Category Gear Reviews

Gear Review – Ibex Woolies 220 Base Layer

With temperatures warming up and spring around the corner, it’s time to review what gear enabled us to survive one of the coldest Northeast US winters on record. With ambient temperatures often in the teens, and wind chill making it feel like zero (and on a few days below zero), we start with the Ibex […]

Gear Review – New Balance XC5000 Spikes

The New Balance XC5000 are professional, competition cross country spike shoes that retail for $125. New Balance has positioned this shoe at the upper end in terms of performance and price. Based on an evaluation of the shoe in cross country competition this fall 2014, it is an excellent choice for the elite runner (youth […]

Gear Review – LaceLocker

The beauty of LaceLocker (patent pending) from Stash Sports is its simple, guaranteed performance. A simple “locker” to stow shoelaces that is guaranteed to work. No double knotting, no risk of laces unexpectedly opening, quick to change shoes, and made for small and big hands alike. Unobtrusive and weightless. And awesome looking. Continue reading my […]

Gear Review – Spike Shoes – New Balance 1000

The New Balance 1000 is an excellent distance track spike, especially for youth and teen track athletes. My son received a pair for his 11th birthday, wore them for his debut 3000m at the New York Armory Youth Holiday Classic to beat his target time by several seconds, and has raved about them ever since. […]

Book Review – The Youth and Teen Running Encyclopedia: A Complete Guide for Middle and Long Distance Runners Ages 8 to 16

One of the reasons that I created the blog in the summer of 2010 is to share and exchange information about distance running for youths and teens. I could not find much quality information to help me coach my two sons – ages 8 and 14 at the time. I am thrilled to report […]

Gear Review – Training shoes – New Balance 890 v2

This review of the New Balance 890 v2 is in two parts: part one to confirm what I really like about the original 890 that New Balance has continued with the v2 (read my review of the original New Balance 890 here) and what New Balance has changed in the v2 and unfortunately I prefer […]

Gear Review – Saucony Ulti-Mitt and Skull Cap

It’s that time of the year again. Time to break out the winter running gear as the temperatures drop and the weather affects not if, but how, we run. Proper attire and gear should improve both the enjoyment and safety of runs in the winter, especially for younger runners. Covering areas of heat loss, such […]