On this episode we’re joined by The Gear Guru: Doug Schwartz, owner of Endurance House in Norwalk, CT. He’s a 10x Ironman Triathlete, a USAT-Certified Triathlon Coach and Race Director, so he knows his stuff. He tackles lots of our listener gear questions including:
- How long should running shoes last
- What kind of shoe is best
- Best running shoe for the money (this answer will surprise you)
- Are trail shoes really necessary
- Does the kind of shoe really matter
- Why is my big toe making a hole in the top of my shoe
- Do socks really wear out
- Is it better to have thick or thin socks
- Should runners wear compression socks and sleeves while running or only afterwards
- Do compression shirts offer any benefit
- What are some non-gel alternatives for mid-run fueling
- Is there any benefit of having caffeine in gels and fuel
- What’s the best sunscreen to use
- Should I wear underwear or not
- Some triathlon training questions including how to get faster at transitions and peeing in your wetsuit
- What’s the best sports bra
- What’s best to use for added traction when running in ice and snow
- What’s the best cross training activity for improved cardio (another surprising answer)
- What’s best for getting the stick out of performance apparel
- What brand of socks is best for blister protection
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