I wanted see how various minimalist shoes affect my ground contact time, stride length, vertical oscillation and stride rate.
- Too much toespring
- Lacks the natural feel of other Vibram FiveFingers
- Forefoot cushion doesn’t extend to toes, creating an unnatural amount of toespring
- Big toe pocket too small, squeezes big toe
TOPO Fly-Lite is a lightweight show with minimal heel-to-toe drop.
It features a wide toebox, flexible sole, with moderate cushioning.
- Very flexible sole
- Wide toebox, allows natural toe splay
- Minimal drop from heel to toe give natural ride that doesn’t interfere with natural mechanics
Garmin 920XT is a huge improvement over the Garmin 620
A few key features:
- Daily activity tracking
- Sleep tracking (with built in accelerometer)
- Smart watch features (see emails, text and other notifications)
- Indoor run tracking through accelerometer
- VO2 max estimates
- Race predictor based on last runs HR and pace
- Large easy to read screen
- Vertical Oscillation tracking (with HR monitor)
- Ground contact time tracking (with HRM)
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Is running a skill, or something that we are born to do?
According to the recent book, The Running Revolution by Nicholas Romanov, running is a skill that needs to be practiced. Romanov claims that running technique needs to be mastered through rigorous practice.
To me, it seems unlikely that mother nature would’ve forgot to hardwire humans with the ability to run properly. Every living creature on the planet learns to move properly without instruction; so why would we need to be taught to run?