MOTION-CONTROLASICS GEL-FOUNDATION 9 Price: $100Widths: Stand.-4E (M) 2A-D (W)Weight: 12.9 oz (M) 10.6 oz (W)Contact: 800-678-9435More AsicsWE SAY: For a shoe that does such a great job correcting overpronation, the Foundation is decidedly unmotioncontrol- like. Its interior is lined with plenty of soft materials that, when combined with the sole's balanced profile and flexible forefoot, results in a smooth, steady ride, free of the stiffness that plagues many motioncontrol shoes. Except for noting the shoe's heavy heel, testers had nothing but positive things to say. Recommended for large runners or heavy overpronators who need superior support.WEAR-TESTERS SAY: "Excellent fit around my heel and arch support."—Dan Hare, 48, East Lansing NEW BALANCE 1226 Price: $140Widths: Stand.-4E(M) 2A-D(W)Weight: 12.5 oz (M) 10.3 oz (W) Contact: 800-253-7463More New BalanceWE SAY: The 1226 suffers from a slight identity crisis. Like the Asics Foundation, it's heavy and loaded down with … [Read more...] about Fall 2010 Running Shoe Guide
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When is it time to retire my running shoes?—Ken Becker, PhoenixI'm new to the sport, and when I went to buy my running shoes, the local running-store owner explained that training in two or three different shoe models is better for your feet. I bought her story and walked out with two different pairs. Any truth to this?—Rachel Setton, BrooklynAfter a few tours as an Army fitness trainer stationed in Iraq, I've developed plantar fasciitis. I am a high-arched runner, so what should I look for in a shoe to help curb the pain?—Staff Sgt. James MooreDoes the surface you run on affect how your shoes break down?—Chris Kuemple, Spring, TexasI notice that during long runs in my motion-control shoes, the balls of my feet hurt. Does this have anything to do with my shoes, my gait, aging, or all of the above?—Aidan Lee, Brentwood, TennesseeThe wet test confirms I have flat feet, but my shoes wear along the outside edges. Also, I experience pain along the outside of my … [Read more...] about Running Shoe FAQ
It's a crisp morning in late spring, and I'm sitting in a nondescript office in rural Minnesota, face-to-face with one of America's master motivators, hoping he can reignite my snuffed-out passion for exercise. The good news: It does not appear this will involve getting my ass kicked."You know that expression 'No pain, no gain'?" John Gagliardi asks, hunkered low in an aging swivel chair behind his desk. I nod reluctantly, fearing where this might be going, but Gagliardi starts to chuckle—his grandfatherly potbelly stretching the seams of his mint-green golf shirt—and waves his hand. "Well, I like to say, 'No pain, no gain, you're insane if you believe that.'" He chuckles some more.I sit back in my own chair, breathing a little easier.I should point out that Gagliardi—the former head coach at Saint John's University, a small Benedictine liberal-arts college in the serene woods of central Minnesota—is not your typical fitness guru. For starters, he's 79 years … [Read more...] about Why Can’t I Get Motivated?
It seems like common sense that to prepare for a marathon—an event that includes a heck of a lot of running—your training should also include a heck of a lot of running. That’s why marathon preparation dogma preaches that you need to do one long, 12 to 26 mile run each week. The problem: That often puts too much mileage on your body, says Mark Conover, director of the cross-country and track-and-field programs at California Polytechnic State University.“The key is to get to the starting line fresh,” says Conover. “You don’t want to arrive at the marathon as damaged goods.” Indeed, weekly long runs often lead to overtraining. “Doing too much volume can create a combo of muscular and skeletal issues,” says Conover. Those can cause injuries that sideline you before you even get to the starting line, or flare up mid-race. “Overtraining can also just wear you out, physically and mentally, which kills … [Read more...] about How Many Long Runs Should I Do Before a Marathon?
Vibram USA, the company that makes the popular FiveFingers minimalist kicks, is in big trouble. They recently agreed to settle a lawsuit that alleged the company made false and unsubstantiated claims that the toe shoes could reduce injury and strengthen foot muscles. Now, they're forced to pay up to $3.75 million in refunds to customers.You've probably purchased sneakers based off assertions in a commercial or advertisement. Heck, you may have even bought yourself a pair of Vibrams. And we don't blame you. It's nearly impossible to determine which claims are true and which ones are just plain fabricated. Unfortunately, most people don't figure it out until they get injured. That's why we decided to set the record straight. Keep reading to learn the truth aboue five common running shoe claims.Save your pennies. In a 2007 study, Scottish researchers tested sneakers in three different price points—ranging from $80 to $150—and found that low and medium cost running shoes … [Read more...] about 5 Running Shoe Myths Debunked