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This Week In Runblogging: 3/17-3/23 2014

As I hinted at last week, I think I’m going to make an effort to do a weekly roundup-style post. I may not get one done every week, but my goal going forward is to try to get something up every Sunday/Monday recapping things that I have read and/or written in the previous week. I’m also toying with the idea of making this the one weekly mailing to my newsletter subscribers since, quite frankly, I suck at sending out post notifications in a timely manner.

So here goes week 2!

Posts last week on Runblogger:

Arc’Teryx Running Apparel Guest Review: High Quality Apparel for Running in Nasty Weather
March 19, 2014

How Building a Blog is a Lot Like Running Your First Marathon
March 19, 2014

Mizuno Hitogami Review: Solid Choice Among Distance Racing Shoes
March 18, 2014

Running posts from around the web:

1. New Balance MT110v2 Review. Jeremy C. over at Purposeless Play posted a review of the much anticipated New Balance MT110v2. I say “much anticipated” because this shoe represents a major overhaul to a favorite among trail runners, and it will be interesting to see how the changes are received. Jeremy reports better traction, better comfort, but has concerns about drainage and increased weight. Check out his full MT100v2 review for more.

2. A good post by Nick Jenkins on why you shouldn’t always listen to bloggers like me when it comes to advice on shoe sizing. We all have differently shaped feet, and though I can compare fit from one shoe to another on my feet, that might not apply to you. Also, I don’t run mountains, Nick does, so his needs with regard to space in a shoe may differ than my needs on the road and mild trails.

3. A short post on plantar fasciitis by Kelly O’Mara. I’ve had it, it sucks, and she’s looking for advice/suggestions. Lots of interesting comments! Kelly also got a lot of responses to her query about drinking alcohol while training seriously.

4. Stefan over at The Running Swede posted the first review I have seen of the Skechers GoBionic 2. I’ve been asked about the future of the GoBionic frequently over the past few months, and have been running in various iterations of the shoe myself since last summer. Just got back from 8 miles in them and should have my own review up this week. Yes, they do exist, and they were just added to the Skechers online store.

5. Nick Campitelli, who I met briefly when we both happened to be at the Magic Kingdom on the same day, reviews another shoe I’ve been asked about frequently: the New Balance Fresh Foam 980. I will admit that I feel compelled to share a review in which Nick uses an X-Ray machine to measure heel-forefoot drop (with his foot inside the shoe):

Campitelli NB 980 Xray

6. My coach, Caleb Masland, wrote a great post about why you need to take care of yourself when you are training hard. He recently fainted at a friend’s house and attributed it to a lack of sleep (his infant daughter is not a good sleeper yet, been there) and poor fueling on the day of a long, hard run. A good cautionary tale.

If you have posts you’d like to share with me, tag them with #runradar on Twitter or Facebook, or Tweet me at @runblogger. I find most of these posts via following blogs in Feedly – if you have a blog and write about running frequently, feel free to leave your RSS feed link in the comments!

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  1. Hi Peter,

    I’m appreciating the weekly round-up posts, so far so good. Wanted to share my blog’s RSS feed for your consideration: feed://

    Keep up the great work!

  2. Hey, thanks for the link Pete! Personally, I’m loving the sneak peak of those MT110v2’s

  3. SuperSonicEd says:

    Cool x-ray. I think its makes a case to why forefoot cushioning and lower or zero drop shoes are important, at least for forefoot runners. Since it looks like the forfoot has significantly less natural padding than the heel.

  4. SuperSonicEd says:

    Cool x-ray. I think its makes a case to why forefoot cushioning and lower or zero drop shoes are important, at least for forefoot runners. Since it looks like the forefoot has significantly less natural padding than the heel.

    • actually, that makes me think…

      more natural padding in the heel, plus traditional heel…the bone structure seems like it would be more out of wack than I thought

  5. Thanks for sharing the weekly roundup Pete. The post by your coach, Caleb Masland, is very important for all runners to read. I’ve had some difficulty getting enough sleep from time to time and know that my harder (or longer) runs have paid for it.

    My blog URL is if you would like to look it over. Thanks.

    Austin Bonds

  6. Hi Pete, been following your feed for a while now, but really digging the weekly roundup. Keep it going!
    My blog is at if you’re interested in popping by.

    Thanks for all the posts, and especially the shoe reviews. I pretty much learnt everything I know about shoes from this blog and always check here first if I’m looking for a new pair!

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