Monday, January 9, 2012

Three Cheers for Under Armour and a 6-Mile-Run

So I have to admit it. I am known to be a bit of a brand loyalist. When I find something that I like, a brand that produces high quality products that last with great performance, I stick with it. Thanks to a trip to the Under Armour Outlet before Christmas, and the fact that the great majority of running attire sold at our local Dick's Sporting Goods Store is Under Armour, Under Armour has become my most recent obsession.

I picked up some running shorts, a tank top, and some compression shirts at the outlet on Black Friday, and have been pleased with the result. This weekend, I went to Dick's and bought some headbands; a mock neck, long sleeve, fitted performance shirt; and a super cute purple tee that was on sale.

I figure if I have cute, non-running workout type clothing, I might be more motivated to do better on my cross training days. And by do better, I mean do an actual cross training workout and not just do laundry, vacuuming or house cleaning and call it cross training. Hey, nobody is perfect!

I tried on the mock neck shirt yesterday and was very pleased with the purchase. The material was super soft and quite thick. It was well fitted, but not too tight. I am confident that it is an excellent addition to not only my running wardrobe, but to my outdoor wardrobe in general. I would wear this shirt skiing, ice skating or even to an outdoor sporting event in cold weather. I cannot wait to take it out for a run.

I also picked up some Reebok wicking socks with extra cushion this weekend. TMI ALERT: I have been running in my thin, every day socks, and have noticed my feet get really, very sweaty, and I have been having a lot of blisters, especially after the six mile long run this weekend. I am hoping that the thicker wicking socks will help make my feet more comfortable and prevent excessive blisters.

I realize that blisters are a reality of running, and I am actually proud of my blisters, but I do not want them to get so bad that it prevents me from continuing my training.

Speaking of the six mile run, here's how my splits went:

Mile Time Best Pace
1 10:28 8:10
2 10:27 9:25
3 10:14 9:12
4 10:35 8:41
5 10:13 9:11
6 9:37 8:19

I was letting hubby set the pace at the beginning of the run since it was our longest run to date. I left him behind at mile three, and turned around to catch up with him and ate a banana for fuel during mile four. Mile five was right on with race pace, and mile six I sprinted to the finish (and to the water in the car).

Overall, I was very happy with the six miles. I felt sufficiently hydrated and fueled, and ate back some of my calories afterward at Buffalo Wild Wing during the playoff games. It was a beautiful day for a run and I find myself enjoying the unseasonably warm weather this winter, although I usually prefer snow. I am hoping the weather is nice next weekend as well as I press on to seven miles. However, if it is colder, it would give me a great opportunity to take out my new mock neck Under Armour. Squee!

Have a great week everyone! Get out and run!


  1. I am a total Under Armour gear whore, I love UA! Plus something about it being a Baltimore company just adds a sense of pride when I wear it haha. Dick's had a lot of UA stuff on clearance, mainly summer stuff, but as you saw in my blog post I was about to get a lot of $30+ things for $16. Good job on the 6 miler - wasn't the weather fabulous? I was almost sad not to test out my UA Coldgear stuff!

  2. Speaking of UA - this event has a nice looking premium is you are interested. And it starts at the UA headquarters .....

  3. Oh snap! Susanne I think I am definitely signing up for that. One of my bffs lives in that neighborhood right by Under Armour. I'm going to get her to run with me. lol And yea, the weather was gorgeous this weekend, but I definitely am looking forward to trying out the new cold gear as well.

    Thanks Mallory! I'm going to see if I can keep it up this weekend when I go for 7. EEP!