My Marathon Training Must-Haves

If you’ve run a marathon, you certainly have your own “must-haves.” So I wanted to share mine with you. It’s funny how every runner is different. Some people swear by GU and others swear by ShotBloks. I personally am a GU Vanilla Bean fan ;)

If you’re planning on running a marathon next year, perhaps try some of this stuff out and see if it works for you! PS – this post contains some affiliate links. If you purchase something I make a small commission…could help me register for my next race ;)

Okay, here we go…

Marathon Training

Garmin Watch

I have the Garmin 405, as seen below, but it’s been discontinued.

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I debated between getting this one and the Forerunner 10, but that one doesn’t show you multiple things on the screen at once, and I believe also rounds your pace to the 5′s (so 8:20, 8:25, etc.). I wanted to be able to see distance, time, average speed and more on one screen (or have the option to). A similar watch might be the Garmin Forerunner 210. Or if you just want something simple then try out the Forerunner 10.

What’s the difference between this and an app like RunKeeper? I like being able to glance at my watch when I need to (I don’t carry my phone in my hand), and I think it’s a little more accurate than RunKeeper. It’s all preference really!

Spandex Shorts

I cannot run in anything else anymore. I used to run in looser running shorts, like those Nike shorts, but then it started riding up in the front and I just was uncomfortable. I’m all about lululemon “Groove” shorts now. I actually just bought this pair with a giftcard Dan gave me:

lululemon groove short

I think they’re the perfect length and fit. I love the waistband because it never digs in or sits awkwardly. I have also found great, similar options at T.J. Maxx…hey, I even wrote a whole post about it ;) I love that you can now shop online at T.J. Maxx.


S!Caps by Succeed! were probably the best thing I could have discovered before the New York City Marathon last year. I had been looking for an electrolyte supplement because I didn’t really like Nuun or GU Brew. Drinking something carbonated while running long distances did not work well for me.

Somehow I found S!Caps:

I forget how I even found them, but I was a bit wary at first since their website isn’t necessarily the most technologically advanced ;)

But I gave them a shot and they were amazing. I took them every hour on long runs and during the marathons, and never had the issues I had in the 2011 marathon…no excessive salt collecting on my skin, no extreme thirst or dehydration, no water sloshing around in my stomach. It’s all the electrolytes + salt you need in 1 capsule. I can’t recommend this product enough if you’re a heavy sweater like me.

Nathan Hydration Belt

I use the Nathan Swift Hydration Belt:

Nathan Hydration BeltI am not a fan of hydration belts with multiple bottles – I feel like it gets in my way or feels to bouncy. So last year I bought this belt, and figured I could refill it at every other water station during the marathon (which I did no problem). It’s super light and you barely even notice it’s there. The water bottle is also a bit bigger than others which I also liked. And the pocket is huge! Perfect for fitting in your GUs and other stuff.


I wrote about the FlipBelt a couple months ago…and I have not stopped wearing it on runs since. For shorter runs where you don’t need fuel, this is seriously the best thing you could invest in.

It has multiple pockets all around the belt, and I’ve been able to fit my keys, phone, tissues, etc. no problem. It does not move AT ALL. I have already had friends buy it off my suggestion who have told me the love it. I wear this most days on my runs. I used to just hide my key in my wheel wells (don’t judge me), but now I can always have it on me. You can buy the FlipBelt in different colors and sizes.


Everyone needs a recovery drink, especially during marathon training. My protein powder of choice is PlantFusion. It’s a plant based protein, and trust me, it doesn’t taste chalky or have a weird after taste like other plant powders out there. I like the vanilla bean flavor because it mixes well with anything, and it’s good enough to have plain as well. My friend really likes the chocolate flavor. There is also cookies n’ cream and unflavored. It’s all preference.


I had to end with GU…because it’s obvious! So many runners use GU in their marathon training – me being one of them. I only stick to Vanilla Bean though, but I do want to try the Salted Caramel Pretzel.

GU energy gel
I while ago I wrote about my fueling strategies, which may be a bit different than others. I take GU every 3-4 miles with water. That’s what works for me, but it takes experimentation to find what works best for you. Some people love ShotBloks but I cannot chew while running. It is so hard for me for some reason. Just try it all out!

Wow this list ended up getting a bit long. When I started writing it I figured I’d come up with like 3-4 things. I genuinely love all of these products, whether I’m marathon training or not. I’m always recommending these things to my own friends, and have turned a few of them into PlantFusion and FlipBelt fanatics! ;)

What are your must-haves for marathon training & running in general?

Are you loyal to one certain brand for fuel or you can use whatever?


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Checking In On My New Year’s Goals

Can you believe it’s almost November?! The holiday season is upon us. I really need to start Christmas shopping early this year. I always end up getting stuff days before Christmas…anyone else?

Since it’s almost the end of the year (feels weird saying that), I wanted to check in on the goals I had set in January, (here are my race goals too) and see what I’ve accomplished and what is still left to accomplish. After all, we still have 2 more months of 2014!

Here are some goals I had laid out, and which ones I have accomplished so far!

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While I can’t do 3 unassisted pull-ups in a row, I can do 3 unassisted…just with a little break in between ;) I will work on doing 3 continuous pull-ups between now and December 31.

I also was able to get to a 100 lb. squat this year! I know for many of you that may be easy but I worked up to that and felt awesome afterwards. I can’t do that now, since I’ve mainly been running, but I know that I can build back up to it.

Obviously I’m also still working on that 5K PR…which better happen in 2014!

Mini triathlon? lol maybe next year. I really do want to do one but I’m also afraid of the swim portion. I’m not a great swimmer…also, I’m pretty sure I need a bike in order to train for a triathlon.

You can see I put “1/2″ on the gain muscle and get leaner. While I have gained muscle and strength, I’m still not as lean as I would like to me. It is my own fault, since I know that diet plays a huge role and you can’t “out work a bad diet.” I am hoping I can lose at least 5-10 lbs. within the next 2 months.

And lastly, I was able to get stronger at bench press earlier this year too. Remember when I was doing the Get Swole program? I was lifting the heaviest I  have been in a while. I plan on getting back to it once I’m done training for this half.

And here are a few other goals I had talked about, non-fitness related:

  • Blog re-design & transfer to wordpress.org - check!
  • Finish online training plans to offer through my website - oops, not yet.
  • Read a minimum of 5 books - check! I think I read 4 in Paraguay alone.
  • Make more YouTube videos - I set a goal of doing one every week which I did for about a month and then slacked off. This will be a 2015 goal too!

Have you thought about your 2014 goals? You may be surprised when you look back on them and see what you’ve accomplished!

What are some goals you’re still working on?


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Things To Do In Rio De Janeiro

As some of you may know, this past summer my family went to visit our family in Paraguay, but also spent a few days in Rio De Janeiro for the World Cup. It was awesome!! I really want to go back and have more time to explore. But I wanted to share with you what I did find, and places you absolutely must go to (some are pretty obvious).

1. Cristo Redentor (Christ The Redeemer)

I mean, like I said, pretty obvious. Rio De Janeiro is known for this statue of Jesus Christ, located on the Corcovado Mountain in Tijuca Forest National Park. The statue is 128 ft tall, and is on the peak of the mountain, which is 2,300 ft. up. Oh and it’s also one of the New Seven Wonders Of The World. That’s why this is number one on my list! It really was such an amazing experience.

Christ The Redeemer

There are several ways to get up to the mountain. Some people hike or bike up there, which obviously takes hours. I was impressed seeing these people on our drive up – I could never do that! It’s a pretty steep and winding ascent.

We took a shuttle van provided by the Tijuca Forest National Park. It picked us up right in Copacabana where we were staying and took us straight to the statue. There is also a subway-like train that goes up, and winds through the forest. That does sound pretty cool too!

A few tips for when you visit:

  • Go around noon or after. Early in the morning there is a lot of fog. You’ll be disappointed if you get up there and you can’t actually see anything!
  • If you take the bus, buy your tickets in advance. You still have to wait in a line to pick them up, but the line for buying tickets in person was waaaaaaayyyyyyyy longer. 
  • Be patient. There are a lot of people up there. You’ll want to take photos of the city below, or you posing with the statue, and you’ll get your change…just be patient.



Here’s a video I took of the view:


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2. Pao De Acucar (Sugarloaf Mountain)

Another popular tourist attraction. We did this on our last day, when I was pretty tired already so I feel like I didn’t take it all in as much as I should have. I remember feeling too tired to walk around and really explore the area.  Sugarloaf Moutain is 1,299 ft above the water, and you have some great views of the city. It’s well known for the cable cars that you take up to the mountain itself. You take one car halfway, then switch cars and keep going up.

Sugarloaf Cable Cars

Once you get to the top, they have areas to take photos and take in the scenery. You can also go for walks on trails through a forest area.

Sugarloaf Moutain

The cable cars run every 20 minutes, and the line moved pretty quickly. Same tip as above applies here…go more towards noon time so fog and clouds don’t block your view! Tickets for the cable car are about $30. When you get to the base where you’ll be getting on the first cable car, look up and you’ll see a mountain…and probably some crazy people climbing it!

 3. Go Eat!

There are sooooo many great places to eat in Rio, and specifically in Copacabana where we stayed. My recommendation is checking out Boteco Da Garrafa, which I believe has multiple locations, so you can go in Copacabana or go to their location located within the city of Rio. What I loved about Rio was that all the restaurants had mainly outdoor seating. I mean, why not when the weather is 80s year round. We were there during their winter time and it was still 80s! If you’ve never had rodizio, then you have to go to a rodizio grill in Brazil. Try new foods, try new beverages (like guarana!)…oh and definitely try the caipirinhas! 

This was taken at the Boteco.

This was taken at the Boteco.

4. Go to a market/fair.

While we were there, we were lucky enough that the once a month Antique Fair in Lapa on Rua Do Lavradio was going on. It occurs on the first Saturday of every month. There were so many artisans and vendors with great crafts. My sister and I were on a budget so it was hard to choose! You can find other markets in Copacabana as well. Take a walk down the famed sidewalk of Copacabana and you’ll be bound to find one on the weekend. Another popular one is the Ipanema Hippie Fair which occurs every Sunday in Rio. This is a great time to find souvenirs to take back home. I also found great items to decorate my apartment with :) Antique Fair Lapa Brazil And that’s all that we had the time to do unfortunately. I really wanted to go to Ilha Grande, which is an island off the coast of Rio. Look at how beautiful this looks!  Ilha.Grande.640.5176Photo Source

The reason we couldn’t go is because it’s a full days excursion, and we tried to pack a lot of stuff into each day. I did find a lagoon that kind of looked like this, but I don’t know what the name was!! It’s by Sugarloaf. We stopped there to get some coconut water and dip our toes into the water. There was paddleboarding too which my sister begged me to do but I thought the water was too chilly. If someone knows where this is, tell me!


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Now that I’m writing this post I want to go back there so bad. It really was so beautiful and I know there is so much more I need to see. 

If you decide to go, I highly suggest checking out Airbnb. We rented out an apartment which cost us way less than what a hotel one block away from the beach in Copacabana will cost. 

Have you been to Rio De Janeiro? Tell me what I need to go do next time!

Where is your favorite place you have traveled to recently?


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Philly Half Marathon Training Week 12 + 5K Race Recap

I’d say last week was a good week of training minus the fact that my shins were (and still are) killing me. I don’t get what’s going on but I know the culprit is extremely tight calves. I’m hoping having today off from running will help a little bit…but we’ll see. Okay here is last week’s training:

Monday: 2 easy miles. I wanted to test out the Nike Lunarglides but didn’t end up liking them. Too stiff for me.

Tuesday: Track workout. 2 mile warm up, then 2×1 mile repeats at 8:45 per mile. Was supposed to do 3 repeats but it started downpouring. Well it was downpouring in the beginning which was fine (I felt pretty hardcore!), but then thunder and lightning started so that was my cue to leave.


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Wednesday: Off Thursday: Since I knew I was running a 5K over the weekend, I did my longer run here. I was supposed to run 10 miles this week but opted to do 7 because I wanted to be fresh for the 5K. As I’ve mentioned before, my main goal during this training is to beat my 5K PR…the half marathon is just a bonus! We did a hilly 7 mile run but felt pretty good. I love running in the fall!


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Friday: Easy 4 miles. Shins were hurting a bit. Slower pace – nothing great about this run, just getting it done.

Saturday: I was supposed to run 3-4 miles but I knew my body and shins needed a break. I was EXHAUSTED and my legs were just in pain. Always listen to your body. If you need a rest day just take it!

Sunday: 5K race. Ran it in 27:47! My last 5K about a month ago was 28:35. Slowly improving and slowly getting back to where I want to be. 

Here’s the full recap:

The 5K was called the Rutgers Against Hunger 5K and was held at the football stadium at Rutgers. I expected a pretty flat course but there were a few inclines thrown in there, but nothing crazy. Both my mom and dad ran it as well!

I didn’t have a lot of time to warm up so I jogged for about 10 minutes then did some dynamic drills. And then we were off!

According to my mom’s RunKeeper, we hit mile 1 in 8:22. After that, I don’t know my splits because I forgot my watch and there were no clocks on the course, and my mom was behind me after mile 1. I was totally running by feel, which was…interesting :)

A little before mile 2 I started struggling a bit. I was feeling tired but told myself I could do it. That the 5K is meant to be challenging. To push myself. So I kept going. I actually ran most of the way with this other man, and then I backed off a bit. But once I gave myself a pep talk I caught back up to him and he was like “There’s my friend!” So we stuck together until about 1/2 mile to go, when he said, “I’m trying to figure out when to empty the tank!” to which I said, “Same!”

With 1/2 mile or so to go I tried to pick it up, and with a 1/4 mile to go I gave it all I had. Once I saw the finish line I sped up as much as possible, and someone yelled out, “Way to go!! Keep that pace!”. It was pretty cool because as I finished, there was no one really around me. So it felt like everyone was cheering for just me. That’s what it must feel like to win a race! lol :-P


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Right after I finished, the man I ran with finished too and came over to high five me and say good job. As I always say, this is why I love the running community!! Oh let’s talk about my dad for a second. He finished in 24:45 or so. His fastest time ever!! I was really proud of him. He hasn’t been running regularly, but he has started lifting most days and doing hill sprints. I think that has really helped him. My mom finished in 28:20ish and got 3rd in her age group! All around a great day for running.


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I’m really hoping that by the time my last 5K rolls around in December that I will be able to break 25:42!! We’ll see!

Did you run a race this weekend? Leave a comment if you’re running NYC Marathon this weekend? I can’t wait to go watch!!


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New Workout Playlist 15

It’s the start of the weekend – woohoo!

My weekend will be kinda busy and I wish I had one day of sleeping in, but I won’t :-p

Tomorrow is my XC team’s last meet. It’s our Region meet and I have high hopes for them, they’ve been nailing their workouts and I think they’ll do great. 

Sunday I am running a 5K with my dad at Rutgers, and then him, my mom and I are driving down to Philly to check out the half marathon course and figure out race day logistics. I’ve only been to Philly once so it’ll be a fun little day trip. Any suggestions for place to get lunch? 

Anyway, to kick off the weekend, here is my latest workout playlist. I’ve been obsessed with Nick Jonas’s new song. I can’t stop listening to it. I know, I’m so lame.


Any tunes I should add to my playlist? What song have you been listening to on repeat?

What are you up to this weekend??


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Why Do Runners Pay To Run?

Before writing this, I did a Google search to see what would pop up if you type, “Why do runners…” I thought it was pretty funny :)


I’ve gotten the question, “Why would you pay to run??” a lot over the years. My BF just doesn’t understand haha. I bet most non-runners don’t get it. I mean why WOULD you pay hundreds of dollars to run 13.1 or 26.2 miles? Or even hundreds of dollars each year in 5K or other race registration fees? You’re literally paying to run a few miles! Crazy right?

Well, I obviously don’t think so, since I run race ;) So I wanted to talk about why pay to run, and what it means to me. I actually got the inspiration from I Heart Running, since she wrote up reasons why she pays to run. Here are my reasons:

  1. It holds me accountable. Registering for a big race like a half marathon or marathon gives me a goal to work towards. Without a race goal I really lose motivation. After NYC Marathon last year I had no race goal and just wanted time off. I didn’t end up running much at all. I was going to the gym and lifting regularly, but when it comes to running I need something to work towards.
  2. I can’t run race pace on my own. Might sound silly, but if I go out and say, okay I’m going to run my own 5K and see if I can break my PR…it definitely won’t happen. There’s something about running a race with a bunch of other people pulling you along that helps me run faster than I ever would on my own. Does anyone else feel that way?
  3. The experience. I want the New York City Marathon experience. And maybe next year the Chicago Marathon experience. One day maybe Boston. Sure it’s super expensive but some people choose to spend their money on vacations to other countries, and I choose to spend it on races that I can experience and also remember forever. I love that I can say I run with my mom and that we can have all these race memories together.
  4. The challenge. I love challenging myself and working towards new goals. Races allow me to test my fitness and see how far I’ve come. In strength training, people log PRs when it comes to how much weight they’re lifting. And in running, we run races to set PRs. Over and over again ;)
  5. The community. This is one of the more important reasons for me. I’ve written about the running community a couple of times, and this is really one of the main aspects that I love. Whether a runner or a spectator, this community supports runners of all levels. Runners are a friendly bunch and you can always make some new friends at a race. Who else can you talk to about bloody toenails, port-a-potty woes, etc? :) And spectators are who really get me through races. Like I’ve said a million times, spectators are what made the NYC Marathon experience magical for me.

So how about you? Why do you pay to run? (or bike, or swim?) Do you ever get asked that question?


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Health & Fitness Links To Get You Through The Day

You know what I just realized? The NYC Marathon is next weekend!! I’m seriously so pumped for all of you running it and I can’t wait to go be a spectator. And to see Kara Goucher run!

Let me know if you’re running so I can try to find you in the crowd! I plan on having this sign :)

Anyway, here are your links for today!

Featured: 4 Yoga Poses For Tight Hips (Keeping It Simpelle)



I love this pose though I can’t lean forward like that. And I’ve never tried the shoelace one. Think I will do these tonight!

  • Spooktacular Smoothies (Run To The Finish) – Cute idea and the smoothie recipes look delicious. If you have a smoothie recipe, head on over to Amanda’s page to link up to this post!
  • Yoga Must Haves (Tina Reale) – Those shorts/underwear by C9 look really comfy! I need to get more tops specifically for yoga. I like my running shirts baggy but this doesnt’ go well when you’re in downward dog :-P
  • Taco Pizza (A Mindfull Mom) – This just made me really hungry. Combining tacos and pizza? Sounds awesome.
  • Last Minute Healthy Meals (SuzLyfe) – I’m all about quick, healthy meals – especially for dinner. I usually get home from the gym and just want to eat. There are some good ideas here.
  • 30 Best Kettlebell Exercises (Lifting Revolution) – I need to get a kettlebell to just have in my apartment for when I don’t go to the gym. Bookmarking this!

Do you wear different types of fitness apparel for different activities? What do you prefer? I need loose fitting shirts and spandex shorts!


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Add Pull Exercises To Your Routine

Chances are, if you’re like me, you sit at a desk for the majority of your day. This can wreak havoc on your posture and muscles. I wrote once about posture tips in the office, but today I want to talk about what you can do at the gym to help your posture.

Something I learned when I first starting personal training in 2010 was in regards to exercises we do that can either help or end up making our posture worst. Pull exercises are the #1 that can help you maintain better posture (I feel like I already typed posture 10 times and I’m only 2 paragraphs in).

Add These Back Workouts To Your Routine

Most people do push exercises when they’re at the gym, or do a combo of push and pull exercises.

Push exercises include: push-ups, bench press/any type of press

Pull exercises include: pull-ups, rows, pull-downs

I know that banging out a few bench press reps makes you feel awesome and hardcore, but it may not be the best thing for your posture. When you sit at a desk all day, chances are you’re probably hunched over, at least a little bit. That means your shoulders are rounded forward, and as time goes on, they stay like that. Your pectoral muscles get tight, and doing more bench press reps just ends up making it worse…meaning then your shoulders are hunched over, and the vicious cycle continues.

That’s why I suggest doing more pull exercises than push exercises. I rarely even do push exercises to be honest. I’d rather work on my back anyway, which is one of your largest muscle groups. I also have horrible posture so I know going for a bench press PR won’t help me (though I did try this winter haha).

Doing anything that involves pulling will work your back muscles, which is good for a few reasons.

  1. Working a large muscle group like your back means you’re burning more calories, before and after the workout.
  2. Your back muscles are what keeps your posture up and also pulls your shoulders back. A strong back will help correct posture imbalances.

When you start doing more back workouts, just make sure you mix up horizontal pulls (seated row) and vertical pulls (lat pulldown).


Here are a few of my go-tos, and I wrote about more in a previous post as well:

Negative pull-ups

Can’t do a pull-up? No problem. Start with these. These are really tough but will make you stronger really quickly. This exercises focuses on your lats and biceps. Yeah you’re not actually PULLING yourself up but you’re working towards being able to do unassisted pull-ups (if that’s your goal)

Start with lowering in 5 seconds, and work your way up to 10 seconds (aka it takes you 10 seconds before your arms are straight again)

Seated row

I love seated row. It’s probably my favorite exercise and has really helped me build a stronger back. Make sure you sit with your chest up and shoulders back. Shoulders back always!! Pull in with force, then take 3 seconds to let the weight go again. Don’t rush through any of these exercises. Focus on squeezing your shoulder blades as you pull in.

Cable row (Runners, add this to your routine!)

I just started doing this as I’ve been half marathon training and I believe it has really helped me running. Go to a cable machine, pull the cable out a bit and stand in a split stance. Leg that goes back matches with the arm holding the cable. As always, chest up, shoulders back and when you pull make sure to maintain that posture and don’t let your body turn in any way. Your torso should stay facing forward. Pull in with force, then slowly let it out.

She’s not standing in a split stance but her form cues are exactly what you need to be doing.

Why is this great for runners? Because it’s working on your arm strength specific to running. When you need power, what do you do? You pump your arms. You need that arm force. This exercises goes through that exact movement pattern, and as you get stronger you’ll have more power when you need that finishing kick.

To make it more challenging and add in a leg workout too, you can grab the cable, do a reverse lunge, and as you come up do the cable row.

So my main tip? Stop doing as much pushing and start pulling!

Do you do chest AND back exercises or tend to focus more on one?

What’s your favorite pull exercise?


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How To Wash Your Workout Clothes

I have way more workout clothes than normal clothes. My laundry days consist of probably 90% workout clothes. I love that I work in an athletic office and as a coach so I can wear fitness apparel to work too. Though now it sucks because when I put on jeans I feel so constricted, blah.

Anyway, it’s important to take care of your workout gear if you want them to last. I used to just throw them all in the wash with my normal clothes and call it a day. Now I’m careful to wash them how they’re supposed to be washed, and hang dry them.

I learned key things once I started working with Raw Athletics, a company that puts out a natural sports detergent and a sports spray (for your funky smelling shoes). I actually also wrote up a post on their products, so if you’re interested in trying it out, read it here!

I mean, did you know you shouldn’t wash your workout clothes with things like jeans and towels? I definitely didn’t. 

How To Wash Your Workout Clothes

So now I’m going to share a few tips I learned from Raw Athletics on how to wash your workout clothes :)

Like I mentioned above, you probably already know to wash your athletic wear in a cold wash and air dry. For some reason I used to wash in hot because I figured a scalding hot wash would kill all the bacteria and odor. Most performance apparel laundry instructions state to use a cold wash.

Don’t wash with abrasive fabrics. This includes jeans, towels, and anything with zippers. I made the mistake of doing this with a lululemon top and something got caught and pulled out a thread. Very annoying when you pay $$$ for lululemon stuff! Besides that, washing with other clothes can cause pilling and fraying.

Use powdered detergent. Raw Athletics does a good job of explaining this so I’m just going to quote them here:

Most brands, especially Nike Dri-Fit, recommend using a powdered detergent because powdered surfactants gently yet very effectively remove soils and debris from the fabric much better than liquid surfactants, without leaving behind any residue.

Don’t use detergents with fragrances. Like Tide Sport or Febreze. The smell clogs up the pores of your clothes, which leads to even smellier clothes as time goes on (from your sweat being stuck on the fabric). You’d think using fragrances would HELP the whole smelly clothes issue, but that’s not the case! Brands like Nike and lululemon even put on their instructions to avoid using fabric softeners.

Turn clothes inside out. According to a few brands’ washing instructions, you should turn your clothes inside out before washing. I actually did not know that until I started writing this post! Good to know. Doing so reduces fading of colors and also reduces pilling. 

Random side note (speaking of pilling) – I just bought a pair of lululemon Wunder Unders last weekend, and the inside groin/crotch area is already starting to pill. WTF?? When something costs upwards of $90, shouldn’t this not happen? Or is this normal? Anyone else have this issue?

Anyway…those are just a few tips to help you out on your next laundry day. I’ve noticed that once I started taking better care of my garments, they lasted longer and stayed in decent condition. Also, once I started using Raw Athletics, it really helped take that awful sweaty smell out. Or you know how sometimes you wash your clothes, but then as soon as you sweat in them they stink? That would always happen to me. 

If you want to read other reviews of their products, you can find one here from MCM Mama Runs, and one from The Active Guy. Feel free to leave any questions below!

Oh also, here are washing guides specific to each popular fitness brand, brought to you by Raw Athletics:

Do you take care of your workout clothes? Do you follow the washing instructions or just throw everything in together?


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Philly Half Marathon Training Week 12

Another week down. I actually had a decent week of training minus 2 days missed due to some pain which I’ll get into below. Here’s how things went last week:

Monday: Lifting. I hadn’t lifted in like 2 weeks so after this session, I was SORE. My glutes were sore for days. I did this leg workout.

Tuesday: Track workout! I really do look forward to “Track Tuesdays.” I love running on the track and feeling fast (well, fast for me). My mom and I warmed up with 3 miles, then did 6×400 at 2:00 min. per lap. That was the goal, we actually did: 2:01, 2:00, 1:56, 1:54, 1:57, 2:01. I think I could have gotten the last one in sub-2 as well but it got dark out fast so I actually was just following the white lines and also didn’t want to sprain an ankle. It’s the first time I have consistently been able to do several 400s under 2!



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Wednesday: Off

Thursday: 3 mile group run at FitBlogNYC. This event was put on by Fitness Magazine and was awesome! So many goodies given to us bloggers, including sneakers. Will definitely be going back next year. We ran 3 miles along the West Side Highway. It was great meeting a bunch of new fitness bloggers!

Friday: 9 miles. This was a decent run. Didn’t feel amazing but didn’t feel awful. Just felt tired starting mile 5ish. Average pace was 10:33 per mile. I’ll take it.



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Oh yeah, so the pain I told you about…that’s the reason I didn’t run Saturday and Sunday? Well, after my 9 mile run, I walked around to cooldown, then sat down to stretch for 10 minutes. When I got up, as soon as I took a step with my left leg, there was this really sharp pain on the side of my foot. I couldn’t put weight on it. I was kind of scared I broke a bone in my foot or something. I took a shower but it wasn’t going away. Took some Tylenol and then after an hour it subsided a bit.

Now it is not hurting me when I walk around but it hurts when I get up in the middle of the night to go to the bathroom or something, and hurts when I first wake up. I decided to give myself two days off to rest it and hopefully it’s nothing. Has anyone experienced anything like this before?? I wear orthotics in my left shoe (it’s my left foot), and sometimes the outside of my foot hurts a bit, I guess because of the arch support – but it has never hurt that bad. Hmm…

Anyway, tomorrow is another track workout so I hope my foot is fine by then!

How’s your training going? Have you ever felt pain and immediately assumed the worst?


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