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A few steals and Accessories!

So I lied when I said today I’d throw in my two cents about hydration. I decided since it’s deal Thursday I should be talking about my favorite part of running, the clothes and accessories!

First off, for me it’s the most important that I love wearing what I run in. I probably have 10 pairs of shorts but I usually flip back and forth in between 3 or 4 pairs. Some of the other pairs are just weird and I just can’t run in them. Same goes for shirts. I have a ton of old race shirts and ‘old shirts’ in general, but at the same time, I usually wear the same 3 or 4, with washing of course!

I used to think cotton was the fabric of my life, but alas, after the chafing post yesterday you’ve all come to realize that Dri-fit, once getting in to the higher mileage is the way to go. It’s more expensive and especially for me it’s hard to see myself paying $35-$60 for a shirt that I’m essentially going to sweat in and get disgusting and ruin. It saddens me from the bottom of my heart. So that is why I scour the racks at TJ Maxx, Marshalls and Nordstrom Rack for some good top quality running gear. If you’ve never checked out those stores ‘active section’ you definitely should.

Now, many of you have mentioned the fuel belt, and accessories for running. Well my fuel belt, though I feel like a goof ball when I wear it, is SO necessary when you hit higher mileage. Your body needs to hydrate and you are loosing so much water. After one run I was so dehydrated and got so sick, I couldn’t even function OR eat Taco Bell. You know it’s bad when I turn down some TB. There are many different types of fuel belts, so just google it and you’ll come up with a plethora of options

Then there’s things like sweat bands, hats, and headbands. You can find a huge selection of running hats here, and here. I, on a rare occasion can wear a headband but most of the time they slide off. If anyone has any great suggestions, I would love to hear them but I think it’s my odd shaped head. As for sweat bands, though it’s sometimes a little intimidating to look like a 50 year old out running about, sweatbands are the most legit option for yours truly. Plus, they make me feel a little bit more hardcore.

George asked me for any options for running in the warmer weather. Honestly, I would just say to rock the hat, but make sure it’s a running hat. They fit the head much different than a regular baseball hat and they are made of much different materials that help keep the sweat and sun out.

Also make sure you ALWAYS wear sunscreen when you run because you can get some gnarly tans/burns. Even if you don’t think your face will get sun on a little 3 miler, it has the possibility. I actually use the Mission brand, This Product. It works amazing and DOESN’T sting at all. Most do sting once they drip into your eyes. I also have a problem with getting kissed by the sun a lot, and then the sun leaves me with fatty blisters on my lips. Not attractive, and I have permanent brown spots on my lips from some of the damage. Disgusting, but now I always get out my spf 50 and put it on my lips. It turns them a little white, but I’d much rather avoid sun blisters.

Get clothes you love, you are the one that will be working out in them. Make sure they are comfortable and make you feel good. Since I know my stomach isn’t in any Shape Magazine Cover Shape, I don’t really like to let it ‘all hang out’ by wearing crop tops, or many of the tanks I find are incredibly short, which is annoying. I usually try to find longer shirts and shorter shorts for some reason. It’s just what I like to run in. Though sometimes I feel like when I wear my spandex shorts that I’m giving everyone a show, I have to remember that I’m running and basically no one around me is even paying attention to me.

There are many more running accessories like ipods, headphones and garmins, but those are all just must-haves, and the headphones that I LOVE and work SO well and stay in my ears are these Sony ones and of course, I have them in pink. They work great though and the music is much louder. I used to run with the apple headphones, but they constantly were slipping out of my ears and the music was so soft. Those headphones are only $10 at target and last forever, unless they fall out of your ear, get caught in a chain length fence and end up like this since they literally pulled you back on your run.

Tomorrow I’ll have a huge list of some of my favorite running bloggers, geeeeet those mouses ready to click away!
Onto the deals! Just a few today, sorry guys!


Nike Strong And Strappy Sports Bra

Nike Camo Print Sports Bra

Nike Shorty Shorts

Nike Printed Long Mesh Tank (love it)

Nike Mesh Long Sport Tank (tons of colors love it!)

Under Armour Metal Sleeveless Tank

Nike Women’s Seamless Tank

Danskin Cross Training Jacquard Crew Neck

Danskin Prima Ombre Print Tank


Pearl Izumi Slice Sleeveless Bike Jersey

Pearl Izumi Richter Race Top

Russell Velocity Short Sleeve


Reebok Avon Pink Ribbon Performance Hat

Reebok Slouch Adjustable Hat

Reebok Extreme Performance Hat

You can also creep last weeks Deals here because there were A TON last week :)

Tomorrow my countdown clock on my computer’s desktop will read a single digit number until ‘Full Marathon’. Wow. That is crazy. Whoever thought running 26.2 miles was a good idea? Well, I guess at one point I thought it was a good enough idea to even PAY to do it. Oh well, it will be super fun, and hey, they don’t call it a race they call it a MARATHON… so therefore time doesn’t matter! :)

On a random and unrelated to anything I’ve ever posted. Danica Patrick is racing in the Indy 500 this weekend. Holla to my namesake, go get ’em! Well she is obviously not my namesake since we are not far apart in age, but the girl I get compared to every time I say my name, wouldn’t want it any other way!

Tomorrow I’ll throw around what hydration has helped me in my training and maybe I’ll even put in some pictures, it’s foto FRIDAY after all!


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  • Reply PunkRockRunner

    Good call on the Apple “ear-buds”. I can’t run in them at all because they’re always falling out. The cheaper ones are the best and you don’t feel bad when you lose or damage them. I think I’m on my 5th pair in two years.


    May 21, 2009 at 11:27 am
  • Reply Kristin Miller

    About the headband thing…running in the city is annoying because of CRAZY wind tunnels between blocks/ave’s etc. I wear an under armor one, but the key is to get a bump on your head to keep it from slipping back. For instance, if you have bangs (OR even if you don’t) just take the front strands of hair and bobbypin them back to create that “bump” look that everyone loves and does. THEN put the headband on your head, but make sure it’s not too far up on the bottom part, because that’s often where it slips too. During my race my hair got so wet (Slippery) that this method backfired, but I fixed it really quickly and it stayed the rest of the time.

    Ps. I feel like a loser w/ a hydration belt, my husband and neighbors mock me relentlessly.

    May 21, 2009 at 11:36 am
  • Reply aron

    I LOVE running clothes too… I think its very important to feel good when you go out the door, it just makes you want to go!!

    May 21, 2009 at 11:55 am
  • Reply Lucky in Love

    I’ve been looking for good headphones. Mine blow…and always fall out! I also feel like people can really hear when I blast them :)

    Thanks for the tip!

    May 21, 2009 at 11:57 am
  • Reply bootsy

    I loved your Taco Bell comment – it cracked me up! I like running in Nike stuff too, but it is crazy expensive. The length on their tops sells me though; I also hate feeling like my shirt is riding up, especially if I’m wearing something around my waist. Good luck with your marathon – you’ll run it, finish it, and love it, no question!

    May 21, 2009 at 11:58 am
  • Reply Amy

    Dude. I’m so glad you mentioned the sunscreen and threw out a link. I’ve been looking for some sunscreen to wear on my afternoon runs. I’m going to try to find some that you linked!

    May 21, 2009 at 12:11 pm
  • Reply Niki

    Thanks for posting all the good deals on Thursdays!! Now I just need to give in and spend a little extra $$ for some new stuff! I’ve been running in the same things for over 3 years! Haha

    May 21, 2009 at 12:14 pm
  • Reply X-Country2

    I have you a shoutout on my blog for a previous deal Thursday suggestion, but I puchased the pink Nike tunic from a month or so ago, and I LOVE it. I’ll hopefully race in it this weekend if it’s warm enough. Yay for deal Thursday!

    I agree that head apparel is the most tricky. I used to do headbands, but they were too tricky. My current solution is an adorable french braid to keep my bangs back and a wrist band to mop up the sweat. Fashionable and functional!

    May 21, 2009 at 12:18 pm
  • Reply Jenn

    I find your love for taco bell baffling — how can you run for the border when you’ve got In-n-out right nearby?! To each her own I guess.

    Also, have you tried the goody stay put headbands? They’ve got some rubber on them so they really *do* stay put.

    May 21, 2009 at 12:28 pm
  • Reply The Laminator

    Haha! I can’t believe you measure how wiped you are after a workout with a TB test…that is hilarious!

    I hear you on your headgear dilemma…that’s why I stick to my 59 distinctly different bandanas…it works well for me in any weather.

    Best of luck in San Diego! I know you’re going to have so much fun!

    May 21, 2009 at 12:58 pm
  • Reply Michele

    I totally understand what you mean about the Taco Bell. I don’t eat it much, but I did in my college days.

    Thanks for posting the deals on your blog. Buying something new to workout in always helps keep me motivated :)

    May 21, 2009 at 1:17 pm
  • Reply J.J.

    That is too funny about the headphones getting caought in a chain link fence :) Not funny at the time I am sure. I also wear the same 3 pair of running shorts. I just went and bough my new addidas shoes tonight…gonna go see how they do on tonight’s run before the 10K on Memorial Day.

    Thanks for the deals!

    May 21, 2009 at 1:34 pm
  • Reply Janice {Run Far}

    my best friend from Utah is going to the race this weekend… she is so excited. Great blog

    May 21, 2009 at 1:40 pm
  • Reply Susan

    I hate spending more than $10 for a tshirt, but I’ll spend $40 on a sports bra. It makes no sense, but I need my sports bras!!

    May 21, 2009 at 1:40 pm
  • Reply Marlene

    I have never eaten at Taco Bell. I hope we can still be friends.

    May 21, 2009 at 1:45 pm
  • Reply RunningLaur

    Great list!!

    Headbands always pop off of my head too and are the most frustrating thing ever. I started using the thin hard plastic ones – like from grade school and they are amazing! It means there can be a lot going on at the back of my ears (headphones, sunglasses, headband) but it stays put through miles and keeps the fly away hairs away!

    May 21, 2009 at 1:48 pm
  • Reply Angry Julie Monday

    Thanks for the clothing report. I probably should do a post about all my gear too. I have a lot of in real life (IRL) peeps asking me about what I use.

    May 21, 2009 at 2:02 pm
  • Reply Amy

    I put on chapstick like CRAZY but I forgot that you need a higer SPF in it when running! Duh! Mine only has SPF 4…clearly not good enough!! Seriously, thanks for the reminder. :) I need to go buy some new chapstick.

    May 21, 2009 at 2:17 pm
  • Reply joyRuN

    I have the same issue with headbands, even Bondi Bands (which make me look like a turtle anyway). Annoying!

    Counting down to the big 26.2!!!!

    May 21, 2009 at 2:29 pm
  • Reply george

    Hey thanks for the shout out, Danica! I feel honored.

    Great post too! I will definitely be trying the mission sunscreen. I have literally been asked every day this week about the funky tan line across my forehead. lol.

    Oh, and bummer about your headphones. That reminds me though…I’m running a 10k on Monday…gotta work on that playlist!

    You should check out Intergalatic by Beastie Boys. There’s a line in there that says “I run the marathon to very last mile”.

    Um. Yes.

    May 21, 2009 at 2:39 pm
  • Reply RoadBunner

    My favorite brand of running hat is “Headsweats” hats. They are sooo comfy. I now have enough for every run of the week (and then some) so it’s the only brand I run in. I have regifted all my other brand hats to my mom to use when she walks/runs.

    May 21, 2009 at 2:47 pm
  • Reply jlc

    Omg YES! Finally!!! I seriously don’t know how ppl were running with headphones in .. they would ALWAYS fall out for me.

    Now I know. :)

    May 21, 2009 at 3:02 pm
  • Reply ~Mrs. Guru~

    Things for all the good tips!

    May 21, 2009 at 3:08 pm
  • Reply Wearing Mascara

    So informative! Thank you!!!!! :-) I will be saving these posts and coming back to them. It’s good to hear stuff from a real perspective rather than some dry article. xoxo

    May 21, 2009 at 3:49 pm
  • Reply That Pink Girl

    Ih thought my head was shaped too weird for a headband too. I would find them on my way back form my run. On the ground. Ooops! That is, until I figured out that a metal bendy barette on each side keeps it in place. So, holla, no crazy hair AND it looks cute. A good option when it is too windy to keep a hat on.

    May 21, 2009 at 7:05 pm
  • Reply Chris Wallace

    Merino wool > synthetics

    May 22, 2009 at 3:47 am
  • Reply Much Ado

    I am loving these posts! So packed full of useful info!!! And it is great to get other links to other running blogs!!! Thanks for posting all this.

    May 22, 2009 at 5:11 am
  • Reply *~! megs !~*

    ordering those nike shorts from nordstrom right now. thanks for the tips!!

    May 22, 2009 at 7:28 am
  • Reply Cindy

    this is a great post! the ear buds drive me crazy b/c i’m constantly stuffing them back into my ear. i thought maybe i had oddly shaped ears. good to know it’s not just me.

    you’re almost there! good luck in sd!

    May 22, 2009 at 7:48 am
  • Reply LG

    you know you have a bit of an addiction when you spend more money on gear & apparel then on regular clothes, but I am fully convinced that looking good on the course makes me faster!

    May 22, 2009 at 9:39 am
  • Reply Alisa

    I have the Long Mesh Tank…it rides a little on me. Maybe I should have bought a large.

    Have you decided on a top for SD?

    May 22, 2009 at 9:49 am
  • Reply Casey

    I seriously had no idea what I was looking at in the photo at first! That could have been a disaster!

    Thanks for the tip on the sun block. I have been trying to find a stingless sun block ever since I started running. I didn’t think it existed!

    May 23, 2009 at 3:42 am
  • Reply P.O.M.

    I’m so excited for your marathon girlie! I wish I could go down there and cheer you on.

    I also want to hear your full report on Nuun. I’ve been meaning to try it. I usually just use water, but I think I need to switch it up.

    May 25, 2009 at 9:36 am
  • Reply Kelly

    I vouch for the Bondi Band headbands. I bought one at my first multisport convention, and wear it almost EVERY run to keep my hair out of my face.

    May 30, 2009 at 3:50 pm
  • Reply Alice

    I just came across to your blog and love it.!! Well, I like to buy all my clothes and accessories on clearance at Dicks Sporting Goods.

    July 3, 2009 at 2:27 am
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