Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Unofficial 50k in the books!

I went out with the Trailhawks for the weekly long run on Saturday.  I ended up doing a full 50k for the first time and it felt great.  I learned a few things in the process as well (which is always nice). 

I need to take more than just Gu and Honey Stingers for food for the first thing.  At around the 24 mile mark I became extremely hungry.  I must have been "bonking" as I have never really felt that way before.  I was dizzy and just felt like laying down.  I managed to walk a ways to water point and someone said they had a peanut butter sandwich I could have. It was, without a doubt, the best peanut butter sandwich I have ever eaten.  Of course it was just bread and whipped peanut butter but it tasted fantastic.  I now have a favorite aid-station food and something cheap and easy to pack. Thanks again Sherri!

Also, I do a lot better with S-Caps instead of Nuun water.  In the past, I have always just stocked a few Nuun tablets and popped them in at water points.  I never really realized that the sickly feeling was most likely not from too much Nuun, but too little salt.  I never really liked the taste of the Nuun anyway.  I have always preferred plain old water.  Now I just pop an S-Cap every half-hour to hour, depending on how hot it is, and I am fine.

I must say the run was surprisingly pain free.  My legs, knees, ankles and feet were all fine.  I had a little arch pain at one point but I just shifted my stride a little and it went away.  It could have been from getting stomped on in softball the night before too.  By far the worst thing about the whole run was my sore shoulders from wearing that hydration pack for 7 hours!

Next up, finding a 50k close by so I can get Oh-Ficial!

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Runner’s World: Remember those shoes we told you to buy? Never mind.

Runner’s World: Remember those shoes we told you to buy? Never mind.:
In Dec. 2008, Runner’s World slipped this footnote into its shoe review:
We’ve reported in the past that a more stable shoe will help relieve the pain you feel just ahead of the heel. But recent research has shown that stability shoes are unlikely to relieve plantar fasciitis and may even exacerbate the symptoms.
Translation: “Those $100 shoes we’ve been telling you to buy for years? Turns out they’re worse than worthless.”

RW’s excuse is the same one Citigroup and Countrywide and Fannie Mae deployed as it tried to scuttle away from the subprime mortgage crisis: “No one could have seen this coming. We acted as soon as we got the information.”
That’s not an alibi, of course; it’s an indictment. They pretended they were experts — and cashed in on that authority of expertise — when in truth, they didn’t know what they were talking about.
Now, Runner’s World is slipping in another correction. In the March, 2012 issue, it began slinking away from the once hugely-profitable, and now discredited, “motion-control” shoe. They did it so quietly even I missed it, even though I’d been shocked to hear RW’s shoe reviewer, Warren Greene, hint as much at a seminar more than a year ago.
Barefoot in Arizona has the story, including this bullseye analysis:
why do so many people believe they need pronation-controlling posts to run but no one believes they need Reebok Pumps to play basketball? It isn’t because the runners were convinced by studies showing the benefits of motion-control shoes, because they aren’t any. It’s because two generations of runners have been told they need them by the only major source of independent shoe reviews.
Incidentally, this major source of “independent” shoe reviews has NEVER published a negative review — not, at least, since Nike temporarily pulled its advertising back in the ’80s. As Runner’s World’s founder laments, the shoe review he’d created as a form of consumer protections is now “a grading system where you can only get an A.”

Monday, June 18, 2012

Kevin Gray 5k Report and Results

I didn't do too bad at the Kevin Gray Inaugural Father's Day 5k; placing 4th in my age group.  Considering I ran 10 miles the night before and played a double-header of softball, I am happy with the results =)

It was a great race through the T-Bones stadium and ending up in the Sporting KC stadium.  The first mile was up hill and into the wind but not too terribly bad.  The only suggestions I had for changes were to move the "chip-cutters" back away from the finish line a little and maybe have some water bottles closer to the finish. I had to go up a long flight of stairs to get water. I understand it must be difficult to end a race in a nice stadium like that and provide amenities without mucking up the field.  They had to shew me out of the leather box seats once as well =)

All in all, it was a great, well organized race and a real treat for Father's day.