Friday, December 31, 2010

Recommended Running Reads; Dean Karnazes; Straces; GoLite Footwear

Recommended Running Reads:


Running Through the Wall: Personal Encounters with the Ultramarathon, edited by Neal Jamison (2003, Breakaway Books). A good collection of essays showing just how diverse the ultra world is, from lessons learned from DNF to 100 milers under extreme conditions.


The Ultimate Guide to Trail Running, 2nd: Everything You Need to Know About Equipment * Finding Trails * Nutrition * Hill Strategy * Racing * Avoiding Injury * Training * Weather * Safety, by Adam Chase and Nancy Hobbs (2010, Falcon). An exhaustive study on myriad subjects relating to trail running, something for everyone from newbie to seasoned veteran.

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Tickle, tickle, tickle

"Running is about finding your inner peace,
and so is a life well lived."
-- Dean Karnazes, ultrarunner, FOB (Friend of Beth)

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We received a couple of pairs of Straces to try out - these were sent to me as a possible transition improvement, but I had a more immediate concern. I put them in my son's daily shoes, as they had the world's longest laces and it took him just about forever to get them tied and out of the way.


A couple of minutes spent removing the old laces, a couple more to lace up with the Straces and voila!


Definitely worth checking out as an alternative to other speed lacing systems. These are super simple to use, come in a variety of colors, and would definitely help get through transition faster. Find them on the web at http://www.straces.com/.

Here's a video showing possible ways to utilize the Straces:



(Disclaimer: Straces sent me these to try out free of charge. I did not pay for them, agree to give a positive review, nor received payment for a positive review. All opinions beyond anything gleaned from the company website are my own.)

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The other night, a big box came from GoLite Footwear! Did you even know that GoLite Footwear existed? Until recently, I didn't, but once I found them, I requested a couple of samples - I got a pair of  the Flash Lite to try and Laima got the Micro Lites. (I'm trying to get her more involved, amp up the whole feminine factor of the blog.) Sweet-looking shoes, no? And this is what's coming in the Spring:

...inspired by the Tarahumara

HAPPY NEW YEAR ONE AND ALL!

23 comments:

  1. Happy New Year to you! I will look into getting that book for my hubby. He's training for his first full Ironman!

    http://christy-goingthedistance.blogspot.com/

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  2. I am ordering those books, right now! Thanks for the post! Happy New Year Kovas and family!

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  3. FOB!! And I always thought that stood for "farting out back" like at a BBQ or something. You rock!! You know I saw Dean's name and perked up. He is my my best and only friend, you know.

    Just from the picture, I am sold on the straces.

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  4. FOB-ha! Tickle tickle tickle? How about Check out those Knockers!! Just teasing Beth! Ooh-I'm putting that first book on my Christmas list! Only 359 days!!!!!

    Happy New Year-hope you have a GREAT one!!

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  5. I live the shoes coming out in the spring. They look really cool! Running through the wall looks good as well. I'm going to put that one on my list. Thanks Kovas! The Straces look nice as well. I never thought about having my son use them. It would make things easier for him.

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  6. Those are some nice looking shoes, and I love the straces!

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  7. The white shoes are kinda boring, but the new ones in the spring shout excitment! You'll have to beg for those.

    A femanine touch to the blog? YES! Maybe you could also start by turning this black background to pink!

    Happy New Year, may 2011 brings you lots of smiles with tons of happy miles!

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  8. Sounds like some good reading!

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  9. I want to hear the review of the Golite, as for me the lighter the better. However, that is nearly the same name as a bowel prep used before colonoscopy, FYI.

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  10. Those traces look cool. I also like the lace design of those Golite Flashlites. They remind me of my Kayano 16s.

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  11. Those laces are super cool. My fiance used to run in Zoots, which are made for Triathlon, so they had those quick pull laces. I always thought they were so convenient. I guess I can have some too!

    I love that you included that picture of Beth. I am still so jealous of her run with Dean ;-)

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  12. I love books on ultra running but not many available in South Africa. There are a few I'll order next year.

    Happy New Year! All the best for 2011!

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  13. Those books look great!
    I love my Yankz, but that lacing system seems pretty cool too!
    You are so lucky to be able to try out all of these cool shoes!!

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  14. happy new year! wishing you many more miles this 2011 =)

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  15. Happy 2011 Kovas! You are turning into the shoe guru!! :)

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  16. This one might have to go to my "saved folder" for later....as I just finished Born to Run last night: INCREDIBLE
    Im now soooooo excited for the Birkie Trail Marathon and might add the Superior Ultra 50 miler in October>>>???? BTR was unreal what a book

    HAPPY NEW YEAR to you and yours !

    Derek

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  17. Happy New Year, thanks for an inspirational 2010 and wishing the very best in 2011.

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  18. That running through the wall book looks awesome. You should buy it and send it to me Kovas.

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  19. golite footwear!?!? omgggggg. i'm going broke now.

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  20. Vans with straces....ok. I guess I'm just fearful of change after 25 years.

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  21. funky looking laces! Happy New Year!

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  22. You need to be very open-minded when you are looking for discount footwear. You can be specific about the design, the theme, the colour or the style; but you need to be flexible at least about the brand

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