Sat, 29 September 2012
After several months we are back to full-length podcasts. On this podcast we feature an extended interview with Dr. Mark Milunksi, a cardiovascular specialist with experience across both disease through professional athlete populations. Dr. Milunski clears the confusion about why endurance exercise is GOOD for us, and why sudden cardiac death in athletes is a complex problem without one easy test for everyone. We also discuss other endurance related issues. This is one episode you spouse or family won't want you to miss!
Be sure to visit us October 7th, at the Richmond Festival of Cross. We will be holding our final Stan's No Tubes clinic and will feature products from Honey Stinger, Rudy Project, Maxxis Tires and Gu Brew. We'll also be doing some giveaways!
Also on the podcast we review the New Balance 1600 road shoe.
From the web: For the distance runner looking for a lightweight shoe that'll hold up mile after mile, look no further than the Men's New Balance® 1600. Get ideal cushioning and comfort to support you through 26.2 miles and beyond. Enjoy a blister-free run with the no-sew upper. You'll love the fast, responsive ride that feels soft under your feet. 5.8 ounces
Road Runner Sports lists the 1600 as a performance neutral shoe for both racing and training and I would agree with that. The look good both in design and color choice and fit snugly but with plenty comfort on the inside. The mesh upper aids in ventilation and the sole is pliable with good traction in the wet.
Performance wise, the shoes are very comfortable from the time you put them on to when you take them off. I prefer a minimalist shoe, but 0 drop shoes often feel flat/or dead when I run. These shoes are very lively and haven’t presented any hotspots or blisters, which is a rarity for me. The shoe seems to have good durability after nearly 200 miles of running. The major failing of the 1600 is the price. At $100, depending on where you look, these shoes are $15-20 more than either the Nike Free or Adidas Hagio I tested. However, when it comes to running, its hard to put a price on comfort.
The final verdict? Definitely an A. In fairness to the Adidas Hagio, I had a tough time choosing between the two. I think the 1600 were comparable or better in comfort. The ultimate determiner was that Adidas dropped their yellow Hagio in favor for the ugliest neon orange they could find, which my wife would have never let me leave the house to run!
Price: B-; At a $100 its more expensive than similar shoes, but worth it.
Minimalist? Yes, and lively.