Monday, February 23, 2009

Recovering Nice'n'Easy

No, I'm not dying my hair or anything (but whatever did happen with that Nice'n'Easy hair goop? I don't think it ever was nice or easy, but I'm also not sure why I think that. All I know is those ads used to bug the hell out of me cuz they were on all the time, the model's hair always looked awesome, and I always suspected that whoever was endorsing this product wouldn't actually be caught dead using it. Then again, most ads bug me...). The nice'n'easy refers to the recovery run that I did tonight. Two weeks ago, after my fist ever 12km training run, I ran 3km to work the stiffness out on the Monday evening and it was not easy. My legs felt like lead, and it was pretty much just a "get it over with" kind of thing. One week ago, after my first ever 14km training run, I ran another 3km recovery jog on Monday evening and things felt better, but it was still a matter of being stiff and getting the blood flowing.

Tonight, after yet another milestone as far as training runs go (16km yesterday morning) I set out on a 4km easy jog to, once again, work out some residual stiffness. However, my legs didn't feel very stiff at all and so this little run was a total blast: short, easy, and easy on the brain. I did it in 22:15 for an average pace of 5:33/km, which is way faster than my other recovery jogs. In fact I kind of negative split this run without even trying: 5:55, 5:43, 5:19, and 5:16. I was listening to some Traveling Wilburys (yeah, bring on the "old" jokes! I'm a big Dylan fan, and the others are decent musicians in their own right, so that Volume 1 thing is still relevant, in my opinion.) on the much underused IPod and didn't notice the time pass by. It really was quite effortless! The average heart rate was 143bpm, right in that 75-80% zone.

The thing that I have to get is a good pair of headphones since I think music will be a good thing on my increasingly longer runs. My ears don't seem to work with any earbuds that I've ever tried, and I've tried a lot, so I have to get something else that will stay on my head properly. Does anyone else have this earbud problem? I am always envious of runners that can just wear any old earbuds that came with their MP3 player and have them snug enough that they never fall out. Are my ears that different or something I wonder? Anyway, I have to find something that's not too heavy or big, that works for running with all of its nuances (sweat, etc.) so any advice would be much appreciated.

Garmin don't lie.

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5 Comments:

Anonymous Greg at Live Fit said...

Seems like I'm always struggling to find a pair of earbuds that are comfortable and fit well. I thought it was just me.

February 24, 2009 at 6:18 AM  
Blogger BeachRunner said...

Nice run. I use a pair of Sony Vapors that have an adjustable clip that goes over your ear. They aren't perfect buds, but they seem to work pretty well for me.

February 24, 2009 at 9:35 AM  
Blogger Marcy said...

ROFLMAO! HAHAHA Nice N Easy is still around. I'm pretty sure of it.

I have the same probs with the ear buds. In fact I've gotta look into getting some new ones as well *sigh*

February 24, 2009 at 10:35 AM  
Blogger Ace said...

Grats on the recovery run. I use some over-the-ear variety, sweat proof, extended length cord ones by Sony. I forget the model, they were about $13 (I'm cheap.) Earbuds don't work for me as they fall out, the over the ear ones stay on, are comfortable and don't make me look like too much of a doofus.
Here is a link to it or something similar. http://www.amazon.com/Sony-Mdr-As20J-Active-Headphones-Hangers/dp/B0015AHRFK/ref=pd_sim_e_4

February 24, 2009 at 12:14 PM  
Blogger aron said...

great job on the running!! i am luck that the ipod headphones work just fine :)

February 24, 2009 at 1:49 PM  

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