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Review – Ramble into Sprint 10 mile race – McKendree University, Lebanon, IL

McKendree University

Date: March 24, 2012

Distance: 10 miles, 10k, 5k

Race Cost: $13!

Race websitehttp://www.mckendree.edu/parents-visitors/visitors/race-day/

Total Runners: Around 500 total for all 3 distances

Race Start Time: 8am

Review – St. Patrick’s Day Race – St. Louis, MO

St. Patrick's Day Parade

Date: March 17, 2012

Distance: 5 miles

Race websitehttp://www.irishparade.org/site/run/

Race Mood: There are some very serious runners, but the vast majority of participants are there to have fun.  You will see runners pushing strollers and running with dogs.  You’ll also see groups of people pushing kegs in pull wagons while handing out free beer.  The mood is about having fun.

Total Runners: 13,000. If you want to race for time, then get there early and up front.  There’s waaay too many people that are doing this race for fun and have no interest in letting you through for a fast time.

Race Start Time: 9am (What’s not to like about that?)

Review – SPIbelt Energy Belt

SPIbelt Energy Belt

Model: SPIbelt – Energy Belt

Retail: $21.95

Description: Sleek, expandable, secure and does not bounce. Can hold an iPod™, Blackberry™, cell, keys, up to five GU™ packs, and other small personal items. Carry up to 6 additional energy packs on your belt. Easy access, easy removal when needed.

Review – Hoka Stinson B Crossover Running Shoe

The sole near the toe has less foam in it, so it appears to point up a bit. You can't feel this, and it allows you to roll off your toe with amazing simplicity.  Maintaining good form is way too easy.

I first heard about Hoka’s line of running shoes while racing in a local trail series. A high school coach showed up wearing a pair and they immediately got my attention. They’re hard to miss.  They’re big.  The coach calls them his “moon shoes”. He’s one of the faster guys around, and happened to be racing that day with two broken toes. According to him, he doesn’t feel any pain when running in these shoes. He used the word “amazing” more than once.  I was a bit skeptical, but this guy has been around, so I started thinking about reviewing a pair.

So here we are.

Hoka OneOne was started in 2009 by two ultra runners. They began with one shoe, the Mafate trail shoe, and it quickly made an impression on ultra runners everywhere. They now makes multiple shoes – from walking shoes to trail shoes to road shoes.

The Hoka Stinson B is a crossover shoe that can be used on both road or trail surfaces.

Review – Nike Fast Pace Women’s Running Tank Top


Retail: $25.00

From the Nike.com website:

  • Performance fabric to help you stay dry and comfortable
  • Racerback for maximum range of motion and a minimalistic fit
  • Dropped hem for enhanced coverage and comfort

The upper back and sides of the Nike Fast Pace Tank feature lightweight Dri-FIT mesh fabric and the body is made of flat-back mesh fabric. Both help keep you dry and comfortable by wicking sweat away from skin to the fabric’s surface, where it quickly evaporates.

Review – Running Skirts Black Strappy Top

Running Skirts Black Strappy Top


Retail: $32.00

Description: Black sports bra top features removable pads for extra modesty, lift and support

Sport: running , cycling, triathlon, golf, paddling, yoga, waking, other sports


My Review:

This is by far the most comfortable sports bra I have worn. The material is extremely soft. The criss-cross spaghetti straps stretch easily and don’t leave any marks on the skin or shoulders. I would recommend removing the pads while doing water sports or other sports in extremely hot weather, as they are relatively thick and retain water easily.

Review – Nike Two-In-One 4 Men’s Shorts

Nike Mens 4 Inch Two In One Shorts

From the Nike.com website:


Cost: $45.00

For ultimate support on your next run, the Nike Two-In-One 4″ Men’s Running Shorts offer an extra inner layer and the sweat-wicking, breathable design you need to go the distance.

  • Dri-FIT fabric to wick sweat away and help keep you dry and comfortable
  • Elastic waist with drawcord
  • Interior card/key pocket at back right
  • Zip pocket at back waist
  • Mesh side panels
  • Reflective strips at sides
  • Vented hem
  • 4″ inseam based on size medium
  • Fabric: Dri-FIT Body: 100% polyester. Built-in shorts: 84% polyester/16% spandex.

My Review

I got these shorts shortly before the Chicago Marathon, and wore them on race day.