Drymax Run Lite-Mesh Mini Crew Socks Rose

Product Review: Drymax Running Socks

Do you ever have that problem where you buy socks in your size and then once you wear them, you realize they were made for Lady Bigfoot or someone with 6 toes and a heel the size of a grapefruit?

Problem solved: Drymax Running Lite-Mesh Socks.

Drymax Run Lite-Mesh Mini Crew SocksNormally I get my socks from stealing them from someone’s clothes’ line or having my grandma knit them Ross, a 6 pack for like $5.  And before I know it, said socks could fit Shaq’s feet.

These Drymax socks are awesome; they will rock your socks off.  Wow, that was quite possibly the lamest thing I’ve said.  today.  They are very thin and very tight especially around your arch.  They don’t do the slip ‘n’ slide like alot of socks do.  Here’s some of the features:

  • Flat toe seam so no bulky bunching up front
  • Breathable mesh so less stank and sweat
  • Vented arch band so less sweat
  • Protective padding on the heel
  • Smooth top of the sock to accentuate those lovely ankles, cankles, tribal ankle tattoo, what have you

Because these are tightly fitted and breathe so easily, you won’t get blisters as much and your feet will stay a lot dryer which means less friction.  Since having them, I’ve only had 1 blood blister.  Given the state of my feet, that’s pretty amazing.  Normally my peds look like a cannibal took a hamburger grinder to them.

I’d recommend these socks to anyone… who has feet.  The one negative is the price; I bought 3 pairs online for about $7 a piece so that’s a little pricey for foot covers, but they’re the only socks I wear for running now.

The only bummer is now I have a drawer full of gorilla-sized socks that are stretched out more than Jack Black in Kate Moss’ skinny jeans.

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Barefoot Shoes

Which Barefoot Shoes to Choose For Fitness and Cross-Training

With the advent of barefoot shoes many people have started wearing them for a variety of physical fitness activities such as running, weight lifting, dancing and walking. Having a good pair of fitness shoes is the most essential aspect of any cardio exercise regimen. You actually need a particular pair of shoes for a specific physical workout, to help prevent any injury and provide you a much greater benefit of a good workout.

With the various designs and brands of barefoot shoes invading the market today, how will you know which shoes to choose for cross training and fitness? Since cross training involves the combination of different forms of exercises to stimulate the different parts of the body, you need to have a pair of barefoot shoes that would be able to give you the comfort and support to withstand the rigors of the different physical activities.

Know your type of feet

To ascertain what barefoot shoes to choose for fitness and cross training, you need to consider the kind of feet you have got. Since barely-there shoes gets you more in contact with the ground compared to traditional shoes, it is very important to determine the condition of your feet to obtain the right fit and shape of shoes. There are feet which are normal; others are pronated while others are supinated. You might not be familiar how to recognize what kind of feet you have thus you should go to a doctor who can observe you how you run or walk. The doctor can tell you what kind of feet you have and you can buy barefoot shoes that will suit your type of feet. You can also opt to visit a specialized store where the staffs are already trained to give you a hand in assessing what kind of feet you have and recommending the most suitable shoes for them.

Ascertain the kind of fitness and sports you engage in

Another factor to consider when selecting your shoes is the type of fitness you will engage in. The best barefoot shoes for fitness and cross training should depend on the kind of activity you will engage in. It is very expensive and quite impractical if you will purchase separate barefoot shoes such as New Balance or Vibram’s for every sports and fitness activity you do. It is highly recommended to get regular cross-trainer shoes for these activities. Cross training shoes can be utilized in almost all fitness activities but you would need a much different shoes for running. For the different cross training activities you need to have shoes that would give you stability, padding and more than adequate support for your feet and legs.

The right kind of shoe for the right type of feet

If you go for kickboxing you might need to go for cross trainer shoes which will provide you more lateral support. You can find additional information on this subject at this website. You need to have the proper form and balance when you engage in this fitness activity so as not to hurt yourself while involved in this very rigorous workout. For aerobics, you need to obtain barefoot shoes that will provide you more padding for your feet to do the rigors required of it. For running, you would need to buy barefoot shoes that would provide more flexibility for your feet, with enough room for your toe box to let them perform excellently, as feet are expected to perform. You would need a much lighter shoe for running, something which easily bends at the joints to allow your feet free movement, to make it perform better especially when running on more rugged surfaces and rough terrains.

You need to pay close, constant attention to your shoes for fitness and cross training. This is because your shoes will be subjected to wear and tear more than the rate an average shoe will incur. Through time, the shoes will lose their capacity to fully support your legs and feet, which might cause you some serious injury. For runner shoes, you might need to consider changing them often, or after incurring 400 to 600 mileage, especially if you use them almost every day.

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Can You Train for a Marathon with a Bad Back?

I’m depressed. Boston training starts this coming week and I can’t even run. I pulled my back last weekend and it’s apparently going to take 4 – 6 weeks to heal.

Boston Jacket

Boston Jacket

I think I’m still in denial. I somehow think that in a few days, it will feel so much better and it won’t hurt like hell to start pounding out the miles needed to train properly for a marathon…… And it’s not just any marathon.  Of course, it has to be Boston.  Why couldn’t this have happened before Twin Cities instead?

A friend just sent me a photo of this year’s Boston jacket.  How ugly!  Does anyone actually like this?  I would have thought they would have gone all out this year on designing something that people actually like. Yuck, yuck, yuck.

For now, all I can do is low impact cardio.  Why does it have to be swimming that is so good for you when you have any kind of injury?  I hate swimming.  It’s mind numbing swimming lengths back and forth.  I suppose the hot tub afterwards though will be rather nice.  Yes, I’ll look forward to that.

And then there’s pool running.  Apparently it’s all the rage.  I haven’t tried it yet. I hear it’s more mind numbing than swimming.  Fabulous. It’s times like this that I wish there was a way to send thoughts wirelessly to the cloud. That way, I could get things done in my head while working out. I could write blog posts, I could make my shopping list, heck, I could even work. That’s me, always trying to optimize every minute spent.  If I’m bored, I feel like I’m not making the best use of my time (because there’s so little of it available).

Alright then, I have to stop this. I’m starting to feel like Karl Pilkington with all this feeling sorry for myself. I do feel better now that I had a bit of a moan though!

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Vitamix 1782

I Can’t Stop Using My New Blender!

Today is a big day for me, because my Vitamix 1782 TurboBlend just arrived this morning. I’ve had plenty of blenders in the past, but I’m especially excited for this one because it’s my first Vitamix. In case you don’t know a whole lot about countertop blenders, Vitamix probably makes the best blenders on the market. They’re commercial grade, high powered, durable, and long lasting machines that are loaded with neat settings and features. They’re a smoothie enthusiasts dream!

The one and only down side to my Vitamix 1782 is that it’s not cheap by any stretch of the imagination. At $354 dollars, it’s a bit pricy. But it has some of the best blender reviews I’ve seen, and for good reason. This thing is a BEAST. It can hack through anything without so much as a blip.

This afternoon, I decided to put it to the test. I had already made my usual morning protein smoothie, and it performed flawlessly as expected. But I wanted to find out how strong the two speed, two-peak horsepower motor really is. I took some rough ingredients, namely some frozen vegetables, an entire broccoli stock, a carrot, and some other things, and blended them up on high. The 1782 TurboBlend hacked it all up with no problem. It’s advertised to spin at a whopping 240 mph. I’m thinking about taking the motor out and putting it in my Toyota!

Aside from being pretty fun, my experiment proved that my new blender can chop through pretty much any edible substance. I can’t fathom ever needing to blend a rougher combination than what I put in there today. I expect it to hold up over the years too, especially because it comes with a five year warranty.

I didn’t know it before I bought the 1782 and read about some of its features, but excess heat that lower grade blenders can make may damage or kill off some of the enzymes and nutrients in your shake. The 1782 doesn’t produce any excess heat, so it doesn’t have any negative effect on your ingredients.

The container is 64 oz, which is definitely sizable enough for me. It included a cookbook which I thought was a really neat bonus. I haven’t tried any of the recipes out of it yet, but they look good!

So far, I’m definitely super happy with my new blender. I have been using it pretty much nonstop so that should tell you something about how much I love it. If you need to get a new blender at some point, I highly recommend this one. It’s the best blender I’ve ever used!

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The Comeback Post: A Message To Those Who Are Ready to Give Up

Almost a year ago, a few of my close friends decided that my talking about depression and other personal struggles on FB, my blog or anywhere else for that matter was embarrassing them and my truth was causing them discomfort. They were doubtful of how much I was really struggling because there was no way I could be smiling and laughing one day with them and struggling the next day. There was no way I could be having suicidal thoughts because if I was suicidal, I would’ve gone ahead and done it already. According to them, people who are depressed shouldn’t talk about it publicly. Continue reading →

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My Top 10 Favorite Healthy Summertime Snacks

I loooooove snacks. I always find myself munching on things in order to keep from being hungry between meals. And because I’m always snacking, it’s easy to just grab whatever is around to satisfy my hunger. But over the years, I’ve found that grabbing just anything can backfire on my health and fitness goals. And I always seem to grab the sweet stuff. So, I’ve learned to be prepared as much as possible and try my best to have my favorite snacks in the house or in my purse. Now that summer’s here and swimsuit season is in full effect, I’m snacking a little bit smarter and lighter. Continue reading →

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