running for weight loss

Running for weight loss

By Phil Clark / April 13, 2019

It had been 6 years since Dean Sato played on his college football team’s offensive line. Football isn’t the kind of sport that people continue after they graduate, so during all of that time, he hadn’t blocked or tackled anybody. He wasn’t going to the gym. Running for weight loss was far from his mind.…

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foot numbness

What’s the best shoe for heel strikers?

By Phil Clark / April 6, 2019

Here’s the important fact that should be considered when we talk about the best shoe for heel-strikers: just about every technical running shoe has been made to accommodate heel strikers. (This is beside the point but heel-striking is not necessarily a bad thing.) Sneaker manufacturers aim to make shoes that respond to the things that…

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the drop of a running shoe

Why do running shoes have a drop?

By Phil Clark / April 6, 2019

Every shoe in Run Shoe Store—the largest selection of any Philadelphia-area running shoe store—has a drop. There are 7 drops currently (drops are measured in millimeters): 13mm, 12mm, 10mm, 8mm, 5mm, 4mm, and 3mm. That corresponds to .51 inches, .47 inches, .40 inches, .31 inches, .20 inches, .16 inches, and .12 inches. It seems that…

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best gym shoe

What’s the best gym shoe?

By Phil Clark / March 30, 2019

Before talking about the best gym shoe, we should talk about what happens in the contemporary gym. Here is a list of the most popular equipment, according to IHRSA: Treadmills Resistance machines Hand weights Dumbbells Stationary bikes Elliptical machines Barbells Ab machines Stair climbing machines Rowers Cardio cross trainers Kettle bells The best gym shoe…

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cushioned running shoes

Cushioned running shoes or firm?

By Phil Clark / March 23, 2019

The part of a technical running shoe that you are likely to feel the most is that part underfoot, which is called the midsole. Think of the midsole as the foundation that the rest of the shoe is built on. Midsoles are most commonly made from relatively soft plastics like thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU) and ethylene…

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foot numbness

Foot numbness

By Phil Clark / March 16, 2019

Disease is a leading cause of foot numbness. Morton’s neuroma, diabetes, Chiari Malformation, tarsal tunnel syndrome, Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease, and mononeuropathy all list foot numbness among their symptoms. The following quote from a newsletter of the National Institutes of Health gives sound advice: “Health problems can also affect the feet. Lack of feeling in your feet…

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running speed

Running speed and its connection to shoes

By Phil Clark / March 9, 2019

Competitive runners have always wanted lightweight running shoes and manufacturers have always fulfilled that desire. There is some evidence that heavier shoes reduce the running speed achieved in lighter shoes. Young, competitive, male runners, who run the 5K in less than 20 minutes, were observed wearing lightweight shoes and heavier shoes. The later slowed them…

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running shoe store

Running shoe store with a focus on selection & service

By Phil Clark / March 2, 2019

Philadelphia Magazine included Run Shoe Store in a recent article about local running shoe stores. We are the running shoe store for people who live in Northern Liberties, Fishtown, Port Richmond, and Old City. But we get customers from as far away as Scranton. Here’s why:   Selection     The only shoe that you…

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running coach

The story of a running coach

By Phil Clark / February 23, 2019

The folks at Philadelphia Magazine included me in their recent article titled, “Running Coaches Around Philadelphia Who Can Help You Cross Your Next Finish Line.” This is the story of how I became a running coach.   1996 Atlanta Games   After having some achievements in high school and more in college, I was invited…

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wrong size

Wrong size shoes can’t be fixed by changing brands.

By Phil Clark / February 16, 2019

The great majority of our customers wore the wrong size before they came to Run Shoe Store. When they had shopped for shoes, they would pick something that looked cool and then would try it on in different sizes until it didn’t hurt. They would typically start with the size that corresponded to their non-athletic…

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