Ideal for long cardio workouts – especially if you’ve always wondered what it’s like to sweat all over two thousand bucks
There’s nothing like some thumping beats to get you through another hard workout. And I’m just going to gloss over the science here and make the assumption that any track sounds better when blasted through gold. So go on then! Head over to Crystal Rocked, your expert in all things bedazzled, and pick up a pair of limited edition 24kt gold-plated Dr. Dre Beats Studio headphones. They’re ideal for long cardio workouts – especially if you’ve always wondered what it’s like to sweat all over two thousand bucks worth of bling (it smells the same). They’re also good for squats: think weights, hugging your face. Only 50 of these guys were made (10 are at Harrods in London so you Olympians can hurry over and get a pair too). Best snatch one up before that snob with the Swarovski-encrusted gym shoes does! Oh, and an auditory suggestion for your new tchotchkie… No excuse not to work out now.
Alice Coachman, 88, High Jump (L) and Bill Smith, 88, Swimming (R)
“My father wanted me to be more like a young lady: sittin’ on the porch. And I go to the back door, jump over the fence, and go (running) straight down the street.” – Alice Coachman
What a moving and motivating piece the New York Times published today. “Their Golden Years” profiles 14 of the 1948 US Olympic team. The series is perfectly photographed (channelling our beloved Avedon) by Damon Winter, with most profiles accompanied by an audio snippet of the athletes conjuring up memories of a very different London games. Sniffling away sentimental tears, I laced up my running shoes and headed out for a hard, 10K tempo run.
Gone are the days of breaking your momentum during a long run or loosing those valuable seconds of a race to stop and retie your shoelaces! These great bungee cords from Lock Laces are such a snappy solution to an age-old runner’s conundrum. What’s more, they’re a bargain at 5 bucks a pair! The nifty accessories are available in eleven colors (including neon orange, yellow, and green). I’m gonna snatch up a few sets and mix & match for a truly Pippi-inspired look! Email the company a photo of you rocking the laces and – get this – they’ll send you a free pair! They kinda remind me of those curly shoelaces from the 80’s… Jeesh I loved those…
OK! So, I’m starting a new section here on Lo’s List – perhaps too ambitious for my own good, but sometimes you need something as huge as the blogosphere to kick your ass back into a good habit. Running Shorts will be quick, running-related posts. One run for me here in Brooklyn, one Running Short for the blog. So, without further dilly dallying, lets watch some marathoners in motion! Kudos to Mehmet Dokumcu for this juicy stop-motion piece of this year’s New York City Marathon. The photographer shot one frame every five seconds with his Canon EOS 5D between race miles 6 and 7 on 4th Avenue in Brooklyn. Now, doesn’t that just make you want to go out for some interval training?!
Whether you’re a die-hard runner or a hardcore couch potato – you’ll probably start lacing up your kicks after watching this chef d’oeuvre of a Nike campaign which was pitched, produced, and hand-drawn by illustrator/toy mastermind James Jarvis.“Onwards” defines all the understated power that long distance running holds as a sport: the runner’s unfaltering pace, the meditative state of mind, the thrill of discovery, and the pesky moments of discomfort (oh, snot…). Set to Caribou’s “Crayon” from the Canadian musician’s 2003/2006 album Up in Flames, the short (animated by co-director Kenny Kenworthy) follows an iconic Jarvis character (based on the running gait of James himself) as he conquers pouring rain, a peckish crow, some serious stairs and a killer hill on just another nice long run…
James was kind enough to answer a few of my own questions about the piece, which is followed by a 3-part documentary called “Onwards from the Inside” so check it all out… & stay tuned for more posts about Jarvis & his amazing merch over at AMOS!
How did Nike find you? Actually, I approached Nike with the idea for the project. I wanted to work on something that involved my obsession with running and given that subject matter I thought it might be something they’d be interested in. I had wanted to do something in moving image for a long time, and as this wasn’t something I felt I could do by myself I thought it was a good idea to look for a patron for the project. I think that was what made the film successful – it wasn’t conceived as a marketing idea but was artist-driven from the beginning. I think it represents an honest collaboration between an artist and a brand.
When did the music come into play? I wanted the character to run at a specific cadence – around 180 steps per minute – which is the pace that elite distance runners generally run at. Then we looked for a piece of music that matched that. I wanted the music to be quite psychedelic because I think running is a psychedelic act. I was thinking of something like La Dusseldorf or Harmonia. Kenny, my co-director suggested Caribou as it had a similar vibe, and he is friends with the artist.