This race was supposed to be Tyler Lu’s Boston Marathon qualifying race. A fortunate scholarship win took him away for the race weekend so I paid the fee to have the entry switched to my name and the distance changed to a half marathon from a full one. We were introduced to this race by our friend Sarah who had used this race to qualify for Boston herself. The race takes place just north of Sonoma in the Santa Rosa region of wine country. The idea of a weekend watching auto races at Infineon, Shakespeare under the stars at Buena Vista Vineyards and running in one of the fastest half marathon courses could not be passed up.
Earlier in the year I debated on what shoes to purchase as my main running shoes for the 2014 season. I primarily compared the Nike Free 3 Flyknit and the New Balance Minimus 10V2. I decided to go with the Nike Free based on recent history and success in those shoes. I set both a half marathon and 10K PR in my previous Nike Free’s and hoped to continue that success. After a couple hundred miles and a few races in the 2014 editions, I feel safe in providing my review of them.
This race was the second time that I competed in the Tri Santa Cruz Olympic distance race. We generally try not to repeat races each year but due to the drought conditions in California, ocean races are pretty much all we have to do. Also, this race is one of the better organized and easily accessible ones. We really enjoyed last year’s race, so it was any easy decision to participate again this year.
The 2014 HITS Napa Sprint Triathlon was the first official triathlon on our race calendar for this year. I had heard a lot of good things about the HITS series coming into this year. Now that we live close to one of the venues, it was time to give it a try. Combined with the fact that the event was near all the vineyards in Napa, made it an almost must do event for us. HITS is known for providing races that cater to all skill level and provides an opportunity to compete at all the standard distances in one weekend.
This race was the first half marathon of the year for us and essentially the true start of our competitive season. From here on out it will be about two races a month every month until October. This race was the second half marathon we have run in San Francisco and the 4th overall in […]
I have eclipsed 360 miles on my New Balance Minimus V20’s and that means it is time to pick up a new pair of running shoes. I have narrowed the field down to three choices. I am debating between the Under Armour SpeedForm RC Running Shoe, 2014 Nike Free 3.0 with FlyKnit, or the 2014 New Balance Minimus Zero V2. I have earlier experience with the Nike and New Balance shoes but the Under Armour are a gamble. Especially coming from the drama involving them and the US Olympic Speed Skating team at the Sochi Olympics. Though I blame most of that performance on the team and not Under Armour.
I wrote in a previous post about my deep love for the Nike Free running shoe series. I also mentioned in that post, that I was, however, looking to test out a potentially more minimal shoe despite favoring the Nike’s already. I decided to give the New Balance Minimus 20 V2’s a try. I got them on a great deal from The Clymb. Below is my in depth review of this particular model after about 3 months of use. The shoe will probably be up for renewal by the time I release this review but I wanted to be thorough so others could use it as a reference point for deciding on New Balance Minimus shoes in general. Immediately, below is the product description from New Balance themselves.
This race was the first event of 2014 for us. We at first heard about the hot chocolate series while living in Atlanta and heard lots of good things about this series from our friends. This series is mostly a fun run type of event, incorporating live music, hot chocolate finisher mug at the finish, warm sweat shirts instead of t-shirts and comfortable race distances. Additionally, for us what makes participating in this event enticing was a combination of factors. The event falls early in enough in the year that it would help motivate us to stay in shape over the holidays. The 15K distance is just the right length to train for that doesn’t require the heavy volumes of a triathlon or half marathon. Also, the swag is not half bad.
“The 910XT sports a slim profile and comfortable wristband. Easy-to-read display with customizable fields — show 1-4 data points per screen on up to four pages. The new Virtual Racer™ feature lets you race your previous bests or an activity from another user and accounts for varying speeds and real-time conditions. Or try the Virtual Partner® feature to see how you measure up to a static pace. The auto multisport feature lets you switch sport modes with a button press, so you don’t lose precious seconds in transition. Automatically transfers a completed activity to your Mac® or PC when in range. Analyze your workout later at Garmin Connect™. For those who want to take their bike training to the next level, the 910XT is compatible with ANT+™ power meters, like Vector™, Garmin’s pedal-based
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Since April of 2009, I have managed to run over 2,600 miles across paved road, trails and treadmills. Over that time, I have put many shoe brands and models through the test. I once ran exclusively in Adidas but their shoes let me down one too many times. They ran too narrow, had too much cushioning and did not breath well at all. While my love of Adidas faded, my love for the Nike Free running shoe series has grown. The Nike Free series is a system of minimalist shoes that offer a range of cushioning and fore foot flexion that you can’t find in almost any other line. What I love most about them is that they offer 3 different levels of cushioning that allow you to transition year over year to a more minimalist shoe. The shoe soles come in a 5 mm, 4mm and 3 mm heel drop. Each pair becomes more and more aggressive and advanced as you progress through the line.