90-Minute Run + Running Headband Giveaway

Woohoo! I finished a 90-minute run today! Yayyyy!

Ok, I can’t say I felt totally awesome during all of it, but I kept trucking along and finished with a smile on my face. And, hey, that’s the important part, right? Plus, it’s always fun to accomplish a “new” running goal. Well, technically, I’ve run these distances many times in the past, but not since October 2013 when I was pregnant, so it’s all new-ish to me again!

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Before I headed out to run, I snacked on banana with some almond butter and finished my iced coffee from breakfast. I needed a little something in my stomach before I hit the pavement. Running on an empty stomach = no bueno.

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While getting ready to run, I broke out my stash of GU from my marathon training days more than 3 years ago. I hadn’t taken GU on my long runs until now, but I figured I might as well for a 90-minute one. I mean, if I didn’t need it, I didn’t have to eat it, ya know? Better safe than sorry!

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In my Spibelt: GU, Chapstick, headphones, and gloves, which, weren’t actually inside my Spibelt, but I brought them along just in case I needed them. (I drove to Southfield to do my run, so I stashed a few things in my car while I ran.)

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It was 42 degrees and sunny, so I didn’t wear my gloves. I also left my water bottle in the car just in case I needed a water-stop during my run.

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My run went fairly well. Although, right from the beginning, I could tell it was going to be a rough one. I just didn’t have a ton of energy and my legs felt so heavy. I ended up struggling through the first few miles and then around 40 minutes decided to take my packet of GU. It actually helped, and I felt pretty good for the rest of the run. Not super speedy, but definitely better than I had felt at the beginning!

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After my run, I was cold and hungry, so I warmed up in the car. My hands were so stiff, I wasn’t sure if I could drive right away. (I should have worn my gloves!) Once I was good and warm, I headed to Whole Foods to grab lunch. I pretty much housed my salad when I got home. I really wanted to take a hot shower because I was so cold, but I knew I needed to refuel my muscles ASAP, so I chowed down. (Btw, my hot shower was amazing after I finished eating!)

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On my run today, I wore a running headband from the folks at Janji, a running apparel company that provides clean water around the world. Each purchase of their apparel provides anywhere between 3 months to 3 years worth of clean water to a person in need. How amazing is that?

I really love the headband that they sent me. It’s funky, right? And reversible, so it has a cool design on the inside too! It acted as headband, keeping my hair off my face, as well as an ear-warmer, which was especially important on my chilly (and holy windy) run today.

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I thought you guys might also dig Janji’s gear and what they are all about, so we’re offering one lucky CNC reader a $50 gift certificate to buy whatever they’d like from the Janji website!

To enter: Click over to Janji, check out their running gear, and a leave a comment on one piece that you really love and would likely buy if you win the gift certificate. I’ll randomly pick a winner on Monday. Good luck!

435 Comments

  1. I love the WOMEN’S HAND DRAWN PRINT RUNNING HEADBAND that you’re wearing in this pic — I’ve been getting super into headbands for working out lately and would love to try this one!

  2. Love the running shirts with Kenya and Peru! Reminds you of the great cause your money is going towards 🙂 Although it would be a hard choice! Such great gear!

  3. Oh that headband looks AMAZING! I Would love one. I get wind in my ears when I run (no matter the weather), so I always wear headbands – and that looks good for the cool weather 🙂

  4. Janji apparel is the best! I have the haiti shorts and I have my eye on the rwanda ones… and the thick headband in your post!

  5. I would love the printed running tights because it seems I’ve stretched out my running tights and pants during my postpartum period and now that I’m getting back to pre-baby weight, I need a new pair that don’t fall down while running, badly!

  6. Oooo, I like those printed running tights! Plus I need more of those like whoa. I only have a couple of pairs, and I am bad about doing laundry.

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