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New Adidas Adizero sports sunglasses

After a couple years of running with my normal prescription sunglasses I finally broke down and bought a pair of sports sunglasses with prescription lenses. I have had enough of constantly pushing my glasses back up my nose because they slid down when the sweat begins. You may remember the product review I wrote in April 2010 for a pair of Ryders Eyewear. The nice folks at Outside PR were nice enough to send me a pair to review. Of course I loved the sunglasses, but was a little disappointed that I could not get them with a prescription. (My wife uses those now, and loves them.)

At first I was already set to shop for a new pair of Oakley sunglasses, but was surprised by the HUGE price Oakley charges for their lenses. (All added up I would be paying around $650 for the sunglasses with spare clear lenses for night running.) You see the trouble is that I do a bunch of running, which means I run during the day and sometimes at night. The pair of glasses I wanted would need to have lenses that could be changed out with clear ones for night running. Enter Adidas.

While at the store looking at Oakley I came to the decision that I would simply live with the way I had been doing things.  But the friendly store owner asked if I had considered other brands, and asked me to try on a pair of Adidas.  When I put them on I was immediately shocked.  They actually fit more comfortable than the Oakley with more adjustments possible, and were about $30 cheaper even before the prescription lenses were calculated. The clerk pointed out that with these glasses I could get lenses much less expensive because they could be made right in the store. (Total price for the glasses with 2 pairs of prescription lenses would only be around $300!) SOLD!

Now that I have had them for around 6 months I figured the time has come to talk about them. THEY ARE GREAT!!!

When running it is easy to get them on and off if I feel the need to wipe the sweat from my face, since I live in Florida and all. They never slide around or bounce as I run. The lenses easily pop in and out so I can switch from polarized to clear, and back again. Plus the stems and nose pads adjust to 3 different positions to allow complete customization. (Of course once you get them set right they will probably never change again.)

Overall I highly recommend these shades, even if you do not need prescription lenses. Enjoy.

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Week 30 to 40, 2011 training summary

Wow, it is hard to believe that 10 weeks have passed since my last blog post. So I will simply post all 10 weeks miles into one post as I get rolling on the blog again.  For the most part I have remained somewhat consistent, as I continue to run maintenance miles to keep up my fitness prior to actually training for an event.

Speaking of events, I am now in training for the 2012 Iron Horse Endurance run where I will once again try to finish my first 100 mile event.  Last year I completed my first 100K, and the year before that I completed my first 50 mile.  So I think this is the year I will finish my first 100 mile. I have started to ramp up the miles as I prepare, with only 18 weeks left till the event.

training_summaryRunning Miles:
Wk 30 – 41.5
Wk 31 – 34.5
Wk 32 – 35.5
Wk 33 – 33.66 (5=running, the rest was hiking)
Wk 34 – 12
Wk 35 – 18.5
Wk 36 – 35.5
Wk 37 – 37.5
Wk 38 – 36.25
Wk 39 – 34
Wk 40 – 46.5
2011 Running Miles: 1,502.41


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Week 29, 2011 training summary

Travelled to Ohio to visit family over the weekend, so did not get a full week of running, and it was worth it.  Had a great time catching up, and playing with my grand-kids.


Running Miles: 13.5
Quantity: 2 (see runs below)
2011 Running Miles: 1,161.66




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Week 28, 2011 training summary

This was a great week of training.  While I still do not have any plans on my next event, I will continue to train and rebuild my miles.  It seems strange to be rebuilding almost from scratch, but that is what is happening.  After the 14 mile long run I was tired, legs hurt, and I ate all day long.  In looking at my logs I remember when 14 miles was a pretty easy run, and I was completely functional afterwards. (I was running a lot more miles per week at that point.) While it is a little painful, it is also fun to go through it again.

training_summaryRunning Miles: 37.5
Quantity: 5 (see runs below)
Time spent running this week: 06:02:30
Calories burned: 5,065
Avg. Time/Mile: 9:19
Avg. Heart Rate: 147
2011 Running Miles: 1,148.16

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Week 19 to 27, 2011 training summary

Rather than bore everyone, including myself, with 9 weeks of very little training I have decided to consolidate the past 9 weeks into one post to catch up.  On a positive note I did end the first half of the year ahead of my goal with 1,066.16 miles, and if I stay healthy should be able to finish out my “2011 in 2011” goal. The groin and hip flexor injury I have been nursing for the past 9 weeks slowed me down a bit (especially in wk 22 through 24), but I still managed to put in some easy miles during the recovery.

Now that I am recovered from the injury I am thinking full speed ahead, and ready to decide on some event in the fall to train for.  Then I will put down a solid training plan to get me there.

training_summaryRunning Miles:
Wk 19 – 36
Wk 20 – 33.5
Wk 21 – 30.5
Wk 22 – 0
Wk 23 – 7.5
Wk 24 – 10
Wk 25 – 25
Wk 26 – 24
Wk 27 – 31
2011 Running Miles: 1,110.66