Mine is too snug around the middle, Amy's logo is *ahem* a little low...Julia thinks it needs some color - oh and did we mention that these are NOT jackets??
Of course, even with the disappointment, that didn't stop us from having some photo fun:
The Three Amigos
Amy - photobomb level: expert
Now THIS is what we call a jacket! (Yes I realized I posted this picture in last week's WWU, but I'm working with what I have..).
In the meantime, Amy and I spent a lot of hours as we ran our miles (and miles and miles) on Saturdays discussing running jackets. We were both wanting new jackets, and as we didn't know what to expect with the race series jackets, kept our eyes out for deals. Am I glad we did that - we both ended up getting one on clearance from REI - she got a pink Brooks Nightlife jacket which, as Jeff said when he saw us coming in after that 11 (ahem, 12) miler, "you can see Amy from a mile away!" - perfect. I ended up getting a North Face Torpedo jacket in light blue - I would have gotten it in their bright yellow color had it been available in my size, but clearance-shoppers can't be choosy. I love my jacket - it has lots of pockets, including two on the back which work great for storing GU, gloves, headband...all kinds of stuff. It's lightweight, wind-resistant, and layers nicely - I'm really happy with it:
Enough about the jackets - I actually did some running, too. Amy, Julia and I ran 8 miles together on Saturday and boy did those miles fly by! Not that we were fast, but all that chatting was a great distraction. I looked at my Garmin once when when we hit 3 miles, and the next time I checked it, we were at 6.4 miles - woohoo! Love it when you can cover that much ground without feeling every step. I wore moleskin where I'd gotten the blisters the last two weeks and it helped, although I ended up with one small blister. Still, that's an improvement, and next week, when our long run will only be 5 miles, I have hope that I will come out of that run with zero blisters.
The other thing I'm doing, along with running, is planking every evening. I set the alarm on my phone to go off at 6:30 pm, and when it does, I stop whatever I'm doing, drop and get my plank on. Then, while I'm on the ground, I've been doing my hamstring stretches and foam rolling if the roller happens to be nearby. While this isn't the most organized form of exercise, it's getting me into the habit of doing some core work every day, and I plan on building on that. Baby stepping my way into getting stronger!