HOLD THE PHONE, I’ve been running. I know, I know. How long have I been talking about getting my butt in gear? Well, I’m doing it. I’ve been running 3-4 times a week most of the summer. I’m still only doing two miles each run and I’m having a really hard time getting past that. I don’t know if it’s the heat, fear, or what. Last spring, I ran a half marathon with barely any training, and the little running I was doing was just once a week!
You’d think since I’m keeping my distance the same, my speed would be improving. Unfortunately, that’s not either. But… I keep running! For my excuses, I’m going to use the heat and a massive hill at the beginning of my run. No, not to make excuses or anything, but I do think those factors play a role. I run as early as I possibly can (accounting for William) and pretty much the first mile of my run is uphill with a giant hill right at the beginning. It’s hard. Though it is amazing on the mile run (mostly) downhill on the way back.
While I’m frustrated my speed is not improving, I think my distance would / could improve if I just went for it. It’d be nice if I had a running partner to push me. (Any takers??) At least I’m running consistently again; that feels good to me.
Recently I had the chance to try out a brand new running shoe – AMPLA. New gear always makes running / working out more fun, so I was excited to give these guys a go. My initial thought is that they are VERY springy! They feel good to run in and have some distinct characteristics about them. Ampla has quickly become a trailblazer of “firsts” both in design and business strategy.
- Full length carbon fibre Forcepower plate that guides foot strike and releases stored energy at toe-off
- Actively uses a runner’s natural force during foot strike
- Lightweight cushioning and a seam free Diamond mesh with micro-suede upper
- First premium shoe to implement a 100% direct to consumer model
- No added marketing or sales commissions padding the price
- Free returns within 30 days, no questions asked
You can watch this video to learn more about these Ampla Fly Carbon Fiber Plated Shoes. It features Harvard trained sports scientist, Dr. Marcus Elliot who talks about giving runners a mechanical advantage and getting some free energy based on the design of the shoe. (Hey, I’ll always take free energy while running!) The feel of them remind me of Newton’s, how the heel is elevated because of the toe box causing them to feel springy. On me, these shoes come up a little higher than my other running shoes in the back. It’s not a big deal, I just wear higher socks.
For additional reading material, check out how Sports Illustrated highlighted Ampla in their latest issue. Read HERE. The article discusses how these shoes can help correct running gait.
stop not running right // appropriate motto to support Ampla’s philosophy
What’s your favorite brand of running shoes? Have you tried Ampla before?
*Disclaimer: I was provided this pair of running shoes free of charge in exchange of my honest review. No compensation was provided. All thoughts and opinions are my own.