then, of course, there are the new running shoes. This is one area of my life that my frugal sensibility isn't a good thing. I shouldn't take chances on my feet (and subsequently my knees, back, etc.). Running is hard work and takes a toll on your body. If I want to keep running (and keep the use of my knees for Pete's sake), then I should get a pair of high quality shoes that are worth the money.
I couldn't go all out financially though. I mean, I'm Melanie, I'm cheap. Let's be honest. To save a few bucks ($35 to be exact), I purchased the previous version of Brook's Adrenaline. (ie. rather than version 12, I found version 11.) Works for me. It felt good to have new shoes on my feet.
I'm thankful for this early Spring weather, for winning a giveaway, for birthday money to purchase Under Armour, for an Amazon gift card to save extra cash, and for my husband's support in spending money on my running habit.
Three cheers for taking care of myself. (And it only took 7 years to become a running "nerd.")
Are you a runner? What tips or tools do you love?