Salomon S/LAB Ultra Review

Released last October, the Salomon S/LAB Ultra is a trail running shoe designed by trail runners. It incorporates many new features from the Salomon product innovators.

Local Salomon rep Ryan Lassen promotes it as “a shoe that I would 100% recommend to Quad Rock runners (along with the Sense Ride, and S/LAB Sense 6 SG)”

 

Ed DeLosh Salomon S/LAB Ultra

Ed DeLosh

Key Innovations:

Progressive Stack Height – Unique to any shoe on the market, Salomon has introduced a variable stack height for the S/Lab Ultra to help standardize the shoe’s drop and offset as it wears. As shoes compress differently across sizes, the stack height of the S/Lab Ultra increases slightly for larger shoes to ensure a standard ride for all, regardless of the size or mileage of the shoe.

Hydrophobic Materials – The S/LAB Ultra incorporates the hydrophobic material made popular in the XA Amphib. This means when the shoe gets wet, the weight hardly changes.

Energy Save – The design adds a special piece of EVA foam in the forefoot that does not pack out over time. 

Adaptive Sensifit – The shoe warms up as your foot does, allowing it to adjust the way it wraps around your foot as the race goes on and foot swell occurs.

Premium Wet Traction – The outsole retains the same lug pattern as its predecessor and uses Salomon’s stickiest rubber compound.

Gnar Team Members Testify:

Elijah Flenner – I brought one trail shoe on my five week trip to France, the S/Lab Ultra. There were no other contenders.

Ed DeLosh – I love the endofit inner sleeve and the lacing that Salomon uses. They provide for a good, stable fit and really allow you to dial it in. The outsole is just like the previous version, which I found to provide pretty good traction without feeling like you’re running on big knobby tires.
When I saw this new version, my immediate concern was that the more rigid upper could cause hot spots on long runs, and when I put them on, they definitely gave the sensation of having less give than the prior version. The shoe also has a tongue that comes up higher on the ankle, raising the concern the it’d irritate the tendons on the top of the foot. But I’m happy to say that after a couple of short runs and now a 25 miler, I experienced no issues at all, and so far find them to be a solid shoe that I enjoy running in. For me, they are an improvement over the previous version and may well be the shoe that I end up turning to for my racing this year, after I get a chance to try them out on a couple more long runs.

Salomon will be joining Gnar Runners for our Quad Rock Preview Run, April 7 at Lory State Park, with shoes to wear test. Come out for miles, fun, food and try out a new pair of kicks.

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Run Through Time Marathon/Half – Salida, CO Mar 10, 2018

The Run Through Time Marathon/Half in Salida, Colorado typically marks the beginning of the Colorado trail racing season. 39 athletes and dozens more supporters from Fort Collins Trail Runners ventured down for a weekend of racing, pizza, music & fun!

Multiple community houses provided base camp for a full weekend of community building. Clear skies, perfect temperatures and minimal snow/mud made for ideal racing conditions, and copious hardware was collected. Congrats to all finishers!  Local results below.

Post-race, many of the crew descended on Moonlight Pizza & Brewpub for an afternoon of patio-sitting, beer and pizza. Later that evening, Fort Collins-based band The Swashbuckling Doctors provided entertainment with a live concert at the Victoria Tavern.

Marathon:
Ryan Burch – 5th Overall, 1st Age Group, 3:29:40
Nick Clark – 7th Overall, 1st Age Group 3:34:43
Chris Copenhaver – 9th Overall, 3rd Age Group 3:39:02
Mike Hinterberg – 10th Overall, 4th Age Group 3:40:29
Horsecow Lonac – 11th Overall, 5th Age Group 3:41:27
David Boyd – 16th Overall, 4:01:14
Ed DeLosh – 23rd Overall, 1st Age Group 4:06:08
Jaime Yebra – 25th Overall, 5th Age Group 4:10:01
Daniel Clark – 27th Overall, 4:11:52
Terry Grenwelge – 30th Overall, 4:14:23
Ben Kuster – 49th Overall, 3rd Age Group 4:40:35
Stephanie Forrest-Swedenborg – 7th Female, 4th Age Group, 4:48:16
Tina Duncan – 9th Female, 1st Age Group 4:57:21
Brad Bishop – 68th Overall, 4:58:32
Colleen Weitzel – 10th Female, 5:01:16
Myra Shanks – 18th Female, 5:11:01
Richard McDonnell – 91st Overall, 5:13:22
Brett Carlson – 93rd Overall, 5:15:28
Stephanie Dalager – 35th Female, 5:36:55
Marie-Helene Faurie – 56th Female, 5th Age Group, 6:23:48
Dan Blankenship – 174th Overall, 4th Age Group, 6:59:28

Half Marathon:
Ruth Waller-Liddle – 2nd Female, 1:51:18
Johann Ripsam – 23rd Overall, 5th Age Group, 2:02:34
Levi Flint – 34th Overall, 2nd Age Group, 2:09:15
Eliza Walthers – 11th Female, 1st Age Group, 2:09:26
Richard Michelson – 42nd Overall, 1st Age Group, 2:13:44
Mica Adesso – 28th Female, 4th Age Group, 2:25:09
Katie Robinson – 30th Female, 2:25:39
Catharine Speights – 53rd Female, 4th Age Group, 2:42:16
Pete Stevenson – 118th Overall, 2:44:05
Caitlin Yates – 56th Female, 2:45:58
Trevor Yates – 121st Overall, 2:45:59
Steve Loewenkamp – 125th Overall, 2:47:39
Paige Jaquish – 68th Female, 2:53:28
Celeste O’Connor – 74th Female, 2:58:03
Elizabeth O’Brien – 87th Female, 3:08:22
Deborah Gulley – 117th Female, 3:41:05
Sara Ripsam – 119th Female, 3:47:43

Kids Race:
Will Raguet-Schofield – 1st Overall

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Train Smarter, Not Harder!

How do you run strong and avoid injury?

As you continue to ramp up your Quad Rock training, it is important to train smart to avoid injury and go into the race ready to perform at your best!  Sometimes it can be difficult to find the right amount of training that will improve your running performance and not lead to injury.  Unfortunately, many runners tend to overtrain.  Most running injuries are categorized as “overuse” type injuries.  Plantar fasciitis, Achilles tendinitis, IT band pain, and “runner’s knee”, are common injuries sustained by runners.  The high injury rates are due to training errors, muscle weakness, poor mobility (either from muscle tightness or joint stiffness), or running technique.  Understanding the importance of these variables and improving them will help you maintain your optimal level of performance and minimize your risk of injury.

This article will focus on training errors.  Training errors can include progressing your program too quickly, running too many miles, or not allowing yourself enough recovery time.  It is important to remember that every tissue (muscle, tendon, bone, and ligament) in your body is constantly remodeling itself.  All tissues get stronger when you apply “controlled stress”.  Controlled is the keyword.  Overstressing a tissue by running too many miles, poor running form, not being strong enough, not having good mobility, or not having enough recovery time can lead to tissue breakdown and injury.  However, applying the right amount of stress will cause the tissue to remodel itself stronger.  The right amount of stress will vary from runner to runner.  It will also depend on factors such as your nutrition, sleep, and stress level.  You get stronger during your recovery.  Good nutrition, getting enough sleep, and stress management strategies such as mindful breathing or meditation will optimize your recovery and improve your performance.

It is also important to remember that stress is cumulative.  This means you may be able to get away will high mileage weeks for months or even years, but eventually it will lead to injury.  Other activities such as strength training, fitness classes, and low impact cardiovascular exercise also stress your tissues.  It is the combined total of all physical activities you need to be aware of when you consider how much you are stressing your tissues.  It’s not just running!  Additionally, tissue weakens as we age.  Many young runners can log high mileage weeks without a problem.  However, the problem (and injury) comes when they continue with that type of training as they get older.  We don’t need to stop running as we get older.  We need to train smarter.  Smart training now will pay off down the road and you won’t become another running statistic.

If you notice a new ache or pain, back off your training for a few days.  Our bodies are remarkable machines.  Scaling back your training or taking a few days off can be exactly what your body needs to remodel itself stronger and allow you to resume your training program.  In contrast, pushing through a minor ache or pain will cause more tissue damage leading to a longer recovery.  So, listen to your body and keep running strong!


Dr. Terry Gebhardt is a physical therapist and running performance coach at Colorado In Motion.  He can be reached at Terry@ColoradoInMotion.com. His new book Minimalist’s Guide to Running an Ultramarathon is available on Amazon.

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Wilderness First Aid Training Course

Next Adventure Company is offering a Wilderness First Aid course in Fort Collins, co-sponsored by Gnar Runners.

Sun, Feb 25 12:30-7p
Wed, Feb 28 6-9p
Sat, Mar 3 12:30-7p
(must attend all 3)
Cost: $165

Wilderness First Aid is the assessment and treatment of injuries and illness that are experienced in remote locations, typically over an hour from health care services. Time is the essential element distinguishing Wilderness First Aid from basic first aid courses.

You will learn how to identify signs and symptoms of common backcountry injuries and illnesses, determine whether they are serious issues that require emergent action or can be dealt with locally.

Please Note: A current Adult CPR/AED Certification is required for course completion, and must be completed separately from the WFA Course.

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Quad Rock Training Run #2

Our first two Quad Rock Training Runs of the season are on the books!

Look forward to joining in each Saturday, starting at the Soldier Canyon trailhead in Lory State Park. Details will be posted in the Fort Collins Trail Runners Facebook group.

All are welcome! Feel free to come along even if you’re not planning to run one of the races, and feel free to invite whoever you like.

To get to the trailhead, take the first left once you’re in the park, then you’ll see the Soldier Canyon lot on the left. This is where the start/finish will be for the Quad Rock races.

Distances will typically be according to the official Quad Rock training plan, and explore different parts of the course and each of the 6 major climbs week-by-week.

Everyone can run their own pace, so bring a map to find your way around if you are new to the park.

A state park pass is required. Dogs on leash are welcome. This time of year, there isn’t any water out on the course, so you’ll want to bring enough fluids to cover the full distance you plan to run.

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