Thursday things, Shalane, Desi, Meb, what music do they run to?

I saw an article this week about what elite runners listen to while they’re running.

playlistYou can click on the image to read it.  I knew Desi Linden was a class act but when I found out she starts her run with Chris Stapleton’s Tennessee Whiskey I was even more enamored.  Best. Song. Ever.

Do you have longer forefoot bones in your big and second toe?  Because if you’re a runner, you probably do.

fast feetIf you like reading scientific studies based on running, click on the image above.  Some Japanese Scientist compared the length of the forefoot bones in runners and non-runners and the results are pretty interesting.

Our weather here was a bit cooler this morning.  I took full advantage and went for a 6 mile run.  I would have liked to go further but this week running has been a bit of a struggle for me.  That’s okay, it happens from time to time and I’ll get through it.  If I don’t finish the amount of miles I set out to run, I don’t beat myself up over it.

I know that this generally happens to me right about this time every year.  As soon as the weather starts to get warmer I notice that I slow down and I am thirstier than normal.  It makes perfect sense but it always takes me a few weeks to adjust.  Patience.

I haven’t mentioned this yet but my Motiv ring which is about 5 or 6 months old had lost it’s battery life.  Not completely, but the charge is supposed to last for at least 3-4 days and for the last month I’ve had to charge it daily because it goes down to less than 15% every 22-24 hours.

oh no

It was super annoying so I contacted the support staff at Motiv and they agreed it was an issue so they sent me a postage paid return label and I sent the ring back.  I am still waiting on the replacement.

Except for this issue, I’ve been really happy with the ring and all the updates that they’ve made to the app, I just hope this replacement holds it’s charge the way it’s supposed to.  I’ll give you an update once I’ve received it and had a chance to use it for a while.

Read any good running articles lately?  Please share! 

Which elite runner’s playlist was your favorite?

WTF Wednesday, how much would you pay to race?

The Dopey Challenge includes a 5K, a 10K, a half marathon and a full marathon.  The cost to run the Dopey Challenge at Walt Disney World this year was $560.

how much

Five hundred and sixty dollars.  I kid you not.  I guess you could look at it this way, it does include 4 races and typically you would probably pay close to that to run four races, or not.  I think I’ve paid 30-40 dollars for 5K’s, maybe 45-50 for a few 10K’s, around 100 for half marathons and upwards of 150 for full marathons.  Based on my experience I could run those four types of races for around $340 tops or at least that’s what I myself would pay.  Of course they would not be in Disney and I would not get the special medal for finishing all four races in four days.

But let’s also keep in mind that park entrance is NOT included in that $560.

what the hell

That’s what I said!

Don’t get me wrong, I’m not bashing run Disney and I know there are a lot of people who love to run their races and absolutely obsess over anything Disney.  I am not one of those people.  However, it brings up an interesting point.  How much is too much to pay for a race and more importantly, why do you pay to race?

I saw this article in the Orlando Sentinel recently.

are races worth the money

I have to be honest, I’ve spent a couple thousand dollars in a single year for races but you have to wonder when it becomes too much.  I ran a lot of races back in 2013 and I ended up with pesky injuries that wouldn’t go away and so I slowed down on the racing and now I choose quality over quantity.  If I can’t be in it 100%, (physically, mentally, and more), it doesn’t matter how much it cost, it isn’t worth it.  My younger self would never have felt that way but I’ve sort of grown into that as I’ve gotten older.

I look at many factors before deciding if I race now.  I want to run a race that is fun and a course that is challenging but not ridiculous.  I look at the cost vs what I get in return, (tech shirts, medal, food, etc.) and I look at reviews about the race before making a decision.

One of the most important things you can do is to research a race you’ve never run by looking up reviews from runners who’ve run it in the past. You’ll be able to find out things about the course, the race directors, the after parties, and a whole host of other information.  Race reviews are invaluable.

runner review

I also look at the location.  If a race is within a short distance from my house in Clearwater or Nokomis, I’m in.  I will also travel to a race in Tennessee, Ohio, or even Virginia since I have family there, but it would have to meet all of my qualifications just as the local races do.

In the article in the Orlando Sentinel they mention how races help runners hold themselves accountable since they’ve told everyone their running and it helps some people stick with training.  That wouldn’t really work for me since I’m already a perfectionist.  I don’t really need a race to hold me accountable but if it works for them, then I say go for it.

But no matter what you promised me, I would never pay 560 dollars to run a race.  That’s a car payment or a mortgage for Christ sake!  I love running and also racing but I don’t feel the need to shell out tons of money to love it even more.

WTF, it’s Wednesday, how much would you pay for a race and why?

The right to bear arms, in yoga pants.

Alexo Athletica has really cute clothing.  I like their yoga pants and jackets a lot.

Alexo Athletica

Not that we need jackets all that much in Florida but when I do need a jacket, I could see myself wearing this brands line.  As I said it’s really cute.

Alexo Athletica


Can you imagine out on the running trail or heading off to yoga class and wearing this outfit?

Active carry

I can.  But as cute as the Alexo Athletica brand is, it also serves a purpose.  Alexo Athletica is the very first Active Carry wear.

From the website:

“Alexo will never back down from supporting a woman’s right to choose how she defends herself while striving to bring the best in fashionable, functional active carry-wear to the market.”

Now I know I’m going to open a can of worms here but many of you reading this already know that MacGyver and I own a little piece of land out in the middle of Florida somewhere and on that land we built our own shooting range.  We own guns and we like to shoot them and I feel safer knowing that I have one for protection, should I ever need it.  This doesn’t mean that I’m not in favor of stricter gun laws because I am.  I am 100% in favor of stricter gun laws.

That being said, I think the pocket in my yoga pants is best used for a phone and my heavy duty pepper spray though I wont say I wouldn’t use it to hold my gun while out at my property and practicing at my range.  I’m just not so sure I would ever feel comfortable running with a gun.  I’d be afraid I’d accidentally shoot myself because I’m that clumsy.

That being said, I think it might be useful for say, trail running in remote areas or running in the mountains or deserts where there may be snakes.  It might also come in handy running in Alaska or someplace where the danger of an animal such as a bear is a reality.  Come to think of it, I’d probably use that gun pocket running anywhere around my remote property because we do have a lot of coyotes and rattlesnakes and other wildlife that could really mess a person up.

Alexo Athletica

When I first saw the ad for this company my immediate feeling was that they will probably hear a lot of backlash.  A lot.  But I like the idea.  Why not?  For those of us who believe in the right to bear arms and those who actually have a carry permit, why not?  That doesn’t mean I’m not interested in hearing other opinions though.  I’m always curious about what other people think.

So let’s open the discussion.

What do you think of this active wear line?

Would you carry a weapon in the pocket or would you buy the clothes to carry other things, such as a phone in the pockets?  (I think this is what I would mainly use them for but I’m all about big ass pockets in my active wear and that’s hard to come by.)