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soggy run + weekend reads

Another soggy start to the day:


But it’s Friday :) . What do you have going on this weekend? I’m a little bummed that we missed the big Tomato Festival in East Nashville last weekend but at least the giant tomato painting is still going strong on the street.



Saw this “help yourself herb garden” on Woodland street and it made me smile. I feel like there’s been so much bad news in the world lately — seeing this one tiny kind gesture gives me hope! Maybe I should have snagged some sage for the run?


Five miles in the books for Friday! Looking forward to some fun runs this weekend, too.


That’s pretty much all I’ve got for you today, so here’s some weekend reading….

How to calculate the effect of humidity on running performance

Is it better to run in extreme humidity or heat, and just how much does dew point affect running performance? It is all here, and Runners Connect gives us great advice on how to get used to running in hot, humid weather. There is a dew point calculator to help runners calculate how much to adjust running paces depending on the temperature this summer. Really helpful article for running in all summer weather.

This runner’s connect post is awesome! They go in-depth into the science behind “wet heat” and “dry heat” and show the data that explains why running in humid weather sucks.

How to make homemade crackers: a guide to DIY snack foods

Homemade Crackers via @kingarthurflour

I’ve been wondering how to make homemade crackers for a while, and I think this King Arthur blog post has inspired me to give it a try! Now that Costco stopped carrying my favorite crackers (Dr. Kracker flatbreads) I’m going to try and recreate them myself. Wish me luck!

Runner’s World Shoe Advisor & Shoes Like Mine Finder

All of your shoe recommendations the other week have me thinking! I’m still shopping around before I make a decision in a few weeks, and the RW’s shoe advisor and shoes like mine finder pulled up some interesting suggestions. Here are the top 5 I’m considering, with my deep thoughts about each shared in parenthesis:

  1. Skechers GoRun (I feel like these are haunting me — they ALWAYS show up as recommended shoes for me! But… Skechers? I guess Meb runs in them..)
  2. Adidas Adizero Adios Boost (Adidas? Really?)
  3. Topo Athletic Fli-Lyte – Women’s (never heard of this brand but these shoes sound great!)
  4. New Balance Vongo (can I ever go back to New Balance after my terrible experience?)
  5. Saucony Kinvara (had these about 6 years ago and liked them, but remember that they were wide for my narrow foot)

See you Monday!

11 thoughts on “soggy run + weekend reads

  1. Have you looked at the NB 1400v4? A guy at Pacer’s recommended them to me as a replacement for the PureConnects. So far so good (though admittedly I don’t run nearly as far or as fast as you do!). :)

  2. I hear you on the adidas? really? but the adios boost are GREAT! Very different from the kinvaras though, flatter and not as cushioned. I’ve only worn them for up to a half, but I love them!

  3. I am SO with you on the “really…Skechers?” front! Whenever I hear Meb talking about them, I think some piece of him is dying inside…

    I recently switched to the Adidas Boston Boost, which i LOVE because they are the closest thing to a minimalist shoe that still has some cushion. Between the minimal cushioning and low drop, I really feel like I’m connecting with the pavement, which I prefer.

    • oooh, good to know! are they wide or narrow? i always felt like adidas were kind of wide but haven’t tried on a pair in a long time.

    • Really?! They’re so cute. Seem to get really great reviews. How do they compare to the PureConnects? They look a little wide for my narrow foot!

      • Hi Mary! Sorry for the horrifically late reply — I thought I had set up an alert to receive pings if anyone commented on my reply, but you’re so quick that I think your response came before that got set up :). In any case, I’m so glad to hear that you’ve already heard great things about Topo! You can read all of our reviews here: http://www.topoathletic.com/press. Compared to the PureConnects, the Fli-Lytes are pretty similar in that they both are very lightweight and a neutral drop. You might also like the ST-2’s. They are even lighter but are zero drop if that is something you’d like in a shoe. All of our shoes are wide in the toe box to allow your toes to spread and splay for optimal shock absorption and gait function, but still snug in the waist and heel so you’re not sloshing around in your shoe. The ST-2’s fit like slippers, so you might find that they contour to the shape of your foot best. Let me know if you have any other questions!

        But more importantly…CONGRATS on your exciting news! Kids, they make the best spectators :). I say I had one so I always knew there was at least one person cheering for me at the finish line :P. I hope you’re able to run far into your pregnancy! I had to give up a little earlier than I had hoped and do other activities since the baby kept bouncing on my bladder when I ran!

        • Thank you for following up and for the congrats! I just ordered a pair and can’t wait to review them. Went for the Fli-Lytes thought the ST-2’s look great too! Hopefully they will carry me far during pregnancy training! :)

          • Great! Looking forward to hearing what you think of the Fli-Lytes, they’re one of our all-time best-selling shoes.However, if they don’t work out, we have a wonderful return/exchange policy, so don’t hesitate to reach out to us for help! Happy running!