When the doorbell rang last night and I spied the UPS truck at the base of the driveway, I hoped that there'd be a big box awaiting me when I opened the door. I was not disappointed. Courtesy of Pearl Izumi and Outside PR, I got a pair of the new Streak II running shoes (pictured) and a Infinity Innercool short sleeve running shirt. Of course I ran in the shoes this morning and really enjoyed them for the 40 minutes I was on the treadmill. Super light, super vented, these will be outstanding shoes for the hot days of summer. Completely awesome on the mill as well. Reviews forthcoming.
On Monday, I started using Optygen HP, which I requested from ProLine based on an endorsement from a formerly wimpy runner who managed to BQ, with much help from myself. Here's what celebrity spokesblogger and manly runner Chris K had to say about Optygen HP:
"I would never consider running an endurance race without first taking Optygen HP for at least 30 days prior to the event. I had heard about the product early last year and decided to try it for a Marathon I ran last April. In addition to being The King of Bonking, another issue that negatively affected me was having sore dead legs in the latter stages of a race or long training run. My legs would feel like two cement pillars which made it hard to get into a groove. While I did end up Bonking in my race last April, my legs felt fine the whole way.
Fast forward to Super Bowl Sunday on Feb 6th, 2011. 30 days prior to the race, I took 4 Optygen HP pills every morning. Again, during the latter part of the race, my legs felt great. While I was still teetering on the brink of a big ol’ Bonk, my relatively fresh legs really helped me push through and retain my pace. I accomplished my race goal to BQ am very sure that I would not have without the Optygen HP. Of course there were many things that came together, but having legs that still felt alive was crucial. Optygen HP is not “fuel”, you’ll still need your GU or whatever else you use, but I think the stuff if pretty amazing."
I'll try Optygen HP for 30 days, do some long runs, and report back regarding the efficacy of the product. Not only will you want to return for my opinion, but ProLine will also host a giveaway for a 30-day bottle of Optygen HP for one winner to try!