I decided to drive down and run the Santa Monica Classic 10k. With a few races popping up, I like to use them as excuses for a vacation. Driving 90 minutes is hardly long enough to classify as a vacation, but Santa Monica and Edwards, CA seem like different worlds. Which…they are.
The Hoka All Adventure Hat is something I’ve wanted for months. To be honest, it’s also been sold out for what feels like months. I quickly learned that I needed to cover my head and face in the desert. It’s hard to find something breathable that doesn’t make me sweat more. Usually, I am more of a visor person, but the bucket hat trend has intrigued me.
I’ve been so excited for the Atreyu Base Model v2 to come out. Last summer, I ran in the first version. The first version of any shoe can be rough, let alone a brand new running shoe brand. That was not the case with Atreyu, and they wildly impressed me. I felt like they filled a void where running shoes lacked…the lightweight trainer.
Lightweight trainers like the Saucony Kinvara have been around for years, but they are slowly going away in favor of carbon-plated workout shoes. Sometimes you don’t want all of that! Sometimes you want an inexpensive under $100 trainer, and the Atreyu Base Model v2 is just that.
Between reviewing the first version and now, I met one of the Atreyu owners, Mike, at the Believe in the Run event in Baltimore in July 2021. My experiences with the Atreyu owners have always been positive. In fact, I dare say one of the most positive of any brand. It’s easy to support a good product with even better people.
Recently, someone asked what I would change if I could go back in time and was new to running. Truthfully, there isn’t a lot I would change. As cliche as it sounds, some of my stupid mistakes are what led me to where I am now. There are lessons I’ve learned the hard way with running, but I think we all have.
I won’t lie, I’ve wanted an Outdoor Voices Exercise Dress since they came out. Apparently, so does everyone else because they’ve been sold out for months. For whatever reason, I happened to be on the Outdoor Voices website at the right time and found myself having access to a dress.