Tuesday, April 29, 2008
Not wanting to mess with a good thing, Asics showed good sense and didn't change too much from its previous version. The most notable differences are the brighter colors (picante & sun), the less integrated (and more comfortable) tongue, and a more complex tread that seems to work just as well, if not better than, the previous pattern.
Looked at on its own terms, the Gel-Trail Attack 4 (retail $80.00) doesn't have much at all to dislike. For being such a light trail shoe (10.9 ounces), it handles well on tricky, steep single track descents and has fairly good toe-bump protection. It has enough cushioning and support to handle a long stretch of pavement on the way to (or coming back from) the trail. And it just feels good on - key to any shoe you'll be wearing in the wilds for hour after hour.
If it has one major drawback, it could be that it's just not beefy enough to hold up to big big miles week after week in the backcountry. In many ways, it's a racing flat for the trail, and if you feel you're going to be pounding out 80 - 90 mile weeks up and over mountain passes you might want to look for something with a bit more substance. But, if your goals are a tad more modest, the Gel-Trail Attack 4 is a hard shoe to beat.
More shoe reviews on Run Junkie (shoe reviews).
Thursday, April 24, 2008
Sunday, April 20, 2008
Track a Runner During the Race
BAA Official Site
WCSN Free Live Race Video
Boston Globe Video Tour
Runners' World Videos
Runners' World Boston Marathon Blog
The Lance Plan
2008 Boston Marathon Qualifying Times
Saturday, April 19, 2008
Friday, April 18, 2008
Recent instructions from the race directors:
- No race day bib transfers
- Race day packet pickup is from 9:30 - 11:15am
- All timing chips will be distributed on race day
- A T-shirt trading zone will be set up at the race finish
- Wear plaid, to keep with the Scottish theme
- Non-runners who want to revel at the finish will need a bus pass for the trip
Wednesday, April 16, 2008
Monday, April 14, 2008
Postscript: (4-15-08) In a surprise move, the IAAF puts full support behind Greene, despite some pretty damning evidence (story).
Sunday, April 13, 2008
Friday, April 11, 2008
Sunday is Paris-Roubaix, the Hell of the North, a 259 kilometer (160 mile) bone-crunching one day bike race in and out of the cobble-stoned narrow roads of northern
Profile of Team CSC (story)
Versus, April 20, 2008 @ 4:00pm (ET)(schedule)
Tuesday, April 8, 2008
However heartening, this graphic was a small side story in the article. The real focus of the piece was a recently released study that showed some real chinks in the armor of testosterone testing. Turns out genes have a huge influence on who tests positive in initial urine tests for the steroid. Athletes with a defective copy of a specific gene can dose up on testosterone and still have a good chance of not testing positive in doping tests. Conversely, athletes with two full-functioning copies of the same gene actually have a chance of testing positive even when they're completely clean. The study, in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism (link), should throw a few monkey wrenches into the mix this summer in Beijing, even while Floyd Landis enjoys a glimpse of sun in his otherwise cloudy doping appeal.
(Photo by Mel B. used under Creative Commons)
Sunday, April 6, 2008
Wednesday, April 2, 2008
Below is Pistorius' run at the 2007 Golden Gala meet in Rome, originally aired on the Italian RAI network.