I'm typically pretty boring when it comes to running gear. Until a few months ago, I pretty much just wore anything - obviously cotton is not my friend in the summer or for long runs, but that's pretty much it. Lately, however, I've been picking up more and more items that seem to make running just that little bit more enjoyable. The most recent find is these Oakley Radar Edge sunglasses, which were sent to me by Sunglasses Shop. Currently, my non-running sunglasses are from Old Navy and cost $3.71 exactly, and I love them. So I had no idea which sunglasses to choose from from Sunglasses Shop. In the end, I just ended up getting the exact pair that the woman (Jess) who contacted me wears. She's a runner, so I figured it would be a smart call.
In summary, it was definitely a good call. I'm not going to lie to you, though. When I put them on, I felt the tiniest bit like a giant tool. This is probably because I paired them with a visor. Now, there's nothing wrong with that combo (says the girl who plans to rock in this weekend for a marathon), but I felt a little bit like, "Oh, yeah, I run Ironman triathlons in my sleep." Like people would look at me wearing my gear and think to themselves that I'm not good enough or fast enough to need those items.
|Runs 4 minute miles as a warm-up.|
Well, I don't. I don't need running sunglasses to run. I don't need dri-fit shirts that eliminate odors to run. I don't need a Garmin to run. But dang it, I like those things. And now I am a convert to these Oakley sunglasses too. They fit my face really well, despite the fact that my chipmunk cheeks sometimes limit my sunglasses options. They don't move, even when I sprint or head a little faster downhill. They will also, as I have mentioned, make you look fast - even if you're not. The grips on the nose don't slide around, even when you're sweating, which is obviously great when it's hot out.
Alas, everything has drawbacks. This pair is fantastic, but whenever you stop running they fog up - at least if you're sweating. You can take them off for a second and they clear up, but it's pretty annoying. Of course, as soon as you start running again the cool air de-fogs them in an instant.
If you want a pair, it's pretty simple. Just head to Facebook and like Sunglasses Shop. Once you're there, leave a comment on their main page. You don't have to get creative or let them know I sent you, but you do need to say "Oakley Radar Edge". That's it. Then leave me a comment to let me know that you did so. If you want an extra entry, leave an additional comment let me know what you think about this particular pair of glasses - Sunglasses Shop would like the feedback.
If you tweet, Facebook or blog about the giveaway, you can go ahead and leave a comment for another entry. Because I'm nice like that. And, uh...I desperately want the publicity.
If you want to write me a poem in the comments, you will get nothing. But I will love you forever and maybe even write you a haiku as a reply. Maybe.
I'll go ahead and pick a winner on Saturday night, November 10th, at midnight EST and then announce the winner in an upcoming post. As per FTC regulations, I received these sunglasses gratis from Sunglasses Shop, but I was in no other way compensated for my review. As always, my reviews (both good and bad) come directly from me, not a press release or an emailed suggestion for "selling points" of a product.
In case you're wondering why the heck I'm still blogging (see last post)...I had this giveaway lined up and I didn't want to forget about it. I'll have this post and one more recapping Saturday's marathon at Chickamauga Battlefield, and then I'm planning to hang up my hat for a little while. A lot of people said that I would miss it if I quit entirely. I'm not convinced, but we'll see. The plan is to take a break for a few weeks, something that is perfectly timed. The next couple months will be busy, thanks to a birthday I need to celebrate (25!), a Thanksgiving away from home and a trip to see family in Asia. So...expect a marathon recap and then radio silence for a little bit. :)