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Category Archives: Road Running

Community & Camaraderie: What do Berkeley Half Marathon Runners Come Back for Year After Year?

When the leaves turn brown and a sharp cold edge cuts through the morning air in Berkeley, the town starts to buzz with anticipation. Is it Halloween everybody is getting ready for? No, not yet; before scary skeletons and glowing ghosts are taken out of their homes in boxes and closets, the community of Berkeley […]

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An Elegy for My Long-Lost Running Friends  

Early last year, Amanda Mull wrote a piece for the Atlantic titled, “The Pandemic Has Erased Entire Categories of Friendship.” The article makes the case that the extended dearth of in-person interactions has caused many of us to lose touch with those on the periphery of our lives: gym buddies, bartenders who know our name, […]

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Noticed More Running Gear in REI Lately? You’re Not Imagining It.

When Lloyd and Mary Anderson founded REI in 1935, the last thing they had on their minds, probably, was running. The two climbers started what eventually became the co-op by selling affordable, quality ice axes, and it was there—in the hardcore climbing space—that the retailer largely remained for decades. It wasn’t until 40 years later, in […]

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Our Running Coach Analyzes Senator Josh Hawley’s January 6 Sprint

At a Capitol Hill hearing last night, the January 6th committee prompted a dramatic audience reaction when they played video of Senator Josh Hawley (R-Missouri) fleeing insurrectionists.  As a running coach, I had a similarly visceral reaction. His form! His apparel! His complete and utter lack of regard for democratic norms!  Let’s break it down.  […]

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Road Running Shoes for Every Workout

New Balance Fresh Foam X 860v12 ($135) (Photo: Courtesy New Balance) Best Support With a traditional medial post—a dense section of foam in the midsole—you’d expect the 860v12 to perform like a garden-variety stability shoe. But a layer of New Balance’s energetic foam compound sits directly underfoot, providing pep. A roomy toe box and narrow […]

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How Strava Fame Became a Burden for Molly Seidel

Back in January 2018, the fitness app Strava got some unwanted publicity when its heatmap feature allegedly revealed the locations of covert military bases. Although there was no evidence that the safety of military personnel had been compromised, the media coverage at the time was damning. A Guardian article noted that the platform was potentially […]

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How Super Shoes are Upending Running’s Sponsorship Model

Last week’s Boston Marathon sparked yet another debate about shoe tech in professional running. This time, the question wasn’t whether super shoes were undermining cherished notions of competitive fairness, but whether pro runners are being forced to choose between getting the best possible sponsorship deal and maximizing their chances of success by retaining the freedom […]

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