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  • 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, ...

  • 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.

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  • 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 ...

  • Running Hutch

    Tiffany (aka Hutch) and her husband did a great He Said She Said review of the Phase and Form.

    "Almost feels barefoot. Phase is wider and flatter through the arch than my Merrell Barefoot shoes and have a less constricted, more sock-like feel. Phase also has a slightly thicker toe box which is appreciated for protection. The heal of the shoe comes above some of my low-cut socks. These are my favorite shoes to wear around the house because of how light and comfortable they are."

    Check out the ...

  • Running with the Kenyans

    Below are two articles from Neil Scholes at Kinetic-Revolution.com, where he discusses observations from his time spent with the Kenyan Olympic Team.

    Kinetic Revolution is a wealth of information, and definitely worth spending some time at to increase your knowledge base.

    While the Kenyan athletes he worked with have abilities far beyond most of ours, we can still learn from them and apply their work ethics and habits to our own, in a hope to better ourselves.

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    Over the last two weeks it ...

  • Real Review - Barefoot Angie Bee

    Our friend Angie Bee recently reviewed the Core. Thanks go out to her for the great read and well done article!

    "Another unique and brilliant aspect of the Skora Cores is the asymmetric lacing system. It lets you tighten for comfort and yet not put undue pressure on the top of the foot. It also sports the fabulous Burrito Tongue! No, thats not what it is really called but it should be! The tongue wraps around the foot so no stopping to adjust the tongue. All shoes should have this tongue!

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  • 27 Reasons to Not Run a Marathon

    Running 26.2 miles is most definitely an astonishing feat, but not everyone is meant for it. Fall is a very busy marathon season, Twitter is full of race results and people complaining about taper madness. Seeing all this can make a marathon very temping for non or new runners. With that in mind, here are some reasons to not run a marathon.

    1. You may have to start running more.
    Having a goal race is a fantastic way to give new motivation and drive to your running. Generally 40 miles per week ...

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