Monthly Archives: October 2014

  • If You Can't Be Seen, Forget 'bout the Foot Race

    For many runners, summertime is a joy: plenty of warmth, no snow/ice to deal with, and hours upon hours of daylight. When that summer fades into fall and then winter, that light becomes precious. With the ever-increasing darkness each day, staying visible can mean the difference between a successful winter training season and months of forced treadmill time.

    Assume You Can’t Be Seen

    It’s important that runners be aware of how hard they are to spot while out at night. Drivers, distracted by inclement weather, cell phones, and directional headlights, lose that extra few seconds to spot us streaking across the street. Rule #1 for any kind of evening or early-morning running is simple: assume that no one else can see you.

    Shine On

    Do as much as possible with the available light by wearing bright, reflective clothes and shoes that will light up when illuminated. Plenty of running stores offer lightweight vests that double as gear holders and even more running apparel manufacturers include reflective material in their clothing.

    Get Flashy

    But that’s not always enough. Motion AND light, together, offer the best chance for a runner to stay safe. For me, our PHASE-X model is a no-brainer pick every time the sun sets. Because my feet never stop moving, drivers can more easily see that 360° reflectivity as I make my way down the sidewalk.

    Light Yourself

    No matter how much light we reflect, it’s also important to light ourselves up when we can. Headlamps work well, as do motion-activated lights that can be attached to your shoes to illuminate on impact. Starting today, we’ll be giving away LED lights with each purchase (while supplies last) that can both help keep you seen and show off those new SKORA.

    Good luck with your fall/winter running and stay safe out there.

  • Treadmill Safety

    "Similarly, persistently running in the same manner reduces the variability of our individual stride "signature." Gradually, structures become overspecialized. When excess monotony, fatigue, soreness or injury reduce our ability to vary aspects of our stride, our capacity to disperse mechanical stress diminishes. Loading stress becomes focused on an ever decreasing set of hot spots on -- bones, tendons and muscles -- and the risk of overuse injuries escalates. Conversely, when our variability options are expansive, which happens naturally in healthy, skilled and rested runners, we run efficiently and safely."

    -The Running Machine Myth by John Kiely

    With a treadmill distance PR of 52.4 miles, I'm fully aware of how to safely run on it.

    Aside from dying of boredom, the threat of overuse injury may be increased on the machine.

    With the cold creeping up on people in the northern areas, I thought it important to highlight this potential hazard of the treadmill.

    The danger lies in too much of a consistently maintained pace and gradient on a treadmill. Unlike a trail and even the road, the machine and its belt are the same landing platform every time. As the above quote states, this can target too much loading stress on the same body locations over and over again, not giving them time to heal.

    Now, this is not reason to avoid the treadmill, but simply reason to make the workouts more interesting!

    Altering the gradient and speed of the machine is the easiest way to do this. Changing these two variables will modify your running gait and spread out the loading a bit.

    Below are a few examples of workouts you can perform on a treadmill (or road, of course) to both reduce the risk of overuse injury as well as hopefully make the time go by faster.

    Lucky 7 Fartlek 10 minutes easy 3x7:00 at marathon effort (or inclined) with 3:00 jogging between 5 minutes cool down

    Downhill Strides If you're lucky enough have access to a treadmill that will decline, take advantage of it! Downhill strides are an extremely running specific strength workout that will also help you work on a high cadence.

    Predator Run This is a progression run that ends with a segment faster than goal race pace. If you're training for a 5k goal time, you could structure a workout like so: 15 minutes at 50% 5k pace 10 minutes at 75% 5k pace 10 minutes at 5k pace 5 minutes at 110% 5k pace 5 minute cool down

    Hill Repetitions 15 minutes easy 6 x (4:00 at a low incline 1:00 at a high incline) 5-15 minute cool down

    Kyle @ SKORA

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    If you really need to add some excitement, you could always take up treadmill dancing.

  • Socks or No Socks in SKORA?

    A common question we get about our shoes, is about your socks.

    We've designed our footwear to be as seamless and smooth inside as possible, all in an effort to reduce the potential areas for hot spots to develop on your feet.

    This also opens up the possibility to go sockless in our footwear, if one so desires.

    There are a number of benefits to wearing socks, because they may keep the... 1) shoes cleaner by absorbing sweat. 2) feet warmer in the winter since they can help insulate. 3) feet feeling cooler in the summer, since they remove moisture off of the feet. 4) common blister locations safe by reducing rubbing.

    Our answer to the question though?

    Go with what you're comfortable in!

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