Back in March, I did a post about the Alter Ego line of clothing from Under Armour. You can have a refresher here, or the Cliff Notes version is the line is workout clothing inspired by superheroes. The nerd in me was very excited about these shirts, but being of the larger persuasion and these shirts being base layer compression shirts, it did not look like I was going to get one. Well, a random trip to the local Dick’s Sporting Goods changed that for me. I was shopping with Susan and Dick’s was next door so I hopped in for a second. And as I walked in, I noticed the Alter Ego display. I stopped to look for a second and noticed two things. One was that the compression shirts are tiny. I seriously though I was in the children’s section! Also, I saw a Batman shirt that said that said “loose fit” on it! This could not be right, and I had to double check the tag. Yep, “loose fit” just like my other Under Amour shirts! I decided to try the shirt on, just in case, and it was a perfect fit! So I now own a Batman Under Armour shirt! I am such a nerd. Maybe they will release the other superheroes in the “loose fit” as well.
Last week I bought my first pair of shoes from Kindrunner and the experience was very simple. Today I am returning a pair of old shoes that will become $10 in Kindness Cash. It is kind of a bittersweet moment since the shoes that I am returning are the ones I ran my first half marathon in. But I cannot wear the shoes anymore and someone needs to get some use out of them, so sending them to Soles 4 Souls in a positive outcome for these shoes. It is ironic that these shoes that I randomly bought with no knowledge of my gait, running mechanics, or shoe life held up for over a year and 700 plus miles without incident. And now that I know this stuff, I have had some injury issues with shoes closely fitted for my feet with very strict mile management. It is funny how that happens.
And speaking of my new shoes from Kindrunner, I made a rookie mistake over the weekend. I was so eager to wear my new shoes that I did not properly break them in before taking them out for a long run. I ran ten plus miles on the Greenline last Sunday and this run resulted in blisters on both of my big toes! Thankfully these blisters were not a lingering issue this week.
I am also going to be trying something new with my runs and workouts over the next few weeks. I almost exclusively listen to music on my runs, so I am exploring some podcasts to listen to, as well as an audiobook to utilize during my runs. I will also try to watch some Braves games on the treadmill at the gym when the opportunity presents itself. Last night was my first run listening to a podcast and it went well. I had no problems staying motivated on the run, and it provided the distraction that I sometimes need on my runs. I am still browsing audiobooks and honestly did not realize how expensive that they are. I read several non-fiction books, and I am a little wary of running to an audiobook of a non-fiction book. We shall see.
Today is the longest sports day of the year since it is the only day of the year that there are no activities from any of the major four American sports leagues. What sets today apart from the past two days is that Monday has the Home Run Derby and Tuesday has the MLB All Star Game. Even worse for Atlanta Braves fans is the fact that the team is also off tomorrow, so there is a four day sports void for us. ESPN puts their annual sports awards show, The ESPY Awards, on Wednesday to help fill the void, but no one really cares about that. The USA and Costa Rica game that was played last night would have been perfect in prime time tonight.
Update: I just read an article on Deadspin talking about the ESPYs, the hatred for the event, and the colossal waste of money the awards show really is. You can read the article for yourself here.