Date: April 23, 2012
Time: 7:30 am
Weather: Sunny/36 degrees F
Location: B-Line Trail
Why: Graduation is two weeks away and I am delighted to share I have most of my major projects and papers complete. Rather than spending the next two weeks stressing over final exams, I will surprisingly wrap up my Masters degree without too much anxiety.
With this in mind, for the first time this spring, I am actually getting into a great running routine. My mileage is starting to pick up, I have been completing workouts on a regular basis and even ran a 5k race yesterday. Although I am still in the early stages of regaining my fitness, I took on the hilly, local YMCA course to get a gauge of my speed heading into summer. I was quite pleased with the race, although my time of 19:31 was nearly two minutes behind the top female!
To help my sore calves recover from the hills, I took today’s run easy, sticking to the flat B-Line trail. While lately the weather has been gorgeous in the afternoon, the mornings have been a bit chilly, warranting the return of the classic spring running outfit: a thin long sleeve and capris.
Designed to accommodate transitional spring weather, the Saucony Transition Sport Top has a thin, meshy feel to it. Worn over simply a sports bra, it is a great weight for the days when I debate between wearing a short or long sleeve. The only drawback to the top is the sleeves become uncomfortably stretched when I attempt to use the thumb holes, otherwise it has a great fit.
The Saucony Ignite Tight Capri is a very basic, staple capri in my wardrobe; in fact, I like it so much I featured a blue pair this past November! Regardless of the weather, it is hard for me to go wrong with a comfortable, mid-weight capri such as this pair. It is tight fitting, does not ride above my knee and has a soft gusset, a feature I have often found lacking in other Saucony bottoms.
I do not anticipate needing to wear capri tights or a long sleeve much longer, but for now I am enjoying our last bit of cool spring weather. I hope your spring has been just as nice and you have had success with your training and racing!
BONUS FOOTAGE: A couple pictures from the from the start of yesterday’s YMCA race. Since it was a low-key race and it was in the upper 30s at the start, I opted to race in my favorite outfit:
Photos courtesy of Joshua Weavil.