Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Brand new day

Pre-workout fuel: Slice of whole-wheat toast with reduced-fat peanut butter and cinnamon roast coffee
Workout: Ran 7.07 miles in 1 hour, 7 minutes; average pace, 9:29. Followed by abbreviated "No More Trouble Zones" with Jillian Michaels.

I woke up before the alarm went off, and I looked at the clock. 5:45 a.m. I thought about changing the alarm to sleep later, abbreviating my run and cutting any semblance of strength training. For about a minute, until Denali barked. It seems we would be getting out of bed for a 7-mile run.

I took him out, made myself a cup of coffee and got dressed. Within a few minutes (or 20), it was like I was a whole new woman.


(Excuse the malice in my demeanor. I don't look like "me" until at least 9 a.m.)

On this morning's run, I wore my first pair of Nike tempo track shorts, which I picked up on sale yesterday at Dick's, and my new Optic Nerve Eyeque IC sunglasses.

I have to say, I was a bit nervous about wearing both items, especially for a midweek long run. I usually wear a compression-type short, which I know will not cause chafing. And glasses? Never wear them. I can barely stand the feel of fashion sunglasses on my face as I drive. Much to my surprise, I didn't have a single problem with either item.

The shorts

I have heard a lot about Nike tempo shorts and just how awesome they are.

Nike says, "Pick up the pace in the Nike Tempo Track Women's Running Shorts. High-performance design delivers ventilation in a fit that moves with you. Featuring curving lines, a low-rise fit and sweat-wicking fabric, it's no wonder the Tempo Track Shorts have become a warm-weather running favorite."

The shorts have a 3-inch inseam, a little short for me, but they never rode up. I had no chafing despite my legs still being a bit heavy, (some things just never go away) and they weren't soaked in sweat the way my compression shorts can be. In short, I loved them. I may head back to Dick's for another pair while they are on sale.

The glasses

I scored a VIP coupon code from Optic Nerve over at 5 Miles Past Empty, and I quickly ordered myself a pair of the Eyeque IC glasses, which have interchangeable lenses.

Optic Nerve says, "Pure compact performance, defined lines, aggressive styling and advanced ergonomics combine to create dynamite in a small package. The vented lenses keep air flowing and fog down. Fits medium to smaller face shapes."

Another love. I barely noticed the glasses on my face, and they only steamed up at the end when I had sweat dripping down my face.

The run

Fantastic. Cooler temps are making all the difference right now, and I dread the day when the mercury once again reaches 85 degrees. I kept things on the slower side the first half, at least until I found myself in the middle of the cross-country pack. Why Denali thought I could keep up with 16-year-old boys was beyond me, but he did. We picked it up for the rest of the way - even up an unexpected, monster hill along the new route I took.

Happy Wednesday!

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