Bobby Curtis, 3rd-place finisher at the 2002 Foot Locker high school cross-country nationals and now starring at Villanova, is a potential Olympian. But Curtis' knowhow extends beyond the track and race course. Just as auto racers love their cars, Curtis is a running shoe expert who has developed an obsession with footwear as a part-time salesman for five years at Fleet Feet Sports in Louisville, Kentucky, Curtis' hometown. Curtis, a 19-year-old 6-footer currently in his sophomore cross-country season, admits to owning 40 pairs of running shoes. When Curtis talks shoes, young runners listen. He says that shoe selection for high school athletes should be a three-step process as follows: 1. Do some Web research: The "Shoes & Gear" page at runnersworld.com has shoe reviews, shoe selection advice and a "ShoeFinder" interactive feature telling you which models to consider after you input data on your running. 2. Visit a running specialty store: At these shops, the clerks are usually … [Read more...] about Don’t Forget This Vital Training Tool – YOUR SHOES!
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To run your best this spring, you'll need to wear the right running shoes for training and for racing. And when you race, no matter what the distance, you'll run your best only if you wear track spikes. Track spikes provide much better traction on the track than training or road-racing flats, but they offer other advantages, too. Track spikes are so light that it's almost like running barefoot. At the same time, they have great toe spring and flexibility. This allows you to get up on your toes and push off powerfully into your next stride. So track spikes can actually help you run faster. Finding the right pair of spikes isn't quite as simple as buying training shoes.The Best Spikes for You Here are some of the best spikes for group 1, the sprinters: Adidas adiStar Powersprint ($90), Asics Hypersprint ($45), Mizuno Geo Spark ($110), Nike Zoom Super Fly ($100). Here are some of the best spikes for group 2, the 400- to 800-meter runners: Adidas adiStar 3 MD ($90), Mizuno Geo Sniper … [Read more...] about These Shoes are Built for Speed
When is it time to retire my running shoes?—Ken Becker, PhoenixI'm new to the sport, and when I went to buy my running shoes, the local running-store owner explained that training in two or three different shoe models is better for your feet. I bought her story and walked out with two different pairs. Any truth to this?—Rachel Setton, BrooklynAfter a few tours as an Army fitness trainer stationed in Iraq, I've developed plantar fasciitis. I am a high-arched runner, so what should I look for in a shoe to help curb the pain?—Staff Sgt. James MooreDoes the surface you run on affect how your shoes break down?—Chris Kuemple, Spring, TexasI notice that during long runs in my motion-control shoes, the balls of my feet hurt. Does this have anything to do with my shoes, my gait, aging, or all of the above?—Aidan Lee, Brentwood, TennesseeThe wet test confirms I have flat feet, but my shoes wear along the outside edges. Also, I experience pain along the outside of my … [Read more...] about Running Shoe FAQ
Kenya has a reputation for nurturing some of the best runners in the world. David Rudisha. Eliud Kipchoge. Dennis Kimetto. The list goes on and on, so it seems only appropriate that the African nation is finally reaping the economic rewards of its country's athletic prowess.Enda, the first-ever running shoe assembled entirely in Kenya, made its official debut Stateside earlier this week. Demand is already high for the brand-new sneaker, which was inspired by and developed with professional Kenyan runners in mind.“Right now, we just make a single shoe called the Iten,” said Weldon Kennedy, a former social-change campaigner who teamed up with Kenyan lawyer Navalayo Osembo-Ombati to launch Enda after a chance encounter in 2016. “It's a lightweight trainer that comes in three colors—red, green and black—because those are the colors of the Kenyan flag.”RELATED:These Are the Best Shoes of 2017Although Kennedy, a longtime marathoner, is the first to admit … [Read more...] about This Company Says Its Shoes Will Help You “Run Like a Kenyan”
Calling All Shoes First we determine which new models will be available for testing. Because we evaluate each shoe for a month and the magazine has a 2- to 3-month lead time, this can be tricky. These time constraints are also why some shoes you see on the market may be missing from a shoe guide. Shoes are often shipped directly from the factory to the test sites. We receive about 40 pairs each of 30 models for every shoe guide from manufacturers based all over the world. Rubber Meets the Road The wear-test distribution is a massive undertaking. We put shoes on more than 400 runners in three cities—East Lansing, Michigan; Emmaus, Pennsylvania; and San Diego. These testers run in the shoes for a month, evaluating features like fit, comfort, and ride, then give us feedback. Getting the Hard Facts While our wear-testers put shoes through their paces on the road, the same models undergo a battery of mechanical tests at the RW Shoe Lab, in Portland, Oregon, under the … [Read more...] about How We Test Shoes
"You shouldn’t be scared about running in the rain—you just need to be prepared to embrace it," says pro runner Scott Jurek, record holder in the 135-mile long Badwater Ultramarathon, who spent 11 years training in rainy Seattle weather. Jurek says that lacing up in and trekking through the rain makes you a stronger athlete.If you're up for a wet and wild workout, here’s what you need to enjoy yourself and, most importantly, stay safe:Break Out the Neon GearMORE: Weatherproof Your WorkoutsWear Smart LayersIf it's 50 degrees or below, bring along a wind shell made of a waterproof material like nylon. This top layer is essential when it’s chilly outside since the rain can make you even colder, says Jurek. Although it won't keep you completely dry, the shell does an excellent job of keeping your core temperature up, holding in body heat, and therefore decreasing your risk of hypothermia, says Jurek. And think about wearing a visor or baseball hat, too, to stop the … [Read more...] about 6 Tips for Running in the Rain
The question: To lose weight, should I spend my gym time doing more cardio or more strength training?The expert: Personal trainer Mike Donavanik, C.S.C.S., C.P.T.The answer: It depends what you mean by "lose weight." If you are in an epic battle with your scale, cardio is the way to go. If you want to look steamy under those fall sweaters, though, it's time to cozy up to strength training.Minute per minute, cardio indisputably burns more calories than strength training, which could explain why compared to strength trainers, aerobic exercisers lose more weight in less time, according to a recent Duke University study.Still, cardio doesn't do much for your muscles. Case in point: In one Penn State study, dieters lost 21 pounds whether they performed cardio or strength training. But for the cardio group, six of those pounds came from muscle, while the lifters lost almost pure fat—and probably fit into their skinny jeans better because of it.Why? Strength training is the … [Read more...] about What’s Best for Weight Loss: Cardio or Strength Training?
If it weren't for the pain in my legs and my quickly deteriorating coordination, I might appreciate the words of encouragement. They're all around me at mile 20 of the Philadelphia Marathon. "You're kicking ass!" reads one sign. "Great job—almost there!" yell spectators. And from speakers somewhere overhead I hear the Rocky theme song, "Gonna Fly Now." All lies."Looking great!" prod course volunteers (another lie) as I pause at an aid station to shake out the knots rippling through my quads and hamstrings. After pounding the pavement for 2 1/2 hours, every bunny hill feels like an Everest and every mile seems longer than the last. I've hit the wall. Hard.Six miles later, I drag myself to a 3:25 finish. It's not terrible-—many would call it respectable—but it's still 10 minutes slower than my goal, and the mental blame game begins almost immediately. But it's not until 2 weeks later that I discover the real reason behind my poor performance."Have you ever focused on … [Read more...] about The Secret to Running Faster
My favourite childhood movie Cool Runnings tells the story of four Jamaican sprinters who trained to become Olympic bobsledders. They named their sled Cool Runnings, which means “Peace be the journey.” Cool Runnings is the inspirational credo of my running philosophy and it can be yours too. Every time you lace your sneakers up for a jog, you should feel peaceful, enthusiastic, and ready for the challenge. Gear up The first tenet of the cool running philosophy is to outfit yourself with the proper gear so that you can run in comfort. Different clothing is required for running in dry weather versus wet weather, so allow your environment to dictate your choice of apparel. Wet weather Jogging in the refreshing rains of spring demands layers. To ensure you don’t get cold, wear a light shell to repel moisture on top and dry-fit material against the skin to remove moisture. You may also want to consider wearing dry-fit leggings to keep your lower half warm. … [Read more...] about Learn to Run
A healthy diet, relax and physical activity is the pillars of the healthy lifestyle. Like choosing the right nutrients is essential to fuel your body, sleep is necessary to relax, one of the most important aspects of running is choosing the right running shoe. Many people have argued that a special running equipment is not that important- after all, didn’t our ancestors run barefoot? The truth of the matter is that our world is very different from the world of our ancestors and today, a good pair of running shoes can mean the difference between a great running experience and a foot injury. Today the market is literally flooded with millions of different kinds of shoes which you can use for running. There seems to be a special kind of shoe for every kind of sport and choosing the right running shoe can very well be a daunting task. However, there are a few easy tips you can keep in mind when buying running shoes. These hints will ensure that you choose the kind of running … [Read more...] about First Step to Get More Physically Active: Choosing The Right Running Shoe