Two more days.
TWO MORE DAYS! Roughly 39 hours (give or take) until I hit the ground running, literally, for the Nike Women’s Half Marathon in San Francisco with Team Neutrogena on Sunday.
I’ve been training for the past six weeks, and I’m actually feeling really good about this. By no means am I a hardcore athlete, but I tried to do everything I could to help myself make it through race day.
That’s in stark contrast to the last time I ran a half marathon about 10 years ago, when I did everything wrong. I was in tears when I crossed the finish line of that race because I was in so much pain (one word: chafing). Plus, I think I was just mentally unprepared for it.
This time, I feel ready! I was careful not to overtrain, which is something else that bit me in the @ss last time. Plus, I added cross-training (pushups and Jillian Michaels DVDs) and ate the food I was supposed to eat when I was supposed to eat it. I also took my rest and recovery days seriously.
So, yeah. I’m excited about Sunday, and not just because there will be San Francisco firemen in tuxedos handing out Tiffany necklaces at the finish line. 🙂
I’ve also been preparing/vetting all of my race-day essentials, which, of course include beauty products, because you know I couldn’t go 13.1 miles without doing a little something-something.
1. Neutrogena Makeup Remover Cleansing Towelettes
Also known as “my improv shower.” I’m putting a couple of these in a plastic bag and bringing them with me so I can wipe off some of the sweat immediately after the race. I’m also keeping a pack in the car for the drive home, just in case I still feel sticky. $8.99 for a reusable case with a pack of 25 towelettes. Available now at drugstores, Ulta and online.
2. Cle de Peau Perfect Lash Mascara
UGH! — so expensive, but so, so good… If there’s any mascara that can handle 13.1 miles and buckets of sweat, it’s this one. Waterproof, smudge-proof, budge-proof, and it delivers mad crazy length and separation. $50, and available now at Neiman Marcus and neimanmarcus.com.
3. Tom Ford Brow Sculptor in Espresso
Technically, Tom Ford Brow Sculptor in Espresso is not a waterproof product, but it may as well be. I’ve worn it in 105-degree heat, and it didn’t move, so I expect it to withstand the mileage. $44, available now at Tom Ford counters and online.
4. NARS Mini Satin Lip Pencil in Yu
I may live to regret this…but life is short! So what the hell! 🙂 I got it into my head to wear hot pink lipstick during the race because 1) it really does make everything better, and 2) because it matches my CW-X Bra.
Call me crazy.
5. CW-X X-TRA Support Running Bra III
This bra has officially taken the title of Best Damn Sports Bra I’ve Ever Worn Aside From the Athletica 50 Rep Bra by Lululemon.
I know… Long title.
Halfway through my training, I developed some seriously bad chafing around my rib cage, so I switched to using the CW-X, which has flat seams to prevent chafing.
This bra? Gift from the fitness gods. It’s pricey at $60, but it’s supernaturally soft, halts the chafing, holds the girls in place, and it’s comfortable, even when my mileage hits double digits. $60, and available now at zappos.com.
6. Thorlo Socks
7. Gu Original Sports Nutrition Energy Gel in Tri Berry
Like gas for the tank, these are my secret weapons. I plan to bring four of them with me — one to eat 15 minutes before the race starts, and three to gulp down during the run, if I need them. $11 for a box of eight, available now online.
8. The RooSport Magnetic Running Pocket
OMG. One of the many traumas I suffered during that other half marathon was due to wearing an ill-fitting running pouch, which bounced up and down on my hip the entire time and drove me ALL-CAPS CRAZY.
My running friend @lassa on Instagram (follow her! She posts beautiful pics of where she lives on Kauai) recommended RooSport.
It’s a slim pouch with a super strong magnetic flap that you can tuck into your waistband, so the pouch doesn’t bounce around. They come in different sizes. I got the large, which holds a phone, three of those Gu Gel things, a contact lens case (see number 10) and one miniature NARS Yu. 🙂 It also has a zippered pocket for keys and ID.
You can position it anywhere around your waistband, but I wear it just above my booty.
GAME CHANGER! I tested it out on a 10-mile training run, and it wasn’t annoying. $24.99 for a waterproof pouch, available now online.
For the tunes, of course! I have a high-tempo two-hour playlist prepared.
10. Vaseline in a contact lens case (not pictured)
Just in case the chafing issue rears its ugly head.
Nike Women's Half, I'm coming for ya. See ya at 13.1! #ntgruninspired #bbloggers #werunsf #notetoself #postitoftheday
See you at the finish line! 🙂
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,