Less than a week and we'll be heading north to the small town of Bellingham! I haven't raced in a while so I haven't felt the need to collect my thoughts on weekend essentials but this weekend is different. I'm still not racing, but Justin is and we made some running plans outside of the race to make things feel like a vacation. We're planning to explore the Chuckanut trails, hit up the breweries and stop by the Jones Creek Apple Orchard on our way home. I can't remember the last time I had an entire weekend off so I'm pretty giddy about the upcoming run-cation. Here's what will be in tow:
1. Roll Recovery: Justin sent me the kickstarter link to Roll Recovery almost three years ago and we both became fixated on this product. It was $90 so we resisted the urge to splurge. We continued to search for a cheaper product online and only watched the price increase. In July we were in California for the La Sportiva Table Rock 30k and stopped by San Fransisco Running company. Low and behold there was a stack of Roll Recoveries on their shelf and we both made a bolt for the product. It was a whopping $120, so again, we resisted the urge. I'm not sure what finally inspired us to pull the trigger but a couple weekends ago I got online, added the R8 to my cart, winced while filling out my card info and bought the fricken thing. It is pure magic in every way.
2. Tulsi Sweet Rose Tea: Incredibly aromatic and caffeine free. I became hooked on Rose tea when we were traveling through Malaysia but it was always caffeinated. Now I can sip on this delicacy without getting a heart murmur. Herbal tea is also a good alternative to water for staying hydrated while traveling.
3. Gapfit Breathe long-sleeve Tee: When I don't feel like spending $50 dollars on a Nike shirt I turn to Gap. I discovered their fit line last summer and was surprised at how nice their clothing was for running. The biggest bonus is that their items always go on sale. Wait until the end of the season and reap the benefits!
4. PRO BAR Base Bar: I reach for one of these almost every afternoon when I'm working at the Balanced Athlete. I've mentioned previously that I'm not a fan of sugar loaded protein bars and this one is on the lower end of the spectrum in terms of sucrose. Protein packed and delicious flavors make for the perfect snack. Did I mention they have chia and flax seeds in them too?
5. East of Eden: This book is a beast. It was chosen for our next book club book and I plan to tackle as much as I can. What better way to spend time after a long run than elevating your feet and reading?
6. Scott T2 Kinabalu: I'm a huge fan of the rocker bottom on the Scott Kinabalus. They keep me mindful of my plantar and using a mid-foot strike. They are also more on the cushioned side for a running shoe, which I prefer. For a trail shoe they also don't have exaggerated lugs which bothers me on various other trail shoes (Speedcross, Peregrine, etc).
7. Foam Golf Balls: My car is basically a small therapy unit and these are the most portable thing I have on hand. They are softer than a golf ball which makes for gentle massage on my feet when my fascia is tender. They are also firm and don't lose their shape.
8. Hunter Boots: It's fall in the Pacific Northwest and I'm a spectator, which means I better be properly prepared for romping around in the grass with a pup in tow while Justin is racing. These boots are expensive and I can see people rolling their eyes. As a former field biologist I have worn MANY a boot in my life. I've gone through field seasons with XtraTuf, Sorel, and many unnamed cheap wellies from market stands in third world countries. This boot is worth every penny and I know it will last more than a field season since I'm not hiking through the Amazon on a daily basis. They are beyond comfortable and fit my foot like a glove while being lightweight.
I'll be back after next weekend to write about the Chuckanut trails and other adventures from the weekend!
I am an outdoor travel junkie with my doctorate in occupational therapy. On Sweet World Travels you will find stories of my life with my husband, the communities we serve, and the many adventures we take.