April 9, 2011 § 1 Comment
I was listening to the Geeks in Running Shoes podcast and was fascinated by an interview they did with DC Rainmaker (Ray). Ray is a tri-athlete who does some super in-depth reviews of techie gadgets for athletes.
He gets the product and then uses it during his training and racing until he really knows it. Only after getting intimate with a device will he write a review. So the information is good and not just taken from press releases. Ray now receives items from the companies but he returns them after the review and purchases his own for his use to maintain his independence.
For example, his review on the Garmin Forerunner 405 was almost 3,700 words and included 31 pictures! He pointed out the same weakness I found–the bezel is gimmicky at best (downright awful in the rain) and the software is a disgrace, thank goodness for Sport Tracks.
If you’re in the market for some endurance-related gadgets, and you know you are, I can’t recommend enough that you check out DC Rainmaker.
September 21, 2010 § Leave a comment
Picked up my latest pair of Nike Pegasuses last week from Gear West in Long Lake. One of my anxieties in moving 130 miles west is that I was losing Fast Fred, my shoe guy. I’ve run in the same shoes (Nike Pegasus, size 11, wide/2E) for over a decade. While Pegasus are available everywhere, the wide part throws the big box guys usually. Besides Fred works at a locally owned store and is a great guy that has been running longer than the teen-age clerks at the big boxes have been alive.
The first thing that has struck me about the latest Pegasus model is the plainness of it. Seemed like a step backwards in time. I thought that I was more concerned with function than form and while the shoes have worked fine in the few runs I have used them for, I was initially disappointed in their appearance.
The funny thing about wearing 11 2Es is that I use to wear 10 1/2 (or maybe even 10) regulars and had horrible blister problems between my toes. While still in college, I thought I would save some money and bought a pair of wides at Rogan’s and my blister problems shockingly disappeared. I had accepted the blisters as a side-effect of running and hadn’t considered that I may have been running in too small of shoe. I moved up to size 11 when Fred only had that size in stock and I thought I would give it a try.
So far, the new shoes are running fine–I still have some Achilles soreness, more in my right leg, but it is not getting any worse. I do kind of wonder if the protective part on the back of the shoe is related to the problem at all.