All posts by David Wilson

“Straight Talk” Armband – Not Good for Running

armbandI have been meaning to try wearing my phone on an armband for some time.  It seems more convenient, and I think I’ll be able to hear the app when it calls out miles and pacing information better.  The other day I had to go to Walmart to get a new belt holster for my Samsung S4 … so while I was there, I grabbed the cheap “Straight Talk” Walmart brand armband.  Mistake. The phone fits fine, and you can even use the touch screen through the plastic front.  The armband itself – I was able to fit it to my arm.  No problem.  There IS a problem though.  The way the phone hooks on is just like a big belt loop.  When it’s on your arm, it flops back and forth.  I only ran that way for about a block before I yanked it off and tied the silly thing to my hydration belt for that one run.  I am trying just the holder, slipped over the belt, as a temporary way not to have to wear my everyday holster on runs…but will be seeking a new armband – probably by doing what I should have done in the first place and going to a running supply store in person. Lesson re-learned – you get what you pay for.

Running With the Kenyans by Adharanand Finn – Audiobook Review

513SBflBnML._SL300_[1]I have been listening to (and publishing ) audiobooks for years.  I’m going to start reviewing the books about running, and runners, that I’ve listened to since I started my own trek toward marathon.  I’m going to start with this one because – after Born to Run, it was the first one that I found – and because I enjoyed it so much.

In Running with the Kenyans, author/journalist Adharanand Finn tells the tale of how he took his wife and two young daughters and moved to Kenya for the purpose of trying to discover just why Kenyas are so dominant in the world of distance running.  Finn was convinced, from his own experiences and research, that running barefoot from a young age was the secret.  What he learned during his time in Kenya was that there is always more to the story.  He ran in races.  He ran with all sorts of athletes.  He formed a team, and they ran a marathon through a game perserve where helicopters were necessary to keep lions off the trail.  He got faster.

There are a lot of interesting lessons in Running with the Kenyans, and not all of them have to do with shoes, races, or running style.  If you visit THE AUTHOR’S FACEBOOK PAGE you will see that he made friendships that will last him a lifetime… and that he still works to raise money and awareness for those who shared his road.

There is also a page where you can visit to help support the lions on that game preserve.  Keep your eyes here on Badass Running because we may (at some point) do an event, or a virtual event, to add our own support.

If you enjoy audiobooks, I highly recommend this one.  It is narrated by the very talented Mr. John Lee, who has been acting and narrating for a very long time, and who adds his own flair to the production.  Listening to audiobooks is a great way to pass your own solitary miles, and I can tell you that, while listening to the part where the author ran his marathon in the game preserve, I was running my own difficult miles…for a while it seemed as if was actually there….

Rating – five of five runnings shoes.  Highly Recommended.

You can find this auidobook  HERE – at AUDIBLE.COM

You can also get the print and Kindle editions on Amazon.com 

Enter to Win a SPARTAN RACE CRUISE

World-Championship-A-Frame[1]For those of you looking for a little more of a challenge than just running, I recommend the SPARTAN races.  These are pretty grueling – I gave away a race entry on my personal blog, and the guy who got it sent some pretty cool pictures.  We’re giving away another entry to a Spartan Race of your choice here.  To enter,  simply share this blog post and leave us a note in the comments.  I’ll do the drawing on the 31st of August for the winner – sponored by #TeamBadass – spread the word!  If you don’t win the free race entry, you can still use this special code: SPARTANBLOGGER – that will get you 10% off registration for any Spartan Race.  The entry we are giving away here is ALSO for any race of your choice.  You can find all the races and details at SPARTANMEDIA.COM

Also, you can win :

A trip for 2 including airfare and a 4 day cruise to the Bahamas with a Spartan Sprint on a private island. I will also be picking an additional winner of the same prize out of anyone who blogs about the Spartan Cruise and the World Championship race (and sends me the link). The winners will be picked on Sept. 22.

ENTER BY CLICKING HERE

Here are a couple of pictures of the winner from my personal blog and his wife at one of the Spartan Sprints:

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A Fartlek by Any Other Name…

2014-06-04 07.54.32So, lately I have been fighting that age-old runner’s urge to run, and then walk, and then run.  I know there are people out there who advocate this as a method of running, and I am glad that it works for them, but for me it’s discouraging and not helpful.  If I am going to run…that’s what I expect to do.

Today I tried something different, and, as it turns out it’s just a modified version of something other runners have been doing for a long time – a “Fartlek”.  This is something developed by a Swedish running coach – random shifts in speed throughout a workout – not planned, like interval training, but more spontaneous.  What I did was slightly different, and yet, very much the same.

When the urge hit to walk, I did the opposite – I sped up.  Not to a sprint, but noticeably, letting myself go.  As soon as I started to tire, or my mood shifted, I eased back to my normal lunch-run pace.  Every time that walking urge returned, I lit out.

I don’t know if this is exactly a Fartlek, but here’s what happened.  By about 1.5 miles, I knew I’d better keep going or I’d hate myself. The reason?  I was really moving.  My pace increased almost dramatically overall.  By the time I hit 3.1 miles, I’d managed a 27:16 – only 9 seconds slower than my personal best (which was motivated by a young kid about to beat me).  This will bear more thinking, I know, but for now it felt great.  Finished off a very slow, almost leisurely 2.4 or so more miles… great workout.

I will call it  (instead of run /  walk)  Run / Run Faster.

It’s a thing.

What if Everyone Ran? The Mizuno Baton

mizuno Okay, I just finished a long week of running.  When I got home from a convention last week, I registered for “The Mizuno Baton,” and activated it, going for an evening run.  Over the course of the week, every time I ran, I activated the “baton” and it clocked my miles, counting down toward today.

I earned $42.92

The idea is, what if Everyone Ran? What if it could make a difference?  Mizuno is donating $1 per mile to “Back on My Feet,” an organization created to help homeless men and women and families get back on their feet… You can be a part of this.  Let your miles count.  Download the MIzuno Baton app to your iPhone or Android and get started. Find out more about the Baton at : THE MIZUNO BATON Find out more about Back on My Feet…

The Nutribullet – A Review

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For Father’s Day this year, I got a Nutribullet blender.  It was one of the things I most wanted, so I went in with high expectations.  This is an unbiased review.  I’ve been using this appliance for a while now – heavy use – and I have good, and bad to say.

First off, my daily meals include two smoothies from this machine almost daily.  Sometimes on the weekend I only end up with one, but I take two to work with me.  One is usually all fruit, with spinach or greens packed in.  The other is often tomatoes, garlic, and things that make a V-8 like concoction.  Also with greens.  The smoothies – I love.  They have enhanced and improved my diet, and my daily health.  They have helped me continue my weight loss.  All of this is good.  Almost anything with enough fruit, or a spoon of honey, tastes good.

The downside.  Within a couple of weeks we started having problems getting the machine to shut off.  The switches stick.  I have been able to overcome this by being patient, whacking the side of it, and not removing the cup from the top until it stops, but this is (apparently) a fairly common thing.  There are some issues.  Still, it’s proven to me that the fruit or vegetable smoothie is a perfectly good way to substitute a meal and get all the vitamins and benefits of a full meal…

I give this a 4 of 5 stars, with the caveat that you may have to be willing to deal with a few mechanical issues… I would not go back to the diet I had before… so I count this machine as an asset and a friend.

-DNW

Welcome to Badass Running

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We are a group of men and women, all ages, all walks of life, who love to run.  Some of us began running to lose weight.  Others have particular personal goals, or just love the exercise, the outdoors, the feel of the sun and the wind and the rain.  We met as part of a group challenge on Facebook and have grown into a tight community… This is where we will talk about our runs, our hopes and dreams, review products we’ve used and record the roads and miles we run.   As this site gets fleshed out, we’ll have profiles of our members with photos.  Be patient… we’d get it done faster, but most of us are out somewhere…running.

-BAR