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Skechers GoRun Strada
I've probably put more miles on the Skechers GoRun Strada over the past year+ than any other shoe model. The reason is that I've been involved in wear testing the shoe since its earliest prototype iterations. The shoe has come a long way in that time, from a first run where I was ready to ditch them mid-way, to refined versions that I enjoyed running in more and more as they arrived at my door. I've now put a decent number of miles on the final production version and am comfortable sharing my thoughts. I'll start by saying that I have mixed feelings about the Strada. I've come to really enjoy the ride, but it still feels like a bit more shoe than I need, particularly in the upper. This is in part due to the fact that it was designed as a training shoe for Meb Keflezighi and Kara Goucher, more >>
Thu, Apr 23, 2015
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Maickel Melamed, who suffers from a form of muscular dystrophy, was the final finisher of the 2015 Boston Marathon. Boston was his fifth and final marathon, and he completed it in just over 20 hours. Check out the video below for more on his inspirational story: You just finished reading Maickel Melamed: The Final Finisher of the 2015 Boston Marathon! Consider leaving a comment!Save money on running shoes - CLICK HERE to view current coupons and promotions on the Runblogger deal page! For more great running content, check out the current discussions on the Runblogger Forum. more >>
Tue, Apr 21, 2015
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2015-03-13 09.44.24-1
The New Balance 1500 is a shoe that has kind of flown under the radar since its release. I've not heard a lot of chatter about it, but those I know who have tried it have generally had good things to say. Given my affinity for low-profile racing shoes, I decided to buy a pair and see what they're all about – I'm glad that I did as the 1500 is a pretty simple yet functional shoe. The 1500 is part of a quartet of New Balance racing shoes. The 1400, one of my favorite all-around shoes, is a bit more cushioned, particularly under the heel, and is suitable for longer miles (v3 of the 1400 is coming soon!). The 1600 is a bit less shoe, and the 5000 is an ultralight speed shoe. Among these, the 1500 is unique in that it has a medial post and thus is touted more >>
Thu, Apr 16, 2015
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inov-8 Race Ultra 270
by David Henry I've been looking forward to trying the inov-8 Race Ultra 270 since I first knew it existed back over a year ago. Details at that point were sparse, but I already liked what I saw from the then soon to be released Race Ultra 290 (which made my list of Top Trail Running Shoes of 2014). What I liked the most about the Race Ultra 290 was the versatility of the platform, and forgiveness of the ride even on roads (something that is not typically a strength of inov-8 shoes). I assumed most of these characteristics would be preserved in the 270, but with a lower stack height and heel-to-toe drop (4mm compared to 8mm for the 290), and a racier feel. After many miles, including a 50k in January nearly out of the box, it unfortunately hasn't lived up to my (possibly too lofty) expectations. more >>
Wed, Apr 15, 2015
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Barefoot Surfaces
So far this week I have written about studies that have looked at foot strike patterns in in minimally shod or barefoot runners. A study of the Tarahumara in Mexico showed that even among individuals who habitually wear minimal footwear, foot strike patterns are variable during running. A study of the Hadza in Tanzania suggested that development of a midfoot strike pattern might be associated with running experience, as adult males who run more frequently while hunting tended to MFS, whereas adult females and children tended to rearfoot strike. In this post we'll take a look at another study on foot strike, in this case the influence of surface hardness on foot strike type in habitually shod runners who were asked to run barefoot in the lab. The study, led by Allison Gruber, was published in 2013 in the journal Footwear Science. They were interested in trying to determine whether more >>
Wed, Apr 08, 2015
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Hadza foot strikes
Yesterday I wrote a post about a study that examined foot strike patterns in Tarahumara Native Americans from Mexico. That study found that Tarahumara who habitually wear and run in minimal huarache sandals exhibit a mixture of foot strike types (40% midfoot, 30% forefoot, 30% heel), whereas Tarahumara who habitually wear and run in conventional running shoes heel strike 75% of the time. These results indicate that footwear can influence foot strike type, but that even within the minimally shod group foot strike patterns are highly variable. In this post we'll take a look at another study that examined foot strike patterns in a population that habitually wears minimal footwear. This study, led by Herman Pontzer, looks at Hadza hunter-gatherers from Tanzania, Africa. Like the traditional Tarahumara huaraches, the Hadza tend to mostly wear minimal sandals made out of repurposed tire rubber. The Hadza are an interesting group in which to more >>
Tue, Apr 07, 2015
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