I have a new tan line to add to my existing collection (which Sarah has summed up excellently here, actually).
I’ve been cheating on my beloved CEP compression socks with these Zensah sleeves. I still love my CEPs, but have been wary of bringing them on long runs after the Horrible Red Grape Blister Incident of October 2010. (Don’t click that if you’re eating.)
Compared to the CEPs, they are:
- Not quite as snug
- Much easier to get on/off
- A little thinner
- Cheaper (a little bit)
- Just as smokin’ hot
I was glad that I did, as I ended up topping off the run at exactly 14 miles! I headed out on the Reedy Creek B&B from its southern gate. This trail kicks things off with a mile of downhill immediately followed by almost a mile of sustained steep climbing. Right at the end of that second mile, I bumped in to a teammate coming through from the other direction, so I flipped around and headed back down and back up before continuing through to the far gate. Those hills are a pain in the ass, but it was nice to have some company!
Almost 1,800′ of climbing on that run. Ugh. Hills, like, build character or something, right?
Post-run and post-shower, my butt hit the couch and I don’t plan on moving it for the rest of the day. Well, except maybe to shuffle to the fridge for a beer.
Today’s EAT: Yesterday was a gorgeous day here in Raleigh! Sadly, I spent most of it working. But the second I got home, I changed in to running clothes, banged out a quick 7-miler, then served myself up a huge bowl of this:
I know that the whole watermelon salad thing is uber-trendy right now, but damn, it is good. I threw together chopped up watermelon and strawberries with a handful of feta and some fresh mint and let it sit overnight in the fridge. A perfect pre-dinner snack!
Today’s DRINK: Speaking of strawberries…
Say what you will about fruity beers, but on a sunny day after a sweaty run, that shit really hits the spot. This Abita Strawberry Harvest Lager reminded me of a cross between a lager and a strawberry Italian soda. Ripe strawberries and a little vanilla. The low ABV (4.2%) might make it easy to suck down several of these, but like most sweet drinks, one was enough for me!
Today’s RUN: Today’s 14-er capped off a decent week – at least in terms of total mileage.
M - 6 miles easy (53:09, 8:51 pace) Tu - 5 miles easy (45:11, 9:01 pace) W - 7 miles easy (59:06, 8:22 pace) Th - OFF F - 5 miles easy (41:40, 8:19 pace) Sa - 7.5 miles easy (1:01:48, 8:14 pace) Su - 14 miles long (2:02:41, 8:45 pace)
Total miles: 44.5. Missing: strength work and speed work. What else is new?
Here’s how April looked, overall:
I really haven’t done much fast running since the Shamrock Half in March. Which I think is why the pace is so much slower than, say, February…when I was doing pretty well with hauling my butt to the track every week.
Did I mention that I’m running a 10K next weekend? I am rather frightened.
Today’s QUESTION: What’s the worst tan line you’ve ever inflicted on yourself – running or otherwise? I have definitely been the victim of the sunscreen hand print on my back. And once, back when I was really in to rock climbing, I managed to get a diagonal stripe across my non-Coppertoned belly and back from carrying a bunch of slings and gear, sash-style, on a long climb.