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The Must-Have Gear for Every Type of Runner


The great thing about running is the fact that you do not have to define yourself as a specific type of runner. As Shape Magazine explored, running really is an “every man sport.” There are so many different types of runners out there, so naturally, each type of runner needs equipment that will help them out! Let’s explore what each runner needs to perfect their sport.


Best Gear: Minimalist Running Shoes

Barefoot runners are tough, you guys. As the word “barefoot” implies, these are the people who prefer to run as naturally as they were born — without sneakers or anything! According to DietsInReview’s Kelly Turner, trainer and fitness journalist, barefoot runners need the proper shoes and socks. Check out minimalist running shoes to protect your feet — there are lots of choices out there.


Best Gear: Layers

Some people are tough enough to handle the rain, sleet, and snow. If you are one of these awesome people, make sure you layer — something that is not a natural thought before you head out on a run. Also, consider a hat and a water resistant jacket if you live in a rainy part of the country.


Best Gear: Trackers and monitors

Marathon runners are definitely not the casual type. If you are a marathoner, you are likely interested in keeping track of your personal data, which is why you will need to invest in a mileage tracker, a heart rate monitor, or even just an app on your phone, (find the best trackers here) which are often built into phones these days. Don’t forget a running belt so you don’t have to carry your water or fuel snacks. Your arms will get tired eventually.
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Vibram Will Pay $3.75 Million in Class Action Lawsuit Settlement

While the jury may still be out on the benefits and risks of barefoot running shoes, it will never meet to hear the case against Vibram USA.


The company, which makes FiveFingers running shoes, has agreed to settle a lawsuit alleging Vibram made false and unsubstantiated claims regarding the health benefits of its products. Though they settled the case, according to court documents, “Vibram expressly denied and continues to deny any wrongdoing alleged in the Actions, and neither admits nor concedes any actual or potential fault, wrongdoing or liability.”

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Is Barefoot Running for Everyone? Your Questions Answered

Barefoot running is no longer considered strange science. Just last week I passed a barefoot runner and instantly pointed out to my husband how exciting it is to see a running purist. It was as if I’d seen a lemur in the wild.

Barefoot running is an intriguing practice and more people are growing curious about it. But most often they want to know if it’s safe for everyone.

There are many proposed benefits of barefoot running, the most prominent being it allows you to feel more connected to the ground, helps you stay more in tune with your body and prevent injuries, and strengthens your feet.

Though no one “invented” barefoot running, there was a surge of interest in the practice in the late 90s and early 2000s as running experts began seeking out running in its purest form.

Around the same time shoe maker Vibram started producing their minimalist running shoes, which have since attracted a small army of loyal barefoot running believers that swear by the brand. New Balance has also partnered with Vibram to produce a minimalist style running shoe without the “glove-like” slots for a runner’s toes.
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Nike’s Newest Running Ad has Us Falling in Love [VIDEO]

Surely you’ve seen it by now. If not, you must watch the 2:30 video put out by Nike and W+K Portland. The short video is a hilarious and romantic running story.

The video is sweeping social media. Runners and non-runners alike are all enjoying the comical video about two lovers running across the country to see each other.

While the couple begin their treks from the opposite sides of the country they begin to sing an adorable and funny song called, “I Would Run To You.” The lovers are played by Rosie Huntington-Whiteley and skateboarder Theotis Beasley. The video is an ad for the Nike Free Run+ 3 shoes, which our woman wears as she easily heads out for her voyage. Throughout the video the love song gets sillier and sillier as our man can’t handle the pace and becomes ill, even to the point of being scooped up by paramedics. Meanwhile, our Nike Free runner continues effortlessly as she sings and runs with ease.

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Running on Soft Ground May be Dangerous

When deciding where to workout, dedicated runners have a plethora of options. Between barefoot running, trailblazing, asphalt, concrete and the local track, it can be difficult to decide what choice is right for you.

Dr. Charles A. Mutschler, DPM is a medical director and podiatrist at Advanced Footcare of Miami. As an expert in the field, he acknowledges the fact that all types of running surfaces can provide both risks and benefits to the runner.

Running on sand, grass and dirt trails are all very common practices. Although running on these surfaces provides incredible shock absorption and muscle development, the uneven ground can contribute to slips, trips and falls. Runners who are not accustomed to the irregular terrain may find themselves straining and spraining the muscles in their feet and ankles.

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