Peter Larson's Runblogger Posts

Newton Kismet Running Shoe Review

Newton Kismet on Foot

Newton made a bit of a splash this year with the release of a bunch of new shoe models built on their new 5-lug forefoot platform. If you’re not familiar with Newton’s lug system, it’s basically a set of raised, elongated lugs under the forefoot of the shoe that are intended to help cushion the […]

Achilles Tendinopathy and Eccentric Loading: BJSM Podcast Interview With Dr. Håkan Alfredson

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The Achilles tendon is a large tendon that attaches the calf musculature to the calcaneus at the back of the foot. When it comes to running injuries, those that affect the Achilles Tendon injuries are troublesome in that they can be chronic and difficult to treat. One of the first steps taken in the treatment […]

Brooks Ghost 7 Running Shoe Review

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Lately I’ve been branching out a bit in my review shoe choices in order to get a better feel for the differences among the various types of shoes that exist in today’s footwear market. A few weeks ago I reviewed the Hoka Clifton (the Hoka Huaka worked out a bit better), a lightweight yet super-cushy shoe, […]

This Week in Runblogging: September 29 to October 5 2014

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Last week I took a look at the Hoka Huaka. It was my second experience in a Hoka shoe (I reviewed the Hoka Clifton a few weeks ago), and this one was a better match for my stride. Compared to the Clifton, the Huaka provides a firmer, more responsive ride with a less rockered sole. […]

Garmin Forerunner 620 – Some Fun With Running Dynamics Data

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I’ve been working on a long overdue review of the Garmin Forerunner 620 – it’s been a tricky GPS watch to review because it does so much, but also because I’ve had some issues with it. One of my original reasons for buying the 620 was that I was interested in the ability to record […]

NH Reach the Beach Relay Race Report by My Wife Erin

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Let me begin by saying I don’t race. I hate racing and always have. For one, I don’t have a competitive bone in my body (except when playing backgammon, or any game for that matter, with my husband). I just don’t thrive on the stress and anticipation of race day. The jittery feeling, instead of […]

Hoka Huaka Running Shoe Review with Comparisons to the Hoka Clifton

Hoka Huaka

A few weeks ago I reviewed the Hoka Clifton. It was my first experience in a Hoka shoe, and my reaction was mixed. I was impressed by fit and comfort – it was the first Hoka I’ve tried on that seemed to be a good match for my foot shape. However, the ride was a […]

This Week in Runblogging: September 22 to 28 2014

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My post last week referencing an article in Lower Extremity Review titled the “The Rise and Fall of Minimalist Running” generated quite a bit of commentary. The article took a fairly well-balanced look at what we have learned as a result of the minimalist movement, and it makes for an interesting read. One of the […]

Treating Plantar Fasciitis With Foot Strengthening vs. Stretching: Different Takes on the Same Study

Plantar Fasciitis Foot Strengthening

I recently read an article on the New York Times Well Blog about a study in the Scandinavian Journal of Medicine & Science in Sports. The study, by Michael Rathleff and colleagues, compared strengthening vs. stretching exercises to treat plantar fasciitis (PF). In a nutshell, the Times article reported that the study found strengthening exercises to […]

The Rise and Fall of Minimalist Running: Recommended Article in Lower Extremity Review

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Quick heads up – I was interviewed a few months ago for an article that was recently published in Lower Extremity Review. Titled “The Rise and Fall of Minimalist Running,” the article takes what I feel is a pretty balanced look at what we have learned over the past few years as a result of […]