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Salming T1
by David Henry I hadn't heard much about the Swedish shoe brand Salming before Pete asked me if I'd be willing to try their debut trail shoe, the T1, for review. After looking at some of the specs on their website, I saw that many of the features were what I like to see in a trail shoe: 5mm drop, full coverage outsole, and a randed upper. What I couldn't see was how well the shoe would ride once I started to run in it. Read on to see my thoughts, as well as a modification I did to the upper. Specs Via Salming's website: the Salming T1 weighs 10 oz and has a 5mm drop. $140 MSRP Nice upper design overall. Overbuilt for a trail shoe, with heavy ripstop type material and full rand, but this also gives it much more mountain readiness. Upper and Fit The upper on the Salming more >>
Tue, Jun 30, 2015
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I often find myself telling clients that I work with in the clinic that changing running form is hard. The difficulty is not so much physical – tissues will adapt to a new movement pattern over time. Rather, the challenge is mainly neurological – it's very hard to make the body move in a new and different way. We each fall into a preferred movement pattern dictated by our anatomy, shoes, surfaces, typical non-running activities, etc., and it requires concerted effort to change. But it can be done with practice – the brain has sufficient neuroplasticity to rewire itself in a way that supports novel behaviors like a new running form. It's difficult, and it feels strange to experiment with new forms of movement at first, but it can be done. A few days ago a friend on Facebook posted a video that examines neuroplasticity as it relates to riding an more >>
Fri, Jun 19, 2015
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New Balance Fresh Foam Boracay
Sometimes all it takes is a few small changes to improve a shoe. This was the case with the Hoka Clifton 2, which I reviewed earlier this week. Hoka added a bit of padding to the tongue, an additional lace eyelet, and a new insole, but kept just about everything else on the shoe the same. Fix what's broken, don't change what people like – that's how it should be done. Last year I reviewed the New Balance Fresh Foam 980 and found that although I liked the shoe, it suffered from a fatal flaw that made it unwearable for me on longer runs. The problem was the toebox – it was too pointy up front and squeezed my toes together. The result was blistering between my toes on long runs, and going up a half size did not solve the problem. The other problem I had with the Fresh Foam 980 more >>
Wed, Jun 17, 2015
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VCM 2
Last year I started sending out a weekly newsletter with recommended articles from around the web. I stopped producing the newsletter in the Fall because it was sometimes tough to come up with articles on a weekly basis, and I simply ran out of steam trying to keep up with it. I thought I might resurrect the recommended article posts on a more sporadic basis, and I've read several good articles in the past few weeks that are well-worth sharing. First, Alex Hutchinson discusses the benefits of training in heat to aerobic performance. As someone who tends to suffer when it gets hot out, it's nice to know that slogging through hot miles can pay off come the cooler temps of Fall. And you have to love an article that starts out with the following in the opening paragraph: “Did you know that, if you urgently need to rehydrate someone and they more >>
Mon, Jun 15, 2015
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Hoka Clifton 2
If I were in the habit of giving “best update” awards, the Hoka Clifton 2 would be a solid contender for 2015. It's not so much that I love the shoe – it's actually a bit on the soft side for my personal taste. Rather, Hoka did a great job addressing problems that people had with the original version, and didn't change the things that people liked so much about the shoe. This was a wise choice – Running Warehouse reports that the original Clifton was their top selling shoe in 2014, so messing with success runs the risk of alienating fans of a wildly popular shoe (you can read my review of the original Clifton here). I'll detail what changed and what stayed the same in the Clifton 2 in the review below. (Disclosure: The shoes reviewed here were media samples provided free of charge by the manufacturer) Specs Per more >>
Mon, Jun 15, 2015
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2015-06-04 13.59.46-2
One of the drawbacks of the scientific research process is that it is slow. It takes time to run experiments, write up results, and get those results published in a peer-reviewed journal. As a result, popular trends tend to take off before science has a chance to validate the beliefs that sparked those trends. We saw this process play out with the minimalist running trend – it took off like a rocket, but the reality is that though science has shown that people do typically run differently in minimal shoes, they are not the same as running barefoot, and injury rates among those transitioning into minimal shoes aren't any different than those who continue to use a traditionally cushioned running shoe (though the types/location of injuries likely differ). Over the past few years the hot trend in running has been maximal cushioning. Shoes like those made by the brand Hoka more >>
Fri, Jun 05, 2015
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