2014 Bridger Ridge Run Registration List

Here are the people that are registered for the 2014 Bridger Ridge Run. At a later date, the race may add one or two more people from charitable auctions.

If you want to sort the list by age, sex, location or predicted time; click here to download the list as an Excel file.

Last First City State Age M/F
Acord Shane Bozeman MT 35 M
Agenten Paul Bozeman MT 37 M
Airheart Charles Jackson WY 28 M
Allen Tamara Bozeman MT 28 F
Allen Brad Belgrade MT 36 M
Allison Emily Bozeman MT 26 F
Althauser Andrew Missoula MT 38 M
Anderson Peder Bozeman MT 36 M
Anderson Jens Bozeman MT 27 M
Anderson Sten Bozeman MT 33 M
Aschim Annie Belgrade MT 31 F
Aschim Brian Belgrade MT 33 M
Austin Grant Helena MT 32 M
Avis Charlie Palo Alto CA 23 M
Baker Daryl Bozeman MT 58 M
baker dennis loveland CO 58 M
Balian Lauren Bozeman MT 20 F
Basse Bob Denver CO 59 M
Bauer Michael Bozeman MT 25 M
Bauwens Wendy Clyde Park MT 43 F
Berger Brian Bozeman MT 45 M
Bergstrom Anna Missoula MT 25 F
Bigart Stephanie Bozeman MT 37 F
Bigart Justin Bozeman MT 35 M
Biggerstaff Betsy Bozeman MT 33 F
Bingham Crackle Missoula MT 46 F
Bingham Don Missoula MT 43 M
Bird Robert Missoula MT 59 M
Bishop Michael Bozeman MT 36 M
Bjorklund Bridger Rochester MN 24 M
Blades Mike Bozeman MT 24 M
Bloodworth Joseph Prospect KY 30 M
Bloom Erin Missoula MT 34 F
Boersma Krista Big Sky MT 42 F
Bogenschutz Susan Bozeman MT 32 F
Boswell Eric Bozeman MT 45 M
Botzet Rika Missoula MT 45 F
Boyer Jan Bozeman MT 29 F
Brady Branch Great falls MT 67 M
Braham Douglas Livingston MT 52 M
bricker james big sky MT 44 M
bronstein corey englewood NJ 51 M
Bronstein Karen Englewood NJ 45 F
Bruno Stacie Bozeman MT 30 F
Buchl Kurt Bozeman MT 51 M
Buckner Mark Helena MT 30 M
Burke Patrick Bozeman MT 37 M
Burling Theron Belgrade MT 44 M
Byram Zachary Buffalo WY 36 M
Caldwell Laura Lee livingston MT 32 F
Callis Patrik Bozeman MT 76 M
Campbell Dan Belgrade MT 36 M
Carey Mike Bozeman MT 54 M
Cargill Katie Grand Rapids MN 36 F
Carlson Gary Bozeman MT 48 M
Carr Joe Miles City MT 51 M
Chatzis Chris Salt Lake City UT 39 M
Clark Jason Chittenango NY 36 M
Clark Britton Bozeman MT 30 M
Clark Rebeccah Bozeman MT 24 F
Clarke Catrina Great Falls MT 34 F
Collver Kari Livingston MT 35 F
Colton Scott Polson MT 47 M
Connery Bryce Bozeman MT 29 M
Connor David Gillette WY 30 M
Cooper Rick Bozeman MT 56 M
Cowles Kalani Bozeman MT 28 F
Creel Andie Bozeman MT 18 F
Creel Scott Bozeman MT 52 M
Cummins Jon Belgrade MT 41 M
Cummins Jon Belgrade MT 41 M
Curry Alison Bozeman MT 26 F
Damon Kara Bozeman MT 35 F
Danahey Patrick Bozeman MT 21 M
Danenhauer Craig Bozeman MT 41 M
Danenhauer Nicole Bozeman MT 41 F
Daniels Craig Bozeman MT 43 M
Davis Kevin Livingston MT 43 M
Dayton John Helena MT 43 M
Dayton Melanie Helena MT 42 F
De Pril Wim Outer 39 M
De Young Bret Pray MT 48 M
dean kevin bozeman MT 26 M
DeGroot Bryce Bozeman MT 27 M
DeHaan Megan Belgrade MT 28 F
Deibert Lani Bozeman MT 36 F
DelloIacono Thies Tara Alameda CA 40 F
DeNucci Andrea Bozeman MT 30 F
Derry Aaron Missoula MT 41 M
Dewey Hannah Bozeman MT 29 F
Dick Jim Bozeman MT 64 M
Dickerson Will Bozeman MT 37 M
Diekmann Alexander Bozeman MT 51 M
Diekmann Lisa Bozeman MT 51 F
Dillon Patrick Bozeman MT 58 M
Ditto Jeremy Bozeman MT 42 M
Dixon Justin Bozeman MT 31 M
dixon charles beaumont TX 45 M
Dobler Bill Bozeman MT 47 M
Doede Dick Spokane WA 59 M
Duffy Bryan Billings MT 35 M
Dumbrovsky Tomas Bozeman MT 43 M
DuPont Alayna Missoula MT 28 F
Eby Douglas White Sulphur Springs MT 19 M
Edson Sarah Redondo Beach CA 28 F
Egelus Rory Bozeman MT 27 M
ehlers josh Twin Falls ID 32 M
Ehlers Mark Twin Falls ID 54 M
Ekey Madison BOZEMAN MT 18 F
Eliason Marcus Houston TX 32 M
Erickson Minde Bozeman MT 36 F
Ersland Daniel Bozeman MT 33 M
Fajardo Justin McCleary WA 28 M
Feliciano Joaquin Davis CA 43 M
Fiore John Missoula MT 52 M
Flanagan Bill Bozeman MT 44 M
Flatlip Scott Bozeman MT 28 M
Forrest Samantha Bozeman MT 22 F
Fortier Rachel Victor ID 25 F
Franke Thomas Salt Lake City UT 32 M
Gaffney Carrie Bozeman MT 50 F
Galbreath Chris Colbert WA 43 M
Gardner Kyle Bozeman MT 29 M
Garroutte Erica Bozeman MT 29 F
Garvine Steven Bozeman MT 44 M
Gauthier Michael Chandler AZ 36 M
Gebhardt Timothy Boulder CO 44 M
Gentile Paul Bozeman MT 34 M
Gerenz Sue Coon Rapids MN 47 F
Geyer Lukas Bozeman MT 44 M
Giles Dan Shiremanstown PA 47 M
Gingras Jonathan Prosser WA 36 M
Glynn Ken Bozeman MT 44 M
Gonzalez Cristina Lander WY 31 F
Graff Jenni Missoula MT 33 F
Gragnolati Kate Jackson WY 25 F
Graham Richard Williston ND 27 M
Graham Charley Bozeman MT 34 M
Green Steve Portland OR 39 M
Groves Craig bozeman MT 59 M
Growney Elizabeth Bozeman MT 40 F
Gustafson Derek Salt Lake City UT 42 M
Hanson Kyle Bozeman MT 39 M
Hanson Earl Bozeman MT 68 M
Harrington Alyse Bozeman MT 20 F
Harrington Angela Evergreen CO 52 F
Harro Mark Bozeman MT 30 M
Haug Heather Bozeman MT 24 F
Hayes Marne Big Sky MT 44 F
Heller Matt Bozeman MT 41 M
Hewitt Travis Bozeman MT 39 M
Hilgers Ross Moorhead MN 47 M
Hill Robin Bozeman MT 26 M
hines john Gillette WY 45 M
Holmes Patrick Washington DC 33 M
Hopkins Walker Great Falls MT 19 M
Howell Colleen Bozeman MT 51 F
Hunter Daniel Bozeman MT 33 M
Jackson Jeff Bozeman MT 53 M
Jamison Ben Mica WA 38 M
jinks alexander bozeman MT 28 M
Johnson Patrick Bozeman MT 37 M
Johnson Jackie Bozeman MT 22 F
Johnson Lori Bozeman MT 44 F
Jones Jeff Townsend MT 28 M
Jones Emily Bozeman MT 22 F
Jordan Cody Saint Paul MN 37 M
Kane Courtney Livingston MT 40 F
Karath Lander Bozeman MT 22 M
Kascht Dave Bozeman MT 59 M
Kasten Angela Davison MI 28 F
Keller Lacey Bozeman MT 32 F
Kennedy Terry Bozeman MT 60 M
kiel christopher Fort Collins CO 28 M
Kim Christie Brooklyn NY 32 F
kimball nikki bozeman MT 43 F
Klickir Kyle Philipsburg MT 57 M
knarr joe bozeman MT 52 M
Knoll Jackson Tetonia ID 22 M
Knowles Richard Haines OR 65 M
Kociolek Angela Bozeman MT 43 F
Koehler Emily Bozeman MT 26 F
Kozicki David Bozeman MT 37 M
Kryston Joshua Bozeman MT 29 M
Krza Daniel Bozeman MT 43 M
Kuhlman Dan Lecompton KS 60 M
Lahey Lana Bozeman MT 49 F
Landowski Claire Mountain View CA 29 F
Larson Lucas Laurel MT 34 M
Layman Jay Breckenridge CO 55 M
Layman Jamey Sandpoint ID 48 M
Lee Daniel Bozeman MT 22 M
Leist Terry Bozeman MT 50 M
Leuschen Mariah Bozeman MT 31 F
Lewis Lonnie Helena MT 48 F
Lewis Kurt Helena MT 54 M
Lichtenfels Christine Lander WY 52 F
Lowe-Anker Isaac Bozeman MT 18 M
Lowry Steve Bozeman MT 27 M
Lund Lilla Belgrade MT 32 F
Macdonald Kaitlin Bozeman MT 26 F
Macdonald Robert Bozeman MT 57 M
Mackenzie-Heyboer Mariska Bozeman MT 43 F
Magill-Collins Anne bozeman MT 32 F
Majxner Andrew Denver CO 35 M
malone joseph Bozeman MT 28 M
Mandragouras Athan Bozeman MT 37 M
Manning Richard Helena MT 63 M
Markey Shannon Tacoma WA 51 M
Marsh Myriah Bozeman MT 33 F
Marth Christopher Bozeman MT 43 M
Martin Jeff TWIN FALLS ID 62 M
Martin Richard Bozeman MT 24 M
Matas Dave Livermore CA 56 M
Maxwell Bruce Bozeman MT 60 M
Maxwell Tyler Bozeman MT 32 M
Mc Callum Bruce Bozeman MT 62 M
McCammon Chad Bozeman MT 39 M
McCarthy Chris Belgrade MT 44 M
McCutcheon Elizabeth Bozeman MT 26 F
McGlenn John Bozeman MT 23 M
Metrick Dee Bozeman MT 38 F
Metts Peggy Wilson NC 44 F
Migel Matt Bozeman MT 31 M
Mikels Debra Roscoe MT 57 F
Miller SethC Billikngs MT 35 M
Miller Shannon Bozeman MT 30 F
Miller Jesse Bozeman MT 35 M
Minton Gretchen Bozeman MT 43 F
Missal Lydia Missoula MT 33 F
Monasmith Ross Chewelah WA 26 M
Moore Michael Helena MT 56 M
Moore Roger Twin Falls ID 59 M
Morgan Cole Bozeman MT 20 M
Nelson Bernie Bozeman MT 23 F
Nordahl Zachary Wichita Falls TX 26 M
Oberdorf Jordan Bozeman MT 32 M
O’Brien Gary Manhattan MT 40 M
Onstad Allison Missoula MT 38 F
Oostema Randy Belgrade MT 32 M
Oostra Randy Mount Vernon WA 36 M
Orrell Holly Belgrade MT 40 F
overton mitch bozeman MT 42 M
Paterson John Bozeman MT 35 M
Paul Weston Bozeman MT 32 M
Peacock Dewey Bozeman MT 34 M
Petersen Erik Clyde Park MT 38 M
Pilskalns Andrew Bozeman MT 51 M
Ping-Kaim Kelly Colorado Springs CO 30 F
Pudner Robert Bozeman MT 27 M
Quintana Ken Omaha NE 58 M
Rainey Neal Bozeman MT 33 M
Rastgoufard Babak Missoula MT 41 M
Rawlinson Anita Red Lodge MT 58 F
Reece Jeni Bozeman MT 36 F
Regnier Bryan Bozeman MT 37 M
Rehm Kendra Bozeman MT 32 F
reier tuck Bozeman MT 48 M
Richards Joshua Bozeman MT 29 M
Richmond Sierra Helena MT 28 F
Robertson Holly Bozeman MT 30 F
Rollefson Martin Bozeman MT 63 M
Roots Roger Livingston MT 46 M
Rostocki Ben Billings MT 27 M
Rotella Jay Bozeman MT 54 M
Sacchetti Maria NYC NY 37 F
Saporito Steve Boulder CO 54 M
Schaible Lucas Bozeman MT 31 M
schloss carol Bozeman MT 43 F
Schurk Christopher Jackson WY 33 M
Schwartz Bryant Bozeman MT 28 M
Schweitzer Scott Bozeman MT 45 M
Shelkey Kirsa Bozeman MT 25 F
Shively Stephanie Bozeman MT 24 F
Shows Bryce Bozeman MT 24 M
Simanonok Michael Bozeman MT 27 M
SIMONS JIM BOZEMAN MT 71 M
Soulie Mathieu Redondo Beach CA 34 M
Sousa Greg Durham NC 45 M
Sprenger Krissa Bozeman MT 35 F
Spyke Dustin bozeman MT 28 M
Stock Frank Belgrade MT 44 M
storm tod bozeman MT 53 M
Stoy Damian Bozeman MT 32 M
Strong Zack Bozeman MT 31 M
Szymanski Luke Bozeman MT 23 M
Tanner Danae Bozeman MT 20 F
Tanner Launa Bozeman MT 19 F
Terry Ginger Bozeman MT 28 F
Thorson Mary Ashburn VA 35 F
Tozier Josh Big Sky MT 31 M
Twidwell Kevin Missoula MT 50 M
Van Cutsem Jo Bozeman MT 37 M
Verwys Lisa Bozeman MT 29 F
Virgo Timothy Manitou Springs CO 60 M
Walker Matt Big Sky MT 26 M
Watson Lindsey Billinga MT 28 F
Weiel Julianna Tucson AZ 29 F
Weigt Tom Mankato MN 62 M
Werre Clarissa Bozeman MT 36 F
White Jared bozeman MT 35 M
Wiezalis Amy Big Sky MT 35 F
Wilfling Ellie Bozeman MT 37 F
Wilhelm Jonathan Belgrade MT 36 M
Wishnie Gabriel Belgrade MT 31 M
Woyth Marilee Great falls MT 27 F
Wyatt Paige Bozeman MT 43 F
Yenny Zane Bozeman MT 43 M
Young Kevin Washington DC 34 M
Zacher Theresa Manhattan MT 47 F
Zemlicka Lucas Bozeman MT 34 M
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Early June Update 2014

Trails

The latter half of May has seen more seasonable weather. This has helped clear the trails of Snow. The trail up to Baldy is nearly free of Snow with the exception of some easy to negotiate snow drifts in the upper meadows and woods.

If the snow continues to melt, expect the road up to Fairy Lake and the Sacajawea trail head to open around the first of July.

Training

There are only about two months till race day. Yikes. If you want to avoid pain and disaster on Race Day, it is time to really start focusing on race specific training. Think steep hills, both up and down! Enjoy the beautiful trails in the Bridger Range.

Registration

As soon as the registration people share the list of this year’s Ridge Run entrants, I’ll get it posted. It may be another week or so till that happens. Wishing everyone in the race successful preparation…

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Skechers GOrun 1 2 3 Comparison Review

Anyone who has read this blog knows that I have been a fan of the Skechers GOrun from their initial availability. In the few years since their introduction, the GOrun has gone through a couple revisions. So it is time to update my opinion and review of the Skechers GOrun. It is also illustrative to take a look at how shoe manufactures change features of their products for the better and for the worse.

Left to Right Skechers GOrun 1 2 3

Left to Right Skechers GOrun 1 2 3

A Tale of Three GOruns

I’m not sure of the exact dates, but to the best of my recollection, the Original Skechers GOrun (lets call it GOrun 1) became available in late 2011. The succeeding version 2 hit the market about a year later. Following the GOrun 2, version 3 became available another year later and is still the current version. Extrapolating into the future, expect version 4 late 2014 or early 2015.

Assigning a model year to each version

  • GOrun 1 (original) 2012
  • GOrun 2 2013
  • GOrun 3 2014
Left to Right GOrun 1 2 3 Label

Left to Right GOrun 1 2 3 Label

I picked up my first pair of the GOrun 1 in late 2011. It was not till late winter spring of 2012 when suffering some foot and ankle troubles that I discovered that the GOrun was, at least for me, the shoe that minimized my feet troubles. My review of the original GOrun written spring of 2012 is available here. It may be worth a quick look at the review for background information.

Left to Right Skechers GOrun 1 2 3 Outsole

Left to Right Skechers GOrun 1 2 3 Outsole

Skechers Magic Midfoot Strike Sole Profile or Hump in the Middle

Skechers really stumbled upon something revolutionary with their midfoot strike sole profile in the original GOrun. I’ve thought a lot about why this worked so well. Here is an idea, when you walk or run barefoot on a soft surface like sand, your foot makes an impression where the heel and fore foot is deeper and the sand mounds up under the midfoot. The original GOrun’s sole thickness mimicked this mounding up under the midfoot. This rocker like sole creates a gentle rolling midfoot strike. It is nearly impossible to heel pound and foot slap in the original GOrun.

The original GOrun feels a bit weird just standing or walking in. It is like standing bearfoot across a log or standing in soft sand. A lot of weight is in the middle of the foot, instead of the heel. The sole profile actually makes it difficult to put weight on the heel when standing. Most people complained about this feeling of a hump in the middle. It made the original GOrun unsuitable for anything other than running such as just walking or standing around. But once you started running, the magic of the hump made running a delight.

Thanks Skechers for Breathing New Life into my Running

I owe a lot of my running resurgence the last few years to the original Skechers GOrun. They allowed me to run again at a period in my life where chronic foot injuries were preventing me from enjoying running. The GOruns coached me into developing a lower impact running style and at the same time strengthened my feet. The Skechers GOrun was instrumental in allowing an aging (mid-fifties) runner like me to start setting PRs and feeling joy again while running.

Comparisons between the Versions

Version 2 Compared to Version 1

 

GOrun 1 Lined Inside

GOrun 1 Lined Inside

The GOrun 2 is significantly different than the GOrun 1. The most noticeable change is the removal of the thick midsole (the hump) under the midfoot. Skechers thickened the sole under the heel and thinned the sole in the midfoot. The GOrun 2 has a much more conventional feel to it.

The GOrun 2’s sole is also stiffer under the midfoot and heel area. The GOrun 2 fits a tiny bit looser and bigger than the original.

GOrun 2 Unlined Inside

GOrun 2 Unlined Inside

The GOrun 2 is also lighter. It looses weight by removing the liner that makes the GOrun 1 so comfy when not wearing socks. The sole is also lighter as it has less dense rubber material on the outsole. The 2’s sole does not wear as well as the 1’s, but the lack of deep lugs make the 2 less prone to the annoying problem of picking up rocks as the 1 suffered from. Unlike the original, the GOrun 2 comes with some very thin removable insoles.

Version 3 Compared to Version 2

GOrun 3 Unlined Inside

GOrun 3 Unlined Inside

At first glance, the GOrun 3 appears similar to the GOrun 2. But there are a some significant differences between them. The first is the upper. Version 3 has a totally different system of overlays and upper stiffeners. The 3 is wider and sloppier in the heel and narrower in the fore foot than the 2. The 3 also has more curvature (sickle like) to the last. This makes it feel narrower as the little toe area of the foot feels crowded. Running in the GOrun 3 rubs the outside of my little toe creating a hot spot.

Insoles 2 Over 3 to Show Size Difference

Insoles 2 Over 3 to Show Size Difference

The outsole is pretty much the same. The 3′s removable insole is wider and thicker than the 2′s. The 3′s insole adds 4mm to the heel height. The GOrun 3 fits tight in the forefoot and loose in the heel. You may want to downsize a half size or so, or definitely try them on before you go buying and assuming they fit the same as the previous versions.

Summary of Version 1 2 and 3 Characteristics

Weight (All Men’s Size 9.5):

  • GOrun 1 (7.2 Ounces)
  • GOrun 2 (6.3 Ounces, 6.8 with Removable Insole)
  • GOrun 3 (6.5 Ounces, 7.2 with Removable Insole)

Fit:

  • GOrun 1 Fits True to Size
  • GOrun 2 Fits True to Size, Stretchy Upper, Slightly Narrower in Forefoot than 1
  • GOrun 3 Fits a Bit Large, Sloppy in Heel, Narrow in Forefoot than 2

Last:

  • GOrun 1 Straight, Foot Shaped, Narrow Heel, Wide at Ball of Foot
  • GOrun 2 Slightly Curved, Less Foot Shaped than 1
  • GOrun 3 Curved More than 2

Flexibility:

  • GOrun 1 Very Soft and Flexible Sole from Heel to Toe
  • GOrun 2 Soft and Flexible but Stiffer Under Midfoot and Heel than Original
  • GOrun 3 Similar to 2 but even a Little Stiffer in Heel

Upper:

  • GOrun 1 Soft Compliant, Lined Interior, Comfy Without Socks
  • GOrun 2 Stretchy Fore Foot, No Liner, Need to Wear Socks to Avoid Irritation
  • GOrun 3 Breathable Power-Prene Mesh, Less Supportive Overlays, No Liner, Need to Wear Socks

Outsole:

  • GOrun 1 Deep Lugs Pickup Rocks, Durable Rubber Pads
  • GOrun 2 Shallow Tapered Lugs Shed Rocks & Mud, Not as Durable as Original
  • GOrun 3 Same as 2

Heel to Toe Drop and Sole Stack Height:

  • GOrun 1: 3mm Drop, Stack: 13mm Heel, 16mm Midfoot, 10mm Toe
  • GOrun 2: 4mm Drop, ?
  • GOrun 3: 4mm Drop without Insole, 8mm Drop with Insole, Stack 15mm Heel, 11mm Toe

Why did Skechers Change the GOrun?

Simple answer: Skechers changed the GOrun, not so much to make a better running shoe, but to appeal to the masses and sell more shoes. It reminds me of Adidas and their “Feet You Wear” shoe design of the 1990’s. It was a running shoe with a convex rocker sole. It was designed from scientific principles, not fashion or feel. Like the GOrun, it felt different or awkward while standing around, walking or when trying them on in the store. But they worked great when running. I set my Ridge Run PR in a pair of Adidas “Feet You Wear” style shoe. Adidas scrapped the “Feet You Wear” concept and went back to making clunky stiff flat soled bricks that felt plush in the shoe store.

Skechers has done the same thing as Adidas did; take a great running shoe suitable only for running and make it into a mediocre running shoe that feels more normal when walking or standing. They took a revolutionary shoe designed by out of the box thinking, tamed it and put it back in the box of convention. I am the first to admit that I may be in the minority opinion thinking that Skechers ruined the original GOrun. There are many that think the GOrun 2 and 3 are vast improvements over the original, I am just not one of them.

If you are looking for a single person to thank for the “improvements” to the GOrun, start with Peter Larsen the run blogger. He claims to have had a lot of input in the design process of the GOrun. But the thanks (or blame) also falls on the consumers that complained about the feeling of the hump. And of course you can credit Skechers for seeking a product that appeals to a wider audience; not just serious runners.

How to GOrunerize any Shoe

Now that the GOrun no longer has the magic midfoot strike sole profile, is there anything I or anyone can do other than to scour eBay for old shoes? Knowing the magic comes from a rockered sole profile that is thicker in the midfoot than the heel or toe, you can try to modify your shoes.

Built up Insole Bottom

Built up Insole Bottom

One thing I have tried that works pretty well is to mimic the GOrun midfoot strike sole profile using a padded insole. I have cut up some old insoles and made a built up insole that is thick under the midfoot and thin under the heel and toes. Putting this modified insole in a conventional shoe makes them feel more GOrunish. This built up insole is not like an orthotic or arch support. It is thick across the width of the foot, not just the arch.

Built up Insole Lateral View

Built up Insole Lateral View

Built up Insole Medial View

Built up Insole Medial View

If you really want to modify your shoe to give it more of a rolling midfoot strike promoting sole profile, you can also grind or cut down the heel area. This has higher risk and requires more skill than just playing with padding an insole. Anton Krupicka made cutting the heels off your shoes famous.

The Sound of Sole Silence

A telltale sign of foot strike gentleness or impact is the sound made by your shoes when running. A great testimony to the efficacy of the original GOrun is that it is nearly silent when running as compared to more conventional shoes. The new GOrun 2 and 3 are quieter than most running shoes, but not as silent as the original. Next time you are at a road race, pay attention to the foot fall sounds you and everyone around you are making.

A Good Feel Skechers Story

Meb Running in Skechers Picture from competitor.com

Meb Running in Skechers Picture from competitor.com

I find the story of Meb Keflezighi, his life and running career rather inspiring. Especially his recent crowning achievement of winning the 2014 Boston Marathon in a PR at the ripe old age of 38 (nearly 39) and in Skechers shoes.

Meb has claimed that Skechers have improved his running and helped him to avoid injuries. He is paid to say that, but there may be an element of truth to it. I find it interesting that another aging American elite marathoner has also just signed up to run in Skechers. As an aging athelete, Meb has had seemingly miraculous success since becoming a Skechers sponsored athlete. It would be doubly miraculous if Kara Goucher experienced a similar resurrection of her career while running in Skechers that Meb has.

Conclusion

Over the years, I have purchased 4 pairs of the original GOrun, 1 pair of the GOrun 2 and 1 pair of the GOrun 3. My favorite of the GOrun trio is the original GOrun. The GOrun 2 and 3 are nice light trainers suitable for the road or track, but they lack the revolutionary midfoot strike sole profile that the original had. I doubt, I will seek out buying the 2 or the 3 and instead will scour eBay for the old original model.

Locally the only place to buy Skechers is Famous Footwear. This looks to be changing as Schnee’s plans to carry them. Although, I have soured on the newer versions of the GOrun, I have been enjoying trail running in the Skechers GObionic Trail.

In my opinion the GOrun 2 was the beginning of the devolution of the original GOrun. The devolution continues as Skechers really screwed things up with the GOrun 3 as they unsuccessfully messed with the fit. The 3 has a curved last, a wide heel and narrow forefoot. What the hell were they thinking?

More Pictures

Here are some more pictures that verify the measured weights. I stuck them down here in this post to keep them from cluttering up the data above.

GOrun 1, 7.2 Ounces (Mens 9.5)

GOrun 1, 7.2 Ounces (Mens 9.5)

GOrun 2 6.3 Ounces (Mens 9.5)

GOrun 2 6.3 Ounces (Mens 9.5)

GOrun 2 with Insole, 6.8 Ounces (Mens 9.5)

GOrun 2 with Insole, 6.8 Ounces (Mens 9.5)

GOrun3, 6.5 Ounces (Mens Size 9.5)

GOrun3, 6.5 Ounces (Mens Size 9.5)

GOrun3 with Insole, 7.2 Ounces (Mens Size 9.5)

GOrun3 with Insole, 7.2 Ounces (Mens Size 9.5)

 

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Update May 2014

Trail Conditions

There is still lots of snow at higher elevations in the Bridgers. On the M to Baldy trail, once you get up past the Bridger Canyon overlook, the snow begins and is quite deep all the way to Baldy. Expect lots of snow for the Baldy Blitz on May 17th.  If you want to avoid snow, stay on trails below 6,500 feet and keep to south facing exposures. Lets hope that spring and summer show up soon.

Registration Opens Sunday May 11

Registration for the lottery opens Sunday May 11 at Race Montana and goes till Saturday May 17. Expect to be notified by email of your selection status around May 24. Those that are selected can then register for the race between Sunday May 25 and Saturday May 31.

Best of success with getting selected and registering for the race.

 

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Update April 2014

Trail Conditions

It has been a long winter – great for skiers, but not so great for trail running. If you are heading up Baldy from the M, the snow pack begins just above the top of the M. It will take some time to melt off.

If you are looking for an alternative place to do some trail running, the trails out at Lewis and Clark Caverns State Park are now, finally, in good running shape. The park experienced an unusually wet and cold winter. Typically, I can run out there all winter long without much trouble from snow and ice. This year, from beginning of February till the end of March, the conditions were very snowy, icy and wet. They even experienced some flooding and erosion, but all is well now.

New Favorite Stuff Page

Notice up top, there is a new menu entry called Favorite Stuff. It lists some of my favorite things for training and running the Ridge. Just cause it works for me, does not mean it will work for you, but it is a start if you are looking for tips. Remember to experiment, test and verify.

Registration Next Month

Just a reminder – registration for the Ridge Run will be next month (May) online at RaceMontana.com. Also see the running club’s website for more details.

Enjoy Spring!

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Sugar Free Fueling

Recently, someone asked “What do you recommended for fueling during the Ridge Run for someone who does not want to take in all the sugary sports drinks and gels.”

Since most sports drinks and fuels are just one form or another of sugar or concentrated carbohydrates, I understand the motivation for this question. Depending if you want to avoid most all carbohydrates or just avoid the processed sugars, I have a various answers and opinions.

Carbohydrate Alternatives to Engineered Sports Sugars

If you are just trying to find an alternative fuel that is not a processed form of sugar or starch there are lots of choices.

Here are some ideas:

  • You can put honey, maple syrup or mashed potatoes in a gel flask.
  • There are real food fruit and or vegetable purees sold in convenient single serving size pouches (similar to single serving gels). Look for them in the baby food section at the grocery store.
  • Dried fruit such as Dates or Pineapples are tasty and pack lots of calories in a small package.

Make sure you experiment and see what works for you. Although engineered sports fuels are highly processed, I’ve found that while racing they are easier to stomach than less processed more real food alternatives.

A quarter century and thousands of miles ago, I was very strict about trying to avoid sugar. Back then, I had a home full of kids and was determined to get them to eat healthy. That meant no junk food, candy, soda or sugar in the house. Promoting a no sugar philosophy, I wanted to practice what I preached and set a good example for my children. My sugar avoidance carried over to running and racing. My first few marathon and longer races probably suffered as a result. Eventually I made peace with using sugary sports drinks during races. This bending of my no sugar rules by using sports drinks such as Gatorade during races led to more success.

Treat Engineered Sports Fuels as Race Fuel not Food.

Treating sports fuels as race only fuels is probably a healthy compromise. Use them during races and only often enough during training to make sure you can stomach it. Consuming sports fuels more often than that, is no better than eating sweets and candy all the time. Just as you wouldn’t use a Nitro based race fuel in your car all the time as it would quickly burn out your engine, eating sugary sports fuels as part of your daily diet is not a healthy practice.

Train Low race High

A fueling philosophy that has worked for me is to reserve the use of sugary sports fuels for races and minimize their use during training. Low carbohydrates during training, high carbohydrates during racing.

Let’s face it, engineered sports fuels work. They are easy to assimilate and convert to usable energy while racing. But outside of racing and a little during training, I don’t consider them food and don’t recommend them being a part of a healthy diet.

What to Do when Avoiding Carbohydrates in General

If you are adhering to a low carb diet and not just avoiding engineered sports carbs, then you are faced with the challenge of fueling and keeping your energy up during races without carbohydrates.

Fat the Preferred Endurance Fuel

For long duration endurance activities, fat is your body’s preferred energy fuel. Fat has a couple benefits as an endurance fuel compared to carbohydrates:

  • Fat has over twice (9 calories per gram) the energy density compared to either Carbohydrates or Proteins (4 calories per gram).
  • Your body hosts significantly more Fat reserves than Carbohydrates.

Fat also has a couple disadvantages as compared to carbohydrates:

  • Dietary fat is extremely slow to digest and assimilate as compared to carbohydrates.
  • The body converts fat into energy at a much slower rate than carbohydrates.

As long as you are willing to keep your race intensity low enough, your body can stay in fat burning mode and should have plenty of fat stores on hand to do the Ridge Run without eating anything during the race. You will not be performing at your full potential, but it can be done.

Consuming whole foods that have a high fat content during the race is fine. Just remember, that they will be harder to stomach than engineered sports fuels. They also may take several hours to digest and get converted into energy by your body. If your Ridge Run projected time is 5 hours or greater, than this is not a problem. For someone that is doing the race under 5 hours, your body may not have enough time to digest and convert food that has a high fat and protein content into energy.

Consuming foods during the race that has a little protein content helps your body avoid the catabolic process of consuming its own muscle. Unfortunately, burning protein as a fuel does produce metabolic waste products that can increase your sense of fatigue. So it is best to avoid high protein fuels during your race.

Train to optimize your ability to utilize stored fat as a fuel.

By doing your endurance training without sports drinks or fuel you can improve your body’s ability to utilize its stored fat reserves for fuel. An untrained person is typically able to tap into 60 grams (540 calories) of stored fat per hour during exercise. An endurance trained athlete can improve this by nearly 50% to 90 grams (810 calories) of stored fat per hour. An endurance trained athlete can also stay in a predominantly fat burning state at a higher workout intensity.

Endurance training raises your Metabolic Efficiency Crossover Point (MEP). MEP is the percentage of your maximum where you start to burn more carbohydrates than fat. Ideally you want your MEP as high as possible. The higher your MEP, the better your body is utilizing its stored fat as fuel. And the less dependent upon carbohydrates (stored glycogen or sports fuels).

Eating Honey and Protein to Improve you Fat Burning? – Probably Not

There are expensive products such as Vespa that is a mix of honey and protein that claim to improve the ability to utilize fat as fuel. But there is no real evidence that they work. The only claims are anecdotal. When personally experimenting with this product, I found no effect. Doing a Metabolic Efficiency Test with and without Vespa would be very easy way to verify the claims for this product. I’ll wait till Vespa does this test with a slew of athletes and verifies their claims before I try Vespa again.

Do Your Own Research and Experimenting

There is enough information about endurance fueling available on the Internet to satisfy anyone’s appetite. Everyone is different and what works well for one may not for another, so experiment and find out what works for you.

Consider the following resources as a good starting point for your quest:

  1. Tim Noakes Author of the Lore of Running and the Real Meal Revolution
  2. Endurance Planet podcasts – Search the listings for fueling
  3. Ben Greenfield Fitness podcasts – Search the listings for fueling
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Shoe Thoughts 2014, Skechers GOrun, GObionic Trail, Nike Terra Kiger, Hoka, Montrail, New Balance Review

This past fall and so far this winter, I have been able to do a lot of running using some of my old favorite shoes. And more recently, I purchased a few new pairs to try.

In November, I migrated down to the desert southwest and spent the next two and a half months enjoying the near perfect running and adventuring conditions in the Sonoran desert. Four different pairs of shoes made the journey with me:

  • Hoka Bondi B
  • Skechers GOrun
  • New Balance MT10
  • Montrail Rogue Racer
L to R Hoka Bondi B, Montrail Rogue Racer, Skechers GOrun, New Balance MT10

L to R Hoka Bondi B, Montrail Rogue Racer, Skechers GOrun, New Balance MT10

When I got back to Montana, I was hungry for some new running shoes and took advantage of some end of season sales and picked up three new pairs to try:

  • Nike Terra Kiger
  • New Balance 1400
  • Skechers GObionic Trail
L to R Skechers GObionic Trail, Nike Terra Kiger, New Balance 1400

L to R Skechers GObionic Trail, Nike Terra Kiger, New Balance 1400

Following are some brief thoughts about the merits of these various shoes, old and new.

Hoka Bondi B the Stiff Sponge of the Running Shoe World

The Hoka Bondi B has been serving well as my protective trail shoe. For the desert, where it is normally dry and free of mud and snow, the Bondi works just fine, offering good traction and protection. The oversized sole may even offer a bit of extra flotation on sand.

Toe Off with Stiff Sole Bondi B

Toe Off with Stiff Sole Bondi B

My main complaint with the Bondi is that they are very stiff flexing. The last couple years, I have developed a form of Achilles Tendinitis that manifests as a tenderness at the back of my heels – especially when they are contact pressured. Shoes that are stiff flexing tend to increase the pressure on the back of my heels. As my foot tries to flex, stiff shoes will resist this movement. The result being my heel tends to move back and tries to lift up inside the shoe. This action pressures the back of my heels. This becomes even more of a problem going uphill where my foot tends to slide or shift back inside the shoe jamming my heel against the back of the shoe. After an hour or more of this in stiff shoes like the Bondi, my heels get darn sore and I will have very tender heels for the next day or so.

Skechers GOrun for Road Running and Track Training

When training during my southwest adventure, I did all my road running and training on the track in the Skechers GOrun. I hadn’t used the GOrun all summer as I was mostly doing trail running. So it was a treat this fall and winter to put in lots of road and track miles in the GOrun – kind of like rekindling an old familiar friendship. I had forgotten how much I liked these shoes and how revolutionary they are. For running smooth surfaces like paved roads or tracks, I have not found anything better. The interior is so smooth and comfy that I never wore socks when running in the GOruns. The infamous hump in the middle gives my foot something to spread out around and grip – preventing my foot from sliding back in the shoe – even with the shoes laced very loose. Essentially, I can run in the GOruns with my heel barely touching the back of the shoe! The GOrun is the only shoe I have been using lately that does not aggravate the tender back of my heels.

Unfortunately, the GOrun does not have enough protection for running trails or for that matter gravel roads. Skechers has a GOtrail model that I tried last winter. But I was disappointed with it. Skechers has a new extra cushioned version of the GOrun called the GOrun Ultra. I have not tried it, but it looks promising. Since I got back to Montana, I have purchased the GObionic Trail and it shows some promise. I’ll talk about it later in this post.

Be aware that Skechers has modified the GOrun since the original that came out in 2011. The later generations have less of a hump in the middle and are a little lighter. The later generations do not have the finish quality of the originals. So they do not have the smooth interior of the original and are more prone to causing blisters and irritation when not using socks.

New Balance MT10 the Perfect Car Driving Shoe

I need to mention that I used the New Balance MT10 as my driving and just knock around shoes. They are like protective socks or moccasins. They give great feel of the pedals when driving a car, unlike Hokas. But they just do not have enough cushion for running at anything more than a pussy foot pace. So I did not do any running in them, but during my desert sojourn, I probably spent more hours wearing these shoes than any of the others. I wore the MT10s for everything except running and trail hiking. The MT10 are extremely high quality (the interior is like a fine Italian dance shoe!) and they are such a comfortable shoe that I just plain love wearing them. I just do not love running in them!

Montrail Rogue Racers for the Short Haul

Pounding My Feet in the Montrail Rogue Racer

Pounding My Feet in the Montrail Rogue Racer

I did not use the Rogue Racers for much other than a desert 26K trail race in November and a Half Marathon road race in January. They worked fine, but left my feet feeling pretty dead and beat up by the end of the races. After my experience using the Rogue Racers in the November 26K trail race, I later did a similar 26K trail race in December using the Hoka Bondi B. I did much better in the second race and the soles of my feet did not feel so battered using the Hokas.

Perhaps my Rogue Racers are getting worn out as they are a few years old and have experienced a lot of miles and a lot of races. For me, the Rogue Racers are not suited for anything longer than a half marathon and a half marathon is pushing it. My pair of Rogue Racers is worn and ready for retirement. There are better shoes out there, so I will not likely buy a replacement pair.

Nike Terra Kiger an Odd Marriage of a Stiff Sole and Mushy Upper

At first glance the Kiger appears very similar to the old Nike Zoom Trail that I have used so much on the Ridge Run. It is about an ounce lighter, but the main difference is the Kiger’s upper is much softer and less supportive. The outsole has the terrific gripping sticky rubber. The Kiger’s midsole is protective but stiff flexing. Compared to the old Zoom Trail, the Kiger has a more level sole profile and less cushion – especially in the heel. The soft upper allows my foot to mush around and not feel firmly attached to the sole. This is not a problem on gentle terrain, but on steep side hills and uneven footing, this is a problem. I was hoping the Kiger would be a lighter, improved and modernized version of the Zoom Trail, unfortunately it suffers from a stiff sole that seems mismatched when teamed with its mushy upper.

New Balance 1400 a Plane Jane Lightweight Road Shoe

When I see a running shoe on sale for $30.00, I have a hard time resisting buying them. The NB 1400 is not a shoe I would normally buy, but for $30.00, I figured I could do something with them. They are a conventional light weight trainer or road racing flat. And for that purpose, they work just fine. For a road shoe, they are moderately light at 7oz for a size 10. They flex easily right where they should – the ball of the foot. And they feel good. The sole is much thicker and cushioned at the heel than the ball of the foot. This lends to more of a heel strike gate. Adding a metatarsal pad adds some needed cushion at the ball of the foot and also levels out the effective profile improving the ride.

I could see alternating the NB 1400s with the Skechers GOrun for training on the track or the road. It would be a toss-up choosing between using the NB 1400 for a short road race or the GOrun. For someone that prefers a more conventional shoe than the Skechers GOrun, the NB 1400 is a perfect light training or racing shoe. They may also work well on dry trails where traction is not an issue. I wish I would have had these instead of the Montrail Rogue Racers for running that January road half marathon.

Skechers GObionic Trail – Easy Flexing Protective but Humpless

This is the best new trail shoe I have tried recently. For a trail shoe, they are light at 8 ounces for a size 9.5, easy flexing, protective and offer good traction. The lugs on the out sole are spaced out more than and not as deep as the lugs on the Skechers GO Trail. The result is they do not pick up rocks and get caked with mud as much as the old GO Trail. The sole is oversized and offers lots of cushion; borrowing some Hoka attributes.

My only complaint is; I wish the GObionic Trail had the pronounced rocker midsole profile of the original GOrun. The GObionic trail is fairly conventional and does not have the hump in the middle. Consequently, my foot tends to slide forward inside the shoe when going downhill and slide backward when going uphill just as it does in most conventional shoes.

The GObionic Trail would be a good lightweight shoe for the Ridge Run. It feels like an easy flexing, more nimble, lighter weight version of a Hoka Bondi B. It offers less protection from rocks than the Hoka, but it is adequate for running in the Bridgers.

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