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  • 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 ...

  • 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 ...

  • 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 ...

  • What to do if you get hurt before a race!?!

    Unfortunately immediately prior to an event is the time of the year when you are most likely to experience an injury or burn out.

    The reason is simply because you've been building up with distance, speed, and race specificity for months now. Training is getting more difficult and volume has been going up.

    Paying attention to your body is incredibly important as a race approaches. Recovery and key workouts are what matter. But what happens when you're a week or a month out from your autumn ...

  • Benefits of a Coach

    A common question among triathletes is about upgrades.

    Maybe a new frame? Wheelset? Disc Wheel? Or bike components?

    As Renato Canova put it so well, "The training plan should follow the athlete, not the other way around."

    Runners do not require a lot of gear, but triathletes can easily spend more on a wheel-set than runners spend on shoes in 3 years.

    People are always looking for quick fixes and magic bullets. But as we know, at the end of the day the engine is what moves the $5000 bike frame ...

  • What your mile PB means for your marathon

    Many would assume that the top speed you can run a mile at has little impact on how fast you can run a marathon or even an ultra marathon.

    However your top end speed does indeed affect how comfortable you are at longer distances.

    The 100m and 200m events are considered maximal efforts. That is about as long as a person can sustain their highest power output and speed. Anything longer is considered sub-maximal.

    In a 1500m event you may average 60% of your maximal stride power of a 100m race.

    In ...

  • Confidence

    "I know what I can do, so I never doubt myself"
    Usain Bolt

    Whoever you are, good running comes down to being confident.

    You take two equally fit runners, but the one with the confidence of Usain Bolt will always prevail.

    But what is the best way to actually determine what you need to do? What methods can be used to gain confidence?

    Enter the benchmark workout.

    These are basically training sessions that cover close to or all of the goal distance at the goal pace, with some recovery between ...

  • Benefits of Running Without Music

    You sign up for the big race.

    Training is going so well, you're ready for a PR.

    The week of the race arrives, and you're looking over the race website.

    That's when you see it.

    The no headphone policy.

    Commence freak-out!

    You can't remember the last time you ran without music. You've even postponed workouts to let your iPhone charge. How are you going to cover 13.1 miles without Miley Cyrus?!?!

    There are many benefits to running sans music and it would likely be in the best interest of most ...

  • How to train between proximate events

    This is a tricky situation.

    How do you approach the training  between closely scheduled races?

    For example, lets say you have two events that are 2-4 weeks apart and wish to attend both. Maybe a half marathon and a full marathon. Here's the process:

    Relax and Recover

    Such a short amount of time is not adequate for you to gain any more fitness from training.

    A general rule is true recovery takes a single day for every mile at race pace. This is why elites only do 2-3 full marathons yearly, it ...

  • What to do before a race

    "Did I do enough training?"

    "Am I forgetting anything for race day?"

    "Have I missed anything in my training?"

    The week before a big race can be a bit stressful.

    Here is a short guide on how to approach the big event.

    Starting with the week of

    There is nothing you can realistically do the week of a race to improve upon your fitness, but there are many ways you can jeopardize your performance. Nothing new and no stressing about "what ifs".

    Here, Ben Greenfield tells you some things he is doing ...

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