Happy Friday! This week has been a tease of sunshine squeezed between periods of rain, but I can feel spring getting closer and closer. All things spring running have been on my mind, as you’ll notice in this week’s edition of Friday Thrive!
Let’s talk about running shoes. I’ve been running in the Saucony Kinvaras for over a year and really enjoy them. During marathon training last fall, I rotated my Kinvaras with the Brooks Pure Connect 4. During half marathon training, I rotated two pairs of Kinvaras. Right now, I’m in just one Kinvara (as a side note, I got a LONG time out of those shoes by rotating them. Saucony’s are durable!).
I’m debating just getting a second pair of Kinvaras or trying another shoe in my rotation. I like 4mm drop shoes and snappy, responsive cushioning – not a heavy cushioned shoe but not a completely minimal shoe. I tried on the Saucony Freedom, which felt good but I’m still not sure about the weight of it (despite its profile, it’s heavier than my Kinvaras) and the price tag is a bit steeper than I usually pay for running shoes. I think my main issue is deciding if I want a speedwork shoe (which is what I used the Pure Connects for) or a more cushioned alternative for mileage. The Kinvaras are just that versatile of a shoe that they work either way for me.
What do you look at when considering a second running shoe? Do any of you do all of your runs in the same model?
I’ll admit that I clicked through to this article anticipating kale salads and quinoa bowls – foods that, while they taste good, are also stereotypical nutritionist picks. Then the tag line caught my eye: “It doesn’t have to be all kale salads and quinoa.” I enjoy a good kale salad, but I also enjoy more than just kale (if the oven baked fries, avocado, and IPA in this photo are any indication).
Reading what sports nutritionists eat is fascinating, particularly because their meals are not the vegetable-on-legume-on-vegetable meals that our diet-obsessed culture has made synonymous with healthy eating. Instead, the meals are balanced, features foods that are nutritious but have gained a bad reputation in the world of cult diets (such as grains, red meat, etc.), and mouth-watering. Elise Kopecky’s burger bowl sounds particularly enticing.
The sun is finally peeking out here and there! I have a bad habit of not wearing any sun protection on runs or hikes, despite the fact that I burn easily. I’ve tried different sunscreens in the past, but they all felt too thick and goopy on my face. My goal for this year is to start taking better care of my skin and wear sunscreen during outdoor activities. I finally found a sunscreen I think I like!
While it’s not high in SPF (SPF 15), a sunscreen that I wear is far more effective than the one I don’t wear. This Simple sunscreen feels smooth going on and doesn’t make my skin feel gross before heading out for a run. On my tempo run this week, I didn’t experience any of the normal sting when sunscreen and sweat mingle and get into my eyes.
I’ve mentioned the Charity Miles app before, but it’s worth repeating. I often feel so helpless in reacting to situations such as the chemical bombings in Syria and the photos this week have left me utterly heartbroken. However, even the smallest donation to a reputable charitable organization can make a difference and Charity Miles expands the means through which you can contribute. Save the Children is one of the 13 best charities for aid in Syria or to refugees, according to Charity Navigator, and you can donate with your miles by using Charity Miles. The National Park Foundation and Feeding America are amongst the numerous others charities who pull from a corporate fund when you select them on the app.
Apparently, yesterday was Tartan Day, a holiday that celebrates Scottish heritage. Both Ryan and I have Scottish heritage, so the day required some minor celebration, no kilts involved. My mom sent us a huge package of Walker’s Shortbread Cookies, which we wasted no time enjoying (thank you, Mom!). I like these cookies because they are not super sweet and have a rich, buttery taste. Plus they remind me visiting England and Scotland. Good thing I didn’t give up sugar for Lent!
Do you rotate between models of shoes or wear the same style?
Do you wear SPF for running?
What are your plans this weekend?