Asics Kayano Shoes Make Running Even Better

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Running is my passion I love to hate. Nothing feels better than hitting that pavement and spending a few miles alone with myself; pushing myself, and resetting myself after a hard day. My body, however, has other ideas. There is no doubting the physical strain running can place on a body, especially the joints. I do my best to take care of my body, and that includes investing in the right running wear, especially shoes.

I’ve always preferred Asics running shoes ever since my mileage became something to be proud of. The first time I felt I could call myself a runner was when I put on my first pair of new Asics. When I started running, I thought any old pair of running shoes could do. My feet quickly told me otherwise. My knees and hips may have mentioned something as well. My feet though, they forced me to do my research and determined Asics running shoes were the best fit for us.

As the mileage added up I would diligently purchase my new Asics. I t was a well-earned treat, and really part of the equipment I needed to be the runner I could be. Gel Kayanos have always been my favorite so I was very excited to try out the new Asics Gel Kayano 19.

I have to say, these are super comfortable and supportive. They’ve improved the upper fit, as impossible as that seems. The shoe is also lighter by half an ounce compared to the previous light weight versions. I have to say I’m probably most excited about the redesigned upper. It’s made entirely of a four-way stretch mesh and just wraps both sides of the foot while remaining breathable. I also enjoy the more secure feel with the improved memory foam. The design of the shoes remains classic Asics style without overwhelming it with neon colors.

Some highlights of the Asics Gel Kayano 19 include:

• Lighter weight, only 10.3 ounces for men’s and 8.9 ounces for women’s
• New support with the specific Guidance Trusstic System
• Guidance Line technology enhances gait repeatability
• Biomorphic Fit Upper made with four-way stretch mesh
• Personal Heel Fit (P.H.F.) now with two layers of memory foam

I don’t want to say these new Asics are life changing, I mean, the previous Asics are some of the best running shoes out there. The improvements they’ve made on this latest version just make life that much more fun running.

Running with Soleus Fit Sports Watch

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When I run, I do it for exercise, peace, and to push myself. It’s my time to lose myself within myself, for just a few miles. No one needs my help, or asks me for anything; my only focus is what I need from myself. And I need to push myself to get better every time I hit the pavement.

I want to accurately know how far I run, my pace, time, and calories burnt. I want this information with me, so when my lungs are burning and my knees are about to give out and the blister on my toe is pulsating to the rhythm of my stride, I know just how much more I have to push. I don’t want a large, distracting, heavy computer on my wrist. Soleus GPS Fit 1.0 watch seems to be my answer.

I tried out the Soleus GPS sports watch on a few of my recent runs. It’s about the size of normal watch, not too heavy, and honestly comfortable. I was a little unsure about how well it would track everything I wanted considering it is pretty inexpensive compared to other well-known GPS watches. I am no longer unsure. It does exactly what I need, when I need it.

The main features, the ones most important to me and most runners, on the Soleus GPS sports watch functioned exactly how I needed them to and were extremely accurate. The only problem I did have was a slight delay for the GPS to synch. It was overcast each day I took it out so maybe that had something to do with it. This did delay my run by about almost a minute, but it wasn’t a deal breaker. The second day I turned on the GPS while doing my warm up, outside of course, and it was ready to go by the time I was.

The Soleus GPS Sports Watch break down:

1. I ran 6.49 miles my first day according the Soleus GPS Fit 1.0. When I got home Google Maps tracked the distance as 6.45 miles. The next day it said I went 6.67; Google Maps had it at 6.65—excellently accurate for me.
2. It kept track of my average pace, average MPH and was easy to read as needed. It would be nice to have an overall pace, but averages are just fine for my goals.
3. It was easy to use, especially with previous GPS watch experience. Little hint, be sure to save the run before going back indoors. Saving will also automatically reset the distance and time back to zero.

Overall, I really enjoyed the Soleus GPS Fit 1.0 watch. It is a great price, extremely accurate, comfortable, and easy to use.

 

The New Garmin Forerunner 10: Just What You Need

The first time I got a Garmin Forerunner, I learned to my horror that I had not been, as I had thought, running six ten-minute miles, but rather I had been running four fifteen-minute miles. Since that moment forward I have been a no holds barred Garmin junky.

I have owned five Garmin watches each slightly smaller than the last and each providing yet more and more amazing information for me to stare at, freak out about, and compile. In the past year Garmin has released the epitome of a stat-heavy GPS unit with the Garmin 910xt which will tell you everything you ever feared to know about your athletic prowess—or lack thereof.

But for those who have wanted a simple, easy small watch that just cut to the chase, Garmin now has something for you (and let’s face it, me too). The new Garmin Forerunner 10 is a scaled down, far less bulky option for GPS aficionados. The Garmin Forerunner 10 review isn’t in yet, because the watch has not yet been made available. But based on Garmin’s overall litany of success, I can only assume that once again this new GPS enabled watch will exceed my expectations.

The new Garmin Forerunner 10 still offers GPS statistics like speed and distance, maps and a virtual pacer (whom I shall someday beat). There is no heart rate information available on this new Garmin. For the first time ever I may actually use all of the bells and whistles on a Garmin watch. This watch is not over burdened with stats, it will not pick up the Powertap on your bike or count your swim strokes in the water. But what is available for the first time is a stylish array of colors and unlike other most other Garmin GPS watches it actually tells time and can be worn as a watch.

This product offers the Garmin Forerunner best price point of any GPS unit in the Garmin line. Though the watch is not yet available, early orders are being taken, so ensure that you look for Garmin Forerunner best price available at your local retailer or online.

I can’t wait to get my hands on this new watch. Garmin products have always been hardy and Garmin takes customer feedback seriously. The Garmin Forerunner 10 review will no doubt be shining.

For those who want a simple stripped down GPS watch that is stylish and easy to use, the new Garmin Forefunner 10 is a perfect fit. It can track your walks, get you out of the backcountry and tell you just how fast you ran those last few miles.

The Unique adidas Adipure Shoe

Going barefoot is one of the distinct joys of wearing shoes. There is no better moment than when that stuffy or uncomfortable footwear finally comes off and your feet get to be free. I love going barefoot whenever possible but need shoes for the rest of the time. Wearing shoes at the office is one thing but I should have more flexibility after hours. This is why minimal or neutral running shoes were created. I could never fully adjust to regular shoes and these styles provide a safe, comfortable ride for my feet.

The adidas Adipure running shoes gives you the distinct impression of running barefoot through the lawn on the hot summer day. They contour to feet and allow anyone to move independently. They are great training shoes for runners who need a more natural feel when in motion. Each toe is separated and I feel like I have more control. I may have a lot of possessions in my home but I could almost agree to a less cluttered lifestyle if it were anything like wearing minimal running shoes.

From the side these neutral running shoes look deceptively thin and sleek, but they provide everything your feet need without extra padding. The design lets you harness your body’s natural power and range of motion while running. The Adidas Adipure is made with stretching textile to blend to a foot and uses tooled midsole-outsole construction. These features ensure you can wear the shoe during a long run and that they provide a proper feel.

My favorite thing about minimal running shoes is not that it feels like I am barefoot but the protection the shoe provides. I love the feeling but am grateful for the tough anatomically rounded outsole that lets me cruise over pavement, track, rocks and more. I would not want to do that with barefeet, but it is easy in these training shoes. They also provide extra traction for any ground condition. They give me the extra boost to go farther and improve my running times.

I have found that these shoes are great for feet in any condition. They are gentle on sore feet and I can wear them for a whole day without discomfort. They support any feet whether one normally needs special shoes or not because they fit to and mimic the wearer’s foot. I exercise a few times a week and they are durable enough to always make the trek with me.

Whether I am going for a stroll or training for a marathon, I always wear my trusted Adidas Adipure shoes. They may be minimal running shoes but they provide a maximum amount of strength and comfort.

Plantar Fasciitis Treatment and Rehabilitation

Plantar Fasciitis (PF) is a common problem that causes pain in the heel and sole of the foot. This condition can last anywhere between a week or two, however if left untreated, it can lead to extensive problems that can last months or even years.

The most common symptoms of PF include:

  • Shooting pain under the bottom of the heel
  • Pain in the arch of the foot
  • A tendency for increased pain in the morning

There is no single treatment for plantar fasciitis. However, most clinicians will agree that the most important factor in treating this condition is to stop the condition from getting worse and getting to the root cause of the problem. If the cause is not highlighted early, then the condition is likely to deteriorate – leading to further problems.

PF is often caused by inappropriate footwear. Many people suffer with feet which have a fallen arch and/or feet which over-pronate. This can result in mini tears and derogation to the attachment point beneath the heel. Therefore, by wearing footwear with little to no arch support, it can damage the plantar fascia. Flip flops & Ugg boots are examples of shoes that have very little arch support, thus a contributing factor in triggering the onset of PF.

Women can also be at higher risk of developing PF through wearing heels. Ironically, it is not until women stop wearing heels that the problem usually arises and becomes noticeable. Frequent use of heels can shorten the calf muscles so when new footwear is selected such as flip-flops – over stretching of the fascia can result. This is because the calf muscles become unusually tight which leads to increased pronating of the foot.

Perhaps the best treatment for PF is Physiotherapy. A Physiotherapist will adopt a variety of techniques in order to not only reduce the pain, but to also work against the root cause of the problem to ensure that future instances of injury are minimized. There are other methods of treatment available such as sports massage and acupuncture, however physiotherapy offers a comprehensive form of treatment that is widely successful. Patients can also reduce instances of injury and help strengthening their plantar fascia through simple exercises. However, if the condition is caused through using inappropriate footwear, then the easiest solution is to use shoes with superior arch support.

For exercises and more information about plantar fasciitis please visit http://www.sportsinjuryclinic.net.

How adidas Pissed Off the World

This goes in the file of “oh no they didn’t.” Seriously adidas, what the hell were you thinking?

The shackle shoe. It’s a sneaker with a rubber shackle attached to it.

On the adidas Facebook page they presented an image of the offensive shoe (called the JS Roundhouse Mids) with the caption: “Got a sneaker game so hot you lock your kicks to your ankles?”

Not surprisingly, adidas received some criticism. If the shoe didn’t invoke painful feelings of slavery, it brought up thoughts of prison and bondage.

In the first smart move they made since the inception of this horrible idea for a shoe, adidas apologized and decided to withdraw the shoe from the marketplace.

What do you think? Creative and whimsical? Or disturbing and offensive?

Top Running Stories of 2011

In 2011, we lost some great runners and we became aware of new ones. We saw many changes to the sport of running, both in IAFF rulings and major marathon qualifying times. However, many of the decisions reached in 2011 will start taking place in 2012, so even though the year is over, its impact hasn’t begun to be felt.

Run Rabbit Run

The IAAF decided that women who run with male pacers have an unfair advantage. Therefore, they are banning male pacers. In fact, they tried to strip Paula Radcliffe of her world record but everyone complained and they decided to start the new rule in 2012.

Where Do All the Logos Go?

The U.S.A. Track & Field (USATF) has finally let runners have a better chance of competing with other sports to earn money. Runners may now put more sponsors on themselves, although where they are going to put them is anybody’s guess. Skimpy shorts and sports bras don’t leave much room.

Good-bye Greta

One of the World’s Greatest Runners dies of cancer. In 1978, Norwegian Grete Waitz entered her first New York City Marathon—as a pacemaker. She wasn’t even planning to finish. Not only did she finish, she won, and set a new world record. She won nine NYC Marathon titles, still the most in race history. In 2005, Grete was diagnosed with cancer. She died April 9, 2011 in Oslo, Norway. The running community will greatly miss her.

Boston Marathon Raises Standards or Excludes More People?

The Boston Marathon has become too popular. The good news is that more people are running marathons, the bad news is that finish times are going downhill. Boston has changed their registration process to favor faster runners. Starting in 2012 runners will be accepted by how much they beat their qualifying time, for example, registration will open first for people who beat their time by 20 minutes or more; two days later, ten minutes or more, and so on. If there is any space left after the first week then the rest of the qualifiers get a chance to register. In 2013 every one will have to run five minutes and fifty-nine seconds to qualify.

American Woman on Top

American Jenny Simpson won the gold in the 1500 meters at the World Championships. This is the first time an American woman has won gold in any major global championship since 1984. And in the men’s 1500 an American, Matthew Centrowitz, won the bronze. Suddenly, U.S. runners are in the right place for the London Olympics.
Can a Double Amputee Really Have an Unfair Advantage?
Oscar Pistorius: A double amputee ran the 400 meters in 45.07 seconds. He runs on carbon-fiber prostheses. His time qualified him for the Daegu world championships. People seem divided, do his prostheses give him an unfair advantage? Or is this just a super inspiring story? He reached the individual 400 meter semifinals but the IAAF decided that he could only run the first leg on South Africa’s 4-by-400 meter relay. However, Pistorius is a slow starter and had to sit this one out.

World Record Breaker Dead at 24

This may be the year’s saddest story, Sammy Wanjiru died at age 24. In 2007, Wanjiru set a world half marathon record and won Olympic gold in 2008, where he crushed the Olympic record by running a 2 hours 6 minutes 32 seconds marathon. He fell from a first-story balcony at his house in Nyahururu, Kenya. The exact circumstances of his death remain unknown

2011 Running Shoes Trivia

What type of running shoes did Steve Jobs wear?
The New Balance 992.

Running At Any Age

It sucks to get old.  Things that used to be easy simply aren’t. You start waking up with more aches and pains and suddenly those tiny wisdom lines are cawing for attention, and more make up.

For years people believed that the stress from running caused multiple problems, including joint injuries, knee issues, and arthritis. They believed that pounding your feet on the pavement could excessively wear out all of those movable parts.

They were wrong.

Running when you’re older can be just as safe, and as rewarding, as running at any other age.

Stanford University has released a study with great news. They studied healthy, aging runners and found that running did NOT damage joints or leave the participants any less able to exercise. If you are healthy, and injury free, there are no real reasons to ever stop running. In fact, the study found that healthy people who kept running into old age were less likely to die from heart trouble, strokes, cancer, neurological diseases or infection. If that’s not a reason to keep running I don’t know what is.

Everything in moderation
In fact, a moderate running schedule can help you be healthier. Running three to five miles, three times a week can help you (and your joints) become more resilient.

While this is great news there are still some things you do have to watch for as you get older.

  • Do not run through the pain. If you’re hurting, you can’t just ignore it. You need to find out why.
  • If you have an injury you have to rest… for as long as it takes.
  • Don’t run with knee problems. If you do have chronic knee issues you may have to stop running completely. Try something that puts less stress on your knees, like walking.
  • Pace yourself. Don’t overdo it. Don’t challenge your 20-something neighbor to a race or kill yourself trying to keep up. You are who you are and part of growing old gracefully is accepting that.
  • Take days off. The older you are the more rest you may need. Consider taking a day off between runs or doing something different on those days.
  • Make sure that you stretch properly before you do any exercise, but especially before you run.
  • Wear the right shoes for your age. Believe it or not, your shoe size might change as you get older. It’s important that you measure your feet every few years and only wear the right size shoes.
  • If you’re over 40 you need to drink more water. As you age your thirst mechanism doesn’t work at well and may not always be as effective a gauge of your water needs. Make sure that you drink plenty of water about 30 minutes before you exercise and then every 10 to 15 minutes during exercise. After you’re finished, drink more water than you think you need.

Follow these few simple guidelines and you’ll find that you can safely run for as long as you’d like.

Dealing with Dogs on Your Daily Jog

 “Keep running after a dog and he will never bite you.”
Francois Rabelais

The other day my friend called me to tell this story about a dog following her on her morning run. She was running down an asphalt path behind her house and after a while she heard something behind her. Click, click, click, she turned around and there was a beautiful, well-kept Golden Retriever. The dog was keeping an even pace about two feet behind her. She stopped, startled, and looked around. There was no one around, except for her and the dog.  When she stopped, the dog stopped. For a moment, they stood there looking at each other.

“Shoo,” she said, “go home doggy.”

The dog didn’t move. In fact, the dog sat down and stared at her.

She turned and started running again and soon she heard the familiar click, click of the dogs nails hitting the pavement behind her.

She was worried that the dog would not be able to find its way home. For she was sure by his shiny coat and well-fed body, that he did indeed have a home. She turned and began running back the way she had come, hoping the dog would find where it belonged. And hopefully the dog did just that, for at one point he disappeared.

But how should you deal with finding a dog along your run? Whether the dog is friendly or not, there are some basic rules to follow when running into a pup on your path. The first thing you need to know is that dogs are, by nature, territorial. Seeing anything zip by them can trigger even the most pleasant pooch’s instinct to hunt.

If you see a dog without its owner, no matter how friendly it appears, ignore it.

•    No matter what, do not make eye contact. Any animal, dogs included, may see direct eye contact as a threat.
•    As soon as you see the dog, stop running and start walking. Move in the opposite direction and try to avoid entering its territory.
•    If the dog still comes toward you stop moving. Stand still, without making sudden movements or noise. Allow the dog to sniff you. Then, in a strong voice, simply say: “No,” “Sit,” or “Home.”
•    If the dog keeps coming and tries to jump on you push it off with your forearm.
•    Whatever you do, don’t run.
•    You may have to change your route if you continually encounter a dog that causes you problems.
•    If a friendly dog does follow you, look for its owner. If you can’t find one, stay in the area. While an owner which lets his or her dog run free is at fault, you can be the bigger person by making sure the dog does not become lost following you.
But what if the owner is present but still can’t, or even worse, won’t control his dog? I had a different friend who encountered a dog walking off leash with his owner and the dog chased after her, nipping at her feet. “He has a thing for shoes,” the owner said, laughing.

She had just bought a new pair of Saucony running shoes and the dog took out a big chunk out of the heel.

The owner laughed, but she found out who he was and sent him the bill for her sneakers.

She did the right thing. You do not want to confront an irresponsible dog owner with a dog, especially if you are alone on a path or trail. You don’t know how he will respond and you don’t want to be hurt. However, you can find out who the owner is and try to speak with him in a safer setting. If the owner will not control his or her dog, you can call animal control and report him or her. Yet, you should really try and work it out first.

However, if you encounter a dog owner who is walking his pup off leash yet apologizes upon seeing you and tells you the dog is friendly, you have some choices: you can either try to “meet” the dog or you can ask the owner to please leash him. If the owner agrees help him by remaining still while he does so.

Hopefully dog owners will be courteous enough to respect other people when walking their dogs. If not, you can always give him a swift kick—the owner, of course, not the dog.

Exercise and Stress Relief

Exercise is one of the top stress relievers in the world. It may seem counterintuitive; after all, the physiological response of exercise is almost identical to the physiological response of stress. Yet, exercise is one of the best ways to reduce stress. For starters, it helps your brain produce endorphins, those neurotransmitters that make you feel good. It’s endorphins that produce the infamous runner’s high. (By the way, it’s not just running that can produce that high, anything that gets you moving can produce the same euphoric feeling. ) Exercise doesn’t just produce endorphins; it can also increase your self-confidence and lower your anxiety.

In addition, repeated movements can cause a sort of Zen feel. In fact, walking is one of the best kinds of meditation that you can do. Whether you’re walking, playing tennis or even swimming, the repetitive motions, and just concentrating on your body, can help you forget your stresses.

When you become stressed over a thousand biochemical reactions begin to happen to prepare the body for fight or flight; however, if your stress is mental, you don’t need to react by fight or flight and the byproducts of the stress response continue to circulate in the body. These can cause physical issues, especially after long periods of high stress, for example, cortisol can harm your thyroid function, lead to blood sugar imbalances, impair your mental ability, cause higher blood pressure, lower your immune response and cause stomach fat, among other things. Exercise also helps you deal with anger and hostility in a more healthy way.

The healthier you are the more you can fight off disease and the better your immune system will be.

Finally, exercise helps you sleep better, which helps you deal with, well, just about everything.