Mickey running

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 brand 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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Brooks sneakers

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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Under Armour

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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Running shoes

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, but 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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Running gear

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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Running shoes

In Which Jenn Takes The Cinderella Approach To Running

Last week I got a hot tip from one of my runDisney Facebook groups – the Rock ‘n Roll Marathon store was selling their themed tie-dye Launch 5s for $25! Now a) I’ve never used the Launch and b) I’m not running a Rock ‘n Roll race this year (I did once and it was not my favorite). But for $25 bucks plus a five spot in shipping I was certainly willing to give it a shot. They came yesterday and I was surprised how much they cheered me up. I mean, obviously as a runner and a girl-type...

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Running shoes

In Which Jenn Points Out A Glitch In The Running Shoe Matrix

Can we talk about the Brooks Ghost 10 running shoe for a hot second? Specifically THIS Ghost 10, in this color scheme:   I have them (see above). And based on observation, and assuming you are a woman who wears a woman’s shoe, I can only assume you have them too. I have seen them on my home trails.   I have seen them at multiple runDisney races.   I have seen them in frickin’ Runner’s World magazine.   I am familiar with the conceit that once you become aware of something, you start to notice it more often, but I’ve never...

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Running gear

In Which Jenn Ponders What To Do In A runDisney-Mergency

I have this consuming fear that one day I’m going to go to the runDisney race expo, pick up my packet, and leave… then unpack my bag hours later and, in assembling my race gear, discover I FORGOT SOMETHING. Walt Disney World is both wonderful and weird in that you can’t readily access the outside world when you’re there. In my nightmare hypothetical, my first instinct was to freeze and freak out, because if the expo is closed, where can I possibly go to get running-related items??? Five minutes calm thinking can lead you to what is probably the obvious...

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Picky about shoes

In Which Jenn Tries New Running Shoes

I read an article a couple months ago about how it’s best to have several different pairs of running shoes. As the thinking went, each inpidual shoe affects your foot strike, gait, muscle use, etc. in subtly different ways. Therefore, if you’re on a shoe cycle, you’re less likely to suffer injuries from overuse. I don’t know how much hard scientific data there is to back that theory, but I know I don’t want any more overuse injuries, so I’m trying it! The difference this time: I’m not going to store to be fitted. See, I read another article in Runner’s World stating that some...

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Road Runner Sports

In Which Jenn Selects New Running Shoes (Small Giveaway!)

Hey, remember that time I went to Road Runner Sports for a shoe fitting and walked out of the store with Nike Vomero 10 running shoes? And remember how I wasn’t sure it was the right shoe for me after awhile? And then remember how I ended up loving it and using it anyway? And then remember how Nike ruined everything by changing the Vomero 11 so much that it didn’t feel like my shoe anymore? 🙁 🙁 🙁 When your favorite running shoe betrays you, there is only one cure: a new fitting. In that spirit, I used...

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