Saturday workout: 5 miles, 10:30 average, Pace Gloves
Sunday workout: TBD (probably a hike)
Weekly total: 15 miles
This week was all about easing back into running. Four short runs, all easy, just enough to get the legs moving again. It felt great to be back at it, although I was surprisingly sore. Just a month ago, 5 miles was the shortest run I had done in probably three months. This week, 5 miles was my longest run! It was humbling.
Come on, Anchorage, try to be uglier, would you?
That's the airport's air traffic control tower.
I'm not entirely sure how it happened, but I seem to have acquired quite a few new running goodies recently. I think of myself as a pretty frugal person, but apparently this frugality is thrown right out the window when it comes to my hobby jogging. Whoops.
Since I have all this crap and I'm obviously a lifestyle guru, I thought I'd share some of it with you. This post could go one of two ways: mildly interesting and informative, or boring and preachy. I'm obviously aiming for the former but if it turns into more of the latter, put me in my place.
First up: Moving Comfort Momentum shorts
Of Mayor's Marathon fame.
These shorts are incredible. Or at least, relative to Nike tempos, which I've been wearing since the beginning of time, they are incredible. I bought these when I decided I'd had it with diaper butt and went to REI to buy something cool. I must have tried on ten pairs of shorts. Brooks, Marmot, Asics, Saucony... all the brands I'm supposed to love. I hated all of them. The fit just didn't work. I consider myself to have a pretty average body type, so maybe you have to be an Amazonian warrior princess to look good in those things.
I was just about to give up when I tried on the Momentum shorts. Moving Comfort's been (over-)promoted in blogland so I was reluctant to even try them on. I'm really happy I did, though, because they are actually amazing and I live in them now. In fact, yesterday I found myself near the Coastal Trail sans shorts on a perfect running day and instead of driving all the way home, I went to REI and bought another pair. What? Don't judge me! My new pair is actually a pretty ugly shade of blue, but they're comfortable enough that I don't care.
So what's so great about these shorts? Well, they're comfortable, obviously. And light. They've also got a zip pocket just large enough to fit an iPhone (although it bounces around too much when you run to actually store it there). For me, that was key. I usually put my keys in the tiny unsecured Nike tempo pocket and spend the whole run touching it to make sure it's still there. Too much anxiety.
And on an aesthetic level, these shorts are incredibly flattering. The waistband's a lot like Lululemon waistbands, if anyone's familiar with those (and possibly like those ubiquitous Rogas, although I've never tried them). They also hit a bit higher than most shorts, which for me means I don't have a little fat pouch when I wear tighter shirts. Perhaps the most important thing, though, is that they make my ass look normal. Five Jeanos up!
Let's not beat around the bush: I hate these. When I bought them, their success was practically guaranteed: I'm a big fan of both grapefruit and electrolyte tabs, plus ultra-runner Logan gave them her stamp of approval. But to me, they taste terrible. I wish I could compare it to something. Whatever it is, it's not grapefruit. I've tried different tab-to-water ratios and haven't found anything that comes anywhere close to acceptable. But because I'm an optimist (or just have a terrible memory), every few weeks I remember them and decide to give them another chance. Every few weeks I am horribly disappointed. I can't really say anything about their effectiveness, but they'd have to promise me, like, immortality before I'd use them regularly.
You guys may or may not know what these are. They're basically a tube you wear around your waist and can put things in. A slightly less offensive fanny pack. You have a totally clear picture of it from that description, I'm sure.
When it started getting hotter in Anchorage, I realized I wasn't going to have anywhere to put my stuff when I run. I knew I wanted my phone with me during my marathon, among other things, so kept my eyes peeled for a suitable device. I read about FlipBelts on a blog somewhere, and after extensive research (ie. reading the literally hundreds of overwhelmingly positive reviews) decided to buy one.
I was really excited when it showed up, but so far my opinion of it is completely average. It is an entirely adequate way to store your shit on the run. I don't have any real complaints about it, but I also haven't worn it in probably five weeks (opting instead to cram all of my stuff in my top for the marathon). When I'm excited about something, I use it constantly (see: Momentum shorts), so I'm obviously not that excited about this. But hey, it's better than a fanny pack!
Lastly: Let's Pretend This Never Happened (A Mostly True Memoir)
Okay, this isn't running related but I HEARD about it from a running blog (Logan again! I swear I don't live my life solely by her recommendations) and the author is herself a blogger so it's sort of relevant.
This book. It is SO funny. Like, if I had any talent whatsoever, I would be her. Without the paralyzing social anxiety and other various disorders, of course. I was in a reading slump when I bought her book, starting many good books but not really being engaged enough to finish them. This changed that. I highly recommend it. Don't listen to the audiobook around young'uns.
Okay, that's enough of this.
What cool new running gadget/item/apparel have you been loving lately?