Alex Hutchinson writes, "If they banned the Vaporfly effective immediately, they would screw over runners ...[who hadn't used the shoes to hit qualification standards]; if they banned it retroactively, it would screw over those who had already notched qualifiers in it. By deploying the shoe without asking permission, Nike effectively checkmated World Athletics."
The professor doing the study claims that they are even 2.6% faster than track spikes.
Alex Hutchinson plots the top 100 marathon times for the past decade and concludes that the recent improvements in times in 2016-2018 "aren’t noticeably bigger than the fluctuations in annual performance in previous years." Also, if it was really just the shoes, there should be a bunch of 2:04 guys running 2:01-2:02 like Eliud Kipchoge.
From the special shoe development which started in 2014 all the way through Eliud Kipchoge's near miss, Caesar tells the inside story behind the Breaking2 project. A great read with lots of interesting insights like the fact that Kipchoge couldn't sleep the night before the attempt he was so nervous and that the shoe designers joked that it would be "great" if their shoes were banned -"Just by opening an orange box you have an advantage? That’s the holy grail.”
There is talk of Nike's 4% Vaporflys and some comments from Ross Tucker on how much optimised conditions are worth, but we really liked the quote from World Half silver medalist and 59:10-man Bedan Karoki: “For me breaking two hours is not possible. Running a half marathon in under an hour is hard enough – after I do it I am sick – so to run the same again for me is much too difficult.”
Every 100 grams hurts you by .78% but cushioning helps you by 3-4%.
Looking at the top 75 men and 75 women, 27 wore brooks and 26 wore Nike. Adidas was 3rd most prominent with 23.
It comes out on December 26th. Eaton thinks he can run anything from the 100 to the marathon in the shoe.
Her spikes came off when she was clipped from behind and she ran the last 4K (which included sections of gravel) barefoot.
*MB: michigan woman who lost her shoe
They now have 25 employees but have been hurt by online sales of close-out shoes at really low costsand the consolidation of specialty running stores.
Nike irate that Under Armour will pay for new soccer fields in two Portland parks. Portland mayor even stepped in to try and stop the parks & recreation commissioner from going through with it.
Stealing battling for endorsers, stealing employees and filing lawsuits, this rivalry puts the one between Jenny Simpson and Shannon Rowbury to shame.
adidas vice president of design for basketball Brian Foresta: “I have all the respect in the world for a competitor like Nike, but they don’t intimidate us in any manner, because they’re heavy, they’re big, they’re oversaturated in the market,and I think people are looking for a change.”
The Running Specialty Group wants its stores unified under one brand rather than 20 different names as they've acquired local stores around the country.
Hery Guzman: "What kills me is the arrogance — that running specialty and name-brand doesn't matter," said Guzman, who was forced to change his store's name from RunBoulder after Running Specialty Group claimed a trademark on the name. "People nowadays want to feel tied to something. They want to feel connected to something. How many people feel connected to Sports Authority? It's not the same as your independent retail stores."
Kipchoge said he tested them in Kenya, but just had bad luck on Sunday where they gave him problems from the first kilometer.