Skechers GoRun 4
I first ran in a prototype of the Skechers GoRun 4 on a cold, slushy day earlier this year. I'd heard hints that the shoe was substantially changed from previous versions, but didn't know much beyond that (I had heard that it was more Kinvara-like than previous versions, no complaints here with that comparison!). Upon opening the package when it first arrived, it was clear that this shoe had indeed undergone a top-to-bottom overhaul, and I liked what I saw. My first run in the shoes convinced me that Skechers had produced something special in the GR4. It was one of those runs where everything just felt right, and I wound up running way faster than I intended to at the outset. I emailed my contacts at Skechers right after that run and told them the shoe was nearly perfect even though it was still an early prototype. They had nailed more >>
Thu, Oct 23, 2014
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Newton Kismet
Newton made a bit of a splash this year with the release of a bunch of new shoe models built on their new 5-lug forefoot platform. If you're not familiar with Newton's lug system, it's basically a set of raised, elongated lugs under the forefoot of the shoe that are intended to help cushion the forefoot as they are compressed, and (perhaps) provide a bit of recoil to propel you forward as the lugs pop back out. I use the word perhaps because I've never had a strong sense of any recoil/propulsion from the shoes, but I have enjoyed running in them nonetheless. Newton used to use a 4-lug system, and it created a bit of instability since the lugs did not extend to the margins of the shoe (I occasionally felt like I was rolling off of them, particularly while cornering). The 5-lug system has improved stability quite a bit more >>
Tue, Oct 14, 2014
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The Achilles tendon is a large tendon that attaches the calf musculature to the calcaneus at the back of the foot. When it comes to running injuries, those that affect the Achilles Tendon injuries are troublesome in that they can be chronic and difficult to treat. One of the first steps taken in the treatment of Achilles tendinopathy is typically an exercise regimen that aims to eccentrically load the tendon. This typically consists of sets of straight leg and bent leg heel drops at the edge of a step. Dr. Hkan Alfredson pioneered this technique, and a few years ago I listened to a podcast interview on BMJ Talk Medicine in which he describes how he developed his version of the technique which emphasizes painful eccentric heel drops. It's actually a great story about the lengths a runner (Dr. Alfredson himself in this case) will go to return to the sport, more >>
Thu, Oct 09, 2014
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Brooks Ghost 7 heel
Lately I've been branching out a bit in my review shoe choices in order to get a better feel for the differences among the various types of shoes that exist in today's footwear market. A few weeks ago I reviewed the Hoka Clifton (the Hoka Huaka worked out a bit better), a lightweight yet super-cushy shoe, and found that the ride didn't quite work for my stride. It wasn't so much the stack height as it was the overall softness of the midsole. And back in June I reviewed the Nike Pegasus 31, a fairly traditional neutral trainer, and actually liked them quite a bit. The stack heights are similar when comparing the Pegasus 31 (29mm heel, 19mm forefoot) to the Hoka Clifton (29mm heel, 23mm forefoot), but I preferred the less mushy ride of the Peg. Given my positive experience with the Pegasus, I was interested in trying another traditional more >>
Mon, Oct 06, 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. In other respects the shoes share a lot of similarities, including a similar upper and fit (the Huaka may be a tad narrower). If you want to try a Hoka and don't like super-soft soles, the Huaka might be a good spot to start. Runblogger Posts From Last Week Garmin Forerunner 620 – Some Fun With Running Dynamics Data October 2, 2014 – Looking for interesting patterns in running dynamics data recorded by my Garmin 620. NH Reach the Beach Relay Race Report by My Wife Erin September 30, 2014 – My wife shares her experience at the 2014 Reach more >>
Sun, Oct 05, 2014
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NHTI 5K Gamin Connect
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 data on running dynamics (i.e., biomechanical data) via the paired HRM-Run monitor. As part of the review I had included a section where I shared some running dynamics info from a few of my runs, but as a result the review was becoming incredibly long. As such, I thought I'd break out the running dynamics into a separate post here. What I'm going to do is share data from a few runs that revealed some interesting patterns to give an idea of what you can learn from the device. I still find the data more a more >>
Thu, Oct 02, 2014
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