Ah, another weekend gone by with priority given to living over blogging. Luckily, I have a sweet giveaway to make it up to you… more on that in a minute.
I spent my Saturday crewing for three friends from my running group who ran in the JFK 50-Miler. This basically meant that another friend and I had the job of meeting our runners al0ng the course to give them changes of shoes and socks, take their sweaty clothes after the sun came up, keep them fueled with whatever food and drink they needed, and even run with them a little bit.
The good news: everybody finished! One of our runners finished in 8:58; the other two ran together and finished in 10:27. It was awesome to be a part of it all. The excitement of seeing them at all different points in the race and running on the course with them for miles 15-27 got me even more fired up to do my first 50, which I’m hoping will be sometime this Spring after I have a few 50K’s under my belt.
A few more things about the race:
- Vegan ultramarathon superstar Scott Jurek ran it, coming in 11th with a time of 6:31:12.
- While I was running on the course, I met David from EnerChi Fitness, a vegan Chi- runner and NMA-reader! Congrats to David, who finished the race in 9:39.
- Our only DNF (did not finish) of the day came at dinner after the race. The lesson: consuming beer to celebrate running 50 miles is fun; consuming ONLY beer after running 50 miles is not a great idea.
Congrats to all JFK finishers, particularly Ron, Kath, and Shawn.
Recovery Sock giveaway
I’ve posted so many post-long-run pictures of my legs in Recovery Socks that there’s really no need for any more.
One of the things I love most about running is the fact that you don’t need a bunch of expensive stuff to do it. But seriously, Recovery Socks are one product that’s absolutely worth it. After a hard run, my legs feel a million times better when I wear Recovery Socks for a few hours than when I don’t. I’ve worn them after every tough run I’ve done in the past few months, and I even wear them on long car or plane rides where I need to sit still for an extended period of time. I can’t say enough good things about how well they work.
The idea behind Recovery Socks is that they provide gradual compression to stimulate blood flow and prevent blood from pooling in the legs after a run. Honestly, that’s all the blood science I care to know. For me, an “if-then” statement is enough. If I wear them, then my legs feel good. For that day and the next.
The best part: the nice folks at Recovery Sock are giving away a pair, allowing one lucky winner to circumvent the $34.90 price tag!
As usual, all you need to do to enter is leave a comment on this post, and I’ll choose a random winner this weekend. For extra good karma, you can link back to this post, tweet about it, and check out my new Running Shorts post about how stretching doesn’t help prevent injuries, but none of that will actually help you win the contest.
Last thing: Recovery Sock sent me a pair of armwarmers to review, but unfortunately (fortunately?), it hasn’t been cold enough to wear them on a run. But look for that post once the temperature drops! Also, they sent me more Recovery Sock headbands than I know what to do with. They’re just cotton headbands, but if you want one, just ask. I’ll send one out to the first few people who ask. (Come on, save my gift recipients from a Recovery Sock headband Christmas!)