Monday, November 23, 2015

Luna Sandals Origin Review

I have been running in Luna Sandals pretty much since their inception.  I have seen many different types of sandals come and go many of which were never sold to the public  I have probably raced more miles in Huaraches  than any other gringo.

I have spent most of the year running on roads first running across the entire country mostly in Luna Mono's and then most recently running from the Chicago Marathon to the New York Marathon 900 miles in 20 days wearing mostly Luna Gordo Mono's (review coming soon).

To date this year I have ran over 6,000 miles this year with over half of them in Luna's
Over the last month I finally got a chance to try out the Luna Origin and it has quickly become my favorite sandal.

Since the beginning Luna has wanted to a tire tread sandal.  At first they thought using recycled tire was the answer but after some research they found out that the process of grinding tires and then gluing back together turned out to be worse for the environment than making a totally new product.  (Bummer)
 Manuel Luna and I at the Huisuchi ball race December 2013
Luna's sandals
I can attest that tire does not inherently mean better. It means more durable and less ground feel in the case of the Tarahumara it usually means zero ground feel. The older generation and the more conservative runners tend to wear a very thick tire sole up to an inch thick.  For them a  mold-able sole like that found on the Luna Mono is less desirable for the rigors of everyday life in the canyons.
 I had a pair of tire sandals made for me the first year I went down to to the Copper Canyon back in 2011  by my friend Ignacio  aka
Not all tire is equal and although the the tread is pretty awesome it is way too floppy and is about as useless to me as those sandals I saw on Shark Tank.  But you get what you get and you don't upset.  I still have them.
 I am thankful for the friendship it began with Nacho
Nacho Playing the the Violin 2014.
After years of waiting Luna finally made the perfect tire sandal.  Using an Upcycled Michelin Tire for tread and Vibram mid-sole they created both the most durable Luna ever and the most comfortable tire treaded sandal I have ever worn.
The tread has Natural curve upwards preventing the sandal from feeling floppy while still being very flexable
I recently took them with  me on trip to Urique and this is my initial impression
They are a little heavy, but still lighter that most most trail running shoes or chacos. I don't know if I will end up racing  in them or not. The more I wear them the more I am enjoying the added weight. If speed Is what you after I'd go with the Mono's but for training these are perfect.  When I put on my mono's now they feel weightless
The Origin are a great all purpose sandal. and has quickly become my go to everyday choice of foot wear.
Photo by Mikko Ijäs
If you are looking for a sandal that is built to last look no further.

If you want a second opinion here's what Barefoot Ted has to say
 can be be purchased online or you if you can track me down I have a bunch of pairs to sell at cheaper than retail roving monkey price.
I will be running  in the following event before the year is over.


Tuesday, June 2, 2015

The 3 most Overrated and Pretentious Beers

I write this this post out of boredom and frankly I don't care what the  you drink, you have the right to like whatever the hell you want.  It's okay if you like one of these beers.   You may even be a swell person even though I think  your taste in beer sucks.

If you offer me any of these there beer's I may say 
because if I say "no"people may stop offering me free beer and I don't want take that risk
Please know that you are killing slowly. The taste of these beer fills me with same disgust as watching fox news or two girls sharing one cup.

I do not have a palate for Belgium, sour, cream, white or amber ales.
I am IPA drinker who also drinks plenty piss yellow American and Mexican pilsner and lagers.

I would rather drink warm flat Steel Reserve than any of these three beers.
So without further ado I give you

The 3 most Overrated and Pretentious  Beers.

#3 Fat Tire Ale
It tastes like they  water collected from a parking lot full of rusting Huffy's fermented in an old water bottle by moldy Gatorade residue.

Who drinks this crap?
People who think they use to be cool who are trying to grasp on to memory that doesn't exist

#2 Firestone 805
It taste like water collected from Refugio State beach after an oil spill

Who Drinks this crap?
Just north of Los Angeles lies a community of pretentiousness  people unified by their star bellied Sneetch hatred of anything L.A. other than the Dodgers. If this is what they drink at their frankfurter roasts and marshmallow toasts, I sure as hell didn't want to go anyway.

#1 Blue Moon

It taste like watered down horse piss with a twist of lemon and hint of feces.

Who Drinks this crap?
People who hate beer that know nothing about beer but want to impress their beer drinking buddies.


Monday, June 1, 2015

Roll Recovery R8 a Masochistic Love Story between a man and his imaginary American Gladiator

 This is the story of how I fell in love with 
About 5 years ago I had my first battle with Iliotibial Band Syndrome. (a tight IT Band)  Back then there was no such thing as the Roll Recovery R8
 So I bought The Stick. I don't think it's a bad product but the massage was way too superficial, partly on account of my wimpy upper body strength. No matter how much a massaged my IT band, it did not get any better and now my arms and shoulders needed  massage as well
  So I got foam roller.  Meet
Almost everyday for the next few months we rolled on the floor together.  At first I  shrieked like a little girl. I never fanciest myself to be much of masochist. Pain is not somthing I usually enjoy. But neither is injury.  I knew the pain was good for me and it became addicting for awhile Rolonya and I had a good thing going.

But overtime as I healed an got back into running again, I got lazy and our time spent on the floor together diminished. I was too tired for are daily romp.  I was no longer  injured I had a hard time convincing myself  to be proactive.
We tried to spice things up but are affair was over except for the occasional one night stand.  

I thought Maybe I needed somthing more intense?
So I bought "The Grid"  which by all means is a pretty awesome foam roller 
(other than being very hard to draw on)
It suffers from the 2 problems that all foam rollers suffer from.

1.  When I am trying to recover from a hard workout I do not have the energy to provide my own resistance
2. It requires quite a bit of room to roll around on.

The solution was simple?
I needed my own personal American Gladiator to massage me
I needed 
Why Zap?
Because "Nitro" is a prick!

Owning my own American Gladiator would be pretty expensive. Plus if you have ever seen me without my shirt on It's pretty obvious I have no clue where to buy the steroids needed to feed them

So I got the next best thing

It turns out I got "ZAP"  after all.  It's pretty clear to me how they came up with design.
Photo by Stan Evans
I recently ran across the United States and I brought "Zap" with me.
 My body would be tested like never before! 
Each day I ran my ass off and had little energy left to do anything else besides drink a beer. 
Thankfully the Roll Recovery R8 is spring loaded providing almost all of its own resistance. 
It turns out all that beer drinking gave me just enough arm strength to use ZAP.
Plus I could use it anywhere.
With each passing day my love for ZAP grew.  I'm not the possessive type.
So I shared her with many friends along the way and the praise was universal.
And so were the grimaces.
(Caution video contains a foul mouthed Texan, watcher beware)

ZAP and I still are together.  Although I am done with my transcontinental run I still use her everyday for at least 5 to 10 minutes.  She sits next to the couch always there for me. The Roll Recovery R8 provides a great deep tissue massage with little effort. I don't recommend throwing way your foam roller but a foam roller that isn't being used will not help you.  The R8 takes almost no effort to use and is perfect the lazy endurance athlete like myself.

Save your energy for your workout
use the R8 to Recover.

I love you ZAP! 
Ha Ha 

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?

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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.
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"
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
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.
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