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Saturday Stories

It’s time once again for another edition of Saturday Stories, a collection of some of my favourite stories and blog posts from the past week.

Here are this week’s stories…

5 essential strength exercises for runners.

A post about finding the perfect running shoe.

If you are also running the Boston Marathon in a few weeks here is a great read to get you more excited about race day.

Breaking in my New Pair of Shoes

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Last week I week I wrote a post about it being time to retire a pair of shoes. Tonight’s post is about the replacement. I decided to go with something similar to my previous pair of shoes which was a pair of New Balance 890 v4.

The New Balance 890 had been my go to everyday shoe since I tried the first version of it back in 2011. I owned several pair of them and ran a few marathons in them. The other pair of shoes currently in my rotation is the 890 v5.

This time I decided to try something new because of the positive reviews I read about the Fresh Foam Zante. I wasn’t too concerned about making the change because I still have my other pair of 890’s if I end up preferring them for my longer/ slower runs for whatever reason.

Tonight I had my first run in my new shoes with an easy 9 km run and my first impression is a positive one. I will probably have more to say later on but my first impression is that they felt lighter than my 890’s and have more spring in the toe. There also still seems to be enough cushioning for a soft ride.

Time will tell if I decide to stick with them as my shoes on race day when I run the Philadelphia Marathon but I think I am going to enjoy running in my new shoes.

Time for New Shoes

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I am just about ready to retire this pair of New Balance 890’s. I bought them in the winter and they helped me get through training for the Ottawa Marathon and half of my training for the Philadelphia Marathon. I even ran a 10 km race and a 30 km trail race in them. For me there are usually three signs that it is time to retire a pair of shoes.

The first is the mileage on them. I keep track of the mileage on my shoes and the rule of thumb is that I can usually get 700 km out of a pair. Sometimes I end up retiring them just before I hit 700 km and other times I manage to get a few more runs in them and stretch their lifespan over 700 km. this pair currently have 699 km on them.

The second sign that it is time to retire a pair of shoes is a lack of cushioning. Over time and after repeated use the rubber used to provide cushioning in shoes starts to break down. When this happens I can feel it every time my foot strikes the ground.

The third sign fits in with the second one. To go along with the lack of cushioning In a well used pair of shoes I get aches in my ankles and my knees following a run that I normally do not get. It is nothing serious and does not last long but it serves as a reminder to me that it is time to replace my shoes.

All three signs I mentioned now apply to this pair of shoes so I will be retiring them within the next week after a few more runs.

When do you decide to replace a pair of shoes?

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.

Here are this week’s stories…

A study on whether you should run more or run faster.

Advice on when to replace your shoes. 

Interesting into how one of Canada’s best marathoners approaches training.

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. 

Here are this week’s stories…

Tips for new runners looking to buy shoes.

A post about blogging and running.

Finally two posts about returning to running after serious injuries here and here.

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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. 

Here are this week’s stories…

How a runner set four personal records while still enjoying beer.

Do you need different types of shoes. This post focuses on Nike shoes but the message applies to other brands.

Can running serve as pain relief?

Saturday Stories

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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 for runners here.

A great comment on the minimal vs maximal debate.

Finally, useful mental tricks for runners here.

Saturday Stories

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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…

A post about travelling for races.

Tips to fight the urge to eat junk food.

I’ve written about this before, the benefits of running with a stroller.

Advice on finding the most comfortable shoe.

Saturday Stories

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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…

A big name running in the Ottawa Marathon in May.

A great post on why science can’t determine the best shoe.

A post about winter running.

A post on avoiding injury and running more effieicient

What will you do for running?

Saturday Stories

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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…

A story about running and beer.

The first 100 shoes to cross the finish line at the New York Marathon.

Advice on decoding food labels for runners.