Waylon Smithers

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Posted: 08/08/2013 at 01:20

Am I right in thinking it is just in one quad/leg.

If so, working out why that is might be the best thing - both legs have run the same miles, so why is one suffering sooo much more?

Can't be the running - the other leg is fine - that leg can cope with the running mileage.

There is an imbalance somewhere.

There is something is your life - probably completely unrelated to running that is stressing one leg more than the other.

Like when Man U finally got to the root cause of Giggs's persistent left hamstring problems – the overly stiff clutch on his new Ferrari.

Most people’s jobs, or something else in their lifestyle, involve an unbalanced use of their muscles.

Usually this doesn’t matter – until that person starts over-stressing all those muscles with, for e.g., distance running.

I once treated a runner, whose one sided injuries we put down to the fact that he spent most of his working day kneeling – on one knee – and always the same knee - for years. This resulted in a (relatively) chronically shortened hip flexor and calf on the on the non-kneeling knee.

If you find there might be something like that out there – that might be the start to getting to the route of the problem.


I could be wrong though…

Time for a change of trainers...

Posted: 29/06/2013 at 03:19

Brooks Adrenaline GTS 13?

I should run on the left, isn't that right?

Posted: 16/06/2013 at 03:02

Maybe you're just running into people originally from countries that don't drive on the left - i.e. almost everyone else!

Advice regarding shoe choice

Posted: 16/06/2013 at 02:59

Nike still make support shoes.

The latest Structure (16) isn't isn't as supportive as some previous though.

Currently, their most supportive shoe is probably the Lunar Eclipse 2.

Maybe give that a go.


Gait analysis: natural or video?

Posted: 06/06/2013 at 01:37

With the "natural" method, the customer relies on, and has to trust, the salespersons spiel about what they've seen, what that means and what shoe they then need etc.. the fact that they were, for example, rolling in in the neutral shoe and the stability shoe that they were fitted with sorted it etc...

With the "video" method, they get to see themselves rolling in, and then see themselves not rolling in in the stability shoe.

The visual confirmation and the subsequent placebo effect of that should not be underestimated.

The customer will end up in the same shoe either way - but are almost certainly more likely to go away and "run happy" in the shoe they believe in more by their own visual affirmation that it does the job.

Adidas Boost Trainers, anyone had a run in a pair yet?

Posted: 14/03/2013 at 00:43

More escalators probably,

Adidas Boost Trainers, anyone had a run in a pair yet?

Posted: 14/03/2013 at 00:23

Why do you run?

Is it to lose weight, maintain weight, for general health, keeping generally fit... ?

Then don't buy these shoes - they make everything easier - you'll have to run more to get the same effect.

If you're training to race...

You'll just have to run your efforts faster to get the same training effect.


If they do what it says on the tin, the only thing the shoes would be good for would be racing - and a VERY good thing at that! - especially in a marathon.

I believe the top Adidas athletes at London this year will be wearing a new Adios Boost shoe - might well see a new course or world best time...

But (see the above) doesn't mean it's the best thing for the average Joe - making running easier...


Then I was thinking...

Everyone wonders why 30 years ago we had loads of good distance runners running sub 2:20 marathons etc.

... and today's athletes are doing the same mileages and hard training, yet much fewer numbers are performing as well...

Maybe it's the new modern, wonderfly light and energy returning shoes that make the same training kind of training easier that are a contributary factor?

Adidas Boost Trainers, anyone had a run in a pair yet?

Posted: 23/02/2013 at 20:45
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Probably about 15 years ago I remember a (then) fancy counter top demonstration thing that showed the "bounce" of a large ball bearing on 3 different materials - metal (representing nothing), a piece of EVA foam and a piece of NOENE insole.

This was supposed to demonstrate the shock absorbing benefits of the Noene insoles.

Basically, on the metal the ball bounced the highest, on the EVA it bounced a bit and on the Noene there was NO bounce at all…

Therefore… ta daaa… prooving the shock (energy?) absorbing benefits of the fancy insole.


Apparently these days, bounce is good!


Surely you can’t have shock (energy) absorbing and bounce (energy return) – it’s one or the other surely…


Depending on which one the marketing guys decide in in vogue in the current market probably!


Today Adidas have decided BOUNCE is good.



Who am I to argue - if the shoe fits, wear it.

It depends on whether it is a damped or undamped spring response, a pure spring response will return almost all the energy on the return stroke.

Thanks for that - so which one is better for runners - or is that imposiible to answer?

Asics Gt-2000 vs Brooks adrenaline 13

Posted: 23/02/2013 at 20:40

They are as 'good' as each other.

The Adrenaline is a bit more stable in the rearfoot but but the diffrence prpbably would make a diffrence to most.

So assuming they are both the right stability for - the 'best' one is the one that has the best 'fit'.

They don't have exactly the same fit and one will match your foot better than the other.

One will feel more 'glove like', contour your foot better, flex in the right places and generally feel less that you have something on your foot - less noticeable and possibly feels lighter (whether or not it actually is).

That's the one to go for.

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