Friday, January 30, 2015

First race of 2015, Cupid's Chase for the disabled

To start the new year, I have signed up for a small race I have participated in in previous years.  The Cupid's Chase is a race done as a charitable fundraiser in multiple locations throughout the country on February 14th.  They raise money for people with disabilities.  

If you would like to see if there is a race being held in your area, click here:

To donate to my efforts to support this race, click on my personal page here:

http://imatter.comop.org/site/TR/Race/General?px=1013826&pg=personal&fr_id=1162

Thursday, January 29, 2015

01/29/2015 4 mile Performance Review: @MizunoRunning Wave Inspire 10

I just finished up a 4 mile run in my new Mizuno Wave Inspire 10.  It was my first run in them and my first run in a shoe made by any other company not named Asics.  I don't think I have run in a shoe other than Asics in roughly 6-7 years.  First, here are a couple links with information, specs, buying locations, etc. on the shoe:

http://www.mizunousa.com/running/womens/running-shoes/support/wave-inspire-10

http://www.roadrunnersports.com/rrs/products/MIZ790/mens-mizuno-wave-inspire-10/

http://www.runnersworld.com/shoe/mizuno-wave-inspire-10-mens

Here is my initial take.  The main issue with stability shoes is usually that they are too stiff and that they are heavy.  I have always been more concerned with weight rather than stiffness.  I like the idea of running in the lightest shoe I can without putting myself in danger of injury.  During my first run, I will say that I noticed it is a little stiff, but not as much as my Asics Gel DS Racer.  The Gel Ds 9 i currently have is stiffer and I never really felt good in it.  I won't say I disliked it, but I wouldn't buy it again.  It is tiny bit lighter than the Mizuno, but clearly at a cost.  

I like they weight so far of the Wave, it is still a fairly light show.  Obviously, I only have 4 miles in them, but they are nice so far.  I didn't have any hot spots, aches, or anything to be concerned with so far.  

Finally, I like the price of this shoe as well.  After using a coupon code and VIP membership at RoadRunnerSports, they were $59 shipped to my door.  

In the coming week or so, I will revisit the shoe on here to give an update.  Also, in the next day or so, I will write up a post on how to buy the right running sneakers.  Whether you are knowledgeable on the subject or not.

Monday, January 26, 2015

01/26/2015 Happy Birthday 6.5-7 mile run, NYC thoughts & motivation from Sean Pinney

Today I turn 41 years old.  Yikes!  Whatever, I haven't ever really cared about getting old.  I think this is because I started running around 32-34 years of age so I have been in better shape since then.  I would characterize my low point fitness-wise between the ages of 21-28 sadly.  Consequently, I don't have much to bitch about.  

Over the weekend, and pretty much since I entered the lottery, I have been thinking a lot about the NYC marathon.  I really want to run it and to do well doing so.  I spoke briefly over text with a friend, Sean Pinney (read about Sean here), this weekend.  We shared our hopes of running NYC 2015 together and our woes of weak training lately.  As a doctor, he's a bit busy sometimes :)  As a cold weather wimp, I haven't fully committed to the training I want to do.  But we both enjoy it and Sean has run multiple NYC's.

As I ran today, my 6.5-7 miler felt great, exhilarating, and even though inside, satisfying.  Consequently, I am going to rely on simply enjoyment of running to make sure I keep up with it.  Sean, I am committing and I am using you as my motivation to get to NYC fully trained and to hold me accountable.  

By the way, Sean doesn't know I am laying this on him, but he's a good sport.