I had to turn our air conditioning back on yesterday... bummer! It's been in the 80's for the past few days, which is not nice fall weather for Michigan. I'm hoping it's a little cooler in Chicago (at least by next Sunday)!
This morning I had a six mile run at an easy pace on the schedule. I ran an out-and-back, and didn't even glance at my watch once while I was running. I just wanted to go slowly and try to enjoy the run. It was already 72 degrees, though, so it wasn't very enjoyable! But it did start to rain (just a light drizzle), which was nice.
I've been trying to figure out exactly how to carry my Gu and Shot Bloks during the marathon. For the last two marathons, I wore my hydration belt, but I really don't like wearing that (it hurts my back after a while). The Chicago Marathon has water stations just about every mile for the last 10 miles of the race, so I don't feel the need to carry any fluid. The SPI Belt is not even an option for me--that thing bounces like crazy. I bought that other belt from TJ Maxx recently, which works great if I'm just carrying my phone and a Gu or two (more than that, and it bounces a little).
So this morning, before my run, I put on a pair of running capris that have a tiny zippered pocket in back. I stuffed two Gu's and three Shot Bloks in there. Then I put on the new belt, with my phone and a Gu in the pocket. It ended up working really well! None of it bounced, and I thought I'd found a good solution.
But the capris were HOT. They weren't my beloved Under Armour Heat Gear capris; I recently bought a few other brands to try, in order to save some money on running clothes. I realized that the UA gear is well worth the extra money! I love the fabric of the Heat Gear clothes, and they really wick sweat better than any other brand. So, I was back to square one.
Anyway, I finished my run with a 10:00/mi average pace. It felt good to take it easy compared to yesterday.
This evening, after dinner, I took the boys out for ice cream at Cold Stone, but first we stopped at Dunham's to see if I could find some capris that worked for me. The UA Heat Gear capris that I had at home didn't have any pockets; I was hoping to find a pair with a pocket or two. And I was in luck!
They had these pink ones, and the same ones in a neon yellow color. I liked the yellow more, but I didn't have a shirt at home that would go with them, so I just got the pink. There is a tiny zippered pocket in the back. Just for shits and giggles, I decided to see if I could stuff FOUR Gu's in the pocket...
...and it worked! It wasn't even that hard to fit them all in. The pocket is very stretchy.
It looks a little goofy when I'm wearing them, because it sticks out in the back (from the Gu being stuffed in there), but I don't care. I jumped up and down over and over, and there was no bouncing. So, if I don't mind not carrying my phone, I won't have to wear any sort of belt during the race. If I really want to carry my phone, I can just wear the belt I got from TJ Maxx recently along with these capris. I'm going to try it all out this weekend on my runs, and see how it goes.
To add on to yesterday's story about the lotto ticket...
Today, Eli was reading his book after school, and he set aside the scratch off ticket that he was using as a bookmark. Jerry was sitting next to him, and picked up the ticket, mindlessly looking at it. Then he said to me, "Man, I SUCK at scratching off lotto tickets!" When I asked him why, he said that the one he was holding was a $5 winner. BAHAHA, that's $105 that would have been thrown in the trash if it weren't for Noah's discovery yesterday. Don't ever buy Jerry lotto tickets for a gift! ;)