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Do You Never Make It to The Race?

October 29, 2017 • By

There are two kinds of people in this world. Normal people and runners.¬† ūüėõ

I mention the disparity because as I’ve been coming back from this bout of injury I’ve been thinking a lot about being smart. I mean I like to think I’m smart. I feel like I have a fantastic educational background, a lot of fitness and running knowledge and a whole heck of a lot of resources from which to pull to find answers to questions when I don’t know the answers.

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5 Things to Try Right Now!

October 26, 2017 • By

I was wondering what to blog about and thought about what I would stop to actually read. I thought about my workouts and while I know you guys love quick tips and moves, I doubt you all care about my weekly recaps. Maybe you do… I actually have been thinking alot about how social media is taking over the world of blogging. Thankfully I blog a lot for me, so I can look back at my races and progress, so if no one reads these posts that’s okay, too. But as for what I was thinking about today I thought I would do a pay it forward post on 5 things I’ve learned that I think may benefit you! So read on if interested …READ MORE


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Long Break and Why

October 4, 2017 • By

Many of you that know me personally or from social media may think my recent blogging break may be due to injury. I can’t run therefore I have nothing to blog about. But there’s much more to it than that and I’ll try to quickly explain. (My apologies for the break).

I recently read an article talking about personalities. I’m always intrigued by these. Not sure why. Of course when finished, I knew what I already knew that I’m a type A, need to stop and smell the roses more type, and that got me to thinking. We are raised from a young age to goal set, to learn from mistakes to keep our eye on the prize. Again, all good stuff. But what about for those of us who almost have hyperactive personalities? Not that we ourselves are hyperactive, but that rather than actually take Oprah’s cue to live in the moment, we find every reason to plan for another. When the ability to goal set is hindered due to circumstance, what happens???READ MORE


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Topo Athletic Fli-Lyte 2 Review and Coupon

August 8, 2017 • By
*** Disclaimer: I received these shoes free of charge in exchange for a review of them by TopoAthletic. My opinions and review are all mine and are not influenced by TopoAthletic in any manner. ***
When Topo Athletic contacted me about trying out the Fli-lyte 2 I was honest with them about the fact that I would accept in exchange for an objective review about the features/benefits of the shoes (objective) and how they work for me (subjective). Why? Because like I’ve mentioned before there is no right shoe for everyone and what works (or doesn’t work) for me may or may not work for you. So knowing the facts and knowing your foot are the best places to start. So let’s talk about the Fli-lyte 2.¬†

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Hoka One One Challenger ATR 3 Review and Coupon!

July 6, 2017 • By
*** Disclaimer: I received these shoes free of charge as part of my partnership with JackRabbit. My opinions and review are all mine and are not influenced by JackRabbit or HokaOneOne in any manner. ***
¬†My first pair of trail shoes were ready to retire after a year of use. So when it came time to get a new pair I knew I wanted to try Hokas. I had heard many good things about them from my run club friends and with 4 other pairs of Hokas, I figured they would likely work as well on the dirt as my other Hokas have performed for me on the road. So I was excited that my fifth pair of Hoka One One shoes were the all terrain Hoka Challenger ATR 3s! I say all terrain because they aren’t JUST for trails. They are multiuse – road, trails, track … you name it. I’ve run just shy of 50 miles in them and I am so grateful to my¬†Jack Rabbit¬†peeps for hooking me up with them so I could test them out and share my opinion of them with you all!
hoka in boxFor those of you familiar with Hoka One One, if you like the Clifton 3 (on sale now), keep reading because these shoes have many similarities (see my reviews on those here: Hoka Clifton 3 released and Hoka Clifton 3 fit)!
 
SHOE STATS
Weight: women’s 7.9 oz (size 7) men’s 9.5 oz (size 9)
Stack height: women heel 28 mm, forefoot 23 mm
Stack height: men heel 29 mm, forefoot 24 mm
Heel drop 5 mm
Widths available: regular
Sizes women’s 6-11, men’s 8-14

Various colors to choose from (Mine are Persian Jewel/Green Glow)

SIZE AND FIT:

This is a “neutral” running shoe best for ALL terrain, meaning it works well on any surface!!! This means it is kind of a hybrid of sorts. Definitely great bang for your buck if it works for your foot. As an overpronator, this type of shoe only works for me with my custom orthotics that help control my excessive pronation. It is not meant as a stability shoe or motion control shoe. It runs true to size. I’m an 8.5 in all other running shoes and other Hokas and an 8.5 in this pair, too.

UPPER:
This version of the Challenger features a thick but not heavy mesh overlay with nice ventilation thanks to the 3D Puff Print Overlays. I have been running in them in 90+ degrees and high humidity and they do not retain odor or sweat! These seem to have a slightly wider toe box than the Clifton 3s but not as wide as the Arahi.

MIDSOLE:
The Challenger ATR 3 features the signature Hoka EVA midsole for maximum cushioning throughout the shoe. I’m only 50 miles in but as with my other Hokas, I don’t doubt that this EVA midsole will help still give that cushion-y feel when I’m 500 miles in, as well!
OUTSOLE:
The outsoles feature 4 mm lugs (those used to Hoka will be accustomed to the feeling) that deliver better than average traction. On the trail, they provide a great sense of security similar to a hiking boot but without the bulk or stiffness. The Challenger ATR 3 heel has nice wide outsole with great heel grip.
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RIDE:
Those familiar to Hoka know about the metastage rocker technology. This cushion-y feel is one you either love or hate. I personally love it because I’m injury prone and need the extra relief on my joints. Know that in this shoe, it’s there, as well, but like other Hokas it provides a super soft cushioned feeling but not heavy feel. The shoe is still very lightweight and when wearing it you want to run fast (even on the trail)!
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CONCLUSIONS:

This shoe is awesome in that it is good on many surfaces. It’s great that you can take it to and from the trail via the road (I often have to run a mile to my trails on roads) and also an awesome shoe for travel. You can do a road race one day and take them to the trails the next! But it isn’t for everyone. If you overpronate (and don’t have orthotics), have wide mid and/or forefeet or large bunions or bunionettes, these may not be the right shoes for you. I do have bunions but they haven’t been irritated in a while and to me, the toebox is wide enough. I also only ran in these on sandy, rocky and dirt trails; I didn’t run in mud so can’t say for sure how they perform on slippery surfaces. But a twofer shoe for $130 with free shipping (if your foot fits in the neutral, cushion loving, lightweight, smooth ride category)??? How can you beat that? Oh wait, you can! Because I have a coupon for you! Click here for your¬†$20 off $120 coupon at JackRabbit!¬†That would make the Challenger ATR 3s even cheaper, and that my friends, is hard to beat!

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I hope you’ll check them out! Let me know what you think! Happy running and happy shopping!!!

XOXO,

Jess

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