2020 was a blur. I was deeply concerned about people their safety and health. COVID risks were very real. During this time of uncertainty and confusion I did what I often do. I focused on what I can control and kept running. I want to give a shout out to 3 companies that made running in the pandemic comfortable and smoother.
3 things were a big part of my running routine. I spend the majority of my miles on the trails. But, as I was preparing for an Ironman race that was postponed, cancelled, then postponed again I started to increase my road mileage. This meant that I needed to retire some of my favorite road shoes that were just past their prime. I am a huge fan of SAUCONY. I noticed the new ENDORPHIN line and was really curious. I have tested dozens of their shoes. With limited inventories I raced to a store that had one pair left in my size. I felt strange paying 200 dollars for a road shoe. This is the most that I have ever paid for a running shoe. I was not disappointed. It was worth every penny. These shoes delivered faster splits and an elevated experience that I didn’t think was possible.
The Saucony Endorphin Pro shoe is absolutely incredible. It has a fatter sole. I have used it extensively uphill, downhill, flat, etc. The feel is subtle propulsion. Each foot strike is absorbing energy to propel my stride into the next step. I love the name Endorphin because it really feels like you have some extra endorphins. I really didn’t think this type of technology would change how I run. In summary it is worth the higher ticket price. Now after running about 200+ miles these shoes are still really solid. As a side note I have back problems and have been careful how I run. These shoes have made me more confident in acceleration and foot strike. https://www.saucony.com/en/endorphin-pro It is on SALE now because the endorphin 2 just came out.
I have a bunch of running tech shirts. There is one that has become a favorite. I have had it for more than 6 years. It is a HYPERTHREADS shirt. The fit is perfect and I have washed it
dozens of times. Red is my favorite
color and the designs are so good on the shirt.
It is a shirt that looks as good as it feels. Thanks KDAY! If you dont
know the HYPERTHREADS company check them out for incredible quality, design,
fit & comfort.
I had to spend my REI dividend/refund on something. This year they said it wasn’t really a dividend but I am grateful they still gave back the 10% that everyone was expecting. Way to go REI that is how a CO-OP works. I had heard great things about ON shoes from Rich Roll and several of my training buddies. So I pulled the trigger on the trail version. These are such a huge upgrade. I didn’t think anything could match up with SALOMON trail shoes. I ran half of the ZION traverse in these and the Grand Canyon Rim to Rim to Rim. These trail shoes have a construction all its own. With more structure than many trail shoes I was wondering how my feet would respond to a more rigid upper and a slightly stiffer insole. The slogan is running on clouds. I love the feel but this is like running on stale marshmallows. That is a really good thing. These shoes were exactly what I needed for long trails up and down. I am really excited to check out their road versions. https://www.on-running.com/en-us/products/cloudultra/mens/black-white
COVID took over our lives, conversations and mental space. Running, cycling, MTB, and climbing helped me to keep things in perspective. Focusing on what I could control. I listened to great podcasts (Rich Roll). I spent more time with my family. I was able to run with a little less hurry and more enjoyment. Even though I was disappointed with all the race cancellations I was so grateful that I could still run in some really great shoes.
What is something that you were glad to have in 2020 that you wont take for granted going forward?