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half – The Ginger Runner http://gingerrunner.com The Ginger Runner Mon, 11 Jan 2016 06:37:04 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.3 18892883 GINGER RUNNER LIVE #41 | Winter Running with Brandon Wood & Giveaway! http://gingerrunner.com/2014/11/17/ginger-runner-live-41-winter-running-with-brandon-wood-giveaway/ http://gingerrunner.com/2014/11/17/ginger-runner-live-41-winter-running-with-brandon-wood-giveaway/#respond Mon, 17 Nov 2014 20:57:39 +0000 http://gingerrunner.com/?p=17313 I am joined again by Brandon Wood – aka The Gearist – to talk all about winter running. From the best gear to the best strategies to stay up right in the snow & ice!

Also, I am giving away some SWEET TERRITORY RUN Co. GEAR!

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GINGER RUNNER LIVE #40 | Bitten twice by a Rattlesnake: Jenn Thompson’s incredible story! http://gingerrunner.com/2014/11/09/ginger-runner-live-40-bitten-twice-by-a-rattlesnake-jenn-thompsons-incredible-story/ http://gingerrunner.com/2014/11/09/ginger-runner-live-40-bitten-twice-by-a-rattlesnake-jenn-thompsons-incredible-story/#respond Sun, 09 Nov 2014 20:55:35 +0000 http://gingerrunner.com/?p=17310 While on a routine training run, Jenn Thompson was bit by a rattlesnake. Not once, but TWICE with full venom. She was in the hospital and needed 26 vials of antivenom just to survive. Jenn tells us the whole story and about how she overcame incredible odds to heal not only physically, but mentally. Wait until you hear what she managed to accomplish just a little over 2 months later…

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GINGER RUNNER LIVE #39 | Running The 2014 New York City Marathon w/ Alex Varner http://gingerrunner.com/2014/11/03/ginger-runner-live-39-running-the-2014-new-york-city-marathon-w-alex-varner/ http://gingerrunner.com/2014/11/03/ginger-runner-live-39-running-the-2014-new-york-city-marathon-w-alex-varner/#respond Mon, 03 Nov 2014 20:53:15 +0000 http://gingerrunner.com/?p=17307 I recap my experience running The New York City Marathon for the first time. I am also joined by the incredible Alex Varner to talk about how he fared in the sub-elite category!

ALEX: http://twitter.com/afvarner

KIM: http://twitter.com/milelong_legs

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GINGER RUNNER LIVE #38 | Jimmy Dean Freeman on running 6 hundos & Marathon Tips http://gingerrunner.com/2014/10/27/ginger-runner-live-38-jimmy-dean-freeman-on-running-6-hundos-marathon-tips/ http://gingerrunner.com/2014/10/27/ginger-runner-live-38-jimmy-dean-freeman-on-running-6-hundos-marathon-tips/#respond Mon, 27 Oct 2014 20:51:20 +0000 http://gingerrunner.com/?p=17304 I am joined by the always delightful Jimmy Dean Freeman to talk about his full experience running the original 6 100 mile races this summer. We talk about a whole bunch of other cool stuff too 🙂

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GINGER RUNNER LIVE #37 | The Oregon Coast 50k Recap http://gingerrunner.com/2014/10/17/ginger-runner-live-37-the-oregon-coast-50k-recap/ http://gingerrunner.com/2014/10/17/ginger-runner-live-37-the-oregon-coast-50k-recap/#respond Fri, 17 Oct 2014 20:48:33 +0000 http://gingerrunner.com/?p=17301 Kim and myself recap the incredible Oregon Coast 50k, the inaugural coastal race from Rainshadow Running!

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GINGER RUNNER LIVE #36 | The Rob Krar Episode http://gingerrunner.com/2014/10/07/ginger-runner-live-36-the-rob-krar-episode/ http://gingerrunner.com/2014/10/07/ginger-runner-live-36-the-rob-krar-episode/#respond Tue, 07 Oct 2014 20:44:50 +0000 http://gingerrunner.com/?p=17297 I am joined by one of the world’s best ultrarunners, Rob Krar. Not only did this guy win back-to-back 100 mile races this year (Western States 100, Leadville 100 & Run Rabbit Run 100) but he’s dominated the sport since he jumped in. Such a nice dude and a great guest!

ROB KRAR’S TWITTER: @RobKrar
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GINGER RUNNER LIVE #35 | Ironman Chattanooga, Brandon Wood aka TheGearist http://gingerrunner.com/2014/10/06/ginger-runner-live-35-ironman-chattanooga-brandon-wood-aka-thegearist/ http://gingerrunner.com/2014/10/06/ginger-runner-live-35-ironman-chattanooga-brandon-wood-aka-thegearist/#respond Mon, 06 Oct 2014 20:39:05 +0000 http://gingerrunner.com/?p=17294 Brandon Wood joins me for a quick session to talk about Ironman Chattanooga and make up for the fact YouTube sucks and won’t let me pull the audio from the REAL episode 35!

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Review: Hoka One One Conquest http://gingerrunner.com/2014/06/06/review-hoka-one-one-conquest/ http://gingerrunner.com/2014/06/06/review-hoka-one-one-conquest/#respond Fri, 06 Jun 2014 19:15:19 +0000 http://gingerrunner.com/?p=1731 I’ll be honest, I’m a fan of Hokas. After all these miles, I have found that I thoroughly enjoy the move into maximalist shoes – shoes that provide an extra amount of midsole cushioning. While I spend a lot of my time running in more minimal, lower drop shoes for all sorts of runs (technical trail & roads), I think rotating into a soft maximal shoe from time to time can benefit you in multiple ways, giving your muscles a bit of a break, especially on some of those long slow distance runs.

The Hoka One One Conquest, while being heavier than I would like, is still a really great road shoe and one of Hoka’s better additions to the market. The RMAT midsole cushioning is springy and responsive, but also allows for a soft comfortable ride. I doubt it will be the fastest shoe in your arsenal, but that’s not to say you can’t run fast in it. In fact, there are a number of Hoka athletes that are doing incredible things in these shoes (Michael Wardian, Chris Price, etc).

Some of the things I don’t like – besides weight – are the thicker, stiffer upper, the laces, the lack of flexibility, and a stiff heel counter. Other than that, these shoes are rockin’ and worth trying on if you are looking into more maximal, cushioned road shoes. I would even say these are the best looking Hokas yet with tons of color options.

Have you run in the Conquest? What do you think? Let me know in the comments below!

LIKED:

  • RMAT Cushion/responsive (doesn’t suck your foot in)
  • Durability
  • Seamless upper
  • Stable platform
  • Protection
  • Meta-rocker (rockered midsole for efficient mechanics)

DISLIKED:

  • Heavy (11.8oz)
  • Stiff (break in)
  • Heel counter
  • Thick upper
  • Narrow
  • Laces

QUALITY: 4/5
COMFORT: 4/5
PRICE: 2/5
LOOKS: 4/5

TOTAL: 14/20

These shoes were provided by Hoka One One for review. All opinions are my own.

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Ginger Runner LIVE ep #12 | The 2014 Big Sur Marathon Recap w/ Mile Long Legs http://gingerrunner.com/2014/04/28/ginger-runner-live-ep-12-race-directors-keira-henninger-molly-kassouf/ http://gingerrunner.com/2014/04/28/ginger-runner-live-ep-12-race-directors-keira-henninger-molly-kassouf/#comments Mon, 28 Apr 2014 07:26:17 +0000 http://gingerrunner.com/?p=1703 Kimberley (@MileLong_Legs) and myself recap the 2014 Big Sur Marathon. Apologies in advance for the mediocre hotel wifi as we are adventuring around California post-marathon awesomeness. Expect my race film to drop by the end of the week!

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Review: New Balance Fresh Foam 980 http://gingerrunner.com/2014/03/22/review-new-balance-fresh-foam-980/ http://gingerrunner.com/2014/03/22/review-new-balance-fresh-foam-980/#comments Sat, 22 Mar 2014 20:28:05 +0000 http://gingerrunner.com/?p=1654 I finally got my feet into a pair of New Balance’s new maximalist shoe, the New Balance Fresh Foam 980. Now I’ve known about this shoe for the last year and knew I’d want to try it as soon as it was dropped. I had high expectations, thanks in part to New Balance’s excellent marketing campaign, but was sadly disappointed in the final product.

The midsole material in this shoe is it’s biggest selling point, but unfortunately is it’s biggest flaw. Advertised as “soft, pillowy, marshmallow” goodness, the shoe feels more “brick-like, dense, dead” than anything. While I give the shoe props for being more responsive, it comes at the detriment to it’s comfort. If you want responsive shoes, there are lighter, more flexible options. If you want a comfortable cushioned ride, there are a more comfortable options out there. This shoe doesn’t quite have a home in my arsenal, unfortunately.

BUT, I hope New Balance hears my call and delivers the goods in another version. I want a cushioned, maximalist shoe from them and I know they can do it. The RevLite material they use in other shoes is some of my favorite midsole EVA out there. DO IT, NEW BALANCE!

LIKED:

  • Flexible (despite responsive cushion)
  • Seamless upper
  • Durability
  • Drop (4mm)
  • Transition (full outsole)

DISLIKED:

  • Not soft (too responsive?)
  • Narrow
  • Thick tongue
  • Laces untie
  • Naming convention

QUALITY: 3/5
COMFORT: 3/5
PRICE: 3/5
LOOKS: 4/5

TOTAL: 13/20

These shoes were provided by New Balance for review. All opinions are my own.

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