July 7, 2012
Sorry Mizuno I’m a Brooks Man Now

You know, I was really in love with my Mizuno Wave Ronin 2’s. I got more complements wearing those things than any other thing. Then I bought the Ronin 3’s, and while they weren’t as cool as the 2’s, they were all black. A color that’s really cool (but not temperature cool, which is a real concern right now).

Then I started my StumpJump training in the Cabraken 3’s, and I got blisters. No sweat I though. That’s just part of trail running. You gotta toughen up! And while the blisters healed, and while I completed my race without blisters (but cramps galore!), I just didn’t want to wear them anymore as they where pretty stiff in the heel, and kinda tight fitting. I was bummed.

Somewhere in my subconscious quest to read everything on the internet related to running, I stumbled upon the fact that Scott Jurek had helped design a trail shoe for Brooks! Cool! I like Scott! I bought ‘em! And they felt like a glove on my feet! I even completed what I thought was a pretty cool solo run up Mt. San Jacinto, one of the three tallest mountains in Southern California. Here’s a pic:

And here’s a pic of my Brooks PureGrit’s with crampons:

Anyway, one other interesting fact. Since February of this year, I’ve been running in the Brooks PureFlow’s (the green ones, which are kinda… too green) which I don’t think can get any better (except for the color). They JUST. WORK! And then I wrecked my back doing some stupid stuff (rounded back deadlifts with extreme back stretching), and I had to stop my serious training to PR in the Mile and 400m. I took a trip to NY to visit my daughter and also give a talk… all in the span of a few days, and since my back sucked I decided not to take any running gear with me. That proved a curse and a blessing…

On my day of travel, lo and behold Scott Jurek tweeted that he was in NY and asked the whole internet to join him for an ultra run around Manhattan Island. ARE YOU KIDDING ME?! I CAN’T MISS THAT!! I hadn’t run any distance further than 10 miles, and that was a few months ago, but so what! My back hurt, but so what! I didn’t have a stitch of running gear, but so what! Actually I did bring a grey technical tee to sleep in.

So what did I do? I conceived a plan that when I landed I would drop off my luggage at the hotel and proceed directly to the closest running store. What did I buy? The coolest pair of blue Brooks PureFlows ever! And a pair of socks! And a pair of Brooks shorts.

The run was epic, but while I didn’t make it around the whole island with Scott Jurek and friends (including Peter Sarsgaard, an excellently cool actor), I did make it 16 miles until the cramps hit, but no blisters!

So I’m Hooked On Brooks! Yes, you can have that incredibly marketable phrase if you like. But maybe you can show me some love and throw some running gear my way. I will be running a pretty popular race this fall… and I’m pretty tall… you know… a walking billboard. 

October 8, 2011
Distribution of finishing times for the tenth annual Rock/Creek StumpJump 50k trail race. Winning time was 3:49:52 by Dave Riddle, a stunning 25 minutes under the course record. My time was 7:19:17, less than the mean of 7:00:40, but hey it was my first ultra! Another interesting point was Rob Apple’s time of 8:24:51, his 600th ultra! 

Distribution of finishing times for the tenth annual Rock/Creek StumpJump 50k trail race. Winning time was 3:49:52 by Dave Riddle, a stunning 25 minutes under the course record. My time was 7:19:17, less than the mean of 7:00:40, but hey it was my first ultra! Another interesting point was Rob Apple’s time of 8:24:51, his 600th ultra! 

September 8, 2011
Before I wore Mizuno’s

Running was painful, especially on the track with Brooks cross country spikes. That I was wearing cross country rather than real track spikes was pointed out to me only this year by an astute local runner (I still have a better 400M PR than he does). There’s no telling how many laps I ran in those cushy things, but I’ll remedy that next year by the time our local track meets role around. Maybe with some Tokyo 6’s.

I’m much happier wearing the Wave Ronin 3’s here, doubling up in the Franklin Classic 10k/5k races. No I don’t typically run with my arms up all dainty like… I was slowing down at that point… you know, the finish line was right there!

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September 2, 2011
Dear Mizuno

I was looking through my closet the other day and decided to pull out all of my running shoes. Guess what? They were all made by you! I fell in love with your line of shoes because of the awesome orange and black Wave Ronin 2’s, and because of their wide foot bed. Loved them so much that I bought another pair, and when those wore out, I bout the Wave Ronin 3’s. Didn’t like the design as much as the 2’s, but they’re still pretty cool; they’re my current road training and racing flat.

I decided on a whim to enter the 2011 StumpJump 50k Trail Race which led me on a search for trail shoes, and Competitor Magazine had a nice review of your Cabraken 3’s. As soon as I saw them, I knew I had to have them. They’s so sharp! And Love the blue and yellow color scheme.

But here’s my confession, and I hope you can help me out: I haven’t bought a stitch of your clothing. I’m typically cheap when it comes to hats, shirts, and shorts and I end up buying stuff on clearance to save a couple bucks. I’ve been able to get away with this for a few years now, but my white technical shirts are starting to go grey (and I won’t mention what it looks like under the arm pits), and some of my shorts are starting to fray.

Of course I’m a hobby jogger, but I’m proud of a few PR’s:

400m in 58.86s in 2008

1600m in 5:33 a few weeks ago

and when I toe the line in Chattanooga next month for my first (that’s right, first) attempt at the 50k distance, sporting your Cabrakan 3’s, I would love to wear your clothing.

You really have nothing to lose. At 6’5”, I literally stand head and shoulders above anyone in a crowd. I’m like a walking billboard. So whadya say? Can you spare an extra hat, a singlet, and a pair of shorts? Socks, too, if you’ve got ‘em!

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