One company that has been notably absent from the low heel-to-toe drop neutral trainer/racer category originally pioneered by the Nike Free and blown wide open by the Saucony Kinvara is Asics. While having a strong lineup of high volume trainers and, at the other end of the spectrum, racing flats, observers have wondered for some time when Asics would fill this product line gap in such a hot growth category.
Wait no longer. The Asics Gel Lyte33 is clearly positioned as an alternative to the Kinvara and Brooks Pure series. With a neutral design, 6mm heel-to-toe drop, and 7.2 oz. to 7.8 oz. weight (men’s size 9 – different sites report different figures), and a stack height of 18mm in the forefoot, this shoe indeed falls between a neutral trainer and a racing flat, serving as a potential transitional shoe to more minimalist designs.
It’s a powerful combination when too frequently-cited minds in the monthly wrap-ups get together – and that’s what happened in Jeff Gaudette’s podcast interview of Alex Hutchinson, author of Which Comes First, Cardio or Weights? If you aren’t familiar with Alex, he has carved a niche as one of the preeminent dissectors of scientific research on sports (especially endurance sports) on his Sweat Science blog on Runner’s World, and his book is basically an attempt to analyze over 100 “common knowledge” concepts to see whether they hold water.
Ahh, college. The mix of a structured schedule with unstructured living. The infinite and conflicting capacities to get food and exercise at two facilities that might be practically next door. The opportunity to leave behind the monotony of high school and build the habits that will serve you well (or crash and burn you) well into adulthood. Read the rest of Building the Fitness Habit – College Edition »
OK, so I had to cheat a little on this one and dip into January. Maybe a lot of other bloggers were light on content in December like we were here. I personally can blame the holidays and a vacation in Cancun, and I imagine other bloggers can apply similar excuses.
Obviously, winter has begun in the northern hemisphere, so Scott Jurek helpfully reminds us of the value of training in the winter. Post this on your door for those days you hesitate to face the cold, snow, and wind. Read the rest of Ten Valuable Running-Related Posts from December 2012 »
Many of the readers of this blog have a “day job”, and for most of us, that involves spending a significant amount of time sitting at a desk. Amazingly, even for runners, sitting at a desk poses significant health hazards, not to mention the tightness induced in key running muscles. Additionally, bad posture habits can easily carry through to your running, resulting in a tendency to slouch or lean too far forward.
From a productivity standpoint, sitting at a desk all day raises concerns as well. First, from a running perspective, that is time that could be spent on improving your capabilities and, eventually, performance. But more significantly from your employers (and therefore your own!) standpoint, taking breaks from sitting in front of your computer can actually boost your productivity. Thus, your interests are served in many ways by getting out of your chair regularly. Read the rest of Making Work Work for Your Running »