Last night, the kids stayed the night at my parents' house, and Jerry had to work all night, so I had a pretty quiet night to myself. I went to a couple of stores looking for the Wii EA Sports Active "More Workouts" game, but it's an old game, and I couldn't find it anywhere. I want to do another strength training challenge, and I loved doing the EA Sports Active 30-Day Challenge a couple of years ago.
I have a couple of other games--The Biggest Loser and Nike + Kinect game, but I don't like those ones. Even though the EA Sports Active game is old school, I really like it! I just wanted to get the "More Workouts" version to add some variety. I'm going to order it on Amazon.
When I got home, I ended up putting my pajamas on super early. I made some tea and sat outside on the front porch, just enjoying the weather.
I had gotten in a shipment of David's Tea--I ordered three new flavors: Cotton Candy (rooibos), Root Beer Float (black), and Caramel Corn (herbal). I made the Caramel Corn last night, and it was decent, but I don't think I'd order it again. This morning, I tried the other two. I hated the Root Beer Float, and the Cotton Candy was pretty good.
Jerry got off work early this morning, so we made plans to meet up at a park for a run. It was the park with the infamous hill that I wrote about before, where I chose to crash in the grass on my rollerblades instead of flying into the river ;)
It was humid this morning, but not too hot, so it wasn't bad. I love the park that we went to!
I wish the path around the park was long enough to run, but it's only about 3/4 of a mile around, so we started there and then ran the connecting path toward the Metropark. I told Jerry that it was either two or three miles to reach the Metropark, I wasn't sure which; so we decided to just run the length of it and turn around at the Metropark.
During the first mile, I felt so stiff! I'm not sure why my body has felt so stiff lately when I run, but I still felt like we were running around a 10:00/mi pace, maybe a little faster. When I heard my Garmin beep at one mile, it said 11:00/mi. I was shocked--even on my easiest runs, my pace is faster than that. We obviously weren't trying to run fast, but I was surprised that it felt kind of difficult at that pace.
Anyway, we reached the Metropark at mile 2.1, so we turned around, deciding on a 4-miler. My legs really started to loosen up at mile three. Mile three seems to be the magic number for me! I tend to feel really stiff and clumsy for the first couple of miles, and then I loosen up. When we hit mile four, we stopped the Garmin and just walked the short distance to the car, enjoying the scenery. The park is kind of far from home, otherwise I'd run it more often!
I really like that Jerry has been running with me sometimes. I feel like I'm getting spoiled, running with Jerry, Nathan, Jessica, Stephanie, and anyone else I can recruit. I enjoy running so much more when I run with a partner; I'm always bummed when I run alone now ;)
I have a pretty awesome giveaway today! When I went to the Runner's World Half & Festival last month, I was given some sample products to try out. Some of the things I really like, and I decided to put together five days of giveaways (giving away a different item each day for five days).
First up? Shoes! There was a New Balance rep at the Festival to show us a new shoe line, the FreshFoam 980 Trail Runners.
They sent us bloggers a pair in the mail to try out for ourselves, which was so generous! Admittedly, I've never run on a trail before, but I am excited to try it, and testing out the shoes makes it even more fun. The first pair of the Trail Runners I received, even though they were my size on the label, fit much too small. New Balance sent me a size larger, and told me to give the others away on my blog!
The shoes are the ones pictured above--women's size 9.5. Now, in my normal street shoes, I wear an 8.5. My Brooks Adrenaline running shoes are a 9.5 wide. These shoes are a 9.5, but my toe was hitting the front of the shoe, and the toe box was too small for me, so I ended up with a 10.5. So, if you want to enter the giveaway, it's just something to keep in mind when deciding whether it's the right size for you.
To enter to win the shoes, just fill out your name and email address below. I'll select a winner by random drawing on 7/14/14 at 9:00 AM EST.
I have some other great stuff to give away, so check back over the next four days for that :)