Apr 14

Hoka Bondi B

Review of my first run.

Like I said in Part Deux, the Hoka One One Bondi B shoes that I got were a half size too small.  I was thinking that I was going to have to send them back, wait for the company,,  to receive them and then they’d send me the new size.  After emailing them about the return policy I promptly received an email from Zach.  Zach verified the size I wanted and explained to me that I could ship the smaller size back in the box they were sending the new shoes in.  They are also picking up the shipping for the new pair and to ship the smaller pair back.  This after my shipping for the first pair was free because I spent over $45.  I was so impressed with their customer service that I pointed my links to their site, joined their affiliate program and added even another Part to my Hoka One One Review.  I’ll give the actual review after I have run in these shoes.

Apr 14

1) join a running group – There is nothing more motivating than a dedicated group of
like-minded friends to encourage you to show up for scheduled runs, no matter what the
weather conditions have in store. My Saturday running group is one of the highlights of
my week, and we typically run rain or shine.

cold weather running 2) 2 sets of gloves – I have a set of Petzl running gloves, but they are typically not
enough once the temperatures drop below 10 degrees. A large set of fleece gloves
over the running gloves does the trick. If I end up overheating, I’ll remove the extra
gloves and stow them in my running belt.

3) compression socks/leggings – Though not their primary use, compression socks are a must have for single digit temperature runs.

4) running pants – Ditch the shorts around 32 degrees, depending on conditions.

5) head lamp – An essential piece of gear; our 7A start times are quite dark during the
winter months.

6) extra distance between yourself and the next runner – It’s essential to give yourself some extra distance between the runner in front of you. Just like driving on snow, the extra distance will give you time to react to trail conditions. You’ll want to pay particular attention to ice, snow, rocks, and other trail inconsistencies, which are all pretty typical hazards we run into very week.

7) go early – This may seem somewhat counterintuitive, but going early in the morning
is a great way to start the day. Our group typically starts out between 6 AM and 7 AM,
depending on the time of year. This gives you plenty of time to fit in a long run, while
still leaving the bulk of your day intact.

8) stop and enjoy then sunrise – fortunate as we are to live in Boise, ID, our runs in the
foothills provide tremendous views of the city, as well as various types of wildlife. A
brief stop to enjoy the views is food for the soul. Topped off with frequent sitings of
owls, coyotes, deer and elk, just make me appreciate the surroundings even more.

9) water bottles – Single digit temperatures cause water bottles to freeze within a hour of your departure. This applies to nutritional supplements as well, like Hammer Gel, Gu,
Cliff Bars, etc. You’ll hold off the inevitable a bit longer by storing these items closer to
your body (e.g. in a jacket pocket, etc,).

10) elk/deer scat – like running on ball bearings when frozen, exercise caution.


Mark Parsons

Apr 13

Hoka Bondi B

Review of my first run.

Sum Biotch!  Well my Hoka running shoes came today so I made and extra special trip home to pick them up during my lunch break.  When I got them back to the office, they were too small.  I was so looking forward to running in them tonight.  So now Part Deux is going to be Part Tre’ and this is Part Deux.

Apr 12

Review of my first run.

OK, so right now the only review I can give on the Hoka One One is that they are insanely ugly.  🙂

I’ve read reviews on this shoe and decided that it was a moral imperative to give them a try.  Out of all there shoes this gray one is the only one that I could muster the courage to wear.  However, if they live up to the expectations that I have placed on them I will wear any color that they put out.

I believe it was Jim, someone that I’ve only had the Hoka Bondi B The ones I orderedpleasure of running with once, came out  couple of Saturdays ago in these beasts.  I can’t remember if it was his knees or back that he had surgery on that was hindering his running.  He said since he bought these he hasn’t had any issues.  He outran my ass.  I wouldn’t have really noticed the shoe if someone else wouldn’t have been talking to him about them.  Then again maybe it was just a matter of time.

I went into Bandana, a local running store here in Hoka Bondi B Unisex, What were they thinking with these colors?Boise, to check them out.  I didn’t realize that I was going to be 2 inches taller wearing these shoes.  I’m psyched, they are very squishy, technical term.  I ordered mine online from  I found a coupon code that took $17 off the price and they shipped for free over a certain price.  Since the Hoka is $170, I got free shipping.  I would have bought them at Bandana at regular price had I known that they sold them before I went online.

I’ve been a Nike Zoom Vomero guy for quite some time now and it’ll take a really good shoe to pull me away.  I’m hoping the Hoka Bondi B is that shoe.

Stay tuned for Part duex on this shoe.  🙂

Apr 06

We headed out Saturday morning with plans of a 15.5 mile run.  We met up with the Boise Sloths at Fort Boise park and intended on running to Aldape Summit and back.  This run is brutal and me, being and old man, got sick two weeks ago and I’m still trying to get back into a groove.  We have a couple runners that are doing the Race to Robie Creed again.  I skipped out again this year since I’m running the Ogden Marathon 2 weeks later but went along for the run because it was hill week anyway.

We head out about 7:20 a.m. on our planned route.  The FrontRunners doing 15.5 and the Sloths turning around a bit sooner for 13.  I was doing pretty well and keeping up with Jon and Bill until about mile 5.  Then my wheels started to come off a little.  They didn’t fall off but the pace was getting much slower.  Katie from the Sloths passed me around mile 6 and we shared a few words as she pulled away.  I was so happy to see her at her turn around point.  She was the only sloth there so of course I had to stop for a second to keep her company while she waited for the others.  It had nothing to do with the fact that I was going to pass out.

Map of the Debacle

I said my goodbyes and headed towards the summit.  Just before the top John and Bill were coming back down.  The doubled back the last couple hundred yards or so to the summit with me, bless their little hearts.  Once I got to the top I opened up my Fuel Belt case and took out my iPod.  I figured I may be running alone again for some of this downhill portion. 

Heading down I had my long sleeve shirt around my waist and decided it was getting cold enough to put it back on.  This was at 1.25 miles from the top of the summit.  While untying my shirt I noticed that I left the zipper open when getting my iPod and my key had fallen out between here and the summit.  I yelled to the other two to keep going and I turned for the summit for the second time.  This was a mind f*&# as I had to “Walk” up the hill searching for my key. 

I asked those coming down the hill if they had seen it.  At about the third person they said a guy near the top of the hill had it.  They described him and his dog to me and I had remembered seeing them.  I started running again and as I made it to the summit, there were not there.  They had gone over and down the other side.  Mentally beaten down again I start my decent going the wrong direction.  Luckily at .25 miles I see them on their way back up.  I got my key, thanked him about 10 times and walked back to the summit with them.  There I took off heading for the finish.  10.5 miles in and I only had 7.5 to go to get back to the car.  And lucky me, the wind started blowing uphill and it started to rain.

Bill and John both came back up in their trucks to see if I needed a ride back down.  By this time I only had 3 miles and the weather was looking up so I declined telling them I would just finish it out.  This was another mistake.  1 mile later I had another hill to climb and the weather went bad again.  I got to the top and started my final decent.  By the time I got to the parking lot, 3+ hours later, I hit 18 miles on the nose.  I guess I chalk this run up to one of those that toughens you up a little.  Amen.

Mar 07

I’ve asked around, asked doctors and of course googled and it seems to be the consensus that it is ok to run if your cold is not in your chest.

Well, Saturday morning I felt like complete shit Ferris but I decided to give it a go anyway.  I could tell at mile one that I was in for trouble.  I turned at mile 4 and continued running.  I was ahead of the others because they stopped for a bit to talk and take in a Gu.  I was doing the run walk so I had a few minutes to go before my next Gu.  That gap shortened very quickly and I was soon passed by the entire group of BFRs.

I decided to stop after 8 miles, 8 short of our planned 16, but Shane and I talked each other into finishing the run.  It hurt.  You know how your body aches when you are sick, now imagine that at miles, 14, 15 and 16.  Shane was a real trooper slowing down and walking with me during my numerous moments of crisis.  My run walk turned into a run, walk, crawl, stop, stretch, whine, rinse, and repeat.

It’s now Monday.  I didn’t move Saturday after my shower, the entire day Sunday and I worked from home today.  I got beaten down.  Maybe knocking out 16 miles wasn’t such a great idea.  Fatiguing by body that much while I was sick really brought me down.  Saturday and Sunday were mostly spent in the spirit world but I’m happy to report that I have stayed awake the entire day today.  Coughed a lot, but stayed awake.

So even though it is technically ok to run with a cold, if you believe there may be more to it than just the run of the mill cold, take the day off.  There will be many more Saturday runs in the future, missing one won’t kill you.  Just my non-expert opinion.

Feb 26

We set out for 12 miles this morning for our weekly 7 a.m. run.  Our plan was to run from Fort Boise to TableRock, down and to the end of the pavement up Rocky Canyon, back up to TableRock and back to Fort Boise.  We were planning on staying on the pavement because the trails have been pretty wet.  We decided it was cold enough that the trails should be frozen.  We were right and afterwards we were frozen. 

Run 3-6-2010 Route Map:  We changed our plan and headed up Shane’s, over to Rocky Canyon, up TableRock and back down to Fort Boise. 

Heading out I felt pretty good through 3 miles and then the hill took my legs out.  I’ve been doing more biking and some weight training.  I can tell the legs are getting stronger and I’ve been running faster on the flats.  However, the hills seem to burn me up pretty quick.  I’m pretty sure it’s the fatigue from the weight training and I’m pretty confident that in a few more weeks I’ll be used to it, at least that is my hope.  I felt good the last few miles coming down though and hit a couple miles at around a 7 minute mile pace.  I looked down a couple times at the Garmin and saw a 6:20 pace which is extremely good for me.  All of this to train again for the Ogden Marathon in May.

The morning was great.  Sun came up early, blue skies and lots of runners out.  It’s always awesome to see so many people out running.  It was, however, really cold. said 14 feels like 2 and I believe that they were right.  I have a pair of gloves that usually make my hands sweat.  Today the left hand was warm the entire run but I think taking my right hand out to open a GU did me in.  The right hand never did warm back up and got really cold.  By the end of the run I was like “Oh, owe”.  The best part of the run was around mile 4 when we stopped at the top of the hill and looked back on the city.  The sun was just coming up over the mountains and it looked pretty sweet shining through the middle of Boise.

Loved the run, loved the guys and gal running with me but should have left the glove on and ordered the ThermaJock.

Feb 18

Well it’s that time of the year again, The Race to Robie Creek is near.  Start time is at noon on April 16th, 2011.

Robie Creek 2011 Registration for this event is February 21st 2011 at Noon.  If you are thinking about registering, take the day off and get on a computer with a fast connection.  This race sells out in hours and the traffic usually takes the servers down a couple times so get you F5 button ready to refresh that page.

For those of you that have run this race before no explanation is necessary but for those that haven’t, bring your hill climbing legs.  This race starts off with a mile around Fort Boise park and then takes off towards Aldape Summit reaching mile 8.5.  After that you have a grueling downhill except for the last mile where it flattens out.  By then your legs are trashed.

Here is my blog entry from last years race which has more description of the race.  I’m still trying to decide if I’m running this race or Dry Creek with the Ogden Marathon coming up again in May.  Good luck getting in and good luck in the race. 

You can view the route here.  If you run your mouse through the elevation it will show you where you are at that elevation. 

Jan 24

The weather is warming up this week but we still had a pretty cold run Saturday morning.  After the run I was really thinking that maybe the ThermaJock idea has some real merit.  Either that or I need to get started on my Wooly Mammoth invention.

Boise Greenbelt Trail We set out from Shoreline and headed towards Barber Park.  One of our usual runs and today we were going for 12 miles.  The run was fairly uneventful except for the large group that we had that morning and the slick running conditions.  We started off with 8 of us running and there were still more that didn’t make it.  The big highlight of the run was seeing two deer cross the path about 30 feet in front of us.  Always cool to see wild life while on the run.  Usually it happens in the foothills but quite often we see deer on the Boise Greenbelt.

The fog was thick in the morning making the first and last three miles of our out and back run a bit sketchy.  The trails were extremely slick with black ice.  Once we hit the dirt trail it was great.  We were hoping it would melt off a bit before we came back but nooooo.

We’re training for the Ogden Marathon again which has been one of our groups favorites for a couple of years now.  We probably would have done a different one except there was a slight miscommunication between a few of us.  My wife and I, along with a couple of friends, are thinking about doing the Maui Half Marathon in September.  No special reason for this one except we figured we could do a race here while on vacation.  Not sure if we’ll make it but so far that is our plan.

After my run Saturday I saw all sorts of people out walking and running on the way home and through my neighborhood.  The weather here is expected to be in the mid to upper 40s all week.  Not too shabby.

Thanks for the photo Karen.

Jan 02

Friday morning, 7:00 a.m., we hit the foothills for an 11 mile run in slightly chilly weather.  Before I left for the run I looked up the temp on, 14 F feels like 4 F.  It was correct. 

Cold Weather Hill Run in Boise We started off at Fort Boise in, well, Boise.  We decided to do Shane’s Loop even though Shane wasn’t running with us that morning.  He is in Vacation mode and decided to do his run a little later that day.  Brent, Eric, Kerry, Mark and I headed up the hill.  Every time we headed North, West, or Northwest, the breeze would hit us in the face and we’d all be talking like Bill Cosby at the dentist office in “Himself”.  Our faces would feel most of the chill but it would also penetrate the layers a little bit.  Once we turned the other direction it wasn’t too bad and we would go somewhat back to normal.

We hadn’t gone too far when we hit a herd of elk.  We ended up seeing this herd 4 or 5 times, pretty cool to see so many of these animals out during our run.  During our run we saw a few more herds both above and below us on the foothills.  Total we figured we saw around 300 head. 

This was my first foothill run in quite some time and I was a little worried about how the legs were going to hold up.  They did pretty well.  We had a nice run uphill and took it easy coming down to avoid any injuries from the cold muscles and sketchy footing. 

Few runs are better than those with the Frontrunners in the Boise Foothills during colder weather.  Just an awesome morning.  Amazing how the body can keep warm during temperatures this cold.