Archive | April 2013

New Balance 1080v3 Review Update

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Well I have put on some serious kilometres on my new 1080v3 since the initial review and they have not disappointed me yet. I still cannot get over how light they feel on my feet, yet provide so much comfort. Given my weight and style of running, I thought the forefoot crash pad would be showing signs of wear and break down. So far, the crash pad is performing exactly how it should, though the right side crash pad is not as comfortable as when I first started running. This is by no means the fault of the show but of my current running condition. I still have weakness in my right leg so when I run, I land a lot harder on my right foot than I do on the left. I will just add a gel forefoot insert to help offset the difference.

I have approximately 120k on the shoes so far and the sole of the shoe is showing very little wear. It also goes to show that I have the right shoe for my gait as if I did not, I would see wear either on the inside or outside edge versus the rest of the shoe. The outer material and mesh are super easy to clean and fast drying. Unfortunately, there is still a lot of road salt kicking around so it gets caked on the shoes easily. A quick rinse in warm water and they look like new again. After rinsing and letting stand dry, they were totally dry within two hours (do not dry your shoes in a clothes dryer or place on a heating vent).

I bought two pairs of the 1080v3 and since we are less than 30 days away from Ottawa Race Weekend, I will start using the second pair on short runs to break them in so that I can wear these on race day. Of course, I will keep with my usual race day routine and wear a new pair of Running Room Wright Socks. I am not sure why, but new socks on race day give me a super comfy feeling.

Until next time………

 “Remember, the second most important thing to choosing the right shoe, is choosing the left one.” 
— High school coach to his runners

Remembering Boston and Showing Solidarity

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T-shirt designed by my friend and running buddy Jenn Hood.

Yesterday I gathered on Parliament Hill in Ottawa with about 1000 others to show support for Boston and remember those that lost their lives to a cowardly act the previous week. It was eerie in some respects as the weather very similar to the week prior in Boston when the bombs went off. It was great to see so many of the local runners that were running in the Boston Marathon last week there wearing their Boston Marathon gear proudly.

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Singing Sweet Caroline

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Starting to fill up with people

It was a very emotional time, especially when the crowd started singing Sweet Caroline, with some joining hands and swaying back and forth. There were speeches from federal and local politicians as well as area runners. A great speech was given by Canadian Olympic marathon runner Dylan Wykes emphasising that the running community is a strong group of people who will be back in Boston next year to show support and carry on a great tradition.

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Once the speeches on Parliament Hill were finished, Sweet Caroline was pumped through the sound system and we began our short walk down to the U.S Embassy. Upon our arrival, we were greeted by the U.S. Ambassador David Jacobson who said, “To each of you, indeed to all the Canadian people … I thank you from the bottom of my heart. Your kindness will long be remembered by me and by the American people.”

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Walking to the Embassy

Ambassador David Jacobson went on to say “The people of Boston reminded the rest us of what we’re all about. They reminded us that what unites us vastly exceeds what divides us. They reminded us that courage is not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it,” before leading a moment of silence for the victims.

Once the Ambassador finished speaking, he invited all those that brought running shoes to tie them to the embassy fence. The shoes remained there for a short time before being collected by the great people at the Running Room and donated to the Ottawa Mission.

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Hundreds of pairs of shoes

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The great crew from the Running Room packaging all the running shoes for the Ottawa Mission

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Proud to show my support

Until next time….Enjoy each and every run.

Weather Permitting

Weather permitting tomorrow, Bonnie (Cervelo S2) and I will get out for our first ride of the year. Should the sun come out and the temperature be at seasonable norms, I hope to put a couple of recent purchases to use. During the winter, one of the local bike shops had a winter madness sale and I scored a great deal on a Specialize S-Works Prevail helmet. The regular price was $269 CDN and I got it for $169. At the same time, I stocked up on tubes as they were only $2.99 each.

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A couple of days ago, I purchased a new saddle for Bonnie. Now the saddle on Bonnie is not that old, maybe 500k at most but from the day I got her, I never felt the saddle overly comfortable. After much research, I decided upon the Adamo Prologue. There were a couple of reasons for chosing this saddle, one the reviews all stated that the comfort level was very good. Secondly, it is recommended for people who want to use their road bike for triathlones instead of purchasing a tri-bike.

I will be writing a detailed review on both products once I have used for a few rides.

Have a great weekend.

My Reaction to Boston

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We all can remember that point in time when a significant event happens. Like September 11th where I was enjoying a round of golf on that beautiful sunny day. At the time, I was a commercial pilot so that event hit extremely close to home for me. Shortly there after one of the airlines I was flying for went bankrupt and I was now unemployed. From the time of the events of September 11th, I slowly but surely lost that passion I had for flying since I was a little boy. The low lifes that  perpetrated those events on September 11th took away my dreams and something that gave me so much joy.

Yesterday, I was sitting in a bank office cleaning up some mortgage details when I received a notification on my phone. I started to read it and I could not believe what I was reading. My meeting ended shortly after that and I was anxious to get to my vehicle so I could hear live reports of what was happening in Boston. As the reports started coming in, I was sicken by what I was hearing.

This was a day where so many people were filled with hope and joy as they went for their goal. It should have been a time of great joy and happiness not blood and tears. The images I have seen were horrific and not the images we should have seen on this day.

As I watched the new reports on t.v I could almost feel that feeling of me losing my passion again for something that I enjoy so much. This time though, I resolved not to let that happen. If I did, the bastards responsible for the bombings would have won and I am not about to let them win again. Today, I am going to wear one of my race shirts in support of those in Boston and runners everywhere.

Until next time…. Lets keep those that died, their families and those injured in our thoughts.