Posts Tagged ‘Running shoes’

Cool new stuff from Saucony

In Running Gear on June 7, 2009 at 8:25 pm


So I decided to try out the Hurricanes, and I have officially made the switch from the Omnis to the Hurricanes. I didn’t like the way the Progrid Hurricane 11 looked, so I went with last year’s model. Unfortunately, the new change to the shoe where it holds your heel in place is not included in this version of the shoe. I am anxiously awaiting the release of the 12 because I’m hoping that it is more aesthetically pleasing and contains the new heel feature. As you can tell from my blog, I like Saucony.

The shirts were on sale. I promise that they are two different styles. They look similar in the picture, but in real life are quite different. One of the shirts is protected with a rating of 50 spf. The other allows significantly more breathing. Oddly enough, if it were real sunny and hot, I would prefer to wear the shirt that didn’t have the sun protection.

Both shirts are very comfortable and fit well. I like the way they look and they feel great. Couldn’t ask more from a sale. Probably need to go grab a couple more pairs of shorts, but I will need shoes quickly because I am only running on one pair at this time. It is an economic depression.


Hurricane vs. Omni: From the horses mouth

In Musings, Rants and Explanations on May 5, 2009 at 7:48 pm

Thank you for your inquiry.

In answer to your question, the Hurricane and the Omni are both from our stability category.  However, the Hurricane offers a few features that the Omni does not.  The Hurricane has the arch-lock (provides snug midfoot fit), full length progrid (absorbs impact, dissipates shock and provides a seamless transition from heel through forefoot) and impact interface (cushions and isolates heel impact).

Thank you for your patronage of Saucony and I hope this information is helpful.



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Bob Timmons, Off ‘N Running, and the Shoe Situation

In Musings, Rants and Explanations on May 4, 2009 at 2:47 pm

Well it’s been a little while since I posted anything other than nonsense about what running I have been doing, and I have a number of posts that I have been meaning to write. I have two product reviews that I need to get posted ASAP, but those are boring anyway, so I will tell the story that I want to tell.

The blog post that I wrote about Bob Timmons has been far and away the most popular blog post that I have posted here. Also, it elicited a request for 100 words to be published in Runner’s World. Of course, I asked them to let me know if they were going to publish the commentary. They did not. So I was not expecting it to make the publication, by the way, if you are going to write anything for a living, you learn to live with rejection. Every writer is rejected, repeatedly. The amateur writer gets rejected once, and never writes anything again. The professional writer works through rejection, in the same manner that you run up a particularly gruesome hill.

I am close to a professional writer. As a ph.d. student, and soon to be assistant professor, the most important aspect of your work is getting published. I get rejected, a lot. So I was ok with this.

Well, we go into Off ‘N Running to buy some detergent, and I quickly get into a discussion regarding why I am wearing Saucony Omnis when the Saucony Progrid Hurricanes look to be a higher end shoe that meets the same specs that I require. I have not answered this question to my satisfaction yet, but after this post, I will be firing off an email to the good folks at Saucony. Well, after going through all of this with the poor girl and she was pretty sure that I had no interest in buying the shoe (not gonna pay full retail price, when there is a Saucony outlet 10 minutes from my mom’s house), we found the new edition of Runner’s World. When I flipped to the Running Commentary section, sure enough there was my 100 words on Timmons. It was right next to Jim Ryun’s thoughts on the letter.

P.S. the girl at Off ‘N Running is very nice, and I try to buy stuff other than my running shoes there because they offer a service to the community that other shoe stores fail to do. I just can’t afford $130 shoes, when I can get them for $75 elsewhere. Regardless, this Thursday, May 7, 2009 at 7:15-8pm, they will be hosting a small training to help explain stretching specific for runners. I will be there. If you are in the Greensboro area, you may want to stop in.

Pretty good for a fat kid that started running two years ago…

Go buy the magazine, but if you don’t get a chance, here is what it said:

As a college coach, I understood the article regarding Bob Timmons relationships with his athletes. What I saw was a teacher trying to impart life lessons through competition. I truly believe that you can not find out the limit of the human spirit until you accept that the only failure is quitting. There are consequences for a devotion to competition, both in life and athletics. I hope that I am correctly teaching my students to walk the line between giving everything that they have towards a goal and nurturing those relationships that define your life.

Tuscaloosa, Alabama

Flight Home

In Musings, Rants and Explanations on April 22, 2009 at 12:07 am

So yesterday I had to fly back to Alabama, always a terrible feeling. On the ATL to BHM segment, I sat next to a runner who had finished Boston earlier that day. He had just run his 8th Boston. Impressive.

So I was ready to run today, I even got new ear buds. Then I got dressed at the gym and couldn’t find my shoes. I never took my running shoes out of my luggage. Ugh. So that was for naught. I figured no big deal, I will come back in a few hours. Well, the gym was closed this evening for worker appreciation night. Nice.

So I’m looking forward to running tomorrow. I also have very little scheduled so I will be able to go in when I wake. I love that. Nothing like starting your day with a good run.

Importance of Running Shoes

In Running Gear on March 29, 2009 at 10:37 pm

I first started training for a marathon in 2001. After September 11th, I found myself running in the New York Health & Racquet  Club a lot. It was a 6am brain child of mine. If something sounds like a good idea at 6am, it has to be a good idea. Well, I could run 4 miles in 32 minutes no problem, but every time I tried to increase my distance, my feet would start to feel numb.

With my personality, I figured I would just keep running through this. As my distances increased to around 10k, it became unbearable and soon thereafter I lost interest.

Speed up to January 2008, when I again decided to run a marathon, I had the same problem. Once I got myself in good enough shape to run any distance, my foot issues loomed its ugly head. I was very discouraged. After speaking to a number of people, I visited a shoe store with some real professionals.

I began to explain my problem, and he interrupted me (which made me angry). He asked, “Did you play hockey or ski?” Stunned, I replied “both.”

He immediately stated, “your shoes are two sizes too small. I can see your toes putting pressure on the front of them.” Ridiculous, I say, I have been wearing the same size 8 shoes since 7th grade and my feet have never grown. Well, it is true that I had wore the same size 8s, but apparently my feet grew sometime after I started wearing them. I was a size 10. No matter how many times I stood on that damn scale, I was a size 10. I was amazed. I never had my shoes measured since the 7th grade.

Apparently, this is a common problem with people who partake in sports where you want a tight boot. You want the skates to fit very snugly for optimal performance. The same is not true of running or every day shoes.

I bought a pair of size 10 shoes, and all though I have made slight alterations to the type of shoe I wear since then, it has made all the difference in the world. When I ran my half marathon, I could not believe that I never once thought about my feet. Oh, they were sore when I was done, but the tingling and intense pain was never an issue.

Take the time to get your running shoes sized every so often. If you work in a running store, size everyone’s shoes. It will be worth the 5 minutes.

Running Shoes

In Running Gear on March 25, 2009 at 3:23 am

Saucony Omni 7 UltimateCurrently, I am wearing the Saucony Omni 7. It’s my fourth pair of these shoes. The models have changed, but I have been consistently happy with these shoes. I had visited 3 shoe stores, and been through numerous evaluations from running on a treadmill to walking for evaluation. These shoes were recommended to me by a store that is no longer in business, but I have been quite happy with the results.