Strengths: Good grip and shed mud well,they also expell water quickly Good fit for me some people on here find the ankles too high no worries and no wearing in You can feel the ground under you They look very durable
Weaknesses: Got them very wet yesteday and take a long time dry out
Overall: Great mixed terrain shoe a bit hard on the roads but loads of grip on trails,sand and mud Dont know about durability they look very sturdy Soft under foot Reccomended
Strengths: Easy to read and carefully laid out suitable for anyone wanting to train specifically for any distance
Weaknesses: might not be suitable for absolute beginners
Overall: This is a good easy read.Unlike other books this one tells you how,what, when and why of every distance from 5k to marathon.Theres no going off track and filling space with shoe advice and nutrition,theres minimal photos and biography just info on training for the distance required. I liked the way he explains what you need to do and why.Endurance, long runs,Vo2, Tempo and speed are covered neatly and to the point.Then you fit it to your life style.The book offers you a choice of weekly mileage plans so if you can manage 30 or up to 100 miles a week into you everyday life theres a plan for you. Easily read and a great reference when planning for a race or season.
'RETRO 70'S DIGITAL WATCH LOOKING GPS SPEED DISTANCE THINGY'
Overall: Im not a technology fan gadgets dont do it for me.....but I couldnt be without my Forerunner I did own a 301 but it died a long time ago so I thought I would try out the 205 (who needs a heart rate monitor fitted to the 305 more cash for a not so brilliant monitor) After trying on this giant of a watch on my stick thin arms I was surprised how light it was There are a lot of improvements on its ancestors it looks more watch like not a matchbox and its a bit more simple to use. Nice buttons on the top and sides make scrolling through the menus easier all the menus can fully customised to suit your prefernces. I wont repeat whats already been said in other reviews But if it wasnt for the forerunner series my training would definately have suffered. This is an essential tool for anyone wanting to get the most from their running at what are now reasonable prices
Overall: Strange is not a word I would use for shoes,but the Sinisters are a bit of a weird feel.The heel is has a fair amount of cushioning and forefoot has very little by comparison however you do feel in contact with the ground.The idea as the review above says is to push you onto the forefoot quicker,as a mid-foot-landing runner this aspect is a little irrelavent. These shoes are very light and flexible the grip on the road is fantastic you do really feel like you are pulling yourself along,this is a good thing(I havent used them off road).You can definately get your cadence up to a fast rate.If you run in the Chi or Pose method Im not sure these are the shoes for you as there may be too much heel, but they may be worth trying. The overall feel of the shoes is one of speed,fast foot turn over and efficiency.
[Update 08/10/07] ***Just a quick update Ive done about 220 miles in the Sinisters now and think they are really comfy, did a 5k the other night and it seemed like I was running barefoot they are so light
Although my clubmates feel my shoes are little too lurid in colour for normal people So who wants to be normal??? Blue is the colour
'RUN FASTER? POSER?CHIRUNNER?.............THEN DO IT IN THESE'
Strengths: light and comfy not too much cuhioning in the heel perfect for mid or forefoot strikers
Weaknesses: cant find any yet
Overall: So you want to be quicker? You Pose or Chi run and cant find a shoe thats light,flexible or low heeled enough, then try these, they have no support and as a mid or forefoot runner you dont need any,they are cheap and appear to be hard wearing.Im Chi-running now and do all my road running in these. I havent used them on trails (coz I dont want to get them dirty) Im told by my local shop there will be a trail version available soon so will look out for them. I would strongly advise you trying them on a treadmill or outside before you buy as they come up a litle small and narrow, so maybe 1/2 a size bigger In all a great shoe at a reasonable price
Strengths: The ideas of Lydiard are simple big mileage to build endurance with speed sessions just before your race simple This book tells you how to do it properly
Weaknesses: The book is badly edited its more a collection of ideas and anecdotes slung together and you have to pull all the threads together for it to make sense
Overall: Read it Then read it again and all will make sense.Lydiard was an inspirational and learned coach.This book inspired me to pull off a good time(for me) at the 2006 FLM You can pick it up relativley cheap on ebay or Amazon marketplace. So yes reccomended if you have the patience