Yesterday I had five miles on the schedule after work and of course it decided to completely downpour just about the moment I hit 1.5 miles. I ended up running about three miles in the rain and wind before it cleared up, but that was honestly not too bad.
When I started the run it was 88*F/31*C with a feels like temp of 96*F/35*C. Hot and muggy is NOT a good combination so I actually welcomed the rain even though I really hate soggy running shoes!
Since there was no sun and I had to run 5 miles at my easy pace, by the time I was ready to run my last mile it was dark out. I run a four mile loop at the beach, so I ran by my car and picked up my Glow Guard running vest for the final mile.
Mike from 3 Rivers Trading Company reached out to me a couple of weeks ago about trying out this awesome reflective vest. In exchange for a review he kindly made a donation to my Team PAWS fundraiser for the Chicago Marathon.
I’ve never had a reflective running vest before and I don’t know what I was thinking. Part of my beach loop has a short stretch with low lighting. I always see other runners with reflective gear on but I guess I wanted to be a rebel. Not anymore!
There are a lot of cool things about this particular vest including:
- Adjustable height and width straps to accommodate all body types
- A small mesh pocket to carry keys, GU or other light items
- SUPER LIGHTWEIGHT – I honestly couldn’t even feel it on
- Lots of reflective areas to ensure that you’re seen
Best of all? It’s currently on sale on Amazon (with prime shipping) for only $14.95!
If you run in the dark and don’t have any reflective gear I highly recommend this vest and not just because Mike is a cool cat dad who donated to Team PAWS on my behalf. It’s honestly such a great piece of running gear and you’ll be amazed at how lightweight it is!
Speaking of paws, I’m currently babysitting a two-year-old and he kept me up all night.
I’m not sure if you know this or not but Cecil is a spoiled only child. (You may have picked up on this somehow along the way.)
Well at 3am Cecil decided he had enough of my mom’s cat Georgie and it was time for him to go. The meowing and running around the ensued was just insane. They’ve been around each other a lot before and know each other well but Cecil is a spoiled brat who doesn’t want anyone else playing with his toys, laying on his bed (aka our bed), using his scratch pads or sniffing his cat nip.
Hopefully C got it out of his system yesterday and he’ll let us sleep tonight ? . Pray for me.
How’s your week going?
Do you use any special running gear when heading out in the dark?