Adidas Boost, Ultimate Direction, More Miles

Thursday, January 16th- Fun Run @ Fleet Feet Sports Gaithersburg

Test drive day!!! JT from Adidas came to the store today to provide tester shoes for our Fun Run. Choices included Energy Boosts, Supernova Glide 6 Boosts, and Supernova Sequence 6’s. I decided to try out the NEW Supernova Glide Boosts (neutral) for 4 miles of Kentlands terrain, and I was impressed! Some of the key points I’d like to share from my experience:

– Super responsive cushioning (Boost material) that gave me protection from the hard sidewalk, but enough response to attack hills.

– Extra grippy outsole: Continental (TM) rubber outsole has >20% more friction on dry and wet surfaces than a traditional outsole. I could definitely feel the difference, especially with the occasional ice patch.

– A lightweight textile upper made of seamless mess  provided ample flexibility but still held tight to my narrow foot.

Overall, LOVED the shoe. Can’t wait to get my own pair of Adidas Energy Boosts, a slightly lighter-weight, everyday trainer that I will be able to use for longer runs due to the energy-returning Boost midsole. 

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Friday, January 17th- Day off from work! Trail run with the pup!

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Test drive day #2: Visit from RJ from Ultimate Direction!!! I was given a sample of UD’s Ultravesta Hydration Pack (from their female-specific Jenny collection) to test run for the store. Hydration pack = trail run. So Bourbon (my 75-lb hound-Pitt mix) and I hit Seneca Creek Trail for a muddy 5k. The vest was 

super handy! I had both 10-oz bottle full (one for me, one for the pup), my iphone 4S in the left strap 

pocket, doggy treats in the right strap zipper pocket, an extra water bottle in the bladder compartment, a leash in the main compartment, my wallet and keys in the water-proof zipper pocket, and my windbreaker bungeed to the front. More than enough space to hold everything I needed for the dog and myself. The thing that impressed me the most was how LIGHT the vest was on my back! I could barely feel it when empty, but once full, the weight was displaced so well that nothing really bounced or shifted duringmy run. Totally recommend this vest! So sad I have to give it back!

Finally, an update on how I am doing with the Ton of Fun Challenge at work… I lost 1lb!!!! Yippee! All this running is paying off! I have increased my mileage from ~15 miles per week to 20-25 miles per week, plus gym workouts. In addition, going vegan has helped my body to rid of excess bloat, mucus, and toxins, ultimately helping me “lose” weight. I know the idea of being vegan makes some people cringe, but for me it is the right choice. I made a mistake and indulged in a shortcake topped with whipped cream and fruit for dessert last night… and I was hurting this morning. I had a sugar and dairy hangover! I know my “cheats” are bad, but they serve as a reminder for why I chose to become vegan in the first place: to feel great!

 

Program update: WHO HAS 2014 RESOLUTIONS THEY HAVE ALREADY BROKEN? I will be hosting a 14-day Recharge you Resolutions Bootcamp next month (February). Keep an eye out for a blog post with more details, and a link for early bird pricing!!!! Who’s in to learn how to eat clean and lose weight without dieting?!

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