Resting, recovering, and new things I’m loving.

And also HI. Happy New Year 13 days late, everyone!

Following the NCR marathon – which is now way over a month ago, I still haven’t written a recap of it, and maybe I should consider getting on that – I decided to take a little break from running. I was incredibly sore and lacking any kind of motivation…not just to run, but really just to do anything. (Hence the reason that this place was so quiet for so long.) Of course, taking running out of the equation for any of us is likely to lead to mild insanity, so the break lasted only a few days before I decided that I’d just spend a lot of time at the gym on the treadmill instead. I realize this probably sounds like a form of torture to most people, but in a period of mental and physical recovery it was nice to have an out if a run wasn’t feeling quite right rather than deciding a half hour in that I couldn’t do it anymore and having to call someone for a ride because I was 4 miles away from my house.

You better believe I didn’t waste those 70 degree December days inside though. I did run outside a few times. You just don’t NOT run outside in shorts and a tank top on Christmas Eve.

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In addition to the treadmill, I switched shoes. Again. My go-to shoes had become my Hoka Clifton. There were nearly 500 miles on both pairs and here I was questioning why I might have high hamstring pain. I started reading reviews of the Clifton 2 and they seemed a little unfavorable, so I bought myself a pair of Hoka Huaka.

These shoes are made of unicorn smiles and magic. Plus they have a big ol’ logo on the side that appeals to my inner graphic designer

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Hamstring pain GONE after two runs. Then I learned that the Huaka really must be the shoe I’ve been waiting all my life for because they are being discontinued and that’s just the kind of luck that I have.

Anyway as you can also see from that picture: there has been a lot of extra compression sock wearing lately. I rock them on most of my runs even if I am seemingly the only person at the gym who wears them on the treadmill. People can judge all they want, but I have better circulation than ALL of them.

Of course those socks are Lily Trotters, aka my compression sock of choice since learning about them last year. Just before the holidays, I got the best package ever in the mail from my friend Susan containing some spiffy new pairs of Lily Trotters including the Sassy Bow (in the picture above although the angle doesn’t show off the adorable bow detail on the back), the Candy Stripes that go awesomely with my Pure Cadence:

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And one of my most favorites…the lotus socks that I sometimes wear to work and to the gym in the same day. I’ve worn compression socks to work before, but would never have considered rolling up my pant leg to show them off.

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Yes I did wear my pants like that and to my knowledge no one thought I was any weirder than they normally do.

I even took a pair out on a disgustingly muddy trail run the other day!

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Yet they still manage to look incredibly cute.

The fact that Lily Trotters are still creating  such a huge buzz makes me ecstatic. Also ever since I started wearing them there’s a new fan in my house too; my mom, who is an RN and on her feet for long shifts, literally cannot deal with work unless she has them on. They have made such a huge difference for her and it’s great that she can get the word out about their benefits amongst her nurse friends while I continue to talk about them in the running community.

I’m at a place where I’m starting to plan out my race schedule – no marathon this time, focusing on halfs and shorter – and get back to my normal fitness because there was definitely quite a bit of wine and cookies around the holidays. With new shoes, socks, and working toward a more positive outlook on life in general, I’m feeling pretty well prepared to go into the spring pain-free.

How is your spring race schedule looking? Gone on any trail runs lately? New shoes? Fun New Year stories? Tell me something! I feel like I have so much to catch up on!

xo,

Salt

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Here’s the Kicker {ShoeKicker Review}

Last month I read a post on one of my most favorite blogs highlighting a new website called ShoeKicker and if I remember correctly I thought the idea was completely brilliant. Think Kayak.com, but specifically for running shoes. You all probably know how I feel about new running shoes. You probably feel the same way about them as I do. This site had the potential to be very dangerous.

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Then a super cool guy named Dave emailed me and asked if I would be interested in testing out the site for myself. Of course I would because  RUNNING SHOES.

The concept is simple: you type in the shoe that you are looking for, your size, whether or not you have a man-foot or a woman-foot, and then ShoeKicker magically finds you the best price that the Internet has to offer on that shoe. After tooling around with it for awhile, their database of shoes available for search appears to be pretty endless.

Let’s say that I’m looking for a new pair of Hoka One One Clifton. This is a pretty typical situation for me to be in.

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The best price was found on Amazon. It shows me the Amazon price compared to the regular retail price and how much money I would be saving (which in this case happened to be $10). Then, because the folks at ShoeKicker apparently have a fun sense of humor, there is a little blurb about what my savings equates to. On this particular search it was 1,458 race pins. Just think of how many bibs you could pin on with all those pins.

I could opt to click the great big, blue “GET ‘EM” button and buy new shoes right then OR I could create an alert where ShoeKicker will email me if the price drops below the best listed one they were able to find for me. Pretty cool! I did set one up in this case because I’m not quite ready to buy them yet.

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Below the best price winner there is a line up of the competition. Sure I could still shop at any of those places for my new shoes, but why would I? It says right there how much they would charge me. To the right of that there is the DNF (or Did Not Finish) box listing stores that don’t carry the Hoka One One Clifton in my size so I shouldn’t even waste my time looking there.

Another cool thing about this site? SHARE FOR SHOES! Not only are the people at ShoeKicker cool and funny, but they are also very generous. On the first day of every month they give away a FREE pair of shoes! You enter your name and email address and receive a unique code to share. The more you share, the better your chances are of winning! I know what I’m doing every month now.

I am a total bargain shopper and while I will probably still conduct my own searches in addition to using ShoeKicker, I think this site is a great and easy way for any shoe addict to compare online prices. It’s also very mobile friendly for on-the-go shoe shopping emergencies!

I can’ t be the only person that has those.

Have you tried ShoeKicker yet? What would be the first shoe you would look up on there? Have you ever had an on-the-go shoe shopping emergency?

xo,

Salt

Lily Trotters are LIVE!

It’s the announcement that I have been SO EXCITED to make!!

Courtesy of Lily Trotters.

Courtesy of Lily Trotters.

THE LILY TROTTERS KICKSTARTER IS LIVE!!

If you would like to check out the awesome story about how these socks came to be, the process by which they are made, meet their fantastic founder, Susan, and see me in all my totally awkward glory, click the banner above. Or click this link right here. Whichever floats your boat.

And get involved! Lily Trotters needs to raise $20,000 in 30 days in order to be funded and considering that they’ve almost raised nearly that amount today alone, I’m thinking that there are going to be some fabulous new socks in our futures. They have different packages available on Kickstarter that will allow you to back the project OR get yourself a pair (or pairs!) of Lily Trotters with your donation. So many cute designs to choose from that it will probably be the toughest decision I make all day.

Enjoy!! And don’t make too much fun of me. I am terrible at having a camera in my face. 🙂

I hope everyone is having a wonderful week and I’ll be back soon with workouts updates. My internet has been very spotty which has been making posting pretty difficult!

xo,

Salt