Saturday, December 17, 2011

Getting My Stride Back

A view from last weekend's trail run
Saturday morning workouts. The workouts I live for. It is not atypical for me to crank off a twenty mile (or further) run on a Saturday, and most likely with a smile on my face. Getting back to the swing of things (and increasing my mileage) is always a goal during the winter as I recover from a marathon. But this winter has been different so far.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Heads up - Super Sale at Puma.com Expires Tomorrow (12/15)!!!

Puma Faas 250
Just kicking around tonight, looking at some running shoes, and stumbled upon a 30% off orders of $75 special at Puma.com. The Puma Faas 250 racing flats were on sale for $53. I had been kicking around running in a pair of these since the Faas line came out a year or so ago, but had been holding off, waiting for a good deal. Coupon code later in the post

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Trail Running - A (Rude) Introduction

 The decision was made before I completed my last marathon this fall. I had decided I was going to become a trail runner in the off-season. Not full-time. Not even really part-time. But it was to be done. The hiking trails in eastern Iowa had better look out, I thought. I am coming at them with a vengeance.

An example of the terrain on my first "real" trail run. The scary part is that I was already at the top of a steep incline. This is what was waiting for me at the top.

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

New Balance MT20 Review

After several runs in my current favorite running shoe, the New Balance MT20, I've decided it is time to write a review. As some may or may not know, New Balance has taken an early lead in developing minimal footwear among the major running shoe brands. This is only my opinion (and I've yet to run in any Brooks Pure Project shoes yet, if anyone over there is listening).

My current harem of running shoes. Note two pairs of Nike Structure Triax (models 12 and 14 respectively) and a new pair of Brooks Green Silence (review in process)

Sunday, December 4, 2011

A NEW Top Ten is Finally Here!!!

The Top Ten is finally here! With the holidays upon us, we look at how to avoid overeating, improve nutrition, enjoying craft beers, barefoot running (I know...AGAIN!?) and how to get in a cycling workout at the gym if you can't make a class. Also, I bag on triathletes. Kind of.

So get excited (but not like this guy)!

Singing the high notes isn't for everyone
This Week's Top Ten

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Runner Vs. Jogger


RUNNERS
VERSUS
JOGGERS













After five and a half years back running, one of the most intriguing conversations (arguments?) I read on message boards and running websites is the boundary between runner and jogger. Where does it start, and who gets to set it? Is jogger a negative term? Do you have to compete for top 3 finishes or age groups awards to be a runner? Can joggers and runners just get along? Let's explore.