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Awkward Hydration Belts

Happy Friday everyone! I’m so excited that we’ve made it around to the weekend again. It’s been a crazy past 2 weeks with the holidays, so I am MORE than ready for a normal weekend at home for a change.

Sickness update: I’m still sick. Ugh. Still fever-free, but I’m coughing/congested/sneezy. My throat was pretty sore after teaching Jazzercise last night, so I’m hoping class tonight will go smoothly. If I have a small class, I’ll just cue with as few words as possible. 🙂

Awkward Hydration Belts

For anyone that has ever been a runner or watched some long-distance races, you know what I’m talking about. Those huge, tacky, 4-8 bottle hydration belts that are basically fanny packs on crack.

1363894005_3503_imagesYes, they are kinda a necessity for 26.2 miles, but no one looks good in that. And no one really wants to have all that business going on around their waist when there are already so many other things that have the potential to cause chafing.

Nathan-beltHoly smokes.

IMG_3967The backpack type is also a little too over the top for me. So I may just buy the awkward one and get a nice, thick dog to carry it for me.

IMG_0163HA! Just kidding. Mac would be jealous.

I’ve been avoiding buying one up to this point because I honestly just don’t want to wear it. My waist is so slim in comparison to my hips that I’m guaranteed to have a hard time keeping that sucker in place while I bounce up and down. Hence the reason I wear a wireless mic for Jazzercise and not the wired type that require a battery pack belt. It won’t stay in place!

I’ve come to terms with the fact that I will need one to get me by during my first marathon. There will be aid stations every mile but having a bottle with me at all times seems like a good idea. So I’m thinking about something fairly small like this:

SwiftsThe purple one is pretty! I just want enough water to get my gels down between stations. Other than that, I can use the water and Gatorade on the course to keep me going.

Any suggestions from other runners out there? My runner friend, Heather, said she tried one but it leaked all over her. So I’m hoping I can get a nice, quality belt with a good bottle that I will just love (and that doesn’t leak!). And look super awesome wearing it too, of course.

Tomorrow’s long run would probably benefit from having a belt, but since I haven’t found one yet I love, I’ll just make a pit stop by my porch to get a good drink around the mid-way point. I’m shooting for 15 miles to set me on the right track for my full marathon training, but the sidewalks and side roads are still covered in snow and black ice. So if I can scope out some good/safe paths, I’ll be good to finish. If not, I’ll get as far as I can without getting stuck in the middle of a crowded road!

Have a great night and a great weekend everyone. See ya later!


New Year’s Eve and a Fever

Happy Tuesday morning to ya! Oh and Happy New Year’s Eve too! My week hasn’t been off to the best start, but I’m trying to just stay positive – no one wants to be a pouty party pooper on New Year’s!

I woke up yesterday morning feeling pretty icky. I had to get up for Jazzercise at 5 a.m. and could immediately tell that it was going to be a rough day.

high-fever-thermometer-clip-artThank you google images for all the lovely ‘fever’ clipart. HA! I had a lowgrade fever of 99.6 before heading out to teach class. I didn’t feel terrible, but I didn’t feel awesome either. SO I went ahead and taught class to the 2 ladies who showed up. I made it through our workout fine but with a little lower intensity than normal.

By the time I made it home, showered, and to my office for the day, I knew it was going to be rough. My fever had gone up to 100.2, and I was feeling it. I know that we are supposed to wait to take meds for a fever until it gets over 101 degrees to give the fever a chance to fight off the bad stuff in our systems. But I couldn’t stand to sit at my desk all day going from blazing hot to chilled and freezing. So I took some ibuprofen to get me though the day.

When I arrived home last night, I was definitely sicky-poo and needing some rest. Nick took care of me and got me some Chinese food (egg-drop soup!) that I tried to choke down. I laid on the couch and watched my temp rise up over 100 degrees again, so I took more meds and headed to bed around 8:30 pm.

This morning I slept in as late I could before rolling out of bed for the day. My temperature is only slightly elevated today, but the rest of my body still hates me. Why can’t I stay healthy for longer than a couple weeks?! I’m hating this fever/flu-like junk because I can do nothing except drink lots of fluids and rest. And this girl has a hard time resting. It’s amazing how my anxiety rises when I can’t get out and run or teach Jazzercise.

Ok enough with the crummy stuff. Onto the more fun items, like what are we all doing for New Year’s Eve?!

NewYearsEveI hope you have something fun planned! Nick and I were going to play it low key and have a quiet dinner out somewhere and then come home to watch the fireworks on TV with Mac. But now, since I’m feeling under the weather, it’s looking like he might be getting us some more Chinese take out for dinner.

It seems like each year we always want to do something really fun and exciting on New Year’s Eve, but then we wind up just kinda being boring. But I would rather be boring and cozy at home with my little family, than be in a crowded/noisy restaurant or bar with 100 strangers. Plus, this way, I can be in my pajamas by 7 pm! 🙂

Whatever you are doing tonight, I hope you stay safe and get to spend it with your loved ones. If you are sick like me, be thankful for holiday which gives us a day to rest and relax!

Have a great New Year’s Eve!