These Sick Sneakers Are Made From Ocean Garbage

The whole thing is a shameless pr move to keep people from being reminded most sneakers are made with child labor at fifty cents an hour in miserable working conditions.

There are ocean pollution groups that go around freeing hundreds of nets that have been caught on rocks or reefs, they have been doing it for years. Up until now they usually end up in a trash dump. Adidas bought a couple of them for next to nothing and created this stupid marketing campaign to make it lookmtheynare “making a difference”.

50 pairs? Ya, that will save the ocean.

Stretching Prevents Injury, and Other Misconceptions About Exercise

This does need a YMMV disclaimer unfortunately.  Cold static vs warm static pre workout stretch varies in terms of efficacy for many, and the six month rule shoe rule is in play for most marathoners, and may even be less depending on whether you rock a stability type of shoe, etc.

Anyone Can Be A Good Runner

As global warming blesses much of the country with a premature spring, there is no better time to finally achieve your dream of becoming a runner. It’s probably too late for the Olympics, but the great thing about running is that literally anybody can do it, and it costs almost no money. No matter what your background is or current shape, you can become a runner, and gain all the benefits of running like being healthier, feeling better, and living longer. So here’s how you do it, from before your first run to after your 100th.

Source: Anyone Can Be A Good Runner

I have to warn about the pooping.  THE POOPING…

Runners love to trade pooping horror stories, but (knock on wood) I haven’t yet had to squat down in an alley and shit with only a rock for toilet paper during a run. It seems to be more of a trail runner thing, when they’re much farther from adequate facilities?

How to Quickly Dry Shoes

I came across the following video recently – it’s cycling oriented, but applies to any footwear really (running etc):

Here’s what I suggest:

  1. Take out the insoles to let them dry on their own
  2. I don’t know about “nappies”, but newspaper is what you really want to absorb the moisture
  3. Check the paper every hour or so, swapping out for fresh stuff if the paper is saturated and the shoes are still damp
  4. Ambient temperature of the room matters – shouldn’t be too cold/damp, or too hot (above 20 C/68 F)

Sometimes I grab a stack of the free newspapers at the grocery store.  Because every cycling “bootie” (the cover people put over their cycling shoes) I’ve used amounts to keeping the crud on the road off my shoes.  Once the bootie gets saturated with water, that water ends up in the shoe anyway.

Newspaper has been used in cycling for decades – lots of Tour de France stories about guys loading up their cycling jersey with newspaper to both insulate themselves and absorb water/moisture.

“Comfort” in Running Shoes May Not Mean What You Think It Means

Don’t worry about pronation control, stability, or even cushioning when choosing shoes—wear what feels good and you’ll be more efficient and have fewer injuries. That’s the bottom line of a recent discussion paper published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine that sparked a flurry of web stories, such as this New York Times piece.

Source: Choosing Shoes: Should Comfort Be Your Only Guide?

Reminds me of when I was last shopping for running shoes – the ones I liked the least felt like walking on a marshmallow.  Given my weak ankles, I’m pretty sure I’d have rolled my ankles in those shoes.  My ankles are so weak, I don’t frog kick when swimming the breast stroke – I can feel it almost snap.

De-Stink Your Shoes with a Homemade UV Light Sanitizing Box

Someone posted a five step Instructables project to use germicidal UV lamps to remove odor from your shoes.  You mount the lamps on something to support them, then stick the lamps in your shoes and crank up the heat. The foil around the box will retain the heat and take care of most of the little nasties crawling around in your shoes.

If the women don’t find you handsome, at least they’ll find you handy… 😉

My cycling shoes have a bigger issue being wet than my running shoes, but that’s because I generally spend more time in the rain while cycling than running.  A trick I learnt was to have newspaper onhand for days like that.  Newspaper, not the glossy stuff like you get on some flyers.  Remove the insole if you can, and stuff the shoe with newspaper.  Check on the shoes every 3-4 hours, applying new/dry newspaper if necessary.  The cost to effectiveness ratio is staggering.  Newspaper is incredibly absorbent, and recyclable.  The local free paper is suddenly being delivered to me, but prior to that I’d grab a stack of free newspaper at the local grocery store on my way out.

Today I Learnt About: Blister Prevention with Lace/Heel Lock

For years I wondered why there there the two holes at end of the [shoe] tongue but never got around to finding out why they existed.  I’ve run with, or at least watched, various levels of runners but never noticed if they use lace/heel locks:

The trick also works on shoes that don’t have the extra hole; just use the top regular hole instead. Try it in your hiking boots, your climbing shoes, or anywhere you need some extra snugness.

It’s admittedly of little use for competing in triathlons, or bricks (practicing the transition from bike to run).  Some will forgo socks, enduring blisters, to keep the T2 (Transition 2: bike to run) time down.  Not me, I’m quite unorthodox.  I put my socks on before getting on the bike, and I don’t have my shoes on my bike.  I want a solid fit for my cycling shoes, and running in cycling shoes (with Speedplay cleats) has worked out fine to date.  This also works for me because I come from cyclocross, where getting on a bike from running is common throughout a race.  It’s less dangerous, not having to get into the shoes while on the bike – for both me and whomever I’d be near.  I’m also confident that my sprint is enough to counteract whatever time lost vs if I’d use the traditional route of having the shoes already on the bike.  I’m also not competing at a level where time actually matters.

Forget Barefoot; New Trendsetter in Running Shoes Is Cushioning

Athletes who spent the past few years embracing or scorning barefoot running can now consider whether increasingly popular “maximalist” shoes — with their chunky, heavily cushioned soles — are the sport’s new wonder product.

Some dismiss the shoes as gimmicky, or just silly-looking. Others, including injury-prone joggers and Olympians, are apostolic converts.

…Dicharry, the biomechanist, suggested that extreme shoes like the Hokas might be best used in moderation.

“Some people have a road bike, a commuter bike and a mountain bike, and they all have their purpose,” Dicharry said. “Maximalism is the new fat-tire bike of running shoes.”

Source: Forget Barefoot; New Trendsetter in Running Shoes Is Cushioning

Fad/trend aside, I think there’s a place for it.  There’s always a wide spectrum of ability and such.  There are some it will suit, and some not so much.  I don’t like running on a marshmallow – I want confidence in where my foot is.  But one of my triathlon coaches was sporting a maximalist type shoe, and admitted that he dismissed it but still tried and had been pleasantly surprised.  And he was the fastest runner in his age category.  Still, the shoe was fugly

I laughed about the cycling analogy.  It’s true that most cyclists will have at least two bikes – summer and winter.  I’ve gotten by with my commuter and cyclocross bikes, but made (and now exceeded) my goal so I’m getting a road bike.  I haven’t mountain biked since the 90’s, and it’s very different than what it was.  Wearing armour when you already have a high likelihood of excessive bleeding sounds like a bad idea to me, and we don’t get much snow here so a fat bike isn’t even on my radar.