Runner’s feet are a funny and fickle thing. What works for one person does not necessarily work for the other, even if two people have a similar foot style. Sometimes finding the perfectly designed shoe for your pronation, supination, flat foot, or high arch still isn’t enough to provide you with the proper support needed to withstand the pounding of mile after mile on the pavement or trail. This is where aftermarket inserts and orthotics come into play. Tuli’s (a member of the Medi-Dyne umbrella of companies) has a product that just might pair well with your favorite pair of kicks to provide the perfect amount of arch support and heel cushioning you need.
Obviously I’ve been a little busy with the start of school and growing this tiny human inside of me. However I’ve really been trying to maintain some cardio throughout this last trimester. With that though I have had to accept the fact that running really isn’t an option anymore for me. At first I really tried to fight it. Then I remembered that this whole time I kept promising everyone that I was listening to my body and only running when it felt good. When it was time to keep up my end of the bargain it was definitely a tougher part of pregnancy mentally for me, but I think it has made me stronger in the long run which will carry over not only into future runs but more importantly into this new adventure we are about to start!
[Note: I wrote this article prior to the Leadville Trail 100 taking place. Unfortunately I was unable to post it before the actual event. So, I am keeping it written as is and posting it now. I plan to write a follow up article about how the actual event went and my experience being there. ]
My friend Andy is running in the Leadville Trail 100 mile race. He asked Abigail and myself, along with a few others, to help crew and pace for him. Abigail unfortunately had to decline due to her pregnancy, but I accepted his offer and request. In preparation I have taken a few measures to not only ensure that I am ready, but to also ensure Andy himself is ready.
[NOTE: As of February 2017, I have been selected to be a brand ambassador for Medi-Dyne. I have done my best to provide an unbiased opinion of this product. With that said, as an ambassador I have been given a discount code to share. For 20% off your Medi-Dyne purchase, use code ARM20 at checkout.]
So you’ve just come back from a run, taken your shoes and pack off, and put them in the sun to dry. The next day you go to grab them and sure enough they are dry, but they also reek. The stench of miles and miles of sweat, mud, gunk, and grime tends to cling and embed itself into the fabric of all our favorite gear. Well, those days are behind us. 2Toms has crated Stink Free Shoe and Gear Spray to eliminate the odors that cause us to curl up our nose, hold our breath, and say a little prayer as we wait for ourselves to “acclimate” to the very stench we ourselves were responsible for creating.
No matter whether you are a runner or not it is important to have long and short term goals for your future. Robert and I are planners by nature- sometimes too much, but in the last year and a half we have come to realize that there are many things you cannot plan for in life. However with all the uncertainties in life we have learned that having both long and short term goals helps us to stay on track and motivated no matter what life throws our way.
As someone who has been to Disney World numerous times and has an affinity to breaking out into movie soundtracks at any given moment I am the perfect demographic for runDisney events. Robert, Andy and I ran marathon weekend two years ago and since then I have been trying to figure out who I can convince to go run a different race weekend there with me. This post isn’t exactly about runDisney and its events though- its about two companies I wish I had known about before running the two days of the Goofy Challenge for Disney workout apparel and registration simplicity.
After we got engaged everyone started telling Robert and I, “marriage is compromise.” As if he had not learned that giving into my bull headed personality sometimes was easier and I had not experienced the joy of doing something simply to make Robert smile. Now that we are pregnant the new wisdom people have been bestowing on us is that “our life is going to change.” Not to be rude or seem ungrateful, but do people really think that we are naive enough that we have not realized that starting our family is going to mean that our priorities and responsibilities will be different? Obviously we know our life is going to look different after our baby enters into this world. That doesn’t mean we are going to stop doing the thing we love most or fail to share that with our son or daughter.