There are so many things that go into running a marathon...from the shoes to the music, and I am obsessed with all of it. I have a month to go until my second marathon, and I can’t wait to do it already! The feeling of accomplishment was indescribable last year. I said it was the fourth best day of my life, after getting married and having my kids.
Finding the right shoe is paramount. Fit and comfort are key, and can make or break your runs. I have narrow feet, and the Mizuno Wave Riders are perfect for me. I am completely infatuated with my newest pair because they are the Anniversary edition, only available until January. This color has never been made by Mizuno before, and I think they are the coolest. This is the pair that will take me all 26.2 miles.
The training runs are the hardest part of a marathon, so I always take the time to prepare myself. Of course I drink as much water as I can to hydrate my insides, but I always make sure to prep my skin too. Winter runs in Texas are heavenly. To actually not sweat before the run is so nice, but winter temps can dry out my skin. I always apply a good facial moisturizer, lip balm with SPF, and cuticle cream. This is a perfect time to let it all soak in. I am big on sunscreen, and I love using sunscreen powder on my runs because it doesn’t make my face sweat, and it works right away. I can swipe it on as I am heading out the door and be immediately protected.
I don’t know if it was my discovery and infatuation with Madonna in the 80’s, but I am often attracted to neon. I am not big on it for everyday wear, but it adds such a cool element to my running clothes. My iPod armband is neon green so I always have a bit on me. For long runs I adore my Nike neon orange tank because it has pockets for my mint chocolate GU (yummy!) and can hold all four that I need for the marathon.
But down to the nitty gritty of marathon prep...the MUSIC. I cannot get through my runs without songs that motivate me. I run so much, that finding new ones and not getting sick of them can be a challenge, but I have put together a list of all my current favorites. Nicki Minaj sings so many of these songs that I sometimes feel like she is my training partner!
Super Bass by Nicki Minaj
Moves Like Jagger by Maroon 5
I Won’t Back Down by Blake Shelton and Dia Frampton (didn’t you watch The Voice?)
The Edge of Glory by Lady Gaga
(It) Feels So Good by Steven Tyler
It Girl by Jason Derulo
You Make Me Feel... by Cobra Starship
Without You by David Guetta and Usher
Stereo Hearts by Gym Class Heros and Adam Levine
We Found Love by Rihanna
Where Them Girls At by David Guetta, Flo Rida and Nicki Minaj
Turn Me On by David Guetta and Nicki Minaj
2012 by Jay Sean and Nicki Minaj (perfect for this time of year!)
Not Over You by Gavin DeGraw
Brighter Than the Sun by Colbie Caillat (totally puts a spring in your step)
Domino by Jessie J (this makes me fun faster!)
Best Thing I Never Had by Beyonce
Honey Bee by Blake Shelton (I live in Texas now, so I need a little Country)
Oh Darling by Plug in Stereo and Cady Groves (slow, but my husband always sings it to me in the car and I love it!)
Fly by Nicki Minaj and Rihanna
A Thousand Years by Christina Perri (sometimes I can run to something slow if it is this beautiful)
Good Feeling by Flo Rida
You Da One by Rihanna
Now that I have all the necessities taken care of, I can focus on the best part of this experience. I will be running all 26.2 miles with my very best friend in the world, my twin sister, Stephanie. I cannot wait to cross the finish line together!