Trail Running Shoes: A Nearly Exhaustive Education On Your New Favorite Running Shoe
Not long ago there were just “trail running shoes” and now we’ve got max cushion, technical, “troad,” and even carbon-fiber trail running shoes! How do you make sense of it all? You came to the right place. Lace up your brain and let's go!
Trail Running for Beginners: 5 Steps To Get Started
Trail running has been growing and maybe you’ve been keen to give it a try. Here are the 5 most important things to get you started.
Half N Half Marathon Recap
Sunday, December 4th was the eleventh running of the Half N Half Marathon by RunnersWorld Racing. Participants got to choose between running a road half marathon, trail half marathon, road marathon, and--the race's namesake--a half trail, half road marathon. Compared to the previous year, average times were slower in 2022, but there were a lot more racers in 2022! The trail half marathon saw the greatest increase in participants across the race options.
Race Day Conditions
2022 Backyard Bonanza Race Recap
We had a race this weekend! Read on for a short summary of this festival-esque day on the trails.
Some Background Info
Sunday was the second running of the Backyard Bonanza. Hosted at the Herman & Kate Kaiser YMCA and created/operated by RunnersWorld Racing, this race saw 30% growth in participants over the inaugural year in 2021! As always with running, the more the merrier!
The distances run were 5k, 12.5k, and 25k. The 12.5k runners had to complete one lap of more than 600ft elevation change through sun-dappled trails ridden with fresh-fallen leaves. 25k runners did two laps and 5k runners had some overlap with the main loop but was distinct in some sections.
With very few flat sections, this course provided non-stop fun on technical up and downhills.
The temperature started out in the 50s for the 7:30 start of the 12.5k and 25k and quickly increased from then. It was a beautiful day in Tulsa's Backyard!
The Course (12.5k and 25k)
How long do running shoes last? Are there secrets about when to replace shoes?
Some of the best advice is to change your shoes when they aren’t giving you what you need. “What you need” is probably defined as the reason you bought those shoes in the first place–a unique type of cushion, some specific stability, or even flexibility. If you consistently find yourself wondering if it’s time for a shoe update, then it’s time.
Yes and no to the secrets. We’ll break down the recommendations and reasoning behind those recommendations, but it’s ultimately a case-by-case situation. Every runner is unique, and that’s why we love you all.
Shin Splints: Not a Reason To End Your Running Career
Shin splints happen to (almost) all of us.
But where do they come from? What should you do when you experience that daunting lower leg discomfort? Cody, our resident personal trainer/physical therapist assistant, wrote a helpful article on how to address shin splints. Here's an excerpt with a link to the full article!
Why Do My Shins Hurt When I Run?
The Urban Adventure Race Explained by Race Creator and Runner, Kathy Bratton
What is this mythical race? You may have seen people walking, jogging, sprinting, or snoozing along the streets of Tulsa this time of year. If they're wearing a numbered bib, they're doing it for fun! This is one of the best, least-known events around. Because its following is largely an underground mass of runners, we thought it prudent to shed some light on this race you should definitely sign up for--now!
The 7th running of the Urban Adventure Race is almost here. Are you ready?
Don't worry, that puts you in the majority. This race is more of an adventure than a time trial, more of a challenge than a talent show, and more fun than you could possibly imagine.
Take it from Kathy, race director and ultra-athlete, who says this is her FAVORITE race.
It's a question we get multiple times each day. And the answer is YES, we do sell Hoka--and here's why they're so special...
Here's a brief, nutshell version of the technology in one of the most disruptive running shoe brands in recent history.