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This Week in Runblogging: September 8 to 14 2014

I finally wrote up my review of the Hoka Clifton this week, and I have to say that the experience of running in the shoe was an interesting and thought provoking one. Even if the shoe wasn’t the best match for me, it’s one to look at if you want a lightweight shoe with max cush. Fits me much better than other Hokas I’ve tried on, and the rockered sole makes for a unique ride

There’s also been a lot of commentary on my post about the just-announced Apple Sport Watch – the lack of integrated GPS makes the watch less desirable for me as a fitness device, but as a devoted iPhone user I must admit to still being a bit intrigued by it.

Runblogger Posts From the Last Week

Tips on Running Safety For Women
September 11 – Guest post by Austin Bonds from Big Peach Running Company. Some thoughtful discussion/debate in the comments of this post.

Biggest Drawback of the Apple Sport Watch For Runners: No On-Board GPS
September 10 – No on-board GPS, big deal or not?

Saucony Shoe Previews: Breakthru, Zealot, Mirage 5, and Peregrine 5
September 9 – Really curious to hear more about the Saucony Breakthru!

Hoka Clifton Running Shoe Review
September 8 – Really interesting shoe, fun review to put together.

Recommended Posts From Around the Web

1. Nice post from Runner’s Connect on the purpose of various workouts and the importance of making sure your easy days are easy.

2. Review of the Inov-8 Race Ultra 290 from iRunFar. Kristin Zosel writes: “Despite my frustration with the inability for the shoe to truly become one with my foot, I still really like the shoe. It feels light and fast. The rock protection is excellent without sacrificing flexibility. It drains well yet has ample protection around the shoe for run-ins with pointy rocks, long grass seeds, and scrubby brush.”

Newton BoCo Sol3. Believe in the Run reviews the Newton BOCO Sol. Says Thomas: “This is a good pick for those that are not swept up in the max shoe trend. My feet had no blisters and felt great after 120 miles in 6 days, that is success in any shoe. I was relieved by day three that these trail shoes don’t suck. In fact, I loved them. These will work for you you from day hikers to ultra marathons.”

4. Jen over at Running Tangents gives the Mio Link optical heart rate monitor a big thumbs up. I had similar feelings in my own review of the Mio, and have been having a positive experience with the Scosche Rhythm+ lately as well. Expect a review of the latter in a few weeks.

5. From knee surgery to loose rocks in the head. Quite a story from Der Scott!

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  1. Thanks for the mention!

  2. Pete, you’re having a look at the Scosche HRM – would you let us know if it works as well if you put it on your wrist near your watch. Their website talks about putting high on the forearm and a commenter on the mio thread mentioned wearing it on the bicep. It would be good to have just one area that I have to look after with respect to not snagging on bushes and the like, and would be grateful if you would have a try of this “non-standard” position.

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