The power of a connected world

Last weekend the wife and I decided to take an impromptu trip to Decorah, IA. We had a podcast from Ten Junk Miles to listen to and it was 5 hours long. I’ll tell the story of the trip in the next few posts on the blog, but what I wanted to share today is a quick story about how connected our world has become.

As we’re listening to this particular podcast, the host, Scott Kummer, talked about a product that he uses on his feet during long ultras. He’s not sponsored by them, but really believes in the product. It’s called Trail Toes, and he explained that it was a silicone based and waterproof product that helps protect your feet when out on the trails. My wife Lisa has always struggled with her feet and blisters, and so things like Injinji socks are her best friends.

When she heard about this product on the podcast she pulled out her phone and did a quick Amazon search. Sure enough they sold it, and it was available for delivery 2 days later. A few clicks later and it was on its way.

This was in the middle of rural Minnesota…

…on a cell phone,…

…while listening to a podcast on another cell phone,…

…about a product in Texas, that on Monday would be delivered to our door in Minnesota.

When you pause a moment and realize just how insane that really is, it’s mind blowing. It’s not just technology, it’s connectedness, and the ability to interact with people and places thousands of miles away from us with a flick of a finger on a glass screen.

I work in technology, and I have my whole career. I’ve been a tech geek for almost my entire life, even back to the old BBS days. Sometimes though, it smacks you in the face how incredibly connected our world has become. Thanks to this connected world, my wife will (hopefully) have another advantage as she heads towards a very wet and rainy first Zumbro 50 mile race this upcoming weekend.


Beer, running, and geeky things.

4 thoughts on “The power of a connected world

  1. I truly hope it helps.
    Put a little on the night before the race.
    The morning of, and just before the run, put a nice thick layer on and reapply as necessary.
    Listen to your feet and body. If you feel hotspots reapply or if bad put some tape on it. You can use the cream wherever else you have concerns of the ABCs of running (abrasions Blisters and chafing) – butt groin armpits bra or waist line and between the thighs.
    If you are having hotspots or other issues It helps to clean the foot really well, apply benzoin and then tape. Then reapply the cream to the non taped areas. Check out fixing your feet by John von Hoff.
    By the way, I am replying to this message from my small room in Afghanistan were I currently work providing medical support

    1. Thank you so much for this! I put in a test run this morning, to make sure I didn’t have any reactions to the product, and it went very well. I’m excited to take Trail Toes for a proper spin in the nasty mud and rain this Saturday. šŸ™‚

      May you stay safe and be well while you’re in Afghanistan!

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