What A Tangled Sole We Wiiv

Bear with me. Briefly. (Thanks!) I’m going to have one of those flashback-moments…

It is 2009. I stroll into my local triathlon store. A bright, smiling sneaker-sales-lass convinces me to stand on Dr Scholl’s Foot Fit Kiosk. Lo and behold, Your Humble Narrator’s feet have some of the highest arches in the South East! Fortunately, Dr Scholl’s happens to have a solution. And for a decade, I’ve worn generic orthotics with some degree of improvement over previous decades.

Okay. We’re back in 2019! The march of technology has continued at a rapid pace. Ten days ago, I stop by Wiivv’s Website, load their app on my phone, and take two curated pictures of each foot. Today… BOOM! Custom-made, 3D printed orthotics are waiting to join me on the trail and on the road and anywhere I may roam.

These smooth and stylish insoles are designed to support my magnificent arches. They replace my existing inserts. And they come with That New Sole Smell!

Testing them on a trip around the block felt like walking on turf instead of asphalt. My weight felt more distributed. And even though the insoles are rigid, there’s a fine mesh that provides a sense of shock absorption. Much comfort is created. And I’m super happy with the perceived improvement.

Or maybe it is just a placebo? Either way, I like them. They came with a custom screen print and… my name stamped on the bottom of them! They’re cute, functional, and WOW! do I have some crazy high arches!

If I’ve piqued your curiousity, head over to Wiivv and see if anything catches your eye. Trust me, your feet will thank you for it!

123 Days Of Stepping It Up

In Dec of 2018, I had my first 30 day streak with 6,000-10,000 steps per day. At the time, I thought: 30 wasn’t bad, lets do 60! In early Feb of 2019, I had my first 60 day streak with 6,000-10,000 steps per day. So I thought : 60 wasn’t bad, lets do 100! In late March of 2019, I had my first 100 day streak with 6,000-10,000 steps per day. And in April, it hit 123 days, with no sign of stopping. Odd as it may sound, by lunch time I can usually feel if I’m going to be short on steps or not And by evening time, I’ll start figuring out what needs to be done to keep the streak alive for the day. Being mindful

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Six Months Without Coffee

Six months ago, with little fanfare and no real planning, I stopped drinking coffee. For me, it wasn’t a difficult change. I simply replaced it with a custom blend of tea. And I’ve been impressed enough with the results to stick with it. If you’re curious or on the fence about a change of your own, keep reading. First, why did I want to give up coffee? At the time, I was drinking a cup of modified Bullet Proof Coffee for breakfast, and two to three additional cups throughout the day. As with most coffee drinkers, I noticed the effects of the caffeine wore off quicker. It felt like dropping off a cliff. And I’d even get a bit cranky between cups. Plus, I don’t like cheap stuff.

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