Archive for December, 2012

I am in the process of coordinating a 5k virtual race to benefit the Foundation for Angelman Syndrome Therapeutics. Please “LIKE” my Facebook page I created for the event if you’d like to learn more about it. A lot of the details haven’t been worked out yet, but I will post them as I figure things out.

Running for Angels 5k Facebook Page

Since I started blogging over half way thru the year I decided to put together my “Best of 2012” photo album. This only covers January thru September to let all of my awesome readers, followers, and fans know what else I’ve been up to this year. It’s been a very tough year, but it was filled with some unforgettable times and valuable lessons. I look forward to the many amazing journeys coming up in 2013 and sharing them with you. Thanks to everyone for your support. Best of luck to all of you. I hope everyone has a great holiday season.

Tim

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LA Marathon with Mary and Jason.

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Let's Move Festival Half Marathon - New personal record of 1:25:48

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Color Run Chicago with Andy and Andrea. That was one amazing weekend with my 2 best friends.

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Run for C.H.U.M. Half Marathon - ANGELRUNNERS.COM

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Warrior Dash Michigan - Jessica's first race! She did great and we had a blast!


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Crim Festival 10 Mile - I high-five random spectators. That's how I roll.

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Run Woodstock - Jimmy and Jason ran their first 50k and I ran my first 50 miler. I think it's safe to say this day changed our lives forever. I'm grateful to have shared this experience with such awesome people.

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Run Woodstock - My hippy-bus for placing 4th in my division, awesome peace sign medal, and a well-deserved cold beer

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Brooks Pure Connect (retired)

I put in a long week at work so I decided to treat myself a little. After officially retiring my 7th pair of running shoes this year (Brooks Pure Connect) I needed a replacement. I keep multiple shoes in rotation, each with their own specific use and my Pure Connects were my high mileage road shoe. I am using the New Balance Minimus MT10 for my trail shoe, and Vibram Five Fingers “See Ya” for my low mileage road shoe.

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New Balance Minimus MT10

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Over the course of the last year and a half I have been running in minimalist shoes only. Each time I have gone more and more minimal. I’m at the point now where I cannot go anymore minimal without going completely barefoot. I enjoy the connection to the ground beneath me, the light weight feel, and the increased transfer of power to the ground. Although my feet get punished for it, my body moves more efficiently and naturally. This time I decided on the VFF Bikila. My friend Jessica was kind enough to order them from her work and get a sweet deal on them. Thank you Jessica! I took them on a 9.7 mile test drive around my neighborhood tonight with my new Princeton Tec Fuel head lamp.

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Princeton Tec Fuel

My run was on mixed terrain consisting of about 70% road, 20% gravel and limestone, and 10% grass. The shoes felt great once I put them on. A snug, uniform fit around my foot made them feel almost custom made just for me. The upper has a thicker, more structured feel which gave me a little more support throughout my foot as well as a little more protection from the wind. On the concrete they felt firm and fast. Just a very slight amount of extra cushion compared to my VFF See Ya. I really enjoyed them right away. The real joy was when I made it to gravel, crushed limestone, and grass. I could feel the uneven sufaces and respond a lot better to the imperfections of it. I didn’t experience any rubbing or areas of discomfort at all. These shoes were great. I certainly have no regret with my decision to get them and look forward to all of the happy miles we will share. Now I just need to find my next road race to use them in. –Tim