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DOR Podcast #108: Mailbag Episode! Running Goals Between Races, Best Shoes for 4+ Hour Marathons, Best Beer Mile Shoe and More

It's time for a mailbag episode! We gathered up as many of your questions as we could answer in an hour's time. Nate, Matt, and DJ tackle a broad range of subjects such as orthotics, training, recovery, and, of course, shoes. Be sure to stick around 'til the end to get DJ's take on the best shoe for a beer mile.

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The Subjective:
What's the biggest lesson you've learned from running?

0:00 - Intro
6:13 - The Subjective: what's the biggest lesson you've learned from running?
9:02 - Do you need stability shoes if you wear orthotics?
16:02 - What do you do in between a goal race and the next training cycle?
28:48 - Saucony Tempus vs. Asics Novablast 3
33:22 - What's something similar to the Hoka Rincon 3?
37:52 - Is a firmer or a softer shoe better for shin splints?
41:32 - Does too much Zone 2 heart rate training make you slow?
51:45 - Should a 4 hour marathoner wear super shoes for a marathon?
57:38 - What's the ideal beer mile shoe?
1:01:41 - Wrap-up

Stability for Flat Feet Runners
By Chief Editor Matt Klein 

The Wave Horizon series has been a favorite of the team thanks to how well it seems to work for a variety of people. Although the industry is moving away from more traditional methods of stability, like posting (which the Horizon 6 does use, but integrates well), many of these methods can still be a challenge for those with flat feet. We often hear from our readers and listeners who have flat feet trying to find shoes that provide stability without an aggressively high arch as part of that. The high arch does work for some people, but not everyone. Additionally, many shoes have stability methods in the midsole that sit up against the foot. Sidewalls are a common method that works extremely well for someone like me who doesn't find them obtrusive. However, those with flatter feet do not always like this (some do). The Horizon 6 has several methods of stability in the midsole, but they sit lower in the sole than many other shoes. Combined with a lower arch, this will accommodate a wider variety of arch shapes. While the research has been clear that arch shape is not a valid method of determining stability needs in regards to injury prevention (Knapik et al., 2014), it may influence perceived comfort. I am NOT advocating that all shoes have a low arch, but having a variety of heights creates greater accessibility for those with different foot shapes.

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