Trying Out Mesh
This morning I went ahead and got myself up and out of bed when Jason got up to go to his morning master's swim class. My plan was to get in 3-4 miles. At 5:30 it's still completely dark out, so I did hedge around until about 5:35 so that it would at least start getting light earlier into my run rather than right at the end (if that made any sense).
I tried out my new Brooks Running D'Lite Micro Mesh Racerback. Normally I just wear a sports bra and shorts, but I wanted to try to find something I could wear when running solo that wasn't hot and was vibrant so I could be seen.
This shirt fits the bill. It's mesh, as in mesh mesh, totally see through. However, you get the feeling of some coverage rather than just bare skin. Since it is mesh, the air flows right through it almost as if you were running without the top (almost, because it was sticking to me by the end). And, I think it's a good safety measure for being more visible in the dark.
So, I donned my new, bright shirt, clipped on my blinking light to a pocket, figured out how to get my mace/pepper spray attached to the hip of my shorts, my reflective arm band, AND my water bottle that also had my ID. I was armed and ready to go. Jason had actually sent an email at one point and said, "So I guess your a special forces runner now." Teehee, yep.
My plan was to do an easy easy run. My first mile was slow and easy at 9:40. But when running alone, I have a tendency most of the time, to pick up speed. I don't know if running solo in the dark plays a factor or not, but I did end up with an average 9:11 pace. But, it didn't feel forced or out of comfort zone levels so I think that's ok. Sometimes it's good to just go with it I think.
During lunch I ran home and got in chest, back, shoulders going with Cathe's Power Hour DVD. I had forgotten about the killer shoulder workout on this particular DVD. Holy cow. I wasn't sure I could eek out the last overhead press after front raises, side raises, rear delts...
And again, it's lower weights, higher reps, and varied rep patterns. And as daunting as it looks when you write it all out (which I have sheets printed with all the exercises, rep patterns, sets) it goes by really fast. You just don't have time to even think about it, you just do it.
Tonight we ended up doing a sort of impromptu date night. We went to a wine bar nearby called ZIN. They have Wednesday wine tastings for $15 for 5 samples. Jason did that option and I just got a "safe" glass of a white.
I'm really glad I did that this time. Last time I loved almost all of the pours I sampled from Jason's flight. This time...not so much. And I will say that the atmosphere in there on wine tasting day is completely different from going in for a happy hour glass. It's loud and just gets louder. Unfortunately, that is like nails on a chalkboard to me and makes me very anxious after a certain threshold. But, it was nice to do something different mid-week and get out of the house.
So, dinner is going to be late and is still undecided at this point. I doubt I'll be coming up with any new recipes again, but if I do I'll be sure to share ;-)
Daily To-Enjoy List:
Glass of wine
Different style of weight lifting