You may have seen these shoes on the trail or the road and thought “What in the world”? It’s a change in thinking on shoe design is what it is. Let’s go back in time when we skied on 210 straight skis, played tennis with a small wooden racket, hit off the golf tee with a small driver or mountain biked with wheels that were 26 inches. That type of out of the box thinking was what led the designers to build the Hoka 1.1 shoes. Stop in for a test run to see what they are all about.
Saucony Hattori is providing the new generation of runners the innovation of lightweight shoes while at the same time not overlooking the need for style and fashion. Pegged as the “holy grail” of minimal running, the 4.4 oz running shoe boasts of the zero-heel to toe drop that can really provide those who are about to transition into barefoot running the perfect vehicle to start a healthy lifestyle on. This minimal shoe features a new take on the term “lacing up” because instead of the usual laces, two Velcro straps secure the foot to give you a more customized fit. With the midsole compressed and moulded EVA and the outsole carrying the patented, hard wearing carbon rubber compound, XT-900, the shoe withstands beautifully against wear and tear especially along the most prone areas. Again, not overlooking fashion, the upper is highly flexible and showcases overlays of suede with exoskeleton lockdowns and ultra-lite mesh that come in different color combination. All in all, you can be guaranteed that Saucony has given much thought on the Hattori shoe line. Come get yours while they last.
Looking for a truly lightweight, flexible trainer? Well NB has created the shoe for you and your running friends. The 890, also called the Barringer and Baddeley after Jennifer Barringer-Simpson the Andrew Baddeley. These shoes are built for speed with a nice soft ride, perfect for your weekly speed session or tempo run. Come on in and give them a try.
By now I’m sure you have heard or read all about the minimal movement in running shoes. No matter your take, it is here to stay and many of the big brands are getting on board and coming out with shoes especially designed to get your foot close to the ground and to encourage a more mid-foot/forefoot strike. New Balance has just came out with the Minimus program and if you are interested or already run in minimal shoes you need to come into the store and check them out. They are very cool. See you soon.
If you have not been in the store in the last few months you need to stop in and see the new brands and styles that we have in. On the trail shoe side of things we have brought in Scarpa and the innovative Hoka shoes. And on the road running shoe side the new styles and updates are showing up daily. Some brands are doing exclusive colors on their shoes and with the limited distribution and availability if you want one better get it now. Here is a what the special make up of the Kayano 17 looks like.
With the holiday season upon us, Christmas rapidly approaching, and the clean slate that comes with every New Year, that has lots of folks tacking up those New Year’s resolutions. As with every year, no doubt topping some of those lists of resolutions will be something to the extent of “I’m gonna lose this spare tire and get back into shape!” That resolution is usually exacerbated by the consumption of so many of those tasty holiday goodies. Running and walking are two of the simplest and most accesible ways to accomplish that goal.
A great resolution, but all too often short-lived. Sure, maybe you’ve jogged or walked sporadically every so often, or maybe you’re coming back from a long hiatus, or maybe your intention is to go from couch-potato to health-nut this year. Shortly after the departure of New Year’s day, shoes are purchased, closests are filled with workout attire, maybe you’ve even gone so far as to map out a race calendar for the year. But soon enough the novelty wears off, the motivation fizzles, life gets in the way, you don’t enjoy it, and the excuses keep mounting. Getting in shape is no easy task, and made a bit more difficult by the shorter daylight hours and colder outside temps. So how do you keep that motivation throughout the year rather than simply through the first month?
Every so often here at the store, a customer may saunter in who could be coming back from a long lay-off from their running or walking and say to us “Alright! I haven’t run a step in three years, but I’m racing the Garden of the Gods Ten Miler tomorrow morning and then I’m going to run 80 miles a week for the rest of the year!” Oh dear. Well meaning yes, but certainly no long term plan. Whether you”ve never been particularly active, or you have been but have taken a while away from it, you have to work into it. That applies to running, jogging or walking. Adaptation takes time, and nose-diving straight in is an easy way to end up banged-up and straight back on the couch. So if you’re new to the whole running gig, start with shorter bouts of running interspersed with walking and gradually work your way up over weeks. Before you know it you’ll surprise yourself with the ground you’ll cover.
To some folks, “run” is a four letter word. Fair enough, take a hike. Literally. Colorado Springs is home to the most vast array of beautiful hiking trails in the country no matter the season. Chances are you could walk a different trail every day of the year. You may not even have to leave your own neighborhood. Don’t care for walking? Those same trails make outstanding bike trails. While it may sometimes be tough to get out the door, do it. You won’t regret it. Don’t have much time? Half an hour a few days a week is all it takes. Get a group together, no need to for this to be a solo venture. Why not make it a social one too? Not only that, but you’ll hold each other accountable, your walking partner won’t be happy if you leave them hanging. Take the kids if you have them. If worse comes to worst, get a really high-energy dog, maybe a nice border collie–you’ll either have to get outside or little Rover may have you pulling your hair out.
So if getting fit is one of your resolutions, don’t let it fade into oblivion this year. Stay motivated and stick with it this year by mixing it up and keeping it fun. After all, we live in one of the best places for staying active–especially outdoors. And if you’re honest with yourself, you’ll find there actually aren’t really any legit excuses. Happy Holidays to all!
With Memorial Day’s 32nd Annual BolderBoulder, runners kicked off their summer racing seasons. I’m sure everyone did a great job, and hopefully everyone enjoyed themselves immensely especially with the fabulous sunshine and warm temperatures (does it not seem like Memorial Day is either chilly and rainy, or beautiful? There’s never an in-between), but I’ve got to give a shout-out to the BRC team members who represented Colorado Springs and the surrounding areas with style!
Cassie Slade, hats off to you for winning the women’s citizens race! Cassie’s 35:11 gave her a nearly 40 second victory over her nearest competitor. Wendy Thomas was the fourth overall woman, soon-to-be Hanson’s Distance Project runner but current BRC team member Lavenna Mullenbach was 16th for the women. Ali Nagelkerk (formerly Williams) finished 19th in the women’s Elite race to lead Team Colorado to their 9th place berth, followed by Team Colorado runners Kristen Fryburg and Laura Bennett. Women’s Team USA of Renee Metivier, Amy Hastings and Magdalena Lewy-Boulet took third overall.
In the men’s citizen’s race, former Adams State Grizzly Brian Medigovich took home victory in 30:14. Local Ryan Hafer, a Harvard Alum and originally a Coronado Couger, took an impressive third. BRC runners Jason DeLaney, Greg Reindel, Robby Young, Art Siemers (also the Colorado School of Mines track/xc coach), Tommy Neal, and Jesse Chettle placed 8th, 10th, 12th, 18th, 24th and 35th. Whew.
In the men’s Elite race, Team Colorado of Brent Vaughn, James Carney, and Aaron Braun took 2nd in the team competition while men’s team USA took 5th. Way to go, boys.
Obviously to anyone who’s familiar with the Colorado racing scene there are a million familiar names on the results list, if I could list them all this would be ridiculous. So everyone, whether you ran, walked, or cartwheeled your way through the 10k, congrats! We hope you enjoyed it.
Happy trails to all, enjoy the sunshine and warm weather! ~Shannon