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“A man can fail many times, but he isn't a failure until he begins to blame somebody else.”


~ Steve Prefontaine

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Three decades ago, Nike unleashed Mars Blackmon on the world, and we watched him steal the show from Michael Jordan in promoting the company’s revolutionary basketball sneakers. There’s no such character pitching running shoes these days, though Jordan is getting into the game.

Jordan—a brand of its own under the Nike flag—just launched its first running shoe, the Flight Runner. I know what you’re thinking: What does basketball have to do with running? Well, nothing really. But the Jordan brand has become as synonymous with lifestyle products as it has with high-flying collectible kicks. And that’s most likely the case with the Flight Runner, though Nike has the chops in both spaces to build a shoe that performs as well as it looks.

On the surface, the shoe appears to be equal parts fashion and function. Sure, it has Zoom Air cushioning, similar to what you’d find in the Nike Air Pegasus, but some stylish touches like a “welded shroud” that skirts the shoe just above the midsole are sure to decrease its overall performance as a running shoe. Regardless, you can bet a good many gym-goers and runners will pick up a pair. And why wouldn’t they? It looks good whether you’re on the elliptical machine or at an espresso bar. And its heritage means it’s sure to stand up to a few treadmill miles on occasion.

Another reason to assume you’ll see the Flight Runner sell: Nike knows how to move shoes. According to the latest sales figures from SportsOneSource, a trade publication covering the sporting goods industry, the Nike and Jordan accounted for 173 of the top 250 pairs of athletic shoes sold during the month of February. The Jordan brand claimed 46 of those models. The top running shoes were the men’s and women’s Nike Free 5.0+, holding positions 3 and 5, respectively, of all athletic shoes sales.

By Jeff Dengate

 

 

Publix Georgia Marathon

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On March 17, 2013 I arrived at the Centennial Olympic Park early that morning to find my corral for the 1st ever Luckie 5K that was being held in conjunction with the Georgia Half marathon and marathon.

I wanted to sign up for the half marathon badly but I was acting like the cowardly lion. See, I had only been running for just over a year. This would have been a huge step for a man who hadn’t done any running in 16 to 17 years. But upon my arrival that morning I noticed all different types of people lining up for the marathon and half marathon. There were people who looked like they could run for days and others who I thought wouldn’t make past the starting line. I was amazed at the courage and desire of everyone to finish the race. It was inspiring to say the least.

So on March 18th of 2013 I registered for the Georgia Half Marathon coming up on March 23rd. This is a race that I have been looking forward to doing since registering. I have ran a half marathon before but this one will be the one I’m most anxious about. Who know’s, I might be able to find The Wizard and he can give a heart for my new found courage!