Friday, June 25, 2010

GOT GEAR? Vol. I

I recently read a post on a new blog started by my friend and brother-in-law Iman, called FIT AT FIFTY-THE LAST LEG-WHAT'S IN A NAME?. His thoughtful writing will encourage you to think, speak and challenge yourself mentally and physically and I can guaranty you a few laughs along the way. In this particular post he commented on his original workout gear, old style running shorts and a cotton t-shirt. I immediately began thinking about all the gear I have collected the past few years.

I always thought running was a very minimalist sport. All you need to do is put on your shoes and out the door you go right? In its simplest form yes! However, as I continue to enjoy this ride my desire to learn more and test new boundaries has driven an insatiable appetite for more gear.

First of course you gotta have shoes. I have currently amassed some 25 pairs. Eighteen of them I don't use anymore and I am donating to charity (please let me know if you are aware of one that will come pick up all these old soles, or a drop off in Westchester). I have another 7 pairs of both trail and road shoes in my current rotation.


Next, was a big surprise, even to me. Somehow I have managed to acquire 27 technical shirts (long & short sleeved), 12 pair of running and compression shorts and 3 cold weather running pants. Note, several of the shirts are courtesy of my charity of choice MMRF.

To conclude Vol. I of GOT GEAR? 18 pairs of moisture wicking socks (many courtesy of Drymax), 8 hats (lids & cold weather), 5 pairs of gloves and mittens, 2 cold weather face masks, 1 pair of ankle gaiters and 5 jackets.

When I first look at these photos it seems nuts to me too, but I can point out why I may have acquired any particular item and when I like to wear certain articles.

Next up in GOT GEAR? Vol. II, I will cover the other stuff, including hydration, safety, nutrition, travel/storage and probably numerous miscellaneous toys.

Remember to support a charity and keep enjoying the ride. Peace E

5 comments:

  1. Eric: I really enjoyed reading all your posts to date in your blog! What a great thing you're doing and it's so wonderful that your family is also able to participate along with you! I have to say that reading your blog and of course working with you made me want to donate to this cause and contribute for your efforts which are very impressive.

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  2. Hey Sue, Thanks for the kind note and of course your donation. E

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  3. Eric is a beast like that...You might have more gear than I do now...I'm gonna have to do inventory.

    Thanks for the mention, and you're right, it's always great to give back. I'm a Rotarian, and also serve on the local Big Brothers Big Sisters Board of Directors.

    Peace,

    Iman

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  4. Eric, you need to do some serious housecleaning. If you havn't used it in a year, get rid of it (good will or salvation army will take the stuff all day long). Yea, I should follow my own advise!

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  5. House cleaning indeed Will. I have since bagged up many items and will be placing a call to Big Brothers & Sisters in my area per my son's request.

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