Peter Larson's Runblogger Posts

Review: Brooks PureCadence 5

With my return to teaching, I’ve realized that time constraints necessitate making a change to how I write reviews (or they’ll never get done!). I’m going to try a more streamlined approach that I hope will allow me to churn through a backlog of reviews that have been accumulating since the beginning of the year. Here goes… With […]

In Defense of Crocs: A Response to Huffington Post

When I look at the pair of Crocs in the photo to the left, I’m reminded of Donald Trump. Orange. Puffy. (Politically) Indestructible. But mostly I’m reminded of how unfairly both have been treated by the media. Terribly unfairly. I’ll leave more politically informed sources to discuss Mr. Trump’s woes (to be honest, I’d rather […]

The Best Kindergarten Ever: Letting Kids Run in Japan

For the past 7 months or so I have been immersed in the world of education. I’ve worked in two different high schools, and have attended seminars on a wide variety of education-related topics at the Upper Valley Educators Institute (and I will be a certified public school teacher in just over a month!). At […]

Hoka Speedgoat Review: Solid Shoe With a Big Flaw

When I first received the Hoka Speedgoat, I was pretty sure that I would never run in them. I had heard from other runners that the fit was way too narrow, and upon taking them out of the box I was rather shocked by just how narrow the toebox looked. It honestly looks like a […]

adidas Adios Boost 3 Review: Minor Updates to a Classic Racer

There are very few shoes in the $120+ range that I think are worth the money. The Nike Free Flyknit 4.0 is one, and the other that jumps immediately to mind is the adidas Adios Boost. The first two iterations of the adios Boost were personal favorites (see my reviews of v1 and v2) – […]

Runblogger’s Top 3 Running Shoes of 2015

We’re almost a month into 2016, and I haven’t yet shared my top shoes of 2015 yet. Better late than never I guess! Though I didn’t review as many shoes in 2015 as I have in previous years, mainly due to reduced running mileage associated with my return to school, there were still a few […]

Pete’s Year 2015 in Review: Teaching, Blogging, and Running

2015 was a year of change for me on both the running and personal fronts. I decided in late 2014 that the full-time blogging thing was not for me. Though the freedom of being my own boss was great, and financially I was doing well, I realized that as a career it was just not […]

RIP: The Gravity Defyer Sperm Logo

A good logo can do a lot for brand recognition. When it comes to shoes, iconic logos like the Nike swoosh or adidas stripes are instantly recognizable, and more than a few shoes are sold simply because of the cool-factor associated with their presence. On the other hand, a bad logo can leave a brand […]

I Was Bitten By a Dog While Running: A Christmas Story

My most unexpected Christmas gift this year was a 3 hour trip to the emergency room. Fortunately Santa Claus was not the giver of this cruel present. Rather, it was received from a large German Shepherd that I encountered while out on a run on Christmas Day. I’ve been running on the trails behind my house for […]

Nike Lunartempo Running Shoe Review

My mileage has been relatively low for the past few months as teaching (loving it!) and family responsibilities have taken up a lot of my time, but most of the miles I have run recently have been in the Nike Lunartempo (formerly called the Lunar Trainer – my pair still has this name printed on the […]

2015 Black Friday and Cyber Monday Running Gear Sales and Deals

Each year around this time I put up a post containing a collection of Black Friday and Cyber Monday sale links. Basically what I do is spend some time scouring the web for running-related holiday sales, and aggregate them all into a single post – kind of a one-stop shop for runners looking for discounted shoes and gear. […]

Asics Tartherzeal 3 Review: A Grippy Flat Built For Speed

A few weeks ago I reviewed the Asics Gel Lyteracer RS 4. The Lyteracer is a Japanese racing flat that was brought to the US by Running Warehouse, and I was quite impressed by the shoe. It offered a forgiving heel, a no frills yet durable upper, and was light and responsive enough to use […]

Nike Zoom Streak LT 2 Racing Flat Review

I’ve had the Nike Zoom Streak LT2s for over a year, but for some reason never got around writing a review until now. I was compelled to do so by the fact that the shoe is being updated, and the new version will be out in January of next year (see a preview here). Given […]

Shoe Previews: Asics Hyperspeed 7 and Asics DS Racer 11

I was just poking around on the Running Warehouse YouTube page and came across video previews for the Asics Hyperspeed 7 and Asics DS Racer 11. The previous versions of these shoes are personal favorites – affordable, lightweight, and well cushioned for racers. Both updates look fantastic!

So That Bit About Me Not Racing This Fall…I Blame My Wife

A couple of weeks ago I wrote a post about how I had no plans to race this Fall. Life has gotten incredibly busy with my return to school (though I’m having a blast!), and it seems like most of my time these days is spent either in a classroom or on a soccer field […]