Frenetic Fitness

fre·net·ic /frəˈnetɪk/ done very fast and with a lot of energy, often by someone who is in a hurry.

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Free My Sole

The subject line of the email read “Runner’s World Sweepstakes Finalist!”. I enter a lot of contests and I knew Runner’s World Magazine recently promoted a contest for a year’s worth of shoes.  The person who contacted me sent multiple avenues by which I could determine that she was indeed an employee of Runner’s World and she wasn’t spamming or phishing.  Intrigued, I followed the instructions and waited, impatiently. Soon I received a confirmation that I had indeed won a years worth of shoes, which in a runner’s world, means six pair of shoes. Six. I don’t know about you, but I find running shoes that I like are expensive and I would prefer to replace them only when absolutely necessary. To me, that necessity arises about twice a year. Six pair of shoes is a veritable gold mine! I was informed that the choice of shoes would be determined by the sponsors which I understood to mean “Tell us what size you wear and we’ll see what we have in the pile of stuff they send us to test.”  Within a few days a large box was on my doorstep. I brought it inside and got all giddy like a kid on Christmas morning. Inside the box was a sampling of athletic shoe makers. Right away I noticed the distinctive red and white bag on the Puma shoes, and then discovered I had two pair of Pumas. I continued unpacking: Reebok, Skechers, and Asics. Then I saw a plain white box. Opening it I found a pair of blue Mizuno Wave Prophecy 2. Now, I know that the Prophecy shoe recently released in version 3, but I was intrigued. My current road running shoe corral includes a pair of Mizuno Inspires so I thought I might like what Runner’s World randomly chose for me. It just so happened that I was running a 10K a couple of days after the package arrived and in front of me lay a mound of shoes to test.



I guess now I have lots of shoes to write about and review,  although I admit, if anyone expects a technical review, this is the wrong place to look. I know what I like, I know what feels good, but when I read some shoe reviews I feel like the person writing them is a shoe designer and knows all the vocabulary that I don’t. What the heck is thermoplastic overlay?

Fit and technical components of the shoes played into my decision making process of which shoes to try first. Just kidding, the Mizunos were blue and orange and since I was running with a group of blind/visually impaired runners and guides wearing blue and orange shirts, I chose fashion over function. Don’t judge. In the first mile I knew I  made a good choice. The look of the Mizuno infinity wave sole reminds me of these wedge shoes I had in the early 80’s with a hole in the wedge like an oblong donut. I won’t concern myself with a weird aesthetic such as a sole that makes me think of pastries, because the shoes felt great. I am sometimes a neutral but more typically a stability shoe purchaser. These shoes feel solid, which people who like a truly neutral shoe probably won’t like. The cushion was good, but not overwhelming and the advertised “propulsion” of the wave sole doesn’t seem far off the mark. I was able to run a decent pace without feeling the nagging pain of a recent knee problem. In short, I can’t wait to try the rest of the shoes, but for now the Mizuno Wave Prophecy 2 just went to the front of the running shoe rotation.





Choppin’ Broccoliiiiii

I have a new cutting board. It makes me want to sing like Dana Carvey. I’m CHOPPIN’ BROCCOLI!

On New Year’s Day, one of the blogs I follow, Jacklyn’s OhByGolly blog, posted a giveaway. Now Jacklyn is model gorgeous, has mad skills in the sewing, fashion, refashion and decorating arenas and to top it off, not only does she have some power tool skillz, she has friends who do beautiful woodwork. Owl Creek Woodshop makes some lovely items including these cutting boards. I happened to win one. That’s right, in line with my recent winning streak, I won a new cutting board. I’ve been choppin’ broccoli and everything else on it ever since.



The boards are handcrafted from the finest hardwood. I just can’t get over how adorable the brand is, that sweet little hoot. Shop Local!

Salad Fixins

Salad Fixins

If you want to have one of these beauties for yourself or as a gift for someone you really really like, you can get one or three from Owl Creek Woodshop via Facebook or at


I’m winning! And not in a Charlie Sheen-Tiger Blood kind of way. I have a habit of sitting down and catching up on neglected blog readings in big chunks. Just before the Holidays I was catching up on my favorite outdoor blogs when I noticed that Buff Inc. Blog was doing a 12 Blogs of Christmas. Intrigued I read them all ranging from that recent cycling scandal to setting PRs to favorite hiking trails.

Each “episode” carried with it a small prize package that would be up for grabs by answering a question relating back to the blogpost. Of course I answered them all, not because I expected to win but because I was enjoying the blogs and the questions. It was a game which I was also playing with my spouse while we contemplated each answer though the How do you feel about governing bodies removing cycling titles? had already been discussed ad nauseam. My winning question: If you could transport yourself to the ultimate hiking trail right now, which one would you want to be on and why? My answer was the Appalachian Trail because it’s on my bucket list. High on my list.


I got the email from Buff a couple of weeks later letting me know I’d won a prize package of a new merino wool Buff for my collection of Buff headwear, a Deuter ACT 24 backpack and a pair of socks from Woolrich. Color this outdoor girl excited. My new backpack and Buff arrived in the mail in quick order.
I took my new backpack on a hike in the Buffalo Point Recreation Area. Outdoor boy wanted to hike to see a large Indian cave dwelling on the Indian Rockhouse Cave Trail. The day was warm for January, sunny and hovering around 60 degrees so I packed water, lunch, a towel, a trail guide and a light jacket in my new pack with plenty of room to spare. The pack allows for a water bladder, has lots of organizing pockets inside and out and a rain fly.


The multi adjustable straps were easy to fit. It isn’t women’s specific so I expected trouble with the shoulder adjustments as that issue has come up with many packs I’ve tried but I was able to get them comfortable with no problem. The new pack got to visit some very cool places on our short hike.


Indian Rockhouse Cave

Though it was warm on the day we took our Indian Rockhouse hike, a couple of days later the high temps had dropped 27 degrees and the sky was overcast. I was so happy I had packed my new Buff just in case because we were going to hike out to the most iconic rock outcropping in the Ozarks, Whitaker Point also known as Hawksbill Crag. It was a cool and breezy 34 degrees with gray skies when our hike began but my ears stayed nice and toasty thanks to my Buff.


Whitaker Point Trailhead

The trail head marker is also a tribute to Dale Bumpers for his commitment to preserving Arkansas’ natural areas.



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