I have written before of my fondness for Paula Radcliffe. She is a great runner and an inspiration for me. Well I have always wondered what the heck she wore around her neck while running?? It looked like a really cool necklace. I did some research and learned that it is a Phiten Titanium necklace.
They claim that the titanium helps improve blood circulation and keeps your neck muscles relaxed during a run. I've worked on titanium-based airplanes my whole career and they have frustrated me and made me tense so I think that claim is probably crap, but......
I found a local golf shop that sold Phiten. I bought the necklace and the bracelet! OK so I'm a sucker for anything promoted by people I admire.
Now let me try and rationalize my purchase.
I love wearing bracelets when I run. I bought a yellow Livestrong band last year and wore it while training for my first marathon. It reminded me everyday that while I was struggling through the training there are those who are struggling for their lives and helped put things in perspective for me. I really like it bouncing around on my wrist while I chugged along. I no longer wear it everyday but have worn it in every marathon I have run.
Maybe it's because I have a very plain, boring body but I like to wear necklaces. I think it's a sub-conscience way to divert peoples attention away from my face. I have never found one that I like running in though. Metal just doesn't feel right against sweaty skin and leather shrinks and gets kinda ichy after a few runs. So I hope I like this Phiten (I better for what it costs!). I bought the shortest one they had so it won't hang too loose.
How'd I do?? I know, I'm just another sucker for promotion and celebrities!
On a positive note, I visited my running paraphernalia dealer and he gave me a really nice Brooks tank top. Did you hear that... GAVE ME! You don't get that at an online, no-service, mass-marketing, impersonal "store". I promised him to wear it at all my summer races. Of course, I hear drug dealers give away free things to get their customers hooked also, hmmmm way to similar, better not think about that.
Thanks for listening