Post Sponsored By Zappos
[dropcap size=big]I[/dropcap]t’s been almost 8 years since my last competitive race. And I can honestly say, I have the itch to lace up my kicks and get back into the running scene. To find the perfect running gear, Zappos let me test out some of Brooks Running new products.
As a new dad, husband, business owner and life-long athlete – my schedule is always hectic. That’s why working with Zappos was a no-brainer because of their fast shipping and outstanding customer service. Getting your gear as soon as possible will keep your new-found zest for running alive. Plus, I can be very picky about my style and with peace of mind of 365-day returns, my mind can be at ease if I’m not satisfied with my selections.
For a large portion of my life, I spent it competing in track & field – primarily sprints & jumps. However; I’ve been known to dabble in some minor distance running (5k & 6k). In my hay-day, I could drop a 19 min 5k! With a career spanning grade school, USATF & NCAA, I’ve logged many miles and dusted a fair amount of sand out of my shoes.
But, something has called me back. Brooks Running has always been renowned as a top-tier brand for distance running shoes because of their focus on enhancing user performance with new technology. Recently, part of their focus has been to make products that are stylishly versatile and highly functional. This is what led me to select them as the first brand to test out on my fitness journey.
My jumper/sprinter workout regimen has never left the way I train (think, lots of plyometrics). And because of that, my workouts are very active. I need gear that’s flexible, responsive & breathable especially when it comes to sneakers.
Trying out the PureFlow 6 sneakers for the first time, I was completely surprised by their responsiveness & flexibility. As a power running, having a shoe that can distribute the force of impact so evenly, flex with each step and offer outstanding heal support is the hallmark true performance shoe. The PureFlow 6 offers hits all these marks.
Sprinters are the wide receivers of track & field, which means we’re all about the flashy gear. I’ve always been fond of one piece of my workout look being an eye-catching color. Partly because it says, “hey, I’m fast”, and the other reason is completely style focused.
Neon always calls to me so this ½ pullover is a must. Besides its functional qualities of moisture wicking and undoubting visibility, the fit & versatility are the standouts. It’s trim without being too tight and it pairs perfectly with a leather biker jacket when you’re headed to brunch after your run.
Hitting The Pavement
THE MSP Running Plan
As I mentioned before, I’m not a hardcore distance runner. But, I love to challenge myself during a workout. Below is my ultimate workout.
- Mile Running at 75%
- Sprint Drills: high knees, hurdle kick, in’s & out, plyo bounding, full sprint (all at 40 meters)
- Hills: 10 hills with 10 push-ups at the top of each hill at 85 to 90%
Of all the pieces that I’ve worn, the Cascadia 7” shorts might be my favorite. The flat waistband is extremely comfortable. But, the 24-inch leg opening and zip–pocket are the stand out features. You can image that as a former sprinter/jumper that my thighs are pretty beefy, so a little room in the thigh is needed.
Photography by Austin Horton
The post was sponsored by Zappos, however; all opinions are that of Men’s Style Pro