This Week in Runblogging: July 14 to July 20 2014
Posted on July 20 2014
As this roundup is posted, I’ll be heading up to Vermont for two weeks of coaching at the Craftsbury Running Camps. I may try and do a few posts that provide a bit of an overview of what goes on up there (if you’ve never been, I highly recommend it!). It’s basically runner heaven: good food, good drink, good friends, and lots of running (and biking, swimming, hiking…).
Prepping for the trip has stressed me a bit, and that came out in a few of the blog posts listed below, but I know that once I get there my worries about two weeks away from my wife and kids will melt away (I’m a big-time homebody). Hope you have a great week!
Shoes I Ran in This Week
Skechers GoMeb Strada Prototype (19 miles), adidas Adios Boost 2 (8 miles), Newton Kismet (5 miles)
Runblogger Posts From Last Week
Parenting and Running: Finding the Balance
July 18, 2014 – A post on how I’m trying to better balance training for an ultra with work and time for the family. It’s a constant struggle, but I think I’m making progress.
Running From Stress on the Track
July 16, 2014 – Had a bit of an acute stress meltdown and had to vent. Running fast helped.
New Balance Fresh Foam 980 Review: Firm, Responsive, and A Bit Pointy
July 15, 2014 – Shoe with a ton of potential. Responsive, smooth ride, but a bit too pointy in the front of the toebox. An insole swap helped.
Running During Pregnancy–An Interview With Sarah Canney of Run Far Girl
July 14, 2014 – Guest post by Sarah Canney on running during pregnancy. Lots of great info here!
Sage Canady in the White Mountains of New Hampshire
July 13, 2014 – A peek at the world about an hour north of where I live.
Recommended Posts From Around the Web
1. Seems that the topic of balancing life, family, work, and running was a popular one this last week. Must be summer craziness taking it’s toll on all of us. Thought I’d share a few that I enjoyed. First, Sarah Canney of Run Far Girl writes about how to balance running with family life. Sarah wrote a guest post for me this week on running during pregnancy, and it was entirely coincidental that we both posted on parenting and running on Friday.
Second, Scott Dunlap on A Trail Runner’s Blog discusses why he opted to pass on running the Tahoe Rim Trail 100 miler. His story is quite similar to my own last year when I decided to back out of the VT50K – juggling a busy summer travel schedule, work commitments, and family commitments can sometimes require putting the sport we love on the back burner for a bit, and there’s nothing wrong with that.
2. Far North Endurance posted a Loon Mountain Race recap by Emily Meehan. Sounds like delightful torture – may need to do this one next year! Far North also put up a cool post about two rookie runners at the Vermont 100 – they should be out on the course as I write this!
3. Steven Peterson writes about how the loss of a close friend sent him on his running journey. “Running is not straightforward for me. It is not always enjoyable. Occasionally I find a moment of success. Every so often I run into an epiphany (though I’m not really fond of the term), but rarely does it come easy. In the act of running I find that I am continually searching. Rarely do I discover anything. When I do happen to stumble upon something of meaning in the run, I can usually point to the moment and say “there was where I discovered something about myself”… but I probably couldn’t tell you any more than that. So I go back out again. It is a cycling, never ending exploration.”
4. Hampton Runner reviews the Garmin Vivofit.
5. Some great post-race videos from iRunFar. First, Larisa Dannis after finishing second at Western States – love her approach to running. Second, Kilian Jornet after winning the Hardrock 100. Looking at the photos in the race recap for Hardrock posted by iRunFar I really question why I spend so much time running roads!