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4.4 mile easy shake 'em out run today to get ready for the Goatz 50K Sunday. Good luck to those of you running your marathons this weekend too.
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Originally Posted by Onetwobit View Post

Also - a friend of mine suggested the Asics Kayano would be a reasonable starting shoe. Does any body have experience with them? 

Asics Gel Kayano are kind of a support shoe that are usually made for the larger heavier body that runs. You are no where near needing support shoes or wanting a shoe that heavy. Go to a good running store and try on some Saucony, Brooks, or New Balance and you'll cover quite a bit of different fits with those 3. If you don't have running store near you that you trust, go to Dicks and try some on. Take a pair that fit the best and most comfortable, then run a mile in them at home. If you feel pretty good, keep them and use them. If you have knee pain or something "feels" wrong, then take them back and exchange them for another pair that fit. Make sure you have about an inch in front of your toes for the fit. You'll need to move a bit for uphill, downhill, and maybe some swelling.
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9 miles this evening, half road and half trails.

I got to try out a pair of Hoka One One Stinsons today (a friend left a pair for me that's too small for him on my doorstep this morning). I felt like I was running on a cloud. These things are plush! The best comparison I can think of is the difference between walking on a trail versus walking in snowshoes in soft powder snow. But they felt fast! I had to check my speed constantly, even at 8+ miles... I looked down a half mile into my run and I was cruising at an 8:00 mile pace (I was supposed to be in the 9:30-10:00 pace for this run). My legs still don't really feel like I did anything like 9 miles. The shoes are at least a half size too big for me, so I might have to find a pair of 9.5s and 10s to try!

Those are so bizarre. I've seen a few people wear them and read a couple race reports with people that wore them and they all love them. They look like you'd break an ankle being 3-4 inches off the ground and rolling off rocks. Did you run on any technical single track or bridle trails (rocks, roots, mud) or mainly groomed or hard pack with them? I'll admit some curiosity to try them because most all reviews are positive, they just look goofy. Maybe I'll get to try some one day. Cascadia's get some high praise as well and I've never worn them either.

I'm an Inov-8 guy when it comes to trail shoes for anything technical or muddy. I'm hitting a less technical (very few rocks) and dry trail this weekend and will run with the Asics Fuji racers or Montrail Fluidflex. The Montrail are pretty soft and a nice ride but have very little protection from anything technical. The Fuji's are closer to a road shoe with some better protection. Both are pretty light.
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Thanks guys

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I put in 5 miles on a treadmill getting in some intervals this morning. I plan to rest my feet tomorrow except for maybe a short run around the block or two and then relax until Sunday's marathon.

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What does everyone use to keep themselves visible in the dark?  I have some reflective items but do not know if they really help drivers that much.

I use a cheap-o headlamp that I got at REI last year and I keep the display of my iPhone on when I run. I need to upgrade the headlamp though because when it starts getting cold, the batteries die off very quickly. I think I might try the knuckle lights this year. I also put a couple strips of adhesive reflective tape on the back of one of my running shells.

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Originally Posted by Onetwobit View Post

Hi everyone. Just wanted to quickly introduce myself. I've skimmed this thread for a while now and everyone seems quite knowledgeable, hopefully I can get a jump start!

...I have a couple of things that bother me:
  • What gadget do you guys use to track distance, stats, etc. I find it very irritating not knowing where I'm at. 
  • Shoes. Currently using fairly standard Asics athletic shoes. An upgrade to true runners is probably important. 
  • Do you guys run the same track for your daily routine? Do you run the same way back as on the way out?

1. I use RunKeeper on my iPhone. I've been with it since basically right after it launched and I really like it.

2. I have about 5 different pair of running shoes that I rotate through on a consistent basis: Brooks PureDrift, Sauconey Kinvera, NB Minimus Zero, Nike Free 3.0, and Newton Distance. I used to be all about the NB Minimus line but I really do not like the new iteration of them. I wish I would have stocked up on the old ones when I had a chance. I mostly stick to my Nikes or my Newtons. Both are extremely comfortable over long distances. I agree with those who said to try out many. It can sometimes take a while to figure out what works best for you.

3. I have a few of my shorter routes that I repeat a couple times a week. I like to repeat them so that I can try to beat my time on the same routes. Other than that, I mix it up. If I am going out on anything longer than about 8 miles and leaving from my house, I pick a destination or two (like I want to pass the tasty smelling bakery and the house where I know I might catch a glimpse of the woman dressing in front of the window or I want to run to and around a certain lake and pass the coffee house to see who is opening that morning). I don't care how I get to or home from my destinations, I just need to check them off my list that morning.
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the house where I know I might catch a glimpse of the woman dressing in front of the window

I can see how this might be motivating...
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I can see how this might be motivating...

Unfortunately she just put up a for sale sign. frown.gif

At least she didn't just put up curtains.
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MP - do you find that the GPS on RunKeeper is accurate? I've been using it for about a year now on all my runs, but when I did my half marathon last weekend, my app kept telling me I was further along that the actual mile markers in the race, and it was pretty far off.

By the time I hit the start of mile 11, RunKeeper was already up to 11.5 miles. It was somewhat discouraging, because if I listened to the updates on my app, it said my pace was under 9 min per mile, but in reality to the race I was running, my pace was much slower. Anyone find that this happens during a race?
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1.8 miles this morning

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5.5 miles through Old Town Alexandria, VA this morning.
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MP - do you find that the GPS on RunKeeper is accurate? I've been using it for about a year now on all my runs, but when I did my half marathon last weekend, my app kept telling me I was further along that the actual mile markers in the race, and it was pretty far off.

By the time I hit the start of mile 11, RunKeeper was already up to 11.5 miles. It was somewhat discouraging, because if I listened to the updates on my app, it said my pace was under 9 min per mile, but in reality to the race I was running, my pace was much slower. Anyone find that this happens during a race?

Occasionally mine will get out of sync pretty badly but when it does I notice it right away and it will be off by extreme amounts (and if you look at the map that it produces, it shows it jumping all over the place). If you are getting relatively small variances over a gradual period, it could just be the tangents and the actual route being off. A half mile over 11 miles is a bit much for that length for it to be chalked up to the tangents and the 1% that any GPS may be off at any time but it's also a lot less than the normal RunKeeper skrew-ups. I would take a look at the map that the RunKeeper produced and see how that looks. If that looks like what you actually ran, I wouldn't be surprised to see that it was a combination of the tangents and some bad route marking by the race organizers. I work with geographic information systems software all the time and often check the routes of races I run up against my software and USGS maps and am surprised at how awful some routes are laid out.

All that being said, I don't rely on the distance cues from RunKeeper when I am running in a timed/measured race. In fact, I usually turn them off completely on those days because even if the route is wrong and RunKeeper is correct, you have to go by what the organizers and timers of the race put out there.
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I pick a destination or two (like I want to pass the tasty smelling bakery and the house where I know I might catch a glimpse of the woman dressing in front of the window or I want to run to and around a certain lake and pass the coffee house to see who is opening that morning). I don't care how I get to or home from my destinations, I just need to check them off my list that morning.

 

 So, your routes are planned around checking out the hotties? Seems as good as anything else... :D

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So I went to a running / cycling store today and the guy fitted me for shoes. He did a foot analysis and determined a few things, all of which seemed to make sense (but what do I know) - tried on a bunch of his suggestions, and ended up on the Kayano 19's. He seemed to think my foot needed some special "inside" arch support (don't remember exactly what the name was)...they feel great. I think it should be a good starting point. I went in with no intention on buying, but the guy was great and very attentive even with a busy store. Not a huge fan of paying full MSRP for items you can get much cheaper, but the overall experience was superb.

 

I've spent an unprecedented amount of money on clothing this month, so I'm gonna hold off on the Garmin tracking watch for at least another month.


Edited by Onetwobit - 10/26/13 at 2:24pm
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Yeah, paying full retail on running shoes hurts me too, especially when I know that I can usually get the same exact shoes online somewhere for at least 40% off usually. However, I will say that most local running stores at least have really good, attentive personal service to make up for the high cost. Let's be honest - it's the only way they can compete with the online retailers.

I've also found that if I sign up for the email lists from all of the local running stores and follow their Facebook pages, they often have the brand reps coming in to allow customers to try out certain shoes on an actual run. One of the stores near me has reps in at least one weekend a month and they let you take out the shoes with them on a 6-10 mile run which is a really cool way to figure out if you like a certain brand/model.
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Definitely will look into that.

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4 miles
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2.4 miles this morning. Took your advice Michigan Planner. Had a couple of abandoned / foreclosed properties I wanted to take a look at. Ran there, checked them out, ran home.

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