Good morning and happy Friday the 13th! Spooooookyyyy.
I started my day off the best way I know how: with a friend running date.
My friend Karen and I have done a lot of runs down on the mall together lately, so today we decided to mix it up. I met her up in her hood, Cleveland Park, in northwest DC. (Turner, we missed you!)
I hadn’t run up there in ages, so it was a fun change of scenery! I requested the beautiful National Cathedral be part of our route, and Karen was happy to oblige.
We started in the neighborhoods, aiming for 5 ish miles. It was super cold out this morning, but the sun had started to rise into a nice and shiny day.
From there, we ran a few laps around the track at the boy’s private school St. Albans, right next to the Cathedral.
It’s really hilly in this area of DC so the flat track was very welcome.
We then headed by the gorgeous cathedral. This always makes me miss Europe.
And then done! That went by quickly. Great run and great pace, especially given the hills! Thanks, Karen.
And now – are you ready for a giveaway? As part of my Run Happy Ambassadorship with Brooks, they sent me some fun winter running accessories to check out this month. First up – this awesome Infiniti Headband. I’m a HUGE headband fan in winter. I much prefer them to hats – they keep my ears warm without overheating me. I loved this headband – two big thumb up. I might buy another one in black, actually – I have an old black headband but it’s getting worn out and this one was much cozier. It’s made of nice soft material on the inside and wicks away sweat, too.
Next up: new gloves, the Adapt Glove II. I don’t own any running mittens so I was excited to have these because my hands have been getting cold in the really chilly temps we’ve been having lately.
These are cool because they can be normal gloves or mittens – the mitten part can be flipped back and tucked away if you don’t need it.
There’s also a little light on it for dark mornings – sweet.
The other thing I was sent as part of the winter accessories packet was some Seamless Arm Warmers. I haven’t tried them yet but I think they’ll be great for winter/early spring races – when you get hot, just roll them down!
And now it’s your chance to win! One lucky fANNEtastic food reader will win all three of these winter accessories from Brooks (in whatever size/color you want). I’ll also select a second reader who will win a pair of new Brooks running shoes – any kind you like!
To enter to win, simply leave a comment with your new year running resolutions. What big running plans do you have for 2014? And how are you planning to run happier in the new year?
U.S. Residents only, please. For an extra entry, share a link to this post on Facebook or Twitter (and tag @fANNEtasticfood) and then come back and leave another comment letting me know you did so. I’ll randomly select two winners and connect them with Brooks to get their prizes on Monday!
Good luck – and have a great weekend, everyone!