|Austin Texas December 3-6, 2013|
WOW... so much of everything:
So many shoes, clothes and most of all more and more technology. I love technology, but I love it at an APPLIED level, and I saw very little of that! How you use technology is what needs to be discussed. Make me BETTER!
What does a Runner Need?
When I started running in 1973 all I needed was a pair of shorts and my Converse Chuck Taylor's! Of course I upgraded to the then popular Tiger Cortez! WOW, these made me one of the guys, of course my 4:53 opening mile as a freshman didn't hurt, but I ran that in a pair of Adidas Superstar high tops, left over from basketball. I heard this kind of talk in the isles at TRE13, and I understand this view on the surface. You can start running in anything, even barefoot and naked if you please, but the point of this blog, is what do you need to TRAIN? Can I run Naked and Barefoot or in my Chucks and get my mile time down to 4:03? Can you train for a 26:50 10k in Chuck's?
What does a Runner Need to Achieve Excellence?
|Running Shoe Godfather |
I worked with the icon of running shoes and training, Arthur Lydiard back in 1985. Who is Arthur Lydiard and why is this point important?
Lydiard coached during the golden era of world track and field back in the 1960s sending Murray Halberg (Gold 5000), Peter Snell (Gold 800), and Barry Magee (Bronze Marathon) to the podium in the 1960 Olympics in Rome. He sent Peter Snell to the 64 games in Tokyo (Gold 800 & 1500) and the world stood and paid attention, especially a Lydiard Student named Bill Bowerman (Creator of First Nike Running Shoes) and coach of Steve Prefontaine. Bowerman not only learned Art’s Coaching Methodology, he also learned about Lydiard’s Shoe Creations, some of the first ever “Running Shoes”.
The reason I had the blessing to work with Coach Lydiard is at that point in 1985 we both worked for Converse Shoe Company and were in Santa Barbara doing clinics on running shoes and our NEW Lydiard Trainer and Lydiard Racer. He told me all about WHY we need shoes. Personally he did not like them, shoes that is, said we would be better off without them, if we had ALL GRASS tracks, but since we DO NOT, he told me we need Cushioning for the Roads and Rough Terrain.
How many shoes today actually do what Lydiard suggested?
Here is a short history of running shoes I have experienced personally as I have lived through it all as a shoe rep and entrepreneur surrounding footwear since 1973.
It started with a need for Cushioning from Ground Forces, went into Motion Control and Pronation this Pronation that, then into barefoot or minimal and with all the injuries of broken feet, damaged joints and stress fractures, the running shoe needle is currently pointed at neutral shoes, and runners are once again eyeing a need for Comfort, Cushion and Performance for Longevity. I should mention that with all these changes and I skipped over a few detailed changes, INJURIES remain the same!
Stats are that 79% of all runners are injured on a regular basis.
I know a little about this, because after a short career running 4:03 in the mile, 29:38 in the 10k and 45:23 in the 15k, I had my hip sockets amputated when I was 40 and new double hip prosthetic's implanted.
So what is it that we REALLY want out of running shoe?
- Fit - Provide All the Control you Need!
- Cushion - Dissipate Ground Forces & Reduce Impact Trauma!
- Design - Optimize Transfer of Power out of Stance Phase into Forward Motion!
The Buzz of TRE13 was Hoka One One, and as I see it through my very experienced eyes working with Noraxon Human Performance Measurement Solutions it is clear this new brand of shoes is achieving what my friend and running shoe founder Arthur Lydiard had in mind!
This Video Says it ALL!
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