Before I even begin today's post, I need to thank you guys for keeping me accountable. Because I was so excited to use my new fuel belt and share a brief review, I had
to get out of bed today to use it!
I'm glad I did, because I also caught glimpses of three shooting stars leftover from the Perseid meteor shower that was super bright Sunday and Monday.
I know it seems like I post photos of new shoes at least once a week, but I really mean it this time.
|I can already feel the neon making me faster!|
I went back to Fit2Run with my Adrenalines in hand. After giving them a shot since July, I just knew they weren't right for me. The employee who took my return was surprised I hadn't been fitted for the Trance, as they're really the equivelant of the Asics Kayano. Still, I told him at this point I just wanted what I knew worked for me.
|The 19s are slightly more narrow in the toe, so I sized up to 8.5 rather than an 8.|
I walked out fifteen minutes later (after an extremely awkward fitting during which I had to apologize for my I've-been-wearing-work-shoes-without-socks-all-day-smelly-feet) with a gorgeous pair of Kayano 19s. I am thrilled!
This is it, guys. I know these are meant for me!
Anyway, this morning I woke up at 4:25, ate a few SportsBeans, and read some blogs until I was awake enough to get moving.
I ran with my new Nathan Speed 4R
fuel belt. I only put in two bottles because my run was only going to be three miles. I definitely noticed a little sloshing, and I think one of the bottles was leaking a little because I didn't close the cap all the way.
|I went for basic black, but there are pink and blue options, too.|
I like that there's no closure on the nipple of the bottle; it has a one-way system built in and all you have to do is squeeze the bottle to get a perfect jet of water. The belt didn't wiggle; it definitely sat where I secured it. The pocket is the perfect size for my keys, and will be great for fuels on my longer runs.
|Nothing like a fuzzy under-the-street-light shot to really provide a clear picture.|
My arms never clipped the bottles and they were easy to remove from the belt while running. The extra weight will take awhile to get used to, and I definitely noticed it once I took the belt off, but during the run I didn't feel it affected my gait. (I was a little slower today, but that could be remnants from the long run Sunday...my hamstrings are still a little tired.) The water didn't stay super cold, but I guess that's to be expected.
I wore my new shoes, and felt absolutely awesome.
|I kind of love that they look like rainbow sherbet.|
Finally, I'm happy to mention that I've updated my What I'm Reading
list to include the blogs I've been obsessed with lately! I just added the new ones to the top; the blogs aren't in any particular order. Believe me, they're all worth checking out!
Do you run with water/fuel?
Recommend a blog you're loving right now!
What are your thoughts on this new trend of super-bright running shoes?
Great job on the run and glad that you are liking the fuel belt. It will become so natural. The shoes are quite pretty ;-).ReplyDelete
Thanks! I'm looking forward to the belt becoming an extension of my body lol!Delete
I love rainbow sherbet, so maybe I should consider those shoes ;)ReplyDelete
I never run with water or fuel, but I am running 9 miles on Saturday so I might need to change that :)
I did my first 3 half marathons without any fuel. I regret that! Learning how to fuel has really made my long runs stronger.Delete
Glad you're finally back in comfortable shoes :)ReplyDelete
I don't really need a fuel belt, but I really want one because they remind me of the wireless microphone pack/belt Britney Spears used to wear when she performed live back in the late 90s:
*sigh* She was so cool.
LOL that's the best reason ever to want a fuel belt! She was so perfect...look how young she looks! Crazy!Delete
Anyway, I didn't fuel for my half marathons but I wish I had. I don't think I'll ever do another long run without something to eat!
I snack on Honeystingers sometimes but I have this little wrist pouch I bring me with. I am looking forward to graduating to the fuel belt someday! :)Delete
I do run with water...but I just carry a water bottle in my hand...have not been happy with a belt yet...ReplyDelete
I've found the sloshing of the waterbottle in my hand is really distracting and makes me feel unbalanced on one side. I was definitely happy with how "balanced" I felt with the belt on.Delete
Your new shoes are absolutely adorable! I am so excited to get new shoes sometime this week or next. Mine are DEFINITELY old. I've never fueled, and I don't know when would be a good time to start incorporating it in. I am so set in my ways and stubborn. :-) I'm glad to be back and can't wait to catch up on your blog!ReplyDelete
I wish I'd fueled for my half marathons! Now that I know what it's about, and that it actually pays off, I can't believe I didn't try it sooner. But yeah, it definitely takes some trial and error!Delete
I hope you had a great vacation!!
I have bright blue shoes and I love them. neon will always be in for me! I looked at your blog list and it's weird how we only overlap on like, one blog! I feel like I follow so many but maybe I'll dig through your list and find new ones :)ReplyDelete
I think now that I've had a taste of bright colors, I'll never turn back. Although one day maybe I'll just go for basic-black-badass-shoes lol.Delete
I mostly only follow running blogs! Maybe that's why there's a lack of overlap. There are so many out there, finding new ones to love is almost problematic haha
LOVE those new shoes. And I'm glad you posted about the belt. I need one in my life. I;m horrible at hydrating and I think it's not letting me recover enough before my next run.ReplyDelete
PS- Thank you for the shout out on your blog page... that is SUCH a sweet write up! You are equally inspiring to get people moving! Especially because they can buy sweet shoes like that to move them.
Even with the fuel belt, I can't bring myself to drink as much as I probably should. The idea of finishing even one bottle is kind of daunting! But I going to force myself to learn how to hydrate properly!Delete
You're very welcome! I agree; the #1 motivator for getting active is the adorable shoes haha!
I am in the market for a running belt!! I have finally discovered that I run better and feel better when I fuel DURING a run ((wow shocker, right?!))ReplyDelete
I will check out that fuel belt! Thanks for the review!
Haha, you're definitely not the only one late to the game...apparently there's really a reason behind all these gels and fuel options lol!Delete
Glad to hear you love the fuel belt!ReplyDelete
I am a little eiffy to get one of these because I don't know if I would like the water around my waist...weird, right??
I asked my mama if she would buy me an early Christmas present! I want a hydration back pack!!
Glad to hear your running is going well!
You rock girl!
Like you, I wasn't sure how I'd feel about it. I figured if I can run with a Spibelt, adding some water bottles wouldn't be much different. The I don't like the idea of running with a "backpack" because it seems like it'd be hot/sloshy, but I know LOTS of people who love their backpacks or vests. To each her own I guess!Delete
I'm glad you found your shoes! I'm still on the hunt. I used to wear asics, but on the new ones, the toe box is too narrow and sizing up didn't help :(ReplyDelete
It's a shame that they decided to narrow the toebox. One reason I love Asics is the width. I think Saucony are supposed to be pretty well known for having a nice wide toebox!Delete
Hello! I nominated you for the sunshine award! Check out my blog at http://runlikeag.blogspot.com/2013/08/the-sunshine-award.htmlReplyDelete
Ah, you're too sweet! Thank you!Delete
Hopefully I have some spare time to actually participate! It's been super hard to even get a normal post written this week lol.
It took me forever to figure out which brand of running shoes were best for me and I finally fell head over heels in love with Asics. I get a new pair once every year or so and it's about that time--your new shoes might be the frontrunner for me too!ReplyDelete
Asics are just pretty hard to beat! It's so frustrating to have to test a million different shoes to find the brand and style that works...but once you find it, it makes all the difference.Delete
I read some of the same blogs you do. Also check out Twisted Running, she is awesome and funny. I have never tried a running belt, I just plan my route then go ahead of time and drop water out at different spots along the way then I pick up one bottle, carry and drink it until I get to the next bottle and so on.ReplyDelete
I'll definitely check out Twisted Running!Delete
I used to just do water drops, but I hate carrying the bottle in my hand and I always ended up guzzling too much. With the belt, I can take small sips as I go, so I'm less likely to chug a bunch and then cramp up.