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nike my stride acquired

first things first: cool bag:

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second thing second: this wasn’t really an exclusive event, it was just a nifty marketing ploy to get me in the store. anyone who wants to trek to one of the four stores (i went all the way down to stanford) that are carrying the My Stride line can cruise in and cop a pair.

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all that said, i am pretty stoked on the product. it’s basically a couple models of shoe – lunaracer and lunarglide – that have half a sole. they call that outer shell part the “carrier.” the racer is a little lighter, the glide is a little heavier but has more structure.

once you’ve picked a carrier, you get to pick a “core,” which is basically a super huge insole.

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there are four options: “soft” (lunarlon cushion), “responsive” (stiffer, with a tiny zoom air insert) and then a “stable” flavor of each (has a plastic cagey thing to help with over pronation). they let me try out all the combos on a treadmill and ultimately i went with the glide carrier and the soft insert. i may go back and scoop up the responsive one later, just to check it out.

i like that you can switch out components per scenario and i bet it could be awesome for people that need the stability option for just one foot. i hope it takes off so there are more styles added to the program.

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nike my stride

cool little surprise on my phone this morning:

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from the invite:

AVAILABLE IN ONLY FOUR STORES WORLDWIDE, MY STRIDE ENABLES RUNNERS TO BUILD THE PERFECT SHOE, TAKING CUSTOMIZATION TO THE NEXT LEVEL. NOW, CHOOSE THE LOOK YOU LIKE, THE RIDE YOU PREFER AND THE PERFORMANCE YOU NEED.

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pretty psyched for this, i need new shoes anyway. will report back with the result in a couple weeks!

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cross training

running is great. i mean, horrible. no, great. ok, both.

one of the best ways to make it less horrible is to cross train. i’m finally getting back to a place in my shoulder dislocation recovery that i can do pushups and mess around with weights and stuff like that. steph and i can’t stand gym culture (or gym membership fees) so we’ve slowly built up a small, but useful, collection of gear to help with workouts.

we also prefer “real world movement” type activities to grunty jock weightlifting (not that there’s anything wrong with grunty jocks, some of my best friends are grunty jocks) so most of our gear is stuff like GORUCK sandbags, the TRX suspension trainer, yoga mats, a pullup bar and wrapped bricks for carrying in a backpack.

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the home gym all nice and tidy

currently my favorite resource for new, quick, (relatively) fun full-body workouts is the GORUCK training blog. they post something every day and a lot of it can be easily modified to suit your needs. for example, i did this workout last night:

A:
5 Sets of
Power Clean + Push Press, 1.1.1
Rest 10 sec b/n reps
Rest 2 min b/n sets

B:
6 Sets AFAP of
6 x Sandbag Power Clean + R/L Lunge
12 x Plank Burpee + Over-the-bag jump
40 x Double Unders

C:
EMOM x 10 Minutes
Even – 30 sec max rep push-ups
Odd – 30 sec max rep sit-ups

i don’t have a barbell and olympic weights, so i substituted sandbag power clean and push press for part A. i definitely can’t do double unders, so i jumped rope for 90 seconds, as they recommend in the Just The Tip section. i was freaking destroyed by the end of the workout, even though on paper it doesn’t look like a ton of time or reps.

since i travel for work, any time i find a good workout, especially something i can do in a hotel room or janky hotel gym, i save it to a notebook in Evernote called TRAINWRECK. i love that i can pull up those notes on any device and search through them to find something suitable for whatever situation i’m in.

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Run Errands

Running these days, as a mom, has a lot of meaning for me.

It means I get outside.  Fresh air means smells like trees and cars and water and sunshine, instead of old poopy diapers.

It means I go places. And buy things.  Things I need.  Like groceries.  And toilet paper.  And lots and lots of coffee.

Mastered the art of packing out my jogging stroller with purchased groceries, I have.  Cereal box won’t fit?  Open it up, discard the box and smoosh the bag into a crevice.  Two bags of bagels with no place to settle?  Pack ‘em around your baby’s head: comfy!  Heavy stuff in the bottom, flat stuff in the pockets, lightweights in the extra bag attached with the Mommy Hook to your stroller bar, dangling just barely out of reach of where your knees strike.

Freeze-dried bananas toddler snack?  Check!  Kid sized camelbak?  Check!  Minimal diaper bag, spare change of toddler clothes, wood robot toy and other distractions, cheese-stick, lip balm, check check check checkity checkers.

I am a well-oiled chariot of fire.

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Well, at least for 2 miles.  It starts to fall apart between miles 2 and 3 for the tiny nobleman riding inside.  If we cut over to a main road and can see buses on the go, I can usually squeeze a bit more into our run.

Sometimes we find new routes and pick up some KILZ Primer for mommy’s latest project.  And then we find our way to the nearest playground.

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Tip:  Those new, squishy, recycled sneaker turfs are great places for stretching.

Yo!

 

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