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I came across this article today… 10 Must-Haves for Marathon Runners. I thought the list of must-haves was pretty good. There are a few on there that, I personally, don’t think are must-haves.

The first one is…


While I am not anti-music, I just don’t enjoy listening to music while I run. I tried it when I first started running and didn’t like it. I found it annoying to have to carry my iPod as I was running. If you do listen to music while you run, this sounds like it could be very useful.

The next one goes along with music…


The same goes for the headphones. Since I don’t listen to music while I run, the headphones are not a must-have for me. However, I must say, the newer headphones that are out now almost make me want to try listening to music while I run again. They look a lot more comfortable than the crappy headphones you get with your iPod. I think that is part of the reason why I stopped listening to music while I ran. The ear buds hurt my ears so bad.

The last one I wasn’t too sure is a must-have is…


If I am running alone I carry my cell phone with me, but I have never had a problem with the battery life. Maybe they are using their phone to listen to music?! Not sure about this one. Thoughts?

I definitely agree that the other 7 items on the list are must-haves for marathon runners! Shoes are definitely a top priority for me. I never realized how important the correct shoes were, until I found the perfect shoe for me!

There are a couple of things that I would add to the list…

1. Headbands! I hate my hair in my face when I am running. I always wear a headband!

2. Foam Roller


This piece of equipment hurts to use, but you feel so much better after using it. I somehow forgot to pack my foam roller when we moved (I don’t know what I was thinking), so I had to buy another one and have it shipped to me. There have been some weeks where I wish I would have had it before now. Glad I have it now though!

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Chris Powell posted a GREAT weight loss tip on his Extreme Weight Loss Facebook page today. You can watch it here…

You Can’t Spot-Reduce Fat

I think this is the hardest thing for people to understand. I used to think the same thing until I realized that it just isn’t possible. Long gone are the days of many, many crunches!

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I was reading some more of Matt Fitzgerald’s book, Racing Weight and came across this statistic

17% of the calories consumed by the average person come from SUGARS (69).

This really made me think, especially with Halloween being just a couple of days away. I don’t have a huge sweet tooth, but I do like some sweets every now and then. This time of year it is especially hard to control my sugar cravings with all of the candy around. When I do eat candy, I try to make it as healthy as possible. Some good news from Fitzgerald

Dark chocolate does not count as a sweet [towards his Diet Quality Score] if it is at least 80 percent cacao and eaten in small amounts (no more than 100 calories’ worth at a time)… because it contains less sugar than most sweets and is rich in heart-healthy antioxidants (69).

When I do eat chocolate, I at least try to eat dark chocolate.

Speaking of Halloween and candy, here is a list of the 10 worst candies to give out on Halloween.

I have to agree with number 1 necco

I hated getting these. They were so gross! I also didn’t like the circus peanuts either! Yuck!

I loved getting smarties, tootsie rolls, and of course, peanut butter cups!

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– Is there anything not on the list that you think is a must-have for runners?

– What headphones do you use for running?

– What’s your favorite Halloween candy? Least favorite?

Thanks for reading!

~Brooke & Rob