New Balance Fuel Cell Impulse Review

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The New Balance Fuel Cell Impulse combines a unique forward-located cushion system with a fantastic fitting sock upper. Wide at the front and narrow in the back, it provides a firm and fast ride.  The Impulse rewards those with fast turnover and a forefoot or midfoot landing gait.

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Aftershokz Trekz Titanium Review

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Aftershokz headphones should be the short list for most suitable headphones for street runners. They sit on your jawbone and transmit sound into the head and ears via bone conduction. They provide decent audio quality without obstructing ear openings. Compared to conventional headphones, the provide significantly improved situational awareness and safety.

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Saucony Kinvara 8 Review

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The Kinvara 8 returns to the classic characteristics of the Kinvara lineage: Light, flexible, bouncy, with a somewhat snug fit. The key change from v7 is the full length Everun topsole, giving it a high amount of cushioning, particularly in the forefoot. Its compliance makes it a good choice for a runner looking to transition from a conventional trainer into “less shoe”.

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Saucony Razor ICE+ Review

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The Saucony Razor ICE+ is a winter-focused trail shoe that features Vibram Arctic grip, which provides additional traction on ice. The other notable design element is the high-cut outer shell that zips around the core shoe and functions as a water resistant layer and gaiter. The midsole provides plush cushioning with moderate flexibility. It’s not cheap, but provides a substantial level of technology and features in a unique and specialized winter shoe.

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Apple Watch Series 2: A Runner’s Review

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AW2 Minnie.jpgThe Apple Watch Series 2 adds GPS and waterproofing to the first-gen watch, making the Series 2 a legitimate running watch. The GPS tracking is excellent; the HR tracking is good and equal to other devices. The usability is very good – the screen is sharp and readable in bright sunlight. The battery will last 5h with GPS and HR on. Those needing workout data export will need to wait for third party apps to be updated to support the onboard GPS.

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The OCD Guide to Race Prep

As we are getting into the fall and goal races are coming up, I gave a talk at my local Running Room clinic about race preparation. Training for a race takes a huge effort and commitment – a bit of planning can help ensure you get to the start line prepared to run your best. This list comes from ten years of both running and inline skating races. It’s a bit OCD, but I try cover all the bases.

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