Shoe Junkie

I found my drug … er … running shoe of choice at my local running store. The zero-drop shoe craze was on, and the salesperson showed me the new Brooks Pure line. She knew I ran in stability shoes, and suggested the Cadence. I looked over at the display and a single sunbeam broke through the dreary, gray Eugene sky to illuminate a teal and lime-green shoe perched on the clear plastic more » Read more

2015 Race Report Contest – Win Your Favorite Running Shoes!

We’re so proud of this gosh darn community, and we know that you love it as much as we do! Thanks to you, 2015 has been our best year yet!  To celebrate, we’re bringing back Free Shoes! We want to help you be the best you can be, and we believe the best way to do that is runners sharing our stories with one another.  So now it’s your turn! We want more » Read more

Readers’ Roundtable: The Best Running Shoes for You

If you meet someone who’s just beginning to run, the first question you’re likely to hear is, “What shoes do you wear when you run?”  The quest for the Best Running Shoe of All Time is often the first we embark upon as a runner. And it’s nearly universal for us, particularly since, other than running bras, shoes are our only necessary piece of gear.  (Yes, watch-enthusiasts, our only necessary piece of more » Read more

10 Tips to Get More Mileage out of Your Running Shoes

Did you start running thinking it would be a cheap sport? Oh, how quickly the shorts and bras and race entries add up — not to mention the shoes! Sure, the barefoot route would eliminate this expense, but the majority of us want to remain shod.  And even if you found a dollar on every single run, that still wouldn’t come close to covering the cost. Knocking out 70-80 miles per week, more » Read more

Back to Basics: How to Tie Your Running Shoes

You’re four miles into a 10k, tracking perfect splits to PR by a few seconds when disaster strikes. First you notice your left shoe. It is not feeling quite as secure as it was moments ago, but you try to put it out of your mind. A few minutes later you hear a plastic clicking sound, which fills you with a sense of doom. A quick glance at your feet reveals more » Read more

An Open Letter to Brooks

Dear Brooks Running, You tell me to “run happy“, and I want to comply. But my running happiness is largely dependent on the mood my feet happen to be in at any particular moment. And lately? They’re cranky, sore, and decidedly UN-happy. You see, they had a perfectly cozy little place to hang out for miles at a time, a tried and true shoe named the Adrenaline. Perhaps you’ve heard more » Read more

Shoe Love Triangle No More

I finally committed to one pair. Yes, after going back and forth, forth and back I picked out my new shoes. It was not an easy decision. I even toyed with the idea of making my triangular shoe relationship something of a permanent thing, buying two pairs and switching between them just like I was doing before. I thought and thought and thought. Maybe even a bit too much. I more » Read more

Got Ice? Try Yaktrax

When superstorm “Nemo” was brewing a little while back, Cinnamon went for a 7 mile run but found it to be more of a 7 mile slide. Remembering a mention of traction devices, she asked the rest of us for some recommendations on how she could safely get in her runs while Brooklyn was covered in ice. Living in Boulder, I have my fair share of experience here, so I offered more » Read more

The Next Salty Challenge: Embracing Our Runner Feet

Corns. Blisters.  Calluses. Toenails … black or blue ones, that is. Sound familiar? I don’t know about you, but if there’s anything about my body that is a dead give-a-way that I enjoy pounding the pavement and getting early morning miles under my belt, it’s my feet. The thought of getting a pedicure or wearing flip flops makes me cringe. Regardless of the best training shoes and the blister-blocking socks, after more » Read more

Transitioning to More Minimalist Running Shoes

Barefoot running and so-called minimalistic running has been all the rage the last few years.  Less is more, right? NO!  It simply isn’t that simple. If you are going to run barefoot or in minimalist shoes, you must have the right biomechanics and must have strong feet.  If you do not, you are likely to find yourself injured if you jump into minimalist shoes without proper preparation. The fact is more » Read more

Salty’s Post-Partum Running Update – Week 6

My little one is 6 weeks old as of yesterday. I’m starting to see glimpses of a schedule. She’s been going down to sleep each night a little earlier. It started at 11:30 and now she’s down to 9:30 and she sleeps for 3-4 solid hours in her bassinet and I can count on it. Even better, she takes a nap at the same time my big kids do every more » Read more

Stink, Stank, Stunk: Weird Products for Runners

My divorce made me a tightwad, which means I have no allegiance to brands.   I buy what’s on sale.  Some of you will brand me a lunatic, but yep, that applies even to running shoes. But I broke down and paid full price recently, for not just one product, but two. Like Odysseus, I was lured by a siren call –  by brilliant marketing, smart graphics and, most importantly, the more » Read more

Shopping for the Right Running Store

Here in Colorado, we’re lucky to have a lot of choices when it comes to shopping for athletic or outdoor gear, and where I live is no exception. Even though I was a little uneasy about my experience visiting a running store the first time, I knew it was important to shop around and find the product and the sales environment that was right for me… After all, if I’m more » Read more

Surviving the First Time at a Running Store! High Five!!!

When you combine genetics, working retail, and running the feet can be quite tortured. My poor feet are pretty beat up, and recently even just standing has been a pain in the foot-literally! I’ve been having some serious heel pain. My mentor Salty said it was probably time for something I’ve feared for a while: my first visit to a running store. As a retail manager you might think this more » Read more

The Big Duh: Speed Laces!

I used to be one of those jerks at the 5k with my shoelaces flopping around my foot, cotton tentacles that flailed and waggled around my feet as if they had a mind of their own and were having a seizure. I was a kicker-off of shoes who consistently destroyed the stitching between sole and upper.  I was always the last one out of the yoga studio, taking my time more » Read more