Monday, June 30, 2014

All 1 5K Run/Walk for Sussex Christian School

Last minute call do this 5K. It was a really hot and humid morning. The Woodbourne Park offers a really challenging course, rolling hills and sharp turns on small park paths. Impossible to keep a rhythm and pace. The plan was to use it more as a fast workout

Not much of competition and I had to run most of the race myself. Always nice to win but I like the more racing aspect where you pace and race against others. After 5 seconds I was by myself. Tried to keep a decent pace but it got tough in the sun and with the small step hills and turns.

Second lap you had to pass walker and slower runners. At times they ignored you and you had to take wide turns around them out on the grass.  Tried to finish strong as the last 30 seconds are kind of flat.

Always nice to win but I wished it had been more competition so you could have pushed yourself more.

Gear:
Shoes: Skechers GoMeb Speed2 #goelite
Fuel: IGnite INrefresh #realfood
Socks: Feetures! Elite #feetures!

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Summer Solstice 5 Mile Trail

This is one of my favorite races. Great very hilly and challenging course. Weather this year was hot and humid. Not really my kind of weather.

Start: The start is on a big grass field approximately 200m away from the trails. Its always a battle to get in first to the the trails to get a good position. I was 4th this time.

The first mile is very challenging with a couple of really step climbs and declines. I felt I had a decent pace and I wanted to save my legs for the last two miles. Kind of ran controlled. After the first leg of trails I was sixth. Mile 2-3 are mostly on soft rail beds. I had hoped to pick up the pace a little bit better here but legs did not really respond. Before the second legs of trail I had moved up to fourth and could see the third guy in front of me. I did a push before the trails to move in as fourth.

Second leg of trails are brutal, mainly the third mile is uphill, step. On the second climb the runner behind made a push and passed me, I figured I might catch him later if I kept a steady pace over the hills. I didn't. Last mile the decline is hard and you have to be careful, here my stomach cramped up a little bit but I opened up my gait and it was ok.  Over all I did a great race, manged the pace well in the heat. Ended up finish 5th and overall winner in the master division.
I love this race and I will be back next year for sure!

Gear:
Shoes: Skechers GoBionic Trail #GoElite
Socks: Feetures Elite #Feetures!
Fuel: Ignite Reload gel and InRefresh Electrolyte drink #realfood




Friday, May 30, 2014

Lake Mohawk 8.2 mile challenge recap

So my legs has been up and down after Boston marathon, mostly down. So again I went in to a race with legs that felt really beige. Lake Mohawk is not an easy race with brutal rolling hills. No spots to rest and just run easy. So it kind of was a stupid idea to do this race.

Got a good warm up in, but a 5K race got the start delayed. And I ended up standing around the start line for 10 minutes just waiting. The first half mile is up hill, pretty step. I decided not to go with the five front runners as they were sprinting up the hill. I knew what was coming as I have done this race before and I figured I will track them down later. I was correct, at mile 2-3 I had cached 3 of them. The hills had eaten them alive. Still two runners to chase down. At mile 4 I cached the next one. I had a good pace and kept good effort over the hills. I manged the hills well and legs responded surprisingly well. The front runners was nowhere to be seen and I ended up running by myself for the last 4 miles. Always hard to pace yourself but I trusted my training and kept a good effort. last mile was brutal, mostly up hill. I knew I was going to finish second and that kept me motivated.



Lake Mohawk is a beautiful a area, very scenic race. The hills and course is absolute brutal, no chance to rest. You would thing the down hills would give you a chance but they are to step.

The race was not very well organized, to much wait at start and after the race. Start and finish area was located on a grass field that became a mud pit. Im not running races to collect dust collecting prices but not have a price for finish second is a shame. Got a medal for age group instead.

Shoe: GoMeb Speed2
Fuel: Ignite Reload gel
Socks: Feetures!

#GOElite

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Running Sunglasses Review 2014

The Runningswede has been trying new 2014 sunglasses products together with Team Wicked Bonkproof founder/coach Caleb Masland. The sunglasses in this review has been tested during all kinds of weather conditions and work outs in New Jersey and North Carolina. We started to test the sunglasses back in February so the products has been trough a lot of different weather conditions. Brands featured in this years edition review are:

Julbo, Ryder, Sundog, Tifosi, Nike and XX2i. 






Ryders
http://www.therunningswede.com/2014/05/ryders-running-sunglasses-review.html

Julbo
http://www.therunningswede.com/2014/05/julbo-sunglasses-review-2014.html

Tifosi
http://www.therunningswede.com/2014/05/tifosi-lore-review.html

Nike Vision
http://www.therunningswede.com/2014/05/nike-run-x2.html

Sundog
http://www.therunningswede.com/2014/05/sundog-running-sunglasses-review-2014.html

XX2i
http://www.therunningswede.com/2014/05/xx2i-sunglasses.html


Disclaimer: The Sunglasses was sent to "therunningswede" free of charge for review. Review and thoughts are writers opinion after been testing the product 2014 winter/spring. 













Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Ryders Running Sunglasses review

The Runningswede has been trying new 2014 sunglasses products together with Team Wicked Bonkproof founder/coach Caleb Masland. The sunglasses in this review has been tested during all kinds of weather conditions and work outs in New Jersey and North Carolina. We started to test the sunglasses back in February so the products has been trough a lot of different weather conditions. Brands featured in upcoming reviews are:
Julbo, Ryder, Sundog, Tifosi, Nike and XX2i. 

Last brand in this years review series: Ryders

Ryders
Ryder has an impressive catalog of Sunglasses, the catalog cover all needs a runner possible can ask for high quality sunglasses to reasonable pricing. We tested Striders and Saber. 


Ryders

Saber
http://ryderseyewear.com/node/6836

Overall Rating: Average

Fit: Stiff/rigid construction leads to some discomfort around the ears after long-term wear. The shape of the bridge/nosepiece was visible when the glasses were on, leading to a noticeable black spot in my field of vision. The lenses did not touch my face in any way, but the frames rested on my eyebrows, leading to a steady stream of sweat down the lenses after a few miles.

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Sun Blockage: These glasses feature photochromic lenses, so they don’t get as dark as the lenses on other glasses. In full sun, they darken a fair amount, but not quite enough for my liking.

Venting/Antifogging: Aside from the noticeable sweat streams, these lenses stayed free of fogging.

Best For: Mixed light conditions on colder days when sweating won’t be as much of an issue. These would be an excellent go-to option for winter runs with partly sunny conditions.

Drawbacks: Rigid frames, not ideal for full-sun.



Stiders
http://ryderseyewear.com/node/6803

The Striders were my choice for Boston marathon, so no doubt about it. I 'm a fan of this product. Very sleek design. Sits really well on your face during run, no bouncing around.



Overall Rating: Excellent

Fit
As I mentioned Striders were my choice for Boston marathon and it passed the test with an A+ on this sunny Monday with 70 degrees weather. Design is great, you get fast feeling and fast look (if that matters) and the sunglasses "disappear" during your run.

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Sun Blockage: Striders came with a photocromic lens. The lens respond great to a sunny run and block the sun very well. lens feels a bit to dark on a cloudy day.

Venting/Antifogging: 3 hours of running in Boston during Boston marathon and no problems with fogging. I would say that Stryder fog free Sunglasses. 


Best for
Great products with the right price tag. Striders offers a fast sleek design. That fit well and disappear during your fog free run. Photocromic lens works really well and offer protection from sun and glare. 

Drawbacks: If you have a bigger face, Striders might run on the smaller size. Other then that none!

Friday, May 23, 2014

Sundog Running Sunglasses Review 2014

The Runningswede has been trying new 2014 sunglasses products together with Team Wicked Bonkproof founder/coach Caleb Masland. The sunglasses in this review has been tested during all kinds of weather conditions and work outs in New Jersey and North Carolina. We started to test the sunglasses back in February so the products has been trough a lot of different weather conditions. Brands featured in upcoming reviews are:
Julbo, Ryder, Sundog, Tifosi, Nike and XX2i. 

Sundog
Another new brand for us. Sundog catalog is been impressive nad you can find lot of different styles that will fit you. Sundog are priced form $49.99 to 99.99 depends of you choice of lens. We tried Pace, Bolt and Kick

http://sundogeyewear.com/

Pace
The only one piece lens in the test. 


Overall Rating: Excellent


Fit: Pace with its one piece lens has become to be one of my favorites. The feel Pace tends to disappear during runs which is a really great sign. he pace can run small on a bigger face. Frames and nose tip are adjustable so you will have no problems with your fit..

Smoke – Shiny Black (Green Accent)

Sun Blockage: The one piece lens is a great option an a windy day as it block the winds great. The lens itself is very dark which is a great feature on a sunny day. On a cloudy day, I experience the lens being a bit to dark. With the open frame design, nothing is in the way for your vision.

Venting/Antifogging: No problems with fogging as the lens and frame breaths really well. 

Interchangeable Lenses: No 


Best for: Everyday running. Pace was the only one piece lens in the test. Lot of runners and the trend has been geared towards this style lately. Pace is a really good contender in this category. Priced right and the adjustment opportunities make Pace a great option. 

Drawbacks: Can run small on lager faces. 






Bolt

Overall Rating: Excellent (Coach Caleb's favorite) 

Gradient Smoke – White Green


Fit: Very flexible and light, these glasses only touch on the nose an ears. These had the best shape for my face, and are the least noticeable when on. Nosepiece and earpieces are rubberized for added comfort.

Sun Blockage: Excellent. The lenses are very dark and provide complete coverage of the field of vision.

Venting/Antifogging: These lenses have multiple vents and are only attached to the frame at the nose. This provides excellent airflow and prevents fogging in all conditions.

Interchangeable Lenses: No (at least, not provided for testing)
Best For: Racing, and everyday use for sunny days.

Drawbacks: None

Kick

Fit: Great lifestyle fit. Its more relaxed but they stay put during easy and faster runs. We have not experienced any slippage during our runs.

Smoke (Ice Mirror) – Black

Sun Blockage: Very comfortable blockage that works in all kinds of weather conditions.

Venting/Antifogging: Does not fit close to the face as a traditional performance styled eye wear. Frame and lens breaths well. No issues with fogging. 

Interchangeable Lenses: No

Best for: Relaxed runs and on the the podium. Does not have the traditional performance fit, but they do work great and stay put during your run.

Drawbacks: None as we can see, good looking eye wear that can be used for multi-purposes and you look cool!

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Julbo Sunglasses Review 2014

Julbo

Julbo is a favorite brand along trail runners. Great looking sunglasses with high quality frames and lenses. 
Their catalog is limited and does not offers as many products as other brands, but you will find something that fits you. Last year we reviewed Dust and had a great success with them. This year we reviewed Pipeline and Ultra!

http://www.julbousa.com/


Julbo Zebra Light Ultra

Overall Rating: Good

Fit: Very large lenses and frames, which have have a tendency to come in contact with the eyebrows and cheeks. Earpieces are very light and flexible. These were the largest lenses of the tested options. The construction has the least amount of rigidity of the tested options, and is very easy to bed and flex.

Sun Blockage: These glasses feature photochromic lenses, so they don’t get as dark as the lenses on other 
glasses. In full sun, they darken a fair amount, but not quite enough for my liking.

Venting/Antifogging: The lenses are heavily vented by virtue of being attached only at the nose piece, and therefore are very resistant to fogging.

Interchangeable Lenses: Single photochromic lens option

Best For: Lower-light days, light rain or light snow conditions, sunny-day runs on trails.

Drawbacks: Not ideal for full-sun due to incomplete darkening of the photochromic lenses.






Definitely the coolest  sunglasses in this review. Pipeline offers  "zebra" lens technology which is a   photochromic lens. It can change from a light transmission rate of 42% to just 7%! Its anti-fog coating, directly integrated via laser, guarantees maximum efficiency and long life.  Pipeline is the most expensive product in this review, $180. 

Overall Rating: Good

Fit: Pipeline looks massive at first but the cut outs of the frame makes them very light weight. Pipeline fits close to your face and stay put during all kinds of test we have been throwing at them. At times strings of sweat interfere with the vision as the lens comes really close to face. 


Sun Blockage: These glasses feature photochromic lens with Zebra technology that works really well, for the weather conditions in NJ. Lens darkens for a comfortable blockage quick and at the same time offers comfortable vision for a cloudy day.

Venting/Antifogging: Pipeline fits very close to the face, so the fogging was something that worried me. By the big cut outs and the lens treatment the Pipeline did not fog up. Condensation has occurred  on humid days.


Interchangeable Lenses: Single photochromic lens option



Best for: Pipline looks really cool and other runners will definitely ask you about them. They sticks out in the crowd!. Pipeline and Julbo really offer high quality products and Pipeline is not exception.  Pipeline runs really close to the face and would be a great option on a trail run, as they offer great protection and the lens works well with the different sunlight you might experience during a trail run. But don't be afraid to use them on the road as well. Julbo is more then trail running! Step price tag but the Pipeline and Julbo is quality!

Drawbacks: The price tag is steep, at $180. The Pipeline might not be the best option an a humid day as we experienced condensation. If you wanna be the coolest runner at the race. Pipeline is the way to go.