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Ryan Hall Sports Drink Supplements

Ryan Hall uses two sports supplements to sustain energy, to train harder and build stamina to achieve superior results. I found this information from Ryan Hall official Asics blog. 8 Things Ryan hall will carry to 2010 Boston marathon post.

The two supplements are Cytomax powder and Muscle milk.

Cytomax Powder Athlete supplement.

On the official site it is described; Cytomax® Performance Drink is made for a different brand of athlete. Its blend of complex carbohydrates and sugars work to sustain energy, so you can train harder, build stamina, and achieve superior results – Proven Results!

Muscle Milk Sports drink Athlete Supplement

I loved how it is described on their site. Simply put it is the protein! This is a protein sports drink that is designed to promote the development of lean muscle. It promises to increase endurance, fat burning and strength.

Do they work? The proof is in how well Ryan hall performances

Qualities of a Good Marathon Running Shoe

With so many running shoe brands out there, what makes a good running shoe? It is said the most important running gear is the shoe. You get it right and it will save you lots of energy and prevent you from injury.

These are the qualities of a good marathon running shoe

  1. Fit. A good shoe must fit your feet like a sock, no room to allow movement of the feet. But it should not be tight that you feel pressure.
  2. Cushioning. Running can be hard on feet and joints. Shoes should provide enough cushioning to absorb impact.
  3. Stability. A stable shoe controls motion in the ankle. At one time I bought a Nike and went running with it but I felt very uncomfortable running in it, when I checked it I discovered the heel was to high.
  4. Flexibility. The front of the shoe should flex enough to let the runner push off with the ball of the foot.
  5. Breathability. Shoes that dissipate sweat quickly keep feet cooler and reduce the risk of bacterial or fungal infection.

  6. Weight. The lighter the shoe, the better – as long as cushioning and stability don’t suffer.

New Asics Gel Kinsei 2 Cures Foot Injury

One cure of a foot injury is to change your running shoes.

I was reading the blog of Bald Runner, a Philippine runner and this is what he said about his experience with the Asics Gel Kinsei 2.

“I bought an ASICS Gel-Kinsei 2 running shoes after looking for some cure to the pain on the rear end of my right foot. After using it for my running workouts the pain on the rear end of my right foot slowly disappeared”

Cure for Painful Feet While Running

I don’t think it was the Asics Gel Kinsei 2 that cured his foot injury. I remember at one time I used to feel pain on my feet while running, the pain disappeared when I started running with new running shoes. Painful feet while running is mostly caused by worn out running shoes. A new running shoe is the best medicine.

Facts About the Asics Gel Kinsei 2 by bald runner

  1. It is the “heaviest” running shoes of ASICS and it advisable to use this only on your running workouts and not for road races.
  2. This is the most expensive running shoes of ASICS and with its price, you can buy two (2) pairs of an average-priced ASICS shoes or NIKE
  3. It is a very noisy shoe, according to bald runner when you step on the road it makes noisy sounds.

10 Things To Consider When Buying Running Shoes by Asics

I found the following guide on important things to consider when buying running shoes at Asics shoe website.

1. Shop by activity. Sport specific shoes help prevent injuries by
delivering function and support for the intended use. Running and
walking shoes are made for straight-forward activities. Whereas
Netball, Tennis and other court-shoes provide additional support for
lateral motion. If you walk, buy a walking shoe!

2. Understand your foot. Seek advice from a podiatrist or retailer; ask
them to assess your foot type and recommend a shoe to suit. Many people
aren’t aware that ASICS has developed different shoes for the various
foot types – high arch, normal arch, and flat feet.

3. If the shoe fits; wear it. As a general guide leave one finger’s
width (1cm) between your longest toe and the end of the shoe, however
this is open to personal preference. Ensure your heel does not move
excessively. Only you will know if the shoe feels comfortable. If in doubt – get out!

4. Be aware of width and fit options on certain models. If you have a
narrow foot opt for a standard fit in men’s and AA fit for women. For
average width, keep an eye out for shoes in a 2E fit for men and
standard fit for women. And if you have wide feet check out 4E shoes
for men and D fit in women’s. Shoes such as the ASICS GT2110 come in
various widths so ask the retailer about the available options ASICS

5. Wear the socks and or orthotics you normally wear for the activity.
Never place orthotic devices directly on top of the standard innersole
– unless advised by a qualified medical practitioner.

6. Our feet tend to swell in the afternoon – so be aware of this. Try
and shop for shoes around the same time of day you would normally
participate in your activities.

7. Ask questions. The retailers are educated on shoe technology, so use
their knowledge to find a comfortable shoe. Asking questions on shoe
features and functions will help you make an informed decision.

8. Try on both left and right shoes as one foot is usually slightly bigger than the other.
Within reason, walk or run in the store if possible. Ensure they are comfortable.

9. When to update? Running shoes should generally last for approx
800 – 1,000km.
However this depends on the individual’s technique and activity. You
can usually feel or see the midsole of the shoe compressing after some
time. This is a good indication that the shoe may be starting to lose
its full support and function.

10. Ultimately – the shoe should be flexible, comfortable and breathable.


Nike : Super Thin: Zoom Victory Track Spike

In Times magazine 50 best inventions of 2008, at number 43 they have Nike shoe, Zoom Victory track spike.

The shoe/spike has paper thin sole that feels like you are running barefoot. The spike  weighs in at under 100 grams, which makes it one of the lightest performance shoes on record.

Lighter shoes may cause injury.

Last year I read an article in world Soccer magazine (January 2007 issue) that focused on the rising injuries suffered by soccer players in Spanish soccer league.

There were many theories on why this injuries were happening. Sports medicine expert Ignacio Romo blamed modern boots. “These days boot manufacturers worry about only one thing – making the boot light,” he said. “But in doing so they forget some of the vital qualities needed when it comes to protecting the foot: firmness, support and stability”

Can the Nike Zoom boost performance?

The only way we can know whether this shoe makes a difference in performance is if an average sprinter breaks a world record while wearing Nike  Zoom Victory spike.

A Runner’s Experience With Petty Thief at 2007 Nairobi Marathon

I love reading fellow runners blogs because every runner has a story to tell. Yesterday I read an amusing marathon story at Caitlin’s blog, she is a white lady working as a consultant in Kenya. She ran the 2007 Nairobi marathon, where she saw firsthand, Kenyan bad habits of lateness and disorganization but the highlight for her was being pick pocketed by a fellow runner at the start.

Catlin’ story as told on her blog

I made it through the registration and warm-up and to the start in plenty of time. But my punctuality turned out to be irrelevant, because 15 minutes after the scheduled start time we were still pacing and stretching restlessly behind the start line. Finally, about 35 minutes after we were meant to begin, a horn blew and the runners crowded together in assembly before the start gun. As the crowd pressed up to the start, I felt something moving against my back. I turned around to find some anonymous runner trying to get into the oh-so-stylish fanny pack thing I had brought to carry some snacks, ibuprofen, music, etc.

The Pickpocket

It took me a minute to realize that I was actually being pick-pocketed DURING a marathon. Luckily, the anonymous runner-thief did not manage to steal the snickers bar (shockingly they don’t sell Gu in Africa) or feminine hygiene products I had in the outer fanny pack pocket.

We were off. The first half of the race went smoothly- I was just trying to hold myself back and go slowly so I could finish (my training had only consisted of two long runs). I had written my nickname on my number tag, as I’d seen experienced runners do, so that people could cheer for me. But no one cheered. There were crowds of people watching, but they just stared at the runners in mystified silence. The only paroles I heard during my four and a half hours of running were the guttural yells of this Chinese guy who was leading a blind running partner, and who I kept pace with for a while, and a comment from a little boy who looked about 7 or 8. “Give me money!” he shouted as I ran by. Maaannnnn, that is so NOT motivating!

After being lapped by the spectacularly fast Kenyans, I somehow made it past kilometer 30, and I began looking for the 35 km marker so I could push myself to the finish (42 km) where I could stop running. But the 35Fast kenyans km marker never came. I began to notice that the course was being taken down. Sure, I was slow and all, but there were still lots of people behind me. But once the leaders had finished, everyone’s interest in the race waned. Even the water stations were being disassembled. I got kind of lost, because the signs directing runners to the finish were now unhelpfully stacked on the ground.

Eventually I found my way and crossed the finish. As I was cooling down and trying not to faint, a Kenyan approached Derek and I and asked if we could take a picture with his daughter, Then he told me (after I’d given him the half of my banana he asked for) that he wanted a souvenir, and that he really liked my watch. Just another day in Nairobi.

Running Shoes: Nike Vs Asics

The most important running gear is the running shoe. You get it wrong and you are doomed! Wrong running shoe equals, bad performance and risk of running injury.

For this year’s Nairobi marathon I decided to try out two types of shoes, Nike and Asics. I bought both and  tested each on a 15K training run.

The Colour of the Running shoes

The Nike running shoe blue colour looked beautiful, the kind of shoe that turns eyes at the starting line.  As for the Asics, the colour is ordinary white, nothing spectacular.

Performance of the Running Shoes

The Nike fitted nicely but when running it didn’t feel as good as the Asics.  The Asics might look boring but I felt more comfortable running in it.

I have decided to wear Asics running shoe during  2008 Nairobi marathon.