The 24 Day Vegans

 Posted by on January 24, 2013  9 Responses »
Jan 242013
 
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After our half marathon, Steve and I entered what I like to call Excuse Land when it came to running and with various injuries, being extra busy with work, traveling to see family and having friends visit us, we had plenty of them! By the time we made it past Thanksgiving, we only had a few runs to our credit, but had continued to eat like we were still training for the half marathon (and we were eating out or ordering food much too often). Needless to say, we were both starting to feel pretty unhealthy, which was pretty miserable considering we had spent over a year committed to our running, health, and weight-loss. We decided we needed to detox, and, feeling inspired by the vegan lifestyle Scott Jurek describes in his book, Eat and Run, we felt that the best way to do this was by trying out veganism. So, from December 1 to December 25, Steve and I were vegan (I know, tantamount to blasphemy in America’s Dairyland), and I wanted to share our experiences with you. Continue reading »

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Election 2012: Fitness MVPs

 Posted by on November 7, 2012  No Responses »
Nov 072012
 
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During an election cycle, it is normal to hear some chatter about the fitness and health of potential Presidential candidates. For example, concern was expressed in 2008 over the age and health problems of John McCain, who has had trouble with skin cancer in the past.  Of course, in 2012, while some expressed concern over things like Obama’s smoking habit, both candidates seem to be relatively fit men. Interestingly enough, in a story from Huffington Post, it was reported that both President Barack Obama and Governor Mitt Romney have a BMI of 23.9, which is within the range of what is considered “normal”.  However, it wasn’t just general health that got some attention this time around.  Regardless of your political views, you might have noticed that physical fitness and associated health-related issues played an important, or at least more-talked about, role on both sides during this election cycle.  This was lead not by the Presidential candidates, but by First Lady Michelle Obama and Vice Presidential-hopeful (and now Senator) Paul Ryan. Continue reading »

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Aug 062012
 
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For those of you who have only recently begun to read our posts, you may be asking yourself “what the heck is a calf-ocalypse?”  Calf-ocalypse is a term Meagan and I coined after our first foray into minimalist running.  I won’t go into vivid detail (check out Chapter 2 of our Vibram Transition series if you are interested) but the pain, stiffness, and discomfort  in your calves after running barefoot/minimalist for the first time (and overdoing it) can be so unbearable that you’d almost prefer not to have legs at all.   With that said, Meagan and I have continued to try to find solutions in order to relieve, recover from, or even eliminate calf distress by using foam rollers, heat pads, The Stick, and just good old fashion massage.  More recently, our friends at Berkeley Running Company in Madison, WI introduced us to compression sleeves, compression socks, and recovery socks.  Pictured to the right is a Sigvaris Compression Sock (in black), and a Sigvaris Compression Sleeve (in orange), both of which have proven well in the battle against the calf-ocalpyse (review to come).

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May 302012
 
smart-goals

If you want to be successful in anything, it’s essential to set goals. Whether you seek a higher education, better career, improved health or enhanced existence, the steps to triumph are the same. S.M.A.R.T. goal setting is highly recommended for any of these objectives.

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Jan 312012
 

If Gandalf or Dumbledore were cold-weather runners, they would undoubtedly be wearing a Marmot jacket. Meagan received her Power Stretch Hoody for her birthday and I purchased my Variant Jacket during the after-Christmas sales at Fontana Sports. I don’t know what kind of wizardry Marmot uses on their coats, but apparently it has something to do with the Polartec Power Stretch fabric, which is the warmest, lightest, and most comfortable fabric I have ever encountered in a piece of clothing. To top it off Marmot manages to make their clothing very stylish. In fact, they are so stylish, that after purchasing it for running, I no longer wanted to run in it! It took about a week before I was finally ready to say good bye to the coat for casual use. I wore it out for my first run where I noticed one of the coolest features of the fabric (also mentioned after the break in the block quote). It not only wicks sweat, but it is engineered in a way that as the sweat or moisture reaches the outside of the coat, it spreads over a larger surface area in order to increase the speed of evaporation. When I came inside from my run, I was able to see this feature in action–yes, thats right, I actually caught my coat wicking sweat and drying itself!

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Stick It!

 Posted by on January 26, 2012  No Responses »
Jan 262012
 
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The Stick and its packaging.

This review was originally written for and posted on MyFiveFingers.com, an awesome minimalist footwear and lifestyle fan site. Click here to see the original post.

Anyone who has made the transition into minimalist footwear is familiar with what we at Technically Running like to refer to as the “calf-ocalypse“.  It is the sometimes intense soreness that occurs after a run during the earliest weeks of the transition period, when the tendons and muscles in the calves and ankles are just beginning to stretch out and strengthen to accommodate a new midfoot strike.  Many people have asked, “What did you do to deal with the pain?”.  Recently, the TR Crew’s answer, without falter, is “Stick it!” Continue reading »

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Jan 202012
 

CES

For those of you unfamiliar with CES (Consumer Electronics Show), I’ll start by saying that it is the world’s largest consumer technology trade-show featuring over 2500 exhibitors (and if any reader out there wants to give me a ticket for 2013, I would be very appreciative).  The 2012 event wrapped up on January 13th and the show brought some exciting new innovations into the limelight. There are a few  items from the health and fitness genre that we felt deserved our attention.

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