This Week's Progress In Pictures

New Gear: Calf Compression Sleeves

According to the Internet, they help to avoid injury and shin splints—which I tend to suffer from. I got blue, the girlfriend got red. Feeling very Americana last night, I decided we were both going to wear one of each. Because it's March, Aspasia ran in pants and looked normal. Because I have upstate blood, I ran in shorts, one red and one blue calf sleeve, a neon orange shirt, and a white hat, and was mocked. "Why blend in when you were born to stand out." Right? Right. They are a little overpriced, but so far they seem to be worth it. I had no pain in my calves while I was running, not to mention they also add a nice touch of expression. Ours say "Mojo," (not sure if that's a nod to Austin Powers or not—I think it will be in my mind), but they sell some pretty awesome ones too. I've seen some that say "Run Happy" and others that are even funkier colors.

The View: Freedom Tower

I actually ran last night! It was my first outdoor run of 2015 and I have to admit, it totally beats the treadmill. I still didn't fall in love with running last night, but at least I had more to look at than sweaty heads in front of me and a silent CNN. I mean that view. It never gets old. Running along the Hudson River in Hoboken may be one of the best places I've far. We are running a marathon in Athens.

Stats And Music

Nothing too impressive yet, but I got out and ran. A pace of 10'44" is nothing to write home about but it was my fastest speed since August of '14 so I'm feeling pretty good. It was also a steady pace. Our goal was one mile, and as she does, Aspasia pushed me to go further. I had planned on being extremely attentive to my Nike+ and quit at exactly a mile and a half, but then "'Till I Collapse" by Eminem came on and I felt like I was on air. As soon as that beat came on and those lyrics filled my earbuds ("Cause sometimes you just feel tired, feel weak. When you feel weak, you feel like you just wanna give up. But you gotta search within you, try and find that inner strength...Till the roof comes off, till the lights go out, till my legs give out...") my pace picked up and I pushed it. Not much further, but damn this song. Staying on the running list for sure.

The Runners:

What are some of your favorite songs to run/work out to? Leave in the comments. I will need a lot!