The rain has come back to California. Bennie is none too happy about that. His raincoat does seem to make him a little less horrified about going out in the rain.
In other, dog-related news – I got a necklace I had ordered from Erica Sara designs in the mail yesterday. I pressed Bennie’s paw into a stamp pad, pressed that onto a piece of paper, and then sent her the paw print, and she put it on a necklace! I love it. If you try it, I would recommend putting the piece of paper on the carpet, because it made the stamp of his paw turn out much better than it did on hardwood floor. BUT – if you do that, definitely do not let your dog walk away from the piece of paper with his or her little inked paw! I carried Bennie to the sink afterward to wash it off. There was a whole lot of cookie feeding involved.
I listened to the Runner’s World podcast update on the Breaking Two project yesterday. The “Breaking Two” project is a big test they are doing to see if it is possible for a human to run a marathon in less than 2 hours. That is a 4:35 average pace for the whole 26.2 miles. There is a whole lot of controversy over whether Nike contriving this in a test is doing honor to the sport of running or not. Whatever your opinion, all the tech and gear is incredibly interesting.
In the podcast, they were at the Formula 1 race track in Italy. They also talked a lot about the Nike Vaporfly Elite shoe. How cool of a name for a shoe is that? They do a great job going into detail on the podcast and in this article. I was especially interested as I had seen both Amy Cragg and Shalane Flanagan post about the Vaporfly 4% just a few days prior. Basically, they are coming out with three new shoes (the latter two will be available June 8):
- The Vaporfly Elite – super shoe. Only for single use. Molded to the individual’s foot, specialized, ect. Only going to be used for this breaking two test.
- Vaporfly 4% – super shoe, but not quite as super as the Elite. Says it will improve your speed by 4%. That is a big margin when you are fighting for a minute.
- Zoomfly – not quite as super as the 4%.
Runner’s World does the best job of explaining it (because they are the professionals and I am not ha!): “All three shoes have an emphasis on reducing weight, maximizing aerodynamics, delivering extremely soft cushioning, and offering a responsive toe-off suited for running fast. They’ll do that with innovative new lightweight foams and with plates. The Vaporfly Elite and Vaporfly 4% each get a carbon-fiber plate; the Zoom Fly’s plate is made of a less stiff carbon-fiber nylon.”
The carbon-fiber plate is apparently causing some stir. The rules about what is allowed in shoes are VERY unclear – just nothing that will give an unfair advantage. The top 3 finishers at the women’s marathon olympic trials were all wearing the 4% – does that mean the 4th place finisher was cheated out of her spot?
Part of me feels like this is making shoes way too complicated and its better just to leave the simplicity of running simple. The other part of me wants to try the 4% so much haha! I love that they made a “racing shoe” that isn’t a racing flat though. The athletes Nike worked with said they wanted more cushion and support and protection. That made me very happy to hear.
You should check out the video about the 4% here.
What do you think of the super shoe? Fair or unfair?
Would you pay $250 for a shoe that made you 4% faster?