Sock It To Me!

 Posted by on March 27, 2012  3 Responses »
Mar 272012
 
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I have sweaty feet. There, I said it. I know, it’s gross, but up until last July, it hasn’t been too much of an issue for me. However, it, along with the fact that my feet are prone to blistering, created a real problem for me when I made the switch to minimalist footwear. Make me run for more than about three miles in a pair of Vibram FiveFingers and I’ll show you a blistering problem of the worst kind on the balls of my feet (ok, ok…it looks worse than it is, but it’s pretty disgusting). Even my Merrell Pace Gloves can leave my feet in a sad state. I’ve poked around forums enough to know that this is likely due to a sweat/friction combo that becomes a problem in minimalist footwear because most, if not all, minimalist shoes are meant to be worn without socks. While some people experience this problem because of an underlying issue with their form (pushing off with the balls of their feet and toes instead of just lifting), others, and as far as I can tell, myself, have to deal with it just because. A few people have had success with applying Vaseline or Body Glide to their feet before runs, but I use many of my minimalist shoes for casual purposes as well as for running, so adding a layer of grease to the inside of them (this post just keeps getting better and better, doesn’t it?) didn’t sound like the best idea to me. So, as simple as it sounds, the best solution I’ve found is (yep, you guessed it) socks! Continue reading »

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The Vibram Transition: Chapter 4

 Posted by on January 24, 2012  6 Responses »
Jan 242012
 

One of the most striking transformations that took place during our transition into and continued use of Vibram FiveFingers was that of our feet. Before I began running in FiveFingers, I don’t think I ever put much thought into just how different one person’s feet are from another’s or what the natural form of the foot should be. Transitioning into minimalist footwear, however, has really forced me to think about the structure of my feet, and it has become (sometimes painfully) clear that no two people’s feet are alike in form or function. Despite how obvious that statement may sound, it is apparently not part of the thought process of many modern shoe manufacturers, which I can attest to after years and years of cramming my toes into narrow toe-boxes and my feet into highly-cushioned shoes from manufacturers who don’t account for the natural shape, strength and movement of the foot. So, for this entry into our Vibram Transition series, I’m going to get to the “sole” of things (sorry, couldn’t help myself) and talk about the effects of traditional footwear and the many changes our feet have experienced since we went minimalist. Continue reading »

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Dec 012011
 
Runner's Christmas

Shopping for people around the holidays can be very difficult, so we’ve compiled a list of things that might light up your favorite runner’s face or give you some ideas as to what you might like to see under the tree on Christmas morning.  We won’t be doing an in-depth review of these items until later posts, but if you have any questions, feel free to ask in the comments.

FitBit Ultra

We just reviewed the FitBit Ultra and find it to be a very well designed activity tracker.  This is a great gift for any health conscious individual.  The FitBit Ultra is available at Best Buy and at FitBit.com for $99.95.

Spibelt

One of the many favorites that the TR crew runs with is the Spibelt.  Meagan originally came across this gem when looking for a better answer on how to carry our iPhones during our run.  The Spibelt is nothing more than an adjustable elastic strap with a single pocket that can be used to hold keys, credit or ID cards, electronics, gels and/or candy.  It is available in many different colors, with models starting at $19.95 (Spibelt.com), and can also be found in most specialty running shops. Continue reading »

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Cold-weather Running

 Posted by on November 24, 2011  No Responses »
Nov 242011
 
18" of snow in one night? Maybe not the best time to go for a run.

Happy Thanksgiving, fellow runners! This winter is our first foray into cold-weather running, so I wanted to share some quick thoughts on our experience and the gear we’ve been using before I slip into a tryptophan-induced coma.

We all know how difficult it can be to motivate yourself to run sometimes, even on those days with perfect weather. This was our major concern heading into the fall. How were we going to keep ourselves motivated to run in cold, windy winter weather? One obvious solution is to run on a treadmill, but neither Steven or I particularly enjoy feeling like a hamster on a wheel and we don’t want to pay for a gym membership. That means we have been venturing out into the cold this year. Here’s a few simple tips and tricks that have kept us moving as the temperatures drop:

1. Sign up for a late fall or spring race. Many towns across the United States have Thanksgiving “Turkey Trots” or Christmas-themed “Jingle Bell Runs”. Sign up for one to keep you running through November and December. Then, sign up for a race in April or May to keep yourself going through March. Steven and I are planning on signing up for a 5k race in the spring, and we’re going to attempt our first half-marathon next summer. We therefore recognize that we’ll have to continue through the winter, as we don’t want to lose all of the progress we’ve made. In addition, we want to be prepared in the spring to start training for the half-marathon.

2. Stretch before you go outside. I know this one sounds really simple, but it took us a few tries to figure it out. If you do all of your stretching and warming up before you head outside, you can start running immediately when you hit that cold air and keep yourself toasty warm!

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