Thursday, March 18, 2010

Level Eight

~ Athletic Character Statistics ~

Age: 44
Weight: 197.5
BMI: 28.3
Cholesterol: 121 (Total)
Capability: 30-minute jogs
Speed: 4.8 mph
Gear: Freakin' Solid!
Well sports fans, as with last week, I got and enjoyed some of my bling on Day 3 before I had technically earned it.  As I've said before, athletes frequently push the rules a bit.  And with the new bling, my gear rating is now "Freakin' Solid!".  I did 30+ minute jogs each time in Week 8, and I've picked up the speed a few microns.  I can do 5.1 mph over a mile distance without too much trouble, but I tend to wind down like a cheap watch thereafter.  Of course, eight weeks ago my watch didn't tick at all, so no complaints here!
I got real running shoes!  These are Mizuno Wave Rider 13 (Size 11), and I feel much better in these. (See yesterday's post for store details!) They are very light; when the wind blows I can feel it through the toes; I can even wiggle my toes in them!  In other words, my feet feel like feet when I'm walking or running in them.  (My Nikes were too narrow.)  The sole bends without effort, so it's not all stiff - it moves like my foot wants to.  It is also much flatter.  My old shoes were very triangular; like I had slipped in an extra inch of rubber under the heel to be taller than the prom date.  These new shoes were a joy to run in yesterday.
Naturally, they had some new shirts in by the front door.  I only had two short-sleeved shirts, so this was justified, right?  And the color ... yummy ... like pumkin pie.  It's by SportHill, and they chose to call this color "red clay".  Like the other new shirts, it wicks, provides UV protection, and is ultra lightweight.  This is good because I sweat, burn easily, and I'm heavy enough as is.
Next week's weather seems to look good.  My plan is to stay outdoors, and I may even jog on the street for the first time in my life.


  1. Congrats on the new bling.. You are almost to graduation and have done a splendid job!! Look forward to reading the rest of your adventure.

  2. ooh, fancy. You won't know yourself in the new shoes. Three runs to go!