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I'm Training For a Half Marathon, and This Is the Gear That Gets Me Through My Long Runs

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I never thought I would be a runner: I'm slow. I have short legs. And I get bored easily. In fact, I wrote a whole post about how I hate running but I do it anyway for the mental health benefits. All of that is still true, but when the kind folks at the Rock 'n' Roll Marathon Series reached out to see if I wanted to run the half marathon in Vegas in November, I was intrigued. I had always heard from friends that Rock 'n' Roll marathons and half marathons are the most fun: the crowd is high-energy, there's live music — Kesha will be at this one! — and the race weekend feels like one big party. Plus, I'm always looking to challenge myself and I haven't run a half marathon in five years. So before I could talk myself out of it, I agreed.

But by agreeing to run this race, this means I have to train for it; the bad news is it means I have to run lots of miles outside and push past my comfort zone. But the good news is when I'm done with my long runs, I get to treat myself to a zucchini muffin from the bakery by my running trail.

Another perk is I get to test out lots of fun new gear. As a fitness editor, I've had lots of products come across my desk, but this is the running gear that truly gets me through my long runs. Interested in running the Rock 'n' Roll Marathon Series in Las Vegas with me on November 17? There's a marathon, half marathon, 5K, or 10K available, and you can register here.

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