As a runner, it’s always a bitter sweet moment when you retire your old sneakers and bring in the new ones. All of the miles, trails, thoughts, scenery, conversations with yourself, and quiet time you and your sneakers enjoyed together are priceless, however parting ways is necessary as your running kicks aren’t built to last forever.
How do you know if yours are ready for retirement or if they still have some solid mileage left in them? Logging miles in worn-out sneakers not only slows you down, but it can also increase your risk of injury.
How about the Shock Absorption?
It can be difficult to tell with the midsole foam, which is the part of the shoe that gives your legs that “springy” feeling with each step. Pay attention to deterioration by placing your shoes on a flat table and examining them from behind.
Two Pairs Are Better Than One
Your sneakers need rest! Why? The midsole foam needs time to return to its original shape. The more compressed the foam, the more strain on your feet and lower legs with each step. If you mix up your running with trail running, having a pair of trail runners helps with this!
"New running shoes are exciting! Pumped after logging in new miles with my new Brooks Ghost 7!" - Kristin
The human body needs to stay within safety range in order to function property, so it’s extremely important to plan ahead and layer appropriately when you are out in the elements doing the things you love best in the backcountry.
Peace. Love. Vegan. Patagonia.
As a fond Patagonia aficionada and vegan for over 25 years, I proudly own a collection of favorites and wear them well amongst my love of being in the backcountry doing everything from hiking, mountaineering, running, canoeing and biking. Patagonia is so much more than just a quality brand. Earning a reputation for its trailblazing environmental and social practices, Patagonia’s business model actually rejects overt consumerism. Have you heard of the Worn Wear® program? This program celebrates the stories we wear and keeps your gear in action longer to take some of the pressure off the planet. – It’s an exploration of quality — in the things we own and the lives we live. - Patagonia
Patagonia’s audience trusts the brand, admires its value, and aspires to live by the same principles.
Make everyday a backcountry day with Patagonia
I chose the following four pieces to review for a go-to layering system. These include:
Super Cell Jacket
The Super Cell Jacket has minimalistic, yet diplomatic features and is my go-to nylon waterproof shell because it has excellent pack-ability and super breath-ability. It has a longer cut, which is ideal for guaranteeing coverage, while sized to accommodate a layering system. I’m easily able to wear a base, mid and insulation layer underneath. I’ve been in this shell during pretty much every type of Seattle Area rain – the mountains, rainforests and trails. It never fails me! I love the rock solid hood synch and easy-to-use adjustment as well.
Nano Puff® Jacket
The Nano Puff® Jacket not only sounds fun but also is fun! It’s an all around winner whether you need it for layering in the mountains or just running around town on the weekends. It’s not only windproof and water-resistant, but is made with highly compressible 60-g PrimaLoft® Gold Insulation making it surprisingly warm and weighing next to nothing. I’ve been caught in the rain with this jacket numerous times and it’s mind-blowing how well it still performs and how quickly it dries. It packs extremely well so when you need to remove a layer, no problem. It’s kinetic!
The Capilene® 2 Lightweight Zip Neck
The Capilene® 2 Lightweight Zip Neck helps you stay on pace up a mountain while wicking away moisture and keeping you warm in cool conditions. It’s extremely breathable and the fastest drying performance base layer I’ve ever owned. It’s fitted, so runs slim, but this is because it’s truly a base layer fit. There is also a crew neck model, but I love having the options to increase and adjust ventilation with the zip neck opening. Another smart feature of the Capilene® 2 are the thumb loops! I can’t tell you how much time I’ve saved putting on layers over this piece and the arms stay put. I wear mine canoeing, running, hiking, and mountaineers and even over a t-shirt on cool mornings.
A few other pieces that are in my Patagonia stash and I swap out for layering include:
R3® Fleece Hoody
Nano Puff® Vest (women’s)(men’s)
Capilene® 4 Expedition Weight 1/4 Zip Hoody (women’s)(men’s)
Capilene® 3 Midweight Bottoms (women’s)(men’s)
Capilene® 2 Lightweight Bottoms (women’s)(men’s)
Peace. Love. Vegan. Patagonia.
Ready or not, here I come! That’s the feeling I get as soon as I lace up my running shoes every morning. I’m geared up to take on the world. As a vegan athlete, avid runner and outdoor endurance junkie, I sweat. Which brings me to the reason I’m writing this article, have you ever heard of the Handana? After you read this, I assure you that you will want one! For anyone that is active and sweats, this is a must have.
I took the Handana out for it’s first test on a 10-mile Run and was very impressed. One of my favorite quotes from Dr. Seuss is: “Why fit in when you were born to stand out?” That’s what came to mind when I put on my Handana for this first run. Basically it’s built around the natural body behavior of removing sweat from our face and eyes when we are in the moment of our adventure. It’s designed to serve a similar purpose as wrapping a bandana around your hand to wipe sweat away from your eyes, neck and forehead. I have never thought that something so simple would be so incredible. I’ve been waiting for this my entire running career!
BEVEGAN® Nutrition Tips
Nutritionally, there are a few things to plan for before you head out the door and when you return home.
Consider the following:
1. How you fuel yourself before & after your run
2. Timing of your nourishment
3. Eating the right types of essential nutrients
An easy way to consume protein after your run is in a liquid form like a smoothie. Refueling with liquids is great because it requires less digestive energy (energy you need for quicker recovery).
Lastly, eat a larger meal about two hours after your run and be sure it is full of essential fatty acids, complex carbohydrates and complete proteins. This will gear up your body so it’s ready to give it everything you've got during your next run.
After a tough and/or long workout, you should begin hydrating within the first 10-15 minutes after stopping. Even if it was cold or freezing outside, you still sweat a significant amount and need to replace fluid loss. Plain water is sufficient for shorter workouts but endurance drinks become more important as workouts get longer. Opt for healthy electrolyte solutions and drink around 16-20oz. Here are two to try at home:
Disclaimer: I was provided a Handana to try out and review on my blog. I was not compensated for doing so. All opinions expressed are my own.
Owner of BEVEGAN® Grassroots Health. Board Certified Holistic Health Coach. AKA Miss Bellevue Vegan. Plant-Based Health Consultant. Vegan Athlete. Outdoor Enthusiast. Outdoor Gear Reviewer. Author. Cotopaxi Local Ambassador. Animal Lover. Dreamer. Believer.
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