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As many people know, I’ve been really REALLY bitten by the running & triathlon bug. Help me win a pair of running shoes from Pearl Izumi. All you have to do is go to http://bit.ly/bcEPdA and click the “Thumbs Up” next to my name “Jason Wiener.”
I’d REALLY appreciate it!
WOW is about all I can say to start!!! They are absolutely awesome. A very different way to run than what I’m accustomed, but very very satisfying.
The first thing you’ll notice when you try them on is how difficult it is for you to put your toes into the little finger slots. After a couple times though, it’s like putting on gloves (literally). The KSO‘s fit awesome. It’s like they’re not even on. When putting them on for the first time, one thing to keep in mind is that you want them snug, but not uncomfortable. The toes will un-curl as you wear them more. Tightness in fit will quickly go away, but anything that feels like it’s pinched, jammed or otherwise not-normally uncomfortable should be an immediate alarm bell. For me, my right foot fit snugly but very well. My left foot big toe had some extra pressure, but not rubbing or uncomfortable. Just what seemed to be stiffness in the shoe from never being worn.
In addition, I picked up a pair of injinji Performance Mini Crew Toesocks. I was in between size 43 and 44 and this made sure that the 44’s weren’t too loose. In addition, since I’m primarily planning on running in them (at distance eventually), I wanted to have some extra padding and moisture absorption in shoe. The socks are awesome. Very very comfortable (I’m actually still wearing them as I write this post).
Since I’m a NikePlus addict, I was able to strap my sensor to the to velcro strap and it read my stride as well as it normally does. I’m pretty sure any pouch will work with the VFFs. All you need to do is make sure that it’s looped into the velcro binding strap.
Although people have said to only go a half mile on your first run with them, I thought it’d be better for a little bit longer. I ended up going just over 2 miles when my right calf had enough and I decided it the most wise to cease running at that point. The shoes truly change the way you (or at least the way I) run. I found my self running in better form immediately and actually moving a tad faster than my normal pace and stride. You will immediately notice the fact that you can FEEL much much more of the running experience. You can sense the texture of the pavement, the twigs and stones and anything that meets your feet on the run. The only thing to really get used to is there’s FAR less cushioning than you’re used to on the balls of your feet. You will get far more impact from the first step.
Here’s how my run looked:
Here’re the links to the items mentioned in this review:
Today would have been my Dad’s 74th birthday. He passed in ’99.
I continue to miss him with no end. However, this year I vowed to take better care of myself. I’m now an avid runner, logging between 10 and 30 miles per week. If/When I kick the bucket, it won’t be because I’m not taking care of myself.
Regardless, I miss you terribly Dad. You’ve been and will always be a primary reason I am who and what I am today. For that, I’m beyond thankful and ultimately pleased.
Just pushed an update to Twiike (figured why not make an update the same time Twitter was doing theirs).
Enhancements in this release:
Please keep it coming with the suggestions. I received a ton today and would love to know how to keep making it better for users.
Over the last couple weeks I’ve been getting more and more into running again. While I don’t have the gumption to go run on streets since breaking my foot, I have been hoofing it on the treadmill at least 3-4 times a week. The challenge has been that I love to update my Twitter and Facebook pages with my status and wanted a simple way to NOT have to update my runs by hand. So today I’m releasing a VERY alpha version of what I’m calling Twiike (Twitter+Nike). What it does is watch for me to sync my iPod after runs and posts those runs to Twitter (which I also have wired to update my Facebook status via the Twitter Facebook app).
It’s SUPER easy to use. Basically login to your Nike+ account, click ‘Share with Friends’ in the upper right corner of the run, click ‘Send to a friend,’ enter ‘email@example.com’ in the email address field and click the ‘Send it’ button. You’ll get a welcome mail that will link you to login and enter your Twitter account (or set one up if you don’t have one yet) and VOILA! Twiike will auto post to Twitter every time you sync after a run.
I’d love feedback on what people like and what people think sucks and where it can be improved enhanced.
Here’s what it looks like on Twitter
Came across this on FFFFound. Great ani-GIF of an elephant bouncing on a trampoline. Not sure why it’s so damn cool…but it is. LOVE the trunk floppin around!
I’ve been teaching myself ObjC over the last 2 weeks and in one of the test projects I built, I ended up wanting to use a UITableView where an iPhone user could pick from a list of the states in the US. I tried to Google for one out of laziness and then ended up finding the basic entries I needed in some old project PHP code. Figured “sharing is caring” so here’s a simple NSMutableDictionary containing all of the states in the United States. Enjoy.
dStates = [[NSArray alloc] initWithObjects:@"AL - Alabama", @"AK - Alaska", @"AZ - Arizona", @"AR - Arkansas", @"CA - California", @"CO - Colorado", @"CT - Connecticut", @"DE - Delaware", @"DC - District of Columbia", @"FL - Florida", @"GA - Georgia", @"HI - Hawaii", @"ID - Idaho", @"IL - Illinois", @"IN - Indiana", @"IA - Iowa", @"KS - Kansas", @"KY - Kentucky", @"LA - Louisiana", @"ME - Maine", @"MD - Maryland", @"MA - Massachusetts", @"MI - Michigan", @"MN - Minnesota", @"MS - Mississippi", @"MO - Missouri", @"MT - Montana", @"NE - Nebraska", @"NV - Nevada", @"NH - New Hampshire", @"NJ - New Jersey", @"NM - New Mexico", @"NY - New York", @"NC - North Carolina", @"ND - North Dakota", @"OH - Ohio", @"OK - Oklahoma", @"OR - Oregon", @"PA - Pennsylvania", @"RI - Rhode Island", @"SC - South Carolina", @"SD - South Dakota", @"TN - Tennessee", @"TX - Texas", @"UT - Utah", @"VT - Vermont", @"VA - Virginia", @"WA - Washington", @"WV - West Virginia", @"WI - Wisconsin", @"WY - Wyoming", nil];