Tuesday, June 23, 2009

The Olympian and the Fart

Something cool arrived on my doorstep the other day...a care package from SofSole - makers of running socks, insoles and other accessories. SofSole had asked if they could send me some items and if in return I would review them on my blog. I'm not one to turn down free stuff, especially if it pertains to running, so I fell over myself saying "yes" while trying to to appear to eager.






The only product I've been able to try so far were the Anti-Friction performance socks. SofSole sent me two pairs of these babies. I ran ten miles in them. What I noticed most is that they kept my feet cool. The cushioning aspect was nice too. Very comfortable without too much bulk. I'm hoping to try the insoles soon. Thanks to SofSole for the great products!


I think my shoe dilemma has been solved. My friend Carolyn recommended a small running shop in Louisville, CO called Sole Pepper. The owners, Alan and Shayne Culpepper, are elite runners both having been members of the 2004 Athens and 2000 Sydney Olympic Track and Field teams. It was Alan who helped me today. He put me on the treadmill in a neutral shoe (twice) to see what my gait looked like. Turns out he could not see any pronation at all - different than what I had been told previously. This meant that I had been running in a pretty heavy shoe with lots of support I probably didn't need. I ended up with the Saucony Rides. They are so light and for once I'm excited to run in new shoes.
Funny part of the whole gait analysis was this: (I swear I can't do anything and not have some sort of incident). I'm on the treadmill - wearing a knit dress nonetheless (I didn't plan well for this shopping trip). I'm running along while Alan videotapes me. I'm only on there for 30 seconds, but in that short span of time, I manage to fart. Just a little "pop," but still I know the Olympian heard it. I will probably fart in my own casket. I just can't seem to control it.

20 comments:

  1. I CANNOT BELIEVE YOU WORKED WITH ALAN CULPEPPER!!! I am beyond jealous. WoWoWoWoW!

    And that's hilarious about farting. Again, another honest and open post.

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  2. Ahhhh! That's the worst, but all runners fart. Sometims with every step for several steps! You're funny. :-)

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  3. hahaha! Ah, it happens.

    The dress thing cracked me up too. I'm actually glad you mentioned it, because I plan to go get shoes on Friday after our "graduation" lunch, and I will be in a dress. Hadn't thought that far ahead! ;)

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  4. Free stuff is always cool to get. I actually run in those inserts and I think they are pretty comfy. All runners have issues with bodily functions, it goes with the territory.

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  5. HAHAHAHAHAHA! My friend, who farts when he rus a lot, says he is a "fart-runner". I don't care how old I am, it will always be funny! Thanks for the laugh :)

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  6. That is very cool to get some free running stuff :) I have gotten some good stuff over the years as well - one benefit of blogging about running I guess. :) Hope the insoles work out good for you as well! Which reminds me.... I think I need to replace my insoles.

    I almost laughed out loud about your stepping on the duck while runnings.... that is what I always tell whoever is running with me. At times we see a lot of ducks.... even though we are nowhere near any water :)

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  7. Oh cool! I've been meaning to get over to the Sol Pepper running store. I'm glad you had a good experience with it (except for the fart)!

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  8. hahaha your posts always make me laugh! hey--- if they are runners- then i am sure they relate to the farts

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  9. I love those shoes! I hope you do, too, although I've always insisted they were the ones emitting the farts.

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  10. That's awesome. I hate when I do that along a golf course with people. I keep forgetting they they probably don't have Britney blasting in head phones and they probably heard it.

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  11. Yay for free stuff!

    You must feel like you're running on clouds after running in control shoes for so long. I wish I had a neautral gait!

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  12. OMG - hilareous. But you know his wife does it all the time!

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  13. Ha! I'm sure he's heard people fart while running before.

    I saw their store reviewed in Runner's World, how cool that you were able to go there.

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  14. i always, always...um did i say always use inserts in my shoes, so i can't wait to see what you think in terms of if it effects your running or gait, as I haven't tried sofsole

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  15. lol you are hilarious :) thanks for the review and YAYYY for some great new shoes!

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  16. OMG...that is too funny!!! :)

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  17. The day I did my 20-miler in April with Runner's Edge of the Rockies we all met at and ran from SolePepper Sports. Alan opened the store for us at 7am and gave us a nice send-off speech. Glad you're excited about your shoes!

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  18. LOL! I'm sure he's used to it :D Way to make an impression though, AND on camera!

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  19. that was funny indeed! Everyone does!; ) Who doesnt fart anyway? ; ) Well, thats still a one memorable experience! Keep the fire burning! : )

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  20. i'll be intersted to hear how you like those insoles. i've thought of getting those

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