I started off the year with a bang by doing the Club Fat Ass “New Years Day 50K and Freeze Your Fat Ass Off Swim.” But technically that didn’t happen this week. It was a slow, fun run having to navigate slippery conditions and stopping at a couple Starbucks along the way. I recovered quickly and had a fantastic week following it filled with lunch runs and trail time.
I typically get my weekday mileage in during my lunch break, but every now and then I decide to forgo the bus in favour of running to/from the nearest SkyTrain station for part of my commute. Usually this happens in the summer, but yesterday I decided to give winter run commuting a try.
As we ring in the New Year, a common topic of conversation is upcoming plans for the year, especially among us runners. The icy streets and freezing temperatures have many of us daydreaming about all the spring, summer, and fall races and perusing Ultra Signup with a glass of wine and a credit card.
But not me.
If you’re a runner or an athlete, chances are you’ve tried pain relief gels like Icy Cold or Tiger Balm before. I have personally tried a couple brands previously for muscle soreness during softball tournaments and more recently for running recovery. Pro tip: don’t apply to areas that are sunburned.
I’m no stranger to BUFF® Headwear, but this was the first time I’ve tried their merino wool version. The Merino Wool BUFF® is made of 100% natural merino wool, as compared to the usual microfibre polyester of the Original. Although merino wool is typically regarding as a moisture-wicking, winter fabric, it can also keep you cool in the summer. Merino will is also water repellent, odor resistant, flameproof, durable,and provides UV protection.