My pals and I meet a couple times a week at a nearby park, which is our starting place for a handful of different runs. One route is the short Cherry Creek route, which requires a long hill climb that makes you feel like Bruce S. for conquering it, then a beautiful little stretch on dirt, typically with views of a vivd 'rado sunrise. After the dirt, you hit the road, and then after the road, you hit the asphalt.
I hate the asphalt. It's maybe half a mile long; it's uphill enough to feel plenty hard but not hard enough to produce a gonna-beat-this-baby feeling; your back is to the reservoir and the orangish, pinkish sky; there's absolutely nothing redeeming about it.
This morning, I was running with a speedy pack of four women. I was keeping up relatively fine, and then the asphalt came. I immediately told them, "I'm going to slow down and drop back." Never mind if I could physically run step-to-step with these women; mentally, I had convinced myself the asphalt was going to suck. (And so, of course, it did.)
As I turned onto the smooth, rock hard 'phalt, I immediately thought to myself, "This portion of the run is brought to you by the letter S: suckalicious; sh&*ty; so not fine; so over it."
I ran the whole thing—my version of success on that stretch—and was thrilled my pals waited for me. We ran back down the big, rock-star hills, and the nearly six-mile run was done.
What the letter S really stands for during 99.9% of my runs: Saucony. As in the smart shoes that carried me through all my Ironmother training. As in the supportive sports bras that Sarah and I are firmly swear by. As in the sassy styles of clothes that both flatter beautifully and function effectively.
As in this amazing fall outfit that has one (TBD) lucky mother runner's name all over it:
Fall is around the corner, and we're confident the Kinvara DryLete Hoody, the Kinvara Short Sleeve, and the Ignite Tight Capri can make even miles of uphill asphalt feel pleasant. I know if I would've had the Hoody on this morning—and we are getting into long sleeve early morning run weather—I would've been up for the challenge. Call it the super Saucony gear effect.
In order to win this outfit, please write in the comments below, in your best Sesame Street fashion, what letter or number a recent run was brought to you by?
[Some fine print for this fine prize.] This sweepstakes is open to those over 18 and residents of the United States and Canada. It begins on 8/14/13 and ends on 8/20/13; the winner will be announced on 8/24/13. One entry per person. The value of the prize is $183. The number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning. Void where prohibited by law.