Physical Therapists Using Clinical Analysis To Discuss The Art And Science Behind Running and The Stuff We Put On Our Feet

Post Page Advertisement [Top]


How Much Faster are Super Spikes? Weight vs. Stack Height, and Super Shoe Benefits for Elites vs. Non-Elites
Doctors of Running Podcast, Episode 182

Our own David Salas is heading into a season of track racing and that got Matt Klein and him wondering...what's better for track racing: super shoes or super spikes? From there they spin off into debating whether our bodies plateau in their adaptation to super shoes, how super shoe adaptation may be effecting elite marathoners, and what this all means for the recreational runner.

Watch (and enter the giveaway!)

Listen to This Week's Podcast Here!

Direct Links: Apple | Spotify Anchor


0:00 - Intro 
5:16 - Track racing: stack height or light weight? 
10:00 - Does foam compression impact track speed? 
12:45 - Maximum comfort or maximum aggression? 
15:47 - Do physiological adaptations to super shoes plateau? 
21:18 - Is this effecting elite marathoners? 
34:19 - Would you choose super shoes or spikes if they weighed the same? 
36:38 - The impact of super spikes 
42:14 - Are super spikes impacting specific races more than others? 
51:32 - How are super shoes impacting recreational runners? 
57:39 - Wrap-up

Recent Episodes

#181: How to Train and Adapt to Super Shoes | Link
(Along with calf management

#180: Mailbag! | Link
(Calf injuries, cadence, and more

#179: The Run Coach Episode | Link
(We discuss everything about finding the right run coach for you

#178: This or That | Link
(We compare everything from shoes to viewer submitted topics

#177: We Talk with Altra Running! |
(The team chats about zero drop, wide fitting shoes, and going FWD

#176: Buy or Sell? |
(Matt and Andrea debate several topics from 4+ marathon shoes to HR monitors

#175: Ranking Episode! | Link
(The team ranks the softness shoes in the market

#174: Mailbag |
(Shoes for different runners and their foot types

Check out some of our favorite episodes!

#160: Bone Health for Runners |
(Montana Running Lab's Rich Willy breaks down bone health science)

#154: Ashley Mateo, Running Journalism |
(Running journalist Ashley Mateo joins for a conversation on sources)

#138: The Latest Findings on Super Shoes | Link
(Geoff Burns and Dustin Joubert share research on super shoes for slower runners)

#123: Amelia Boone, 4x World Champion in Obstacle Course Racing |
(Andrea and Megan have a fun and insightful conversation on OCR, injuries, and eating disorder with the Queen of Pain, Amelia Boone)

#111: Mastering the Art of Running Over 40
| Link

(Digging into Chief Editor Matt Klein's academic work, he and Andrea discuss the science of running at an older age. They cover a lot of ground from injuries to injury prevention.)

#95/96: Science of Footwear Design/Biomechanics with Saucony | Link (95)/ Link (96)
(In these episodes, we got a chance to speak with the footwear designers at Saucony to go in-depth on the design process there year-in and year-out. High level conversation on shoe design!)

Follow Doctors of Running on Social Media

Facebook: Doctors of Running
Youtube Channel: Doctors of Running
LinkedIn: Doctors of Running
Instagram: @doctorsofrunning
Twitter: @doctorsrunning
Podcast: Virtual Roundtable

Please feel free to reach out, comment and ask questions!
Contact us at

How to Train and Adapt to Super Shoes

Bottom Ad [Post Page]

// ]]>