Sunday, July 15, 2012

Merrell Pace Gloves - a minimal review

by Rachel

I have wanted to be a "minimalist" or "barefoot" runner ever since I read Born To Run. It really made sense! We didn't evolve to wear a bunch of motion-control, stability, padded shoes, binding us into this false sense of comfort, right?

I went through the process of adjusting to barefoot/minimalist running - more so on the minimalist front - over a period of a year or two... and I feel I'm finally at the point where I can run whatever distance I need to in minimalist shoes. I do own a pair of hardcore trail running shoes, but honestly, they feel clunky and heavy! I'd much rather wear barely there, light as a feather, glove-like shoes at this point.
barely there, light as a feather?

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

San Diego 100 My story

by Paul

I've been trying to wrap my head around the whole experience of training and running the SD100. These last few weeks I've been in and out of depression and happiness. How can I be depressed and happy about something that I accomplished? I would have to say that when I think about the race and the troubles I had, it brings me to tears at times. It was such a mental game for me to keep going after my initial falling apart at mile 28. I really didn't understand what went wrong...

Saturday, July 7, 2012

Pura Vida Chocolate Pancakes

We love Pura Vida!

We would go to Las Vegas just to visit Pura Vida I think... Chef Mayra rocks!

This last trip to Las Vegas, we stopped in to Pura Vida for brunch, and there were lots of new items on the menu... but one immediately stood out and started calling my name.... I didn't even read the description, or the title - one look at the picture and I knew I had to order it... a stack of chocolate pancakes dotted with chocolate chips and banana slices, topped with chocolate syrup, then drizzled with maple syrup - MUST EAT!!!

My poorly attempted phone picture of this awesomeness doesn't do it justice - it was amazing! Now, I wouldn't call this "breakfast" by any means - and if you're eating this for breakfast every morning then you may have a chocolate addiction heh

But WOW - the first bite I took was heaven... honestly. There were a number of different chocolatey textures all combined in one forkful - and for a chocolate lover like me, this was a great stack o' pancakes! Once I started digging in, I realized this was a serious plate of chocolate... and I had a feeling I would not be able to finish it. The maple syrup and the bananas did an awesome job of offsetting the chocolate, so you weren't just eating mouthfuls of chocolate for your whole meal. But, at one point, I just could not eat ONE... MORE... BITE... of chocolate. I know, terrible of me to say, right? I really wanted to finish it!

Paul ate 1/3 of it, I probably ate 1/4 of it - and we definitely took the rest home and ate every bite of it!

Chef Mayra told us that it was a plate she had rarely seen anyone finish in one sitting - it's so decadent that it's hard to finish - that's the only way I can really describe this! Which doesn't take away from the fact that I would totally order this again!

For fun, here is another post about the pancakes - their picture is much better lol