Peter Larson's Runblogger Posts

New Balance Zante 2 Review: Solid Sequel to a Great Shoe

New Balance Zante 2

It’s been a long time since I’ve put over 100 miles on a pair of shoes. I’m not entirely sure that I exceeded that with the New Balance Zante 2 (I don’t track miles on shoes anymore), but since I’ve run most of my miles for the past several months in them, I’d have to […]

On Blogging: Why I Hate My Email Inbox


I hate to admit this, but for the past 9 months I have largely ignored my blog’s email inbox. The reason was mostly due to the fact that I have returned to teaching, and free time during the school year to attend to the blog was minimal. I apologize if you have sent me a […]

Saucony Kinvara 7 Review


The Saucony Kinvara has long been a top option for me among low-drop, lightweight training shoes. I’ve run marathons in the Kinvara, and have had positive experiences with most iterations of the shoe that have come out. Since the arrival of the Kinvara 7 a few months ago, I’ve heard a lot of mixed opinions […]

John Oliver on Doping in Elite Athletes

Just watched this earlier today – entertaining, but also kind of a depressing look at doping in elite athletes.

Old Tech That Works: Four Running-Fitness Gadgets That Have Stood the Test of Time


Last week I thought that my Garmin Vivofit (original model) activity tracker was dead. I had replaced the batteries, but they died within a week, and another set did the same. It turns out it was the batteries that were bad – teaches me to buy cheap from Amazon – and a fresh set from […]

Review: Brooks PureCadence 5


With my return to teaching, I’ve realized that time constraints necessitate making a change to how I write reviews (or they’ll never get done!). I’m going to try a more streamlined approach that I hope will allow me to churn through a backlog of reviews that have been accumulating since the beginning of the year. Here goes… With […]

In Defense of Crocs: A Response to Huffington Post


When I look at the pair of Crocs in the photo to the left, I’m reminded of Donald Trump. Orange. Puffy. (Politically) Indestructible. But mostly I’m reminded of how unfairly both have been treated by the media. Terribly unfairly. I’ll leave more politically informed sources to discuss Mr. Trump’s woes (to be honest, I’d rather […]

The Best Kindergarten Ever: Letting Kids Run in Japan


For the past 7 months or so I have been immersed in the world of education. I’ve worked in two different high schools, and have attended seminars on a wide variety of education-related topics at the Upper Valley Educators Institute (and I will be a certified public school teacher in just over a month!). At […]

Hoka Speedgoat Review: Solid Shoe With a Big Flaw


When I first received the Hoka Speedgoat, I was pretty sure that I would never run in them. I had heard from other runners that the fit was way too narrow, and upon taking them out of the box I was rather shocked by just how narrow the toebox looked. It honestly looks like a […]

adidas Adios Boost 3 Review: Minor Updates to a Classic Racer


There are very few shoes in the $120+ range that I think are worth the money. The Nike Free Flyknit 4.0 is one, and the other that jumps immediately to mind is the adidas Adios Boost. The first two iterations of the adios Boost were personal favorites (see my reviews of v1 and v2) – […]

Runblogger’s Top 3 Running Shoes of 2015


We’re almost a month into 2016, and I haven’t yet shared my top shoes of 2015 yet. Better late than never I guess! Though I didn’t review as many shoes in 2015 as I have in previous years, mainly due to reduced running mileage associated with my return to school, there were still a few […]

Pete’s Year 2015 in Review: Teaching, Blogging, and Running


2015 was a year of change for me on both the running and personal fronts. I decided in late 2014 that the full-time blogging thing was not for me. Though the freedom of being my own boss was great, and financially I was doing well, I realized that as a career it was just not […]

RIP: The Gravity Defyer Sperm Logo


A good logo can do a lot for brand recognition. When it comes to shoes, iconic logos like the Nike swoosh or adidas stripes are instantly recognizable, and more than a few shoes are sold simply because of the cool-factor associated with their presence. On the other hand, a bad logo can leave a brand […]

I Was Bitten By a Dog While Running: A Christmas Story

Dog bite bandage

My most unexpected Christmas gift this year was a 3 hour trip to the emergency room. Fortunately Santa Claus was not the giver of this cruel present. Rather, it was received from a large German Shepherd that I encountered while out on a run on Christmas Day. I’ve been running on the trails behind my house for […]

Nike Lunartempo Running Shoe Review

Nike Lunartempo Square

My mileage has been relatively low for the past few months as teaching (loving it!) and family responsibilities have taken up a lot of my time, but most of the miles I have run recently have been in the Nike Lunartempo (formerly called the Lunar Trainer – my pair still has this name printed on the […]