Nothing makes running fun like new gear. Okay well maybe a trail or running partner or race. Okay, new gear makes running fun. I went back to The North Face and used my gift card to get a new hat and new socks. My old hat is two years old and I wear it all the time. It is beginning to look a bit beat up. This better than naked hat is super light and fits well. I have heard about smartwool and how great it is. The guys at TNF educated me as to how polyester moves moisture but doesn't remove it like smartwool does. It made me feel as if my dumbsocks were not good enough. Of course after getting these things I needed to go for a run to test it, Duh! The socks were amazing! I thought I left the house with out a hat until I looked up and realized I was wearing a hat. It was a very humid day and my feet had no hot spots after 6 miles. Gear CHECK!
This was not the only gear I bought today. Online I found a great deal on a hydration system. I was planning on buying a Nathan Quick Draw to match the one I have, so I have two for my training and race. I got an offer for 10$ off at MooseJaw and saw they had CamelBak FlashFlo. I was able to get it for 30$ and change. With the 15$ I was going to spend on the Nathan and the $15 I got for fathers day I figured this was a good upgrade.
I also made the decision on what kind of shoes I would like. When the budget allows it I hope to score a pair of Montrail FluidBalance or Montrail Mountain Masochist ii.