January 16, 2015

What's in my gym bag, take two

It's Friday and once again time to link up with the girls from DC, Mar of Mar on the run, Cynthia at You signed up for what and Courtney at Eat pray, run DC. Please be sure to check out their blogs and others who are part of the link up.  You may find something that would be a great addition to your own workout bag!  What's in my gym bag is this week's topic and this is a "take two" for us on this subject!

My gym bag is different than most because I do not shower at the gym.  Okay, now don't start thinking that I go around sweaty all day, because nope, I don't.  Unless I have a quick errand or two, the shower at home is the first place I go after a workout! Before I get to the things that go in the bag, I have to choose a bag.  If you have done many races, you will probably have a collection of bags just like me.  I love my race/running bags and sometimes choosing which one to take to the gym is as important as what goes inside.  Here are a few favorites in my collection including ones from Princess Half Marathon, Asheville Half Marathon, Divas Half Marathon and the lovely Pure Project gift bag from Brooks Running!



 And here are the things I put in one of these bags when I go for a workout:

1. Pool workout:  There are always goggles, hair conditioner in a small bottle and a large towel in my bag.  Do you know the trick of wetting your hair and applying a small amount of conditioner to it before putting on your cap?  It helps you put on the cap with ease, prevents hair breakage and keeps less chlorine getting into your hair.  Win win!



2. Yoga class:  Being a germaphobe, I always bring my own Yoga mat, plus a small towel and a bottle of water.

3. Fitness Room Workout:  The latest issue of Runner's World magazine or Marathon and Beyond magazine. My I pod shuffle and a drink round out what I need to get me through a gym workout,.



4. Track Practice: This is probably the toughest one because I need not only my running shoes, Garmin, appropriate running attire for the weather, but a really good attitude and confidence.  These workouts can be hugely challenging, and having some confidence can get you through the toughest runs.  Yesterday was particularly hard, but with Mickey and Ryan running with me, we kept the designated pace and felt so good when it was completed by 7:00am!

5.  Drinks:  Get your mind out of the gutter, I'm talking about hydration not taking an alcoholic beverage to the gym, pool or run practice.  For some reason, I require alot of fluids and having 2 bottles in my car that include water and Nuun or Gatorade do the trick!   

What is the most important item you include in your bag?


29 comments:

  1. I also bring my own mat and towel for the same reasons. If I know I am going to have a back to back high intensity workouts (not necessarily running) I'll make sure to pack fuel to replenish some calories. I also bring towelettes if I am going to run errands and not going to shower.

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  2. Your last one mad me laugh because one time I was teaching a yoga class that they called "Happy Hour Yoga" just because it was at 5pm on a Friday and at the end of the class 2 women told me they had wine coolers in their water bottles!!!

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    1. That's awesome Danielle. I wonder if more people bring other than water in their bottles than fess up to it!

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  3. I always bring my own mat and towel to yoga and A LOT of water!
    Karen @karenlovestorun

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    1. I don't drink that much water at Yoga but I sure do when I run!

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  4. I'm with you - I don't shower anywhere but at home...unless I have to! The contents of our bags are quite similar, minus the pool supplies! :)

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    1. Yea, avoiding public showers is kind of a pet peeve of mine!

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  5. Oh yes...I shower at home as well! Water is the most essential thing in my gym bag! Lots of it!

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    1. Water is essential for any workout and yes, home showers are the best!

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  6. Great post. I love the angle of what goes in for what activities. Sounds like you've got it figured out based on the routine. Also important (but not always easy) to pack the confidence. Glad you got through the tough one.

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    1. Thanks John, tomorrow will be another tough one but that is what makes us stronger!

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  7. I am always reading Runner's World but have never heard of Marathon and Beyond. I will have to look this one up. -L

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    1. Lacey I think you would like the magazine. It is the size of a book which would work well for your travel bag

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  8. I hate showering at the gym. I always make sure that I'm able to get home after a run in order to shower there.

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    1. If I do have to shower in a public place, I always bring flip flops!

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  9. Great tip about using conditioner on your hair before putting on a swim cap; I'll remember this! Hope you both have a great weekend and thank you for sharing some of your gym faves!

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  10. Nice job getting through run practice! Love this post, will def want to do another one on my blog as well!

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    1. It was a killer practice yesterday morning!

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  11. I like your bags! My running bags tend to fall apart pretty easily! Every cup holder in my car has an empty water bottle in it, lol!

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    1. Yes, cup holders tend to always have a water bottle in them if a runner/athlete owns the vehicle!

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  12. I love what you said about packing a good attitude and confidence for speed work. I always struggle to get myself there for the track workout with the running group but always end up enjoying it and being glad I went.

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    1. I took over a year to have the confidence to join the group. And since I pay for the opportunity to be tortured by the coaches, I do show up every week!

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  13. I also have different bags for the gym: swim bag, shower after gym bag, and no shower after gym bag. It can get a bit confusing and there have been times where I get my bags confused.

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  14. I haven't joined a gym, yet, but when I leave in the morning, I go to the barn and then straight to work. Sometimes after work, I go run, so I need a bag with work clothes and running clothes plus shower stuff since we have a lounge at the barn with a shower. More than once I've forgotten to pack work clothes and I've had to wear breeches or running pants to work.

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  15. I shower at home, too! I mean, I rinse off after a swim, but that's it. I'd have to say that chapstick is the most important thing in my bag next to gym shoes.

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  16. Yep, I don't like to shower at the gym either. I try to work my gym time around being able to get home but do always carry towelettes!

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  17. My most important item is my strength training for runners book. I don't go without it! I have never showered at the gym, it skeeves me out :)

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