Coming out of COVID

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. 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.

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?

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About The Author

Gelder Lewis has been snowboarding for more than 30 years. He heard Mark Allen speak at a motivational meeting and wanted to do a triathlon. He decided to get in shape for the winter months so he started doing triathlon. Now he is totally addicted and loves to swim, bike, run year round. Gelder enjoys testing, writing, talking and presenting information about all things gear and how it can enhance the endurance sport experience. Gelder still snowboards until the Greatest Snow on Earth melts each season.