May | 2012 | True Fitness Blog

Three weeks ago JETT trainer Sara completed her first tough murder. For those of you who don’t know about the tough murder series it is a military style obstacle course adventure and endurance race. Each race is different but they are between 11 and 13 miles with 25 plus obstacles.

In the days leading up to the race I was getting very nervous and wondering what I had gotten myself into. I mean why did I think paying to jump into an ice bath, climbing over walls, or crawling in the mud seemed like a good idea? I must say by the time I was half way through the race I was ready to sign up for my next one!

My favorite aspect of the race is the comaraderie and team work. Many of the obstacles can not be completed without the help of others and weather you had a team or not all of those around you were willing and able to help. Everyone cheered for everyone and there was no negativity to be found.

Additionally the race supports a charity that I hold very close to my heart; the Wounded Warrior Project. Not only are there many soldiers that compete in the event I was multiple wounded warriors competing as well. All of a sudden that little scrap of my knee seems insiginifcant when the guy running next to me has a prosthetic leg.

This is an amazing event and I can not wait for round two in September!

I just purchased the Motorola S10-HD Universal Bluetooth Stereo Headphones and I am loving them. The sound is crystal clear for both music and phone calls. I am not exactly sure what HD sound is but I know I like it!

Another great feature is that you don’t need to plug an extra piece into your smart phone to transfer the sound. I had an earlier version and it was almost useless, because any extra movement would dislodge the receiver piece.

I also like the fit, they are very comfortable and have multiple sizes available for the ear buds. I am very thankful that these headphones are sweat proof as well, I don’t know how many sets of earphones I have bought over the years that just stop working once there is too much moisture.

The music playtime is 8 hours, the talk time is 9 hours and up to 10 days standby time.

Thanks you Motorola, I look forward to many workouts with my new headphones!!

It pained me to see that a class action lawsuit (http://www.stltoday.com/lifestyles/class-action-suit-filed-against-vibram-fivefingers/article_161dadaa-7a8a-11e1-aed9-0019bb30f31a.html) has been filed against Vibram Five-Finger shoes, mainly because I love the shoe. However I do think that the suit has merit, and it is true that some runners may never transition fully to minimalist shoe that requires a forefoot strike as opposed to a heel strike.

The lawsuit did give me pause and I started to think back to all the minimalist shoes I have tried in the past few years and not all of them have worked for me. As a matter of fact the only ones that have are the Vibram Five Fingers. The Saucony Hattori hurt my feet as well as the both the New Balance MT 10 and the New Balance 00.

In the case of the New Balance shoes, I think my feet are too narrow, as for the Hattoris, I guess they just didn’t work with my feet.

I currently run in either Vibram Five Fingers or the Nike Free 5.0 and that seems to make my feet happy.

I guess the best thing I can say about my continued use and fascination of all types of running shoes is that you must test the waters and ease into any radical change in design and likewise any change in running style.