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
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In the quest to avoid injuries, runners leave no stone unturned. Consider sticks and foam rollers; massage and chiropractic (and many other therapies); stretching and strengthening; anti-inflammatories and various supplements; diet and hydration.But the most common and most-hoped-for injury savior is shoe selection. Surely, there must be a running shoe that exceeds all others in its injury-prevention qualities. Or so many runners would like to believe.Unfortunately, research reports indicate it’s not that easy. The single best injury-prevention shoe hasn’t been identified yet. A recent study reaches the same conclusion about one of the newer shoe types: cushioned, zero-drop shoes, which have the same heel and forefoot height with plenty of cushioning underneath. “We found that overall shoe drop was not associated with injury risk,” wrote a team from the Luxembourg Institute of Health.This doesn’t mean that zero-drop shoes cause running injuries. It … [Read more...] about Study: Zero-Drop Cushioned Shoes Show No Difference in Injury Rates
Minimalist. Zero drop. Pronation, cushion, and motion control. The technology changes, but the question remains: what shoes are best for me? We answer eight eternal questions about choosing the right pair. And if you're currently in the market, we’ve also included a few of the 22 models reviewed in the Fall 2013 Running Shoe Guide.From the Runner’s World Gear Guide, one of more than a dozen free training guides available from Runner’s World.1. When is it time to retire my running shoes?Fall 2013 Shoe Guide:Mizuno Wave Enigma 3 ($140)A high-mileage trainer for runners with medium arches. Between 300 and 500 miles.Why the range? Because how quickly a shoe wears depends on you. If you land hard on your heels with each stride, for example, you’re going to wear through shoes more quickly than more efficient runners do. Keep track of the mileage on your shoes in your training log. And go by feel. If after a normal run your legs feel as if the shoes … [Read more...] about Common Shoe Questions
"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
Hi Mike,Thanks for writing.Unless it's a State Dinner or a royal wedding, you always have an "out" for wearing a tux to a black tie event. Some guys jump at the chance to get into a penguin suit, but a lot of us either don't own a tux or would rather not wear one. Hey, if the host says it's "optional," we're taking him up on that. Check out The Only 5 Suits You Need.Related Video: The most important thing to know: under no circumstances should you rent. If you own a solid dark suit and a white dress shirt, you have choices that don't involve wearing a cheap tux some meathead wore to his high school prom. Here are three style solutions for what to wear instead.TraditionalFeeling Bluenavy suit. Remember, shinier fabrics are dressier, matte fabrics are more casual. Wear it with a white dress shirt and black tie or bow tie and the same black shoes as above and sit back and accept your compliments. Want something a bit more slick? Wear a navy shirt and tie … [Read more...] about Q: How do I dress for a “black tie optional” wedding?