A few factors have precipitated together to create the perfect storm that will fuel this blog. First off, I like to run. Second off, I budget a heaping helping of my income towards running shoes. The consequence is that I’m always looking for the best shoe and, so far, I can still afford to buy even more shoes. I run a decent amount of mileage (between 30 and 80 miles per week), so I can at least rationalize that I need to go through a few shoes per year. I spend a lot of time online researching which shoes I should buy. I sometimes find a great review and I can’t thank those reviewers enough for their efforts. Other times, information is not available or, well, the reviews are about as useless as jpegs are to Helen Keller. This blog is my personal attempt to contribute to a growing pool of knowledge about the sport of running, beginning from the foot up.
Born in 1983
Not quite 160 lbs
I was somewhat athletic as a child. I was not athletic in middle school and ballooned to 190 lbs by my freshman year of high school. “Joe, why are you the only fat Dowgiallo?” I ran 3 years in high school and hovered between 145 and 155 lbs. “You look like a holocaust victim.” I ran not much at all in college and weighed probably 180+ when I graduated. I ran basically nothing for 2 years out of college and grew to around 200+. I have been back at it for 2 years and weigh not quite 160 lbs. I bring this up simply to illustrate that I know what it is like to run at different weights, varied paces, with somewhat different footstrikes, and with trans fat in my arteries. That’s right, I risked stress fractures and heart disease just for you. The least you can do is read my blog.