Great Stuff at Nike Sale

This is not a sponsored post, it’s just a heads up to my fellow shopaholics. The hot Nike clearance sale is back! Right now there’s a code to net you an extra 20% off clearance items: BESTINGAME.

There are some of the super popular LunarGlide, FlyKnit, LunarRacer models in there but the prices are still kind of high. My picks for the best deals in the clearance section:

The cute & unique Studio Wrap for $24. Right now I wear Nike Free for kickboxing but these look very practical. I can’t quite do the spinning hook kick correctly with shoes on.
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The sneakerhead-approved Roshe Run in suede for $44. I’ve been wanting a pair of Roshe for months. I’m supposed to be cutting back on shopping and now they go on supersale? Ugh.
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And for the runners, the sleek pink & gray Air Max for only $56 (that’s 40% off). I love the pink and gray so much.
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Happy shopping

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No more Nike Livestrong

Nike finally formally announced that they will stop making Livestrong products by the end of this year.

This probably means the leftover stuff will be on clearance racks throughout the next year. When I was shopping for a running jacket, Nike had a Livestrong Vapor Jacket on clearance. They had the jacket in other colors but only the Livestrong model was on sale. As much as I liked the style, features, and price I just couldn’t bring myself to pull the trigger. Maybe if the logo had been smaller I wouldn’t care so much. I don’t know why I care so much especially since I’m talking here about wearing Nike in the first place. Maybe because I care about fashion so in a sense I care about what your clothes say about you. I just thought it was kinda embarrassing to be wearing basically Lance’s name. I couldn’t help smirking when I had to ride Livestrong bikes in spin class.

On the other hand, you could also say:

  • It’s just a shirt/jacket/shoes, who cares what it says. (in which case, why you buying Nike then?)
  • Lance is innocent! I don’t care!
  • The Livestrong foundation has done good things no matter what else Lance is involved in

It’s heartbreaking that the actual Livestrong foundation is collateral damage in this mess, but now they have name recognition so hopefully they can bounce back.

What do you think? Do you still sport your old Livestrong gear? Would you buy any new stuff? Maybe you’ll score some good deals this year!

Nike Lungarglide+4 sale

I notice that a lot of people come to my site looking for the Nike Lunarglide+ 4. Select colors are on clearance again RIGHT NOW. Use coupon code BANKSHOT which brings the total down to $70 instead of the full retail of $110. Add a few other clearance items to get the free shipping. Ends 5/21.

This purple color is one of the sale colors:

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(I don’t get anything out of this, just passing on the deal)

Race recap: Cox Rhode Races, United Healthcare Half Marathon

I did it! I completed my 2nd half marathon, just one year and 4 months after doing my first 5k. The Cox Providence Rhode Races / United Healthcare Half Marathon is in the bag.

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The beautiful medal: anchor and “hope” are the state symbol, and the State House in the background

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New Gear: Nike Lunarglide 4

I got some new gear this week that I haven’t even tried out yet but I’m excited to share.

First item: I ordered these Nike Lunarglide +4 for $60 (!) during Nike’s spring clearance sale.

Nike Lunarglide+ 4I wore the Lunarglide 2 when I first started running & training for my first 5k. I picked them because they were cute and light. I didn’t have any problems, but when I started having ITB pain I went to my local running shop and they recommended a few shoes for my pronating feet. I think my options were the Brooks Ravenna, New Balance 860, and some Nike sneaker. I’m not sure exactly, but this was last June and they were bright hi-lighter yellow colored, and all of the store employees were wearing them. They could have been the Lunarglide, but I seem to remember it having a smaller profile, more similar to the Flyknit. Anyway, I went with the New Balance shoes even though they were not “cute” at all and I did most of my half marathon training in those shoes.

I definitely felt supported and secure in the shoes, but nowadays I sometimes find them too heavy and clunky. My New Balance shoes should hit 300 miles by the time I’m done with the half marathon so I figured I would start with a new shoe right after that. I would love to try a variety of running sneakers but they can be so expensive. The price was right and they are flexible and stylish enough that I can use them for other sports or walking to work, unlike the more “orthopedic” look of my current New Balance.

Maybe now that I have some more experience and more muscles, I can move on to a less supportive shoe. For about 4 months during last year’s half marathon training, I did some of my short runs wearing the Saucony Hattori, a very minimal shoe, until I wore a hole in the toe. For recent short runs and 5k’s, I’ve been running in the Nike Free 3.0 (which I scored on sale for $45. hollah!) This is Nike’s most minimal drop sneaker. I ran all three of my last 5k’s wearing these, and by the last one my pinky toes felt a bit tight but no blisters though. So you see, I do have some experience and the calf muscle for flatter shoes. I’m just a little bit hesitant about choosing a Nike sneaker for long runs. I have notice that Nike’s generally have a narrow toebox that feels snug around my toes. I don’t think I have “wide” feet; Nike is the only shoe I’ve noticed this with. I have a couple pairs of Dunks, and as cute as they are, they are not comfortable. I feel like my toes are squeezed even though they appear wide. Even though I have used Nike trainers, I’ve never run more than 4 miles in them. I wonder how I’ll do on longer distances.

I really hope these Lunarglides work for me because I just love the light weight, flexy knit upper, and stability support for pronation. I’ll give another update once I start training in them.