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  • How to Pick Running Shoes

    "A good shoe cannot help you win races or run faster, but a shoe not fit for your running needs or foot shape can no doubt impede your ability to run well."

    How to pick the optimal shoe for you may be one of the most misunderstood aspects of running.

    For years it was standard practice to go into a specialty running store and have the employees examine your feet for how they are shaped and in what way they move.

    You've likely experienced this. Barefooted, you walk back and forth or stood ...

  • Top Training Mistakes

    Your event, be it 26.2 or 3.1 miles, doesn't really care what you did the week before the race.

    It doesn't even worry too much about the two months before that.

    What is is concerned with is your frequency, consistency, and volume of miles over the long term. We're talking months to years. Every day adds up, a marathon is worth more than the sum of its parts. Every little decision matters, and the consistency of positive choices makes a difference when you get to the starting line.

    Training is ...

  • How to Recover from a Hard Run

    Most runners recognize that it's the recovery, not training, that yields improvements.

    There are all kinds of ways to make recovery complicated. Ice bathing, tart cherry juice, the 30 minute window of opportunity, getting in proper nutrient ratios, and even hanging upside down.

    The KISS principle suggests to Keep It Super Simple. The simplest solution is most often the best. When applying this to recovery, you're left with recovery methods of time, sleep, food, and proper pacing of subsequent ...

  • Which SKORA for Which Distance?

    To customer service, second only to sizing are questions on which shoe for which distance. 

    This is quite difficult to answer on its own, as it comes down to simple personal preferences.

    To someone who has never worn Form before, the answer to "Is the Form a good shoe for marathons" primarily comes down to:
    1. What shoes have you been doing your long runs in?
    That's generally going to be your marathon shoe.
    2. Is that shoe more similar or more dissimilar to Form?
    You may want to go with one ...

  • All About "The Zone"

    We've all felt it, that zone when everything sees to work effortlessly.

    Perhaps it was during a run. Perhaps it was during a life or death situation or while at your desk where time disappeared and words effortlessly flow from your brain to the word document.

    No matter what the circumstances were, where you were at, or what the activity actually was, the zone can be experienced.

    A new book has been released called The Rise of Superman, and its topic is that coveted "zone".

    "This is our ...

  • How to Wash Running Shoes

    With shoes that have lasted people 2000 miles, it becomes important to keep them kept clean.

    It would be such a shame to have to throw away a pair of shoes just because they smell but still have a few hundred miles left.

    There are a number of ways you can both prevent shoes from smelling and looking their age, as well as a few to help freshen up a pair.

    Socks
    The world famous stink of the Vibram Fivefingers is due to people rarely wearing socks in them, which meant the shoes soaked up the ...

  • Variety in Running to Lower Overuse Injury

    Many new athletes make the error of lacking variation in their training.

    This can come in the form of wearing the same pair of shoes for every single workout, running on the same terrain all of the time, or training at the same pace for almost every run.

    We'll start with shoes, which us here at SKORA are ever so fond of.

    A recent study determined that athletes who use different shoes for different runs have a 39% lower injury rate than those who used the same shoe for all of their training. ...

  • Purposes of the Long Run

    Long training sessions are a defining characteristic of endurance training. All athletes know they need to be done, but many often do not consider why. Below is a list of many of the important benefits for performing such a workout.

    Increase glycogen storage
    Glycogen is the storage form of a carbohydrate, an important fuel source for athletes during endurance sport. When muscle glycogen is depleted during long runs, the body will slowly adapt and increase it's ability to store higher levels ...

  • Winter Running - How & Why


    There is no such thing as bad weather, only inappropriate clothing.
    - British adventurer Ranulph Fiennes

    Before Winter

    Being an endurance athlete in the winter is expensive. You have two options. Either spend the money on a gym membership or purchase cold weather gear. Many may prefer to slowly accumulate winter gear during non winter months. This way less is spent at once and can be picked up through sales. Other than the apparel, there are many other ways you can make winter running more ...

  • How to Warm Up

    A grade school memory of mine is from the required track & field day.

    I decided to run in one of the shorter sprinting races, probably the 100m, of which I have no actual recollection of.

    However I do recall deciding to not warm up for the event..at all. Why would I want to run and waste energy, before having to race?

    I came in last.

    Most athletes fail to warm up properly.

    A proper warm up will benefit any runner for just about any distance.

    This winter, while doing more indoor running, ...

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