Lots of exciting developments going on lately. We've got free shoes to give away, a new article on Peaking I wrote for Running Times, and a great podcast on Running Form and shoes I participated in last night.
First off, thanks to Brooks shoes, we're having our first real give away on the site. They've offered to give a free pair of any Brooks running shoes and shorts to the winner of the contest. So how do you win the shoes?
Simple. Leave a comment. I want to know what your ideal running shoe is and where you see the running shoe industry going. For decades we saw little change in the running shoe, but now we're seeing several radical new approaches and technologies. For example, you have many companies addressing minimalist shoes while at the same time Brooks has switched from a standard cushioning to an adjustable cushioning system, which can be seen in the video at the end of this post. It doesn't matter how simple or complex your answer is, it will enter you in the contest with a chance to win. I just want to hear opinions, no right or wrong answers.
What you need to do: Leave a comment about what your ideal shoe consists of and what direction you see running shoes going in the future. Be as creative and off the wall as you want. Comment on both questions or just one, and don't worry about the length. Just give me your opinions! Also, since there are other topics included in this post, you can respond to them too in your comments.
What you win: One lucky winner will be chosen and will recieve a free pair of any Brooks running shoes they want and a pair of Brooks shorts.
Deadline to enter: Get your entry in by Friday 9/24
Writing and Talking
Secondly, I'd like to point you guys towards an article I wrote for Running Times. In the article I discuss the science and practical approach to peaking. Scientists and coaches seem to be on the opposite ends of the spectrum in regards to the best approach to peak and I try and look at why this is and what is right. I think you'll find the article informative and thought provoking. I'd like to thank coaches Greg McMillan and Chris Puppione for taking the time to answer some of my questions and help me sort the peaking problem out.
You can find the article below:
While we are talking about shoes, I took part in a great podcast roundtable in which we focused on running form and shoes. In the hour long talk we covered a whole slew of topics including, how to change form, what keys to focus on, minimalist running, and barefoot running. It was a great panel with Pete of RunBlogger Joe Garland of the Run Westchester blog, Jason Kehl of the Geeks in Running Shoes podcast, and Mark Ulrich of the Run In America . It was a great experience and there was a large amount of knowledge passed along by all the contributers. I highly recommend you taking a listen. It can be accessed below or on iTunes.
Download the mp3 file for the show by right-clicking and saving the file here: http://recordings.talkshoe.com/TC-34812/TS-395910.mp3
Download it fromTunes here: http://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/rrt98-running-form-some-stuff/id287953154?i=87470282
Brooks DNA cushioning
What do you think of this technology?