Sunday, September 18, 2011

Day 1,721: Time for long sleeves

Today before the run my phone said it was 56 degrees, which meant long sleeves.

Since the streak (and this blog), I've developed a system to tell myself what I should wear during a run.

Over 70 degrees: Technical T-shirt, short sleeves
60-70 degrees: Cotton T-shirt, short
50-60 degrees: Long sleeve T-shirt, cotton
40-50 degrees: Technical T-shirt, long
30-40 degrees: Technical T-shirt, long under a cotton T-shirt, short sleeves, likely running pants instead of shorts

Anyway, that's the general rule. I've drifted away from it in the last few years knowing that I can wear less warm clothes for chillier temperatures, but usually when the season first changes, warmer is better.

Time: 8 a.m.
Temp: 56 degrees
Gear: Long sleeve T-shirt, cotton (Run the Reagan Half Marathon), shorts, Nike Air Pegasus+ 27/A.

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Day 1,710: Will run for a biscuit!

This week, Chick-fil-A is offering a free breakfast selection. You have to register in advance and I chose today.

They did this before, or at least I did this before, when they rolled out the spicy chicken sandwich.

I reserved the same location, the Chick-fil-A at Colony Square, and headed off on my Atlantic Station run.

I basically made sure I turned around before IKEA first before stopping to get my chicken biscuit.

I should say I've never had trouble running immediately after eating. I learned this when I trained for the 2000 Portland Marathon.

And sure enough, no such worries. I basically ran home, tummy happy, knowing that I would be able to check a few things off today's to-do list.

Time: 8:42 a.m.
Temp: 63 degrees (90 percent humidity), drizzle
Gear: T-shirt (Atlanta AIDS run 5K), shorts, Nike Air Pegasus+ 27.

Sunday, September 4, 2011

Day 1,707: Will run for ice cream!

Many times I'll need motivation to get out the door. Sure, there's the streak and I know I'll at least get a mile in, but exactly when is the real issue.

I've been known to waste an entire hour just thinking about the different routes available before I head out. Or I might get distracted by what's on TV or checking my e-mail.

Deciding what to do for today's run was pretty easy. One of my four-mile routes runs right by Jake's Ice Cream, one of the best in the city!

In the past we've stopped there in the middle of the route to cool off and eat some fresh ice cream.

Today I decided to do the next best thing, to order a couple of pints. I brought a fanny pack for the occasion and they fit perfectly. There wasn't a lot of bounce with the pints, so the run back was ok.

About 17 minutes later, I was home with the delicious afternoon snack!