Running Gear is Fun: currexSole Insoles Review

As you know, training for the NYC Marathon is in full swing and I am enjoying training in the summer. Thankfully the weather has been relatively mild for NY! I am trying very hard to not get injured so I’m taking all the steps to avoid pain.

I am crosstraining, doing strength workouts frequently, and am running at a slower pace since my body doesn’t handle fast pace very well. I’ve resigned to that and I’m okay with it, just as long as I stay healthy I’m a happy camper. Another way I’m trying to stay healthy is through my running gear. But what I wanted to introduce you all to is one of my newest pieces of gear that I am loving: RUNPRO currexSole insoles!

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Recently I have been rotating between two different shoes when running. I tend to wear more minimalist shoes for shorter runs, like the Saucony Kinvara 4s, and more supportive shoes for longer runs. My more supportive shoes are the Saucony Ride, and its in these that I’ve been wearing my new currexSole inserts. I love how they fit me just right and provide me just the right amount of support, but not enough to be overcorrecting. I really love them and they are a huge improvement from the standard insoles the shoe companies send, which don’t do much of anything.

My favorite part about these soles is that they are new to the US, but have been around in Europe for some time. In Europe, they have a different perspective on insoles. They are designed to move with your feet instead of traditional insoles that forcefully stop them from pronating. currexSole’s are flexible, not stiff like traditional insoles, to allow your foot to move naturally. But provide enough support to do their job amazingly!

currexSole High Profile

currexSole High Profile

The product:

I have a pair of ‘High’ currexSole RUNPRO insoles. These come in three styles (high, medium, and low), but all three have similar outstanding technical features:

-Deep heel cup for a better in-shoe fit.
-Triple layers for optimum moisture wicking and fewer blisters.
-Dynamic arch technology made from silver Nylon 6 composite.
-PROPO+ for maximum rebound  and dynamic propulsion thanks to special forefoot material.
-Outstanding performance cushioning during initial foot contac
Weight: 40g / 1.41oz. (size M).


These insoles are light, dynamic, and supportive. There is less fatigue in your feet and calf muscles when using them due to transfer of power to the ground and the support they provide. You can wear these in minimalist shoes or in a more cushioned shoe. These are thin and comfortable! 

So thin!

So thin!

Sizing:

In order to pick the right insole for you, currexSole has numerous factors that you take into account about your own body, including your foot print and whether or not it overpronates as well as your leg axis. Leg axis means whether your legs are straight, bowlegged, or knock-kneed. They have descriptions of all types of soles as well as a handy chart to see which one is right for you based on these two main factors! Honestly it couldn’t be simpler.

Insole Guide

Insole Guide

Foot Guide

Foot Guide

Summary:

I’m a big fan of these insoles and I LOVE how flexible they are. In the past, I’ve had insoles that have been heavy, big, and bulky so I didn’t want to give them another try. But I gave it a shot with currexSole because of their philosophy on insoles that work with your foot instead of against them.  currexSole’s are light and airy while still providing enough support to keep your feet safe and happy. Its actually amazing how they do it with these insoles, but they are fantastic. Plus there is a style for everyone, which you just can’t beat. I highly recommended you give these a shot!

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Also, I wanted to share a fun contest with Runner’s World and Chocolate Milk with you all.

Snap and upload a photo of how you recover right after a tough workout and you could win great prizes including a trip to Run 10 Feed 10 in NYC! Contest started July 1st  and runs through August 31st. Visit this link for more info on how to enter!

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What is your favorite piece of running gear?
Do you wear insoles?

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Marathon Training & A List of Updates

Whoa I’ve been slacking. Sorry about that but I have some good reasons. I’m going to make a list of all the recent events that have been going on including some exciting work and wedding news!!, but first lets talk about the good stuff.. marathon training!

1. The 2014 TCS NYC Marathon will be here before you know it and I honestly cannot wait. I wish I could fast forward to November to myself crossing those bridges, running through Brooklyn, and crossing the finish line in Central Park. At the moment that all seems daunting but I know my body can get me there if I train smart. There is lots of crosstraining and strength training in my training plan, so here’s to hoping it all goes well this time. Just hoping my body doesn’t revolt!

Summer running: wear as little clothes as possible within social norms.

Summer running: wear as little clothes as possible within social norms.

I am currently on week three of my training plan and so far so good. My longest run so far was 7 miles and the weather made that a tough one. I am much more of a winter-weather runner, the hot weather and I (and my asthma) don’t get along when it comes to running. But I did it and learned my lesson: from now on all long runs need to be started early in the morning to avoid heat and sun! Here’s to early mornings all summer!

7 miles. Oh yeah!

7 miles. Oh yeah!

2. I have a new job! I am still working as an occupational therapist but left my role working with adults. I am now working in a school as a pediatric OT with kids pre-school age and younger. They are SO cute and I’m incredibly happy so far in my new job. It was a roller coaster getting here and transitioning but now that I’m settling in things have been going great. I love the kiddos and really enjoy my workday now!

3. I’ve been hanging out in Brooklyn most of the summer, so here’s a token Brooklyn picture from you from one of my recent runs. I love where I live. Many a run had been had recently over the Brooklyn, Manhattan and Williamsburg bridges to help prepare my legs for the marathon.

Brooklyn. Love.

Brooklyn. Love.

4. But one weekend early this month Karl and I ventured out from Brooklyn to upstate NY in search of the perfect wedding venue. We wanted something rustic and unique where we could host a wedding weekend and have our guests enjoy activities while they were there. Karl and I spend a good deal of time upstate skiing, hiking, seeing family, etc and we love the nature up there.

So after two days of touring and searching, we FOUND OUR WEDDING VENUE! I honestly thought it would take weeks and weeks, but the minute we pulled up to the venue (which was the last one we toured), we both looked at each other and immediately knew this was it. Its perfect for us.

Now, I hate to do this but we sent in our contract. But until its official official I don’t want to share the name of it or any more details. I’m superstitious and don’t want to jinx it until we get confirmation!! But here’s a sneak peek of the rustic venue we are super excited about…

Wedding!

Wedding!

5. While we were upstate I wanted so badly to just put my feet into a creek or some body of water. It was a big mission and it was harder than it seemed. But eventually we had dinner in Windham NY where were stayed for the overnight part of our trip and finally found the creek! There is just something about bare feet in water on a summer day.. its perfect!

Feet in the water.. finally!

Feet in the water.. finally!

I also got in a nice run upstate but boy was it super hilly. It was challenging but I always like having new scenery to run past. I loved all the wild flowers growing on the side of the road, but was so sad I couldn’t pick them because I was running. I’ll go back someday for flowers.

6. I also never wished everyone a Happy Fourth of July! Karl and I stayed in Brooklyn that night to watch the fireworks from our roof deck. It was quite a view.. the Freedom tower with tons of fireworks going off all around it in beautiful synchrony. Plus a nice bottle of wine. It was quite the event but really relaxing this year since we had nowhere to be that night. And of course I had to dress the part to celebrate.. I was waiting to wear my Under Armour American flag tank for a while! :)

Fourth of July from Brooklyn!

Fourth of July from Brooklyn!

Merica.

Merica.

7. Karl and I have officially booked a trip in October to London and Amsterdam. Its right before the NYC Marathon because thats just what worked for us, but I’m not too worried. By then it’ll be about taper time so all should be okay. And I get to spend my birthday in London :)

8. That’s all my big news currently. Some big life changes, exciting events in the works, and marathon training in full swing. I think things will settle down a bit now that lots of major life events have been decided and scheduled. I’m so excited by everything that’s happening and all to come!

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I also have a  question for my other marathoners out there… what running shoes are your go-to for the marathon and training? Just curious!

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Engagement Celebration & Marathon Training Begins!

So many fun things are happening lately I’ve barely had time to update you all. Firstly, I started a brand new job at a school with pre-school age children and younger. Still working as an occupational therapist, but I previously worked with adults so this is a big change for me. So far I am loving it and am super happy, and am very excited for the future in my new job!

Karl and I also hosted an engagement party for our immediate family to celebrate our recent happy news. We didn’t want a big thing so we ended up having the family to Serafina restaurant for lots of delicious food and drinks. We created our own menu filled with all our favorites.

Karl and I at dinner. So happy!

Karl and I at dinner. So happy!

Our special menu!

Our special menu!

The food was amazing, as expected. The appetizers alone filled us up, and included my favorite truffle pizza. Yumm I could eat that all night! And we also had unlimited wine and beer.. yes, it was a good night! As an entree I had a pasta trio, and there were also options for branzino or a filet. Everything was just so good!

Appetizers.. yumm.

Appetizers.. yumm.

I also had Magnolia cupcakes create engagement cupcakes for us and put them in individual boxes as favors. Magnolia is special to us, so this was my favorite part. And ohh so delicious!

Love my baby.

Love my baby.

My sisters and I at the engagement party.

My sisters and I at the engagement party.

With all the fun and deliciousness we had at the engagement party we can’t wait to start planning the wedding! We are actually going to start looking at wedding venues this weekend.. let the planning begin!

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Another exciting, and also pretty scary, thing happening right now is the beginning of training for the TCS 2014 NYC Marathon! I’ve been through so many injuries and ups and downs in my running career, so just to be able to begin training for this is super special to me. I had to defer my entry last year due to a femoral neck stress fracture, but this year I plan to stay healthy and injury free during all of training and will do everything in my power to keep it that way.

First training run.

First training run.

Training started with some runs over the Brooklyn Bridge and a run with the awesome people at Under Armour. Recently we did a run over both the Manhattan and Brooklyn Bridges on a sweaty morning that started at their new Soho UA store. It was great to run in a group and have the support of the other runners!

Running the Brooklyn Bridge!

Running the Brooklyn Bridge!

Plus before the run we got outfitted in some cute Under Armour gear, UA from head to toe which is just how I like it :) The only shirts I run in during the summer are from Under Armour and I was happy to be able to expand my wardrobe. We even had a private shopping event after the group run, so I picked up a few new shirts. I love me some Under Armour gear!

Cute Under Armour gear (I am in their changing room.. how cute?!)

Cute Under Armour gear (I am in their changing room.. how cute?!)

UA Speedform Apollo Running Shoes

UA Speedform Apollo Running Shoes

My sister is also running the NYC Marathon this year and, although she doesn’t live nearby, we decided to help each other training. So she created a training program for us to follow and we are keeping track of it together via Google Doc. Keeping each other accountable is super helpful and I am excited for lots of running this summer! Although it is daunting, my eyes are on the prize in November! I can’t wait to run 26.2 in November with thousands of friends :)

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PS. Happy 4th of July! And happy birthday America!

Happy Birthday America!

Happy Birthday America!

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Are you training for any races?
Any fun summer plans?

 

 

 

 

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