February 21 – Hopping Mad 5K

FroggerWhy is this night different from all other nights? OK, so this isn’t a Seder question, but a question of amounts. Specifically, I’m writing about the amounts of hops that these little craft breweries mindlessly dump into their beers. It’s downright criminal and potentially not all that good for you.

Let me explain.

This evening I was supposed to attend an IT professionals networking meeting at the Dead Armadillo Brewery. I went. I was there at the appointed time, but no host. No big deal I thought. I’ll just sample a brew or two and see what’s up because I’ve never tasted Dead Armadillo’s products before. I asked the person behind the taps for something that’s not “overly hopped.” She responded that this brewery is very “hop forward” and I might have a difficult time finding something that matches my taste. “Hop forward”? Really?

HopsYou see, the problem with putting so many hops into a beer is that this hop madness makes them all taste the same because these neophyte “brewmasters” haven’t a clue as to how to throttle the amounts of hops, when to add them, or how not to add them to create a crisp, balanced beer.

Anyway, overhopping beer seems to be a trend these days that absolutely makes me ill. It’s great if you like for every beer to taste like grapefruit juice but if you prefer a beer with actual taste, other than the taste of hops, then you’re out of luck because they’re so “hop forward.”

I came home without a single sip of their “hop forward” concoctions and walked my 5K. It was the perfect balance of temperature, humidity, and a slight breeze that danced on my athletic palate like a tasty beverage from the unhoppy days of yesteryear.

So, I’ve decided that starting March 1, that I’m no longer going to post once a day for our 5K walks. I’ll post weekly, with a summary of each day’s events. I’ll post each Sunday morning.

I’ll post the occasional single post to highlight some special event, race, or occurrence that requires special attention. That is unless you want to see daily updates. In other words, if you want daily updates, then I’ll keep doing them.

Thanks for reading and remember to keep stretching.

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January 18 – Misty Mountain Hop

The thought of going to the gym today, for some reason, was just more than I could bare.

Mist Covered Mountains of HomeWhen I left work today, the weather had suddenly turned a bit nasty on me. It looked a little rainy and misty, but I decided that unless it was actual rain, that I was going to walk outside. The thought of going to the gym today, for some reason, was just more than I could bare.

I drove up to the house and saw Melissa finishing her 5K. She was so excited to get her 5K in the bag that she couldn’t wait for me. No, not really. She needed to finish earlier because she wanted to cook dinner and be ready to pick up our daughter from school. She finished breathless as I dashed inside to change. I was on my way before I saw her again.

My 5K was a bit different today. I walked my old 4 mile route that includes hills. The hills made my calves hurt. My shin splints have subsided–thank goodness. But my calves–oh my goodness, they were tight and hurting a bit because of the hills. One small hill in particular is difficult because it’s very steep and then there’s yet another uphill climb right after it. Melissa used to refer to those two as tortuous (paraphrasing).

I jogged a bit and kept my times reasonable. I finished in just over 42 minutes today, which works for me.

A few days ago, I told you about some socks that I bought Melissa and wrote that they were $5.00 socks. Well, I looked at the actual retail price, when we were picking up our Four Seasons Race medal–I had a moment of “Oh, yeah, I remember the sticker shock of $12.00 socks now.”

HokasYes, $12.00 for a single pair of socks. Of course, Melissa swears by them. They are Injinji socks that have individual toe spaces in them. Are they worth $12.00? I can’t tell you for sure, because I buy the cheap socks from Sam’s Club for myself. I also buy myself the inexpensive ($39.99) Asics running shoes from Academy, while she buys $100.00 Hokas from where ever she buys them.

She’s had almost every brand. Her sister recommended Saucony running shoes a couple of years ago, but she didn’t really like them.

I feel like shoe design has kind of gone off the deep end–kind of like beer overhopping. These shoes that have all this science wrapped up in them really don’t perform any better than my $40 kicks from Academy. Academy has the pricey ones too, but I don’t buy them. If a handful of hops makes a beer tasty, let’s dump in a whole bucketful and see what they think. They’ll love it, because we’ll tell them it’s good. The shoes are better because they’re expensive. Uh, no.

Sure good shoes are important, but do you really have to buy $100+ shoes every three months to stay at your peak performance? I don’t think so. Good socks are important, but $12.00 socks might be pushing it a bit.

Easy on the HopsIt’s kind of like buying a $9.00 beer. You have to finish it, because it cost you $9.00, but was it really $9.00 good? Nah, probably not. I’m not sure why beer is so pricey at brewpubs and bars, since the cost is roughly five to ten cents a pint to make, including all the damn hops they add.

So, I digress.

Buy good shoes and good socks. Do you have to spend more than $100 on shoes? No. Do you have to spend $10 or more on socks? No.

What shoe and sock brands do you wear when you walk or run? Let us know.