Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Time for a change!

I originally created The Trak Shak blog as a way to relay info about product, races, and training to our customers, but then realized I wasn't writing a blog, I was writing reviews!! BORING!! You can visit any running related website and get reviews! So, it's time for a change and here's my latest idea! "Because. I'm a runner!"

Think about how many times you've answered a question with the response, "Because. I'm a runner!" Here are a couple you may have heard: "Why do you have to go home at 8 on a Saturday night?", and consequently, "Why are you waking up at 5 AM on a Sunday morning?" Those were easy, but what about these examples? "Why do you wear those SHORT shorts?" "Why are you putting band-aids on your nipples?" "Why don't you have toenails?" and the list goes on and on!!

Well, I'm a runner and these are my thoughts!

"Why are his thoughts interesting?" you may be asking yourself. First, I started running competitively in the 7th grade and continued through about a year after college. That's not a lot for some competitive runners, but it's enough to gain some knowledge along the way. Second, I started selling shoes when I was 16 at The Athlete's Foot in Boaz, and I wasn't your typical teenager in a retail shoe store. I was a GEEK! There's no other way to describe it! I love shoes! I know shoes! I've worn lots of shoes and now shoes are my career! Third, I graduated from massage therapy school in 1999, and while I haven't practiced, I've retained a really good understanding of anatomy and injury prevention. Fourth, I've now been working in running specialty at The Trak Shak for the better part of 15 years!! Blisters, black toenails, chaffing, shin pain, hip pain, knee pain, bad races, good races, I have SEEN and helped FIX it ALL! Fifth, I love to write and will pretty much reveal any random or useful thought!

Here's what to expect! I'm on about my 100th comeback attempt of running consistently! It's actually been my most successful in a while. I started back in May after another shin issue and have put together a pretty good base. After this week off, I plan to train for the Mercedes Half Marathon in February and log or "blog" my progress along the way. My goal is to hopefully relay some good information about running and training, AND have some fun along the way! Expect everything from course information, injury prevention tips, the song of the day (for all you music listeners out there), and, of course, shoe, apparel, and running accessory ideas and tips!

I hope you enjoy! If you have any ideas, please email me at

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