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  • 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, ...

  • Get Ahead of Overuse Injuries

    "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 ...

  • What does DOMS really mean?

     

    Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness

    But it's not quite that simple, there is more to it than that.

    Every sensation your body provides your brain is its way of speaking to you. Telling you something.

    Some runners feel soreness should often be a workout goal. Yet athletes are quick to look for methods to reduce the duration of this soreness so they can get back to training.

    Let us take a quick look into what causes this post workout soreness.

    There are three main explanations.
    1) Microtrauma in ...

  • Make Happiness Happen

    “The most important thing is to enjoy your life—to be happy—it's all that matters.”
    ― Audrey Hepburn

    After years of interacting with many athletes, patterns start to show themselves.

    The pattern relating to happiness is that runners have their best training and racing when they are happy and enjoying themselves the most.

    It does not matter what comes first, a happy runner or great training/racing. What's important is that they fit together and affect each other as they come and go.

    ...

  • Phase-X Review

    Team SKORA member Graham gives us his thoughts on our new Phase-X.

    "If you're a morning or night runner, you owe it to your safety to check this shoe out. You've never seen a shoe pop like this when headlights hit it. The whole thing lights up, not just some little tag. Enough about that, though how does the shoe run?"

    Check out the entire review here!

  • Forget heel vs midfoot striking

    Running form is a very important topic that many runners fail to address.

    A new swimmer or tennis player begins working on their form early on, yet this is something many new and seasoned runners fail to consider.

    While there are so many areas of running form that we can talk about, they can all come down to basically the same root issue - low running cadence.

    Running cadence is how many times per minute your foot strikes the ground. A low cadence (under 170) is very often connected to ...

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