Sunday, March 22, 2015

New Shoes

This past week I did one of my favorite things that doesn't directly involve running.  Only indirectly.  I bought new running shoes.  The past several thousands miles on my feet have been run in different versions of Asics Gel-Kayanos.  The Kayanos have served me well.  I've never had pain running in them.  However, they have grown to be a little bulky and heavy for my liking, and wanted to get something a little lighter this time. After some research on various running websites and forums, I headed to Raleigh Running Outfitters to try some on.

I've heard some great things about Raleigh Running Outfitters from other runners in the area.  They make frequent appearances at Big Boss Run Club, offering to buy you a beer if you have their gear on.  Sadly, I have yet to take them up on that offer as this was my first visit.  Despite likely not having a selection on quite the level of a national sporting goods chain, I always prefer the local running stores.  In addition to supporting local businesses, chances are you'll find the people working at these stores really know what they are talking about, as they are dedicated runners themselves.

I went with the Nike LunarGlide 6.  At 9.6 ounces, they come in more than 1.5 ounces lighter than the Asics Gel-Kayano 20.  Exactly what I was looking for.  I felt even more confident about my purchase when I learned about Raleigh Running's return policy.  A full refund within 14 days or a store credit within 30 days.  I'm getting close to the 14 day limit, and have done 2 long runs and a couple workouts.  The shoes feel great so far.  It never bothered me with the Kayanos, but the larger toe box with the LunarGlides is noticeable as soon as you put them on your feet. I like the lighter feel with these shoes a lot as well.  So far so good, but I will test them as much as I can before the 30 days to make sure these are the right shoes for me.

Raleigh Running Outfitters
7449 Six Forks Road
Raleigh, NC 27615

Friday, March 6, 2015

Beer of the Month - February 2015

February was a very good month for beer, both in quality and quantity.  And with so many people in North Carolina seemingly trapped in their homes by a light dusting of snow, why not?  A German hazelnut cask from Aviator (marked on the draft list as "Not Nutella"), the Japanese Green Tea IPA from Stone, and Goose Island BCBS 2014 were a few of my favorites this month.  My beer of the month for February, however, is staying right here in Raleigh with the Tandem Double IPA 2.0 from Crank Arm.

The short Untappd blurb describes this beer as "Jade, Amarillo and Mosaic hops in a perfectly balanced harmony between hop bitterness and smooth drinkability."  I must agree.  Without sounding too much like the old Miller Lite ads, I will say that this beer was exceptional drinkable for a DIPA.  Crank Arm has been putting out some great brews lately, and have become a staple in my beer diet.

Tandem Double IPA 2.0
Crank Arm Brewing
Imperial / Double IPA
8.7% ABV, 92 IBU
Rate: 4.5/5

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

I was told it would be warm here.

In my last post I talked about how tough I was for being able to run in cold because I'm from PA.  Is 39 degrees better than the 29 and freezing rain in Erie right now?  Yes.  Still, I am waiting for this North Carolina weather I keep hearing about.  Tomorrow's forecast is 77, only to cut in half again by Friday.  It was around 35 with some wind when went out for my run earlier.  Thirty-five is the kind of temperature that makes me want to wear a jacket and not just a long sleeve t-shirt, but then makes me regret it less than a mile in when I'm too hot.  After an awesome November, December, and January of running, February has been spring track practice weather in PA (not a good thing).