Friday, April 11, 2014

Thirty48 Calf Sleeves Review "They might make you faster and more attractive to the opposite sex?"


What the heck does Thirty48 mean?
It's not named after the Kuwait Iraq border
Latitude 380 Longitude 48
For that matter what is CEP, Zensah or 2xu either?

Go to Thirty48.com Use PAT15 (15% off)
and find out what Thirty48 means to you?

Time for another strange anomaly that is my life.  Since February.  I've been trying out a product from a sock company.  Socks?  I wear socks even less than is wear a t-shirt, shoes or even underwear.
(Ha ha TMI)

But Calf sleeves?
Once Upon A time I was a big fan of them.
Elevate your sport performance with Thirty 48!
Thirty 48 Cp Compression sleeves-sock are 15-20mmHg, and can lead to increased performance and mobility.
Compression leg sleeves are made with Catalyst AF Design creating airflow to help with circulation. The compression leg sleeves can be worn during training or for recovery to increase oxygen blood flow to the muscles of the lower leg for faster recovery, making it possible to maximize your potential.

  • Increases blood flow, allowing more oxygen to reach those muscles
  • Improves Performance by altering muscle force, muscle power, or muscle contraction efficiency
  • Prevents Injuries such as shin splints, and soothes aching muscles post-workout
  • Graduated compression helps to enhance endurance during long runs and workouts
  • Calf Compression Sleeve-Socks Made with 87% Nylon, 13% Spandex

I use to wear compression CEP calf sleeves 
(often referred to as calf panties among runners)
I wore them when I set the world record for running on sand and then again when I broke my own record
 I wore them in my first trail race win
and in my first win in a 50km.

I really liked my CEP sleeves but they were always so tight getting them off my legs was a very painful ordeal.  Sometimes knowing I would have to take them off prevented me from wearing them and once I was so tired I had to cut them off my calves.

Thus I strayed away from calf sleeves and guess what happened?
I run barefoot pretty much every day sometimes as much as 24 hours in a week you can find me strolling through the soft sand at the beach.  When you run barefoot or in minimalist shoes/sandals your calves get a good workout which makes them tight.  When your calves are tight they put more strain on other parts of your body like you I.T. bands, your achilles tendon and your plantar fascia.

Last May my calves were very tight (Not wearing sleeves) but I was too stubborn to get things loosened up while I was training as hard as ever.  My achilles tendon on my left heel to started ripping off in the back.
(delightful)
It's pretty painful situation to deal with and has seriously hampered my training and racing.

I probably should not be running?
(Pat don't listen to yourself)
But if I do it is imparable that I keep the rest of my leg loose especially my calves.

Enter in:
I started wearing the sleeves in early February.  Almost instantly I was able to train a little harder and run a little faster.  I entered my first 5k in about 6th months.  I wasn't that fast but I felt good and I finished in fourth place

Redondo Beach 5k
Two weeks later I wore them in 5k Trail race which I won and I felt so good I ran the 10km right after and won that as well.
Rancho San Juan

Compared to the Cep sleeves I had worn in the past the Thirty48 sleeves felt equally as good compression wise, they were a little bit thicker which I liked.  They kept  my calves warm, loose and kept the blood flowing.  Best of all they were easy to take off afterwards


I liked them So much I got my fellow Lunatic Tyler Tomasello to give them a try.
Here's what he had to say:
Thirty 48 sleeves are great, My race season is shaping up to be the best ever and i think it has a lot to do with the sleeves. three races into the season and three PR's. No cramping and minimal pain… Thanks to these sleeves"
Next 
Along with my little buddy  Tyler. 
 We tested out the sleeves in the desert of AZ followed by a few weeks of hiking and running through Mexico culminating in the 50 Mile Caballo Blanco Ultra Marathon
The sleeves worked great and by the time race day came along my calves felt fresh and the pain I was use to feeling in my achilles now seemed somewhat under control
Bonus:
They also make a good beer Koozie
As soon as I got back from Mexico I won another 5k (course record) finishing a good thirty seconds faster than I expected
Run to Fight Children's Cancer 5km
Tyler also finished in the top Top 10 in the 10km.

The following week Tyler ran 100 his fastest 100 miler ever at the 2014 Run4kids.
I was sick and only managed a little over 70 miles.

A week later I ran another 50km finishing 4th.  I doubt my body would of held up to such a rigorous racing schedule without the help of my Thirty48 sleeves. But the best was yet to come

I signed up for one last Ultramarathon, my fifth race and 4th Ultramarathon in 5 weeks.
I went out fast and finished even faster
with a course record time of 3:36
Beyond Limits 50km
I'm not saying that wearing thirty48 sleeves will change your life but they might make you faster
They may even make you more attractive to the opposite sex.  They are worth a try and if it works for this dumb ass it may work for you.

So far the my sleeves are holding up great.  I am very happy with them and will be using them at the Boston Marathon in less than two weeks.
thirty48.com
Don't forget to use "PAT15" at checkout to save 15%
Have fun
:)

Thursday, January 9, 2014

2013 P.R.O.S.T.A.T.E.. awards! A totally biased celebration of friends and crap that I like

In honor of the year that was
&
In an effort to rid myself of some plastic rakes I found on the beach.

I present you with the
2013
P.R.O.S.T.A.T.E. 
Awards
(it'a an acronym)
Plastic Rake On String To Acknowledge Tremendous Excellence.
(rake size and color may vary)

Race of the Year 
The only way it could have been better is if their was some sort of live Metal Mariachi band?
--NEWS FLASH--
 METALACHI 
WILL BE PREFORMING LIVE AT THE 2014 BORN TO RUN EXTRAVAGANZA

Honorable mention:

Race Director/Running Organization
The Coury Brothers and family

Honorable Mention:

Ultra Runner of the Year
8 Year old Teagan
Finisher of the Javelina 100km and 100 miles at Across the Years

Honorable mention:
Ian Sharman
The fastest man ever to complete the grand slam of Ultra-running

Honorable Mention:
Tracy Thomas
Tracy raised over $6,000 for the 100 mile club. and then was the outright winner in the 100 mile Endurance Challenge.

Burro of the Year


Travelling buddy of the Year
Tyler Tomaello
We traveled many miles and drank many beers

Honorable mention:
La Mariposa and Frenchie.
I love you guys.

Man of the Year
Every dude who used his own urine to clean a toilet seat and then wiped it off afterwards for the next person to use it

Woman of the Year
All women who who fight for equality!
If I had to wear a shirt everyday it would drive me insane.

Beard of the Year
Robert Shackelton Shackelford
I tried my best but  I wasn't even close.

Race Shwag
Leadville Burro Race
Not only did I not know I was getting a buckle, I also got a 4 pack of IPA. Not bad for getting second to last place.

 Honorable Mention:
F.O.K.A. B. M.
Federation of Kick Ass Beer miles
Shovel on a string

Dancer of the Year
Chris Rios and Maria Walton
Rios's behind the back clap move has been known to spontaneously in-pregnant whole ballrooms full of Infertile women.
Honorable mention to: 
Steph, Shawn and Scott

Musical Performance of the Year
Nacho
On a moonless night in Urique my friend Nacho strummed away at his violin

Beer of the Year
Stone Ale

Best Stone Ale of year
All of the IPA's brought down to Mexico for me by Mike miller and Pat Muldowney.  I am very fortunate to have such good friends.

Blog of the Year
http://foundonthebeach.blogspot.com/
By far my favorite blog!

Honorable Mention:
(shameless? You betcha!)

Food of the Year
The avocado

Honorable mention:
The taco w/avocado
 and
 the Vegan pizza also w/avocado

Snack Bar of the Year
Bearded Brothers
Raw, Vegan and Gluten free.


Inspirational quote of the year
Wake up and Frolic!
I love it

Gear of the Year
Black Shorts.
There is really only one piece of gear that I need to go running 
any brand will do but the liner should also be black.

Honorable mention:
The water bottle
Personally I prefer Ultimate Hydration handhelds but just about any bottle will do.


Shoe of the Year
Shoes are lame.  No winner here.

Honorable Mention:
If I got to wear somthing on my feet it's gonna be a pair of 
Luna Sandal

Shovel of the  Year
I'm a sucker for the Heart handle
Honorable mention:
First place Shovel on a string award presented to Nick Coury at the Javelina Beer mile

Favorite item Found on the Beach
 I don't know why I love this stupid flashlight so much but I do.
Honorable Mention:
His name is GustAvocado and if I die and have one of those Mexican roadside shrines dedicated to me, I want him in it.
Random cool moment of the year
"The Magic of Ometepe"
While at the beach I noticed a playing card sitting face down washed up on the shore?  (Okay whatever)  I went on to tell Tyler a story of  how when I was younger (Younger? I was younger yesterday!) I had a lucky card. The 4 of clubs (think four leaf clover) well I use to steal them out of decks whenever I came across an unguarded one, even  from the occasional casino (I'd look pretty tough in jail telling that story) Nobody really misses a "4" an ACE maybe but not a 4. Eventually I had a full deck of fours and have probably come across between 1 and 2 hundred of them over the years. Not really a compulsion just a hobby that I have since given up?  
I have also won money blindly picking 4 of clubs out of deck (not my deck, lol) on the same night I guessed someones birthday. (but that's whole other story)
"Hey Tyler, you wanna take a guess what card that is?"  I think he guessed like 9 of diamonds or somthing like that?
By now you know what my guess was!
I walked over picked up the card and showed it to him before I took a look.
His face instantly lit up with astonishment I knew what card it was.  
(it felt like we were in an episode of lost)
Pretty freaking cool. 
 The card is by far my favorite souvineer from my trip to Nicaragua

Religion of the year


I have my own take on this theology:
Actions speak louder than words and gods! Call it Karma, Korima  or Newton's third law.  What you do does matter and sooner or later it will come up give you a kiss or bite you in the ass.


THE END

If you were the lucky winner or an Honorable mention of the 2013
P.R.O.S.T.A.T.E.
awards and would like to receive your prize please send me a Paypal payment of $500 to cover shipping and handling and your rake on a string will be sent out at my convenience.
Either that
Or
Ask me to bring it with me somewhere that we might cross paths and please bring me a beer..

Congratulations to all the Winners.
You Rock!

Bonus:

Now for the worst of 
2013

Worst trend in running
Sure, I love boobs as much as the next guy but I don't want them while running an ultra. Hate is a strong word but I hate bra's on women and I don't wish to wear one either. Hydration packs that place bottles on the chest are a stupid fad that has got to go.

Biggest Ouch
A days before the 2013 Caballo Blanco Ultra Marathon I got that splinter wedged so far under my finger nail I had to cut the nail just to get to.  Miraculously I was able to pull out complete, I didn't loose my fingernail and more importantly it did  not get infected.
Worst Hair cut of the year
Thank you to the beauty school drop out at Super cuts for giving my the stylings of Hitler's mustache on my forehead.  I got that haircut in May and haven't had once since.

Sore Loser of the Year
Yanins Kouros at Across the Years 2013-14
Since his Douchebaggery spans from an event from 2013-14 he is also eligible for next years award.