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Saturday Stories

It is time once again for another edition of Saturday Stories, a collection of some of my favourite stories and blog posts from the past week. As always, if you came across anything you feel is worthy of mention here feel free to post a link below.

Here are this week’s stories…

Here is a great example of how big road races can be successful in reducing their impact on the environment, Vancouver half-marathon produces only 4 bags of garbage.

Here are some great pictures taken during a run. I tend to do the same when out for a long run.

Curious to know whether the trend toward minimalist running is slowing down or whether it is still going strong, here is a great analysis.

Saturday Stories

It is time once again for another edition of Saturday Stories, a collection of some of my favourite stories and blog posts from the past week. As always, if you came across anything you feel is worthy of mention here feel free to post a link below.

Here are this week’s stories…

Some good advice if you are looking to try running in minimalist shoes.

Post-run smoothie recipes.

A post about balancing everyday life and running.

Here’s a post about an unplanned run that turned out to be a great one.

The kegmill? I could get used to running on a treadmill if I had one of these!

The Science of Running: Running Shoes

If you’ve been running for a while then you are familiar with the current debate over shoes that offer support and cushioning and minimalist footwear. It seems like this debate has become more present over the past couple of years.

The theory behind shoes offering support was that runners needed shoes that offered support based on how their foot struck the ground. Shoes fell into three categories – motion control to provide support for over-pronation, neutral for under-pronators, and stability to provide cushioning and support for slight pronators. The idea behind this type of support was to try and prevent injuries.

In general, the theory behind minimalist running is that it is a more natural form of running and therefore, will enable you to run more efficiently and at the same time reduce by injuries caused by shoes that alter your biomechanics. If you want to read more about minimalist running or barefoot running I suggest grabbing a copy of Born to Run.

I find it hard to find a good article about the different types of shoes without it being strongly slanted to one side of the debate. I did find this blog post which I feel does provide some insight into the benefits of both.

As for myself, when I first started running it was recommended I run in stability shoes based on my gait. As a result, I went through several pairs of New Balance 860 and its predecessors. Over the last year, in an effort to try lighter shoes I have experimented with more neutral shoes and running flats – in my case the New Balance 890 and Mizuno Wave Ronin 3. In both cases I have had positive experiences and for now plan to continue to run in a lighter more neutral shoe that still provides a bit of cushioning and support for everyday training, either the 890 or something similar, and have a pair of flats on hand for race day.

How do you select your shoes? Do you look for support or do you look for something light?

 

New Features

This week I started thinking about new weekly features I could add to this blog. With the help of my wife I was able to come up with ideas for two new features I think you will enjoy. I plan on introducing these new features over the next two nights.

The first of these new features will involve healthy recipes for runners. We all know that proper nutrition is an important part of training. Each week I plan to share one of my favourite recipes with you.

The second feature will involve the science of running. In this feature I plan to look at some of the theories behind running, such as minimalist shoes vs shoes with support or the proper running stride. I’ll also discuss some of my experiences with the theories and ideas.

I hope you will enjoy the new features. Watch for the first one tomorrow night!

Book Review: Born to Run

I just finished reading my latest running related book and thought I would post a review on here for those of you who have not had a chance to read Born to Run by Christopher McDougall.

If you are not familiar with the book, without giving away too much of the story to you, it starts with the author questioning why his foot hurt when he ran which eventually leads him to look at barefoot and minimalist running.

While I found his research into the biomechanics of running, for me the most interesting part of this book was reading about the Tarahumara people of Mexico. Having never heard their story before it was certainly interesting to read about how long distance running plays such a big role for them.

As mentioned, the book also includes research by the author into barefoot and minimalist running. The information is mixed in with discussion of the Tarahumara and the author’s adventures as he travels to Mexico to locate the mysterious Caballo Blanco and to meet some of the Tarahumara runners.

Another interesting aspect to the book is the introduction of an interesting cast of characters as the author travels with a group of long distance runners, Scott Jurek among them, to the Copper Canyons of Mexico to race the Tarahumara in an ultramarathon organized by Caballo Blanco. 

I would certainly recommend this book to other runners who have not yet read it. Whether you are interested in adventure or whether you interested in the idea behind barefoot and minimalist running.

Have you read Born to Run? What did you think of it?