What’s the Difference Between Regular Running Shoes and Trail Shoes?

Believe it or not, I really had a hard time finding a lot of information in comparing regular running shoes and trail shoes. When I was fitted for my trail shoes, I asked Coach Marie, what’s the difference? I also noticed that people debated on whether or not you really needed trail running shoes. Being a first time trail runner and having worn my regular running shoes on the rocky, rooty, trails, I say YES! If you are running on trails with rocks, roots, a lot of elevation changes, get trail shoes! If you are simply sticking to a dirt trail, I think it’s fine to wear your regular shoes. Continue reading

Slacklace Review and Giveaway!

FINALLY! I’ve been waiting to do this review for a month. Soon after I received the Slacklace shoelaces, I ended up with a calf injury before I could even use them. Although I’ve used these in the past, I wanted to give them a fresh review, so I waited. I was first introduced to Slacklaces at a race last year and I fell in love with all of the bright colors (they have 13 to offer) that I just had to accent my shoes with them while I was training for the Baltimore Marathon.

Slacklace are elastic shoelaces by Yankz! that eliminate banding and pressure points. What I like about Slacklace are the bright colors and the ease of slipping your shoe off and on without having to untie your shoe. Because the top of my feet arch up, I already have to lace my shoes a little differently to alleviate pressure on the top of my feet, however because these laces lay flat, I find that I get additional relief by using them.

Here are some tips to ensure a great fit:

  • When you lace your shoe with Slacklaces, do it with your foot in the shoe and don’t tighten them too much. I found it easier to tighten them after I laced them to the top than an it was to loosen them.
  • Again, don’t tighten them too much. You don’t need to. I made the mistake of a last minute adjustment right before the 20-miler to tighten my right shoe “just in case” and I was wrong to do so. Ended up with a little blister where my tongue rubbed the top of my foot. My left shoe was perfect. I should’ve left the right one alone.
  • Make sure you get the right size. Slacklaces come in different lengths, so make sure you get the right length for your shoe, otherwise, you’ll end up tying them too tight. Don’t forget to account for different shoe types. For example, minimalist shoe vs. high tops.
  • Have fun with the colors! Why not have one color on one shoe and a different color on the other?

Slacklaces come in kid sizes and adult sizes and run about $6, plus shipping and can be found at http://www.slacklace.com

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And we have a Giveaway! Yankz! were kind enough to offer 3 pairs of Slacklace to So What I Run readers! All 3 pairs are a size Small which will fit average Children’s size 4 to adult size 9 shoes. Click on the link below to enter. Although I have purple, yellow, and lavender, I cannot guarantee the color selection that you receive.

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Getting the Most Out of Your Running Shoes

When my sister announced last week that she was ready to run a 5K, I decided to purchase her first pair of real running shoes. She has screws in her knee from a softball injury when she was 18 and I wanted to make sure that she had the best support so that she doesn’t risk further injury. Continue reading