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05 June 2020

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  • Ardmore Virtual 5 mile - Fri 5th June 2020
    05 June 2020
    In the absence of any actual road races, maybe consider doing a virtual race... From West Waterford AC... INTERSPORT ELVERYS SUMMER SERIESRACE 2 VIRTUAL SUMMER SERIES ARDMORE 5 MILE5TH JUNE 2020Its never too late to start and if you would like to join us for the Ardmore 5 mile race this is how it works.During the week of the race we ask you to run the race distance at a time suitable to you
  • A Note from Lindsey
    05 June 2020

    It’s Lindsey. I am coming to you with a quick update.

    Normally this is where you would be listening to a new episode of IHA. The episode I planned to release this week was Olympian Nick Willis. It’s a great episode which I can’t wait to share with all of you but given the current events in our World it just doesn’t feel right to release it right now.

    For now, we are pausing and stepping back and letting other people do the talking.

    I hope we will all educate ourselves on race and the history of black plightin our country. I am committed to listening and examining my own life and will take action with how I raise my family and connect with my community to be a voice for justice and equality.

    We will continue to deliver weekly fun light hearted, relevant and interesting conversations with runners, athletes, coaches of all backgrounds and abilities.

    If anyone has a conversation that they feel needs to be heard on IHA, I’d love to hear about it and you can email me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

    For now be well and stay safe everyone. See you soon!

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  • A Note from Lindsey
    05 June 2020

    It’s Lindsey. I am coming to you with a quick update.

    Normally this is where you would be listening to a new episode of IHA. The episode I planned to release this week was Olympian Nick Willis. It’s a great episode which I can’t wait to share with all of you but given the current events in our World it just doesn’t feel right to release it right now.

    For now, we are pausing and stepping back and letting other people do the talking.

    I hope we will all educate ourselves on race and the history of black plightin our country. I am committed to listening and examining my own life and will take action with how I raise my family and connect with my community to be a voice for justice and equality.

    We will continue to deliver weekly fun light hearted, relevant and interesting conversations with runners, athletes, coaches of all backgrounds and abilities.

    If anyone has a conversation that they feel needs to be heard on IHA, I’d love to hear about it and you can email me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

    For now be well and stay safe everyone. See you soon!

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  • Brand Profile: Iffley Road
    05 June 2020

    Introduction: Iffley Road was launched by married couple Bill and Claire, with a mission to celebrate the amateur athletics feats of athletes like Sir Roger Bannister. The subtle colour pallet and simple silhouette of the kit speaks of a simpler time when technology took a back seat to the purity of running for it’s own […]

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  • June 2020 Goals
    05 June 2020

    Happy Friday. Another long, crazy week is almost over. I don’t know about you but I would love just one week of easiness and normalcy, but it doesn’t seem like that is going to happen anytime soon. One thing that has been consistent for me is setting goals. I know setting goals during this time may seem trivial, but they help me to focus on something else besides work and the news.

    First, let’s take a look at my goals from May:

    Complete Peloton May Activity Challenge
    Grade:A

    I actually completed this goal and a few more last month. One positive thing that has come from staying home is that I have really utilized the Peloton bike and app for a bunch of different classes. I find the classes to be both challenging and fun, and because there are so many instructors/classes to choose from, I never get bored!

    Finish a Book
    Grade:F

    Yeah, I literally forgot about this goal. In my defense, May was a pretty hectic month. While I didn’t finish a book, I did deep clean and organize my kitchen last weekend so that has to count for something, right?

    Re-start Meatless Mondays
    Grade:A

    This was a huge success last month. Even better, my mom wants to do it with me now as well!! We will most likely make this a permanent thing. Thanks to Deborah for all of her yummy recipes – I cooked a few last month

    New Month, New Goals – Check out my goals for June! #Goals #BibChat #Running
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    Here are my goals for June!

    Earn Gold for the Peloton June Activity, Cycling and Running Challenges

    The Peloton challenges really help to keep me accountable with my workouts. To earn Gold status for these challenges I’ll have to workout 15 days or more, cycle a minimum of 150 miles and run a minimum of 40 miles. I was able to do complete this “trifecta” in May, so let’s see if I can do it again this month!

    Daily Stretching and Foam Rolling

    I honestly should be doing this anyway so it will be good to start off this new habit as a goal for June. I haven’t seen my ART doctor since March so I’m severely overdue for an adjustment among other things. My body doesn’t feel sore but it definitely feels super tight so I hope that the stretching and foam rolling will help!

    Complete a home project

    As I mentioned earlier, last Saturday I spent a lot of time in the kitchen cleaning and organizing items. This was something I’ve wanted to do for weeks so I’m glad that it was finally accomplished. This month I’d like to complete another “home project” – possibly re-organizing things in the basement or linen closets. Now is the perfect time to do these tasks since I’m home all weekend anyway.

    That’s it for this month – wish me luck!

    If you set monthly goals, what are your goals for June?

    I’m linking up for Fridays with Fairytales and Fitness from Fairytales and Fitness.

    The post June 2020 Goals appeared first on KookyRunner.

  • We Need to Talk
    05 June 2020
    We need to talk. Let's pour the coffee and sit down. I've got Dunkin Donuts, which is currently my favorite blend. A little splash of half and half and I'm good. How about you?

    A lot has happened since our last coffee date, both personally and in the world around us. I thought April was the longest month ever, but May got competitive. And June looks to be ramping up as well.



    If we were having coffee, we'd be having a very serious conversation right now. The original post that I intended to publish has been scrapped. As much as I love to share some humorous anecdotes, now is not the time.

    It's hard to know if publishing a coffee talk post--or any kind of post, for that matter--is the right thing to do in light of what is happening in our world. I hope all of my readers know that by publishing this post, I am not changing my focus as a running blog. But I want to address current events because it is affecting me deeply. I want to do the right thing. As a white person, I just don't know what that is.

    But I do need to talk about it. If I can't do anything else, I can use this space for good and spread the word that black lives do matter.

    If we were having coffee,I'd have to talk about the protests and the riots. With one son in Madison and one in Chicago, I worry for their safety, but part of me is glad that they get to experience this. It's so important. While I was too young to remember much about the protests in the 1960, I talked about them with my mom. As she reflected, she told me that in spite of all that went on back then, nothing has changed. The fact that 50+ years later, we are still seeing such rampant racism is truly heartbreaking. I can only hope for things to get better.

    I love that people are getting fired up about what happened to George Floyd and Ahmaud Arbery and Sandra Bland and Breonna Taylor and so many others. What I don't love are the opportunists, the looters, and the vandals, whose senseless actions are making it hard to see the message the protesters are trying to impart. Even more, I find it troubling that the news broadcasts seems to focus more on the destruction rather than the message.

    If we were having coffee, I'd tell you that one of the hardest things for me during this time is learning about the beliefs held by some of the people in my life. I guess I'd have to say that I'm not surprised by what I've learned, but I am broken-hearted. Do I end a friendship of over 40 years because of a racist post shared on Facebook? Do I cut off acquaintances who have been expressing derogatory comments about people of color?

    If we were having coffee, I'd tell you that as a nurse for over 35 years and a pediatric nurse practitioner for 12 of those years, I have been fortunate to work with a group of professionals of very diverse ethnicities. I can't speak for everyone in healthcare but throughout my career, my colleagues and I have worked together to provide excellent, unbiased care to all our patients. I've never seen any of my partners make decisions based on a child's skin color or religion.

    One of the first families that entrusted their children to me as a new nurse practitioner working at an FQHC (federally qualified health center) was an African American family whose mother intially was very confrontational and demanding. During that initial visit, I thought to myself, how sad is it that this mother's past experiences with healthcare providers made her feel that she needed to act that way to get what she needed for her family? Over time, we developed a mutually respectful relationship that led to me caring for her extended family as well, which continues to this day.

    If we were having coffee, I'd talk about the book that I have been reading. White Fragility by Robin DiAngelo was recommended to me by a friend, who is black, after I asked her what I could do. She provided me with suggestions and resources. This book was one of them. DiAngelo, a white sociologist, calls the defensiveness that white people exhibit when their racial biases are challenged 'white fragility'. She isn't talking about blatant racism, but the subtle biases that are ingrained in so many of us, biases that you might not even be aware of. I'm looking forward to reading more and becoming more aware of how my thoughts and actions may be affecting individuals of color. 

    If we were having coffee, I'd recommend the movie Just Mercy, which is streaming for free on Amazon prime all month. While I have to admit that Michael B Jordan is pretty easy on the eyes, he is also an incredible actor. Along with Jamie Foxx, they tell an unbelieveable true story about blatant racism in the prison system and fighting back to change it. Wow. Just Wow.

    If we were having coffee, I would tell you that my hope is that after the riots and the protests stop and we move forward, that the story of racism and police brutality in the US doesn't get swept under the rug again. Let's keep it at the forefront, let's keep talking, and take what we have learned to make things better. Vote.

    Maybe I'm saying it all wrong here. I sure hope I'm not making anyone uncomfortable. But we really need to talk. Please share your thoughts. Tell me what I can do. Let's keep the conversation going.

    I'm linking up with Deborah and Coco for the Ultimate Coffee Date and with Fridays with Fairytales and Fitness.


  • Altra Torin 4 Plush Shoe Review
    05 June 2020

    As many people know, Altra Running Shoes are a zero drop brand. That means the heel and forefront are the same height from the ground. It’s a type of shoe runners either work well with or don’t. Over the past few years, the Altra Torin has been one of Altra’s most popular models for the roads.

    The Altra Torn is designed to be a solid jack of all trades shoe. Great for running longer or speed workouts. That being said, I think theAltra Escalante is slightly better for faster workouts.

    This year it seems as though Altra has divided and conquered.  There is now the “Altra Torin 4.0” and the “Altra Torin 4.0 Plush”. The Altra Torin 4 Plush has about 2 mm of cushion from the shoe.  While that doesn’t sound like a lot, in the running shoe world…it is. It’s lighter and more springy but does have less cushion.

    If you like previous versions of the Altra Torin, you’ll probably prefer the Altra Torin 4.0 Plush. If you like the Altra Escalante or want a firmer more responsive (“fast shoe”), you’ll probably prefer the Altra Torin 4.0. Probably, but you have to try the shoes for yourself.

    Altra Torin 4 Plush Quick Facts:

    Weight: 8.5 oz

    Heel to Toe Drop: 0 mm

    Altra Torin 4 Plush Fit:

    Like many running shoes, the Altra Torin 4.0 Push upper is an engineered knit upper.  The knit upper is breathable and dries quickly when it gets wet.  I appreciate there is no plastic or seams in the toe box of the Altra Torin 4 Plush.

    I haven’t run in every model of the Altra Torin. It depends on my injury history for that particular year, but I have tried on most versions of the Altra Torin. This year, the Altra Torin 4.0 Plush is much more snug in the midfoot. Typically Altra is known for its “FootShape Toe Box.”  The Footshape toebox is still there, but it will hug your midfoot more.

    New to Altra? What is the Footshape Toe box? Altra’s FootShape Toe Box allows the toes to relax and spread out naturally.  The big toe remains in a straight position for maximum stability and power.

    A few years ago, I met the founder of Altra Golden Harper, and what I learned is not to say, “Altra is wider.” The toe box of Altra is FootShaped. While Altra has a wider toebox than most brands, they aren’t wide. Many brands that come in the wide or double wide width are wider than Altra.

    Anyway, compared to almost every other Altra shoe, the Altra Torin 4 Plush is snugger in the midfoot. They aren’t tight, but they are snugger.

    Finally, another thing I appreciate about Altra is they talk about how they build their shoes differently for women.  Altra uses “Fit4Her technology,” which caters to the specific form of the female foot.  There is a narrower heel and midfoot, a higher instep, a longer arch, and unique metatarsal spacing.  You want a shoe to feel secure in the heel but have plenty of space in the toe box.

    Typically I wear between a women’s 9.5-11 wide and the women’s 10.5 of the Altra Torin 4.0 Plush fits well.

    Altra Torin 4 Plush Ride:

    The midsole of the Altra Torin 4 has completely changed. That’s why Altra created the Altra Torin 4 and the Altra Torin 4 Plush. If you are looking for a more responsive and “faster” shoe, you might prefer the Altra Torin 4 with 2 mm less cushioning. If you prefer more cushioning, you might prefer the Altra Torin 4 Plush. Since I’m reviewing the Altra Torin 4 Plush, you can tell I prefer more cushioning.

    So anyway, to the new sole: Altra’s Quantic midsole and their FootPod outsole.  According to the Altra, the Quantic midsole pairs with an all-new Perf-X insole to give the premium combinations of softness and spring.

    What does that mean, exactly?

    Altra has done a complete overhaul to the sole unit of the Altra Torin 4.0 and Altra Torin 4 Plush. That means it’s going to feel different. The sole unit of both models of the Altra Torin is now made up of “Quantic Cushioning.”  It’s less soft and more responsive.  Is it bad? No. Will it feel different than previous models? Yes. The Footpod outsole allows the shoe to bend naturally.

    Together, the FootPod Technology and Altra Quantic Midsole Cushioning provide a fast but smooth ride in the Altra Torin 4 Plush.

    What makes the regular Altra Torin 4 different than the Altra Escalante, is the 26mm stack height.  This means there is more cushion underneath your foot. You’ll still feel the ground but your feet will be more protected. The Altra Torin 4.0 is better for someone who needs or wants more cushion in their running (like me).  In terms of conditioning, you have the Altra Escalante, Regular Altra Torin 4, followed by the Altra Torin 4 Plush.

    Altra always does a great job with the outsole of the Altra Torin.  There is plenty of traction for rainy and inclement weather.

    Finally, if you’ve never run in a 0 mm drop and have no idea what that is, it takes time to get used too.  The Altra Torin 4 Plush, or any 0 mm drop shoe, isn’t the type of shoe you can purchase and then all of a sudden run 10 miles in.

    Altra Torin 4.0 Plush Conclusion:

    So far, I’m happy with the Altra Torin 4.0 Plush. There is plenty of cushion.  The Altra Torin is also more versatile than in previous years as well. If you are looking for that extra cushion, I suggest the Altra Torin 4 Plush.  The lightweight but plush feel of the Altra Torin 4 Plush cushions every step of your run. As someone who has suffered from a few foot injuries, I appreciate the extra cushion for my bones and tendons.

    For me, the Altra Torin 4.0 Plush fits well into a daily run shoe. I prefer more cushion for a long run, but it’s a shoe I could keep in the car when I’m not entirely sure what kind of run I’ll do for the day.  I also like the Altra Torin 4 for the sandy roads in New Jersey.  With the 0 mm drop, I don’t feel as though I’m going to trip over roots.

    Current Rotation:

    Easy/Daily Runs: Saloman Sonic 3 Balance,  Brooks Glycerin 18 Mizuno Rider Waveknit 3, Nike Pegasus 37, New Balance 1080 v10Diadora Mythos Blushield Blushield Hip 5,  Asics Cumulus 21

    Speed Work: New Balance FuelCell RebelReebok Float Ride Run fast ProNike Pegasus Turbo 2

    Long Runs: Brooks Ricochet 2 Shoe ReviewNew Balance FuelCell Rebel, Altra Torin 4 Plush, Hoka Cavu 2

    Trail Running/Hiking: Saucony Peregrine 10New Balance Hierro v5 

    Races: New Balance Fuelcell 5280Nike Next%,  Reebok Run fast Pro 

    You Can See All Current Shoe Reviews Here.

    Finally, have you subscribed to the LOLZletter? It’s a free newsletter that comes out each Monday. In the newsletter, I share running industry trends and things relevant to the sport.

    Questions for you:

    Have you tried Altra Running before?  Have you tried the Altra Torin 4 Plush? 

    What are your favorite running shoes?

  • New Shoe Releases for the Week of 1 June – 7 June
    05 June 2020
    A collection of brand new releases, new colourways and special edition releases for the week
  • #418: Pandemic Endurance Tactics
    05 June 2020

    Sarah and Adrienne bring on two Train Like a Mother Club assets, Coach Jen Harrison and Dr. Justin Ross, to share insight and advice on using running-honed tactics to deal with pandemic anxiety, stress, and challenges, such as:

    • how to compartmentalize thoughts and concerns;
    • the power of micro-goals;
    • the importance of accepting, and occasionally embracing, hard spots; and,
    • how to align values to your purpose.

    In the intro, Adrienne gives an update on her (virtual) run across New York state. Coach Jen joins the duo at 14:12.

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  • Kobe Marathon Canceled, Citing Pressure of Other Races Having Canceled - 19,444 Finishers Last Year
    05 June 2020
    a press release from the Kobe Marathon organizing committee Notification of Cancellation of Kobe Marathon 2020 We are very sorry to inform you that the Kobe Marathon 2020 has been canceled, our board meeting has decided finally. We have been preparing for the event to be held on November 15 this year, but due to the following reasons regarding the coronavirus, we have no choice but to cancel
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