Saturday, January 8, 2011

Merino Wool

My half-marathon training program started this morning. And it was 8 degrees. With a -2 degree wind chill.  The group met at Body N' Sole a few minutes before 8 and we headed out with our pace groups shortly after that.  It was only a 5 miler to start the program, but that is still about 45 minutes out in the cold. Unless, of course, you run faster than me which many people do.  In my defense, many people also run slower.

I was not real excited about it, but thanks to good old Mom Santa I got some great cold weather running gear for Christmas.  This morning I wore my SmartWool socks and my new Icebreaker shirt with my armwarmers under another baselayer and a windshell.  And I was totally fine, even as I started to sweat.  And I may be the sweatiest person on the planet, so that is saying something.

Both SmartWool and Icebreaker are simply brand names for products made from New Zealand merino wool.  Apparently there are quite a few sheep in New Zealand.  I love merino wool.  Like really love it.  I never thought I would reach a point in my life where I would get excited about getting socks as a gift.  But if they are made from merino wool they are cause for much rejoice.

If I could, I would drape myself in merino wool like George Costanza with velvet.

I love merino wool like Vince Vaughn loves maple syrup.

By the way, if anyone from SmartWool or Icebreaker happens to be reading this, I am totally open for sponsorship and would be willing to sign an exclusive deal.

1 comment:

  1. While I appreciate the Santa credit I can't help but feel that Good Ole Mom instead of Good Old Mom would make your mom feel a little less OLD!:)