Happy Monday! Congrats to everyone who raced this weekend, especially all of you who ran the London Marathon! I loved flicking through all the pics on Instagram this weekend because I really, really, really want to run London one year (soon)!
Adam and I had a pretty chill weekend since we’re leaving for vacation on THURSDAY! Aside from running, I didn’t really do anything else! 🙂 I got in six miles on Saturday and 8 miles on Sunday for a total of 14 for the weekend.
I also got in a killer upper body weight lifting session on Saturday. I don’t know what it was, but I was just feeling great! On Sunday, however, my legs told me they were starting to feel the affects of running higher mileage. I made it through the run just fine but afterwards I all I wanted to do was sit!
On Friday I tried out a pair of Newton Fate for the first time!
A couple of weeks ago Criteek reached out to see if I would wanted to participate in their Newton campaign by trying out and creating a video review of my experience with the shoes. Of course I said yes because I’m not the type to turn down free running shoes :). I asked for a pair of the Fate and a beautiful blue pair arrived on my doorstep Friday afternoon!
They’re pretty comparable to the Brooks Glycerin, which are my current go-to shoe… with one exception. The Fate have a 4.5mm drop and the Glycerine are 10mm. This actually makes a pretty big difference in how the ride feels as there is what I perceive to be a significant rocking motion added to each stride.
My initial impression is that I like the feeling of the 4.5mm drop although I haven’t yet tried the shoes on a very long distance run or a workout run to know for sure. I’ll keep you updated!
Last week I purchased a new running visor to replace one I had to throw out (it wouldn’t stop smelling, hahahah). I’m sad because it’s now almost impossible to find the UA Shadow Visor anywhere which is my absolute favorite but I’m giving the UA Fly Fast visor a try.
It’s not quite the same, but it’ll do :).
I guess you could say this was a weekend full of new items because I also purchased a new backpack to use as a carryon for the trip! My requirements were: faux leather, big enough to fit my laptop and in black with gold trim. It actually took a few tries, but I eventually found one that meets all the reqs and it was only $36 from Amazon!
I haven’t worn a backpack in forever and had forgotten how nice it is for the weight of your purse to be evenly distributed across your back!
(I’m still LOVING this ^ iPhone case with palm trees case so much!)
I’m looking forward to loading up the backpack for all of the adventures ahead of me later this week!
Anyway, before I sign off today I wanted to take a minute to share something I recently learned. I’ve been reading the Tales from the Back of the Pack blog for a long time now and I’m currently loving her Earth Day series on how to reduce waste in everyday life.
One simple thing that all of us can do as athletes is to recycle our Gu packets! All you have to do is sign up for a free account with Terracycle and opt-in to the Gu recycling program. Then save up all of your used Gu packets in a box and when you’re ready, print out a free shipping label through Terracycle and send off your waste to be recycled! Easy squeezy.
You’ll collect points which you can use to make a donation to charity or earn cool upcycled products!
Wow, this ended up being a long Monday post! Thanks for reading and I hope you have a great day!
How did your running go this weekend?!
Any Newton shoe lovers out there? Which is your go-to pair?
* Criteek sent me the pair of Newton Fate. Everything else in this post I purchased with my own dolla dolla bills.