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Sweat & the City: Santa Monica

how to enjoy Los Angeles without a car (revitalize and reclaim your life from traffic)

July 14, 2015

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My four years in LA were less than angelic (they were also my college years). With my hours split between class, work and traffic, I developed an intense loathing for car culture and the T-word (TRAFFIC). My relationship to the city is heavily “love-hate”, but Los Angeles is still a very special city to me.

One of the best ways to discover a city is to walk and wander around, LA’s sprawl makes that virtually impossible, but because my school was so close to Santa Monica, running by the beach became a favorite weekend activity of mine early in college.

Morning runs on the sand and bike path mean yummy, cool colors, brisk ocean air and a refreshing view of LA’s beauty.

Kept my run light and tight on this morning in Michi’s butt-lifting illusion pants and a pair of APL’s – rave post about the shoes to come (SO, SO LIGHT AND SUPPORTIVE).
Though I will just say this: my other love-hate relationship – with running – is swinging hard on the love side because of these shoes. Despite their lightness, there’s no sacrifice in support – at all. And they’re really, really sexy.

yoga pants: michi ny (carbon 38)
shoes: APL Techloom Mesh Pro

Beautiful photography by: Andy Mai

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6 Comments

  • Reply Steve July 16, 2015 at 11:04

    I can relate.

    Have you tried the Nike Free’s 4.0? I run with those and they’re good minimalist shoes. I’ve done the same route at Santa Monica beach with them and they’re a pretty good balance. The 3’s have less support, and the 5’s have more. They’re cheaper than the Techloom Pro’s, which is nice once you start buying more than 2 running shoes. My other ones with a tonne of support need replacement now, though!

    • Reply Shay July 17, 2015 at 08:30

      Hey Steve!

      What a great run, huh? Jog + acro on a Sunday = favorite combination.

      I actually have three pairs of the Nike Free 4.0 fly knit, and you’re right – they’re an amazing minimalist shoe! When I first got them, my feet had never been so comfortable. Mind you, I still love them and I wear them all the time. Really, the only issues I can think of are very personal: 1. I have terrible arches and fitting in support doesn’t work well with the flyknits and 2. The occasional misstep had my foot (not ankle) moving side to side – though that’s more likely because they’re flyknits.

      What I am so enamored about with the APL’s is that they feel as sturdy as airmax on your feet, but as light and bouncy as the free 3.0/4.0

      There is also a particular bounce when you run and I don’t know if that’s a specific, actual technology or if it’s because their simultaneous sturdiness and lightness play off of each other so well.

      Probably the most I’ve spent on running shoes, but – I think – well worth it. I’d like to say I’m mentally and emotionally converted from Nike to APL, but my broke, recently graduated ass begs to differ.

      • Reply Steve July 17, 2015 at 10:54

        I hear ya! I kind of want to try those APL’s now.

        What did you study, anyway?

        • Reply Shay July 17, 2015 at 11:30

          Go for it! My devotion is not affordable, but evangelism is still strong. I studied English literature and public policy. Borges is great by the way 😉

          • Steve July 17, 2015 at 12:30

            Ha! I appreciate you having a look.

            I’m almost done with a huge analytical piece on Borge’s poetry that I’ll publish soon.

            Anyway, best of luck on your site! You have a reader here!

          • nuwomyn@gmail.com July 17, 2015 at 16:57

            That’s exciting! And yay, great – thank you so much.

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