Best low price running shoes - Why I buy Running Shoes from TheClymb.com

The-Clymb_logos-W_REG When you run as much as I do you go through several pairs of running shoes every year. This can get expensive, that is why I buy from theClymb.com

For those of you that are unfamiliar, the Clymb is an online outdoor equipment retailer that offers daily flash sales. Each daily sale is for only a limited time and often the most popular products sell out quickly, though sometimes shopping on the clymb can feel like black friday at a walmart, the deals are fantastic as are most the shoes they sell.

Why you will love TheClymb.com:

1. Fantastic deals

Most everything that shows up on the Clymb is at least 40% off, I have even seen up to 90% off.

2. Great shoes

The Clymb does not always have the largest selection of shoes, but they usually have a decent selection of my favorite brands in minimalist running, including, but not limited to Innov-8, Newton, Altra, Merrell, and usually a handful of others. Ultra runners will appreciate Hoka's here at half their normal price.

3. More than shoes

Though I am usually looking for a new pair of shoes, Clymb has deals on all sorts of outdoor gear for cycling, camping, climbing, even surfing and yoga.

4. Member referral program

Because I love a good deal I know others will also. For every friend referred by you that makes a purchase at theClymb.com, Clymb will reward you with $25 credit. this is a win-win-win for everyone. Theclymb.com gets a new member, your friend saves on their running shoes, and you get $25 credit.


What you may not like:

1. Popular products and sizes sell out quickly

If you see the shoes you are looking for, I suggest you buy them immediately. Don't hesitate, if you check back in an hour they may be sold out.

2. Lots of emails

This is how they promote their daily sales. Read them or don't, they are not important. I just visit the the sight when I am in the market to buy something.


Don't have a friend to refer you, here is my referral link. Sign up through this link and I will be rewarded with $25 Clymb Credit. And thank you in advance.

CLYMB invite form Levi

Natural Running Book Review

Though this book lacks the inspiring stories and colorful prose of born to run, it is definitely a suggested read for serious runners. Natural Running is not the most fun read, it read like a text book. Natural Running is after all written by a professional running expert rather than a professional author, but the content alone is enough to keep the reader interested and turning pages. The author, and founder of Newton Running Shoes, Danny Abshire, makes a strong argument for the importance of running with a gait that allows the foot to land beneath the runners center of mass. The reader will gain a better understanding of the mechanics of the foot, and how various foot strike patters affect the overall biomechanics of the body.

When first opening the pages of Natural Running, I was expecting a long infomercial on the qualities of Newton running shoes, and there was a touch of Newton promotion, but the book was much more informative than it was an advertisement. Interestingly enough, after reading Natural Running, in my mind, the ideal running shoe, far from being Newtons, which are full of gimmicks, would be Vibram Five Fingers, or better yet, no shoe at all.

Whether you believe that natural running is a fad, a trend, or a saving grace for runners, your knowledge of running is not complete until you have read this book.

Click Here To View Natural Running at Amazon.com

Double Dipsea Race Review

Today I ran my first trail race, and not just any trail race, the Double Dipsea. For those that have never heard of the Dipsea, is a bay area tradition. That can be traced all the way back to 1905. This grueling 7.4 mile trail race begins in Mill Valley and finishes in scenic Stinson Beach, but not before tackling more than 4300 ft in elevation change.

The Double Dipsea tackles this trail twice, begining in Stinson Beach 7.4 miles to the turnaround in Mill Valley and back to Stinson Beach. At about 14 miles (depending on the shortcuts you choose) this is not the longest race I have run, but the nearly vertical hills make this race a challenge for even for the most confident of runners.

My experience with the Double Dipsea was exhilarating. Not only is this an absolutely gorgeous course, but the history and challenge of this course will definitely getting me coming back.

With the staggered start, I began the race about 1 hour after the first runner. the first 3 miles or so is all up hill. Being a faster runner I soon found myself in trail traffic, but trafic was eased by any number of potential routes. Being a newbie on the course I generally just followed whoever looked like they knew where they were going.

Upon reaching the top of the first climb I welcomed the downhill, but dreading the uphill that must follow. The down hill sections I found were made easier by running the long way. It seemed all the short cuts and the trail itself were quite congested. I chose to follow the fire road so that I could simply let fly.

The next ascent was nice as the steep sections are broken up by a road that is on a much less severe incline. Then down the infamous Dipsea Steps. I didn't count them all, but there are definitely more than 600, and it defiantly seems like 1000 when you are on your way back up.

Despite feeling lost in all the trail options on the way back to Stinson Beach, I managed to achieve a spectacular time of 2:00:24.

For those interested I wore my Merrell Trail Gloves. I now have 700 miles on them and they are still going strong.

Have you run the Dipsea, Double Dipsea, or even Quad Dipsea? What strategy helped you?

Free the Heel: Viva La Zero Drop

I found this video from the Natural Running Store that demonstrates the benefits of a zero drop shoe in a lighthearted and easy to understand way. [youtube=http://youtu.be/prStowbVylE]

Thank you Natural Running Store keep up the good work.