Thursday, October 29, 2015

October and a product review

I was hoping to have a Houston Half recap for you this week. I finally felt truly confident enough to go after a PR and my fastie boyfriend signed up to pace me at the last minute. I drank a ton of beet juice Friday and Saturday and even got my power color race day nails done. I was ready! However, Hurricane Patricia washed away all grand plans of running and it was canceled. I have a Plan B race in mind, but the Houston Half race crew is supposed to provide some kind of alternative update, so I'm sitting on pins and needles, waiting to find out...

In other news, BF and I ran the West. U. Halloween Dash 5k together (put on by my elementary alma mater!) on Oct. 17, which was a lot of fun — nice and flat tree-lined course in the area I grew up in. I finished in 22:58, missing a PR by 3 seconds, but still placed third in my age group. My prize was a cute coffee mug filled with Halloween candy. #win

Post-race mimosas = always a good decision. It was then that BF created the hashtag #mimoseando
This weekend I'm running a 10k at the end of my long run. RHC puts on this race, so they've planned our 14 miler to start at the race site. I'm not sure I'll have a PR in me after 8 pre-race miles, but you never know until you try, right? #yolo

Lastly, Lipton Publicity recently sent me the TKO soft grip workout jump rope in exchange for a review. I finally tested it out next week and found it to be pretty easy to use, even for someone who's not exactly super-coordinated like me.

I had grand plans to test this out at the park, but alas, the weather and daylight hours didn't cooperate. Please excuse the less than favorable lighting.
If you're stuck indoors and your options are limited, a jump rope is a great portable workout accessory. For me personally, I don't think my downstairs neighbor would appreciate my using this on the regular, but it would be great to take to the park for a low-impact cross-training session in the marathon training off-season.

That's all for now. Here's hoping I have a longer race recap next time...