Run Away Shoes VIP Night

Tonight we had the opportunity to go to our local running store’s (Run Away Shoes) VIP night. It was a fun little event where we got to preview and pre-order some of the new items that will be released this coming year.  There were shoes, lots of shoes! As a runner I have become a bit of a shoe freak, so it was like heaven! There were also some socks, and new energy gel that I hadn’t heard of before as well as some food and drinks. Lets get into the highlights of what we saw!

Huma Chia Energy Gel

image via http://www.humagel.com/
image via http://www.humagel.com/

There was a representative there from Huma Energy Gels. This was a brand that I had not heard of before. In talking with the rep I found out how the Huma gels compare to say a GU gel like I use now. First calories are exactly the same. The nutrition information is pretty much exactly the same. And that is where the differences end. The first ingredients of the Huma gels are fruit puree (in the fruit flavors at least).

While we were there, I tried a few of the flavors. The mango, strawberry, blueberry, and apple cinnamon were amazing! I really enjoyed the flavor of these gels. They also had a much lighter consistency than a GU. This does make them come in a bit of a bigger package, but they also taste and feel more like you are eating regular food. Do they work as good or better than a GU, I don’t know. They do cost a little bit more than a GU, but they are something I would like to try.

Saucony Shoes

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Image via http://running.competitor.com/

Saucony had quite a few new shoes coming out this year that were there. The most interesting to me is their new trail shoe, the Nomad TR (pictured above). I did a bit of reading on these after and it seems the shoe is based on the Kinvara line. Holding the shoe they seemed very light and flexible. I like the tread pattern and outsole material. Saucony of course has the Peregrine line of trail shoes, but those have a much more aggressive tread pattern. The reason I like these is that the less aggressive tread pattern lends itself to more of an on-road, off-road situation. Trails around here much more groomed and packed, and generally you have to either run on the road to get to them, or in between them. This is what the representative told us they were designed for and it sure seems like they will be great. I liked them so much that I actually I pre-ordered them (they are to be released around 6/1/2015) in the orange/red color above. I have been looking for a pair of trail shoes with these feature for a while, so I hope they live up to my hopes!

Of other note from Saucony is the new Ride 8, and the new Triumph ISO. Both shoes will probably end up in my closet when they are released. The Ride 8 is not changed too much other than some of the upper was redesigned a bit, but it looks to be pretty similar to the Ride 7. The Triumph ISO is the new version of the Triumph and I have read a lot of good reviews on it. Looks to  be a great max cushioned (for Saucony anyway).

Nike

Nike had the new Zoom Pegasus 32 on display. I have been running in the Pegasus 30’s since last June. I really enjoy this model in general. I actually had one pair of 30’s for a while and then ended up buying a second pair of 30’s that were on clearance when the 31 came out. I am sure that a pair of 32’s (or maybe 31’s if they get cheap) will end up in my closet as well. It is just a really nice shoe.

Of other note, while I have been looking for new trail shoes over the past couple of months, I came across the Nike WIldhorse 2 this morning. I was checking out a review of them on the Ginger Runner Youtube page and while he liked them, he had a few issues. On of the more ironic ones (to me anyway) was that he wished the Wildhorse had a rock plate in it for protection on rockier trails, and to separate it from the Terra Kiger 2 (they are almost the same shoe). Well tonight I got a chance to check out the new Wildhorse 3 and what did they add? A rock plate! And why? To separate it from the Terra Kiger 3! I just thought it was funny (and there were other things that the Ginger Runner didn’t like) that Nike changed for version 3. It was like they watched his video and said, “Ok, here is what we need to do…”

Hoka One One

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image via http://running.competitor.com/

One of the most interesting things I saw was the new Hoka One One hiking boots/shoes. Now I own a pair of the Hoka One One Cliftons and they had the new Clifton 2 there (really just padded the tongue, which was needed), but these hiking boots are what I wanted to see.

Like most Hoka shoes, when you look at them, you think they should weigh about 8 pounds! The boots, make you think they should weigh 10 pounds! They are beefy! But, then you pick them up. It is AMAZING just how light they are for how much boot is there. I really liked how they looked and the weight was amazing. Very light for how big they are. Also , waterproof and there are high, mid and low versions of the boots. I really liked the high version. The only downfall, is they will be about $240. Now this really isn’t bad for Hoka One One as some models of their shoes are close to $200 and there is a lot more shoe here. Other hiking boots of similar quality are in the same price range, so I don’t think it is out of line price wise, it is just that after I buy all the other shoes I liked, I won’t have much money left to get these as well!

Others

There was Nuun, TomTom, 2XU, Adidas, Asics, Fitsok, NEw Balance, Brooks and Mizuno there as well. Not too much to report from these vendors. They all had new shoes or items and while we looked at them, there wasn’t much else that I was interested in purchasing and the one pair of Saucony is the only item I bought.

We got a coupe of swag items and some snacks. Overall it was pretty fun and I would check it out for sure next time!

Week in Review – Jan 25, 2015

This week has been a good training week for me. I also got a major new piece of equipment that I will discuss below.

Training

Week Ending Jan 25, 2015
Week Ending Jan 25, 2015

This week I was able to log 42.08 miles in 6:22:29.  This included a nice 14 miles on the treadmill this morning for my long run of the week. The best part of this run was that I had no GI distress and was able to complete the run without issue. I was VERY happy about that! I also had a great 5K Tempo run on Thursday where I matched my 5K PR of 25:39. Pretty interesting that I ran the exact same time for the second time.

New Gear

Perhaps the most expensive piece of running gear I have ever bought (and I hope that I do not have to spend more) is a new treadmill. I have been looking for a while. I LOVE to run outside, but sometimes it just is not possible. Scheduling conflicts with the kids and the times that my gym is open, just make it difficult to get any kind of workout in sometimes. This should make it easy to be able to at least get a run or some walking in when I (or my wife) needs to. I ended up purchasing the NordicTrack Elite 5700 from Sears (this is the Sears specific model of the NordicTrack Commercial 1750. I setup the back storage room in the basement to use it down there, and so far it is working out great! I also purchased a 24″ Vizio Smart TV to mount to the wall in front of it. The setup is working great! I ran the last 3 days on it to give it a good test and I am very happy with the setup.

Today I also picked up a couple of new pairs of socks. I picked up a pair of Feetures Elite Ultra No Show socks and a pair of Injinji Run 2.0 Lightweight No- Show socks. The interesting part of the Injinji socks are that they are toe socks. I have not run or worn these kind of socks before but they seem like they good be good as they are supposed to let your toes spread out when you run. I guess we will find out when I get a chance to run in them. I was looking for something lighter weight especially for running on the treadmill as I get pretty warm and so do my feet. I hope that they work!

Wrap Up

That is it for this week. I hope everyone gets a chance to get out and run! Have a great week!

Week in Review – Jan 18, 2015

This week was a fairly boring week yet again. Just training on. I have my first run coming up in just about 3 weeks. It is a 15K so I am working on building miles to be able to complete that event (I am using it as a warm up of sorts for the half marathon distance).

Training

Week Ending Jan 18, 2015
Week Ending Jan 18, 2015

This week I ran a total of 32.68 miles in 5:06:10. Today was my long run as usual and I had plans of going for 14 miles. Unfortunately, I ran at 6:00am and my body is not used to that. I was dehydrated and didn’t eat before I ran. I had some gastrointestinal (GI) distress early on in my run. I was able to hold everything in, but around mile 10, things got much much worse. I decided to cut my run short since I was close to home, and I am very glad I did. Lessons learned:

  1. I need to get my body used to getting up and running early again. The last few weeks my long runs especially have been on the treadmill in the afternoon. This was outside, in the morning. I need to do that more to get used to it since pretty much all the longer runs I plan to do this year are in the morning.
  2. I need to maybe get up a little earlier to eat something and start drinking water before I go. As I read today dehydration can play a big part in GI issues. And it is a slippery slope, you try to take on more water to combat it, but your body has sent all your blood to your legs and lungs and your stomach can’t digest and absorb the water. Have to try and get out ahead of it earlier.

All in all it was still a good week of running, so we move on to next week.

That is really all I have for this week. Hope everyone gets a chance to get out and run! Have a great week!

Week in Review – Jan 11, 2015

This week was another pretty straight forward week. Lots of miles and lots of being busy!

Training

Week Ending Jan 11, 2015
Week Ending Jan 11, 2015

This week I logged 35.33 miles in 5:21:35. As you can see I was able to run another half marathon distance today. I am surprised and happy that I was able to do so two weeks in a row. I feel like I have a pretty good base fitness going now and I am happy with how my training was going. I was actually able to PR on the half today and come in under my 2 hour goal time with a 1:59:27. I am pretty happy with that overall. I had to run on the treadmill again this week due to the bitter cold early this week. Today I should have run outside as it was much warmer, but I wanted to watch the Packer game too, so I decided to multitask and run while watching the Packer game.

You may also notice that I took yesterday off. In fact I did no specific exercise yesterday. My daughter had a dance competition very early so I couldn’t get to the gym before that. After she was done, I went to help my brother with some projects around his house since he helps me a lot. We installed an outlet in his kitchen, wired two rooms in his basement that he is finishing, and a few other odds and ends. We got a lot done, but I wasn’t able to get home until 11:00 pm, so I couldn’t get to the gym. Days like that really push me to purchase a treadmill of my own so I don’t have to worry about getting to the gym or running outside late at night. We will see what happens.

Wrap Up

That is it this week. Garmin announced a few new devices this last week at CES including the fenix 3 (I use the fenix 2). Excited to read more about that as it comes out, but otherwise not much else to talk about.

Hope everyone has a good week and gets out there and runs!

Week in Review – January 4, 2015

This week was a pretty good week. Had a few family events with the New Year and things, but overall I got in most of my training time, with the exception of Friday. I just had zero time to get to the gym or get out for a run, so I took it as a rest day. Here is how the week went down.

Training

Week Ending 01/04/2015
Week Ending 01/04/2015

This week I managed to log 32.26 miles in 7:11:46. You may notice that most of my runs this week were pretty short. In fact, most were under 4 miles except for the one 5 mile day and today’s run (which I will get to in a second). I decided to try and add in some cross training on the elliptical this week and run less miles to see how my body handled it. I have heard that 1 mile running is the same (cardiovascular-wise anyway) to doing 1 mile on the elliptical. If that is true, I put in an extra 13.6 miles this week which would bring the total to 45.8 miles. I don’t know if that is true or not, but a little running break can’t hurt.

This brings us to today’s long run. A run that I had every I had to do on the treadmill because of the snow/ice sub-freezing weather we have been having. I went into the run with a goal of 11 miles. About half way through, I just decided to go for it and run the full half marathon. I actually finished it 1 minute and 3 seconds over my goal time of 2 hours or less. I could not believe it! It was a challenge to stay motivated on the treadmill for 2 hours. It was also a challenge to keep my shorts up! They started falling down around mile 5 or 6 and I had to tie them while running. Was probably funny to watch but I got it done. Also ran into an issue with the treadmill shutting down when I hit 99 minutes. Apparently it doesn’t want you to run longer than that? I had to restart it which took a bit of time, so I am guessing I would have been closer to my goal time had it not been for that technical limitation. All in all, it felt amazing to actually run the half and know I can do it, before I have to do it for real in a few months. It also gave me a chance to see how my 15K time should be when I run my first 15K race in February.

All in all, it was a good week training!

News

As you may have read here, I have already signed up for the Green Bay Cellcom Half Marathon. Well, I signed up for a few more races as I am trying to plan out my year with races and camping that I want to do and everything else that is going on.

First, I signed up for the Seroogy’s Valentine Run that will be taking place in De Pere, WI on February 7th, 2015. There is a 5K and 15K option for the race, but I opted for the 15K. I want to do a longer run to see how I would fare for the up coming half, and I would like to use it for a bit of speed work to try and improve my half marathon time. You can sign up for that here.

The second race that I have signed up for is the Orthopedic and Sports Institute Miron Construction April Fools 5K Fun Run. This one will be taking place in Appleton, WI on April 3rd, 2015. There is only a 5K option, so that is what I am doing. The money raised for this race goes to the Appleton Area High School athletic programs. I guess over the last 4 years, over $60,000 has been raised, so that is pretty impressive. Nice part about this one is I was able to sign up at Fleet Feet in Appleton and buy last years Brooks long sleeve shirt for only $5 on save the online fees! If interested you can sign up here.

There will be a bunch more races that I plan on doing but that is all I have on the books right now! If you know of any, leave a comment and I will check them out!

Wrap Up

That is it for this week. Hope everyone has a chance to get out and run and has a great week!