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- LLS Log Challenge
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TEAM CAPTAIN: Ethan Zohn
THE CHALLENGE (5.15.2021):
Pick a log, any log, branch, stick, or cell phone displaying a log image
Take 200 steps with your log
Perform 20 step-ups, also with your log
Repeat – 20 times
- Running Shoes
Brand/Shoe: Review: Brooks – Adrenaline GTS 21
I liked these the first few runs, but then felt that there was a bit of extra space causing my feet to move around too much, so I exchanged for a 1/2 size smaller + then was still having that same issue. I’m now thinking it might’ve been the laces or something about the way they lace up, but I did love the comfort the cushion provided on these. Brooks – Ghost 13
I was excited to try these after hearing + reading a lot of hype about them esp. for distance runs. But…these didn’t stay on my feet. I felt like my ankle was slipping out the back + the ankle was too free to move around in general + the laces would not hold the shoe together tightly enough. Brooks – Bedlam 2
These are one of my favorites b/c the GuideRails technology was such a game-changer for me. This was my first stability shoe + I love how my foot, ankle, calf + knee all stay aligned/any extra motion is cut out. I also love the DNA Amp technology which produces a high energy return. The only con I’d say for these is that they’re more heavy than others. I’ve run the most miles in these recently + would say they’re the most reliable so far + durable. Nike – Free RN Flyknit
Big fan of Nike Free RNs – been running in these since at least 2017, if not even earlier. Only reason I’m experimenting now is due to the lack of cushion + support esp. now that my distance has increased. (Although I did run my 10-mile race in 2018 in these + had no issues!) These are a newer version of the 2018 flyknit – the lightest weight shoe I’ve ever had. (p.s. these collect lots of rocks in the cracks in the bottom – will need to clean out)
Nike – Air Zoom Pegasus 36
These really give you wings! 💸 To be continued… Nike – Air Zoom Alphafly NEXT%
I wanted to try these b/c of the Zoom technology + a lot of the positive reviews on these made me think they’d be more supportive than other Nikes. My issue w/ Nike is not enough structure/stability + a huge part of that is the laces not staying tied tightly (even when knotted). These are sock-style shoes, so it’s nice to not have to worry about the tongue moving around (find that issue in a lot of other shoes) + I loved the super bouncy cushioning – however, I still had the same repeated issue w/ the laces + the back area of the shoe curves inward so much that the pressure alone caused a bad Achilles injury to my left ankle after only one run. New Balance – Fresh Foam 860 v 11
These were recommended to me by a running friend + they are my absolute favorite pair right now! These are truly all-in-one shoes – stability, comfort, cushion, support + fairly lightweight. I didn’t have to adjust a single thing my entire run w/ these! The laces stayed tied + tight + so did the tongue. The cushioning feels great esp. on a day like today on my 5th run in a row. The only negative I can think of is that they’re pretty warm, esp. on an 80-degree day like today, but I’ll take that over structural or support issues any day. Highly recommend! Nike – Infinity Run Flyknit
Shocked that these are branded as an injury prevention shoe… had the v same issues as listed above w/ Nikes in general – pretty much constantly slipping out of the shoe, tongue is too free, lightweight was nice, but the laces were strange… would feel too loose or too tight, never just right – annoying AF! (*tried this one first, but forgot to add at the beginning) Nike Air VaporMax Flyknit 3
#overrated(or maybe rather #overhyped) strangely narrow right in front of the very middle point of the shoe – v odd fit, unlike any others i’ve tried. bouncy + a really cool, stylish look, but thought the cushioning would be better for $200 😬 🥇Brooks Bedlam 3
lighter than Bedlam 2, more cushion, feels a little more narrow but could just be me idk – not as tight of a fit – heel pushes forward/inward somewhat like Nikes do + irritates back of ankle, will see if improves w/ more wear
🥇Hoka One Ora Recovery Slides –
not a running shoe obviously, but related! 😅 + my absolute FAV things to wear otherwise. they are so light, breathable + curved perfectly to match the natural arch of your foot. they’re really comfy + loose/wide-fitting enough to be accommodating to post-summer-run swollen, sweaty feet, but still easy to walk around in + recover from your run in style.
- Running – 2021
- 🚨 Brooks Adrenaline GTS 21 = my new favorite running shoes (i know… i can’t believe it’s not Nike!) 👀 i always wrote off “stability shoes” as something for people w/ motor/balance issues, but i’ve now realized the area they target is exactly the problem i’ve been facing the past year. stability shoes reduce excess movement (especially side-to-side), to ensure your knee, calf + ankle stay aligned. Brooks has their own unique technology to address this called GuideRails, which “allow your hips, knees, and joints to move within their unique motion path while you run – all without traditional posts. This innovative new form of stability doesn’t ‘correct’ your stride. Instead, it assists your body in finding its natural path, or Stride Signature.”
- Compression calf sleeves are something else I have also found to be very useful for me – they boost circulation, which helps deliver more red blood cells to muscles, allowing for faster recovery! European Journal of Applied Physiology conducted a recent study + found that athletes who wore calf sleeves during their workout needed less downtime between sessions than those who didn’t.
- Cold weather gear: Gymshark leggings, buff, gloves, nike long-sleeve half-zip top, nike trail shoes for traction in snow/slush/ice.
- Half marathon – was going to do this in 2020, then didn’t want to have to do it virtually, but now it’s looking like it’ll just need to be that way b/c i will not wait another year! 13.1. goin’ down in 2021. Will definitely post more training updates along the way! ✨
- 2021 Update
just wanted to post a lil’ update since i currently have a ton of projects in the works + have not been the best at reaching out/catching up w/ anyone lately ✨
in addition to working as a full-time Creative PM (+ currently navigating some team restructuring), i’ve been running a DePop shop + sales have picked up a good amount throughout quarantine. i also have an Etsy store, which i recently am trying to give a new look + feel and fresh product designs. 💻📈
+ been working on rebranding my fitness/wellness instagram account + posting updates more regularly (@courtneynicole_fit) 👁
i also run 4-6 miles – 5-6x/wk + 6-7x/wk am also completing 100 pushups/day, 200 crunches/day + some weight-lifting/strength-training 🤸🏼♀️
trying to eat healthy, recently cooked more dishes (insert images here) although admittedly i am currently super obsessed w/ hawaiian bagels.😍🥯
keeping up w/ reading – might hit 100 books/year mark for the 3rd time 🤓 📚🤞🏻
plus, replying to text messages every so often, manifesting my goals, etc. –– also reconnected w/ an old friend, which was a little spontaneous (or possibly divine timing?? 🔮), unexpected + absolutely a complete and total blessing. 🤍✨
🧿 wishing everyone lots of love, success + fulfillment! 🧿