Ok, Hump Day giveaway is one day late. I just had to cry UNCLE on this half-week of summer; the school uniforms I ordered were too small, tornado warnings cancelled our back-to-school night, I lost a tennis match 10-8 in the third set on Monday night (and holy cow: how I wanted to win that puppy!) and I'm in sleep debt from the Brandi Carlile concert at Red Rocks on Saturday night. (Yes, it takes me a long time to repay lost hours.) Cry me a river, right? Just explaining why Thursday is Hump Day. On with the giveaway.
School started today. Part of me wants to hire a choir to sing the Hallelujah Chorus, and part of me wants to dissolve into tears. I am a lover of school, of schedules, of an empty, quiet house, especially when it's been months on end without any of those three things. Yay.
But I also know that each time the kids load up the cart at Target with school supplies, endlessly sharpen pencils, and grow up a grade, I'm growing closer a house that will be soon too empty and too quiet for way too long. Boo.
I've often taken a long ride or run on the first day of school; losing myself in the rhythm of the miles is the best way I know to balance the simulateous feelings of elation and sadness.
I planned on going to to the gym today, but had one of those mornings where I thought too much and didn't go. Even though I'm rouhgly following the #FindYourStrong run/walk half-marathon plan, my motivation waxes and wanes. Today was an XT or rest day, and through mentally waffling as I drooled, I made the passive decision to rest.
I've got plans though. On Thursday, I'll be running by 5:40, and on Friday, I'll be riding by 6 a.m. Pinky promised myself this morning as I lollygagged around. It'll be fairly dark on both mornings when I start moving my feet, but I'll have my Smith Sunglasses resting on my AMR hat and bike helmet; they need to be ready for action as soon as the mighty Colorado sun shows her face. Maybe it's a sign of age, but I become desperately squinty in even a misty sunrise if I'm not wearing sunglasses.
When I'm sweating, the Smith Pivlock Asana, which feature an adjustable nosepiece, are my specs of choice. They rest gently on your nose and ears—and, once they're in place, you don't notice them again. They don't fog, they don't slip, they provide supreme protection from all the sun's rays, and, perhaps most importantly, solidify your reputation as a badass mother runner.
Meanwhile, when I'm trying (in vain) to play the part of the cool mom, I love the Smith Lifestyle line. Case in point: the Lowdown Slim, fashionable frames whose lenses are as protective as a mother dropping her kindergardner on the first day of school. (And hey: they also hide tears pretty well too.)
Because back to school brings two varieties of emotions and because we have two eyes (and two legs!), we have two pairs of Smiths to give away today: One pair of Lowdown Slims and one pair of Pivlock Asanas.
Here's how you enter: in the comments below, let us know a good back to school memory. Could be your own from years ago or one you have of your kiddos; after all, our collective futures are (still) so bright, we've got to wear shades.
[Some fine print for this fine prize.] This sweepstakes is open to those over 18 and residents of the United States. Part of a series of weekly running giveaways, it begins on 8/20/15 and ends on 8/25/15. We will announce the three random winners on our Facebook page on 8/27/15, as well as notifying the winners by email. One entry per person. The value the prizes ranges from $99-$159. The number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning. Void where prohibited by law.