In my years of trail running, cycling and hiking, I’ve come to appreciate gear that isn’t bulky or bouncy. If you’re like me, when you’re carrying something on your back or around your waist, you want a low profile design that conforms to your body and doesn’t flop around. Ideally, the contents inside the thing you’ve got strapped to your body won’t bounce either. The container should conform to the gear it’s carrying. And in my quest to find the perfect stretchy, conforming, non-floppy, non-dorky piece of carrying equipment, I’ve found that the Amphipod Microstretch Belt™ is perfect for carrying essentials during exercise.
I recently upgraded to an iPhone 5 and with the new smart phone I purchased a LifeProof frē case. I’ve only had the new case for a couple of months now. Hardly enough time for a true living review but I have formed some initial thoughts about this sleek black insurance policy for my shiny iDevice.
The 5k as a race is not really a new concept. The 5k has been around for ages. It’s just a unit of measurement. A span of about 3.1 miles going from point A to point B. The beauty of #Anywhere5K is that it celebrates running at its very core.
The whole reason we all enjoy the sport isn’t because of the desire to finish on the podium or to add another race number to the pile.
We enjoy running because of the experiences it brings us.
Sometimes running is just hard. And that is OK. Every run can’t possibly be easy or feel good. Some might disagree with that sentence but I have found it to be true for myself and in talking with fellow runners. Especially when training for an event. You’re asking your body to move faster than it normally does for extended periods of time. Of course it’s going to hurt at some point.
There’s pain…and then there’s pain.
When you start to feel that kind of pain where you know something’s wrong, it’s time to stop. If it’s chronic, it may be time to see the doctor. But let’s talk about the un-italicized form of pain. The slightly uncomfortable pain where you are pushing just beyond your limits. That’s a good kind of pain. In fact, let’s not even refer to it as “pain” any longer. Let’s call it discomfort. Because that’s really what it is. And it is temporary.
The Brooks Cascadia series of shoes, the brand’s flagship trail runners, have been eating up miles in the dirt for almost 8 years now. In trail running circles everywhere, this shoe is touted as one of the shoes for anything off road. I aspired to own a pair for a long time but just couldn’t convince myself to drop the dough. For a while I ran trails in the Adidas Kanadia–a lightweight trail runner with great traction, a mud shedding outsole and light cushioning all around. I enjoyed the Kanadia for it’s agility and traction on muddy or snowy runs. The shoe has grunt. But when it came to running longer distances it seemed to lack grit (or, my knees did, rather). I found that the low amount of cushioning started to hurt on long gravel road descents or on longer, flatter, less technical runs. Enter the Brooks Cascadia.