In January I set out with the goal to become a runner again and run in at least one race in 2012. I was a runner in high school and miss not only the physical benefits of running, but also the mental benefits. It was always my way to decompress, and I have gotten way... way away from that. I have gone back and forth with training - struggling through loss of motivation and killer shin splints.
When both Mike and Sami said they wanted to run as well, I ran to the computer and registered us for the very next 5k available - the Bushwacker 5k. Around the same time I received an email about the new Marika Venus Crew Neck Dry Wick Short Sleeve Tee and thought it would be a perfect time to really put it to the test - a 5k race, over a bridge, in 90* weather.
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First off - the race was amazing. We had a few bumps along the way, but I got totally hooked and have 4 more races I am running this year, and going to do the Double Bridge Run next year! It totally reminded me how much I love running. It felt amazing to be back in that crowd again and getting that "high" from completing a goal. I kick myself for ever getting out of it.
The Marika Venus Crew Neck Dry Wick Short Sleeve Tee did great in the run but the one thing I will tell you is that the size run small. I used their sizing chart and well...a medium fit my 13 year old daughter nicely. When I put it on I looked like I was trying out for Playboy. It worked out great though and Sami mentioned a few times how cool she felt even with it being over 90* with no shade. Even though she was sweating profusely (hey, we all were) I have to say by the end of the course her shirt looked an awful lot better than mine.
I am so excited to be running again and looking forward to hitting the pavement again for the Run for the Reef in October. And I plan to be wearing my own Marika Tee in that race!