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Running Shoes – What Coach Steve Is Wearing for Roads and Trails – Plus ACSM Guidelines

I am often asked about running shoes so let me start out by saying there is no right shoes for everyone, maybe even most people. What works for you, works for you, and that might take a lot of trial and error. But, looking at what your friends are wearing, considering if you are using your shoes for training, racing or trail running, will help narrow down your choices. And, you have more choices than ever.

Below are the new ACSM American College of Sports Medicine running shoe selection guidelines. When I first read them, I thought wow, pretty much the way I think about selecting running shoes. So, I am not going to rewrite the work they already did. I did post the video above to show you what I have been running in the last 9 months. I average around 40 miles a week. I run in lots of different shoes so I can have real experience with lots of different brands. Sometimes I do receive some free shoes to try and give feedback on, but if I don’t like them I don’t use them.

Check out the pdf below and remember, running shoes are a very personal choice. Take your time when trying on new shoes. Don’t be afraid to return them if you don’t like them after a couple of runs. If you love them buy a second pair. Don’t be afraid to try different brands and keep working on your running form. Leave a comment or email if you have any shoe questions.
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Cheseboro Half Marathon Video, Review and Garmin Data by Coach Steve Mackel

The Great Race of Agoura Hills offers different course choices; Cheseboro Half Marathon (7 miles on trails), The Pacific Half Marathon (road course), a 10k, 5k and kiddie k. Last Saturday I ran the Cheseboro Half Marathon for the first … Continue reading

Musculoskeletal Ultrasound Imaging with Dr. Sebastian Gonzales DC

Ultrasound imaging aka Diagnostic Sonography is another tool doctors can use to help correctly diagnose injuries. And, in the case of runners and triathletes our sports doctors and Chiropractors have some difficult jobs diagnosing and keeping us going. I train … Continue reading

Catalina Marathon Race Day Experience Report, Video and Garmin Data by Coach Steve Mackel

The Catalina Marathon is one of my favorite marathons. Why? Because it’s a trail marathon, it’s on a beautiful island, awesome views, challenging terrain, friends, cool people and a weekend experience. It’s not just a race. The video below starts … Continue reading

The Body is Just a Vehicile – Something to Think About Before Your Next Marathon or Half Marathon

This is one of my favorite pre-race articles. It was written by Sole Runner co-founder, Coach Gary Smith who has been living and running in China. He is pictured on the left crossing the finish line at the 2001 LA … Continue reading

Tapering for an Upcoming Marathon or Half – Check out Running Coach, Steve Mackel’s Tapering Tips

On the West Coast marathon and half marathon season is in full swing. I know Disney World in Florida had the Princess Half last Sunday. So, some of the East Coast is racing. I feel sorry for those of you … Continue reading

Meet Me at the Squaw Valley Wanderlust Festival July 17 – 20 for ChiRunning and Trail Runs

I’ll be presenting ChiRunning and Trail Running Workshops at Wanderlust Squaw Valley this summer from July 17 to July 20. Wanderlust is a unique mountaintop adventure of yoga, outdoor activities, music and nature. Join me in celebrating mindful living with a … Continue reading

How are your New Year’s Resolutions / Goals Going?

I ask it because I had my first let down this week and I am using this blog post to get back on track. I posted I would post at least 5 days a week. This post in number 4 … Continue reading

Solitary Running in LA – Enjoying the Moments by Coach Steve Mackel

I’m a data geek. I have a 910 Garmin watch, metronome and usually I train with Heart Rate too. I want to see all the data while I’m running. It has been a good thing for my racing and training … Continue reading

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Surf City Half Marathon Video and Race Report by Coach Steve Mackel

The Surf City Marathon and Half Marathon is a great race to put on your race calendar. This year the Surf City races had participants from all 50 states. The Surf City marathon and half marathon in Huntington Beach are … Continue reading

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Born a runner but really picked up distance running in the late 90′s, when he started competing in triathlons. Read more

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