As predicted, I’ve been extremely busy getting ready for my oral qualifying exam on Friday. So busy, in fact, that I haven’t even been able to get out for a run this week, and don’t see it happening until this weekend. Oh well, they say a week off every once in a while is good for you. So here you go, “they.”
I did write a new Running Shorts piece on barefoot running, so if my studying and lack of posts this week has you in NMA withdrawal — come on, humor me — you can read that one for a quick fix.
No Meat Athlete sightings!
A few readers sent me pictures of themselves in No Meat Athlete shirts after their turkey trots, which I always appreciate:
That’s Sarah (top), a graduate student in communications at out San Diego State University, and Heather (bottom), from my home state of Maryland, whose race benefitted So Others Might Eat. Doin’ good in an NMA shirt; can’t beat that with a stick!
Another cool NMA shirt story — Jose wore his in the California International Marathon and ran alongside running legend Bart Yasso long enough to show him his shirt! Can you say “street cred”? Apparently, Yasso is a vegetarian as well!
Shirts have been flying off the shelf recently, so fast that I’m having trouble keeping them in stock. But I have two big shipments coming in, so though I can’t guarantee it, you should still be able to get them by Christmas if you order in the next few days.
Since my 50K on Saturday was canceled, I didn’t get the chance to try out my new SIGVARIS Athletic Recovery socks afterward. But I’m going to go ahead and do the giveaway nonetheless, with the review forthcoming.
So here’s the deal with SIGVARIS: they do a lot of serious, medical stuff with compression socks, so you know they’re legit. The good news for us is they’ve recently gotten into this silly running business, so you, the NMA reader, have a chance to win a pair of their brand new Athletic Recovery socks. And I have not one, but TWO pairs to give away!
SIGVARIS Athletic Recovery socks’ slogan is “because not all compression socks are created equal,” and their reasoning is that most compression socks don’t feature true graduated compression. Looking at the sock, the fact that these truly are graduated is obvious; you can clearly see that it’s very narrow around the ankle, and GRADUALLY (that’s key, hence the caps) widens as it goes up the calf. Theoretically, this is conducive to good bloodflow and faster recovery. You can read more SIGVARIS features here.
So here’s how this will work. I have two sizes to give away: size “A” is for Women’s shoe size 5-7; size “B” is for Women’s size 7.5-9.5 or Men’s size 6.5-8.5. To enter, just leave a comment on this post. And please choose A or B when you enter; no fair entering for both!
Get those entries in by next Monday (December 14), and I’ll randomly choose the winners early next week. Remember: you have to specify A or B (not both), or you’ll be DQ’d!
And as always, I really appreciate links back to this post or tweets about the giveaway. I don’t require them for entry, nor do they earn you extra points. But they are really helpful to me, so if you’re a fan of these easy-entry giveaways, why not share the love?
Good luck! Just imagine — this could be your leg!