I nearly pulled the plug on this blog last Fall. The fact that I didn't is largely attributable to the support of my wife and my family. I feel compelled to mention them at the beginning of this post since they are far wiser about issues of life than I am, and they deserve credit for the fact that this site still exists, and that I am writing this post. I left my job as a college professor to become a full-time blogger in May of 2013. For the first year and a half or so, blogging life was pure joy. I loved the freedom of being my own boss – I had complete control over my schedule, what I wrote about, and so on. I had turned my hobby into my job, and things were going very well. I had replaced my professor salary (and then some), site traffic was more >>
Tue, Jul 28, 2015
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Asics DS Racer 10
One of my favorite shoes last year was the Asics Hyper Speed 6. It was one of those shoes that matched my personal preferences almost perfectly: lightweight, softish heel, responsive forefoot, simple construction. Just a great, all-around shoe. Based on my experience with the Hyper Speed, I decided to pick up a pair of the Asics DS Racer 10 – they were a bargain at Running Warehouse as a new color was coming out. The DS Racers sat in the box un-worn for several months, and I finally took them out back in early June (wish I'd done so sooner!). I've run most of my road miles since then in the Racers, and to be honest, I'm having a hard time wanting to run in anything else. Like the Hyper Speed, they feel like a shoe that was designed specifically for me. Specs The DS Racer weighs in at 6.3 oz in more >>
Mon, Jul 20, 2015
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Nike Wildhorse 3
Back in March I wrote a very positive review of the Nike Wildhorse 2. I'd put a bunch of miles on them over the winter, and was impressed by the combination of a lightweight, minimally structured upper and a well-cushioned, but reasonably thin sole. They also provided solid traction on the crusty ice and snow I deal with for 3-4 months per year up here in New Hampshire. The only major problem I could see with the Wildhorse was that it was very similar to another shoe that has gotten rave reviews: the Nike Terra Kiger. I haven't tried the Kiger myself, but the upper is supposedly softer and more comfortable, and the added zoom air unit in the forefoot should provide a softer ride up front. The extensive overlap between the two shoes was a bit puzzling, and apparently Nike agreed since version 3 of the Kiger and Wildhorse sees more >>
Mon, Jul 13, 2015
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Road Shoes For Trails
by David Henry I've been using road racing shoes for trail running for quite some time now. Within this category, I typically look for shoes that feel fast and quick, are lightweight, and yet can still protect against the hazards of the trail. Recently, I spent some time trying to narrow down the shoe(s) I intended to use for the 2015 Western States 100 Mile Endurance Run, and I thought a road shoe might be the best option, especially in the latter half of the race. Based on this process, I thought a post on using road shoes for trail running might be helpful. Before I share some of the shoes I've had good luck with on trails, I'd like to highlight a few things that I look for in a road shoe that, for me, make it more trail worthy: 1. Stack height – Road shoes don't ever come with more >>
Mon, Jul 06, 2015
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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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  1. Need trail shoe advice…how is the Saucony Nomad TR? I currently run in the Kinvara.

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