Category Archives: Running Shoes

Skechers GOtrail 2 

You can ask the very handsome John Schrup – I’ve been looking forward to this one for months. Ever since Skechers Performance started the GOtrail line, I’ve been a fan. I liked what was being done with the Ultra models, but I enjoy the finesse allowed by a lower profile and lighter shoe, hence the perfect fit that came out of the GOtrail. I enjoyed a lot of success in the first model, including a marathon and double marathon win, another podium finish, and countless training miles. Now, the second generation is finally here! Continue reading Skechers GOtrail 2 

6 Months Out: Then and Now

With six months to go until my 3rd marathon at the 2016 Chevron Houston Marathon, I thought it would be fun to look back at the last time I was six months away from running Houston. It was July 2013, and I was a much different runner.

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June 2015 Training Update – The Suck

Last October, I wrote a post entitled “Surviving the Wastelands” that touched on the difficulty that I had transitioning between being a weight-loss jogger to a marathoner. This year, I’m facing a new kind of wasteland that my coach, Steve Sisson, has entitled “The Suck.” Continue reading June 2015 Training Update – The Suck

Eight Weeks to Boston!

I received my official Boston Marathon jacket in the mail. This thing is staying in the plastic until I cross the finish.
I received my official Boston Marathon jacket in the mail. This thing is staying in the plastic until I cross the finish.

It’s February 23rd, and we have eight weeks to go! That’s right. I can hardly believe it as I’m typing this, but in two months, I’ll be racing the 119th Boston Marathon. When I ran my qualifying time at the 2014 Chevron Houston Marathon, I didn’t really comprehend what I had done or where I would be going, but we’re getting close and it’s actually happening. Continue reading Eight Weeks to Boston!

Statesman Capitol 10,000 Race Recap


Yesterday, I ran my first Statesman Capitol 10,000, which is an annual staple in Austin racing. It’s billed as being the biggest 10k in Texas with almost 12,000 finishers, and it was a great experience. I hadn’t done a 10k since the IBM Uptown Classic in October, so I was really interested to see how my fitness had progressed at that distance. Continue reading Statesman Capitol 10,000 Race Recap

Saucony Virrata 2 Review


For a while, I’ve been flirting with the idea of training in zero drop shoes. The romance of it all seems to be there: neutral foot position, closer to barefoot, more zen, yadda yadda. The truth is, zero drop shoes are a useful tool, but don’t necessarily have to look like a piece of used tire tied to your foot by a piece of yarn. I was lucky enough to receive a complimentary review sample of the Saucony Virrata 2 for the very purpose of exploring this option. Continue reading Saucony Virrata 2 Review