(I'll probably eventually change "Upcoming Races" to just "Races" and include links to my race recaps.)
|New, but the jury is still out on "improved."|
Beyond the new additions to my blog, I've got a plethora of other new things on the horizon this month:
Skirting the Issue
I've only ever worn shorts, capris, or tights to run. I've never worn a running skirt of any sort. I always thought they were a little too girly for me. However, I've grown weary of my shorts riding up on me and chafing my thighs, necessitating the use of massive quantities of BodyGlide. I've also heard countless testimonials as to just how comfortable running skirts are. Erin even posted today about running gear today with some great suggestions on where to look for running skirts. So I think I might finally take the plunge and give the running skirt a go!
Schwaggling for Handfuls
Many months ago I signed up to get emails from Schwaggle (basically the fitness community's equivalent of Groupon). I have never taken advantage of any of their offerings until just recently, when I got a Handful sports bra for almost 60% off. This is the first time that I've invested in what I consider to be a really top-notch sports bra, and it's very nice.
The Changing of the Seasons
After months of brutal heat and humidity, the Chicago Half Marathon this Sunday is predicted to have pretty good weather. Current forecast: daytime high temps in the low 70s, with early-morning race-time temps likely in the upper 50s or 60s. If this holds true, it'll be the first opportunity in over a year's time that I get to run a race in what I consider to be ideal weather. Awesome!
Blogging Runners In The Flesh
After multiple tries, I think I will finally, finally, FINALLY be able to make it to a Chicago Running Bloggers Meetup at the Chicago Half Marathon. Yay!
A Triple-First Race
The PAWS Run For Their Lives 8K will cap off a number of firsts for me:
- It'll be the first 8K I ever run! I am excited to test out this distance for the first time. (And hey, I'll take an instant PR in whatever way I can get it.)
- I have a very soft spot in my heart for animals, and this will be the first race that I will run almost entirely because I simply want to support the cause. (Thanks for passing this race's info on to me, Erin!)
- This race will also mark the first time that I run two races in a single weekend (I'm running the Mad Dash to Madison the day before).
Now all I need is a copy of one of these, and I'll be all set!