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What Do You Carry On Your Run?

Most of the time, I just want to run and not be burdened with anything in my hands or on my person. I'm more of a minimal runner in that sense.

The Essentials for a Run
So what do I HAVE to have for a run? Technically just my shoes, socks, sports bra, shorts, and a top. But I do love listening to podcasts and audiobooks while I run, so usually I'll have my iPod with me. If my shorts don't have pockets, that requires something to carry the iPod if I don't want it in my sweaty hand the whole time.

There is one essential element for every runner: Water. Generally, I'll scout out my route ahead of time with planned stops at water fountains. In Florida especially, water stops are crucial, but with my planned routes, I don't have to carry it. Drinking plenty before and after also helps.

Some Options from St. Pete Running Company

To Carry or Not To Carry?
Yes, I've tried the Hipster belt, and I really do like it. I don't notice it, truly. I haven't loaded it…

That Time I Fell on a Trail Run

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Is There a Right Way to Fall?
Raise your hand if you've ever fallen during a run.

Yep, hands everywhere, just like I expected. Doesn't it make you feel better to look around and know you're not alone?
It's been a while since I've fallen. Can't quite remember the last incident, so it must not have been too bad. Tripping is a regular occurrence for me. Comes with the running territory.
Last Saturday, St. Pete Running Company hosted a free group run at Weedon Island Preserve. A trail run! My favorite! Of course, coworker Chris warned everybody before we got started that, statistically, at least one of us would fall during the run, so to be extra careful.

The Ground Getting Nearer and Nearer
Chris was right, and I was the statistic.
Notice my right wrist in the above photo? That's my emergency medical ID. Don't go on your run without one! No, I don't have any medical issues to document, but I do have my A+ blood type listed on there, along with my info a…

Mud Diving is Not for Me

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Recently, I was offered an entry into a Spartan Race.

Wait...you're giving it to me??
Clearly, this person doesn't know me. Back in 2011, my hubby, my dear cousin Alyssa, and a bunch of hubby's buddies all did the Tough Mudder. I had the opportunity to join them, which I declined vehemently.

I know the Spartan Race is not the same as the Tough Mudder, but I do know it's the same idea. Defeat obstacles and dive into the mud when there's no good reason to do either.

Granted, this must be fun for people, because tons and tons of participants do Spartan Races and Tough Mudder every year. And they talk about how much they LOVE it.

Here are a couple of photos that I took at Tough Mudder in Dade City, 2011. I was happy to be behind the camera and NOT a mud diver.

Dunking under spinny tire things
Getting electrocuted. Yeah. No thanks.
A happy post-race crew. Guess what? I was happy, too!

To Mud or Not To Mud
Is it weird that I'd rather do a marathon than do a mud run? …