Pearl Izumi N2 Road V1 — 1/18/14 – Retirement Review

I have over 340 miles on my Pearl Izumi EM/N2 Road 1/18/14 size 8.5 running shoes and my tell-tale right knee started to bother me, which means – it was time to retire them and I get to write about them again.

Pearl Izumi EM/N2 Roads (V1)

Pearl Izumi EM/N2 Roads (V1)

This is my second pair of N2 Roads and throughout the review, there will be times when I the information I will be giving is my experience with both pair of the N2 Road’s that I have owned.

I usually do an initial thoughts, 50 and 200 mile reviews on my shoes, but since these were the second pair and I was in the process of doing those reviews in the other pair, I never did the initial or 50 mile reviews on these shoes. It is funny, because my experience with these N2′s, was a little different from my first ones. However, I did do a 200 mile review and here is the link to that. Continue reading

Fastest Run Outside in While – RunLog 11-21-14

Gee wasn’t it only yesterday that I was whining about how hard it is for me to run faster in the cold weather?

Yeah I think it was.

A cold sunrise 11/21/14

A cold sunrise 11/21/14

Well, today was even colder than yesterday, 23F with 10-20 mph winds. So the wind chills, real feel or whatever you want to call it was in the low teens. Which in my mind is cold enough.

So why did I run so fast? Continue reading

My Runfessions for November

Even though it is not the last Friday of the Month yet, Marcia, from Marcia’s Healthy Slice, decided to do the her monthly “runfessions” – a chance to cleanse your sweaty soul a week early due to the Holiday’s next Thursday and Friday. Since we will be having guests and stuff during that time, it sounded like a GREAT idea to do them now.


Runfession #1 — I was selected to be a Puma running shoe wear-tester and found out that my feet do not meet the size that they really need/use for their wear-test program, therefore my opportunities to be selected to wear-test many of their products is extremely limited. Even though I understand their data and testing needs/requirements, it didn’t make it any less disappointing. I was really looking forward to doing this. Continue reading

Cold Weather Running – My Thoughts

Over the past month or so, I have read and listened to a lot of blog, eZines, running mags, podcasts, videos and other people writing/talking about what they think you should be wearing in the cold weather that we are going to be contending with over the next few months.

Cold Weather Running

The bottom-line is:

  • You will wear more clothes
  • You will probably run slower.
  • You will be more likely to land on your ass if you are not paying attention
  • You will be cold at some point
  • You will still sweat despite it being cold as hell

Just the way it is.

While most of the advice is given with the best of intentions and be based on their experiences in cold weather running… Continue reading

Remembering about Running in the Cold – RunLog 11-20-14

All I know is that running in the colder weather (sub freezing) is just a lot tougher for me. Between the numerous layers and how it affects my breathing (I just can’t seem to keep my wind), and this happens until it starts to get back in the 40′s consistently.

Oh well, I just have to suck it up, do the best I can, not worry so much about my pace and focus on building a good base and using the treadmill for faster paced workouts.

Bennie and I running in the drive way for the camera after the run this morning

Bennie and I running in the drive way for the camera after the run this morning. He was checking out the squirrel that was watching us run up and down the driveway. :-). I used the iPhone in movie mode, then took a screenshot and cropped it to get to this point. Not the greatest photo, but it gives a better idea of what we look like running together. Yes I am wearing hunting season – be seen colors.

So this morning’s Bennie Run at 25F degrees and having multiple layers, didn’t make things any easier. No it isn’t all that cold and will definitely get colder, but still mid-twenties for temps is still cold enough to bother and be a pain. Continue reading

I Mustache You Some Questions  

Sometimes I enjoy doing these survey question type of blog posts.  I know that I enjoy learning about other people and some of these “meme’s” can be very interest and entertaining to answer, especially when it is one that makes you think. Jen at Running With the Girls had this on her blog and challenged others to play along, so here goes:

4 names that people call me, other than my real name: 
1. Dad – Yep :-)
2. Radar – my nickname when I was in the Coast Guard for many years
3. Mr. Shaw – From my teaching days and also when I was in the Coast Guard.
4.  Chief – Yes, I was a Chief Petty Officer

4 jobs I’ve had:
1. U.S. Coast Guard – Personnel and Administration
2. Special Education Teacher – almost 10 years
3. Behavior Technician – tough job
4. High School – U.S. History Teacher Continue reading

A Nice Sunny Run-Just 25F Though – RunLog 11-19-14

Today was a nice day, 25F with a little 10-15 mph breeze out of the northwest. So it was slightly chilly and I dressed for the teens, not the 40′s.

Looking towards Blake Road Hill 11/19/14

Looking towards Blake Road Hill 11/19/14

Oh well I will be writing something on that later this week and my thoughts on what to wear in cold weather and when.

The Bean had a big fat-assed anchor attached to the other end of the leash, so even though we picked it up every so often, we also consistently slowed back down very quickly. Continue reading


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