My Milo Shopping List

Two weeks to go until the Milo national eliminations. All of a sudden, I feel like there’s so much time to spare. I’ve done my long runs already, topping out at 35 kilometers last Monday. Since I’ve started to feel some foot pain (possibly plantar fasciitis), I decided to start resting my feet and begin tapering. Come D-Day (or B-Day, in my case), I should be prepared enough for the longest run of my life.

But since I like shopping (as KIKAYRUNNER should!), I’ve compiled a list of things I will need to buy.

  • Petroleum jelly: I’ve been using BodyGlide as an anti-chafing balm ever since I experienced painful friction burns under my arms after Condura. However, it seems BodyGlide doesn’t work for me over distances longer than 21 kilometers. During my 35-kilometer run, I got a small burn on my chest area, and blood started oozing out into my shirt (!!!). I’m going to bathe in tubs of petroleum jelly on race day.
  • Gu energy gels: Did you know at Condura I had jelly beans for energy during my run? No, not sport beans, which have been designed for that purpose. I had candy! But ever since I was introduced to Gu energy gels, I’ve never looked back. Sid sings the Popeye theme song before downing one, and it’s true: you can really get a sustained energy release from these babies. I’m heading to my dealer tomorrow to stock up! (parang drugs lang…)
  • Pocari Sweat: I use Gu Brew as an energy drink most times, but during my long runs whenever we took a pit stop at 7-Eleven, I’d buy a bottle of Pocari and found it quenched my thirst and kept me hydrated, but didn’t make me feel bloated. I’m going to ask my support team (meaning my parents, my sister, and her husband) to hand me a bottle to chug down on Kilometer 25 or thereabouts.
  • Hair elastics: If you’ve ever seen me without my hair in a ponytail or tucked into my cap, you would know that I have a lot of hair. Yes, waist-length hair is a pain to manage on runs, but I haven’t found the time to cut it. Rico jokingly said I shouldn’t cut it before Milo — I might lose my strength like Samson did! LOL
  • Sports sunglasses: While my old Nike sunglasses haven’t quite given up the ghost, the lenses have been scratched and battered. I really do need the sunglasses, especially when the sun rises. On my 35-km run, I found myself squinting at 7:30am. Not good…
  • New shoes: Well, actually, they’re not for running Milo, since it’s too late to break new shoes in. But I do need a pair to rotate with my New Balance 1225’s, which have been sorely abused by my long runs. I can no longer use my old Nike’s because I always get sore feet after.

This is gonna turn out to be an expensive marathon… Ü

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About Noelle De Guzman

Noelle De Guzman is a freelance writer and recreational athlete with over 12 years of experience in wellness and endurance sport. She believes sport and an active healthy lifestyle changes lives.

12 thoughts on “My Milo Shopping List

  1. your GU dealer also has Fury sunglasses maybe you should pick up one and Pace Partners just 20% off on Brooks – buzz me or Jeric 🙂

  2. coachie, get na the oakley shades we saw!! and since you couldn't find a good pair at mizuno, try asics daw.

  3. ganon talaga pag marathon 🙂 ubusan ng resources AND swelas ng shoes due to the long runs/training runs 🙂 whoever said running was a not-so-expensive sport ? hahaha 😉 good luck and happy birdie come milo! 🙂

  4. yeah, running's expensive. but everything's gonna pay off as soon as you finish your 42k. :)good luck, Noelle and advanced happy birthday!

  5. this is my fave part of running a full mary…the shopping! i bought myself 2XU tights, new shades and visor + tons of hammergels. love it! good luck noelle! i'm sure you'll do well 😉

  6. you think running is expensive?! try multisports! hahaha! 😀 yeah you should get new pairs of shoes to rotate with 1225. i suggest buying at least 2 more pairs within the year. you also might want to try hydrating earlier than Km25 to make sure you cross the finish line alive. 🙂

  7. Paul, exactly, I got Fury shades from Anton. Got a pair of Asics already.Bianca, I got a different brand of shades but at a better price! 🙂 And Mizuno didn't fit me well. 🙁Timmy and Noel, thanks for the birthday greetings!Calvin, I visited Asics, but ended up at RUNNR anyway — the salespeople are more knowledgeable than at the Asics store.Gail, shopping yay! Thanks.Marvin, I'll be hydrating at the water/energy drink stations over the course of the 42K. I just want the Pocari at 25K for the taste and for an additional boost. 🙂


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