Monday, October 31, 2011

New Design and Countdown to NYCM

Yes, you are at the right blog. Well, you're at the right blog if you're looking for that blog with all the shoe reviews that used to have a picture of 2006 Pre-Nats in the background.

5 days until the Freshman Class (Molly Pritz, Lauren Fleshman, Bobby Curtis, and Ed Moran) make their marathon debut at the New York City Marathon. Don't miss it.
Elite men's field:
Elite women's field:

That is all.

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Departure from the Norm...Seven Random Facts

I do a lot of serious posts, and not nearly enough "fun" posts. So I decided it's time for a fun post. Leah at Chasing Atalanta just tagged me to write a Seven Random Facts about myself post. Thanks for the link, Leah! She herself was tagged with a Versatile Blogger Award (well deserved), but my blog is not very versatile, so I'm not sure that part was actually intended for me. Since all my readers actually know about me are my shoe preferences, here's a chance to get to know me a little better. Plus maybe it'll help me make this blog more versatile and/or get me more internet friends and readers.

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Quick update and new links

I just noticed that the #1 search term leading people to my site this week has been "Kara Goucher." (In the past, it's almost always been something related to Brooks). So, in an attempt to send people where they want to go, go here if you're looking for my review of Goucher's book, here if you're looking for Goucher's blog, and if you're looking for confirmation that she has left Alberto Salazar and the Oregon Project for Jerry Schumacher and OTC Elite, no need to go anywhere, because I'll confirm it right here. I also got really excited that maybe I was one of the top results in a Google search for Kara Goucher! No dice...I don't know how people are getting here.

In other news, I've updated my links page with a couple of the other blogs that have caught my eye recently.

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Review of The Jade Rabbit at Chasing Atalanta

Friend of a friend and fellow blogger Leah at Chasing Atalanta has just posted a review of Mark Matthews' book The Jade Rabbit. I haven't read it, so I'll let Leah describe it for you, but it certainly looks interesting based on her review. Anyway, she's hosting a contest right now, so along with getting myself an entry into the contest, I wanted to give my readers a heads up so they can head over there and enter themselves too. Plus she has some cool entries detailing her own running experience out in Michigan (including getting proposed to at the end of a half marathon), so if you're looking for another running blog to read, you should consider adding Chasing Atalanta to your list. You can read her review here.

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Gear Review: La Sportiva Crosslite

When I was still living in Boulder (before grad school took over my life), once a week I would meet the Boulder Trail Runners for a trail tempo run. It was a pretty quick bunch, and there were a few very good regional caliber (and perhaps even national caliber...I'm really not familiar with the Who's Who of American trail running, and the good trail runners smoked me as soon as we got to a technical trail section) runners. One thing I noticed was that the most popular shoe was the La Sportiva Crosslite. At the time, I was wearing the New Balance 790, a lightweight trail racing flat that has since been replaced by the New Balance MR101, but I couldn't help but be at least a little curious about the shoe that all the fast guys and girls were wearing (peer pressure!). When I got the opportunity to try this shoe, I jumped on it! Continuing the trend of giving full reviews to shoes mentioned in this post, here's the La Sportiva Crosslite.

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Gear Review: Nike Zoom Streak 3

In the past, I've worn ultra lightweight flats for half-marathons and shorter races. However, when I signed up to do a marathon, I decided that the 3.9oz Adizero PR just wasn't going to cut it. Whatever time I saved from using a lighter shoe would be negated tenfold by foot fatigue. I needed a little bit more shoe underneath me. I briefly considered the Brooks T6, but eventually decided something with a slightly less aggressively curved last might be a better idea. I did a whole bunch of searching and trying on various shoes, and eventually ended up with the Nike Zoom Streak 3 (not to be confused with the Nike Zoom Streak XC 3). The Streak 3 is another shoe that I've mentioned in the past, but felt it was deserving of a full review.

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Gear Review: ASICS Piranha SP 3

One of the coolest pairs of flats I've worn was the Adidas Adizero PR. At 3.9oz, they were super lightweight, incredibly low slung and close to the ground, and fit my foot like a glove. Unfortunately, Adidas is constantly revamping its Adizero line, and they were discontinued a few years ago. However, ASICS and Mizuno have since introduced ultralight flats, namely the Piranha and Wave Universe (There may be a few reduced shoes marketed as minimal that would also fall into this category, but I unfortunately have no idea what they are and therefore can't throw any names out for you. Maybe the Somnio Nada? I don't know). The Piranha is currently on its third iteration, the SP 3. When my PRs finally gave up the ghost, I decided it was time to look for another ultra-lightweight to replace them. When I was buying these (which was admittedly quite a while ago), only the Piranha was available in small sizes, so that made the decision as to which flat to buy very easy for me. I mentioned this shoe in the past, but never really gave it a full review. Well, seeing as that "review" was really more of an overview, here's the dirt on the Piranha.
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