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Friday Favorites: Marathon Training Must Haves Edition

Yay hooray the Phoenix Marathon is tomorrow! Wanna track me and all my crazy friends? Use this little form here for updates!

lt’s been an interesting few months since I made the decision to run Phoenix (check out my final thoughts going into the race here), and an interesting time to train for it, so I thought that I would give shout outs to my marathon training superstars! 

suzlyfe marathon training must haves

Marathon Training Must Haves and Favorites

You guys

Seriously, your support and comments from yesterday mean so much to me. Speedy legs or not, thank you so much for thinking about me  

Running Partners in Crime.

Last year, I started running with other people for the first time when I started doing some races and long runs with Mo and Erica. Though Mo and I never got to make up for our missed run from January, Erica has graciously brought me into the fold of the Saturday morning run group, and I am forever thankful. These ladies have gotten my booty out the door when I just didn’t think I could, have kept me running consistently at the paces that I should have, and just in general been a fantastic change of scenery. I hope to continue to run with them after I am recovered post marathon!

The Lake Front Trail.

running lake front suzlyfe

Speaking of, big ups to the Lake Front Trail. Though I desperately wish your bathrooms were open during the winter (I’ve had some issues with my stomach netting through my long runs during this cycle), you are nearly always cleared and usable, and there is always someone out there to keep you going even when you think you are the only one stupid enough to be running. Hooray for friendly faces!

A Mild Winter up Until Taper.

I think that we can all agree that the crazy January that Chicago experienced last year was wreaked upon Boston this February (record cold, record snow, canceled everything). However, winter up until that point was virtually nonexistent, save for a week in the beginning of January, until February, which TOTALLY worked for me because February = taper for me! So while yes, Old Man Winter seems to be a drunk, he at least is a benevolent drunk who stays at home or, at the very least, doesn’t drink and drive. But I still vote in favor of rehab for the poor dude.

Cross Training that Works for Me + Figuring out the Treadmill

Urdhva Mukha Svanasana updog

Though my tenure with Class Pass was fun, and I had an amazing time trying out reformer pilates and spin, continuing with that or my Core Power commitment was just not feasible with the holiday schedule that we had. But it ended up being a blessing in disguise–I don’t think that I would have I gotten my act back together and delved back into my yoga practice as wholeheartedly otherwise. Though the treadmill and I had some difficulties after a few weeks of footloose and fancy free runch and treadmill runs, I realized that I couldn’t rely on it because of my innate activation issues and old habits.


Being smart and pulling myself back from my runs when I had strains and things. That meant less running in Charlottesville, less speedwork, and downgrading back to a 3x a week running schedule. It also meant a few weeks of not running at all, but you know what? I am better for it, and it forced me to rest.

Proper Clothing

yaktrax run review suzlyfe

Oh, winter, you silly bitch (apparently I am in a saucy mood, writing wise, today. I speak with a far more foul mouth, but I try not to write with one!). Having the right clothing has proven to be invaluable for this winter, and I have to say that the mildness of the winter, with its few dips, has also helped me try things out for subsequent years. I essentially have 2 different versions of everything: tights, vests, jackets, long sleeve layers, tanks vs short sleeves, footwear (until I sent back one), socks, gloves, hats, etc. Depending on my plans for next winter, I might invest in a pair of big time mittens, but that will wait for now. Curious about what I wore? See my “run” down of my winter running layering strategy, my must have winter running essentials, Yaktrax Running review, and my Christmas Presents. I have ended up loving my Saucony gloves, but had it been colder, they would not have been sufficient.

Newton Kismets

newton kismet review

I continue to stand by my review of my Kismets, and I will be racing in them tomorrow and running in them in the future. I love them. I purchased the BOCO AT’s for Christmas, and I ran in them for about a month, and unfortunately, due to a more minimalist construction and less responsive platform/cushion, they ended up not being right for me, though I loved how they felt, looked, and responded. I returned to my old Ravennas for a bit to give my calves a rest as they returned to normal, but I have been able to return to my Kismets, and Newton Running allowed me to return the BOCO’s for a full refund. Great product, great customer service.

Compression and New Tiux Compression Socks

With this desk job of mine, I honestly don’t know what I would have done without compression socks. Beyond Flats Friday, this winter was Compression Sock Friday. I traveled in my socks on my plane rides (a good idea for runners, but also because of my medications). Recently, I have actually been trying out a new compression sock company, Tiux, which will be going public with their socks this coming month. I gave you all a sneak peek of them on Instagram after my last long run, but I wanted to give you a bit more info on them!

tiux compression socks

Tiux Compression company is a start up that sells directly to you from the internet with the intention not only of giving you a superior product and customer experience, but also so as to help keep the cost of the socks low. They are only $35!! 

My review of Tiux socks:

tiux compression socks review

HOLY BANANAS the fabric is absolutely incredible. Silky smooth and dare I say it, luxurious. A word that I never thought that I would use for a compression sock. I like the fact that there is a left and a right–I always feel like you get a better product performance with something is tailored like that (I mean, shoes are meant for particular feet, why not socks?). The feet are lightly padded, contributing to the luxurious feel and, in my opinion, preventing blisters. Also, they feel a bit warmer, but the tech fabric deals with sweat efficiently, so you don’t actually sweat in them. I will be curious to see what happens in summer, though. Something else that I am particularly fond of? Targeted calf stabilization. They aren’t as tight as the ProCompression socks–but they are going to let me try a size down and see if that makes a difference–which was definitely a change for me, but I couldn’t tell a difference in their effectiveness. Also, the height of these socks is much more in accordance with normal people–no bunching!

Overall? Big fan, and I look forward to seeing this company grow! I also want to mention that a small percentage of their sales goes to help landmine affected areas–love that they give back! Check them out and preorder some for yourself today!  I seriously want the pink…

Random extras: Spotify, Oyster (all the books), and All the Granola and Healthy Snacks. Seriously. We have a problem with granola. I’m not kidding. 

sperience chicago eleni egg white omelet

Oh and this huge thing.

There isn’t too much that I would change about this training. I was smart, I enjoyed my running, I ran with friends, and I get to run with even more friends tomorrow. Cheers to that! Oh, and I will be running #likeaSuz. You know it.

Have a happy weekend, and (for those of you who are interested) I will keep you all updated! And if you don’t give a what, then

Have a great weekend! Think good thoughts for me!

What are you “marathon of ____” favorites?

Do you like to run in the rain? 

Thank you Heather and Jill!

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  • Reply jill conyers

    Some of my favorite training runs have been in the rain with my husband. We’re not talking a sprinkle of rain. Pouring!
    jill conyers recently posted…Yoga, Food, Fitness and MotivationMy Profile

    February 27, 2015 at 5:39 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Well kudos to you for that!

      March 2, 2015 at 12:16 pm
  • Reply Ruthie@She'sWickedHealthy

    I will be thinking such good thoughts for you! Can’t wait to hear about it.
    Also, I feel you on the “say but don’t write cuss words thing” – the struggle is real. Pottymouths, unite!
    Ruthie@She’sWickedHealthy recently posted…Friday Five: 5 Ways to Surprise Yourself & Build Your Self WorthMy Profile

    February 27, 2015 at 5:56 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I know. If I wrote how I spoke, this blog would be flagged and shut down as a public hazard.

      March 2, 2015 at 12:15 pm
  • Reply Renee @ Bendiful Blog

    Ahhhh that friends meme is priceless! Best of luck to you this weekend speed demon! I can’t wait to follow along. Please send me some of the beautiful weather they are enjoying in Arizona I’ve forgotten what grass looks like up here! Great socks too, you know I”m a sucker for socks!

    RUN IT FAST! πŸ™‚
    Renee @ Bendiful Blog recently posted…Yoga Inversions – Finding my Inner 5 Year OldMy Profile

    February 27, 2015 at 5:58 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I’m not going to lie, there was a totally sprinklered lawn that was freshly mown and I breathed SO DEEP. It smelled of soccer fields….

      March 2, 2015 at 12:15 pm
  • Reply Tina Muir

    YAY! So excited for you this weekend Suz! You are ready to rock, and will be thinking of you this weekend! Go get it! I have loved my Tiux socks too πŸ™‚ Good choice! Funny you brought up the ross swearing thing, we have been watching episodes the past few weeks, and that was one of the first episodes I told steve we must watch! GOOD LUCK!!!
    Tina Muir recently posted…Fuel Your Recovery- Fuel and SleepMy Profile

    February 27, 2015 at 5:59 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Thank you! and thank you so much for your text!

      March 2, 2015 at 12:13 pm
  • Reply Lisa @ Running Out Of Wine

    Good luck this weekend!! I will be stalking you!:)
    Lisa @ Running Out Of Wine recently posted…Friday Five: Things That Make Me HappyMy Profile

    February 27, 2015 at 6:01 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I LOVE MY STALKERS. I said it

      March 2, 2015 at 12:12 pm
  • Reply Stacie @ SimplySouthernStacie

    First of all, I don’t normally run in the rain, but it seems to be a race trend for me lately.
    Second of all, Ross. Just yes.
    Thirdly, GOOD LUCK!!!
    Stacie @ SimplySouthernStacie recently posted…Friday Faves: Goodbye to FebruaryMy Profile

    February 27, 2015 at 6:11 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I know, right? Seriously, you just need to break the cycle of rainy races and then you’ll be good. Thank you!

      March 2, 2015 at 12:12 pm
  • Reply Heather @Fit n Cookies

    Good luck!!! Can’t wait to hear how it goes πŸ™‚
    Heather @Fit n Cookies recently posted…Let’s have some coffee and chatMy Profile

    February 27, 2015 at 6:20 am
    • Reply suzlyfe


      March 2, 2015 at 12:11 pm
  • Reply Sam @ PancakeWarriors

    Have a safe flight!! I can’t wait to hear how you do! Those compression socks sound amazing. Let us know when they are available!! Hope you have a beautiful day!
    Sam @ PancakeWarriors recently posted…How to Handstand GuideMy Profile

    February 27, 2015 at 7:06 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Thank you so much! And you can preorder the socks now and be the first to get them!

      March 2, 2015 at 12:11 pm
  • Reply Deborah @Confessions of a Mother Runner

    All things happen for a reason right? Yoga seems to really suit you I’m impressed how you continue to fit in all the time
    Deborah @Confessions of a Mother Runner recently posted…5 Reasons To Try A TriMy Profile

    February 27, 2015 at 7:10 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Totally agree. I just do it at least 2x a week. Fit it in at lunch sometimes, and sometimes when I get home and am waiting for Alex! whenever I can get myself off my bum lol

      March 2, 2015 at 12:11 pm
  • Reply Salt

    Well thanks to you, BODY GLIDE. Changed my life. πŸ™‚
    I really want to try out Newtons. I think they might be the next to give a go on my list although I’m pretty married to all my pink shoes right now. And isn’t this community just the best? So many of us have never met in person, but we might as well be neighbors. I’m thankful for YOU and you are going to have a fantastic race this weekend! I’ll be thinking of ya!
    Salt recently posted…Five Years {The Friday Five}My Profile

    February 27, 2015 at 7:39 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Totally agree and I am thankful for YOU and your text that morning! ANd then the Betty pic! Totally helped ease the mood, which I was very thankful for! And re: shoes if it ain’t broke, don’t try to fix it and just end up broke!

      March 2, 2015 at 12:10 pm
  • Reply Julie @ Running in a Skirt

    Ahhh! My brother and I did that fist bumping friends thing to eat other as a joke for years and years. So funny.
    SOoo cool that they took the shoes back. What great service.
    Good luck this weekend!!! I hope you run like the wind with a happy stomach!
    Julie @ Running in a Skirt recently posted…February 2015 Top 5 Posts & Blog UpdateMy Profile

    February 27, 2015 at 7:42 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I had an overall happy stomach and I will say that I ran with/into the wind haha. Thank you!

      March 2, 2015 at 12:09 pm
  • Reply Pragati // Simple Medicine

    I hateee running in the rain and it’s supposed to be raining for my race tomorrow. I need to find a new pair of running shoes, I think I’ll check out Newton πŸ™‚
    Pragati // Simple Medicine recently posted…Pre Race Jitters and the Best Damn RaceMy Profile

    February 27, 2015 at 7:45 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Love my Kismets! Check out my review. And thank goodness it didn’t rain! Though it threatened yours…

      March 2, 2015 at 12:09 pm
  • Reply Tiffany @ The Chi-Athlete


    I can’t wait, I can’t wait, I can’t wait. I’ll only add one thing to the “must have” list: Patience. I need to wait. :\

    I like running in the rain as long as it’s not rude, pelt-you-in-the-eyeball rain.
    Tiffany @ The Chi-Athlete recently posted…I Ate in the JeepMy Profile

    February 27, 2015 at 7:50 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Sqqquueeeeeeeeeeee And yes pelt you in the eyeball rain is totally rude.
      And patience is overrated gd it.

      March 2, 2015 at 12:08 pm
  • Reply Lisa @ RunWiki

    I am seeing Phoenix marathon everywhere. I am really excited for everyone to run this weekend, and I am definitely considering this race for next year. You are going to have some huge PR’s out there this weekend, I think your weather will be near perfect. My marathon favorites are a small handheld water bottle, Glide, and a spibelt that holds my Gu. Let us know how you do– I will keep my eye out on social media. Go get em!
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    February 27, 2015 at 7:55 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Oh goodness gracious ALL THE BODY GLIDE. EVERYWHERE. Thank you so much for your support! Truly it means so much πŸ˜€

      March 2, 2015 at 12:04 pm
  • Reply Michele @ paleorunningmomma

    I’m so excited for you! Adam actually loves running in the rain. Like he won’t run for a month and then go out when it’s pouring and say it was great! I’m not the biggest fan but mainly because I get chafed. Can’t wait to hear all about it πŸ™‚
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    February 27, 2015 at 8:30 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Honestly–that is my dislike of it as well. That and being worried for my technology. Thank you!

      March 2, 2015 at 12:06 pm
  • Reply Jill

    I will be praying for you and waiting on pins and needles for updates all weekend! HAVE FUN!!! Enjoy that balmy Phoenix sunshine (praying for no rain!)
    Jill recently posted…Fitness Friday: City Fit Girls Ambassador and StrideBox Review!My Profile

    February 27, 2015 at 8:49 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Weather was perfect! It was all you πŸ˜€

      March 2, 2015 at 12:05 pm
  • Reply Run Colby Run

    Look at you, Miss Thang. ALL READY TO RUMBLE!!! I will be cheering from the Frozen Tundra that is Connecticut this weekend. You’ll hear me. I’m sort of having a good week. And I’m loud. πŸ™‚ Like you I share a strong love of Newtons, and also swear like a pirate. This is why I adore you! Run swiftly, My Fierce Friend! xoxoxoxo
    Run Colby Run recently posted…And then I exhaled.My Profile

    February 27, 2015 at 8:53 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Thank you my love! PS I JUST FOUND YOU ON FB. IT IS SO ON.
      And I totally could hear you. You were the wind beneath my wings! Love you boo

      March 2, 2015 at 12:04 pm
  • Reply Suzlyfe's mommy, Clare

    I’ve signed up to stalk, er follow, you on the course tomorrow.
    Since this will be your first marathon without me in physical attendance, don’t think I wont be there in spirit–I will be

    I’ll also send:
    Mom– that wonderful lady who sits on a cloud in heaven with her bright red Elizabeth Arden lipstick, her cigarette, flip-flips, funny summer bathrobe and two pairs of glasses-one on her head and one on her face. She wasn’t a runner (in your way of thinking) but she ran our household, raised 4 very interesting and very smart kids, ran our lives seamlessly and she ALWAYS watches out for you when I’m not there.
    Regal will give you his thoroughbred racing speed,
    Champ will always been there to remind you that you don’t have to be perfect to be wonderful,
    Grandpa will always have your back and cheer you on
    I’m be on your shoulder (but not at my current weight!)
    “may the course be with you”
    “may the race be with you”
    may you have a blast!!!

    February 27, 2015 at 9:14 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      There were a great many Star Wars references on the course, which I quite enjoyed! Thank you as always for your unconditional love and support. You were the one who started me, anyways!

      March 2, 2015 at 12:01 pm
  • Reply Cassie

    I actually don’t mind running in the rain if it starts AFTER I’ve already been running. I can’t leave in the pouring rain… I don’t know why haha.
    Cassie recently posted…Now Trending – Best Links Week of 2.23My Profile

    February 27, 2015 at 9:37 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I am so there with you. Like I hate running in the dark, even if I know the sun is going to be rising in the first 10 minutes. It is the principle of the fact. Also it just seems a lot colder.

      March 2, 2015 at 12:00 pm
  • Reply meredith @ The Cookie ChRUNicles

    In theory I do not like to run in the rain but the truth is, I do! I just have to remind myself when I see rain in the forecast that so long as it’s not torrential, I enjoy it!
    meredith @ The Cookie ChRUNicles recently posted…My Trader Joe’s Grocery ListMy Profile

    February 27, 2015 at 10:04 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Also–as long as I know my technology isn’t going to get ruined!

      March 2, 2015 at 12:00 pm
  • Reply Elizabeth

    OH. Where in chi can I find that omelet?!?

    February 27, 2015 at 10:14 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Eggsperience. And isn’t it hilarious???

      March 2, 2015 at 11:59 am
  • Reply EB @ Running on E

    YAY for marathon weekend! I’ll be cheering for ya! Worst case senario, tuck and roll down the hill. πŸ˜‰ I’m sure you are going to kill it.
    EB @ Running on E recently posted…Sitting down with Joan Benoit SamuelsonMy Profile

    February 27, 2015 at 11:04 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      That’s what I was thinking–or find a skateboard πŸ˜€ Thank you!

      March 2, 2015 at 11:51 am
  • Reply Sarah

    Running friends are the best! Good luck tomorrow!
    Sarah recently posted…Well, hello there number 8My Profile

    February 27, 2015 at 11:32 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Thank you!

      March 2, 2015 at 11:51 am
  • Reply bridget

    I LOVE the lake front path!!! I agree that the bathrooms should be opened during the winter… I too, have had issues with this..
    bridget recently posted…Not Easy…My Profile

    February 27, 2015 at 12:08 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      It is so freaking unfair!

      March 2, 2015 at 11:50 am
  • Reply Erin @ Erin's Inside Job

    Good luck tomorrow!! I am super impressed with your marathoning capabilities. This weekend I will be doing some marathoning of my own in ther form of House of Cards.

    Im going to check out these compression socks. I have a bunch of PRO Compression ones but these sound wonderfully appealing to me. Give me a green one and then Im sold!
    Erin @ Erin’s Inside Job recently posted…Five Things Friday #32My Profile

    February 27, 2015 at 1:12 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I really dug this brand! And I too love the jauntiness of the green stripe. I will be marathoning some serious Netflix soon myself!

      March 2, 2015 at 11:50 am
  • Reply Smitha @ Running with SD Mom

    Sounds odd and creepy but can’t wait to experience that potty mouth in real life!
    Smitha @ Running with SD Mom recently posted…Friday Fascinations: 5 Things I Think going into My Marathon #SDMomMarathonTrainingMy Profile

    February 27, 2015 at 2:33 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Oh f**k yeah πŸ˜‰

      March 2, 2015 at 11:47 am
  • Reply Amanda Remlinger (@Momwhotris)

    Best of luck!!! I have been running in the Kismet’s as well. I really like them especially for the softer trails and dirt we have around here. They feel much more firmer than my Fate’s. But if I am street or treadmill running for some reason I like my Fate’s better!

    February 27, 2015 at 2:54 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I haven’t done the Fates yet but I have tried the Bocos. For now, I am sticking with what I know works! But I might try the fates later this Spring.

      March 2, 2015 at 11:48 am
  • Reply Sue @ This Mama Runs for Cupcakes

    I don’t mind running in the rain as long as it’s a warm rain!!! Have a blast this weekend! May you have swift feet!
    Sue @ This Mama Runs for Cupcakes recently posted…Foodie Friday: Pomegranate Tilapia with Brussel SproutsMy Profile

    February 27, 2015 at 4:49 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I certainly did! Ugh, I can’t imagine anything worse than cold rain. Well I can but you know what I mean!

      March 2, 2015 at 11:49 am
  • Reply Annmarie

    Yay, best of luck to you this weekend!!! Sending speedy thoughts your way!
    Annmarie recently posted…Foodie Friday: Blueberry Oatmeal Breakfast BakeMy Profile

    February 27, 2015 at 4:56 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I felt them and they helped!

      March 2, 2015 at 11:48 am
  • Reply Hannah @ The Fithusiast

    This is GREAT!! I need to try compression socks. I’ve never seen them described as luxurious, but that sounds oh so tempting!! I just found OYSTER and am obsessed. Do you find it better than Kindle Unlimited? Thanks for this post!
    Hannah @ The Fithusiast recently posted…Friday Favorites: Food EditionMy Profile

    February 27, 2015 at 11:21 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      These actually WERE luxurious! I was amazed! I swear by compression–seriously! I haven’t tried Kindle Unlimited, but it is next up. Oyster seems to have a more limited number of books, but once I try out the Kindle unlimited I’ll do a side by side of them.

      March 2, 2015 at 11:47 am
  • Reply Suzy

    GO GET IT tomorrow, you muther trucker! I don’t mind running in the rain but it depends what kind. If it’s a nice rain, yes. If it’s a cruel sideways wind-whipping bone-chilling rain? No. But do I run in it anyway? You betcha. Because it rains like that here about 80% of the time.
    Suzy recently posted…Blended Family Friday: Dr. Phil Says So, Part ThreeMy Profile

    February 27, 2015 at 11:30 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      haha then I guess you don’t really have much of a choice, huh? I just hate wet shoes. It really bothers me.

      March 2, 2015 at 11:46 am
  • Reply Nicole@TheGirlWhoRanEverywhere

    Happy marathon day! Of course I will be stalking you (duh) I’m so excited for you! :):):)
    Nicole@TheGirlWhoRanEverywhere recently posted…If I didn’t have bad luck I would have no luck?My Profile

    February 28, 2015 at 6:21 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      You are a stalker that I am more than happy to have!

      March 2, 2015 at 11:45 am
  • Reply Farrah

    This is more related to what I recently saw on your instagram, but: yayyyy!! Congrats to you!!! <3!!!

    And now, back to your post–running buddies definitely made all the difference back when I was running!

    February 28, 2015 at 3:29 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      hahaha yay to all!

      March 2, 2015 at 11:45 am
  • Reply Kerri McGrail

    Do you use fuel during your marathons and if so what kind? Did you train with fuel? I am trying to figure out how I should go about that as I increase my longer runs.
    Kerri McGrail recently posted…Spaghetti Squash Veggie Chicken BakeMy Profile

    March 2, 2015 at 7:21 pm
  • Reply Beverley Cheng

    A lake front trail is a must! I cannot run anywhere where there isn’t water! It just doesn’t feel right haha
    Beverley Cheng recently posted…Bikini Bodies are Achieved During the WinterMy Profile

    March 3, 2015 at 7:45 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I wish that ours came with warm weather and not with a lake gust! But it is lovely to look at πŸ˜€

      March 4, 2015 at 3:30 pm

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