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This Man Runs
Life, Running, & Medicine.
Notes on life as I see it.
Wednesday, February 17, 2010
Thursday, January 1, 2009
Recent happenings include:
1. A nice 20 mile bike ride down the Silver Comet Trail 2 days ago. It's only my third outing with the bike and must say the off-street path is awesome for riding. I wasn't really pushing hard, but trying to get a solid workout. Funny how in my cheap-o shorts, cotton shirt, and standard pedals (not even a cage) I only got passed once by a small group of riders, but zipped around a bunch of other posers in full-on bike outfits and expensive rides. I rode 84 minutes, avg 15mph (included stopping at intersections). A lot of fun and much easier on the body than an 84 minute run.
2. Have been incorporating some Cross-Fit principled workouts the past few weeks. What I really mean is, I have been doing push ups, sit ups, curls, squats, and dips. I'm trying to a) get a stronger core to help with longer runs / injury protection and b)get my wimpy arms to firm up a bit to match my legs. Also a little weight loss would be nice.
3. Santa brought me the Saucony Hurricane 10 last week. Very nice shoe so far. Did a single 6 miler with them so far. Much more sleek than the Hurricane 8's. Will write up a review after using them a bit more.
Happy New Year!
Saturday, December 20, 2008
Recently I had the opportunity to try out two different Sof Sole insert products: The Adapt and Stability. I used them in place of my factory insoles in my Nike Air Equalion +2's and Saucony Hurricanes.
"Adapt" overall: 4.5 / 5 stars
The Adapt is a heat-moldable insert (225-degrees in oven for 2 minutes then wear in shoe for several minutes while cools) that provides a lot of cushion and support in the heel. I really liked this one because it kept the toebox wide while really hugging my heel. This really felt like a custom insert. After doing a few 10K training runs with it I was very pleased to note that I never "noticed" my feet - exactly what we should be shooting for. Impossible to say whether this heal support and cushion will pay off in the long run but it sure seems like it. These inserts also good for just walking and standing a lot - I wore them several days to work and in the operating room. Again, I did notice how they really support the heel, but absolutely no complaints. Will plan on keeping these in until shoes are dead, and will likely buy them again after my next factory insoles start getting a bit flat.
"Stability" overall: 4 / 5 stars
These are ready-to-use out of box with no heat-moldable action. I did notice they give a lot of medial foot/heel support to prevent pronation, and they work quite well to that end. Similar to the Adapt, after running/walking/standing on these for several days I have no complaints. They most certainly brought new life back to my 14-month old Saucony's. When running I do tend to notice that anti-pronation support a bit more than the Adapt but this did not cause any problems during my 2-week trial. I think these inserts are excellent premium replacements but personally I favored the Adapt a bit more.
For sizing both of these they come in a range of shoe sizes that then require trimming. I simply used my factory insoles as a template to cut the Sof Sole inserts with heavy scissors. I can see how messing up the trimming could botch these as they would either be too big and crowd in areas or too small and slip around.
It is important to note that I wasn't really considering buying insoles, but was given these on a promotion to try. I had thought of getting some for my older shoes to get more mileage out of them, but had gotten no further than the grocery store foot pharmacy in my quest. At $30 a pair these are probably most valuable to the person with slightly worn shoes, rather than brand-new. Of course for specific problems like over pronatation (despite a stability-class shoe) or heel issues these may be worth a look earlier.
Available at these retailers, among others:
Rack Room Shoes
DSW Shoe Warehouse