Fresh Frickin’ Foam

Finally…

New Shoe Sunday… On SUNDAY!

Today’s Shoe: New Balance Fresh Foam 980

What makes this shoe super cool?

– 4mm drop… hello natural running feel!

– a midsole made of a single piece of foam for MAX cushioning, MAX ground contact & MAX smoothness.

– breathable air mesh upper with no-sew lasts for a custom fit and to minimize rubbing.

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My take:

– I test-ran these for a quick 5k with the pup, and I loved the plush cushioning under my feet.

– No rubbing, no pressure points, no problems!

– Spacious toe box to accommodate most runners, even those in-between widths. (P.S. these shoes come in WIDE)

– I would love a pair of these babies. Perfect for my longer runs when I need extra cushioning, or for days I feel tired but still want to be fast. My feet felt so happy, and so did my legs… and I even ran in these after a 4.5-mile “warm-up.”

– Side-note: They are great for the gym too (neutral & light-weight)!

 

#rad2014 Challenge UPDATE:

Month-to-Date Mileage = 96.32 miles (biggest month yet, and still 1 day to go!)

Year-to-Date Mileage = 274.72 miles (Woo!)

Only ALMOST missed a day ONCE… and it was Friday. I was sitting in Buffalo Wild Wings (a weird place for a vegan), watching college basketball, and I realized I had forgotten to run! I didn’t get home until nearly 1 AM, but my amazing husband, Ben, made sure I didn’t give up on my goal; together we ran 2.21 miles at 1 AM… after an excess of fried foods and beer. Ouch! It was so uncomfortable that it was almost fun… or at least, funny.

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New Shoe Sunday… On Monday!

New Shoe Sunday... On Monday!

No New Shoe Review today, but I DO have goods news:
I bought my own pair of Adidas Energy Boost II’s!!!!!! They’re MINE!

Stay tuned for my shoe review of the New Balance Fresh (frickin’) Foam lightweight trainers. They’re brand-spankin’-new this season, and I’m test running those babies this Thursday! =)

Green is good.

Have you had your GREEN today?

Leafy greens are some of the easiest and most beneficial vegetables to incorporate into your daily routine. Densely packed with energy and nutrients, they grow upward to the sky, absorbing the sun’s light while producing oxygen. Members of this royal green family include kale, collard greens, Swiss chard, mustard greens, arugula, dandelion greens, broccoli rabe, watercress, beet greens, bok choy, napa cabbage, green cabbage, spinach and broccoli.

How do greens benefit our bodies? They are very high in calcium, magnesium, iron, potassium, phosphorous and zinc, and are a powerhouse for vitamins A, C, E and K. They are crammed full of fiber, folic acid, chlorophyll and many other micronutrients and phytochemicals. Their color is associated with spring, which is a time to renew and refresh vital energy. In traditional Asian medicine, the color green is related to the liver, emotional stability and creativity. Greens aid in purifying the blood, strengthening the immune system, improving liver, gall bladder and kidney function, fighting depression, clearing congestion, improving circulation and keeping your skin clear and blemish free.

Leafy greens are the vegetables most missing from the American diet, and many of us never learned how to prepare them. Start with the very simple recipe below. Then each time you go to the market, pick up a new green to try. Soon you’ll find your favorite greens and wonder how you ever lived without them.

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Cook this: Shiitake and Kale

Prep Time: 2 minutes

Cooking Time: 10 minutes

Yield: 4 servings

 Ingredients:

1/2 pound shiitake mushrooms

1 tablespoon olive oil

1-2 cloves crushed garlic

1 bunch kale, chopped

pinch of salt

Directions:

1. Warm oil in pan on medium heat with minced garlic until aromas of garlic are released, about 2-3 minutes.

2. Add chopped shiitake mushrooms, stir-fry for 5 minutes.

3. Add chopped kale, stir-fry for a couple of minutes.

4. Add a splash of water and pinch of salt to pan, cover and let steam for 4 minutes.

 ** Make it ASIAN STYLE by mixing in minced ginger root, a tsp of sesame oil and 3 Tbsp of low-sodium soy sauce/tamari/shoyu/Bragg’s Liquid Aminos. Top with toasted sesame seeds.

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New Shoe Sunday… on Monday (again)

I am not the most punctual blogger, but I got the goods for this week!

It’s New Shoe Sunday (Monday)!!!!!

Today’s Shoe: Adidas Energy Boost 2

Let’s talk features:

– “boost” midsole that is so cushy, not squishy, with tons of energy return

– “techfit” upper hugs the foot for a secure, sock-like feel (it’s your favorite spandex pant attached to a sole)

– “torsion system” for a smooth transfer from heel to forefoot and mid-foot integrity

– “adiwear” outsole provides high-wear durability for indoor and outdoor training

– external heel counter for an amazing fit and surreal comfort

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My take:

I LOVE THESE SHOES. They fit true-to-size. They cuddle my feet every-so-nicely, and I have narrow-ish feet. They have INCREDIBLE heel and forefoot cushioning that responds like nothing else I’ve worn. These shoes literally feel bouncy. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE!

Last Thursday was Fleet Feet Gaithersburg’s annual Pub Run for St. Patty’s Day (it was a community event!) sponsored by Adidas. Luckily I snagged a pair of the Energy Boost 2’s for the 5-mile run, and I fell in love. Even with the 4 oz beers every mile, my body felt so good having all that bouncy “boost” cushioning.

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My hubby and I had a great time!

If you have a wide toe box, you can still wear these shoes! The “tech fit” accommodates to all foot shapes with its seamless, flexible material. Ladies, this is what we’ve been waiting for; the Energy Boost 2’s are yoga pants for our feet!

Squishy Trails, Super Socks, etc

No new shoes this week (hence missing New Shoe Sunday), but I did want to do a short review of my FAVORITE running socks ever!!!

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(My Personal Collection)

 

Feetures! Elite Running Socks– Specifically “Feetures! Elite Ultra Light No-Show Tab

What makes them so freakin’ awesome?

– The “iWick” fibers keep your feet moisture- and odor-free.

– The “Sock Lock” support system that fits so close that you can’t tell where your foot begins and the socks              ends.

– The “No Show Tab” sits below the ankle but provides a front and back tab that prevents chafing and sliding    into the shoe.

– The “Power Arch” on left- and right-specific socks provides targeted support and moderate compression.

– “The Perfect Toe” is my favorite “Feeture,” no irritating toe seams to manipulate!

My take: they never fall down into my shoe… actually, they never move at all! I love the compression, it keeps my feet feeling fresh throughout my run. If you do not prefer a tight sock, you should try the Feetures! Elite Light Cushion (which is less compressive than in the past) or the Feetures! High Performance Ultra Light (super lightweight with “Snug Fit” instead of “Power Arch”).

Try them out! =)

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#rad2014 Challenge Update-

Year-to-Date Mileage: 214.79 miles

So sore from yesterday’s trail run. All the snow has melted from Seneca Creek Trail (yay!), but left behind was 4 inches of slippery mud and muck. My abs and back are so tight from trying to keep myself from slipping and falling for the entirety of the 4.08 miles. That said, the pup and I still had a blast running through the forest, getting dirty, and enjoying the 50-degree weather. Fabulous!

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(Outfit: Under Armour Fly-By Stretch Mesh Tank, Moving Comfort Rebound Racer Sports Bra, New Balance Running Shorts, CEP Compression Sleeves, Feetures! Elit Socks, Brooks Pure Grits)

Looking forward to the Spring!

 

New Shoe Sunday!… I mean Monday.

I’m creating a new blog holiday (“blogiday” if you will, ha!): New Shoe Sunday! (Yes I am aware it is Monday, but future posts will be on Sunday) In these posts, I will provide a brief review of a different running shoe each week, so you can feel more confident purchasing new running shoes… and to hopefully answer any questions you have about the shoes. I’d love any feedback in the comments section, thanks!

This Week’s Running Shoe is a lightweight trainer that still has enough cushioning for longer runs and races.

Mizuno Wave Sayonara $120 – the newest addition to my personal running shoe collection.

Fall 2013 ** Best Debute Running Shoe** By Runner’s World Magazine

Features: (Source: http://www.mizunousa.com)

-Light, low-to-the-ground feel that translates into quick and responsive.

-A traditional 10 mm offset to protect your calves and achilles, without the feel of a traditional shoe.

-The U4ic midsole is super light and sturdy, providing a smooth ride throughout the gait cycle.

-A G3 Sole gives superior traction and ground contact, without too much additional weight.

-Practically seamless upper that is secure around the forefoot. “Performance Fit”

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My take-

I took these beauties for a 2.85-mile run outdoors, teamed up with my Superfeet Carbon Insoles.  The shoe felt extremely secure through the upper but smooth throughout my gait cycle. I like the low-to-the ground feel that reminds me of my Pure Cadences and Pure Flows, and I couldn’t even tell that they have a 10 mm offset! The shoe is pretty snug through the mid-foot, the typical “performance fit” of Mizunos. Wearing my Feetures socks  (that are very compressive on their own) seemed to be too much mid-foot support with the Sayonaras. The Wave plate provides an ample amount of heel cushioning, and also a bit of support throughout transition from heel-to-toe. So all you over-pronators out there: if a typical racing flat lacks enough support or cushioning for racing (or speed workouts), then the Wave Sayonara is a great option for you! There is a decent amount of support on the medial side of the shoe preventing the foot from collapsing the shoe inwards, even without an orthotic!

My second run was 2.43-miles on the treadmill. My legs felt super fatigue after the previous days’ 8-miler, but luckily the Wave plate support and extra ground contact (the forefoot is flared for this reason) helped me to push through my daily run minimum. In conclusion, the Wave Sayonara is A-Okay for indoor and outdoor runners.

Like a fine wine, these shoes are best paired with the Balega’s Hidden Dry Socks: thin, mildly compressive, and soft.