There are a few races that I do every year, no matter what. This is one of those races. It used to be that the whole family ran it, there's a picture somewhere (that I can't find right now) that shows myself and my cousins all running the race one year. I'm super out of shape having just started running, but we are all together and smiling. This year it was myself, my uncle and one other cousin who ran. Some have moved away, others are no longer with us. Regardless of how untrained I am or how much I really dislike road races, this is one that I refuse to miss. This year was no exception. The weather was perfect for a 5k and it's always great to get out there with the Fleet Feet Racing Team. I have to give a huge shout out to Della who grabbed me a tutu from the cheer bin, I can't believe I left mine at home! I had a great, albeit slow race and it was a great way to start off Thanksgiving!
My thoughts on the race are pretty straight forward. I loved it. I loved the whole weekend. Before the weekend was over I had already signed up for the next Endurance Challenge event in Ontario. Instead of a big gigantic post, I'll just outline all the best parts.
Two months ago I got my first runnerbox and it had some pretty great stuff in it. I loved the waterpak cleaner and I'm still holding out for my hair to get a little longer so I can use the beer shampoo. As good as the last one was, this one is much more relevant to my interests. From Strawberry Banana Super Drinks to some sport tape- almost everything in this box could be of immediate use!
Udderly Smooth body cream: Chafing happens, the struggle is real and now I have pocket packs of lotion to help me out. This is obviously a win.
IPS (intelligent protein snack): I got BBQ Egg White Ch(ips). I'm not a fan of the flavor, but I am a huge fan of chips, so I immediately went online and discovered that they have Aged White Chedder as a flavor. I need those in my life as soon as possible.
E-hydrate Gel: Like I said earlier, gel's are not generally my thing, but the strawberry lemonade flavor has my interest piqued, so I may give it a try as I delve into marathon training. I also got Mocha flavor.
E-hydrate drink mix: I love using drink mixes. I normally use Nuun, but the flavors on these look delicious (Red berry and Lemon lime especially) and I'll be busting them out this week. I also got grape and orange.
Pocketfuel: All natural gel. I got Chocolate Espresso as a flavor and while this is not my normal cup of tea, I do have a few friend who LOVE that flavor in other gels, so I will probably pass it along.
Run Gum: zero calorie, sugar free gum that is designed to give you a boost. I'm not much of a gum chewer, but my running partner is, so I'll be handing these his way to see what he thinks.
Go Tape: I tape everything. ankles, achilles, knees, wrist, fascia. I'm a mess of long standing injuries and my arthritis flares at the worst time, so tape is basically my best friend when I run. I've tried Rock Tape and KT Tape and I'm really excited to give Go Tape a try to see how it stacks up.
That's the box for this month! I can't wait to try it all out and see what works for me.
All The Crooked Saints
By Maggie Stiefvater
Here is a thing everyone wants: a miracle.
Here is a thing everyone fears: what it takes to get one.
Any visitor to Bicho Raro, Colorado is likely to find a landscape of dark saints, forbidden love, scientific dreams, miracle-mad owls, estranged affections, one or two orphans, and a sky full of watchful desert stars.
At the heart of this place you will find the Soria family, who all have the ability to perform unusual miracles. And at the heart of this family are three cousins longing to change its future: Beatriz, the girl without feelings, who wants only to be free to examine her thoughts; Daniel, the Saint of Bicho Raro, who performs miracles for everyone but himself; and Joaquin, who spends his nights running a renegade radio station under the name Diablo Diablo.
They are all looking for a miracle. But the miracles of Bicho Raro are never quite what you expect.