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Friday Facts

{Some random ramblings for your Friday afternoon, such as: The Running Tight Boycott lives, exciting Nuun news, and initial thoughts about the Saucony Mirage 3s}

December 7th, 2012. Exactly one year ago today, I confessed my hatred of running tights and proudly proclaimed that I would not wear a single pair until the start of 2012. My legs have never run so free (or so cold, but…minor detail).

While I wish I could tell you that I kept strong for the entire year of 2012 and never once let my legs suffer the confinement of tights…that would be a lie. But thanks to a strangely warm winter, the occasions when I broke down and wore them were few and far between.

Today I’m proud to announce that the fall/early winter running tight boycott is back and going strong. I am still running in shorts and plan to do so at least until the start of 2013. This year, I’m even taking it up a notch and not allowing myself to run on the treadmill when it’s really cold. Outside and in shorts all the way. I’m sure you all are incredibly impressed by my stupidity hardcore-ness. But that’s what we do here at Health{ontherun}: inspire the masses every single day.

Running Tight Boycott 2012

This means that during tomorrow evening’s 5K (which starts at 4:40pm…i.e. in the dark) I will be the fool dressed in short-shorts and compression socks.

Luckily for me, these beauties arrived in the mail just in time.

Holiday Pro Compression.jpgPro Compression Marathon Holiday Socks – first compulsive holiday purchase of the season

They will be the only bit of “festive” gear I’ll have on tomorrow. Because when you have a penchant for racing in neon pink and green, it isn’t long before your entire wardrobe consists of nothing but those two colors. (Someone send me a red Saucony shirt, stat!)

Holiday Pro Compression_2.jpg

Speaking of which, tomorrow’s 5K is going to be a complete suffer-fest. There. I said it.


I know I told you all that I was doing this race purely “for fun” and I suppose that’s still true….insofar as to say that I’m not under any sort of delusions that I can PR. I don’t even have any pressure on myself to hit a specific time goal. However, when you’ve barely been running for weeks, a race of any distance starts to lose a little bit of its “fun” and just becomes incredibly painful. Saying you are going to have fun running a 5K implies you are in some sort of shape to begin with. Well, besides “cheese-belly round,” the hot new shape I’ve been rocking the past couple of weeks…

In case you missed the announcement on Twitter earlier this week, Nuun will soon be releasing three new flavors. Among them?

watermelon nuun_posterPhoto via runhydrated on Instagram

My #teamwatermelon pleas have finally been answered!!

An {ontherun} Application – 2012 Nuun Hood to Coast Team from Lauren Buckel on Vimeo.

I have been waiting-wishing-hoping that Nuun would create a watermelon flavor since August 2011. This past summer, all my Nuun-dreams came true when I was handed a sample tube of Watermelon to try during Hood to Coast weekend. I can honestly tell you that it did not disappoint! The flavor isn’t too sweet or overpowering. It’s just a light, refreshing watermelon taste that is now one of my absolute favorites. And I’m not just saying that because I’m biased…

These new flavors are due out sometime early next year. I am already counting down the days.

I’ve done two runs in the Saucony Mirage 3s and really like them so far. But they feel like a totally different shoe. The design is now more similar to the Kinvara – the upper has the same FlexFilm overlays and the heel/midfoot has more/deeper grooves than the previous version. I loved how the shoe hugged my foot and the way that the new design makes it feel even more responsive than the 2s. I want to wait until I’ve put more miles on them before I do a full review, but my initial verdict is that the upgrades are good ones.

Saucony Mirage 3_side

Related: I have run a whopping 13 miles this week. Which is a big improvement from the 0 I ran last week, I suppose. The goal here is to start building back up slowly for the rest of the month. Come January, I want to hit the ground hard. I plan to end the week around 25 miles — a nice, conservative start back into the land of running. I’ve also managed to work in two days of strength training, a habit I’m going to actually try to stick to throughout marathon training this time around. We’ll see how that goes…

17 Responses to Friday Facts

  1. I am also anti running tights, but I live in TX and haven’t had to endure many cold runs. I did show up to a group run wearing shorts and a tank when everyone else was in pants and long sleeves. Crazy people!
    Steph @ Steph Runs On´s last post ..Color Me Rad 5K Recap

  2. Those compression socks are super cute and so festive! I have never used compression socks but I feel like I really need to try them and soon.
    Mattie @ Comfy & Confident´s last post ..Booty Workout

  3. I am so excited about the new Nuun flavors! Especially the watermelon! So jealous that you have already tried it!!

    Also, those socks are great! I went to go buy a pair, but they are sold out! Good job on buying them early!
    Alex @ Healthy Life Happy Wife´s last post ..Five Friday Favorites – Dec 7

  4. Those holiday pro compression socks are sooo cute!

    I only wear running tights mainly when I’m outside (and it gets damn cold here). Otherwise, I’ve got an obsession with nike tempo shorts!

    Have fun at your 5k!
    TorontoRunner´s last post ..Treadmill Bonding

  5. I will be ordering watermelon upon it’s release…thank you for nudging nuun, it is a delicious flavor.

    Holiday socks. I love it.
    Susan – Nurse on the Run´s last post ..it’s the little things

  6. I can’t wait to try the watermelon flavor!! :)
    Have a fun 5k!!
    Celia´s last post ..hamilton marathon 2012

  7. I am in total agreement about being anti running tights! I live right outside of NYC and I am attempting to boycott. I’ve had to give in a couple times but I’m all about my running skirts and compression socks. Freezing like a fool.

    I couldn’t be more excited for the new nuun!!! oh watermelon <3

    Good luck in the 5K…have FUN!

  8. I wear tights quite happily and willingly, although I prefer capris. You’re a crazy girl, it looks so cold in Vermont!! I’m in Tokyo at the moment and the running tights here are spectacular – bright colours, brightly patterned, highly entertaining!! I reckon you’d crack if you saw them!!!
    Cathryn´s last post ..Foxes, parliament… and an earthquake

  9. I love that you got the socks in time! I didn’t even try to order them because I didn’t think they would make it, I guess I should have gone for it anyway.

    I’m excited about your initial thoughts on the Mirage 3s because I LOVE my Kinvaras, I just need some more support for longer runs. I’m sure I will love the 3s just as much as my 2s!

    Hopefully we can find each other tomorrow! I hope you still have fun, it’s a great race! And don’t worry, I don’t think I’m going to be wearing tights either :)
    Jamie @ couchtoironwoman´s last post ..Under Armour Fleece Divide Hoody Review

  10. I kind of like my running tights. I’ve worn them a few times in November. I tried to order those socks yesterday sold out. I log on to fb tonight and see they added more, I ordered a pair. Can’t wait to wear them!!

  11. You are crazy for not wearing running tights in Vermont!!! I think your legs might fall off before the New Year. Crazy enough, I’m still running tights free down here in FL. Although the other day there was a little nip in the air, so when I walked outside in my running shorts and tank top I felt a bit chilly until I started running. Leah actually had to wear a little sweater. Craziness!!!!! And Watermelon flavored Nuun sounds a little gross.
    Christina´s last post ..Family.

  12. I like running in shorts better to. Right now I weat a knee brace and it feels so much better on bare skin. ? for you, Did you wear a brace when recovering from runner’s knee? Just curious-I wear a cho-pat strap that has been helping. I can’t wait for a full review on the Mirage 3-I am so loving them right now-love the new colors!

    • I did at first, but then after I took 3 weeks completely off running and started walk/running my way back I stopped wearing it. I probably should have, I just hated the one I had and never got around to getting a good one. My husband has been struggling with knee problems though and he does wear a brace when he runs. He says it has made a huge difference. I don’t think he’d be able to run without it right now.

      Glad to hear your brace has been helping. I hope you’re running completely pain-free before too long!

  13. Seneca Falls triggered something very deep inside my US History II memory. I like your socks.

  14. 2 winters ago I did a “no pants challenge” and made it the entire winter! No treadmills, no pants! You can do it!!!

    • WOW! That is definitely impressive. I could probably make it if I wasn’t running long, but I don’t know if my legs would make it 20 miles in freezing weather. Worth a shot to see how long I could go though!

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