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In the past I have not been a regular user of a heart rate monitor while running. I’ve used them on and off, and have found heart rate data to be a good way to monitor my effort, but I’m not a huge fan of chest straps since they occasionally chafe me and it’s just one more piece of gear I have to remember to put on before I leave for a run. A few months ago a company named Mio contacted me to ask if I’d be interested in trying one of their wrist-mounted heart rate monitors (Disclosure: the product reviewed here was a media sample provided free of charge for review purposes – you can read about my approach to writing honest blog reviews here). I really like the concept of wrist-mounted HRMs. I can wear it as I would a watch, and leave it on my wrist indefinitely more >>
Mon, Jul 28, 2014
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Craftsbury Lake Willoughby
I’m going to keep this one short and sweet. I spent the last week coaching at a Masters Running Camp up in Craftsbury, VT. The schedule was incredibly hectic, with little down time, so I was only able to get two posts up. I also wasn’t able to filter much through my RSS feeds to look for recommended content. Came home on Friday to see my son perform in a Fiddler on the Roof Jr. production, now heading back up to Craftsbury for week two. I suspect I’ll be crashing hard next weekend! Shoes I Ran in Last Week I have no idea of my exact mileage for the week in Craftsbury, but I ran most of it in the Salomon Sense Ultra 3, Newton Kismet, Asics Gel Electro33, and a bit in the Merrell AllOut Rush. Reviews of all of the above are coming – may take on the Merrell first more >>
Sun, Jul 27, 2014
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Pete Larson Lecturing
For the past five days I’ve been working as a coach for the annual Masters Running Camp up in Craftsbury, Vermont. This is the second year I’ve worked at the camps, and the experience has been incredible once again. The camps, held at the Craftsbury Outdoor Center, are run by Lynn Jennings, and it’s very cool to hang out with an Olympic medalist for a week. Lynn does an amazing job organizing the camps and keeping things running smoothly, and it’s been a pleasure to work with her once again! I thought I’d write up a photo-heavy post to give you an idea of what it’s like to attend/coach at the camps, so I put together a list of 10 things I’ve done since arriving last Sunday. 1. Presentations and Gait Analysis. My role at the camp is to serve as the exercise physiologist, gait analyst, and shoe guy (in addition to more >>
Fri, Jul 25, 2014
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Skechers GoMeb Speed 2
By David Henry Skechers got a big boost when Meb Keflezighi won the Boston marathon earlier this year. For a brand that has been historically known more for casual shoes and kids shoes, having an elite American marathoner win Boston in their footwear was evidence that the Skechers Performance Division is making legitimate running shoes. They’ve since signed Kara Goucher as well, and are making a push to further develop their performance line. In this post I’ll be taking a look at the Skechers GoMeb Speed 2, which is the Skechers Performance Division’s racing flat. The shoe has been out for a while now (Meb wore a v3 protoype in Boston this year), but it’s a shoe I’ve really enjoyed running in, and I wanted to share my thoughts. Shoe Specs Price: $110 MSRP (they can be found many places for $60-80 currently though) Colorways: 4 colors (3 standard colors and 1 NY marathon Limited Edition) Weight:  6.8 more >>
Mon, Jul 21, 2014
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2014-05-26 09.55.56
As this roundup is posted, I’ll be heading up to Vermont for two weeks of coaching at the Craftsbury Running Camps. I may try and do a few posts that provide a bit of an overview of what goes on up there (if you’ve never been, I highly recommend it!). It’s basically runner heaven: good food, good drink, good friends, and lots of running (and biking, swimming, hiking…). Prepping for the trip has stressed me a bit, and that came out in a few of the blog posts listed below, but I know that once I get there my worries about two weeks away from my wife and kids will melt away (I’m a big-time homebody). Hope you have a great week! Shoes I Ran in This Week Skechers GoMeb Strada Prototype (19 miles), adidas Adios Boost 2 (8 miles), Newton Kismet (5 miles) Runblogger Posts From Last Week Parenting and Running: Finding the Balance July more >>
Sun, Jul 20, 2014
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CIMG6099
Every once in awhile you read something that hits you at a deep emotional level. I had that experience just now reading this article by Katie Arnold on Outside Online. In the article, Arnold writes about the relationship between being a parent and running ultras, and she is both candid and honest in sharing her thoughts. It’s a beautifully written piece. The article hit me hard because I have been struggling a bit lately with the tension between running, parenting, and work. I think this tension in part prompted the little breakdown I wrote about the other day. I love my family. I love my kids. I love running, and I love blogging. But sometimes it seems like there isn’t enough time in each day to attend to each of these parts of my life to their fullest. My stress level lately has been heightened by the fact that I’m leaving on more >>
Fri, Jul 18, 2014
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