I just got the new Mizuno Elixir 8 in the mail (Thank you Miz I am so grateful). I haven't been more excited about a shoe since I bought super skanky high heeled boots back in 2006. (Whatever those things were awesome.).
The Elixir is my favorite shoe model (it's a lightweight trainer) so I'm excited to run a lot in the update. I'll let you know what I think. But let's forget about the functionality and gush over the completely over the top design for a minute.
I am not ashamed.
Ok I'll stop.
Running has changed a lot in the last couple decades.
I decided to make a list of my favorite and least favorite progressions.
The Best of Running:
1) Online Posting of Race Results: This is awesome for many reasons, and not just for stalking random people to know if you are faster than them.
Running a race but can't stick around for the results? That's cool, just look online.
Did a friend run a race and you don't know whether to call them up to congratulate them on a massive PR or leave them alone because they probably don't want to talk about it? Look online.
Think a Vice-Presidential candidate is lying about his race results? Look online?....Yeah. You get the idea!
2) Energy Gels: I am not the hugest advocate of eating while running (especially short distances), but it's hard for me to know how people ran marathons before these little packets of joy. Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwiches? Powerbars? Just run without eating? I guess but that all sounds painful.
I tried running with a bag of sour patch kids once and instantly regretted it. I know that's worked for some people though.
As someone who easily gets sick to my stomach and likes a little sugar during long distances, I am infinitely thankful for the Orange Flavored Gu.
3) Sport Wash: I must be disgusting because this is the only way I can keep my shirts from smelling like a rat died 2 months ago in them. It is the laundry detergent of the gods.
This is awesome because now no one will crowd the start line or line up outside of their corral. Oh wait....
|Shamelessly stolen from SkinnyRunner|
The Worst Of Running:
1) Garmin- Distance: So the Garmin shows us how far we went. But during a race, even if the course WAS long, what are you gonna do about it? Chip time is chip time. Frankly, I just rather not know. It's also not completely accurate. It's like running with a stopwatch that has an accuracy of recording your time within +/- 2%.
2) The "processing fee" on Active.com: Oh Active: You are the ticketmaster of road races.
I'm not sure what the other features of Active.com are. But I know one looks like this:
3) Social Media Sites: If someone goes on a run and doesn't tell facebook, did the run really happen?
In addition to the constant feed of people posting that they killed their 30 minute ellipitcal sessions, I have noticed a disturbing trend. I was cruising Yelp last night and I came across a number of entries describing their workouts as an intro to a brunch review.
Too far, Yelpers, too far.
5) The association of Dessert and Running: When people say that they just run to eat more cookies or something, it just feels awkward to me. I mean sure, running as a great weight control tool but it's silly to think of it as only a calorie purge thing. Also, in what other sport does this happen?
"I love to play football because I really want to eat Oreos at night" - NFL linebacker.
Sounds silly, no?
Alright, enough complaining.
What are your favorite / least favorite random things in running?