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It’s The Shoe Of The Tiger, It’s The Thrill Of The Run

Hello again! Sorry for that gap in service; I’ve been on a whirlwind tour of Not My Apartment. First I went to North Carolina (where I ran a 5K!), then over to Maryland for some family time in Ocean City. There I turned my niece on to Meet the Robinsons, dragged everyone through a haunted house dark ride (more on both of those later), and convinced my sister-in-law to try a new running shoe. All in all I think I can call my trip a success. Ooh, another thing I did while on the mainland was gather up my...

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So Do Compression Socks Do Anything Or What?

I’ve used compression socks before. A couple years ago I won a pair, and then got another as a Christmas present. I was pretty excited about it – after all, compression socks (and calf sleeves) are supposed to improve your running by – hold on, let me check the marketing copy… Ah, yes, there it is: increased vascular efficiency (so, better blood flow) and faster recovery. I’m not here to debate the accuracy of these statements on a macrocosmic scale; my concerns are microcosmic. But before we get into that: if you’re not familiar with this particular piece of...

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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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