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807, 2019

The Best Sock: Darn Tough

By |July 8th, 2019|Categories: Gear, General|0 Comments

I write to praise Darn Tough Socks. I attest at the outset that I have no conflict of interest: I bought these myself, and I receive nothing for penning this endorsement. I only wish to call out a product that has served me well. Socks are underestimated, and I have had enough problems with those that won’t stay up, which if you ask me [...]

107, 2019

Competing as a Run Commuter?

By |July 1st, 2019|Categories: General|1 Comment

Among the best aspects of run commuting is that it is not competitive. Or, more accurately, it is a pure competition: you against you, for the purpose of self-improvement. My run commute in San Francisco is approximately 4.5 miles, according to multiple outings measured by various devices. My personal record is just under 48 minutes. That depends on traffic lights turning to my advantage. [...]

2406, 2019

The Run Commute and the Daily Uniform

By |June 24th, 2019|Categories: General|1 Comment

When I started to run commute, I also started to wear a uniform. I acquired enough of the same shirt and pants — and even, importantly for the task, shoes — to wear for a week, requiring only that I rotate through them, changing t-shirt and underwear and socks (though I’m in the process of switching to identical t-shirts and underwear, too). I am [...]

1706, 2019

What I Think About Murakami Running and Writing

By |June 17th, 2019|Categories: General|0 Comments

I have not decided if running is a solitary activity that I engage in within a community, by racing half marathons; or if it is a social activity that I engage in alone, commuting back and forth. I have concluded, however, that it is a contemplative activity. For me, running naturally promotes thinking, and thinking naturally leads to writing. I am not alone: Haruki [...]

1102, 2019

Backpack Failure, Repair, and Replacement

By |February 11th, 2019|Categories: Gear, General|0 Comments

I am a long time Deuter fan. I have been run commuting with a Deuter backpack for close to 10 years. When the shoulder strap of my Race Exp Air unexpectedly broke right in its middle this past Fall, I contacted Deuter to see what, if anything, could be done for my backpack.

2701, 2019

Three Reasons to Always Use a Rain Cover

By |January 27th, 2019|Categories: Gear, General|0 Comments

Here are three reasons (other than rain) to have your running backpack cover - aka the rain cover - on at all times. 1. To be seen from far away Most running backpacks these days come with an integrated cover. Make sure the cover has reflective bands, and is of a visible colour. Reflective bands on a backpack cover can be spotted [...]