I have no idea where it started, but a lot of the running blogs I read do a "Three Things Thursday" so today, I thought I'd join in.
1. I'm in love with Nike Tempo Shorts.
I have spent most of my running years in spandex because of the lovely thigh chub rub. A few years ago I picked up a few pairs of similar shorts at Old Navy for real cheap and have worn them off and on. Sometimes I had the chub rub, sometimes I didn't.
In June I had a giftcard to Macy's I was looking to spend and went to check out their workout wear. I got SUPER lucky and found 3 pairs of Nike Tempo Shorts for less than $10 each on the clearance rack! And two shirts too. I got it all for just under $50. Talk about SCORE. Especially since these shorts retail over $30.
Let's be real, my thighs still touch. But somehow, these shorts work. And they make me feel like a real runner. I ran my July 4 15k in them and loved it.
In fact I love these shorts so much, I often wear them on my days off as all-day wear (of course a non-sweaty pair). I have three pairs, and my goal is to have about 7. That would give me enough for my weekly workouts, as well as a few pairs to wear on my days off and not need to do wash. We have a Nike Running Store at a local mall and sometimes their sale rack has Nike Tempo Shorts for around $20 and so does a Nike Outlet store that's not too far away either.
2. I know my real goal for training for my first full marathon should be miles and miles and lots of miles, not focusing as much on speed training. But I can't help it. A little bit of speedwork seems to help me quite a bit, mostly in my mind. Knowing I can run faster miles help me even on the long runs where I'm not running fast miles. I did just two speedy miles today and it was good.
3. I'm wondering about cross training. I feel like it would be beneficial to do some, but I'm not sure what and when. I want it to be useful to my training, but not make me too sore. Any suggestions!