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Gear review, compression shorts: Opedix CORE-Tec shorts

LP1010795I’ve had over a year to review Opedix’s CORE-Tec shorts – lots of opportunities to test them on a variety of runs, from training runs to races, and in quite a range ofweather conditions. The CORE-Tec shorts come under the classification of compression wear: clothing that is designed to fit very snugly. There are many reasons for wearing compression clothing during exercise: Read the rest of this entry »

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Training for an ultramarathon: Foot care and first aid (Part 2)

This article about ultramarathon training and preparation was originally published in my own blog on January 13, 2010. It’s one of my most popular blog posts ever. I re-ran Part 1 (preparing for a multi-day race) a few weeks ago.

Without healthy feet, you are not going to get very far, and blisters early on in an event may cost you hours of time, or even keep you from finishing at all. So the focus of Part 2 of this series is how to take care of your feet, with some notes as well on First Aid kits and other safety gear.

Prepare your feet beforehand: Elite racers may not have to do much – they seem to have bombproof feet, and I don’t know if that is because they are genetically born that way and that’s why they become so good at distance, or because they have put so Read the rest of this entry »

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Thank you Salomon! Trail-running shoes that are actually meant for… well… trails!

The Copper Mountain downhill.

I have been telling Dave for over a year that I wish I could have input on the design of trail-running shoes. Especially in their treads. I want trail runners that have treads like snow tires.

I confess that I do own a lot of different trail runners – but it’s not because I am trying to be the Imelda Marcos of the running shoe world. It’s just that pretty much every running shoe that I have is good for one thing but not for something else. So I pick whichever shoe is appropriate to the route we are doing and the weather conditions that day.

(Besides, it all works out the same in the end: You have one pair of running shoes that you wear out and replace after six months. Or you have six pairs of running shoes and you alternate which ones you wear, and they last you three or four years).

Anyway, the one thing that I have found lacking in ALL of my running shoes – up until now – is the treads. When I am flying down a trail Read the rest of this entry »

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