Sunday, June 16, 2013

Running with Dad (and two reviews)

For Father's Day we kicked off the morning with PR Run with Dad 5K.  As usual PR put on another great event.  This is the same course that they used for Run Your Heart Out in February.  There is a track start at South Lakes High School and then a nice little jaunt through some paved nature trails, and back to a track finish.  There are some short climbs throughout but nothing major.  The boys had done this course in February.  Nickel had a 36:42 (bad race for him), and ZMan just missed a sub-30 run.  Today they both had much better races. ZMan ran with JD and finished with 29:06 just short of his PR. The climbs were a bit much for him today.  Nickel ran a great race (second fastest 5K ever) and finished in 33:06 shaving over 3 minutes from his February time and was the fastest 6 year old!  We were very proud of both boys for doing such a great job.  I am also extremely thankful and blessed to have such an incredible husband and father for the boys.  It was wonderful that we all got to celebrate this way.  We had a fun race although the course was a little crowded with all of the strollers. 

 (Unfortunately, that's as good as it gets for photos.  The race photographer didn't manage to get any good ones of us running with the kids.)

Product reviews:  Today I tried out a new head band from Hot Headz.  They make custom headbands.   The ribbon on the headband was nice quality, and the embroidery was well done.  The ultimate headband test for me is whether it slips while running.  The headband was perfect.  It was really comfortable (not too tight), but it stayed in place really well.  The velvet backing held it in in place easily, and I didn't have to fuss with it once I put it on.  It also held back all of my little flyaway short pieces in the front really well plus it was really cute.

Last week on the trail half, I tried out the SmartWool socks that I got as a premium for running North Face.  I had the PhD Run Light Micro in gray.  They were the perfect height and also a great weight for summer.  They were very light and seemed cool throughout.  They also dried very quickly (within 10 minutes) after getting completely soaked in a water crossing.  I had no problems with blistering or chafing throughout the run.  I will definitely be buying more of these for summer trail running.  I prefer thin running socks so the light cushioning on these socks really suited me.


  1. 33:06 for a six-year-old!? That is amazing. Congrats to you and your family.

  2. Thanks Elizabeth! He continues to amaze me with what he is capable of, and he's usually barely out of breath.