That Twinge in your leg...

It starts as a twinge in your calf.
Or maybe along the top of your shin, a mild ache that slides away from your leg easily while you run.
It’s probably nothing, you think, pounding along the Keystone Trail in your worn running shoes, 500 miles over their prime. Like old people hunched over their walkers, your shoes are aging and weak. After this many miles, the ankle support begins to erode, leaving the vulnerable spots of your feet exposed. You have no idea yet, but that twinge is the cracked foundation in your shoes, threading like a fault line up to your legs. Eventually, the pain in your legs will intensify. Shin splints are insidious, painful monsters, that may sideline you from your next race, or lead to further injury.
Luckily, there is a way to dramatically lower your risk, or even avoid injury, that costs less than a visit to the doctor or physical therapy: Changing out your shoes.
Replacing your running shoes can play a huge role in the difference between a season of healthy racing, or being sidelined with an injury.
I’ve been a dedicated runner for 6 years. I’ve run five full marathons, nearly twenty half marathons, and almost thirty smaller distance races ranging from the 5k to 10 milers. And, (knock on wood), I’ve been lucky enough to be injury free for all of my training.
I am a whole-hearted believer in the importance of replacing your running shoes.
Think of it as a twice a year commitment, like visiting the dentist. Whole person health from head to toe. If you are a seasoned local runner, you already know of the invaluable resource that are the experts at Peak Performance, and likely have been getting your shoes from them for the length of your running career.
If you are a beginner, it is imperative that you buy your shoes from a running store. While purchasing a discount pair of knock offs from Target may seem like a cheaper option, this can lead to insufficient support for your feet. This can result in painful runs or injury, which may turn you off from running completely.
At a running store, you will be fitted for the right shoes for your feet. Do you have a high arch or neutral? Are you a heel striker? Do you have sensitive feet? From here, they will recommend the right shoe for you that will help you run healthy, meaning you can run for years to come. Make a note on your calendar when you bought them, or on your Daily Mile or Strava account, and replace them every 300-500 miles.
As runners, we are driven by the powerful experience of the sport, and the way running feels in our bodies. For me, when I run, the rest of the world is muted for just a bit, and I am connected completely to my body, from my mental state, to the way I am breathing, to my feet. This joy we feel from the rush of endorphins can be described as an addiction to running, which has the dangerous side effect of increasing happiness. Running is too important to let something like worn shoes derail your routine.
If you aren’t sure how many miles are on your shoes, bring them in to Peak to have them looked at. Take care of your body and your feet. Replace your shoes. Run happy, run healthy. And hopefully, the only twinge you will feel while running is a twinge of joy.

 

Thanks to our guest contributor, Jessica Clem who is a Content Strategist for B2interactive and a long time runner.

 

Posted on April 20, 2017 .

So Many Updates

ASICS KAYANO 23
The 23rd iteration of the Kayano from Asics brings some fresh updates that has earned it some fantastic reviews! The Dynamic DuoMax Support system has been slightly tooled and set at an angle to provide support when you need it. A slightly new shape will wrap the foot with a better fit and increased to spring, creating for a very cushioned but responsive ride. Asics has also introduced FLYTEFOAM in this model, making the shoe lighter, more stable, softer and more durable. The tooling of the shoe also implemented convergence gel placing the gel at a new angle underneath the heal providing for a softer and smoother transition through your gait cycle beginning at initial impact.
Mens: 11.5 OZ 10 MM Drop
WMS: 9.2 OZ 13 MM Drop

NEW BALANCE 860 V7
The 860 V7 introduces TRUFUSE cushioning that is a blend of two of their other cushioning systems. TRUFUSE offers and excellent blend of cushion and support creating for a stable, supportive, and forgiving ride.
The supportive Dual Density mid-sole posting and T-BEAM technology have remained the same and continue to help curb pronation and excess torsion through the gait cycle.
An assymetrical heel counter and engineered mesh round out the updates each respectively adding stability and creating a seemless upper with a lightweight breathable fit across the foot.
Mens: 11.4 OZ / 10 MM Drop
WMS: 9.5 OZ / 10 MM Drop
$5 Price increase to $125

NIKE STRUCTURE 20
The legend continues with a Flymesh upper that offers support and style all in one package. It maintains its lightweight breath ability while offering a stable and forgiving ride. Cushioning is provided through the old faithful Zoom Air and support is given through the Dynamic support wedge in the medial edge of the shoe. The out sole has been retooled with a Honeycomb that increases flexibility and traction.
Mens: 10.7 OZ / 9 MM Drop
WMS: 9.6 OZ / 9 MM Drop
 

Posted on September 28, 2016 .

Half Marathon Training - https://runsignup.com/Club/NE/Omaha/2016SpringHalfClinic

While summer has not even begun yet, the heat certainly makes it feel like it is here. In the midst of the heat is when goals are met. Looking ahead to the fall the Omaha metro has 3 larger races that have been gaining steam over the last few years. A couple of these races are only in their terrible two's this year but have set the bar pretty high in their infancy.
If you are planning on running one this fall, training can be tough to do alone and we are hoping that by providing a group/clinic format to train in, reaching your goals may be a little easier. In my experiences training for races and having someone to hold you accountable to your goals makes reaching them so much easier. It also makes going for a run or getting up early a little bit easier. But either way if you are looking to knock out the miles you can follow the link for some more information or contact me(Tim) at the store(402) 398-9807/tim.peakomaha@gmail.com.
I look forward to running some miles with you this summer!
 

https://runsignup.com/Club/NE/Omaha/2016SpringHalfClinic

Posted on June 20, 2016 .

NEW SHOES

Everyone loves em... if you haven't been in to check them out then you're missing out.

The fall releases of your favorite shoes are out and the updates are incredible.

Nike released a new shoe called the Odyssey that I am particularly excited about. New Balance, Asics, Brooks, and Saucony all have iterations of their go-to's out or coming out in a few weeks. Asics has dropped a NYC Marathon specific colorway of the Nimbus which looks awesome on foot.

What I am saying is... now is the time to get your Fall/Winter shoes while the getting is good.

I was skeptical of the Odyssey at first until I put it on. It has quickly become one of my favorite running shoes, of all time! Rivaled only by the Nike Vitesse of '06. That is unless New Balance decides to come out with a current, performance edition of the 574.

But back to the Odyssey...

It has entered the running world as a high cushion stability shoe to fill a missing link in Nike's line. It has 2 Zoom air units in the midsole and a rib cage type support that runs from the heel almost to the toe. The length of the supports creates a very stable and smooth ride that makes for an enjoyable run. The upper of the shoe Nike's new flymesh that has been attached to the rest of Nikes line and like the rest has fit really well.

This also means a lot of last year's shoes have just gone on sale... be sure to stop in soon!

Posted on October 20, 2015 .

TACO RUN RESULTS

Download the full results of the TACO RUN.

Congrats to all of the participants of this years Taco Run. As usual the run was a blast and we look forward to having everyone back next year!

Posted on June 30, 2015 .

Drink Some Water

In typical Nebraska fashion the cool crisp air of spring has been replaced by the blazing heat and humidity of summer in what seems like a day. As the heat continues to rise hydration become a very important issue for runners. If you're not properly hydrated not only does your performance suffer but it could also lead to more dangerous conditions. At Peak Performance we want to see everyone having fun in the sun, and with a few tips you can beat the heat.

1. Make sure you are staying hydrated throughout the day. We literally run on water and most people aren't getting enough water throughout the day and that can lead to issues during your run. Checking your urine pre-run is an easy way to see if you're hydrated. If your urine is the color of iced tea you should drink more, if it’s the color of lemonade or clearer you're good to go.

2. Electrolytes, such as those in sports drinks can help stave off dehydration. When your body is losing sodium though sweat, it’s essential to replace those lost to keep your performance up.

3. Post run, drink until you’re satisfied. Everyone is a little different and there really is no generic amount of water set for everyone.   

Following these simple steps will keep you going through the heat of summer.

Stay thirsty my friends.
 

Posted on June 12, 2015 .