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Nov
25
Scott Warr

Breaking the 1:59 marathon with Dr. Phil Maffetone

Cross Training, endurance, Nutrition, Podcasts, Rest and Recovery, The Aid Station
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Dr. Phil Maffetone joins TRN to talk about his new book, “1:59:

The Sub-Two-Hour Marathon Is Within Reach—Here’s How It Will

Go Down, and What It Can Teach All Runners about

Although 90% of us are not going to be in contention of running that fast, each of us has our own “1:59”: getting in better shape, finishing a ½ marathon, running without injury for a long time, breaking a 24-hour 100-miler, etc.

Dr. Phil explains that there are small improvements that we can make that will allow us to attain our ultimate goals.

Get the book HERE

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Nov
24
james wilie

OPEDIX Core-Tec Shorts Review

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The claim “…patented Opedix Technology to enhance core stability while alleviating hip and back pain during training, rehab and everyday pursuits. …, the CORE-Tec™ short mimics the gluteus-medius muscle to align the pelvic region, promoting a neutral pelvis—giving you the ability to perform at your highest level and improving the way you move.”

Other claims seems to be that Opedix Kinetic gear can help people with the following:

  • Reduce wear and tear on joints
  • Recover from injury
  • Increase endurance, decrease rate of fatigue
  • Get relief from every day pain
  • Improve performance
  • Achieve long-term health benefits

INITIAL IMPRESSIONS

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Opedix has a nice sizing chart to ensure a great fit. They suggest sizing up if you have larger than average quadriceps and are between sizes.  See sizing chart below.

Sizing Chart

The sizing chart worked perfect for me – waist (29”) and weight (149 pounds), Men’s Small.

They are form fitting, as they should be, to allow the “Opedix Technology” to work.

The waistband is approximately one inch taller than normal waistbands allowing the support of the lower abdominals and lower back.  It has a drawcord, but no available pockets.  The leg openings have a silicon grip for a more secure fit.

The shorts have an incredible 27 panel construction made of a combination of stretch and non-stretch material which helps to “mimic the gluteus-medius muscle to align the pelvic region, promoting a neutral pelvis.”  I’m not sure about the claim, but the shorts feel like compression shorts that fit nicely around the gluteus-medius, as well as, the gluteus region.

MULTI-SPORT TESTING

I tested the Opedix Core-Tec Shorts while running, cycling and swimming.

On runs, they felt like compression shorts that placed the right compression in specific areas such as the glutes, lower back and lower abdominal. I was initially worried about the 27 panel construction regarding potential chafing.  No chafing whatsoever.  During high rates of perspiration, the shorts did wick a lot of moisture, but tended to retain the moisture and felt heavy at times. The short are thicker than most tights/compression shorts I have worn.  On the longer runs, I wished for some pockets to carry more running essentials.

During cycling, I really appreciated the lower back support on the longer rides.  Although not designed for cycling with the thicker padding, I found the shorts to be very comfortable on training rides up to 50 miles.

In the pool, the shorts worked fine.  They are not specifically designed for swimming, but I found them comfortable in the pool for cross-training purposes. As mentioned above, the thicker material tends to retain moisture which at times make the shorts feel heavy.

Tech Specs

  • Material – Main: 90% Supplex & 10% Lycra; Panels: 100% Polyester
  • Fit – Fitted
  • Number of Pockets – 0
  • Inseam – approximately 7 inches
  • Weight – 6.0 oz. (Men’s Small)
  • Made in – USA

CONCLUSION

The Opedix Core-Tec Shorts are a great pair of all around compression shorts suitable for running, cycling, and swimming. I was wanting more storage to store running essentials on the longer training runs.  The retail price is a bit high, but Opedix does claim that it gives “you the ability to perform at your highest level and improving the way you move.” I don’t know about the claims, but I found the shorts to be great for running and multi-sport activities.

Nov
24
james wilie

New Balance MT110 V2 Shoe Review

Gear Reviews, Shoes
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The long awaited update to the MT110 version is here from New Balance.  I have not run in the first iteration of this shoe, thus my review will be limited to version 2.  Let’s take a look at the MT110 V2.

INITIAL IMPRESSSIONS

The MT110 V2 came in at 9.10 oz (~258 g) with a 4 mm drop.  I found the fit to be narrow in the midfoot (D width). I could easily go up a half a size for a better fit. The MT110 V2 also come in wider widths (2E).

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The upper has been updated to feature a layer of synthetic material on top of mesh material adding to the durability of the shoe.

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The midsole is slightly thicker using New Balance’s REVlite midsole that is 30% lighter than EVA.

The outsole has been updated with ample traction and a new rubber compound meant to be stickier.  It still includes the ROCKSTOP plate to protect the feet from sharp trail objects.

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TRAIL TESTING

The first test was the out-of-the-box twenty miler.  The MT110 V2 handles technical trails well – rocks, scree, etc.  They did not drain well in stream crossings (could be due to the extra overlay material to add durability). I noticed some slippage on the steep descends, but re-tied my laces into a different configuration which solved the problem. I also felt a slight hot spot on my right small toe (but no blister) near the “n” of new balance on the lateral side of the shoe. It could be how this pair creases when the shoe is flexed.

I tried to run sockless in the MT110 V2, but quickly put the socks back on.  They did not feel comfortable enough for my barefoot unlike the other Minimus line of shoes.

Overall, I liked the durable upper with improved traction, but would either size up or get a wider width.  I did wish it had a gusseted tongue as the tongue would move out of place at times.

Tech Specs

  • Heel: 20 mm
  • Midfoot: 16 mm
  • Offset: 4 mm
  • Non-gusseted tongue
  • Neutral Shoe
  • Rock Plate
  • Midsole – RevLite (30% lighter than EVA)
  • Upper – Synthetic
  • Made In – Vietnam
  • Women’ Version 

Weight Table

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CONCLUSION

The New Balance MT110 V2 is updated with a more durable upper and sticky rubber traction to tackle most terrain. The MT110 V2 are for the runners looking for a lighter trail shoe for faster training sessions that has amble protection under the foot. However, for you MT110 fans, the V2 may be a disappointment in that it really is a different shoe in fit and last.

Nov
13
Scott Warr

Sock Doc digging deep into the Grab Bag

Podcasts, Rest and Recovery
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Dr. Steve Gangemi (aka the sock doc) joins TRN for grab bag

Drop Bag

Topics include:

  • Weirdest thing you have seen on the trail
  • Importance of rest
  • Mitochondrial Bio-genesis
  • Perfume / Cologne debate
  • Consistency in training
  • Do you have the C & D?
  • Foam Rolling

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PARTNERS OF THE NATION

Take the Tailwind Challenge at: Tailwind Nutrition   

Check out the cool head TORCHES made for trail running at Petzl

Get 20% off your purchase of INJINJI socks and wearbles by typing in the coupon code “TRNation” at check out (Valid in the USA only)

Get $5 off your first purchase at HARRYS by using the promo code “TRN” at check out.

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