About Scott

I am a stay at home Dad with four kids so my days tend to be crazy, but I'm able to draw from that craziness when I run. At the same time, I also find it relaxing to get out and run with friends. I enjoy running trails that take me out in the middle of nowhere and have a view to offer. Like most runners, I have my goals; they're just a little crazier than most, like World's Toughest Mudder, all six different Spartan Races, and an ultra-marathon.

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Kinesio Tape Throwdown: KT Tape vs RockTape

Products Tested: KT Tape and RockTape

Kinesio Tape Throwdown: KT Tape vs. RockTape

You may be asking yourself, what is kinesio(logy) tape and why should I care? Kinesiology taping, developed in 1979 by Japanese chiropractor Kenzo Kase in an effort to ease muscles and keep blood flowing, allowing injuries to heal quicker than traditional methods which focused on restricting motion and compression. I won’t get into all the specific, but you can read more at HowStuffWorks: How Kinesio Tape Works. Suffice it to say, I believe the scientific merit behind the tape, and trust the many studies that have been done testing the effectiveness of kinesiology tape.

With us being a running group rather than a group of scientists, we tend to just put stuff on and try it out, relying on anecdotal evidence rather than lab results, because in the end, if it works for you but not somebody else, it still works for you, and that’s all that matters.

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By on December 29, 2012 in Gear Reviews

Shoe Review: New Balance 110

Brand: New Balance

Model: 110

Weight: 7.75 oz

Drop: 4mm

Stack Height: 19mm/15mm

With my first Tough Mudder coming up, I wanted to find a good trail shoe that offered a little more padding than Vibram’s offerings, but was still minimalist. When my search started I was the owner of a pair of New Balance MT-100s and MT-101s, as well as a pair of Brooks PureGrits. None of these shoes are ideal for a obstacle race, but I was pretty happy with my MT-101s for trail running, so when I started my search and stumbled across the 110s, I knew I had to see them in person and try them on. Once I did, I knew they were the shoes I wanted.

After taking them out on a few initial trail runs, as well as Tough Mudder Las Vegas, I have to say that the 110s have outperformed any and all expectations I had for them. The grip on both wet and dry ground is exceptional, with a mid-to-narrow fit on the foot and an open toe box. Anybody that has ran in the MT-100s or the MT-101s should try the 110s, as they are a fresh new take based on the New Balance Minimus line. New Balance also made sure they fixed some of the complaints people had about the MT-100/MT-101s, such as the back of the shoe being so stiff it would often cause blisters.

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By on October 15, 2012 in Gear Reviews

Shoe Review: Brooks PureConnect

Brand: Brooks

Model: PureConnect

Weight: 7.2 oz

Drop: 4mm

Stack Height: 14mm/10mm

Brooks was a little late to the minimalist running game, but they entered the fray in a fast and furious manner by releasing four models under the PureProject moniker. While they aren’t zero-drop like other offerings in the space, they can still be considered borderline minimalist with an 8mm drop and a focus on flexibility and lightweight over cushioning.

The Construction

The PureConnects have a soft foam midsole with a more durable material underneath, through the forefoot, arch, and heel. The upper is made of a foam with a large diamond pattern cut into it for ventilation and is overlaid with a thin mesh material.

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By on August 14, 2012 in Gear Reviews

Gear Review: Garmin Forerunner 405CX

Brand: Garmin

Model: Forerunner 405CX

Battery Life: 8 hours

Whether you are training for a race or just like to run for fun, it’s nice to be able to track how far you’re running. Garmin’s 405cx is a good and relatively price effective way to keep track of your mileage, but it also tracks elevation, average and current running pace, maps your route using GPS, and, if you have the monitor or cadence sensor, your heart rate and cadence.

In the month that I’ve been running with the 405CX it has worked well to help me track my progress and see how my training is paying off. A nice added feature of owning a Garmin watch is Garmin Connect, a web-based program that stores all of your runs and can be very helpful. You can see the GPS routes of each of your runs, mile splits, and calories burned, along with graphs of your pace, elevation, heart rate, and cadence.

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By on October 26, 2011 in Gear Reviews