Taper madness has set in quite nicely. Just like no two colds are alike (I don’t remember THAT itching last time I had a headcold...) it seems that no two tapers are alike. This time, I’ve been running my easy runs too fast and worrying about how much food I’m eating. Basically, taper has turned me into a caffeinated middle school girl. Well, even more than normal I suppose
Two cases in point wrapped into one: This morning, I had 5 easy miles on the schedule. The night before I went out with work people, had a few beers (read: too many) and ate a lot of greasy food (deep fried okra? WTF is okra? Whatever, doesn’t matter...gimmie.) The run started out ROUGH. Well, the trip to the toilet before the run was rough, and then the run was also rough. I felt tired, old, and even in spite of the 10 minutes in the bathroom - bloated.
So, while the first mile was tough, I sort of got used to that level of “hard”. So, when I sweated out all of the booze by mile two, the level of hard (TWSS) stayed the same but my pace became faster and faster. Before I knew it I had ran 5 miles in 36 minutes. 7:15 pace. Oppsies.
I always tell the people I coach that slow, short runs have their place. Use them for recovery, use them to keep your legs fresh, but DON’T blast through them because they’re shorter than you’re used to. It seems that the cobbler’s son always does go without shoes.........Do as I say, not as I do!
Glitz Bandz. She wanted me to do a review and giveaway of her sparkly, no slip headbands. WHY would I do a review on headbands when I have less hair than a Chiwawa at a barbershop convention? I figured that since I haven’t been contacted to review any man-jocks or nut cups (yet) I might as well hop on the female-only running accessory bandwagon. Next stop, pictures of me in running sports bras. Well that, and I’ve met Emily in real life and she is pretty cool. Win/win.
Turns out, a lot of girls have a lot of hair on their heads. (Ok, ok....so do college guys and older guys going through mid life crises.) When it gets hot, having hair up and out of your face is a good thing. I’m nearly positive that I read a scientific study that said that having hair out of your face makes you 60% faster – at least**.
Don't I look faster? Maybe?
Glitz Bandz are custom fit and don’t slip off of your head no matter how sweaty you get or what activity you are performing. Case in point: I was practicing some of my sweet ninja-king-of-the-world moves and it stayed put no matter how much I shook my head! No word on the sound my brain made rattling around inside of my skull.....
Unfortunately though, my son was much less happy to play along during this test:
If you'd instead like to see a few reviews with a bit more estrogen in them, check out these three. All had good things to say:
In all seriousness, you have TWO super easy ways that you can enter for a chance at one of THREE GlitzBandz (Two from GlitzBandz, one from ME! I’m going to give up the one that I received as well – turns out I don’t have any hair):
- Join Emily’s mailing list here & let me know you did (honor system)
- Like her FB page and tell her which headband you’d get if you won & let me know you did
Easy contest, quick turnaround. I’ll announce the winners on Sunday at noon Pacific!
FCC Stuff: I got the glitzband for free. If you’d stop reading this disclaimer and enter you could too! I wasn’t asked for a positive review. Seriously, are you still reading? You should be entering by leaving a comment!
**I might have made that up