Mini Product Review: SlapLit LED Slap Wrap by Nite Ize (with giveaway info)

slaplitPogs. Gak. Pencil boxes. These were all part of my childhood memories while in elementary school. One other toy that sticks in my memory are slap bracelets. You remember those right – those  plastic sticks that would curl around your wrist once you smacked them on your arm? My friends and I  used those more for sword fights than we did for their actual purpose.

But we are older now, and having a collection of pogs isn’t exactly the coolest thing to own. But what IS cool is the Nite Ize SlapLit Slap Wrap.  This product features that same “slap it to snap it” technology, but adds in LED lighting to make it a simple, yet prime night running accessory.  Continue reading

Race Preview: Hero Half Marathon and 8k in Sweet Home

hero-half-logoThe Hero Half Marathon in Sweet Home is back for another running on Saturday, May 24, 2014. This race was founded in honor of Cpl Keaton Coffey, a local marine killed in Afghanistan on the week of Memorial Day in 2012. Keaton was an only child and he was mere months away from returning home to marry his fiance. 2013 was the inaugural running of this race and was founded by those close to the Coffey family. The race serves as a reminder that their son and the sacrifice he made will never be forgotten. Continue reading

Race preview: Linear Brave Trail 5k/10k in Banks

The leader at the 2013 Banks Linear Trail Run on the trail. Credit: Kelly Barten

The leader at the 2013 Banks Linear Trail Run on the trail. Credit: Kelly Barten

The Linear Brave Trail Run is a growing race with a great finish area atmosphere, a flat course, and to raise money for Banks Elementary school. So far, they’ve raised $25,000 for the Technology Fund – in just three years! I’ve run it twice, and both times I’ve had a lot of fun.

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Terrapin Events Run Like Hell – Registration Now Open!

Terrapin-Run-Like-Hell-Logo-2012Registration is now open for Terrapin Events’ “Run Like Hell” races. The event takes place on Sunday, October 26th, 2014. The half-marathon is scheduled to start at 7:45am, but the start time for the 10k, 5k and kids’ half-mile are to be determined. After last year’s train fiasco, the course is being changed to avoid major railway crossing and will be announced at a later date. Early bird pricing is available through September 5th.

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The Obsessed Fortysomething Runner: Proper care and feeding of running shoes

A selection of my running shoes over the past three years

A selection of my running shoes over the past three years (left to right: Nike Air Pegasus 28 retired, Brooks Cascadia 7, Saucony Kinvara 2, Brooks Glycerin 11 retired, Brooks Glycerin 11, Saucony Kinvara 4; not pictured: generic Nike, generic ASICs, Saucony Kinvara 2, Nike Air Pegasus 28, all retired)

Let’s talk running shoes!

Unless you are elite enough to have an endorsement deal with a shoe company, you’re probably on the hook for running shoes. And given the usual recommendation to ditch a pair of shoes after 400-500 miles (see here and here and here and here), a relatively non-extreme 30-35 miles per week can have you burning through four or more pairs of shoes a year. Considering that shoes run (ha ha) about $80-150 a pair, that’s not chump change!

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Race Preview: Helvetia Half and 10k 6/7/2014 (Hillsboro, OR)

helvetia half

Although I’ve only run it once, back in 2009, the Helvetia Half Marathon will always have a special place in my heart, since it was my very first actual race! A friend had talked me into signing up for it two weeks prior to the event, and even though I wasn’t in great shape and hadn’t run more than a handful of miles, I agreed to do it. It was hard. It was hilly. I walked a lot. It was beautiful. And by the time I finally finished, they had run out of Jamba Juice (but not burgers!) And that was the moment I decided to become a “real runner”–I decided I needed to be fast enough to make sure I get all the post-race goodies! I’m excited for my running journey to bring me back to the beginning, for the 13th annual Helvetia Half. Continue reading