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Why are the Vaporfly and Alphafly so special?

The Nike Vaporfly 4%, Next%, and now the Alphafly Next%; the world’s most controversial line of shoes have made running popular enough that it actually got on the news - and not just because of the Olympics. But, what made these shoes so controversial? Was it the carbon fiber plate, the new specialized foam, or [...]

By |October 22nd, 2020|Science|Comments Off on Why are the Vaporfly and Alphafly so special?

Saucony Endorphin Pro: The ARM Review

In the carbon fiber arms race taking over the running industry, the new Saucony Endorphin Pro is Excalibur, Zeus’ mighty thunderbolt, or, perhaps even the Infinity Gauntlet. It is top-tier, a thing of beauty, and an absolute monster on the roads. There are two necessary questions to answer when assessing the new wave of carbon [...]

By |July 9th, 2020|Gear|Comments Off on Saucony Endorphin Pro: The ARM Review

The Evolution of Running Shoes

To whoever says that running shoes aren't rocket science, you obviously haven't paid attention to the latest innovations in shoe design! Carbon fiber plates act like diving boards to give runners a little extra spring, while new foam cushioning with high energy return makes shoes both more comfortable and more responsive. Then, there are heel-to-toe offsets [...]

By |April 30th, 2020|Science|Comments Off on The Evolution of Running Shoes

Science of Running: Intense Training and the Immune System

When trying to stay safe and healthy during our present public health crisis, it's good to fact check the glut of information available to us against medically qualified sources. A big one for us? The claim that intense training can weaken the immune system. This is partly true, but don't let that scare you into [...]

By |April 6th, 2020|Science|Comments Off on Science of Running: Intense Training and the Immune System

Glitter Gals: Representing the Bay Area at the Olympic Trials

I am so blessed to be a runner. It has taken me to places I never could have imagined and connected me to people that have changed my life. This past February, I ran in the US Olympic Marathon Trials in Atlanta — an experience worth a lifetime of miles and worthy of its own blog [...]

By |April 1st, 2020|Culture|Comments Off on Glitter Gals: Representing the Bay Area at the Olympic Trials

Science of Running: How We Became Runners

It has been two weeks since the shelter-in-place mandate, and there is a lot of scary news regarding health, hygiene, and how we all have to live with minimal amounts of excursions from our own homes. However, human nature and evolution goes against just staying at home, as many have taken to the streets to [...]

By |March 30th, 2020|Science|Comments Off on Science of Running: How We Became Runners

Base Building Workouts to do During an Off-season

During the present COVID-19 pandemic, several sources have recommended limiting high-intensity training that could possibly weaken our immune systems. Long runs or hard interval sessions can deplete our glycogen levels and leave us more susceptible. I agree with this and would suggest keeping the majority of training aerobic and limit most higher efforts to a [...]

By |March 27th, 2020|Training|Comments Off on Base Building Workouts to do During an Off-season

Get Through the Quarantine With Some of Our Favorite Books About Running

So, you're working from home. And your gym is closed. And your restaurants are take-out only. And day-care is closed. Are you losing your mind yet??? The good news is that our favorite activity, running, remains pretty much the same. Running is one of the best activities on the best of days. As it turns [...]

By |March 19th, 2020|Culture|Comments Off on Get Through the Quarantine With Some of Our Favorite Books About Running

What Running Socks Are and Why They Matter

At its core, running is simple â€” put on the shoes, lace them up, and get going. You really don’t need much more to get by, right? Well, maybe not. Let’s take a closer look at, yes, the humble sock. First, we need to say farewell to our old friend, cotton. Cotton: soft, lightweight, natural â€” what’s [...]

By |March 17th, 2020|Gear|Comments Off on What Running Socks Are and Why They Matter

The Importance of the Warm-up and the Cool-down

Unless we’re in the ranks of the elite runners, we have to weave our running into our daily lives and schedules â€” not always an easy task. We have these small windows where we can fit in a few miles here or there without any wiggle room, often leaving things like the warm-up and cool-down by [...]

By |March 17th, 2020|Training|Comments Off on The Importance of the Warm-up and the Cool-down