I seriously value comfort.
Take, for example, our recent relay race: I was set to run more than a marathon (26.3 miles, to be precise) over the course of three race segments. When I was running, I would be sporting my beloved Saucony Guides. But when I was in “off” mode, I knew I had to treat my feet equally right. My solution? Dansko Professional clogs.
The contoured midsole lets my high-arched, rigid foot relax, while the wide toebox provides welcome space for my toes to spread. The polyurethane (PU) sole absorbs shock, while the 2″ heel gives my sometimes-tight Achilles relief. (Plus, I get closer in height to my tall AMR “sister,” Dimity!) I basically live in these Dansko clogs with jeans or cords at home, so I wasn’t going to forego them during Ragnar just because I was sporting a tutu!
I can understand, though, if that fashion combo isn’t quite your style…
My five vanmates and I arrived at the starting line for Ragnar Napa around 4:30 a.m. We picked up our race tees at 5 a.m.–and even in the dark, even with sleep crud still in the corner of my eyes, even though I couldn’t see the whole shirt through the beam of my headlamp, I knew immediately that I really, really liked it.
Which for me means that I would wear it again—and not end up in my Goodwill pile wiith weeks.
Which is the the exception, not the rule, for me these days.
I should state up front that I do not emotionally attach to race shirts. I saved my 2007 Nike Women’s Marathon until it pitted out—it was light pink— and I’ll probably hang onto my 2013 Ironman Couer d’Alene one for a few more years…
And if your handoffs are flawless, you’re definitely a mother runner. Check out more validation here.
Fresh of running 205 miles (with 10 other bada** mother runners!), Dimity and Sarah tell the tale of their Ragnar Relay from San Francisco to Napa Valley. They are joined by a teammate from each of their vans, Kelly and Melissa. Kelly hits the nail on the head when she describes the 38-hour relay race as, “a sleepover with my best friends I’d never met before.”
During this hour-long podcast, find out what a Honeybucket is – and why Kelly played Candy Crush in one. Then learn why the gals in the team’s second van quickly adopted the Minions’ motto of, “I was born to be awesome, not perfect…
Fall has officially come to this part of New York State. I know this not just from the color on the trees, the cider in the donuts, and the pumpkin spice in the latte. What really gives the season away is the fact that I can never figure out what to wear for my morning runs.
It’s a great problem to have, mind. And one that I’ll look back on with fondness when we are in the heart of frozen February. And frozen March. And, yeah, frozen April, when I still can’t leave the house in less than four layers of gear.
Thursday morning I set out in my standard shorts and short sleeved top. By the time I got home, I felt like I’d already had an hour-long ice bath…