|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 These are a newer version of the 2018 flyknit – the lightest weight shoe I’ve ever had.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.
This year, instead of a 2-day in-person event, our team connected over an hour and a half lunch, beginning w/ some company updates, ending w/ breakout small-group discussion sessions in Zoom meeting rooms + in between, were surprised w/ an unconventional + extremely inspirational guest speaker.
Our guest speaker was Jeff Miller, a friend of someone on our team, + a passenger on the July 19, 1989 United Airlines flight 232 from Denver to Chicago, that crash-landed at Sioux City, Iowa’s Gateway Airport after a tail engine explosion + subsequent loss of hydraulic control.
The point of Jeff sharing this story w/ our team specifically at this point in time (mid-pandemic) was to hear a firsthand experience of someone who lived through something intense + traumatic in their life, as well as to hear the key takeaways + what he learned from it.
Ever since hearing this story, I’ve been in a deep YouTube hole, watching tons of videos about it as well as digging up a bunch of articles on the crash, so I’ll share some of those links at the end in case anyone reading this is just as interested as I am!
(side note – my dad is from Iowa, and told me that one of his friends’ father was one of the four pilots on this flight + one of the people who survived – but not the captain shown in the video below)
Jeff begins by telling us there was a really loud explosion at the back of the plane when they were about 40 mins. away from the destination (Chicago), but the plane wasn’t falling out of the sky and no one seemed to be reacting much, so he just went back to reading his book while the flight attendants were collecting lunch trays. Everything seemed fairly normal.
He says then there was an announcement made that they’d be making an emergency landing in Sioux City, Iowa, but he figures ’emergency landing’ was the airline just being precautious due to the explosion, because everything was going as per usual since then. They were also informed they may be instructed to exit the aircraft by sliding down the emergency slide + he was looking forward to getting to use this slide you always see in the emergency instruction videos + pamphlets because how many people get to do that?!
So, he says, the passengers were expecting a hard landing + he was expecting to be slightly delayed from arriving at his destination due to this one additional stop they needed to make. He wasn’t really concerned until the crew yelled out “Brace, brace, brace!” right as they were landing + everyone was told to bend over + grab their ankles.
The plane then stood up on its nose, did a cartwheel, and the wings fell off, the tail fell off, and it slid 1.8 miles down the runway. It finally landed upside-down in a cornfield to the right of the runway. Jeff says no one was panicking, that he saw, at any point – before or after.
At this point, he was still buckled into his seat + was hanging from the ceiling. His white gym shoes were still white, jeans were spotless, hair still looked combed + didn’t have a scratch on him. Only 13 people walked away that day w/ zero injuries.
(In case you’re a nervous flyer like myself, he told us he was sitting in Row 16G.)
The news first reported that everyone was dead. His parents saw the reports that there were no survivors. Right when they were about to relay the news to his wife + children, he called on the phone to tell them he’s alive/what happened (he wasn’t sure if they even knew or had heard anything about it yet).
Jeff was the only person not to sue the airlines. He was probably the only person on the flight to not experience any loss – incredibly, he even got his luggage back. He also added that he wasn’t originally even going to be on this flight + chose it because he knew that a DC-10, which is a wide-body… would have a better lunch. 🤯
“I believe I survived to talk to you about this today.”
He said whenever he is available + can possibly speak about this, he does, because in a brief moment of the crash, when he realized what was happening, he had made a promise to God to tell his story if he survived. He hopes even one person hearing it will be inspired, think about the world differently + change something in their life.
“Everyone has a purpose, but it’s up to you to capture it.”
He explains that your destiny very well may be different from what you think it is.
“You become what you think about.”
If you believe things will never be okay, then they won’t be. If you think negative thoughts, you’ll live in negativity.
“We are all here at this time for a reason.”
Respond to your current situation/the pandemic in the best way you can.
The Power Of Forgiveness –
Ask for forgiveness. It’s one of the best things you can do for yourself. Free yourself. Let people know you forgive them, even if they don’t ask for it/reach out to you to apologize.
Be Kind –
Be thoughtful. Go the extra mile. We don’t always need to be setting people straight all the time. Smile. Talk to people nicely. And talk to people wherever you go.
“Life isn’t what we think it is.”
Additional material to check out:
“A Fresh Dose of Perspective” – Carol Stream Chamber
Here the captain speaks about the handful of things that went right the day of the crash – that had to go right – for there to be any survivors.
This Nightline clip gathers a few different perspectives + how their lives were altered by the crash.