What a Weekend!

Wow. Where to start?

Remember all that snow we got last week? Gone! With temps in the 60s, it didn’t stand a chance. And that meant fantastic running weather.

I was happy to take the morning on Friday and meet a dear friend for a run and breakfast meeting. The miles passed quickly in the bright sunshine, and we were on to planning for the Dash for Donation. We manage Team Superman in memory of the man who saved my friend’s life. Although we never met before his tragic passing, he is our (super) hero. Thanks Rob, for without your sacrifice I wouldn’t have Fred. Love you both!

Here’s a shot of some of our team from last year. We’re expecting twice as many this year. If you live near Columbus, OH, and want to join us, please let me know. We run in capes…it’s serious fun!

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So planning went well, and I had the rest of the morning to myself. That’s right! No kids!

After a few errands, that were considerably faster without dragging at least two kids, I fully enjoyed my overdose of Vitamin D.

Plans for a trail run and drinks consumed Saturday, and Sunday brought my first real rest day in at least a month. I did take a walk to the park with the kids and spent 2 hours on the swings. I need to do that more! They’re not just for kids…try it!

I spent more time this weekend writing than anything else. And though writing for money work would have been great, the therapeutic regurgitation was just what I needed. I really hope there’s nothing profound in there…it’s not likely I’ll be able to read half of it. But I got out what I needed to, and re-organized some headspace. What a┬árelief. It was looking like a disaster had struck in there!

And today brought the rain. That leaves only one thing left to do…splash around barefoot in some puddles.

IMG_1793I wonder what’s in store for tomorrow…

Do you Run Real?

SKORA, based in Portland, Oregon, offers something different…a shoe company started by runners without the need to conform to conventional materials, marketing, or design.
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Just a warning:
Don’t use the words minimal, natural, or barefoot-style to describe these puppies. SKORA won’t own those adjectives. Instead, they use the phrase “run real,” which I’ve come to learn means just that. Real. If it works, do that. Don’t put me in a box.

From their website:

Run Real is more than a statement, it is a way of conducting business. We believe runners are smarter than most brands give them credit for. We are free-thinking and challenge conventional wisdom. We believe in common sense, rational principles and challenging the status-quo.

Amen!
Find out more in this video:

SKORA Running Video from SKORA INC. on Vimeo.

I had a chance to catch up with Kyle Kranz, Social Media Coordinator from SKORA, to find out more.
SKORA shoes have some Real differences from traditional shoes:

  • Zero-drop with minimal cushioning.
  • An anatomical last and asymmetrical lacing to provide the most comfortable fit.
  • And did I mention goat skin leather (Form & Core models)?

I know what you’re thinking.

An all leather upper? That sounds bad. Won’t it be heavy? And how is that going to wick moisture away from the feet?

Kyle assures me that the perforation in the leather achieves this. Along with the tanning process and microscopic ceramic coating on the leather, SKORA confirms the leather will remain both water resistant, breathable, and as soft and supple as the first wearing. And the leather conforms better to your foot, allowing that perfect custom fit.

Here’s a sneak peak at the laminated mesh upper of the Phase:
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And a close-up of the Core with the Pittard’s goat skin leather:481694_581739955186770_2114123400_n

The new models, the Phase and Core are due out this week…hopefully tomorrow! They are built on a new and improved platform with an 8mm stack height vs the 9mm for prior models. The Phase will have a laminated mesh upper (similar to the Base), and the Core will offer the leather upper option.┬áBoth models will have the asymmetrical lacing, unlike the criss-crossed straps on the Base. I have also heard talk that the new Core has a mesh lining in the toe box, which further aids in the wicking and comfort to those accustomed to “modern” running shoes. We shall see…

While supplies last, you can get 30% off select models and colors of the Base and Form plus FREE shipping!
Or…you can get excited about the new models and give them a whirl when they become available. Although SKORA is pretty certain you’re going to fall in love with their shoes, every package does come with a pre-paid FedEx label should you need to return or exchange them. How can you go wrong there?
Be sure to follow SKORA on Twitter and like them on Facebook. Kyle is always around to answer your questions!
And check out the SKORA blog and Kyle’s personal blog, Running on the White Line, too! Always great stuff!

Do you Run Real? Tell me about it!
*I have received no compensation for this post. All opinions are my own. I can’t wait to get my hands on the Core as soon as it’s available. Fingers crossed!

I’m alive!

If you’ve been keeping track, and I hope you have, I’ve been absent quite a bit the last few weeks. And for good reason…

I contracted the “Slow Death.”

It’s really the only way to describe what I had. Put every cold symptom short of a fever in a ziploc bag, shake vigorously, then dump it over my head. Better yet…detonate it right in my living room.

What doesn’t kill us, makes us stronger, right?
I call bull. What doesn’t kill us leaves us in a fragile physical (and emotional) state. You know you’re sick…in more ways than one…when you’re looking forward to burpees. I was.

I know…sick!

The good news is I’ve turned the corner. My hunger is back to ravenous, I can breathe, and my hope has returned (more on this in a future post).
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I’m ready to run!

Here’s the problem:
The downside of being sick, outside of the actual symptoms, is that some things fall by the wayside, especially when you’re the only adult. Like checking the mail, grocery shopping, oh…and cleaning! My house is a disaster.

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No that is NOT my actual house. Please do not nominate me for Hoarders!
But it feels like that.

Anyway…once I get my house in order, I’ll be right back to posting. Thanks for your patience!

When you get sick, what’s the first thing that gets left behind?
How do you know when you’re too sick to exercise?