• Products,  Running,  Trail Running,  Ultra Training

    Book Review: The Summit Seeker

    Y’all. I found my trail running soul sister, and her name is Vanessa. Vanessa blogs at VanessaRuns.com and recently wrote a book about her trail running adventures called The Summit Seeker. When she asked me to review her book, I of course said yes. A book about ultra running? No-brainer! Vanessa had a difficult childhood and learned to use running as an escape. She started by tackling small distances, then methodically moving up until she planned two 100-milers within a few weeks of each other. Bad.Ass. Reading about her experiences and everything she’s overcome was such an inspiration. Vanessa has a wonderful outlook on life—do what you love, be with…

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    Arm Candy

    Yesterday I wrote about GPS running watches, so today I’m throwing y’all a curveball and writing about something shiny and fancy and non-running related. I’m not very girly. Shocker, I know. Nine times out of ten, I wear sweats and a ponytail when I’m at home or running errands. When I need to actually look presentable, I turn to my fashion committee—Zack, my sister, my coworkers, and my bestie from grad school. For real. I stand in front of the mirror in various clothing and shoe combinations until they give me the thumbs up. So when Watchco, an online watch company reached out to me to review a watch on…

  • Advertising/Branding,  Products,  Running

    GPS Running Watch Throwdown—Garmin v Nike

    What’s the most important accessory to runners, other than their shoes? Their GPS watch. Like posting every workout to Facebook, everyone knows that a run doesn’t count unless it’s been tracked by the little alien runners in the sky riding on the GPS satellites. I’ve used a Garmin Forerunner 405 since 2009 and love the thing like a child. It’s been with me through PRs and death marches, snowy runs and sweat-fests. The hubs has a shiny new NikePlus watch that he loves and refuses to take off, even when not running. Garmins and Nikes seem to be the most popular GPS running watches, so the Sylvans seem to represent…

  • Advertising/Branding,  Products

    Open Mouth, Insert Pants—An Open Letter To Lululemon’s Founder

    I tried to avoid pulling out my pitchfork and torch and running after Lululemon founder Chip Wilson after he said that Lulu’s pants are not for all bodies. I really did. But his asinine comments and lame apology have been irking me, so I’ll go ahead and spew my hatred. Stand back. Chip. You’re an asshole. You created a fashionable athletic clothing brand, and with that a cult of Lemonheads. Congrats. But that doesn’t give you a free pass to say stupid shit without major backlash. Didn’t you learn anything from that dumbass Abercrombie CEO? Keep your mouth shut. If Lululemon were half the inspirational company they claim to be,…

  • Products,  Running

    No-No Shorts

    Everyone has an item of clothing in their wardrobe that has no business being there, but they can’t bear to part with. Overalls from the 90s, Abercrombie jeans that are beyond “cool tattered,” underwear that lost its elasticity years ago. My item is a pair of The North Face Running Series shorts. They’re four years old, two sizes too big, and comfortable as hell. My shorts have been on all kinds of adventures with me. They’ve seen California, Colorado, Canada. They’ve helped me move more times than I can count. And somewhere along the way, they became my racing security blanket. Since 2010 they’ve joined me in 10ks, marathons, my…

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    The Life of a Wear Tester

    A little over a year ago, I discovered something awesome—wear testing shoes for different companies. I read about it somewhere, applied, got accepted, and have been happy ever since. Wear testing is great—I love getting a “behind the scenes” look at shoes. You really get to appreciate all of the thought, effort, and evaluation that goes into each pair of shoes. Things like shoelace length, heel collar height, sagging tongues, and colors all get tested and retested so that consumers can get a perfect experience once they buy the shoes. What goes on in the mysterious world of wear testing, you ask? Basically, the company sends you the shoes with…