Thursday, February 21, 2013

Boost Revolution

It was 1960 when eventual Olympic Marathon winner Abebe Bikila cruised through the shadows of a Rome night, barefoot. Bikila would become immortalized for his win, blisters and all. Sure, we all know this story, the one small credit towards barefoot running. What didn’t fall into folk-lore, was what Bikila whispered after the race. The one important word that would go silent for another 53 years. What the world missed after the exuberant Ethiopian crossed the finish line, forever marking history with his feet, was the then tiny word he shared to a race official upon finishing. “boost” he said quietly. The confused race official didn’t understand the broken english, so Bikila said it again, “BOOST”, this time louder with power. His eyes grew wide and he said once again, “BOOST” before faltering to his knees and being carried away. The race official stood perplexed, and shrugged off the incident as it would forever be lost in history before transforming into fiction here.
But now, it’s coming back. Can you hear it? Like a heartbeat, it’s getting faster, and faster. Like Godzilla taking quicker steps, closer, and closer. You can’t see it yet, but you can feel it. 
Like an explosion, blowing everything sky high into the stratosphere. 
Like Sonic The Hedgehog’s pack, ripping through the roller coaster to the finish.
Like when you’re halfway through a long run and you want to let something slip out between your (southern) cheeks, and it ends up being more than you bargained for.

It’s getting louder now, can you hear it? The Adidas Boost is almost here. With a revolutionary midsole that has an unrivaled energy-return, it’ll be sure to give you a boost in every run. We used to want to prance around like fairies along the trails, no wings, no dust, but now with a little boost in our step, we can chase bears and tackle mountain lions. “Boost Runner Sighting” will liter the trails and roads. Wild animals beware. With a little extra boost, we’re no longer afraid to run - fast
The term “Aggressive Running” will be thrown around more frequently with three-stripes on your feet. They’ll make t-shirts and warning signs. Runners without Boost will fear those with Boost, fearful of the savage three-striper hunting them down, and leaving them behind. “Boost Runner Sighting”. Too late, they’re already gone.
The Revolution has begun, and it didn’t start with a gunshot, it started with a BOOST. Which side are you on?
It’s coming. February 27th - at the Boulder Running Company - Boulder store, Adidas will rally the troops and officially launch the BOOST. Come join the Boost Revolution at 6pm, and also be a part of the most epic “Harlem Shake” ever. Bring your green hat, and be ready to RUN. See you Wednesday!

Sunday, February 17, 2013

Running Stronger

Well it's a Sunday afternoon and after a nice long run, I figured it would be a great time to get back to some blogging. For those of you who didn't know I have finally gotten back into serious training again after about a 10 month period of off and on running due to a nagging ankle/achilles injury.  I was typically running about 2 to 3 days a week, just to stay in some kind of shape, but was running through pain most of the time.

About a month and a half ago I finally found a way to get my ankle feeling back to 100%.  I started wearing a night splint that kept my foot in dorsiflexion throughout the night.  I started getting immediate relief after about 3 days, and after about a month, I finally got my ankle to basically feel normal again.

So on to the good stuff, I got a new coach on the first of Febuary named Jon Sinclair.  For those of you who haven't heard of him, he was one of the nations top runners during the 80's and even held the 12k US National record.  Training has been going really well, even though we still having been keeping the mileage relatively low as to not reaggrevate my ankle injury.  I am finally starting to feel stronger and more fit again, along with loosing about 8 pounds.

I am still hashing out my racing plans for this spring and summer as we will be having a new addition to our family  in about 2 weeks and I'm not sure when I will be able to free up some time.  I plan on doing some St. Patty's day race and then a couple local races in April, before trying my hand at some bigger/longer races come may/june.  Anyway that's it for now, and hope everyone is training hard for this upcoming spring so we can all take some names!