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Derek Oxley

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Saucony BreakThru Shoe Review with comparisons to the Zealot.  Saucony continues to push the needle in 2015 while creating  some buzz with their BreakThru and Zealot.
Back in January I purchased a pair of BreakThru's on a whim while returning a pair Mizuno Musha's at my LRS.  I noticed one of the associates rocking a gold pair which were on Fleek.  The BreakThru's were so appealing I picke...
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Derek Oxley

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Go Meb Speed 3 Review an update to Meb's signature shoe which he wore when he won Boston 2014. 
Skechers Performance Team has been busy in the design kitchen brining the heat for you to kick back miles on the asphalt and dispel critics naysayers and haters who don't  take them serious as contenders in the running shoe i...
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Chris Lopez

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What does your shoe wear pattern say about your running form? Let's hear your thoughts. I just retired these shoes. 
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Mine weren't quite that bad, but My last pair of Asics Nimbus show the exact same thing after about 400 miles. I was starting to get foot and knee pain so I didn't push an extra 100. But yeah, I learned I definitely strike at the midfoot!
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David Brennan

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A present from my wife today. New shoes and a clever T-shirt. They're great. The shoes are way more comfortable than the Target brand sneakers I've been running in.

#iloveher #theflash 
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Good story. Enjoy!
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Rachel Clark

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Motivation to include a run in your daily routine. 
 
Brighten up your working week in these +Nike Lava Run Tights.

>>> http://uStyle.me/Escape-Office-Run-Nike

#fitness   #fashion  
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Six Jibe Sport

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running in vibram #fivefingers  
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ok I'll post as soon a new photo! could you please send us one photo with you while running in fivefingers?
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More evidence that the new trend in running shoes is away from minimalism to maximalism -- big cushioned running shoes.
Some dismiss maximalist shoes as gimmicky or silly-looking. Others, from injury-prone joggers to Olympians, are converts.
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I choose my shoes by weight, flexibility and volume.
Lightweight, very flexible and smaller volume.

Btw, I use to run outside 99.99% of the time, but when I went to the treadmill, I've noticed that my direction is not very good.
For example if you draw a line on the ground and I run on it, it's very likely that most of the footsteps to be outside of the line.
Except for higher speeds.
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Jim Philips

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Yet another fad that the shoe companies have rushed to copy. If you have run in maximalist shoes, how are they working for you? I associate cushioning with ankle pain, but I'm probably unique in that. Both of my ankles have been injured before from other causes. One runner in the NYT article says that maximalist shoes cured his plantar fascitis. It's been the opposite for me. I haven't had fasciitis since I started running in minimalist shoes. There is no one solution for everybody.
Today, The New York Times has a piece out on the maximalist running shoe, a trend now old enough to warrant an article written with characteristically Times-ian remove from rigorous examination of its subject. The thing about these shoes, though, is that even if the Times had wanted to conduct a more thorough examination of the subject, it probably couldn't have. There isn't much else to go on, and that's by design.
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for me, that kind of shoes seems impossible to even walk in, but that's just me;)
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Steve Fines

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In order to try and improve the efficiency of my training, a few years ago I did a lactate threshold (LT) test at the local university.

This is a test where one gets on a treadmill and the speed is slowly increased. During this process blood samples are taken at regular intervals with the idea being that the speed at which one’s body can no longer clear the lactate produced by the muscles can be found. 

This is one’s LT. Below this speed (or corresponding heart rate) an activity can be kept up for a prolonged period. But above it the body simply cannot clear the metabolic waste products and fatigue will invariably set in. Very useful information to know in long distance running.

As well, there are different activity “zones” that one can derive from the LT. Many feel that by using these zones in training one can train more efficiently.

While this was all very cool and fun, it also involved $100 or so, a time slot scheduled well in advance, a lot of finger pricks and expensive lab equipment - all things that would make it a bother to repeat on a regular basis.

Big shot endurance athletes do repeat their LT tests with some regularity as with the correct information as to one’s heart rate zones their training can be more efficient. 

In my mind (but only there)  I too am a big shot athlete, and so I desired better access to LT testing, but in a way that wouldn’t bother my spouse with how much I was spending on “just running”.

Enter the BSX Insight which showed up in my mailbox yesterday.

This is a gadget that uses the reflected light from various wavelengths to measure lactate levels, instead of the pricks and blood draws.

It fits snugly in a custom made compression sleeve on the calf, and linked to an app on one’s phone can complete an LT test in about 30 minutes. At home or the gym, whenever you want, with no blood draws, fancy lab equipment or distracting but well intentioned grad students.

After lots and lots of volunteers they’ve achieved a 95-97% accuracy in their LT values, and the expectation is that with more data it will only get better in terms of accuracy.

My first test with the BSX showed that I was in fact two years older than my last test, and that I had not been training quite as hard. In other words, it spit out an LT that I didn’t quite want to believe but I’m rather sure was accurate. At any rate - more motivation to get moving.

If you had any interest in such testing, I think this is a worthwhile gadget. 

Disclosure: I’ve bought one of these for my personal use and BSX doesn’t know I exist. I’ve received no compensation from anyone for my thoughts. I did, however, get it as an early backer through Kickstarter, and so it will be more expensive now. The photo credit is from the BSX website.
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That's one of the most interesting and useful posts I've read in a while.
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Bud Talbot

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This looks promising, and potentially quite useful. More data are good. 
Stryd is the evolutionary, world's first power meter for running.
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Ooooh ... I so want one of these :}
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Axel Kussmann

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Have you tried putting screws into the soles of an old pair of shoes for running in snow and ice?
In the past, I’ve used Yaktrax or another traction device that you strap onto the outside of your shoes to run safely in the snow and ice.  Some of the feedback I’ve gotten from the review and asking around is that putting sc...
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I use my screw shoes all of the time lately. They work great on most surfaces. In fact, I just replaced a few worn down screws tonight in preparation for tomorrow's morning's slick run.

Although I would recommend placing the screws only around the outside edges of the sole, not nearer to the center as in this picture. You don't want to have the screw in the middle of your footfall or right under the ball of your foot. 
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Nathan Gehring

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I finally tried Hoka's. My first impression.
At the Skydive Ultra, my biggest difficulty was pain in the soles of me feet. I think this is to be expected to some degree, particularly for a larger and heavier runner. But running the first 29 miles in fairly minimalist Me...
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Mike Haedrich

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Competitor.com's road shoe of the year... 
The new Fresh Foam Zante has everything you need and nothing you don’t.
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JimsReviewRoom

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Spring is right around the corner.  I made a quick list of some more popular bands being released in March and on.  I show some of the features that makes each activity band unique.  Might be worth a watch to see whats coming out.  Thanks!  
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David Brennan

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I got a package from China today.  
This week I will be trying out the Mi Band.
I was a Fitbit person, but the battery on the Fitbit Flex is so very horrible.
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Let me know what you think.  The price on these sounds too good to be true.
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+stuart schwartz I hope to test them tomorrow. The first impression is really good, we will see on the track.
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Tom Bizannes

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Has anyone tried fitting new running shoes at athletes foot with their fitzi system. Trying to figure out if that is as good as the running company which gets you to run on a treadmill and videos your foot strike when trying out shoes
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Proven method to get your achilles tendon back in shape for running season

The Ankle/Achilles Inferno Wrap has been on the market since 2008 and helped thousands of people (and hundreds of runners) recover from nagging ankle injuries - everything from achilles tendonitis to arthritis to bursitis and everything in between.

If you are a runner and you are looking to treat a nagging injury this off-season, then consider this device.

Being an FDA registered home medical device that comes with a full 60 day money back guarantee, what do you truly have to lose?

Read more about the Ankle/Inferno Wrap at: http://shop.aidmyachilles.com/product_info.php?products_id=125

#infernowrap #achillestendonitis #healankleinjury  
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Dallas Council

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Decent run to break in some new kicks! 
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I started with using just Asics shoes too +Dallas Council, at first was very pleased with them but have found i get problems with blisters in all my asics especially after 20km+ runs. Changed to Saucony to give them a try. No blisters in them. but my mirage 3's wore out very fast. Now got a pair Saucony peregrine 4 for trail running. Best shoes i've tried so far. The Glycerin's are also my first try with Brooks, impressed with how they hold around your foot, almost don't need to lace them up, soft under the foot but not squashy. Use them along with some Addias Adizero boost for my faster runs and racing. Glycerin's are more comfy for longer runs.
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Ryan Wells

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This is for all you runners out there with office jobs.  Remember to leave your desk and stretch your legs!  I'm hoping this tutorial will help you.

I created a VBScript exercise reminder that loops on my computer and reminds me to walk around the office every 45 minutes.  I know it's hard to find time to run when it's dark when you leave for work and dark when you get home.  On busy days in the office, I even have a hard time remembering to get up and walk around. 

This definitely falls under the category of self promotion, but I genuinely think this is something you all might be interested in. Exercise is exercise - might as well get a few steps in in the office.
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