The Inaugural Asheville Marathon at the Biltmore - in Luna Sandals (Venado/original)

The Inaugural Asheville Marathon at the Biltmore - in Luna Sandals (Venado/original)

You're out on a run. Your nose is getting stuffy, so you lean to the side for a quick farmer's blow. It's cold out, but you didn't realize how cold until you go to wipe your nose with the back of your glove to clear off any additional moisture -- only to find that it's already frozen around the edge of your nostril in mere seconds.

Welcome to the inaugural Asheville Marathon, held on the grounds of the beautiful Biltmore estate. "Well," I thought dramatically at around mile 20, "At least I'll die somewhere majestic."

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    Xero Shoes - Barefoot Running Sandals

New Balance Minimus 40% Off!

New Balance Minimus 40% Off!

IMPORTANT UPDATE: Apparently, the Trail Zeros have been bumped back to full price. Word I've received is that too many were selling at the discounted price (in the eyes of New Balance) so NB required LeftLane to bump the price back up. Never seen this happen before—hopefully a few of you got a good deal on the Zero Trails while it lasted.


Original alert:

Flash sale outdoor gear site LeftLane Sports has just launched a flash sale of New Balance shoes.

The sale includes both men's and women's Minimus Zeros as well as MT10s (the leather ones reviewed here), MT110s and a few other shoes (some non-Minimus).

The sale has the shoes at 40% off (so about $65 for Zero Trails or Roads or $70 or $60 for leather MT10s or leather MT20s). Not a member of LeftLane? Use my invite to sign up and get $10 credit off your first purchase of $50. Orders over $75 also get free shipping.

Links to the sale: Becoming a "member" of LeftLane is as simple as providing basic info (name/email). There are no strings attached (no fees to join) other than the fact you'll get emails about all future upcoming sales. Of course, you can quit the email list at any time.

If you're not familiar with the Zero Roads and Trails, we've covered them here for both men and women.

Good luck!

Color Me Rad in Xero Shoes

Color Me Rad in Xero Shoes

"You know, I was just thinking that you look pretty grungy," one of my friends said, "Even for you."

We were walking with the crowd towards the start of the Color Me Rad 5k in Raleigh. I was wearing an old white t-shirt like pretty much everyone else, but also 4mm Xero Shoes and the most ill-fitting athletic pants I owned. I bought the pants at a thrift store the day before without even trying them on. They fit okay at the waist, but only reached down to about the middle of my calves -- transforming them into ratty capris. My overall look was something akin to a homeless yoga instructor.

But it was okay, because I wasn't planning on wearing them for long.

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An interview with Coach Eric Orton of B2R

An interview with Coach Eric Orton of B2R

Running is a growing sport, this much is for certain. With that has also come increased interest in the details, differences, quirks, and outliers of the sport. Specifically, things like ultrarunning, minimalist footwear, and natural biomechanics. One of the factors that can certainly be said to have contributed to the growth of running as well as fostering interest in those varying details and quirks in recent years is the book Born to Run by Christopher McDougall.

For those few runners who haven’t read it yet, suffice to say that the book is chock full of colorful characters. Several of these individuals have gone on to establish new ventures or further enrich their already illustrious careers. Coach Eric Orton is one of these characters.

While his personal story may not get as much page time as some of the others, Orton is arguably the backbone of the narrative. One of the primary threads of the story is McDougall – a big guy with persistent running injuries – getting not just back out there on the road and trail, but getting better and staying healthy. Orton is introduced as the coach who makes it happen. Read on for more.

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Minimalist Military Combat Boot Mini-Mil from Belleville First Look

Minimalist Military Combat Boot Mini-Mil from Belleville First Look

Minimalist shoes (like Vibram FiveFingers) have become incredibly popular in the military. Everyone will remember the iconic Special Forces photo of a soldier jumping out of a Chinook helicopter in FiveFingers. But you'll also recall that the popularity of toe shoes has resulted in the U.S. Army banning them (Meanwhile, The Navy seems to think they are okay. Even more on the Army's take here.). So it is that at least one military/police boot manufacturer—a company called Belleville—has partnered up with Vibram to produce a "minimalist boot." It's called the Mini-Mil and comes in TR101 (brown), TR102 (black), and TR103 (sage).

Check out the official specs and see more photos and video after the jump!

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Hurricane Sandy vs. Lontra Vibram FiveFingers
a.k.a. Let’s Go For A Rainy Day Bike Ride!

Hurricane Sandy vs. Lontra Vibram FiveFingers <br /><small>a.k.a. Let’s Go For A Rainy Day Bike Ride!</small>

With Hurricane Sandy bearing down on the Mid-Atlantic (The streets of Arlington, Virginia) earlier this week, I couldn’t resist the opportunity to splash around in some puddles and generally enjoy acting like a little kid on Monday afternoon. So I did what any self-respecting triathlete would do in high winds, pouring rain, and 40 degree temperatures—I suited up in my race wetsuit, swim goggles, aerohelmet and went for a bike ride in my Vibram FiveFinger Lontras. I convinced my friend Mark to join me and document some of the craziness (Did I mention I rode a tricycle at one point?).

Check out the photo journey after the jump!!

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