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 […]

This Week in Runblogging: September 15 to 21 2014

adidas Adios Boost 2

This week I reviewed the adidas Adios Boost 2. Version 1 of the adios Boost was one of my favorite shoes from last year – it provided a smooth, responsive ride that was capable of handling a variety of distances and speeds. I’m a fan of the Boost midsole material as if provides a soft, […]

Spaulding Rehab in Boston is Looking for Barefoot/Minimalist Runners for a Research Study

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Last Fall I traveled down to Boston to visit the Spaulding National Running Center. Spaulding is both a rehab and research center, and while I was there they mentioned that they were trying to recruit barefoot and minimalist runners to participate in some of their research studies. I was recently contacted again by Spaulding and […]

Salomon 2015 Shoe Previews: S-Lab Sense Ultra 4 and S-Lab X-Series

Salomon Sense 4 Ultra

Next up in the 2015 running shoe preview series via Runningshoes.com is Salomon. The two shoes we’ll take a look at here are the S-Lab Sense Ultra 4 and the S-Lab X-series. Salomon S-Lab Sense 4 Ultra I just recently reviewed the Salomon Sense 3 Ultra - one of my favorite shoes of the year so […]