Monthly Archives: October 2013

  • Real Response

    "They are the perfect blend of function, style, quality, and durability for anyone who wants to truly enjoy their run! "

    -Randy Duque

  • Take Your Time

    Patience and time do more than strength or passion. -Jean de La Fontaine

    In today's fast paced world, it's often difficult to think long term.

    However one of the best indicators of how successful a person is, no matter the endeavor they choose, is how long they've been at it.

    During my own training and coaching, I practice and advise a much slower and cautious build than many would normally do on their own. This is mainly to avoid injury and maintain as consistent of a running pattern for as long as possible.

    So how do you improve to the best of your abilities?

    Two ways:

    The first is to practice, a lot. Be mindful of this practice and what you are doing. Practice nutrition, pacing, running form, etc. Recognize what your body is telling you and what it is doing. Practice every day. A two mile very easy run will not negatively influence your recovery, but it will slightly increase your weekly volume and how much time you spent running.

    "The greats weren't great because at birth they could paint. The greats were great cause they paint a lot" - Macklemore & Ryan Lewis

    Secondly, like Ray in the above photo, appreciate and be grateful for the gift you've been given. The ability to enjoy running! The power of gratitude is very strong. People that express and exhibit this tend to be healthy, happy, and energetic. Graciousness is a good habit to practice during your running, professional, and personal lives.

    "To give anything less than you best, is to sacrifice the gift." -Steve Prefontaine

    Sorry if you are looking for a a quick fix or easy trick, they don't exist. There are little things you can do that can lead to improvements, but none of that matters if you don't first put in your own time and effort.

    Run Real,

    Kyle at SKORA

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  • Review: SKORA Core

    Thanks goes out to the Rebuilt Runner for his recent review of Core.

    I ran on trails, roads, and grass so I got a good cross-section of how the Core handles on various terrain. They don't have deep tread so when I pulled them out of the box I was wary about how well they would grip the trails, but in practice they did a great job. The sole feels more like one solid piece than that of the New Balance Minimus (those ones are broken up into separate hexagonal pods) so you don't get quite the flexibility and surface feel of that model. But the Core feel a little sturdier so they protected my feet better against sharp rocks.

    - Rebuilt Runner

  • Night Training Safety Tips

    This is a repost from Nathan Pennington at RunDreamAchieve.com. Check out his website for some excellent articles and coaching services!

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    In the last issue we talked about training for your very first marathon. In this issue we are going to talk about important safety tips for training at night.

    If you are the kind of runner who is more comfortable running and training during the early evening rather than in the early morning or afternoon, then it is important that you employ certain safety techniques.

    - Wear very reflective gear.

    Rule number one, when training at night make sure to always wear reflective clothes or gear. You should always go against the traffic flow so instead of the cars being behind you, you will be facing them so that you will see all vehicles coming towards you. This simple precaution will help you to avoid mishaps and getting ran over.

    Note. Check out the Phase-X from the above photo for a highly reflective piece of gear.-SKORA

    As we have discussed before it is very important that you wear the proper running shoes.

    If you are just starting out with your nighttime training and you have low arches and run with inward foot movement, then it might be best if you buy a straight thread-lasted type of shoes. For the runner who has high arches and the tendency run with an outward foot motion, will find that curved lasted shoes are better.

    - It is important to have the best gear to help insure optimum night visibility.

    When training at night, always make sure to wear a safety light on your waist or arms. These are available in colors like red or clear and some even feature a flashing signal option which will really make you visible to all motorists and help you to avoid accidents or injuries.

    - Be aware of exactly where you are going.

    While running in the evening, the best way to avoid accidents is caution. If you should you get injured while running at night, the very first thing you must do is find a safe place to rest to prevent additional injury from occurring. Apply ice as soon as possible, and elevate injured body part to reduce swelling and prevent build-up of fluids in the tissues.

    - Vary your routes and the times that you run.

    Potential attackers often study runners and loom in a particularly dark or isolated area. Always follow your instincts. If you feel that you're entering into a dangerous situation, trust yourself and run to a safe location. Don't make yourself an easy target. When possible run with a buddy.

    There's strength and safety in numbers. If possible, try to never run alone. If you're running alone, let someone know the route you're running and approximately how long you will be out.

    Always carry your identification on you. Put your driver's license in your pocket or wear an ID tag on your shoe. Carry a cell phone so that you'll be able to get in touch with police immediately if something happens to you or you notice anything out of the ordinary.

    Nighttime running can also be a source of stress or fatigue for the runner. And this fatigue may be attributed to the fact that there is extra concern on the part of the runner to look out for hazards that are less visible in the dark and being temporarily blinded the lights of oncoming vehicles. This all adds extra anxiety that may not be as prominent while running in the daylight.

    Never disregard the signals your body is sending you when fatigue sets in. However, there are ways of avoiding fatigue and soreness and the main one is don't overstress yourself. Running at night on a busy street with a lot of drivers, may actually increase the severity of sore muscles and painful joints. If you experience any or prolonged pain, it would be wise to rest and immediately see a physician before getting back to your training program.

    Make sure you look for your next issue soon. We will be talking about choosing the basic running gear that is right for you.

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    For the ultimate in reflectivity, pair the Phase-X with the Brite Buds from Far End Gear!

  • Real Response

    "I LOVE THE SHOES.

    Did I say I love the shoes? I LOVE THE SHOES.

    Omg, I'm a SKORA girl for life now. They are amazing. They are sleek, comfy and just all around awesome. I put on my old shoes for crossfit at work during the week and immediately regretted it. They've all now be safely stowed away in the closet (or maybe I'll donate them to the local running store)."

    - @jessesco

  • Reading Guide to Shin Splints

    Shin splints are unfortunately the subject of many running related questions.

    Like most running injuries, the causes and remedies are often unclear and different for various situations and athletes.

    Injuries are a method your body uses to tell you that something is not functioning properly. Often a muscle imbalance, muscle weakness, or running form issue is to blame.

    It is true that changing shoes or stride may help resolve a pain. A calf compression sleeve or new shoes may modify your stride and thus cause you to utilize muscles differently. Even running faster than normal can help reduce pain via a modified stride compared to your habitual pace.

    But this pain resolution is not fixing the actual problem - the muscle imbalance, muscle weakness, or form issue. Read More

  • SKORA Phase Review: See Me Now?

    The reviews from Ash at AnotherFnRunner.com are some of the best around.

    So well written.

    Here he goes in depth about our Phase:

    "From above, the SKORA Phase is striking in its creative challenge to symmetry. The diagonal lacing structure complements the sans-tongue construction. And, the reflective, laminated overlays create a unique, highly visible pattern, especially when observed with both shoes side by side.

    In fact, the reflective overlays and ultra vivid toe bumper make the Phase one of the most low-light friendly shoes I've ever worn. Being a predominantly early-morning runner, I find that these safety features are important."

    Read the full review right here!

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