Trail Running Shoes Vs. Road Shoes

Check out Coach Sherry’s column in the Arizona Daily Sun about the benefits of trail running shoes.

“Many runners would rather take their chances with a sprained ankle or bruised foot than trade in their favorite road runners for the running equivalent of a tractor trailer. Want to add a little more difficulty to 30-minute climb on a 15 percent grade at 8,000 feet? Throw on a pair of trail shoes from about 10 years ago. Fortunately, a lot has changed in 10 years. Technology has advanced and every major running shoe manufacturer offers a lightweight, stable, protective, breathable trail running shoe.”

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Updates To runsmartproject.com

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We recently made some updates to runsmartproject.com. First, we added a new feature to the right sidebar of the News page so you can browse all of our articles by category now. For instance, check out only articles under Training Tips or Results.  We will be updating the blog more frequently now with interviews, tips, client result, etc. so this should be a useful navigation tool to keep all of this information organized and easy to browse.

Not too long ago we launched “Ask a Coach,” to provide feedback, advice and answer running-related questions. This service is open to any runner who has a question, not just Run SMART clients.

Ask a Coach: Training for Comrades Marathon

Question from Chris Becker: Next year I want to run the Comrades Marathon. How can I alter my training to fit in with the Comrades Marathon but still obtain speed and endurance?

Run SMART Coach, Vince Sherry: You have a couple options depending on your goals for the Comrades Marathon…  If your goal is simply to finish the race feeling strong, I would recommend that you continue to train similarly to the way you are now, with one exception… put more emphasis on the long runs, making them further and more frequent.  A major component of running well in a race of this length is the body’s ability to convert fat to fuel efficiently.  This takes practice and is best accomplished by building a strong aerobic base (lots of steady mileage).

Matt Rosetti Finishes Third At Miami Man Triathlon

This past weekend Run SMART advisory board member, Matthew Rosetti, finished 3rd overall in the international division at the Miami Man Triathlon. The international division consisted of a .6 mile swim, 22 mile ride and a 6.6 mile run. Competing in just his third triathlon ever, Rosetti finished the last leg in 40:01, the fastest running split in the race by almost 3 minutes. You can check out the full results here.

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Give Barefoot Running A Try

Run SMART coach Vince Sherry contributes a column titled, “High Country Running,” to the Outdoors section of the Arizona Daily Sun. His latest piece is on barefoot running. Check out Vince’s take on the latest running fad. Below is his opener from the article…

Melissa Ralph Sets PR At NYC Marathon

Melissa Ralph set a PR last weekend by breaking 4 hours at the New York City Marathon.  Her official time was 3:54:59. It’s also important to note that Melissa ran a 10k PR for the first 10k of the race, which included a 12 minute mile to start, thanks to a bad position in the corral.  She has huge PR’s ahead of her! Congrats to Melissa and her coach Blake Boldon.

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Mike Smith Wins Windstopper Trailrun Worldmasters

Run SMART coach Mike Smith won the 2009 Windstopper Trailrun Worldmasters in Dortmund, Germany this weekend! The race consisted of three challenging stages in the mountains over three days for a total of 54 kilometers. Mike’s win on the second day was good enough for the overall victory by just under a minute. You can check out the full race results on the website here.

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Marathon Nutrition Part IV – Day After

Part IV of Alicia Shay’s Marathon Nutrition Series covers tips for the “Day After.” You can read her tips for the Day Before, Race Day and During the Race here, here and here.

Day After

Congratulations! As part of finishing a marathon, most people want to kick back, eat a lot of junk food and drink a lot alcohol to celebrate.  However, the first 24-48 hours after a marathon, your body is trying so hard to rebuild itself….so treat it well!