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Friday Facts

Posted Dec 07 2012 11:52am
{Some random ramblings for your Friday afternoon, such as: The Running Tight Boycott lives, exciting Nuun news, and initial thoughts about the Saucony Mirage 3s}

December 7th, 2012. Exactly one year ago today, I confessed my hatred of running tights and proudly proclaimed that I would not wear a single pair until the start of 2012. My legs have never run so free (or so cold, but…minor detail).

While I wish I could tell you that I kept strong for the entire year of 2012 and never once let my legs suffer the confinement of tights…that would be a lie. But thanks to a strangely warm winter, the occasions when I broke down and wore them were few and far between.

Today I’m proud to announce that the fall/early winter running tight boycott is back and going strong. I am still running in shorts and plan to do so at least until the start of 2013. This year, I’m even taking it up a notch and not allowing myself to run on the treadmill when it’s really cold. Outside and in shorts all the way. I’m sure you all are incredibly impressed by my stupidity hardcore-ness. But that’s what we do here at Health{ontherun}: inspire the masses every single day.

Running Tight Boycott 2012

This means that during tomorrow evening’s 5K (which starts at 4:40pm…i.e. in the dark) I will be the fool dressed in short-shorts and compression socks.

Luckily for me, these beauties arrived in the mail just in time.

Holiday Pro Compression.jpg Pro Compression Marathon Holiday Socks – first compulsive holiday purchase of the season

They will be the only bit of “festive” gear I’ll have on tomorrow. Because when you have a penchant for racing in neon pink and green, it isn’t long before your entire wardrobe consists of nothing but those two colors. (Someone send me a red Saucony shirt, stat!)

Holiday Pro Compression_2.jpg

Speaking of which, tomorrow’s 5K is going to be a complete suffer-fest. There. I said it.

Wonderfulrun5k( Source )

I know I told you all that I was doing this race purely “for fun” and I suppose that’s still true….insofar as to say that I’m not under any sort of delusions that I can PR. I don’t even have any pressure on myself to hit a specific time goal. However, when you’ve barely been running for weeks, a race of any distance starts to lose a little bit of its “fun” and just becomes incredibly painful. Saying you are going to have fun running a 5K implies you are in some sort of shape to begin with. Well, besides “cheese-belly round,” the hot new shape I’ve been rocking the past couple of weeks…

In case you missed the announcement on Twitter earlier this week, Nuun will soon be releasing three new flavors. Among them?

watermelon nuun_posterPhoto via runhydrated on Instagram

My #teamwatermelon pleas have finally been answered!!

An {ontherun} Application – 2012 Nuun Hood to Coast Team from Lauren Buckel on Vimeo .

I have been waiting-wishing-hoping that Nuun would create a watermelon flavor since August 2011. This past summer, all my Nuun-dreams came true when I was handed a sample tube of Watermelon to try during Hood to Coast weekend. I can honestly tell you that it did not disappoint! The flavor isn’t too sweet or overpowering. It’s just a light, refreshing watermelon taste that is now one of my absolute favorites. And I’m not just saying that because I’m biased…

These new flavors are due out sometime early next year. I am already counting down the days.

I’ve done two runs in the Saucony Mirage 3s and really like them so far. But they feel like a totally different shoe. The design is now more similar to the Kinvara – the upper has the same FlexFilm overlays and the heel/midfoot has more/deeper grooves than the previous version. I loved how the shoe hugged my foot and the way that the new design makes it feel even more responsive than the 2s. I want to wait until I’ve put more miles on them before I do a full review, but my initial verdict is that the upgrades are good ones.

Saucony Mirage 3_side

Related: I have run a whopping 13 miles this week. Which is a big improvement from the 0 I ran last week , I suppose. The goal here is to start building back up slowly for the rest of the month. Come January, I want to hit the ground hard. I plan to end the week around 25 miles — a nice, conservative start back into the land of running. I’ve also managed to work in two days of strength training, a habit I’m going to actually try to stick to throughout marathon training this time around. We’ll see how that goes…

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