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On an evening run, a centipede stopped to stretch under a tree where a skunk was resting. The skunk asked the centipede, “Dude, with all those legs, how do you know which one to move next?” The centipede froze in his tracks. He started thinking. He didn’t know which leg to move so he couldn’t move any.  He cried to the skunk, “Help! I’m stuck!” The skunk sniffed, “You’re stuck because you’re thinking too much. Focus on something else, and you’ll run again.” Just then, the centipede looked out to the horizon and saw the moon rising. “How beautiful!” he thought as he continued running through the cool evening grass.

“Don’t overthink it.” Without a doubt, that’s the best running advice I’ve ever heard. And ironically, it was told to me by one of the deepest thinkers in the sport, Dr. Jack Daniels, named the world’s greatest coach by Runner’s World magazine. If you think about it (but not too much), thinking is a good thing, yet an excess can lead anyone to a grinding halt− including runners. After all, the beauty of running is in its simplicity. Let’s not complicate it.

That brings me to the second best running advice I’ve ever heard. It comes from the late, great Dr. George Sheehan, physician and running author who once said, “running is an experiment of one,” reflecting on the need for runners to learn from their own personal experience. What works for you may not work at all for me.  Ultimately, all the advice in the world won’t change the fact that in the end, only you know what’s right for you.

Sticking with the “rule of three,” there’s one more bit of advice I’d like to share: Find Your Strong. With the thousands of messages we’ve received from runners everywhere, that thought seems to especially resonate with the running community. You see, even though we may each have our individual motivations to run, one thing’s for sure: Together, we’re passionately united over our love for running. That shared inspiration is where strong is definitely discovered.

With the launch of the Saucony Blog, our goal is to share the best advice from runners everywhere in a simple, personal and inspirational voice.  In this first edition, guest blogger Dorothy Beal of Mileposts echoes Dr. Daniels advice−“don’t overthink it”−encouraging us instead to focus on the moment, one mile at a time. Triathlete Hall of Famer Karen Smyers shares her “experiment of one” to help you decide on the pool, lake or ocean for your next swim session. In Flip My Workout, Saucony athlete and 2012 Olympian Molly Huddle inspires us to “find our strong” by taking on her favorite 5K workout.

And there’s more: Our team of bloggers is second to none, including Dr. Jack Daniels and the RunSmart Project; Mike Silva of Foundation Performance; Spencer White, Head of the Saucony Human Performance and Innovation Lab; and Dr. Randy Accetta, Director of Coaching for the Road Runner’s Club of America, among others.

And while we may have some of the most awesome contributors in the sport, none are as experienced in you … than you. We invite you to join us in this journey. We’re here to start the conversation; you take it from here to anywhere. Together, we hope to build a training table of community thought, a never-ending journey where “strong” is found personally and collectively, on every run, through every mile, on every day.

Welcome to the Saucony Blog!


Sharon Barbano
Guest Contributor

Sharon Barbano

Sharon Barbano is a Road Runners Club of America Certified Distance Running Coach who has coached thousands of runners of all abilities, from college through national levels, from cross country to the marathon, including the New York Runners (NYRR) training programs. Sharon participated in the U.S. Women’s Olympic Marathon Trials, is a past U.S. 50K Trail Running Champion, and is a winner of the Finland and Long Island Marathons, among others. Sharon is Vice President of Public Relations for Saucony, official announcer for many of the nation’s top races and is a member of the Board of Trustees for the Saucony Run For Good Foundation.

14 Responses to “Welcome to the Saucony Blog”

  1. dave says:

    I have been running on only Grid Propel Plus 2′s for the last 3-4 years. Found my last pair at DSW. These provide the high degree of cushioning I desire to protect my 55 year-old knees. I can get about a year out of them, before wear on the outside heal begs replacement. Is there a good source for these old models anywhere – like a a few old boxes in the Saucony Lab (size 8.5!) (or any blackmarket)? Barring that, what current model has equivalent cushioning? Also – Saucony website has there shoe advisory, but cannot find info on what arch measurement, pronation measurement, etc. are.

  2. Jill Risley says:

    I have a question..I am just starting to run and am unsure of which sneaker is the best for me. Can anyone give me any suggestions or advise?? Thanks.

    • Sharon Barbano says:

      J: Congratulations on “Finding your Strong” through running! My first bit of advice is that you go to your local run specialty store and have a trained retail associate take a look at your gait to best determine what shoe works best for you. Also, check out if they have any beginner groups you can run with. Our most popular shoe is the Guide, a light stability shoe that offers runners of all levels a more efficient transition through the gait cycle. -Sharon B.

  3. GVT says:

    I love the comfort of my Men’s Grid Cohesion 5s, but they have worn out after a month (100 miles). Does Saucony have a similarly comfortable shoe that is more durable?

    • Sharon Barbano says:

      GVT: The Cohesion is great shoe, especially for the price. I’d like to know what type of surface you’re running on in reference to durability. If you’re looking for a more durable shoe, take a look at the Guide 6, our most popular shoe. Lightweight, flexible, high breathability.

      • GVT says:

        I’m running on asphalt – the streets of my neighborhood. The Cohesion is the most comfortable shoe I’ve ever worn. Just can’t afford a new pair every month. If it helps, the most wear is on the heel, outside edge. Thanks.

  4. Jake K says:

    Great to see that Saucony has this blog up and running. Looking forward to making this a regular read!

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  6. JudysPod says:

    Am so glad you now have a blog….I would like to add my 2cents worth…I am a walker. I live in Northern Maine. I have worn sauconys for at least 15 years. They always fit and do the job well. I walk in the Grid Cohesion 4. On the snow and ice. With my “ice grippers” attached to my sneakers. This is safe, but not convenient. Any chance you will develop a sneaker with an “ice and snow” tread? Oh, please say yes, or maybe you already have a product I have overlooked?

    • Sharon Barbano says:

      Judy: Check out the Saucony Xodus 3.0 GTX trail shoe featuring a waterproof, breathable Gore-Tex upper and a super agressive Vibram outsole providing great traction in slippery, wet conditions, including snow. But Judy, always look out for ice. Your “ice grippers” will give you a much better grip on ice than any rubber outsole will.
      Even then, on ice and slick spots, slow down and take shorter strides. Thanks. -Sharon B.

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