Perhaps one of the more exciting forms of fauna a runner can come across while on the trails is the mighty bear. In our hometown of San Luis Obispo, California, we have our share of bear sightings, including one that recently terrorized the student population of our nearby university for several days. (Incidentally, this university happens to be close to one of the larger trail networks in SLO, so this is relevant).
Though a bear sighting is sure to startle many runners, we can take solace in knowing that most bears have little to no interest in attacking humans. Opting instead to feed off of berries or fish if you’re near a stream or find a quick snack in a nearby trash bin or automobile, most bears are simply looking for a bite to eat. That said, bears can be dangerous, and it’s important to exercise caution to make your bear encounter more bearable (sorry). Read more…
Over the past year, we’ve seen New Balance’s Minimus line shift away from their near-barefoot offerings. The new focus? Shoes that offer a low profile, yet retain a touch of protection from the ground.
The New Balance Zero v2 embodies this change in the Minimus ideology. While the Zero v2’s predecessor, the 00, was about as little shoe as you could get without venturing into ‘it’s just a sock’ territory, New Balance’s latest addition to the line packs more than a little bit underfoot. It really is a different shoe. Read more…
Look at the feet of any Nike-sponsored athlete at the starting line of a major marathon and you’ll likely see one of two shoes. The first is Nike’s Flyknit Racer, one of their innovative marvels of the past two years, a shoe that Nike has been sure to pump plenty of marketing dollars into. The other – a bit of a cult classic, a shoe that flies under the radar yet remains a contender for the podium. The Nike Zoom Streak has long been a favorite of competitive marathon runners, and for good reason. Read more…
Brendan Murray is a product manager for New Balance, and is currently leading the charge on the re-issue of the now classic Trail 101, which is expected to become available in 2015. As some of you may remember, the NB 101 was one of the first lightweight trail shoes to hit the market. Originally released in 2010, the 101, along with its predecessor in the 100, helped pave the way for an entire movement of lightweight and low profile footwear, affecting how we envision trail-specific running shoes today.
We were lucky enough to get Brendan to answer a few questions about the upcoming re-issue of the Trail 101, the production process of the shoe, and about the design process of new footwear in general.
As you likely know, the 118th Boston Marathon took place today, resulting in the first American victory since 1985 (congrats, Meb!). You’ve probably seen your fair share of images from the race, or maybe even tuned into the livestream that captured the spectacle that causes the entire running world to stop and look every Patriot’s Day in Massachusetts. The crowds, the production, and the glory of it all make the Boston Marathon a truly remarkable event.
It wasn’t always like this though. Rewind just 50 years to 1964, and the scenes of the Boston Marathon consisted of little more than an underground gathering of the sport’s hardcore. Sure, there were crowds to witness the top runners, but many were limited to running through traffic and finishing on a deserted street with only a line painted on the ground to greet them, all for their own sense of accomplishment.
If anything else it’s a cool video for you running nerds, well worth the 30 minutes. Footage from the race itself starts around 13:30.
[via Let’s Run]
(Turn on the subtitles. Unless you speak both English and French. And if so, très bien!)
One of the joys of running is exploration. It’s a great way to see new things, take new paths and to take in new sights and sounds. But exploration isn’t just about going somewhere new. It’s about seeing something in a new light, in a way that you wouldn’t notice just in everyday passing. Running provides us with the opportunity to gain a new perspective on our surroundings and ourselves, and to fulfill the human need for discovery.
With its new CityTrail collection, Salomon, a brand deeply embedded in the mountains, turns its eye towards an entirely different kind of trail: those laid out in the city around us. Taking to the streets of Paris, Salomon explores the urban environment, showing us that sometimes all it takes to get away from things is to embrace and to rediscover the things around you.
[video via Salomon]
As you’re undoubtedly aware, the 118th running of the Boston Marathon occurs this Monday. Juli, ultramarathon veteran and a key member of the customer service team here at the ‘House, will be making her way to Beantown again this year, running the race for the second time after making her Boston Marathon debut last year. We were lucky enough to pull Juli aside for a few minutes to capture some thoughts going into the race. Read more…