The Running Shoe Episode!

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In this episode we speak with running shoe expert Brian Metzler author of the new book Kicksology -the Hype, Science, Culture, and Cool of Running Shoes.

Plus Angie shares tips on how to get the most out of your shoes . . .

And you will hear from a runner who’s been listening to the MTA Podcast since the very beginning.

Interview with Brian Metzler

Brian Metzler has tested more than 1,500 pairs of running shoes and written for Runner’s World, Men’s Health, Outside and GearJunkie. He’s also the founding editor of Trail Runner Magazine.

His new book is called Kicksology -the Hype, Science, Culture, and Cool of Running Shoes, published by VeloPress. He lives and trains in Colorado.

In this conversation we discuss the evolution of running shoes from the over-built (heavy) sneakers of the late 80’s and 90’s to the Minimalism Movement that swept through 10 years ago giving rise to shoes like Vibrams and Newtons to the carbon plate technology of Nike Vaporfly and Next% hitting the shelves today. Plus brands like Hoka, Altra, and On-Running that stand out from the competition with their unique design concepts.

You will also hear some tips on how to choose the right shoe for you and why it is wise to have a “quiver” of shoes to rotate during training. Big thanks to all the Academy members who sent in questions!

And Thanks to Our Episode Sponsors . . .

Angie has run her last five marathons in Ons

Speaking of running shoes, our go-to shoes right now are made by the Swiss company On-Running.

On was born in the Swiss Alps with one goal: to revolutionize the sensation of running. The entire company is based around the idea of zero-gravity running and On has quickly become the fastest growing running brand in the world.

What makes On different is its emphasis on a clean and minimalistic design as well as its sole technology which gives you the sensation of running on clouds. And they have a full range of shoes and apparel to power your full day, on and off the trail. Their shoes also come with a 30 day money back guarantee should you need to return them.

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Also Mentioned in This Episode

The Chirp Wheel+ back pain relief wheel. It’s designed with a 5-inch width and spinal canal that cradles your spine and gives your muscles a 4-way stretch. They can also be used to roll out other areas of your body. Get your Chirp Wheel+ 3-Pack for 15% off with code MTA.

MTA Meet Up at the San Antonio Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon.
Trevor will be running the San Antonio Rock ‘n’ Roll Half Marathon on December 8th. Please let us know if you will be there too. A pre-race diner meet-up (Mexican food of course) is in the works. MTA Coach Athena Farias will be there too! Here is the FB event page:

Congrats to Academy member and long time listener Debbie Gelber (who is also featured on this episode) on finishing marathon #33 at the Authentic Athens Marathon!

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