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Nov 24, 2015

Slow down of the blog

As you may have noticed, I have not been posting here as much lately.  I've been a bad blogger!  Frankly, I have not had much to talk about running wise.  I'm still running - in fact, I'll probably end over 1,400 miles for the year but there is nothing new to share with you.
I do tend to use Facebook, Twitter and Instagram more and it's very easy to use them rather than get on a computer and type up a post.

Given that, I am still doing product reviews and I'm also doing race reviews.  The only thing is that I'm not running any races until next March!  I know that seems like forever for me but my plan is to run my 100th race (and I've already run 99 races since September) in March because it was also my first 5k ever.  It's the Corktown 5k race in Detroit and it's a great race! So.........that means no race reviews until then!  It's actually very strange for me not to race for six months!  I've had a hard time not being able to sign up for a few races but it is saving me money and I can deal with it.

I'm planning my 2016 racing year now and will add to this list over the next couple months.  I'll also post a summary of my year sometime in December as well.  Until then, follow me on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for things that come to my mind that I post there.

Have a great day and....Keep Running!!!!

Nov 11, 2015

Nov 8, 2015

Swiftwick Pursuit sock review

A few weeks ago I received a couple pair of Swiftwick Pursuit socks for review.  Here's what I received.
Swiftwick socks
Swiftwick makes numerous lines of socks and I've pretty much tried them all, and wear them all, at this point.  Their Pursuit line is made with merino wool.  I never thought I would be one that would like wool socks but these have much more of a tech feeling to them meaning they are not itchy like you would expect from wool socks.

These socks are also their thinnest line of socks they make.  I used to wear their Pulse line which is also a really thin sock but they stopped making that line  (which I really loved!) so this is my next best choice.  The most unique feature to the Pursuit line is the merino wool feature.  The wool does several things for you.  It helps keep sweat off your feet when it gets warm.  In fact, sometimes when I finish my run, my feet feel cool since my feet stay dry.  In addition, they also help in cold weather too to keep your feet warm.  You would not think that they would be good for all seasons including Summer but they really help wick the sweat.

These pair are the "five" length and Switftwick makes numerous lengths including zero (which is like their no show length) up to length twelve (which is like a full compression size that goes over your calf)

Now I would not be one to pick out this length especially for summer but I do notice for trail running that they do a better job of keeping dirt out of my socks.  A benefit I would not have known had I not been sent this length.  For Summer though, I prefer the "one" length which is high enough that you protect your skin from hitting your shoes.  In winter, these will be perfect and provide a little extra protection from the elements.
Five length
The fit on these, just like all the rest of their line of socks, is incredible.  I've been wearing Swiftwick socks for several years now exclusively and I've been very happy with them.  They don't move around at all and I never get blisters wearing these.  Also the compression is really nice on the feet.  It's not extremely tight but it does not feel loose either.  I also like the compression around the ankle since, as a mostly trail runner, it helps keep out debris.  I never have issues when using them on the roads either.  The sock comes with the seamless toe which is the same on all of their socks.
Same fit as all their sock lines
Overall, another great pair of Swiftwick socks.  These will definitely be my "go-to" sock for winter this season to help keep me from freezing.  Give me warm feet and I can run in any weather!  I would recommend picking up a pair and trying them for yourself.  Retail prices vary based on the length but start at $12.99.

Thanks to Swiftwick for sending these to me to test.

Have a great day and....Keep Running!!!!

Disclosure:  I received two pair of Swiftwick Pursuit socks in exchange for this review.  All opinions are my own and I was not required to give a particular opinion other than an honest one.