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KovasP

Downers grove, Illinois
I'm a father of 4, husband to an amazing woman, and an endurance enthusiast.  In 1995 I ran the Chicago Marathon and then basically stopped exercising and gained a lot of weight. In late 2007, I began a slow journey back to fitness. In fits and starts, I tried a variety of things,... Full Bio
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My Year of Running (or not) 2014 by KovasP Posted in: Blog Posts in Triathlon When Amanda announced her annual link-up for each person's Year of Running , I didn't plan on participating. This was a year that didn't start well, continued in the same ne ... Read on »
Shopping For Skis - Making Sense of Ski Lingo by KovasP Posted in: Blog Posts in Triathlon Ski season is almost upon us and, since I'll be part of the local Ski Patrol this winter, I'm of course thinking about buying new skis. If you're a triathlete, you mig ... Read on »
Two Running Books You Must Read by KovasP Posted in: Blog Posts in Triathlon If you are a runner, two things are certain: you will get injured and you can improve your running in some way, be it strength, cadence, or what have you. Individually, thes ... Read on »
Ice Age Trail by KovasP Posted in: Blog Posts in Triathlon After the success of out Garden of the Gods trip over Thanksgiving, I decided to plan another, closer to home. In a few weeks, I'm planning on camping and hiking a por ... Read on »
WHOAFACE: Saucony Triumph ISO Running Shoes by KovasP Posted in: Blog Posts in Triathlon The following post is sponsored by FitFluential LLC on behalf of Saucony . Amazing packaging, at least for the samples they sent me, with a multi-panel box, a shirt w ... Read on »
Hiking and Camping: Garden of the Gods by KovasP Posted in: Blog Posts in Triathlon Pretty much from the time I moved to Chicago the first time, almost 30 years ago, I've had a visit to the Garden of the Gods Wilderness on my bucket list. Last weekend, for ... Read on »
Thankful Thursday by KovasP Posted in: Blog Posts in Triathlon I'm the first to admit that I do my share of whining, often over nothing at all. The funny thing is, that it drives me crazy when my spoiled rotten kids do it, haha. M ... Read on »
Square Bottle, Run or Die, Sons of Anarchy by KovasP Posted in: Blog Posts in Triathlon I'm a huge fan of metal bottles over plastic bottles, since theoretically they may be recyclable, and continued research makes me wonder if ANY plastic bottle is safe. ... Read on »
Runner's Mobility: The Warm Up by KovasP Posted in: Blog Posts in Triathlon Most runner's have read enough to know that static stretching before running is now considered a no-no (and if you hadn't read it before, you just did). Too many of us ... Read on »
Forge Mug, Paleo by Season, Spartan Race by KovasP Posted in: Blog Posts in Triathlon I love camping gear, because it can often pull double duty in every day normal life. That's the case with the CamelBak Forge insulated travel mug. This vacuum-sealed, ... Read on »
Mobility: Getting Started by KovasP Posted in: Blog Posts in Triathlon “All human beings should be able to  perform basic maintenance on themselves.” ~ Dr. Kelly Starrett Mobility is hugely important for every day life, but even more so if yo ... Read on »
Trying Stuff: Archery 101 by KovasP Posted in: Blog Posts in Triathlon Sunday, I took the older three kids to check out a basic archery class at one of our local forest preserves. Since it was cold, windy, and a morning featuring some sno ... Read on »
Magic Strap, OCR Book, 100th Geocache by KovasP Posted in: Blog Posts in Triathlon I am an extremely skeptical person - if it sounds like magic, looks like magic, promises results like magic, it's probably a fraud. There is a definite need to test ou ... Read on »
Hitting the Reset Button by KovasP Posted in: Blog Posts in Triathlon As you get older, if you're not examining all that you do and wonder if things couldn't be done better, you're in serious trouble. It doesn't take long to get behind t ... Read on »
Help Me Choose a Logo by KovasP Posted in: Blog Posts in Triathlon With Outside Retailer coming up in January, I knew I needed to make business cards, but I wanted to take it a step further and do a bit of branding as well. I turned to Five ... Read on »
Men's Health MVP Network, Clif Bar Seasonal Flavors, Bushcraft 101 by KovasP Posted in: Blog Posts in Triathlon I recently started contributing to a new website, the Men's Health MVP Network . It's an opportunity to respond to prompts from the magazine and air our opinions on a ... Read on »
Outdoor Retailer Winter 2015 by KovasP Posted in: Blog Posts in Triathlon One of the other fun things I did this weekend was to register for the Outdoor Retailer Winter 2015 - I've been wanting to get to OR for many years. This go-around I b ... Read on »
Orienteering 101 by KovasP Posted in: Blog Posts in Triathlon Weather wise, Saturday was one of those days that couldn't make up its mind, freezing temps one moment and mild the next. Munchkin and I layered up and headed over to ... Read on »
Mizuno Wave Rider 18 Running Shoe Review by KovasP Posted in: Blog Posts in Triathlon The following post is sponsored by FitFluential LLC on behalf of Mizuno. Wave Rider 18 - "Realize the Power Within" The Wave Rider 18, an update from Mizuno for their ... Read on »
Sausage Quiche with Sweet Potato Crust [Recipe] by KovasP Posted in: Blog Posts in Triathlon I've longed loved quiche (guess I'm not a real man), so a switch to a pale/primal nutrition plan meant no more yummy crust for me. Nothing wrong with a frittata,  but ... Read on »