Wind + Rain = New Gear Evaluation

About a month ago, we had a super-duper windy day and I was like, “Wow, I am glad I am not out running in that.” On top of that, we are FINALLY in for some rain this season (thank you, El Nino). I really wanted something that was both windproof and waterproof so I won’t be banished to the treadmill at the gym too often.

That lead me to the Brooks Seattle Shell. I got to wear the jacket in the cold and wind a few times and everything went well. It gets hot in there so I have figured out the right number of layers now for 35F/1.7C and 45F/7.2C. At 55F/12.8C, the jacket is almost too warm, but it cuts the wind really well.

But, up until this weekend, I’ve missed out on rain testing the jacket. I’ve now had two rainy runs (Friday and today) and I feel pretty good about the jacket. On Friday, the rain wasn’t too heavy so I didn’t really need the hood. Today was different. Pretty strong, heavy rain on the second half of my run… So, I now have a pretty solid opinion on this jacket and here it is:

  1. Good on being windproof
  2. Definitely waterproof
  3. Both 1 and 2 are good at keeping me comfortable
  4. The hood is meh. It looks snug in the images on the Books website, but it’s not. In the wind, it comes off easy and there are no options to cinch it. It’s good secondary help, but I’d say wear a running hat. With a brim. Today, I wore a hat with no brim and the water just hit my face and made me want to hunker down, which messed up my posture a bit. Took a conscious effort to stop doing that

So, I’d say that this jacket is probably worth the $260 price tag, but I did expect a little more out of the hood. I mean, if you are going to tout it as being the jacket to get you out into the element when no one else can… But, hey, I felt pretty darn good after running in the rain this weekend. 🙂

Join Automattic’s Worldwide WP 5k 2015

This sounds fun! Hope to see lots of 5k posts next week! 🙂

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The 2015 edition of the Automattic Worldwide WP 5k (#WWWP5k) is around the corner!

Automatticians already hit the trail at our company meetup last week. It was early — the sun was barely peeking behind the mountains in Park City, Utah — but the air was crisp and the morning was perfect for running a 5k. (Staying fit is an important part of our company culture.)

Automatticians running the WWWP5k in Park City, Utah Automatticians laced up and ready to go! Photo by Dean Royal.

Now it’s your turn! The Worldwide WordPress 5k will take place next week from Monday, October 26th to Sunday, November 1st.

Lace up your running/walking/hiking/hopping shoes and join us for the 5k blogged about around the world! Read on to find out how to participate.

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Break on through to the other side

On Sunday, I was supposed to run 8 miles as part of my half marathon training program. I managed around 7 1/2 – mainly because I was traveling (Labor Day weekend). But, not hitting my goal really gave me a sense of disappointment. I should have planned better, should have mapped out a route better… Blah blah blah.

On Tuesday and Wednesday, I was able to get through my 4-mile and 6-mile runs pretty well. My quads were sore on Wednesday, but that’s nothing new… Then, Thursday hit… I had some pain at the beginning of my run and had to walk for a bit. I was worried it wouldn’t stop, but it did and I was able to get through my 4-mile run. But, wow! I was really feeling tired. More disappointment.

Last night, I put some Salonpas on my quad and went to bed as early as I could. Today is a non-running day, but I also decided to make it a non-workout day because I am tired and frustrated with my recent performance. So, while at first, it felt like defeat, I really think I did the right thing. If I don’t listen to what my body is telling me, I won’t be able to go further and do it healthy/without pain.

My stubborn side lost today and I’m glad. I am resting up so I can do my 4-mile on Saturday and my 9-mile run on Sunday. I’m going to break on through to the other side and get myself back in the groove. Deep breaths… Enjoying the break… Onward tomorrow.