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Under Armour Sportsmask Review Part 2: Original VS. Featherweight

I have good news and bad news, guys. Bad news first: I lost my Under Armour Sportsmask. The good news is that this gives me the perfect opportunity to review the next generation model, the Sportsmask Featherweight. Extra good news: Pat wound up getting his own, 1.0 Sportsmask, which means I still have the OG version to compare it to. But first, a couple notes: 1. Pat wears a M/L, and I wear a S/M. Therefore disregard any size differentials you may see in the photos; they’re not relevant. UA says all sizing remains the same for both models....

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Is A Sparkle Athletic Sparkle Squad Membership Worth It?

I’m decidedly NOT a team sports person, but I’m not against joining a team of running individuals, especially if they offer discounts. Did I join Sparkle Squad for the camaraderie or the discounts? Trick question! I joined it for the visor! And the blog post, of course. Anything for a blog post. WHAT IS SPARKLE SQUAD? Right, so, Sparkle Athletic is a small but mighty athletic apparel store geared primarily toward women, although I’m sure they’re happy to sell to anybody who’s angling for a sparkly running skirt or ball cap. You’re almost certainly familiar with them if you’re...

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In Which Jenn Suffers A Sport Headphone Emergency

Ever notice how gear emergencies only seem to happen right before you have a big run planned? Remember the whole GPS watch debacle? And now this! Oh, it wasn’t so bad. But the universe does like to have fun. A couple weeks ago I took a trip to Ocean City, MD for an annual vacation with Pat’s family. Ocean City has a pretty sweet boardwalk that makes for a great running venue, and has much cooler mornings than my home base in Puerto Rico. I figured my week in OC would be the perfect staging location for a practice...

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In Which Jenn Gives Her Running Shoes Funny Names

My favorite feature of the Garmin app is the gear tracker. No more guessing whether or not I should replace a pair of running shoes – the app calculates exactly how much mileage each pair has! EEE! … I am easily pleased. But then you may wonder – what if you, like me, have multiple pairs of the same┬ábrand and model of shoe in rotation at the same time? How do you differentiate? No problem – in addition to designating the make and model, you can give each shoe a name. The easiest way is of course by color,...

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In Which Brooks Ravenna Sneakers… Are Launches Now?!

I wrote a blog post about Brooks sneakers a week or two ago. I was going to post it today, and it was going to go like this: There are many reasons the Brooks Ravenna is my GOAT shoe, but none of them would be any help to me if they weren’t so darned consistent. My first Ravennas were model #4, and I have used every version since up to the current #11. Every version has been a winner. But that doesn’t mean that there haven’t been any changes from iteration to iteration. In fact, I noticed a pretty...

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In Which Jenn Suffers A Garmin Emergency

Okay, so, my Garmin Forerunner 230, greatest Christmas present of all time, developed a crack in the watch face a few months back. It was a little concerning, but the watch continued to work fine, so I assumed it was superficial. This theory was borne out by runs in the rain and even a couple dunks in the ocean (the Forerunner is rated up to 5ATM for swimming). It had a cosmetic defect, sure, and it was getting a little behind on the tech, yes, but basically my Garmin was working fine. … Until last Sunday, when I was...

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In Which Jenn WANTS To Love Under Armour Running Shoes, But…

You know how sometimes you jump into a series of love affairs but just end up getting hurt? Yeah, that’s me and Under Armour running shoes. Before we start, I want to make it very clear that I am not disparaging UA or their products. They make great stuff. I love my long sleeve Baltimore Marathon tech tee with the thumbholes and my polarized sunglasses and the pair of running pants I tragically tore a hole in. Pat likes my rain-resistant jacket so much he bought one of his own. But for whatever reason, I just can’t make the...

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In Which Jenn Plays Fast & Loose With Running Shoe Sizes

I’ve been a loyal user of the Brooks Ravenna running shoe model for around eight years now, but I like to sprinkle in other models into my routine just to give it a try. For a brief period I was running in Nike Air Zoom Vomero 10s, which I liked a lot,┬ábut when Nike released the 11s I fell out of love. Still, the Vomeros have hovered in the back of my mind – those 10s just fit so beautifully. Sometimes I wonder – what about the newer versions? Would they feel good again? They’re on the 14s now,...

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In Which Jenn Flouts A Major Running Rule

Hi, my name is Jenn, and I like to play fast and loose with an inviolate running rule. Which running rule, you ask? This one: thou shalt not use new and/or untested running gear on race day. Which you shouldn’t. If you haven’t tried it out thoroughly before, how can you be sure it’ll agree with you! You don’t want to find yourself fighting with your supplies during a race! Oops: Wine & Dine Half Marathon 2016: I purchase my first Minnie ears the night before the race. I think to myself, you know what would be cute? Running...

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In Which Jenn Finds A Cheaper KT Tape Alternative

The KT Tape adventures continue! I’ve been a pretty loyal KT Tape user over the years. I found Rock Tape to be pretty much the same but harder to get, and the CVS off-brand version, while not unusable, didn’t have enough stretch. I’ve been sticking to KT Tape only for a couple years now. And for the last year or so, I’ve needed to use rather a lot of it – I’ve been plagued by very minor injuries that KT Tape can absolutely handle, and even render runs pain-free. But it does mean going through rolls at an uncomfortably...

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