The Resourceful Runner

This morning I ran 8 out of 9 miles in a torrential downpour … lucky me.

I don’t mind running in the soaking rain, but I started to worry about my iPod once I realized the storm wasn’t going to stop any time soon.

With some quick thinking, I picked up a large, waxy leaf, wrapped up my iPod like a burrito, stuck it back in my Camelbak and it remained dry and protected for the rest of my route!

After enjoying a hot shower, I indulged in a well-deserved strawberry banana smoothie with cocoa – If you want to make one too, all you need is:

  • 1 cup frozen strawberries
  • 1 frozen banana
  • 1 tbsp cocoa powder
  • 1 cup vanilla Greek yogurt
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • squeeze of honey

Blend everything together and enjoy immediately!

Yum … Hope you’re having a happy weekend too!

Cheering them on from over 1200 miles away!

My dad and sister are running the Lehigh Valley Half Marathon today!!

I ran the LVHM for the first time back in 2010 (and again in 2011) with my dad, but this is my sister’s first 13.1-mile race.

Even though I can’t be there to run it, I’ll definitely be thinking about them this morning … O man, what I wouldn’t give to kick it into high gear for the last 100 meters and race my sister to the finish line!

My dad’s been talking about flying down this winter to do a half marathon with me in the Miami area (I say we just head on over to Shark Valley – Nothing like a few alligators along the road to make you pick up your pace a little bit!) – So it looks like I may be registering for another one in the near future!

Hope you guys are having a great weekend!

Merrell Pace Gloves

I’ve been dying to try barefoot running “shoes” for years now – I had heard rave reviews about them and I figured they would be a fun way to switch up my runs.

Until recently, buying a pair never really felt right – I was always asking myself:  Can I afford to spend up to $100 on them?  Will they be worth it?  Would I prefer the five-finger kind or a minimalist running shoe style?  Do I actually need new footwear right now?  Will I even like them?

However, thanks to Jim’s awesome employee discount and my good-sized tax return – I put my queries aside and decided to go for it!

Meet my brand new Merrell Pace Gloves!!

As you can see, I chose to go with a super-minimal shoe that still rocks the Vibram sole.  I think the Pace Glove is a perfect fit because they are very versatile – Great for walking, running, biking and shuffling around the lab!

I wore them on a 3.5-mile walk Tuesday, around lab Wednesday and during a 2-mile jog last night – Aside from some minor blisters on my heels (Note to self: Buy another box of band-aids.), they’ve been great: Comfortable, breathable and supportive!

Aside from the increased arch support, I honestly didn’t feel too much of a difference while walking around in them – I pretty much live in flip-flops so the transition to a minimalist shoe wasn’t a big deal.

Running, however, was a different story.

My current running shoes (Brooks Glycerin 9) have a lifted heel and I tend to hit the ground mid-sole or closer to the heel with each stride.  The Pace Gloves have no lift in the heel, encouraging a shorter stride where your strike the ground with the ball of your foot.

You can see the difference here (Glycerin 9 on top, Pace Gloves on the bottom):

I really like the change! The Pace Gloves work my calf muscles like crazy and I’m interested to see how gradually incorporating them into my weekly routine will affect my running overall.

I hope to give a more detailed review once I have had some time to really acquaint myself with them – But if you have any questions, please feel free to ask!

Out with the old, in with the new

After a year of running 15 to 20 miles per week, I was LONG overdue for a new pair of running shoes …

My new pair came in the mail this week and I am loving them!!

Usually it takes a few trips out to break in a new set of sneakers, but these felt perfect for all 6 miles my first time out!

Also, major shout-out to Jim for enabling me to get these at a VERY discounted price – Woo work perks!

P.S. I really miss running in the snow.