Wednesday, April 10, 2013

My Review of Sense Mantra Trail Running Shoe - Men's

Originally submitted at

Salomon's Sense Mantra trail running shoe is a light weight training shoe for midfoot strikers who want natural motion, protection and neutral cushioning for high mileage training.

Great door to trail shoe

By Trailrunner from Missouri on 4/10/2013


4out of 5

Sizing: Feels half size too big

Width: Feels true to width

Arch Type: Average Arch

Pros: Comfortable, Firm, Lightweight, Responsive, Good Traction, Ample toebox, Snug midfoot, Great lacing system, Rugged

Cons: Little Loose In Heel

Best Uses: Trail Running, Door To Trail, Mixed Terrain

Describe Yourself: Avid Athlete

Was this a gift?: No

First salomon shoes ever and I'm very impressed. The fit is a little long but the laces grip the midfoot well. It's possible to go down a half size if run barefoot or with thin socks. Light weight feel that's great on street and dirt paths. Haven't tried technical trails yet, but looks to be good except wet or muddy conditions.


Monday, June 4, 2012


"It's all in the hips" Those wise words from Chubbs, weren't just true for Happy Gilmore. So much of what we do as athletes depends on strong and flexible hips. From IT-band syndrome to lower back pain to an asynchronous freestyle swim stroke, the hips are the key. So often athletes are told to improve their core strength, yet most people don't realize the "hips" (gluteus medius and maximus, illopsoas, pectineus, and others  ) can be far more relevant than the more commonly associated abdominal musculature.

Hip strength is most often apparent to us when we have running problems like IT band syndrome. Take a look at some of your old race photos in a running race or the run portion of your triathlons, preferably head-on. If you look like my good buddy below, you have an injury problem "potentially" waiting to happen or just as bad, an inefficiency in your running form. Hip Drop if the dreaded biomechanical break down of your running stride when you allow your hip to drop and knee to flex, more and longer than necessary. Just Google "running" and "hip drop" if you don't believe me.

It's not difficult to revamp your stride to begin to eliminate this inefficiency, but it doesn't take work. First and foremost run with a higher cadence. You are less likely to sink into the hip dip if you spend less time collapsing your body down into the ground and more time moving quickly from foot to foot. Second, imagine you have the legs of Oscar Pistorius. If you don't know about Oscar (see below) he is a gold medal para-olympian track athlete and he has stiff and springy carbon fiber legs. When you plant your foot into the ground maintaining the firmness of the knee and hip joint allow you to full maximize the stored energy within the elastic elements of your legs, providing a quick recoil and return of energy.  All of which improves your efficiency.

So next time you see a picture of yourself, maybe you can look better than Lance?

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

What Race Week Is Not About

Race Day Here I Come
So many people become overly anxious as their race approaches, never more than during the week leading to race day. As we all know, in reality, we've done pretty much all you can by that point as far as physical training goes. And of course there are many resources, techniques and practices athletes participate in for mental readiness. But even if you don't have a greater mental skill tool bag, there is a far great calamity awaiting you if you're not careful.