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One of the most popular posts I wrote last winter was a piece on whether you should wear shorts or no shorts over running tights. The post currently has 135 comments, quite possibly a record for this site, and it quickly became clear that I had hit on a topic of great significance to runners. In the post mentioned above I discussed wind protection for the nether regions as an argument for wearing shorts over tights, and I asked for recommendations for wind-proof running tights to try as an alternative (at the time I had never tried them). Several people recommended windproof briefs, and other had recs for tights that incorporate windproof fabric. I initially purchased a few pairs of windproof boxers from my local Eastern Mountain Sports, and they were a big step up from what I had been using previously. Unfortunately I can't seem to find them for sale more >>
Wed, Feb 18, 2015
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Trail Shoe Brand Pie Chart
Last week I posted the results of the 2014 Runblogger reader survey of top road running shoes. In this post we move on to the trail shoe results (delayed a bit by a stomach virus that has ripped through my house over the past week…). For the trail shoe survey, I received a total of 491 shoe nominations from over 250 individuals (some individuals only voted for one or two shoes rather than three). I removed any votes where a brand was entered without a specific shoe model (there were a lot of these), and have also eliminated any duplicate votes by the same person. Before I present the results, I will say again that these are intended to show preferences among readers of this blog. I tend to review shoes on the more minimal end of the spectrum (mostly racing flats and lightweight, moderately cushioned trainers), so there is clearly more >>
Mon, Feb 16, 2015
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Me Jack Footprints
Winters where I live can be hard, but my disdain for the treadmill generally keeps me outside unless conditions get really bad. This winter started off pretty tame up here in New Hampshire. We had cold, but not much snow through early January, and I was able to use road shoes for most of my runs. Sidewalks started to ice over a bit in January, and we had a few light snow storms, which made running outside in road shoes a bit more of a challenge. And over the past couple of weeks we've been hammered by multiple storms and roads and sidewalks near my home are now virtually impassable. For the most part, I can get by with a decent pair of lugged trail shoes for most winter running conditions. They handle crusty ice well, and deeper snow generally means I'll opt to snowshoe rather than run unless the sidewalks more >>
Tue, Feb 10, 2015
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Reader Survey Brands
Last month I posted a survey asking Runblogger readers to vote for their top 3 road and trail shoes of 2014. This was the second year that I conducted this survey (view last year's results here), and once again the response was great. Over 550 people submitted votes for top road shoes, and over 250 submitted votes for top trail shoes. I've tallied the road shoe votes and the results are presented in this post (I'll hopefully get the trail shoe results up next week). For the road shoe survey, I received a total of 1,231 shoe nominations (some individuals only voted for one or two shoes rather than three). I removed any votes where a brand was entered without a specific shoe model, and have also eliminated any duplicate votes by the same person. Before I present the results, I will say that these are intended to show preferences among readers more >>
Thu, Feb 05, 2015
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Last week I took on a media article that equated a glass of wine with an hour at the gym in terms of heath benefits. That article was a case of mangled reporting of scientific research (the lead author even addressed it). This week I've seen a number of media articles come out about another study, this time addressing the benefits of light, moderate, and strenuous running. As an example, the BBC published a story with the headline: “Too much jogging ‘as bad as no exercise at all.” And the Daily Mail writes: “Stop that binge jogging! Three times a week is best for you… and too much is as bad as doing nothing.” I hope to get ahold of the text of this study, and had planned on writing about it myself as there are some clear issues with the interpretation of the results. However, Alex Hutchinson has already done more >>
Wed, Feb 04, 2015
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Wine Shoe
Last Friday I wrote a post criticizing an article in My Daily that horrifically misinterpreted a research study on the compound resveratrol and its potential benefits as an exercise supplement. The article equated a glass of red wine to an hour at the gym in terms of health benefits. Unfortunately, there were numerous problems with this conclusion, several of which I outlined in my post. Apparently the article has been spread around quite widely (sadly, the headline accomplished its goal), and this prompted the CBC to contact the lead author of the research study, Jason Dyck. I thought I'd share a link to the interview they conducted with him as it provides some interesting perspective, particularly about how a scientist feels about media misinterpretation/mangling of his hard work. On this topic he says: “A lot of times when you work away in your lab you hope that people read your studies and more >>
Mon, Feb 02, 2015
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