Gear: Moving Comfort "Alexis" Sports Bra
This review maybe a moot one, given how difficult this bra has been to find in recent weeks. I haven’t been able to find any official word on it being discontinued, but most places seem to be closing it out, and sizes and colors have been very limited. Still, it’s my favorite sports bra of all time, so I figure I kind of owe it. The thing about running is that, if you are even...
Gear: Mizuno Wave Musha 3
Brand: Mizuno Style: racing flat Pronation: performance stability Weight: 7-8 oz (per shoe), depending on size Heel-Toe Drop: mild I’ve been toying with the idea of getting a pair of racing flats for a while now. Initially, I was just curious about how much cutting down on the weight of my shoes might improve my times in shorter races; armed with some information and guidance from...
Gear: Asics Kayano Gel 16
Brand: Asics Style: trainer Pronation: stability/support Weight: 11.2 oz (per shoe) Heel-Toe Drop: significant So, I’ve decided to start adding gear reviews, sprinkled in among the rest of the posts. It seems to make sense to start off reviewing my own stuff, since, y’know, it’s what I’ve got. And where better to start than with shoes? :) Over the course of my...
The Audacity of Positive Self-Talk
Lately I’ve been reading Tim Noakes’ classic, The Lore of Running. In his section about the physiology of running and just what it is genetically that makes elite runners so much better than the rest of us, Noakes discusses an idea called the Central Governor theory. In it, he posits that our brains can (and do) subconsciously calculate how much physical exertion our bodies can safely endure,...
Race Report: Santa Cruz Half Marathon & 10K
I’ve been avoiding the 10K for a long, long time. Like 10 years. Psychologically, I’m cool with the half marathon because, for all that it’s a long race, you spend most of it running relatively slowly, and when you do finally push the pace near the end, you’re physically limited in how fast you can actually make yourself run. Likewise, I don’t worry too much...