Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Welcome to run60north

This site is under construction, and will document reviews of running gear, books on or by runners, training ideas and principles, and my own efforts to gain form and (a little) speed as I pursue marathon running as a late adopter. Training at 60 degrees North latitude in Bethel Alaska where we live and drive on ice 7 to 8 months each year means a lot of indoors training combined with running through a wide range of weather and conditions. It’s an exciting time for runners, however. The discussion on form and minimalism, running shoes morphing at a rate heretofore unseen, the technology available to runners both on-wrist or arm and on computer and internet, and the hundreds of blogs and web sites dedicated to going fast or far or just getting out and going forward all speak to a modern running revolution. So, welcome and please allow time to get this thing built!

Week 9 Long Run

At 8 below and windchills lower still outside, ran today’s 15 miles at marathon pace + 20 seconds, 8:49 pace. LA Marathon coming up now in 8 weeks and it will be unlike the Mayor‘s Marathon in Anchorage June 2011, where at least the last 6 or 7 weeks could be run outdoors. This time all but the taper will need to be indoors. Several pieces of new gear coming in for evaluation for this race:  a pair of Brooks Launch lightweight trainers (or heavy racing flats, depending on point of view); a singlet from Ink N Burn; shorts from Sugoi and Brooks. Photos and impressions of each to follow. Also working to sort out my Garmin 310, which has been failing to connect with various footpods needed for cadence data and indoor splits.

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Brooks Launch

First try in Brooks Launch today running 1200 meter intervals, and they rise to the top of the stable. This shoe seems to hit the sweet spot in a number of ways--it's either a racing flat on the heavy side or a cushion trainer on the light side; at 9.5 mm stack height differential, the heel is set lower than most traditional trainers, but is higher than any minimalist shoes; and while it can clearly handle a heel-striker's needs, it rolls forward smoothly from a midfoot strike and feels fast. A full review with photos coming soon.