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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 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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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 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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Forefoot striking does not extend a shoe’s life.

By Phil Clark / February 9, 2019

Weight on the midsole causes a shoe to die, whether the forefoot or the heel strikes the ground first. Midsoles are thin and pliable. They are commonly made from about 2/3 of an inch of a material called ethylene vinyl acetate (EVA), which is soft enough to be completely rolled up. Standing on a midsole…

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Philadelphia Marathon Training

Check out The Training Station Gym’s exciting take on Philadelphia Marathon training!!

By Phil Clark / September 28, 2017

Their latest blog post describes a one-of-a kind workout being used to prepare runners for the Philadelphia Marathon.  

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We Won a Best of Philly Award!

By Phil Clark / August 13, 2017

Run Shoe Store and The Training Station won best gym in Philadelphia for 2017. We’re psyched to be on this list for the second time! http://www.phillymag.com/best-of-philly/awards/gym/

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Weightlifting shoes are the best

By Phil Clark / August 8, 2017

When I seriously started powerlifting, I was influenced by the publications of Pavel Tsatsouline. He persuaded me to lift wearing Chuck Taylor sneakers, because they are flat. For a while, I thought they were the best shoes to lift heavy barbells with. Later in my career, I prioritized Olympic Weightlifting over powerlifting. I learned from…

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Sometimes the right fit requires people-adjustments

By Phil Clark / August 6, 2017

Tina, a nurse, came in with painful feet. She told me that she wore size 8 ½ shoes. Then she pointed at the shoes that she wanted to buy.   I measured her feet and said, “The bad news is that we don’t have the shoe you want in 8 ½. The good news is…

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The number after the name

By Phil Clark / August 2, 2017

“Welcome to Run, how may I help you?”   “I’m looking for a comfortable pair of shoes,” she said.   “No problem,” I said, “Do you currently wear running shoes?”   “Yes.”   “Do you like them?”   “Sure, they’re pretty comfortable.”   “Ok, which ones are they?”   “They’re the ones on the wall…

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