Here is another interesting run I am going to try to do…

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It wasn’t just a one-time event! The Automattic Worldwide WP 5k is back again in 2012! Set your timers for April 29th!

At Automattic we work from all over the world, and we use internal blogs for socializing and exchanging non-work ideas in addition to making WordPress.com and our other products more awesome. One of the things we’re really concerned about is staying healthy – we even have an entire internal blog dedicated to fitness.

We had a great idea: Get all Automatticians from 79 cities & 24 countries to run/walk a 5k on the same day! This way we can get some exercise together as a company even though we’re apart (though we won’t rule out a softball or Texas scramble at our next meetup).

A year later, and there are now 105 Automatticians we hope will take part in the 5k all around the world in 2012.

We want…

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Race Review – Philadelphia Earth Day 5K 2012

The 31st annual Philadelphia 5K Run for Clean Air (Saturday April 21st) – Directed by the Clean Air Council.

Overall I would give this race 4 stars out of 5.

The race was for a great cause and scheduled very timely – Earth Day weekend. One of the things I love about this race was that they stayed true to their theme with all things related to race day. It was considered a ‘green race’ which I had to look up to understand what it meant. In order to be certified you have to take a Pledge of Sustainability and fulfill certain criteria like not taking more than 5% paper registrations and listing ways to reduce your race day carbon footprint.

The sponsors of the race were companies committed to green initiatives such as PECO, SEPTA, KIND Healthy Snacks, and many others. But the parts that I think were more noticeable were the swag bags that we got for being registered. They were made from recycled material and in it was your bib # (race #)…which you can plant because it was made from recycled materials and infused with seed. So I will have a nice little 7×6 inch patch of wildflowers in my yard in a few weeks. I wonder if they’ll grow in the shape of my bib number?

The race itself was along the scenic Martin Luther King Drive that offered views of Boathouse Row and the Philadelphia Art Museum. We went 1.5 miles out on a nice, flat open road and then back again…heading back in hurt a little more as it was pretty hot for 9:00 in the morning and the sun was already blazing. Of course the drinking cups used during and after the run were made from recycled plastic. The only part that I thought could have been a little better organized was the start of the race. We were crammed in a funny weird area when the race kicked off and I’m more used to starting on an open road. I also think the post-race refreshments, while plentiful, could have been easier to access. I had to go around guys with carts full of pretzels for sale practically on top of the finish line to get to the line for water. But that’s just Philly 🙂 There were also some kids activities and it was very family oriented. I believe they had around 1 thousand runners overall, including those that participated in the 3K walk.

Great race to run and a nice warm up for Broad Street in 2 weeks! I will do this one again!

Additional info – http://www.5krunforcleanair.org/green-run-certification

In Search of Shoes (part 2)

OK I know it’s been a little while since my last post…but the weather has been gorgeous and I’ve been in training for the Broad Street run in a few weeks!

The last time we talked about running shoes and the proper fit for different types of feet, etc.

The next thing to consider besides proper fit is the type of exercise you plan on doing. There are different shoes for different activities and you should purchase the shoe that matches your activity. For instance, there are shoes for running, walking, cross training, hiking and toning and they all are designed to accomplish very different things. And if you purchase shoes any place besides a running store, they are usually side by side and may or may not be displayed in the same location on the shelf (example – cross trainers mixed in with running shoes).

Walking shoes are usually a slightly heavier with minimal support – this is because you don’t have the same pounding type action on the surface as you would with running. You can get through an entire season with the same pair of walking shoes.

Cross Training shoes are the most versatile if you like to do a variety of activities. They offer more support than a walking shoe and are comfortable for most activities. Also good if you don’t want to buy shoes for multiple activities. Just be careful when making a purchase because they most resemble running shoes but they are not. Cross Trainers shouldn’t be used if you plan on putting in some miles because they don’t have the same level of support and flexibility as a running shoe.

Toning shoes are the funny looking ones with the really thick & curvy sole. They force you to walk a little differently therefore using your leg muscles differently. There are claims that they boost your fitness level & make your butt look better when compared to regular athletic shoes but there just as many claims that say otherwise. Basically, they are not for running but you can use them for walking. If you want to attempt to get your gams in great shape you can give these a try but they are not a substitute for regular exercise 🙂

Those of us committed to exercising regularly tend to go through shoes faster the trendy clothing of the season – guys are included in this!