The big running news for me this week was that my beginner 5K group ran their end-of-program race yesterday. It’s incredibly rewarding as a coach to see how far they have progressed over the past 9 weeks, and even more rewarding to have been able to watch them cross the finish line of what I hope will be the first of many races to come. A huge congrats to the entire team!
Shoes I Ran in This Week
Asics Gel Lyte33 v3 (14.5 miles), Asics Hyperspeed 6 (9 miles), Salomon Sense Pro (8.5 miles), Salomon Sense 3 Ultra (hiked 4 miles).
Runblogger Posts From the Past Week
Salomon Sense Pro Trail Running Shoe Review
June 5, 2014 – Great trail shoe, and one of my favorite shoes of the year so far.
Video Lecture on Limb Stiffness in Running
June 4, 2014 – Geeky video on how limb stiffness is affected by surfaces underfoot, and how it relates to running efficiency and injury risk.
Book Review: Death By Food Pyramid by Denise Minger
June 3, 2014 – Very interesting book on nutrition science.
Flirting With Heat Exhaustion on Today’s Run
June 2, 2014 – In which I’m an idiot once again by running too hard in the heat.
Does Risk of Injury Increase When Transitioning From a Conventional Running Shoe to a Moderately Cushioned Minimalist Running Shoe?
June 2, 2014 – Long, sciency post on injury risk in Nike Free shoes.
Running Posts From Around the Web
1. To complement my own review of the Salomon Sense Pro, check out this one by Ginger Runner. He likes the Sense Pro so much that he considers tongue kissing it:
2. Ginger Runner also just posted video reviews of the Newton Distance III and Gravity III. Thomas Neuberger also reviewed the Newton Distance III this week.
3. Men’s Health addresses 5 running shoe myths.
4. iRunFar shares some tips for how to train for your first Ultramarathon.
5. A college track and cross-country coach was apparently fired for running the Boston Marathon.
6. Not about running, but I found this article on Backcountry.com about climbing shoes to be an interesting read (I don’t climb, but have been taking my 4-year old son to a kid’s climbing class every Wednesday morning for the past several months). Titled “Are Your Climbing Shoes Too Tight?,” the article address the common practice among climbers to wear shoes that are too small for their feet, and the damage that can result. This advice could just as easily apply to runners: “Go for fit. Above brand. Above reviews. Above what others say. Above what famous athletes wear. And make sure that fit is comfortable. If you’re in pain after one pitch, you should either size up or move on to a different model.”