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Thought I would start a thread to discuss types of training gear to include shoes, outerwear etc..

I finally got a new pair of New Balance 769 running shoes, as the addidas seemed to give me blisters in the first mile. I don't know if anyone else has had problems finding a good trainer like I have.
Also, anyone know of a good running windbreaker with lots of vents?
My dog and I did a 7 mile run during that last snow storm and using my regular Hydrotek jacket was like running wearing a plastic bag, even though the temps dropped quickly and we were running through heavy snowfall I was sweating inside the jacket. The wind was whipping up something awful so I had to stay zipped up, could have used a few vents to keep things aired out.
 
wel, Pal maybe you have hit on an invention. I dont know anything about exercising/running in snowyweather, we dont get much snow here in queensland. I found a good pair of running shoes, they are cross trainers and are from a "netball" type of style. (thats womens sport.). LOL. I always have boardshorts, singlet, my shoes, my dog and her harness fitted with a plastic bag ( to pick up her little droppings) and my mp3 player, oh and my "coasties" cap. Thats it really, just have to avoid all the other dogs in the neighbourhood that arent fenced in.
 
Yep, other doggies can be a problem, Rocco here thinks all the other dogs are going to be his BFF but that doesn't always work out.

Colorado is a great testing ground for outdoor gear as the weather can go from pleasant to life threatening in a few minutes. When I started running the other day it was just a few snowflakes hissing into the creek by the time I was 4miles in it got pretty nasty. Good gear can make all the difference between an inconvenience and flirting with disaster.
 
Okay, made it a full ten miles today Woo hoo! Temp 36 degrees or so, wind at 15mph and light snow. Used a UA compression tee with the UA cold weather shirt on top, that kept me pretty warm throughout the run. Used the new double layer running sock and that kept the blisters from coming back. I think I have that dialed in now.

I don't know if anyone has tried the easyglide liquid to prevent blisters on long runs?
 
Never been troubled with blisters, fortunately. :)

I tend to buy Asics shoes but seem to currently have Saucony Ride and Mizuno Wave Rider. I find a good shop and good staff prevent foot problems.

My outer garments are Concurve and View From.

s.
 
Never been troubled with blisters, fortunately. :)

I tend to buy Asics shoes but seem to currently have Saucony Ride and Mizuno Wave Rider. I find a good shop and good staff prevent foot problems.

My outer garments are Concurve and View From.

s.

I bought the shoes from the Boulder Running Company, had a gait analysis done, but those damn flat feet of mine...
One of my "Military benefits" :)

How far are you up to running now Snoopy, last time I checked you were doing half marathons?
 
How far are you up to running now Snoopy, last time I checked you were doing half marathons?

Well....I had a while off...a long while...so now I'm building up again!!!

Halves are my preferred distance but can only do 5 miles at the present but it's going in the right direction. :p

Doing a lot of rowing (same machine as Chris!) to get the weight off too.

How about you?

s.
 
I'm still working up to the half, the ten miles I did yesterday was actually kind of a big deal for me. It has been my goal for some time now to get that ten miles in I just didn't think I would hit it this soon in the season. I felt so good yesterday the miles flew by, even the last mile felt pretty good.

In between I use a heavy bag, dumbells, kettlebell, for strength training. Today's agenda is to do a short run but go for speed.
Well, speedy for me that is, the younger runners are long gone by the time I round the bend. Actually I think using a calender watch might be the best method to time the runs... ;)
 
I'm still working up to the half, the ten miles I did yesterday was actually kind of a big deal for me. It has been my goal for some time now to get that ten miles in I just didn't think I would hit it this soon in the season. I felt so good yesterday the miles flew by, even the last mile felt pretty good.

In between I use a heavy bag, dumbells, kettlebell, for strength training. Today's agenda is to do a short run but go for speed.
Well, speedy for me that is, the younger runners are long gone by the time I round the bend. Actually I think using a calender watch might be the best method to time the runs... ;)

Maybe there'll be a half half way between us one day that we could both puff around. :) ...and you'll get round before me I think!

Can you not get any inserts or other aids to help with the old collapsed meta-tarsals?

s.
 
Maybe there'll be a half half way between us one day that we could both puff around. :) ...and you'll get there before me I think!

Can you not get any inserts to help with the old collapsed meta-tarsals?

s.

I would like that, I thought about you while I was running along the creek, beautiful spot really.

I have used Superfeet orthotics before with good results, I might test the Shockdoctor insoles next.

There is a gel out for sale that is supposed to give you energy during a run, that will be the next test during the summer, the long runs in the heat seem to take it out of me.
 
Tested the Amphipod water bottle and belt the other day. This water bottle is the best I've tried so far. Conveniently held along the lower back, the carrier/belt will not ride up or chafe with the movement of the body. I can even reach for the bottle, open it and drink without stopping.
Using it on the mountain bike is easy as well, but I do recommend stopping first. :)
 
Re: Training gear: Using a GPS unit.

For runners, hikers and outdoor enthusiasts the GPS units on the market offer a plethora of handy features. Being able to upload tracks (the path you actually took) to your computer and downloading new maps of areas you want to explore are only a few of the fun things these little gadgets can do.

There are even GPS units that you can wear on the wrist that can track your vital signs, speed and distance when moving on foot. Cost for one of these is anywhere from 250.00 on up.

I have been testing the rather inexpensive Garmin etrex H model. Only a basic monochrome screen and limited map download for this model but it serves me quite well. Retailing for about $100.00 this unit can give me my location in UTM or Lat/Long. Personally I use the UTM because it is so similar to the Military Grid system.

So far the unit keeps track of my movement and when I'm not moving, giving me the breakdown of time spent running and time spent waiting to cross a busy street. On the last run it recorded my speed at an average of 5.9mph with a max speed of 11.6 (must have been that steep downhill track) Distance was exactly 6.41 miles and the run was completed in 1.05 hrs. and all I had to do was clip the unit to my waterbottle belt and forget it. The info was logged in for checking when I stopped.

Overall I found the etrex to be a very cost effective unit, providing basic features all outdoors people can love.
 
ooooh that's very impressive :)

I make do with a shabby old Nike sports watch that I'm hoping will see me out. I did a 5 mile run in 45 minutes the other day but then I remembered that I'd forgotten to press the start button till I'd been going a few minutes. :p

s.
 
Try a pair and see if you can go back to anything else :)
Besides sometimes a higher quality item lasts longer. I have two pair of smartwool running socks that are going strong after two years of wash and wear. I even started purchasing their hiking socks to wear every day.
The Infantry taught me good boots and socks will take you a long way.
 
Paladin... Look after your feet and your feet will look after you. Learn it, live it, love it.

Socks are important factor to me also... I like pairs that like add an inch or two to your height... Big nice socks!

Yup, I marched through quite a bit in the Infantry, desert, jungle, snowy Korean mountains and good socks are the shiznit. :)

Just found out my stepdaughter is entering the BoulderBoulder race this year and I volunteered to run along beside her to keep her going. This is going to be her first 10k. Normally I would be seeded in one of the qualifying waves but that's just a piece of paper.

They sure know how to throw a party in Boulder!
 
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