Sunday, July 7, 2013

Wow.

I am ashamed that it has been since October since my last post. A lot has changed since then; however, one bright side, I have gotten back into running. Went out this morning and ran a good 5.5 miles in a tad over an hour. Hopefully when I get on a computer instead of typing on my phone I will have a more in depth post.

~Evan

Monday, October 29, 2012

One decision... is all it takes...

... how much things have changed...

Before those seven months, you could not keep me off the roads, I was closing in on my first marathon, and my first ultra, running was the essence of my life so to speak. Everything I did revolved around learning everything I could about it, to improve, to spread the word of minimalism, to coach others on foot strike, and anything and everything I possibly could about running. And while that made me a little dull of a conversationalist at times, it was still the highest point I have ever been at in my life...

And then the job came into play. I lived and breathed it for the longest time, to the point I set up an autorefresher on my email so I would not miss a single thing. Replying to emails at 1 in the morning, taking care of every issue the moment I could as quickly as possible. So I put running on the back burner. I promised myself I would go out as often as possible and log miles.. But that never happened... It finally hit me a month and a half later when I went to meet the running group for the weekly 3.5 mile run that I ruined myself. It felt impossible. So very similar to the way I felt the first day of the c25k. It put the nail in my coffin.

I fell in love with my job, to the point I was talking with my boss about me moving up there and working in office, of course not anything at that moment too detailed, just a concept, an idea. With my pay from that job, there was no way I could afford the move, so I picked up another job in hopes of saving money to move up there and work at the job that did not feel like one. To work at the place I saw my future at for years to come, helping to create something greater...

But it has proven to be far to much...

This job has trashed it all... To the point I have no time to do anything but work and sleep. The concept of running, and exercise, seems foreign to me, pointless, and like a distant memory from a happier time. A time that does not have a future. Working 70+ hours a week starting at 7:30 p.m., the fact it is night shift alone makes it so much more taxing. No to mention we are loading parts that at times can be heavy in the oddest ways. It has left my body trashed, to the point lifting a gallon of milk would result in the need to mop if I am not wearing my wrist brace. It has left me with a shoulder that grinds, cracks, pops, and screams. Feet that seek comfort in traditional shoes. A body that cannot take anymore... No time off... No time to repair itself, to fix itself.. No time to prepare for the next onslaught... No choice but to endure.

This job has left me angry. Angry that I lost my life per se. My fitness, my health, my time, the future I had all planned out. All in the name of a little extra green bills that most people wouldn't believe/know was actually make out of cotton. This job has left me without that familiar hue of color life took on during those best months of my life. And while this job greatly benefits for the house, not so much for the individual player. For the cost of the benefit is slowly overtaking the benefit itself. Even as I write this, eyes are crossing, head grows foggy, and thoughts begin to disappear, even though I have only been awake since 6 last night. Even as I write this, knowing this site used to be my pride and joy, and now I hate it for being a constant reminder for what I pissed away.  This job has left me a ticking time bomb, of fuming anger... and the timer is getting close to running out... the casing is beginning to crack, being taken out on people who do not deserve it. By the time it is wrangled, it is already too late...

This job, much like a stripper to pay her way through college, was a means to an end. But it has quickly became the end itself...

~Evan

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Nuun Review!

Many runners, have heard of Nuun, but not that many have given it a shot because they feel what they have works for them, but MAN are they missing out.

Nuun isnt just something to use while you run or work out, it is something you can drink just on a daily basis. But that isnt the best part, you get all the stuff you need and none of the stuff you dont! Let me start with why I LLOOVVEE Nuun!


  • It is all tablets, No need to pour powder, or measure it out. Quick and easy!
  • No over sized bottles to worry about *Cough gatoraid Cough* 
  • Everything you need, and nothing you dont.
  • Absorbs like the drop of a hat. Seriously.
  • No matter what time it is or what I feel like, I can still drink it.
  • It makes me want to drink more on a run, when normally I would drink too little.
  • It is easily the best blend of electrolytes on the market. The sodium and potassium does a stunning job at preventing cramping.
  • There is no such thing as a 'bad' flavor of nuun.

I may not always have chia, I may not always have my gps, and I may not always have a clean tech shirt, but when ever I do run, I ALWAYS ALWAYS have at least one bottle with Nuun in it, out of every product I have received, apart from footwear, Nuun is by far the best one and the once I use at least once a week, sometimes more depending on my mood.

Also, it is the one product you use for running that you do not have to go to a specialty store for. I have actually heard from a few friends that you can find nuun at Krogers!

at roughly 50 cents a tablet, it is by far worth the cost, or lack there of, For more information on Nuun and the amazing benefits check it out here.

~Minimalist Evan

I am sorry.

I just wanted to say sorry to all my readers, companies I promised to review (and still will) for not being here at all. Life has taken quite a twist since I first began blogging.

I have taken on a second job (the dreaded night shift) and That pretty much leaves me going to work, coming home, sleeping, waking up to do my job with leming, and going back to sleep, Rarely if ever do I ever touch my computer other than things that require me to for work.

I am surprisingly awake after just getting off an hour ago, So I will try and hammer a few reviews out, not necessarily going in order, but for the ones I enjoy the most, and that I think everyonne should try.

Again I am so sorry that I have not been around here, If it wasnt for this blog, I would have never, never in a million years would I have been where I am now, I never would have had the chance to work with such a great company, and meet so any great people.

Monday, June 25, 2012

Review - Gu Energy and Giveaway!



Alright, anyone who runs has obviously heard of GU Energy, and for those of you who don't, it is an energy gel, hence the Energy part, but I digress. I probably received eight of the ones listed above, and while it is a very person specific flavoring, I found that the Peanut Butter and Vanilla Bean to be the most stomach conscience.

Instead of reviewing them per se, I will recount my race experience with them along with a few test shots before the race.

A few days before the race I tried a couple just to see how I react to them, and being adhd, I am very aware of hyperactivity, and I can say these put me on par with being a day without my meds, however, on a more direct level. Without my meds I have a ton of energy but cannot control it, with my meds and these little things, I have a ton of energy and I can control it. And that is while there is no  physical activity going on.

While running however it provides quick and effective bouts of energy, even though it does not last too terribly long (20-30 minutes). However, in my case towards the end of the race I did not have enough fluids and the last couple gels landed like bricks in my stomach. Which is my fault.

During the same race I was able to get my hands on a few hammer gel (used on a separate run to keep from mixed results) and I can say that the GUs go down easier, taste better, and easier to manage, due to size. And while it is not quite the natural route I would have preferred (chia), it is still a pretty awesome effective product.

I have since used it on multiple runs since with none of the previous issues.

I can easily recommend this to anyone looking a boost in energy during a run, race, or as a jump start to the day.

For more information or Gu Energy Click Here

GIVEAWAY

The guys at Outside PR have okayed me running a Giveaway! My first one ever! So be warned there may be a few little kinks to work out. What do you think of Rafflecopter? I found out about it from Barefoot Angie Bee definitely seems like an improved easier way to preform a giveaway.
a Rafflecopter giveaway


These products have been provided to me by Outside PR free of charge. However, it has not colored my opinion of the product whatsoever. All opinions are my own.

Review - iFitness Belt



This belt is one of a kind, and pretty much the only running belt I would ever wear if I had to wear one. Not only is it comfortable, but it is by far durable! Relax, I didn't take a knife to it or a propane torch, but just for the sheer fact of the materials. Its not cheap.

The pocket fits almost everything I needed due to the stretchiness of the neoprene, however, I do wish it was just a touch wider (from top to bottom) just to give it a little more room, but thats just for a little more room for a little more stuff. Don't get me wrong though, it is STILL the best running belt I have ever worn.

There is absolutely no bounce at least in my case, which is always annoying for me. That is the one reason I decided against a hydration belt, but that is another story for another time. The Belt, the actual band, is by far the most well done one I have experienced, no rough edges, no bunching, no annoyances.

As you can see, we have a phone, a couple gels, and a mp3 player, and due to the stretchiness of the neoprene it still closes. You cant get that with the cheap belts you get from walmart, those end up literally falling apart, just trying to carry the same things. Not to mention it allows you to hang your race bib instead of putting holes in your Running shirts.





The biggest reason I asked this company instead of others is that this company makes running belts. sure you can get one from a company that makes tons of running gear, but they will never make a product that is as good as someone who specializes in said product. Which I feel 100% comfortable saying their lines will be the best belt you could ever own.

Plus there is no other product I would have trusted to carry my gear on my first half marathon. See that tell tale glow, coloration and lettering on the side. If you wear running belts, It would be a mistake to wear anything else.







Full disclosure: I received the product for free via iFitness. However, it has not influenced my review in any shape form or fashion, all opinions are my own.

Monday, June 4, 2012

A call to action? Or jumping on the ball prematurely?

Even though I do not run as much as I used to, I still enjoy trying to turn people on to minimalism. So when I feel the opportunity may present itself, I load  up my backpack with some of the key shoe brands to show them off and show that it isn't just all those toe shoes. Due to the story behind them I always make sure to pack my huaraches, which automatically ties into the Tarahumara running extreme distances in sandals they made out of tires. Which always shocks the lucky (or unlucky, depending on how you consider it) listener.

But today I received a call from one of those listeners saying they contacted the local tire factory (bridgestone) about sending the defective tires down to mexico for the Tarahumara. And they said they would give me the credit for it. And all I could think is "There is no way I want anything to do with this.".  Not to mention that kind of outside contact by far would not be in the best interest I think anyways. So I called them on it d they didn''t understand why I was so upset why they would even consider it.

So what I want to know is was I right regarding being upset or is it a good idea? let me know in the comment!