Friday, August 8, 2014
Wednesday, April 10, 2013
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
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
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?