As I mentioned before, I've been using the GU Roctane on my runs over 11-miles and occasionally on the long interval days as well. Yesterday I realized I had gone through most of my dozen packets over the past few months so I needed to go to REI to pick up a few more. These buggers are not cheap - $2.50 per packet, but if you buy something like 8-packets or more at REI, they give you a 20% discount dropping the price to 2-bucks. (yes I know, still expensive - but they sure do work!)
So I go to REI yesterday and grab a couple handfuls. I get to the checkout desk and drop them on the counter - turns out I grabbed 13-packets. Fine. At the regular price plus tax I figure I'd be looking at about 35-bucks. I would never have imagined I'd be walking out of there for what I actually paid - the conversation went as follows:
Clerk: OK, you have 13 of these.
Me: That's enough to get me the 20% discount right?
Clerk: Yes it is. Do you have an REI card?
Me: A what?
Clerk: An REI card - have you shopped here before?
Me: Yeah, I don't know if I have a card though, let me look.
Clerk: (while I'm looking through the wallet) It's going to be $26.00
Me: No tax?
Clerk: No, we're not charging tax on these right now.
Me: Great, 20% discount and then no tax. I have this temporary card thing - is that good enough?
Clerk: Didn't we send you the updated card?
Me: I don't know, I'm surprised I have this one. Oh wait, here's an REI card.
Clerk: (runs it through) Oh, you still have a dividend on this card.
Me: A what?
Clerk: A dividend. We pay you a dividend at the end of the year equal to 10% of whatever you bought previously.
Me: Really. How much is on it?
Clerk: $25.26 - would you like to use that today?
Clerk: OK. Your total is then 74-cents.
So there it is: 13-packets of Roctane for the grand total of 74-cents. Not bad.
I was able to get in my standard easy run of 5-miles yesterday w/o too much trouble from the hamstring. Unfortunately, I seem to be developing some kind of cold - ears are clogging up (can't hear all that well right now) and today I woke up w/ some congestion and a bit of a cough.
It would seem the past week of light running and off days has weakened my immune system! I need to get back to killing myself soon so that I can get healthy again!?
I have the 3-mile tempo later today - w/ the hammy and the cold I have no idea how it's going to go. I know that mentally I'm ready to put in a good effort, I just don't know how well the body is going to hold up.
Mon, 1/26: no running (scheduled) Core work, stretching, rolling.
Tues, 1/27: 5-miles @ 6:55 pace