"If you’ve raced with men on foot and they have worn you out, how can you compete with horses? If you stumble in safe country, how will you manage in thickets by the Jordan?" (Jeremiah 12:5). Our journey is intended to be more than simply "stumbling" through the days while the world "wears us out.” We are made to experience the thrill of "running with horses” and to navigate life amongst the "thickets." The RWH blog focuses on both the spiritual race of which Jeremiah speaks, and the physical act of running that I absolutely love. In short, it's where "the miles meet the Message" to provide insight, perspective & encouragement that might enable you & I to successfully run either of the races set before us. May our course be purposeful and may we be passionate in our pursuit of the abundant life He desires for us.

Friday, March 30, 2012

Excited Over a Sock? Absolutely!

When it comes down to it, the right pair of running shoes and a good pair of technical socks are all you really "need" for miles and miles of successful running. For me, the shoes have been a done deal for several years - Brooks Adrenalines, 10.5 (in the event anyone is looking to offload a few).  As for socks, I've just moved from brand to brand, varying thickness, material and style, and to spice things up every now and then, I'll change colors. I've never had an issue, but neither have I ever thought "wow, this is a great sock - it's my favorite."

That was then .......

So, let me back up just a few weeks. Every time I complete a marathon training cycle, I reward myself with a pair of "lucky socks." I leave them in the package and open only on race morning. I usually go with a tried and true pair of Thorlos or Balegas, the smart thing to do, right? Well, for some strange reason, I decided to go against all traditional thinking and grab a pair of Swiftwicks.  I had never purchased this brand prior, but the super thin material and compression like feel caught my eye.  Throughout training I had noticed that my socks felt a little snug in the Adrenaline 12's, so thinner was probably better.

Just in case, I took a couple of pairs to the starting line. I decided that if after walking a mile to the event, and jogging for a few minutes prior to the start, there was any discomfort, I could switch out before leaving my bag. As the gun time neared, the socks felt great.  Light, with some compression feel that was nice, airy and ready to go.  I stayed with them, but have to admit that I ran with fingers crossed!

Long story short, these are my socks. I am not a spokesman for Swiftwick, but I can tell you that I absolutely am excited about finding them. They are not cheap, so a reward might be in order before you go out and test them yourself, but I do highly recommend them. You might also want to know how your toes / feet respond to lightweight socks.  If you have a tendency to blister, you might want to proceed slowly.  I have never had that issue, so that's not a consideration.  If you try them, let me know what you think. 

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