I know that I have posted a lot today, but I wanted to share a couple more things. I was browsing the internet for something to post for Motivation Monday and my landing on the webpage for Saucony. It was on the Saucony site that I find the image that I will be using today as well as a cool little product that Saucony has for pre-order with 100% of the sale being donated to The One Fund Boston. I also found this amazing blog post about running a marathon. If it were on WP, I would just reblog it. Now, let’s look at the motivation. This image is rather self explanatory and goes off of the #findyourstrong movement that Saucony has going on right now.
The second item I found was a cheap way to carry some Boston inspiration with you as well as donate a little money to The One Boston Fund. Saucony is selling a #BostonStrong Lace Medallion to wear on your running shoes. This is a great way to remember those in Boston on any run that you may go on, and at a very nominal fee of $5.00. And 100% of the sale will be donated to The One Boston Fund. The items are on a pre-sale status and you will get them as soon as they are available, which is being advertised as four weeks. Also, if you have converted to Lock Laces, you can still wear this medallion, but it might be a little loose. And if you are interested in trying Lock Laces, go to their website, buy a pair, use the promo code KYLEJUDE to get free shipping and 20% of that sale will go directly to St. Jude (shameless plug).
#BostonStrong Lace Medallions
Here is a quick gym update for the day. A couple of months ago when I was joining my new gym, I remarked that the new gym was just a sh0rt run from my house once I was healthy. Well, I have been running for a few weeks now, but I have only ran to the gym once. And today, I decided to run there again. Round trip, my run was 4.17 miles today, and did the miles at a 9:53 pace. In the middle of the four plus running miles, I did a twenty minute dumbbell lifting set focusing primarily on my upper body. I did all of my stretching once I got home and felt great. Maybe I will make this my Monday routine. We shall see. But if I do, I need to make sure that I bring a sweat rag because the last few times that I have gone to the gym, they have had no towels available.
On Saturday, May 4th , I ran in the appropriately named May the Fourth Be With You 5K. This was a virtual race with proceeds being donated to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and was geared towards the nerdier sect of runners. May the Fourth is in reference to the Star Wars movie franchise and is a representation of “may the force be with you” which, if you have seen any of the movies, you have definitely heard this phrase before. I ran the race on the streets of my neighborhood on cold and rainy day. It has rained for six straight days here in Memphis, so finding a window to run outside was almost impossible. Here in Memphis, May 4 the past two years have been record setters in the weather almanac. Last year we hit a record high of 91 degrees, and this year we hit a record low of 36 degrees. The 36 degrees also happens to be the lowest temperature ever recorded in the month of May in Memphis!
May the Fourth Medal
My run felt great, even though I was inches away from being plowed over by a car. About a half a mile into my run, I noticed that I forgot to wear my RoadID bracelet but I didn’t want to head back to the house. Probably two minutes later, I hear a car screeching to a halt to my immediate right. I was running across an intersection with a stop sign when this happened and I certainly had the right of way. When I approached the intersection, there was no cars in sight, so I ran on. Then I heard the noise and noticed the car sliding towards me. Thankfully it did not hit me, but the driver and I did exchange a couple of choice words with one another. What the driver fails to realize is that if I hadn’t been running, he would have run the stop sign and would have met the front bumper of a truck traveling down the other road. But, I do know for future runs, if I forget my RoadID, I will go back home to get it. Besides my run in with this driver, my entire run went well. This was my best run, in regards to pace, since returning from injury. I completed 3.21 miles with a pace of 9:23 per mile.
The fifteenth sponsor of the Platinum Sombrero Virtual 5K is SLS3, a company that specializes in compression wear. Their tagline is “Intelligent Race Apparel.” SLS3 has donated two pairs of compression socks, one is size S/M and one is size L/XL. The website has a myriad of products, from compression socks and quad sleeves to full race day attire. You can like SLS3 on Facebook here.
The fourteenth company to sign on to donate some product for the Platinum Sombrero 5K is EnergyBits. EnergyBits is a company that specializes in healthy lifestyles one natural bit at a time. You can find bits for energy, vitality, recovery, and weight loss to name a few. The energy specific bits are made from 100% organically grown spirulina algae and contains over 40 nutrients. I am just becoming aware of this product and I will be trying them out soon and I will write up a full product review for your reading pleasure. You can like EnergyBits on Facebook here.